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drank Creme Brulee by DAVIDsTEA
2225 tasting notes

Mmmmm, sweet and only lightly tasting of rooibos, which works well. Perhaps not quite creme brulee though, to be honest – it just tastes kind of caramelly. Which is ok with me. I definitely seem to lean more towards artificially sweetened creamy/sweet/caramelly rooibos blends (e.g. Birthday Cake, Alpine Punch) than fruit-flavoured ones.

Anyhow, dropping the rating a few points on this one simply because it was one of my first-rated teas, and compared to other rooibos, it’s not at the top, and I had it rated rather high. Big plus for it, however, is a lack of little candies floating around in it that make the tea scummy.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Lynne-tea

I thought about picking up a sample of this at DT’s a month ago.. but passed. I now regret that haha. Also.. I never mind tea scum for some reason. I don’t think I have let my tea cool enough to encounter it fully (to be honest I can’t picture it in my mind either.. hmm.. maybe this is why I burn my mouth so much..)

Kittenna

Well, as some other people have said, it’s basically just a nice vanilla rooibos. I probably prefer the flavour of say, Birthday Cake, but sometimes the scumminess gets to me. There isn’t a lot of rooibos flavour, which is also a perk!

Lynne-tea

The rooibos flavour is what always worries me about trying rooibos teas. Its too much for me sometimes and so I just don’t drink it. I will have to try this one!

Kittenna

If you’re interested in it, I can send you a sample? IIRC you’re not near a DT location, right?

Lynne-tea

That is so kind of you! I live about an hr and a half drive away from one… Which is very convenient for my wallet, but not so much for tea shopping haha :)

Kittenna

Steepster is driving me mad right now. I will send you a PM as soon as I can (or you can, to remind me.) Urrrgh. I don’t even know if this will post.

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Lynne-tea

I thought about picking up a sample of this at DT’s a month ago.. but passed. I now regret that haha. Also.. I never mind tea scum for some reason. I don’t think I have let my tea cool enough to encounter it fully (to be honest I can’t picture it in my mind either.. hmm.. maybe this is why I burn my mouth so much..)

Kittenna

Well, as some other people have said, it’s basically just a nice vanilla rooibos. I probably prefer the flavour of say, Birthday Cake, but sometimes the scumminess gets to me. There isn’t a lot of rooibos flavour, which is also a perk!

Lynne-tea

The rooibos flavour is what always worries me about trying rooibos teas. Its too much for me sometimes and so I just don’t drink it. I will have to try this one!

Kittenna

If you’re interested in it, I can send you a sample? IIRC you’re not near a DT location, right?

Lynne-tea

That is so kind of you! I live about an hr and a half drive away from one… Which is very convenient for my wallet, but not so much for tea shopping haha :)

Kittenna

Steepster is driving me mad right now. I will send you a PM as soon as I can (or you can, to remind me.) Urrrgh. I don’t even know if this will post.

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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