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drank Mamma Mia by DAVIDsTEA
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I feel like I may have steeped this one too long, and am dreading the hibiscus…

Anyhow, the tea smells pretty floral, cinnamony, and strong. Reminds me quite a lot of potpourri, really. And for whatever reason, that smell is not appetizing me right now. Really not a floral tea fan, and mixed with hibiscus?! Yikes. Alphakitty, I hope I sent some of this to you (too lazy to check).

Oh man. Uhhh… yuck. The hibiscus isn’t bad (actually it’s not really an issue at all), but SO MUCH rose and the cinnamon flavour are just screaming BATH PRODUCT to me, not tea. Which gives me a soap association (not a soapy flavour though). I’m going to go water it down some though, because I think I was a little heavy on the tea compared to the water, and I’ve had that issue with floral teas before (by floral I mean rose. I really like the orchid floralness of oolongs, entirely different beast altogether. A gentle, happy beast, not like this one.)

Ok. Watered down it isn’t making me gag nearly so much. But again, it’s too much like a bath product for me. This one’s going down the drain; I would MUCH rather get started on the Harney & Sons flavoured blacks from Alphakitty awaiting me on the counter……

Lynne-tea, Mercuryhime, CHAroma, any of you guys interested in about a cups’ worth of this one? Zero chance I’ll be drinking it again. (Or anyone else for that matter…)

ETA: I just want to mention that I don’t think oversteeping is my problem with this one, it’s just not a combination of flavours that I find appealing.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

you make it sound so appealing. ;-)

Kittenna

Hahahaha, I’m sure I do! But I’m discovering I really dislike rose, and that’s probably the biggest problem for me here, so someone who likes rose might enjoy it! That said, the reviews generally aren’t fantastic.

ScottTeaMan

Oh Crap…….that reminds me I cold brewed some tea with hibiscus in it last Mon/Tues and almost forgot about it. Imagine me- forgeting about hibiscus….GLADLY!!

Kittenna

Oooooh, risky….. my last cold-brew with hibiscus was Pink Flamingo, and that did not go well…

Fjellrev

Thanks for the heads up on the not-so-edible bathwater. Haha. It’s funny how so many people dislike hibiscus yet it can be found in so many teas. What is UP with that…

Kittenna

I don’t think the problem in this tea is the hibiscus, although it might be contributing, I think it’s the rose/cinnamon combination. Either way, unless you have intentions of bathing in this stuff…

Fjellrev

Yeah, rose and cinnamon are both such common notes in bath products and candles so I can see how the association would make an odd tea experience. I just found it amusing, as a side note, how you were dreading the largely disliked hibiscus and ended up disliking this tea for a more unexpected reason.

Kittenna

Haha, yes, given the colour of the tea I’m really surprised it wasn’t the hibiscus that ruined it!

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TeaBrat

you make it sound so appealing. ;-)

Kittenna

Hahahaha, I’m sure I do! But I’m discovering I really dislike rose, and that’s probably the biggest problem for me here, so someone who likes rose might enjoy it! That said, the reviews generally aren’t fantastic.

ScottTeaMan

Oh Crap…….that reminds me I cold brewed some tea with hibiscus in it last Mon/Tues and almost forgot about it. Imagine me- forgeting about hibiscus….GLADLY!!

Kittenna

Oooooh, risky….. my last cold-brew with hibiscus was Pink Flamingo, and that did not go well…

Fjellrev

Thanks for the heads up on the not-so-edible bathwater. Haha. It’s funny how so many people dislike hibiscus yet it can be found in so many teas. What is UP with that…

Kittenna

I don’t think the problem in this tea is the hibiscus, although it might be contributing, I think it’s the rose/cinnamon combination. Either way, unless you have intentions of bathing in this stuff…

Fjellrev

Yeah, rose and cinnamon are both such common notes in bath products and candles so I can see how the association would make an odd tea experience. I just found it amusing, as a side note, how you were dreading the largely disliked hibiscus and ended up disliking this tea for a more unexpected reason.

Kittenna

Haha, yes, given the colour of the tea I’m really surprised it wasn’t the hibiscus that ruined it!

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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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