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Ok – last review before going to catch my bus! I’m such a slacker. It doesn’t help that although I’ve had three cups of black tea, I feel just as tired as before… ugh.

Anyways…. 500th Tasting Note!!! Exciting! This was unintentional, and I certainly didn’t pick any special tea to mark such an occasion, just a sample that I ran across and figured I should finally try.

Now, I swear I haven’t had this tea before, but the aroma of it is ridiculously familiar. I’m wondering if it’s a similarity to Carrot Cake (oolong base)? Or Super Chocolate (carob, cinnamon)? Or maybe it’s just the carob. I’m so confused though. The aroma is kind of chai-y, cinnamony, carob-y. The flavour tastes much like a watered-down, chocolatey chai. Which I swear is what I think Super Chocolate is like, except that I know that one’s a green! But I don’t have any more Super Chocolate to try against it, and I think it’s an online exclusive now, so perhaps this mystery will never be solved.

Anyhow, I like this well enough, perhaps not enough to purchase, but certainly to drink again. Can’t pick out the oolong in particular, but that’s common with DT oolong blends aside from Banana Oolong.

ETA: Second infusion remains pretty tasty, mostly like a (chocolatey?) chai though (which I do like). Same with the third. I feel like this tea could last a lot longer than I plan on taking it, because the spices just aren’t losing flavour.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Missy

Yay for 500!

Bonnie

Wow! 500! And I can attest to the fact that you did it all in record time!!!!! Hooray!!! Bang, pop, toot, hoot, zing!

TeaBrat

Happy 500!

Invader Zim

Happy 500!

Lynne-tea

Yay Happy 500!

Fjellrev

Congrats!

tigress_al

Happy 500!!!

Kittenna

:D pretty sure I’ll hit 1000 before the year is through…!

Indigobloom

500! awesome!! congrats :D

CHAroma

Congratulations!!!!!!!! :)

SimplyJenW

Yay! 500!

Azzrian

Conga Rats! :)

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Missy

Yay for 500!

Bonnie

Wow! 500! And I can attest to the fact that you did it all in record time!!!!! Hooray!!! Bang, pop, toot, hoot, zing!

TeaBrat

Happy 500!

Invader Zim

Happy 500!

Lynne-tea

Yay Happy 500!

Fjellrev

Congrats!

tigress_al

Happy 500!!!

Kittenna

:D pretty sure I’ll hit 1000 before the year is through…!

Indigobloom

500! awesome!! congrats :D

CHAroma

Congratulations!!!!!!!! :)

SimplyJenW

Yay! 500!

Azzrian

Conga Rats! :)

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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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