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Eh, this one is not quite what I was expecting. It brews up quite murky, and with an offputting aroma that I can’t quite place. It’s a little reminiscent of Super Chocolate or Dr. Chocolate (carob??) The flavour is surprisingly weak, given the aroma, and mostly tastes of murky cocoa and cinnamon. The mouthfeel is drying though not astringent – kind of like getting chunks of chalk in your mouth. I can’t taste the coconut at all here either.

I have enough left in my bag for another shot at this one, but I’m really disappointed :( This is definitely one of the least tasty teas from DavidsTea I have tasted.

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CupofTree

that’s a shame, this one sounded really good.

Helena

It tasted okay to me when they brewed it up at the store. I had it hot and it it tasted like a cinnamon vanilla cookie to me :D

Kittenna

Yeah, definitely going to have to give this another shot…

Buy the Stars

Hm, I thought the weak flavour was just me not using enough tea, but if it’s weak all around that’s definitely disappointing. I guess I’ll give it another shot to see if there’s any difference.

Kittenna

If anything, I overleaped this cup, as I have a tendency to do that. I’ve been finding some of DT’s teas to be weak in flavour lately though. Maybe this one needs the full 7 minutes, not just 4?

Buy the Stars

That could be it. I’ve noticed similar things from black blends rather than straight teas, especially from David’s.

Kittenna

Erm, I definitely typed overleaFed, thank you autocorrect. Yeah, typically I don’t steep straight blacks or 52teas black blends for more than 3 minutes, as they get bitter/astringent. However, flavoured blacks from other companies like DavidsTea seem to withstand longer times quite well, and in fact may actually require them.

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CupofTree

that’s a shame, this one sounded really good.

Helena

It tasted okay to me when they brewed it up at the store. I had it hot and it it tasted like a cinnamon vanilla cookie to me :D

Kittenna

Yeah, definitely going to have to give this another shot…

Buy the Stars

Hm, I thought the weak flavour was just me not using enough tea, but if it’s weak all around that’s definitely disappointing. I guess I’ll give it another shot to see if there’s any difference.

Kittenna

If anything, I overleaped this cup, as I have a tendency to do that. I’ve been finding some of DT’s teas to be weak in flavour lately though. Maybe this one needs the full 7 minutes, not just 4?

Buy the Stars

That could be it. I’ve noticed similar things from black blends rather than straight teas, especially from David’s.

Kittenna

Erm, I definitely typed overleaFed, thank you autocorrect. Yeah, typically I don’t steep straight blacks or 52teas black blends for more than 3 minutes, as they get bitter/astringent. However, flavoured blacks from other companies like DavidsTea seem to withstand longer times quite well, and in fact may actually require them.

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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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