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drank Garlic Vanilla by Distinctly Tea
2606 tasting notes

Sipdown! Thanks to Raritea for a sample of this interesting tea!

The dry leaf didn’t have a great deal of aroma, but once infused, it was kind of a sweet, stinky foot sort of smell, haha. Kind of strange.

The flavour is… very interesting. I’m picking up on the tomato-y note that Raritea mentioned, and definitely can taste the garlic, which is coming off as weirdly savoury. I suspect that’s in part because of the rooibos base. I can’t really taste the vanilla, but I honestly think it would taste really funky here, alongside the garlicky tomato-y rooibos-ness.

Caaaaan’t say I’d want to be having this again :) It’s a bit on the weird side for me, and I’m not a big fan of rooibos blends to begin with. Perhaps a garlic-flavoured white tea would suit me a little better. Or a vegetal garlic green.

Thanks again for the sample though, Raritea!

ETA: Apparently I should be thanking Sil for this as well?? Anyhow, let this cool overnight, and just took a sip… holy garlic! Much stronger than last night, and actually a little stomach churning first thing in the morning. There are 2-3 sips left, but I think I might toss the rest. The thought of more garlic doesn’t appeal to me right now.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

that be interesting, vegetal garlic green or garlic white! Oooh a mate garlic!

Kittenna

I think vegetal flavours could go well with garlic! You’d have to be careful about too many caramel/sweet notes though (or perhaps it would work…. I’ve caramelized garlic with brown sugar and such before, and it was tasty albeit strange…)

whatshesaid

Garlic with vanilla? That sounds like a joke to me! Ew. I love garlic but cannot imagine wanting to drink an infusion of it. Also can’t see how it would mingle pleasantly with vanilla?! Weird!

Kittenna

Yeaaahhhh. Weird is the right word for it…

Ze_Teamaker

This tea is as weird sounding as pickle snow cone flavor.

Kittenna

Pickle snow cones? I adore pickles but the thought of that makes me gag a bit.

gmathis

Beeee-zarre!

Pia M

Hmmmm, strange as it sounds, this Garlic Vanilla tea sounds really intriguing! I am from Italy and put garlic in just about everything…could that be why? :-)

Kittenna

Eh…. I didn’t mind it when I had it just after it was brewed, but man…. I almost barfed when I took a sip in the morning…. and I love garlic! It just wasn’t the right combination for me.

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Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

that be interesting, vegetal garlic green or garlic white! Oooh a mate garlic!

Kittenna

I think vegetal flavours could go well with garlic! You’d have to be careful about too many caramel/sweet notes though (or perhaps it would work…. I’ve caramelized garlic with brown sugar and such before, and it was tasty albeit strange…)

whatshesaid

Garlic with vanilla? That sounds like a joke to me! Ew. I love garlic but cannot imagine wanting to drink an infusion of it. Also can’t see how it would mingle pleasantly with vanilla?! Weird!

Kittenna

Yeaaahhhh. Weird is the right word for it…

Ze_Teamaker

This tea is as weird sounding as pickle snow cone flavor.

Kittenna

Pickle snow cones? I adore pickles but the thought of that makes me gag a bit.

gmathis

Beeee-zarre!

Pia M

Hmmmm, strange as it sounds, this Garlic Vanilla tea sounds really intriguing! I am from Italy and put garlic in just about everything…could that be why? :-)

Kittenna

Eh…. I didn’t mind it when I had it just after it was brewed, but man…. I almost barfed when I took a sip in the morning…. and I love garlic! It just wasn’t the right combination for me.

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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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