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drank Red Velvet Cake Mate by 52teas
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Thanks to Jackie T for a sample of this tea. To be honest, it mostly tastes like Malted ChocoMate. Maybe a bit less malty, but that’s about it. It’s pretty tough to overcome the distinct flavour of roasted yerba mate, I think.

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drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
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Another backlog! I don’t entirely recall what I thought of this tea, but I remember the aroma being quite sweet and sugary, and the taste considerably less so, and unfortunately a bit heavy on the rooibos. I believe I should have one serving left to write a more detailed note about it probably 3 years in the future. Heh.


If you have agave it works really well with that


If you have any of the Cotton Candy left, I’d love to buy/swap with you – I’m trying to find some for a friend as an XMas gift. :)


Unfortunately I only picked up about 10g, and if I have any left, it’s a single serving that I’m planning to drink. Sorry :( I just checked the DT website, and it looks like they must be out of it – last I noticed, they had 250g bags for sale at a discount, but it seems to be no longer.


No worries! Thanks for your helpful response. I’ll just cross my fingers it pops up somewhere before the holidays. :)


Did you try posting on the DT Facebook page? Sometimes people on there are willing to sell/do swaps.


Hi! That’s a great idea – but it appears that my friend has “liked” their Facebook page, so I’m nervous she’ll see my posts and discover that I’m trying to find this tea for her! Oh well, I’ll keep searching! :)

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Backlog here… I shared some of this with my boyfriend’s mom a while back, as she picked it from the limited selection of herbals I offered her. I found it a bit light for my tastes, although the flavour was fairly good (mostly berries – no hibiscus, yay!) I’m curious as to whether it actually helps the conditions it is supposed to – perhaps I’ll finish up the rest in that sort of experiment. Overall, pretty good for a “medicinal” tea.


I actually like this one, but I drink RRL a bit (only before ovulation for me though). I find it nicer than straight RRL.

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Not bad. Nice fruity strawberry, standard-tasting pu’erh base (not fishy, just… distinctly pu’erh). I’m not overly fond of the base, therefore not a big fan of the tea, but it’s not bad for what it is.

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Sipdown! Thanks to CHAroma for letting me sample this tea!

The aroma is of banana runts; a similar banana essence to that in other 52teas. I can’t detect any cherry, but sometimes flavours don’t present as aromas… here’s hoping! Sip – HOLY CRAP. This tastes very smoky. I can taste a flavour very reminiscent of ChocoMate (presumably the mate?) although I thought it wasn’t roasted in this blend, but green. A quick check confirms this… so it’s quite interesting that I’m tasting the roastiness/smokiness. I don’t think this is contamination (I have few lapsangs and don’t believe it was near them), but wow. This is really strange and somewhat unpleasant. I can’t really taste any sort of fruitiness in the tea because of the overwhelming other notes… I wish I had tried this sooner so I could verify what was possibly going on, but I didn’t. Oh well. I’ll leave a rating off here, as it’s quite possible that something has happened here (especially given the other reviews), but now I’m very suspicious of mate, and looking to try a couple others (I’m positive I have some…) to see how they taste to me…

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Ok, this is much different from what I was expecting. 1) It doesn’t taste like DT’s classic fishy-ish pu’erh; in fact, the base tastes like a good quality black. I assume there are pu’erhs with this flavour profile, but I’m not well enough acquainted with them to be sure. There’s some astringency, but I steeped longer than I intended to, so I expect that may go away. 2) The hibiscus in here appears to be a non-issue. All I can taste is an orangey citrus, which isn’t all that strong, but just present enough for me.

Overall, I’m quite pleasantly surprised. Not enough to pick up more of this for myself (too many teas, too many favourites), but I would definitely recommend this to lovers of citrus tea, and people just getting into pu’erh. And don’t be afraid of the hibiscus; I have to assume it’s an ingredient strictly for a touch of colour, and just a slight zing, which is just fine by me!


I’ve been toying with trying, but the hobby scared me some, and I think there is stevia in this one?

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Sipdown! Still enjoy this one, and would happily drink it again if I could. A very mellow, sweet green, reminiscent of dried sweet grass. Kind of like a houjicha, but with greener tones, if that makes sense – it’s not all roasted, as the colour also indicates. I oversteeped a touch (lost track of time again), and it’s still quite good, just a bit on the strong side, which a bit more water could fix if I wanted.

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drank Key Lime Pie by Della Terra Teas
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Shockingly, despite 28 minutes of sitting there with the tea leaves in it… this cup of tea is actually quite good. No bitterness, just a touch of creaminess, and some definite lime. It’s reminding me a bit of Lime Jello from 52teas, although the lime is much more muted here – probably age-related, as per usual with everything I’m drinking lately. From what I can tell, though, it’s a pretty decent tea, and clearly with a durable base. It’s not going to beat out Lime Chiffon though (or for that matter, Lime Jello), but I wouldn’t mind trying it again fresh, in the hopes that there was in fact once more flavour.

Oh, and thanks to Sil for letting me try this one :)

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drank Sweet Temptation by Cornelia Bean
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Sipdown! Thanks for sharing some of this, VariaTea! This reminds me somewhat of Tsaa’s Sweet Temptation (or whatever it’s called), although even in my teeny package of this, I think there were far more little bits of nougat than I had in multiple cups of the Tsaa version. Result? Pretty yummy! Sweet, light, nougatty blend. This (and the next tea I’m reviewing) got an epic 28 minute infusion, and I’m happy to say that this tea didn’t suffer one bit. The rooibos is at that good level where it’s acting as a base flavour for the sweetness, but not contributing it’s own woody or medicinal flavours (and I’m not getting too much of the usual scratchy-throat feeling, which is also a plus).

Anyways, overall a pretty good tea! I prefer Bayswater’s Divine Temptation because I don’t care about caffeine, but this is a pretty good alternative.


Hahaha “because I don’t care about caffeine” makes me think of you slapping away rooibos and being like “screw you caffeine free”. I think I prefer Bayswater too though. I was also reminded of a RiverTea with a green base called Sweet Seduction.


Hahahahaha :P I keep hearing things about RiverTea… I believe it was a company you guys were all interested in while I was on unofficial hiatus. Maybe someday I’ll get to try that one too (although I probably prefer the black base to green, as well).

Roswell Strange

RiverTea is the bomb.

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Thanks of much to Teavivre for sending samples of this tea! I wasn’t sure how I would feel about a tea with both chamomile and rose (neither of which I overly care for), but I thought it could be interesting – and I think that would be accurate! The aroma of the dry tea is almost peachy – kind of floral (rose), and sweet from the silver needles. The flavour ends up being kind of fruity-floral as well – a nice sweet base from the silver needles, with rose and chamomile both appearing distinctly in the foreground. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that although I could tell there was rose in this tea, it tasted nothing like perfume; likewise, the chamomile had a sort of appley fruitiness instead of the flavour I dislike (chlorine?). Overall, it wouldn’t rank anywhere near my favourite teas, but it was a pretty tasty cup considering the ingredients. I have a sample stashed away to give to my mom – I’m pretty sure she’ll appreciate it even more!

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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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