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180 Tasting Notes

91
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
180 tasting notes

I did not expect to like this tea when it came in the DavidsTea Chocolate Box. I wanted chocolate, gosh darn it, not peppermint! The Red Velvet Cake had all the red pieces I wanted; what was this one about?

But I was wrong. It was love at first smell. I expected to overwhelmed by peppermint. But I wasn’t. There was an awesome balance of chocolate, mint, and some abstract “spice” scent I couldn’t quite put my finger on. I had to try it.

Let me tell you, the taste is even better than the smell. Again, everything was so well-balanced that the mint, while certainly present, did not overpower everything else, like I find it does with most other peppermint flavored teas. It’s sweet, minty, chocolatey, vanilla-y TEA. And you can taste every element of it. One of my new favorite teas.

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
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Got this one in The Chocolate Box. I think that out of all the teas in the collection, this one had the strongest chocolate taste. (Probably because it uses real, dark chocolate instead of mellowed-out & overly sweetened milk chocolate.)

The earthiness of the Pu’erh blends perfectly with the dark chocolate, and there’s a brillant orange scent and slight citrus note in there, too. Reminds me of those chocolate orange candy-things that you smack on a table to break apart the slices before unwrapping.

A very tasty flavored tea!

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
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48
drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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It’s taken me a while to review this tea, because I have such mixed feelings about it.

First of all, I hate the smell of this tea. I don’t really get the “paint” smell that others have noted, but I find it overly perfume-y, as if it was actually fragranced more than flavored.

The first couple of times I tried this tea, I had it as I drink all my teas – black, without any sweeteners or milk. I found it tasted much like it smelled: very artificial and almost kind of flowery. Didn’t really pick up anything that tasted carrot-cakey.

Then I decided to try it with a little bit of the half-and-half we have in the office. Suddenly, it’s an entirely different tea. Still has that awful smell, but the taste now resembles a very mild spice cake. Something about the cream brings out the “cakeiness” of the tea. I wouldn’t quite call it carrot cake, but there’s a sort of nutty, cake batter taste to it with the cream.

Overall, I’ll finish off what I have left of it, but I won’t be buying it again.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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56
drank Kamiya Papaya Oolong by Teavana
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This is a decent tea when brewed strong and served iced. Not a fan of it hot, however.

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This is one of those flavored teas where I can actually taste the tea base in addition to the flavorings. (Like most teas, I drink it black/no sugar)

I can’t describe exactly what this one tastes like (coconut, something sweet & tropical, and almost butterscotch-like?), and not having had buttered rum in many years I cannot attest to the similarities… but wow, is it amazing. So very, very good.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
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You know those candied, roasted nuts that street vendors sell? Well, that’s exactly what this tea smells like.

Imagine if someone figured out a way to juice those candied nuts and then served that juice hot. That’s exactly what this tastes like.

It’s sweet, cinnamon-y, and delicious. As other reviewers have mentioned, it’s not a “tea”-tea (there are no actual tea leaves in the bled), but as an herbal, it’s simply outstanding.

I’ve gotten two coworkers addicted to this this stuff, too!

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ll be honest: I’ve ever been a fan of chicory. I’m trying to put that aside for this review, but…

This was included in the Chocolate Box (set of 9 chocolate teas) from David’s Tea. In the first cup I tried, I had no raspberry pieces. The only flavors I could pick up were the chicory, a bit of chocolate, and maybe a very slight hint of almond.

I made another cup, this time being sure to get a raspberry piece in the scoop. This cup certainly smelled of raspberry at least (as another reviewer said, it was just like the old Lip Smackers!) but I wouldn’t say it had a strong raspberry flavor. That said, the raspberry did seem to balance out the earthiness of the chicory, mellowing the flavor a bit. This cup was much better. The chocolate and almond seemed to come out more for me as the chicory was muted; the flavors were well balanced.

I’m glad I gave this one a second chance. All in all, it was a good cup of tea, but I wouldn’t buy a tin of it because of my feelings towards chicory. However, if you like chicory and you like chocolate, you’ll love this one!

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84
drank Monkey-Picked Oolong by Teavana
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I don’t normally like Teavana products; they’re (in my opinion) overpriced and too often fruity. But as they are the only tea shop local to me, I decided to stop in when I was out of tea and didn’t want to wait for an online order.

I really surprised myself when, after a sample, I spent an exorbitant amount of money on a small amount of this stuff. But honestly, I don’t regret it. It’s flowery – but not too flowery. It’s mild – but flavorful. And man, is this oolong smooth. I probably won’t purchase it again because of the price, but as I always steep it for at least 3 cups, I don’t feel too bad about indulging myself just this one time.

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78
drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
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I had originally received this as a sample with my very first David’s Tea order. After trying that one cup, I went online almost immediately and placed an order for 50g of it.

First of all: the smell is amazing! Warm, spicy…everything a chai should be. On drinking, I don’t taste too much of the coconut, but the chai spices definitely come through — and I can certainly tell it’s a rooibos (which works really well in this blend). All in all, a very tasty caffeine-free option.

Preparation
5 min, 45 sec

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A tea fanatic who works in the tech sector, I purchase most of my tea online. The numerical ratings are to help me remember which teas I should re-order. 85+ means it’s worth a re-purchase. (If I ever get through all of the new ones I want to try!)

It’s pretty obvious from my tealog, but I have special place in my heart for flavored blacks and good rooibos. I also love oolongs, but apparently have expensive taste in that area, so I don’t purchase them too often. Learning to appreciate green tea, but not a fan of overly vegetal ones. Whites make a great iced tea.

I love to try new teas and will sample most anything once. Although I’ll usually pass on Earl Grey or super floral blends.

I drink my tea with no additions, unless otherwise noted in the review.

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