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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
598 tasting notes

Tea #2 from Traveling Tea Box C

I really like black licorice (Yeah. I’m that person.) So tea with anise sounded heavenly. Especially without any of the typical masala chai spices.

I brewed this a little strong (about one teaspoon for five ounces of water), because I have an issue with non-fruity Davids blends turning out really sad if I don’t.

I’m really torn on this tea. I don’t taste any coconut. At all. And the chocolate does leave that kind not-so-good-but-not-quite-horrible articial aftertaste. But the hard hitting anise followed by a cocoa sweetness is so good. It’s like drinking really mild black licorice and then eating a Hershey’s kiss.

It kind of fails as an anise/coconut/chocolate mix because one third of that is just…missing. And if I was looking for a chocolate tea, this wouldn’t be it either. But I’m actually really, really surprised how much I like this and it’s licorice-y goodness.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Fuzzy_Peachkin

I love black licorice too, but I really didn’t like this tea The flavors were all over the place!

scribbles

You’re not alone…love black licorice. I’ve avoided this one, but will now re-think a possible purchase.

Hesper June

I like black licorice too. I think I got that from my dad, he loves the stuff:)

moraiwe

I really didn’t think the flavors were all over, mostly because I only really picked up the tea, cocoa, and anise. I don’t think it was what it set out to be, for sure, but in the end I liked it for the anise more than anything.

moraiwe

I’m so glad I’m not alone in black licorice love. My family thinks I’m mad!

Short Sorceress

I love black licorice, and I really wanted to love this tea because it smells so good steeping, but I thought this was such an odd tasting tea. I would have liked it much better without the chocolate in it.

moraiwe

It was odd. But good odd for me, so I’m not complaining :) Honestly, I would really love something like a black tea base with licorice and orange. Which probably sounds really weird, but ornage sherbet with Good n Plenties is pretty much awesome.

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Fuzzy_Peachkin

I love black licorice too, but I really didn’t like this tea The flavors were all over the place!

scribbles

You’re not alone…love black licorice. I’ve avoided this one, but will now re-think a possible purchase.

Hesper June

I like black licorice too. I think I got that from my dad, he loves the stuff:)

moraiwe

I really didn’t think the flavors were all over, mostly because I only really picked up the tea, cocoa, and anise. I don’t think it was what it set out to be, for sure, but in the end I liked it for the anise more than anything.

moraiwe

I’m so glad I’m not alone in black licorice love. My family thinks I’m mad!

Short Sorceress

I love black licorice, and I really wanted to love this tea because it smells so good steeping, but I thought this was such an odd tasting tea. I would have liked it much better without the chocolate in it.

moraiwe

It was odd. But good odd for me, so I’m not complaining :) Honestly, I would really love something like a black tea base with licorice and orange. Which probably sounds really weird, but ornage sherbet with Good n Plenties is pretty much awesome.

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Name: Lauren
Location: Wisconsin (previously a Chicago girl)
Occupation: Student by day and super hero by night
Super Hero? Yep!
Which One? I can’t tell you that! Secret identities and such. Just know I’m not the hero they want, but the hero they need.
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Reading, writing, cooking, video games, computers, drawing, crafting, papercraft. Oh and tea.

A brief history:

I grew up in a family where the only working coffee maker was in my dad’s office. So the name of the game for my mother and I quickly became (bagged) tea. In 2004/2005, I discovered Adagio Teas. I don’t remember how it happened, or why I decided to pursue a purchase but here we are. I haven’t looked back.

My tea tastes have changed over time and I’ve moved from liking solely flavored teas (mostly black and white) to enjoying Darjeelings primarily, though malty unflavored blacks, fresh tasting greens, and lightly oxidized oolongs come in pretty high on my list, too. Of course, I still enjoy a good cup of flavored tea. I prefer caffeinated teas, as I have a horrible caffeine addiction that I don’t plan on kicking any time soon.

Red rooibos and lapsang souchong (or other strongly smoky teas) are my arch nemeses and I will see them defeated and removed by force from my cupboard. Like all thing, there are exceptions, but I assume they’re guilty until proven innocent.

I really don’t like negatively rating things, because I feel like if you don’t have something nice to say, you probably shouldn’t say it. But in the interest of non-biased tea reviews I’m going to give it a shot. I view every tea as a potential adventure so I’ll try most things at least once.

I love trading and swaps are always welcome! Please note, though, what it in my cupboard includes amounts ranging from a couple cups to 4 ounces or more, so please PM me to find out if what you’re seeking is available in that trade amount.

According to my spreadsheet, I also have about 100 other 1-4 cup samples that are not in my cupboard.. Feel free to message if you’re interested in see the spreadsheet for possible swap options as well.

Tea Ratings:

100-95 Nectar of the teagods that has been bestowed upon my unworthy tongue. I will never let this tin run empty.

86-94 These are the teas I would like to keep regularly stocked, but sometimes life gets in the way. Lovely teas, but not quite god tier. I still get cravings for these.

74-85 Good teas, but not amazing. I enjoy these, but may or may not restock once they run out. I would still recommend these to others.

60-73 Not bad. I’ll gladly keep drinking my cup, and wouldn’t say no if someone offered me this tea. I probably won’t rebuy these as there is likely something else that is comparable and better.

47-59 Certainly drinkable and might even have some characteristics that I enjoy, but I won’t pick it up again

30-46 I’ll probably finish my cup, but this tea isn’t to my taste OR it’s just overwhemingly mediocre. Life’s too short for bad tea.

11-29 This cup is in the sink now and I will never willingly consume this again. If you see a tea rated this way, I probably followed it with mouthwash.

0-10 Please say a prayer for the cup I destroyed in the process of disposing of this tea in the quickest manner possible. I may need tea therapy before I drink a similar tea again.

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