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drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
79 tasting notes

Checkmate in three moves…Steep, Drink and Enjoy!

I have never been a fan of the strategic game of chess simply because I do not have the time or patience to sit through a good game; however luckily enough this tea steeps in 4 minutes which is about as long as my patience seems to last!

Dry the leaves vary is size, shape and colour it really is a cornucopia of tea leaves in this mix, it does a great job of naturally contrasting itself making it appealing to look at the dry leaves (yes I am a freak). While steeping I didn’t notice and overly powerful aroma coming from my steeper, but alas I was cooking bacon at the same time.

The final brew is a darker colour, not as dark as just a straight black tea but enough to enhance Davids claim this tea is like a glass of cocoa. The claim stated by Davids is reinforced even more when you taste this tea, it really does have a cocoa-ish taste to it which is quite a feat for not having any cocoa in it. I do believe however this flavor comes from the coffee flavoring added to the tea combined with the coconut in the tea.

This tea is great for people who both like black tea and white tea being a cheeky mix of both it hits home well for all tea lovers.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Tea, Earl Grey, Hot!

I will attempt to taste and comment on each and every blend offered from DAVIDsTEA and of course anything else that comes across my path.

I only drink tea brewed from loose leaf tea, and tend to sweeten my teas with a teaspoon of raw cane sugar per 8oz of tea and consider a cup either 12oz or 16oz depending on what mug I want to use.

I generally do not put milk in my tea’s; however sometimes I may make a ‘London Fog’ style drink or add milk to herbal infusions to add a bit more creaminess to it.

And I generally enjoy drink a nice hot tea while relaxing listening to some Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd.

I am quite liberal with my Tea ratings, I take the smiley face to heart for judging. If I really like it then it will score a high grade regardless of the brand or if I can keep it in my cupboard or not. But to break it down further a bit more check this out:

0-10 – Wouldn’t drink it if I was dying.
10-20 – Are you sure this didn’t come out of a bag?
20-50 – There is hope for this tea…somewhere but not here
50-60 – Drinkable, but not stockable
60-70 – Ok, were onto something here!
70-80 – Wow you gotta try this
80+ I freaking love it, where can I buy it?

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Vancouver, B.C.

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