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drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
79 tasting notes

Deck the halls with balls of…what the heck is this stuff? Are you sure I am not supposed to eat this with milk for breakfast in the morning? This is pretty much how I felt after smelling and looking at this tea, honestly it looks like granola, but smells better.

Dry this tea has a complex smell its hard to really pinpoint each one but I know my nose picks up the apple and popped rice pretty strongly; however as I said earlier the best way I can explain the smell is like granola or something you would eat for breakfast. Steeped the tea has an aroma that reminds me of christmas

The final brew is a reddish gold color and has a nice cinnamon aroma to it with fruity undertones. When I actually drank the tea I knew in the first sip I was not going to enjoy this tea and unfortunately I was right. I was slightly afraid it would be the case, but unfortunately for me it has a slight tart taste and the fruits simply didn’t appeal to me.

This is certainly a tea you will need to try to find out if it is for you, its too hard to determine just by the smell of it. Good concept by Davids unfortunately just not for me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 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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