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drank Royal Coconut by Tealuxe
658 tasting notes

I stopped in at Tealuxe and puzzled over their tea menu for a while before this one was suggested to me. I was so happy to see that they had a coconut pouchong! I want to try as many as I can get my hands on. So, I got a cup to go and 50 g. It smells, predictably, divine. It’s also tasty, but I find it tends to brew up bitter so I have to be careful with it. It’s delicious but I don’t think it really stands out from the pack, so I think Tealish is still my pick for a good balance of quality, accessibility, and price.

Tealuxe’s tea room and sitting area were lovely, just for the record!

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Last week, I was in Boston to see Morrissey and hang out for a few days. I took advantage and drank some teas that are harder to get up here. Unfortunately for this one I tend to agree with a few of the other reviews in thinking it was pretty flat. Overbearingly, one-note, harsh cinnamon. I’m not going to rate it as I am pretty finicky about cinnamon in teas.

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drank Apple Cinnamon by Tim Hortons
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Yeah, I don’t care. I’m just going to say it: I have been loving this stuff lately. It’s delicious. It’s probably the most satisfying apple and/or cinnamon tea I’ve had.

I’m even going to admit that I get milk in it because the first time around I thought it was black tea. It was tasty and comforting so I repeated it. I get it on the way into work and it sits steeping until I get settled in and the phones die down and I finally have time to drink it, and it’s lovely. Also really fragrant! People have been asking me what it is.

No shame here.

Tina S.

No shame here either, it was one of the first teas I ever drank and I still love it!

De

Own it, girlfriend! . . . okay, no idea where that came from.

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m feeling rather odd about this one. It tastes good. It’s sweet, it’s black tea. It’s very sweet in what I’m coming to view as a generic sort of way. I actually don’t taste chocolate at all! It tastes like caramel to me. And, while you can’t fault a tea for tasting like caramel, that wasn’t why I bought this. My gentleman friend got one to go from the store, with milk, and when I had a sip and told him it didn’t taste like chocolate he didn’t know what I was talking about; not knowing what red velvet cake is and the tea tasting like caramel had him confused. Anyway. I’ve since had it at home a couple times and while I won’t be upset to use it up it is another that I’m not going to feel compelled to re-buy.

Tina S.

I got the caramel notes too. It was a nice flavour but I didn’t get a chocolate. Glad I’m not the only one!

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I barbarically over-steeped this one (Western style in one of my Tea Forte set-ups) this morning, on my first try, but it was still fantastic! A little over-astringent but not quite bitter. Actually, it was beautifully sweet with great earthy, spicy cocoa notes. One steep only, unfortunately. I’ll have more to say when I make it back to this one.

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drank Toasted Marshmallow by DAVIDsTEA
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This one was interesting and I didn’t hate it, but I just haven’t been won over. I think I have an issue with some particular variety of cinnamon, found in this and in a lot of 52Teas teas. It just leaves a weird feeling in my throat and doesn’t appeal to me the way cinnamon usually does. Anyway, the tea is earthy, and it’s sweet at the same time. It wins points for being an interesting combination, and because I like the idea of it.

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drank Tea's Tea Golden Oolong by Ito En
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I think this stuff is great. I bought two bottles but was pretty convinced I was going to be disappointed/weirded out by them. Not so. They went fast. It’s actually very clean-tasting and refreshing: straight-up strong-brewed oolong flavour. It’s also one of the only not-water bottled beverages I feel comfortable drinking. I wish I could find more places that stock this!

Geoffrey Norman

I wonder if this is brewed with Japanese oolong. ponders

Jessie

Interesting ponderance! I only have experience with a few Japanese oolongs, all of which were exceedingly dark.

Tina S.

Oooh, this sounds interesting!

Jessie

It is! I wish it was sold more widely. I’ve only seen it at T&T Supermarket.

Tina S.

I suspected that’s where you found it! :D

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Thanks so much to Peony Tea S. for their generous samples, which arrived safely and very quickly!

This is very nice. I went with four infusions in a gaiwan, and it held up admirably well, mellowing a bit in the third and fourth rounds. It’s quite bold. It has a nice, roasty Oolong flavour with a touch of spicy-sweetness. A little smokey, too.

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I am, unfortunately, not enjoying shincha #2 as much as I enjoyed shincha #1 (which was the Minekaori). However, I had a bad splurge impulse last week and ordered up some more shinchas (as well as cute this houhin: http://www.yuuki-cha.com/images/large/BZhouhin5943_LRG.jpg) so I have more to try. By the by, ordering from Yuuki-Cha is such a pleasure.

I’m finding that this one features a very fine line between not flavourful enough and too bitter. When I manage to brew it in that sweet spot, it’s very sweet but quite mild. It has a similar buttery hay flavour as the Minekaori, but milder. If I go a bit too long, it’s quire bitter. Still an excellent tea that I’m not sorry to have to finish up, but not a contender for favourite.

TeaBrat

I like that kitty pot!

Jessie

Thanks! Official crazy cat lady status achieved.

Bonnie

Oh yes cute!

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I had this one at the cottage on the weekend, and all went as usual. I find this a nice lazy morning tea. But, I left the second cup to chill for me to come back to later as I thought it would make a lovely iced tea. When I did, it was incredibly bitter! So bitter that it was unpleasant to drink. I’ve never experienced that before, when a tea is nice and light hot but bitter cold. I think this would be nice cold-brewed, though.

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