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drank Grape Expectations by DAVIDsTEA
2388 tasting notes

So I am finally trying this cold brewed and thankfully I don’t like it given that it is unavailable now. There is a sweet grape kool aid quality that comes out more in the cold brew but still there is a grassiness that I am not loving.


I just picked some up from a David’s location and wasn’t impressed either. Boo!


Boo indeed! Into the swap pile this goes…

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Cold brewed this blend and I think I far prefer it this way. The lavender is much more muted though there are notes of it floating around in the bottle. I am also picking up hints of caramel I wasn’t finding in the hot brew and a fair bit of orange. Weirdly, all the flavors come together to sort of take on a biscuit-like quality. An unsweetened orange biscuit.

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drank Rhubarb & Strawberry by Lupicia
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I have gone all day without ANY tea. The problem with that? My body is so used to the caffeine shot that I get headaches without it. So now I am sipping on my cold brews.

This tea definitely is better cold brewed than hot. The base is non-detectable while the strawberry flavor is really shining, even if it is a touch on the artificial syrupy side (which I personally don’t mind but others may not like). Rhubarb, on the other hand, is no where to be found. However, if I had more of this, I would only ever have it cold brewed. I am upping the rating a bit from 68 and thank you Dustin for sharing with me!

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Cavocorax was pretty on the ball when she declared this tea “interesting”. However, interesting does not necessarily equal good, nor bad. Just interesting. I was expecting something similar to a Jessie’s Tea given the rooibos, coconut, lavender combination but there is more to this than that. Luckily I am not picking up on the blerg but there is a thickness to one of the components that I am just not loving. I think it is actually the coconut in the blend that is producing a lotion-eqsue quality. Also, the lavender is strong and a little spicy at the end of every sip which is not for me. Ultimately, I find myself wanting to love this as I love the character who inspired this tea but alas it is disappointing. Perhaps it might be better as a cold brew? I will have to try that out…

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Apparently the key to bringing out some English Toffee flavor is to use frozen mango as opposed to frozen bananas in your smoothie. Who knew? Unfortunately it is still not enough that I feel the need to restock this matcha but it is an excellent way to say goodbye.

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So long tasty mango tea. Hopefully we will meet again next time I am in Florida. Until then, I will cherish the memory if your rich base and true-to-the-fruit flavor. Mmmm…


Are they in Florida?? I’m going to Orlando….


They have their office in Miami and I have been lucky enough to be able to go visit them when I go to Florida for holidays


Oh, nice!


Yep. It was pretty cool to meet everyone who worked for the company. Truly an amazing experience.

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I was packaging some of this up for Cavocorax and Roswell Strange and decided to take the opportunity to make some for myself. Thank you NayLynn for helping me acquire some without having to sell an arm to pay for shipping!


I love this tea too I got in a sample with a swap. I bet the shipping to Canada is pretty high.


I believe so but luckily I have alternative ways of getting the teas.
In this case, NayLynn was a sweetheart and was able to order a bunch of teas from American companies and shop them to me to reduce costs. Other times I can send it to my father who lives in California and he ships them to me.


H&S was only $15 the last time I looked at it, which isn’t too bad at all. And it’s scary that I think that isn’t too bad. But, I mean, you get tins.

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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Short lived Sipdown as I have a tin of this on the way as I type. Thank you jump62359!


Gah, I can’t wait to try this one. I ordered a bunch too. :)


Well I hope you enjoy it :). I would offer to send you some but by the time I do that, yours would probably have arrived.

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Jack Frost, you are one tasty tea. This is incredibly creamy, so much so it is almost reminiscent of white hot chocolate and there is just a touch of mint flavor to keep this from being bland. Delicious. Thank you jump62359!

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Thank you TraceyC for sending this my way as I am really quite excited to have this back in my cupboard. Today, the black base is 100% tamed leaving just the strawberry milkshake deliciousness behind. Yum!

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.


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