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This is a weird one. I am getting honey and nutty notes and even elements that lend themselves to the flavor of biscotti and yet as a whole, I am just not loving it. Perhaps Sil or Roswell Strange will be able to figure this out because to me something is off and I am just not sure what.

Roswell Strange

I’ve never had Biscotti; I wonder how that would affect my impression of it?

VariaTEA

Should be interesting. It wasn’t bad, just a bit weird.

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Alright so I think my initial excitement about a new tea stopped me from picking up on the rooibos in the first cup. Now that the excitement has passed, I am detecting rooibos but it is subtle and the pear flavor is still the most dominant taste in the cup. It is like a hot cup of pear jelly bellies. Delicious :)

OMGsrsly

Haha! All I can do is cringe at the description of “a hot cup of pear jelly bellies.”

VariaTEA

Alright maybe not the most appealing description but as a child I loved pear jelly bellies and this is reminiscent of that flavor

OMGsrsly

:D I’m sure it would be great it people liked ripe pear, but I only like them when they’re crunchy and almost-sour. :)

Roswell Strange

Oh yum! That’s an awesome description!

OMGsrsly

LOL. See? Someone who likes pear. (I’ll try to remember that, Roswell, in case I get some random samples.)

Roswell Strange

(It’s funny – I’m eating canned pears and brown sugar right now…)

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drank Wedding Tea by Harney & Sons
2368 tasting notes

Usually I am not a fan of citrus flavors in tea but between Roswell Strange’s reviews and the deliciousness of Fauchon’s L’Hiver, I decided to give this a try. Consequently, when the amazing NayLynn asked if I wanted anything else from Harney’s aside from the oz of Soba Cha she offered to send my way, I took her up on her offer and got a sample of this. Sipping on it now, I am super happy that I did and I am extremely delighted that the sample is rather large because this tea is really good. It is like a slice of lemon cake, emphasis on the lemon, with a touch of vanilla sugar glaze to add a nice dose of creamy sweetness to the cup. Definitely a nice treat. So, thank you Roswell Strange for peaking my interest and thank you NayLynn for ever so graciously facilitating my order. You guys are AMAZING!!

Roswell Strange

Ugh, I want this back! This and Soba Cha…

VariaTEA

I can share some of both if you like :). It is not a problem to just toss some into the package I am sending.

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I had half a banana left over from the first smoothie so I made a second. I decided to use this matcha (1) because I am trying to use it up and (2) because I wanted to compare this to Creme Brulee and see if I could taste anything different between the two. Unfortunately, I got nothing from either matcha, except for a bit of bitterness at the end of the sip that could either be the result of the matcha, the frozen strawberries, or the underripe banana. However, the good news is that each smoothie uses a whole tsp of matcha which means I have just enough left of both Creme Brulee and English Toffee for one more smoothie.

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Got more smoothie mix so I whipped some of this up with banana and strawberry. The crime brûlée added some sweetness but really not much else. This is another I probably won’t be reordering but it was fun to try and could potentially be great at a higher flavouring level.

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drank Southern Belle by DAVIDsTEA
2368 tasting notes

So I am very confused because for some reason, I am getting chocolate notes in this cup. Chocolate and peaches. I think that perhaps the base and yogurt creaminess are combining together in a taste reminiscent of chocolate while the peach flavor is shining independent of the chocolate. The other possibility is the Chocolate Rocket stored in the same envelope as this blend might have contaminated the tea. Whatever the reason the tea I am having now is weird but still pleasant enough. The last of this has been set up to cold brew for later since DAVIDs recommends having it cold so we will see how that goes. Thank you Roswell Strange for the opportunity to try this tea, especially since it is no longer available and I know how you love it. Your generosity is always appreciated :)

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drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
2368 tasting notes

Strawberry? Check. Cream? Check. Slightly distracting black base? Unfortunately, check. I can see the potential in this as all the flavors are there but I find the black is competing for center stage as opposed to just being a foundation for the strawberry cream goodness. Consequently, I get notes of strawberry and notes of creaminess but it is all muted by the base. Perhaps some tweaking can correct that issue. Thankfully, Amariel was generous enough to send me a large sample that I have some more to play around with so thank you Amariel for the chance to try this tea :).

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drank Monkey Chops by Bluebird Tea Co.
2368 tasting notes

Thank you Amariel for sending this my way but unfortunately I am just not enjoying this as much as I hoped I would. I am finding it really quite bland in comparison to other banana teas I have had in the past while simultaneously finding it rather thick as well. I just find myself wanting more rich flavours and less dense base. I have about 1 cup worth of leaf left so perhaps with some tweaking, I will be able to get more from this tea but for now, I am pretty underwhelmed. Oh we’ll, can’t love them all. Nonetheless, I am grateful for the chance to try it out.

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drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
2368 tasting notes

So a white that can be brewed at boiling temps (well just below boiling) is my kind of white and this is definitely one of those teas. It brews at 94C for 4 minutes and yet there is no bitterness to be found. Just creamy frosting deliciousness. Why was this discontinued?! It is a tasty, tasty tea that I am super grateful to Amariel for sharing.

It is sweet but not too sweet with a nice buttery creaminess. Meanwhile, it is simultaneously light and fluffy which is unusual for a DAVIDs tea (as I have found many tend to go to the thick/oily side). And there is a nice hint of mango fruitiness that pairs beautifully with the osmanthus which is fresh, clean, and slightly nutty. Even the chamomile is present, though not offensive in this blend as I find it really helps to highlight all the flavors and blends beautifully to create one amazing tea. Seriously, thank you Amariel for sharing!!

ETA: I just got in trouble with my sister over this tea because I gave her, someone who really has no interest in tea, a sip and when she told me it was tasty I was shocked and told her “of course you would like a discontinued blend” to which she told me “why would I give her something she liked if she can’t have it again”…oops :P

Amariel

Try this one with milk. I know, I know, it’s a white tea….but it is actually really good with milk. I wish it was still around. It’s still one of my top faves. That was my concern with sending you the rest, because it’s discontinued. But in the end, I felt like you should at least try it, and there was a decent mount left, I think.

VariaTEA

That could be good. I will do so and I appreciate the chance to try it, even if I can’t get it anymore :(

Amariel

In the end, I figured I’d had enough of it and wanted to share what was left. And I’m glad I did. Mango Lassi has a similar taste, and perhaps mixed with white tea, might recreate this, but I have not tried it yet.

VariaTEA

It is weird because I hated Mango Lassi but really liked this, though I can see where you would draw comparisons.

Amariel

I did like ML, but I was not in love with it. I’m not sure what it was. It does have some resemblance to Buttercream, but not exactly. But glad you like this! :D

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drank Strawberry Pie Honeybush by 52teas
2368 tasting notes

I am coming to the end of the bag and though I loved this once, now all I get is honeybush flavour so I am ready to say goodbye.

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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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