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Thank you Inkling for the share! It was exciting to try a tea from a company I have never had before and I must say, this certainly delivers on what it promises. There is a great deal of black currant flavor, but not a medicinal kind, just a juicy berry flavor that tapers off into a subtle but smooth vanilla as the sip ends. Plus, underlying the whole taste is a slight maltiness from the base that really brings this up a level. Now I don’t know if it is having any effect on my mood as the description might imply but I am certainly pleased with the cup so once again, thank you Inkling! I will have to check out some more teas from this company soon. 185.

Inkling

This is a new company for me as well; I visited the shop while I was in St. Louis a few weeks ago. The Naughty Vicar is their most popular blend, so I don’t know if there other teas are as good. But I’m sure enjoying this one and glad you are too!

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drank Caramel Apple by Butiki Teas
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So “sweat” is a flavored listed on this tea and thank goodness I am not tasting that. I am actually not too put off by the oolong in this blend despite its strong, floral presence. It is nicely complimented by the fresh, sweet red apple flavoring and the smooth caramel candy-like flavor. At times, I get just a hint of caramel that reminds me of the Butterscotch and Hazelnut Mocha Candies flavoring but it is fleeting and I find myself wanting more. Still, the caramel and apple both make an appearance in the cup and that makes for an enjoyable drink. Thank you Inkling for sending some my way :)

Cameron B.

Hopefully they meant “sweet”… :P

Inkling

Glad you’re enjoying it; I like that one too!

VariaTEA

Cameron, I hope so too and Inkling, thank you so much for parting with some of your precious Butiki teas for me to try :)

Kittenna

Sweat?! Nasty.

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drank Apple Custard by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh Apple Custard, you make a delicious eggnog latte! At first, there wasn’t a very distinctive flavor. Instead, it just tasted creamy and sweet but then I placed it…custard. This drink tasted exactly like custard. Good job tea, you delivered on what you promised and it was delightful.

Dustin

I have been reading reviews where people mention eggnog lattes with other teas… could you explain what that is? I’m guessing it’s eggnog in your tea frothed up a bit?

Cameron B.

It’s something that David’s is doing in-store for the holiday season. Basically you can get a tea latte with eggnog instead of milk.

VariaTEA

Yeah, its a tea latte but it is made with 60% eggnog and 40% milk.

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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Usually I just run into the mall to get DAVIDs but today I actually had to run some errands. However, once I was there, I obviously had to get some eggnog lattes. I ordered Apple Custard and wasn’t sure I would like it so I got this to balance it out. Unfortunately, today, this was my least favourite of the two although that is not saying much because both were awesomesauce. With that said, for some reason today the base seemed more present than in past cups. I think its probably because the leave was taken from the very bottom of the container meaning it was mostly broken pieces of leaf that have fallen to the bottom and fewer fruity bits to balance those out. Still, it had its sweet, almost bubblegum, flavor that I like quite a bit so I was pleased. I was not pleased with the little piece of seal from the eggnog container that found its way into my drink and then eventually my mouth but oh well.

Roswell Strange

I’m so curious how much you spend a month on To Go teas from DT… Do you even drink your own tea anymore ;)

VariaTEA

bahahaha I am thinking the amount is higher than I would like to know. And yes I do but I love me some eggnog lattes and I don’t have eggnog to make it at home. I should probably change that…

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
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Got this as my second eggnog latte as it came recommended by the sales associate when I asked them what would be a good caffeine free option other than Creme Brulee. Also, I had considered this one before and thought the maple would be a nice flavor but worried the rooibos would take over. Luckily, that was not the case as the eggnog covered any base flavors while still highlighting the mapley goodness of the tea.

Fjellrev

Pardon my ignorance, but by eggnog latte, you mean making a latte with whatever tea (or coffee) + eggnog instead of the traditional milk?

Sil

Yeah davids is doing those nose if you want in store

Sil

Lol nose.. = now

VariaTEA

It is a combination of any tea, eggnog, AND milk

Fjellrev

Ah, so out of the loop haha. Hmm, I wonder if Salted Caramel would be a good choice.

VariaTEA

I was not a fan of the salted caramel eggnog but to be fair, I didn’t really like the tea much

Fjellrev

I love how you tried that already! Going through their teas in my head, I’m just finding it difficult to think of certain teas that would actually go with eggnog.

VariaTEA

I have had Santa’s Secret, Eggnog, Creme Brulee, Glitter & Gold, Cranberry Pear, Blueberry Jam, Oh Canada (obviously :P), Apple Custard, Maple Sugar, and Vanilla Orchid as an eggnog latte. A friend of mine had Salted Caramel so I tried hers but I just was not a fan.

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Got this as an eggnog latte and yet again it did not disappoint. It was like a blueberry custard, both creamy and fruity and so tasty. I am starting to think I prefer the fruity flavored eggnog lattes best because I have been quite happy with the ones I have tried (although tbh, I have been happy with all the ones I tried except Maple Sugar and Salted Caramel).

However, more exciting than eggnog lattes, my very first christmas gift arrived today from the greatest tea twin EVER, Roswell Strange!!! Now before you get worried, it’s only my first Christmas gift because I am Jewish so I have gotten hannukah presents in the past but still this is very exciting nonetheless. Even my mom was excited as she could barely wait for me to snap a pic before she started pulling everything out of the box to finally reveal ALL the elements of an “assemble your own Xmas gift”. She included everything from the bag and presents right down to the tape! Honestly, it’s amazing!!! Just look: http://instagram.com/p/wIbzuUPJZj/

Cameron B.

Cute snowman stickers! :D

Daddyselephant

Yay! We’re going to be near a Davids on the 18th and we are already planning out our eggnog lattes. I was leaning towards this one and you just cemented that decision for me, thank you!

Roswell Strange

So happy it arrived!

Cheri

That’s amazing!

VariaTEA

Aisling, I hope you enjoy it! I look forward to your tasting note.

OMGsrsly

Ok, I’m going to have to try Blueberry Rooibos now. Here’s hoping the hibiscus doesn’t curdle the milk!

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
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Had this blended with DAVIDs Swampwater and it made for an amazing dessert that I talked about here: http://steepster.com/rachel12610/posts/276886

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drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
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I followed Roswell Strange’s lead and decided to add a bit of Butiki’s Birthday Cake tea to this for a tasty, nighttime treat. The result? Strawberry shortcake in a cup! Creamy, sweet, rich, and fruity but also light and fluffy and oh-so-amazing. I certainly recommend the combination to all.

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I decided to try this as a latte because aside from the lapsang smokiness, it seemed like the ingredients would go well with milk. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to taste any of those other ingredients because the smoke just took over and smokey milk is something I could live without.

Nightshifter

Ewwwwww, smokey milk.

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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My stash of this has deteriorated over time due to improper storing which has dulled the flavors a fair bit but this still makes for a tangy, sweet, custardy treat.

Roswell Strange

I don’t think I ever got custard flavours with this one…

Fjellrev

Me neither.

VariaTEA

It was a creamy sweetness so I thought custard.

Kittenna

Interesting – I never got creaminess either. Maybe you got extra crust flavouring? Or teddy graham?

VariaTEA

Hmm, I wonder what happened with this cup? Perhaps the eggnog tea I drank simultaneously threw me off?

Kittenna

Maybe? I have had this phenomenon before, though, where EVERY tea I drink has a lovely creamy aftertaste. I assume it’s either super-happy tastebuds, or some tea-enhancing mouth contamination (since creamy is good for nearly all teas, for me). No idea what causes it, but I wish I did. Haha.

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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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