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I have shared this with a couple people now but so far it seems I am the first to try it (or at least the first to review it). I was excited to try this because I have often seen blueberry and maple but never strawberry and maple and those are two flavors that tend to call to me when I see them in blends. Consequently, I had high hopes for this that unfortunately it just doesn’t seem to be meeting. In my first sip, I got a nice dose of strawberry but that flavor has escaped me more and more with each subsequent sip. At times it resurfaces for a moment while in other instances I get a bit of an almost medicinal berry flavor which is just not pleasant. As for maple, I am not getting any, which seems to be the case with most maple teas (aside from Steam Tea House’s Organic Maple Seduction). Ultimately, the base really overwhelms the rest of the components. Thankfully it is neither bitter nor astringent but it also is not the greatest black tea I have had either. I will be sure to play around with the parameters to see if I can coax out the strawberry/maple but for now this is just alright.

Marzipan

Do they get their tea from Metropolitan? I know they have a strawberry maple one called 1776.

VariaTEA

I have no idea tbh but I wouldn’t be surprised

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Sipdown!! (147)

Lately my mason jar has been tied up with cold brews and my other clear containers are packed away in a box in the basement so I haven’t had anything to brew blooms in. However, the past couple of days, I have decided to take advantage of my empty mason jar to brew bloom teas.

This one, in its dry form, was probably the prettiest bloom yet. Mostly that is because it looks like more than just tea leaves tied in a ball seeing as it has a small pink flower peaking through. However, that flower led me astray because when I brewed this, the flower separated itself from the rest of the bloom which then sunk to the bottom and bloomed upside down. Why put the flower on the bottom? Consequently, this one wasn’t as lovely bloomed as some of the others I have had.

Tastewise, this is a weak tea. Despite steeping for quite a long while, this just tastes like water infused with a bit of hibby and a touch of vegetal green – two flavor notes I personally do not look for in any blend. I will say though that given the two flavors this actually does have tend to be ones that are hated by many, this isn’t as bad as one might expect.

Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing. I appreciate the chance to try something new but this just wasn’t for me. On the other hand, blooms are always fun to watch so at the very least, I got some enjoyment out of this.

Terri HarpLady

I initially had a fascination for blooming teas, they are fun to watch open, but in general it seems like they are lacking in flavor.

Cavocorax

I’m just not big on jasmine so that’s a huge no for me. :P

VariaTEA

The blooms by DAVIDs are relatively flavorful compared to the others I have had but ultimately, if they weren’t a bloom, they would not be tasty enough to inspire me to want more. Still, they are fun every once in a while.

Jennkay

Ooh, bloom in a mason jar sounds like a good idea.

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drank Jin Pin Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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Sipdown!! (Alas I am still only at 149 because I never logged this)

So I had a whole note for this and then accidentally changed the page and thus lost it. I am too lazy to retype it so basically the gist is this bloomed to reveal pink flowers which then promptly floated to the top leaving behind brownish-green leaves. Compared to other blooms I have had, it just wasn’t as pretty. Tastewise, it had a nice mint flavor but nothing special enough that I would seek it out again, especially because it was accompanied by a bitter, drying quality that I was just not enjoying. Nonetheless, I want to thank Roswell Strange for the chance to try something I might not have otherwise.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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I don’t know about you guys but in my cupboard, I have a sipdown envelope – an envelope in which any tea that has one cup worth left of leaf is stored. That means on Sipdown Saturday, or at times when I simply want to decrease my number, I can raid that envelope and get through a tea quickly. On Saturdays, once I get through the teas in the envelope, or if I simply don’t want something in the envelope, I work on drinking up swap teas. However, there were no caffeine free options in either my sipdown envelope or my swaps so I am working on getting through some older teas such as this.

Usually I wait for the water to cool but I got impatient so I decided to experiment and steeped this in 95C water for 1.5 minutes. The result? A tea that is a little bit base and a little bit vanilla. The flavor is more subtle than it has been in other cups but it stays on the tongue even after the sip ends which is quite pleasant. All in all, a tasty cuppa.

In completely unrelated news, I started watching Prison Break. Has anyone seen it? I am guessing the answer is probably yes as it is relatively old now. I am just a couple episodes in and it is interesting enough but I am debating about maybe watching Teen Wolf instead. I have heard good things about both however my friends are obsessed with the latter which is why I am thinking about giving it a try but it is not on Netflix which means having to download every episode and that is a pain. Prison Break, on the other hand, is on Netflix. Any thoughts on one show or the other? Or any other suggestions of interesting series to watch?

Sil

Prison break was interesting, though in ever did finish it, if that speaks for it lol

OMGsrsly

Teen Wolf = a terribly ridiculous show, that has quite a few problems. I will recommend the first season, but even that… I watched it for the shirtlessness. :)

Roswell Strange

Loved Prison Break! Although the last season was disappointing. But you need to at least get to season two because that’s when they introduce Mahone! And Mahone is the best character. He’s played by William Fitchner who I have major hots for, despite the fact he’s in his 50s…

VariaTEA

Sil – There are many shows I watched a few seasons of and then just stopped watching.

OMGsrsly – I figured it is probably ridiculous which is why I wasn’t interested to begin with but they keep excitedly talking about it and that piqued my interest. The shirtlessness is another point in its favor :P

Roswell – I will continue to watch for as long as it captures my interest. I will let you know if I make it to season 2.

Marzipan

I watched all of Prison Break and liked it, especially at the beginning.

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drank La La Lemon (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown!! (149)

So both this tea and the Premium Keemun I just had are rated at 70 and that is definitely not right because the other tea is MUCH better than this. Seriously, drinking a straight black tea and then drinking this highlights all it’s imperfections. The base is astringent and lacking in flavor while the lemon merely adds a bitter peel type taste with just a hint of that lemon zest. I think this just goes to show how drinking two teas at a time can drastically alter ones experiences. Nonetheless, this is done now and it won’t be one that I ever stock. Still, I am grateful to Roswell Strange for the opportunity to try it out.

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Sipdown!! (150)

Thank you Dexter for sharing this with me. I don’t know what I did differently between this cup and the first but I am enjoying this second taste a but more than I remember enjoying the last. It is not overly flavorful but it is smooth, malty, and almost a touch creamy at the end of the sip. On the other hand, there is definitely the slightest hint of smoke in here as well and it is tying together quite nicely with the rest of the cup. A great way to say goodbye! Going forward, I don’t plan on stocking this but I would not refuse another cup if offered and I will certainly be raising the rating when I get to my computer because this deserves more than the 70 I initially gave it.

Eta: Reading my last tasting note and I realize I am getting the leather I got last time but it is much more toned down.

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drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown!! (152)

At first I wasn’t in love with this but then I started craving it. I flip back and fourth between wanting to stock this and trying to finish it off. However, no matter how this is brewed, it always results in a pretty solid cup. It is not the best tea I had but it’s consistently good and that says something and I feel that’s the reason I keep coming back for more. Luckily it have pretty awesome friends like Roswell Strange who are willing to supply me with this tea so thank you Roswell Strange for such a generous amount if this tasty tea :).

Plunkybug

I loved this for a while, but I think I like Love Tea just that bit more. Close though. I might need to revisit this one again.

VariaTEA

That’s interesting because I didn’t like Love Tea at all.
whereas this one I found was quite nice.

Plunkybug

I was like that at first, but then this began to lose flavour, and LT was stronger.

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Sipdown!! (153)

I cut down the steep time to 3.5 minutes in 90C water and the result is amazing! Seriously, this is delicious! Chocolate and malt swirling in the cup with rich bready notes. I am enjoying this a lot and am very grateful to Dexter for sending it my way and for sending enough that I was able to play with steeping parameters. Thank you Dexter!!

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drank Pistachio Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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It has been a while since I had this and I was worried I wouldn’t be in the mood to enjoy it but I am finding it quite delicious tonight. Creamy, nutty goodness with just the right amount of earthiness to make it awesome. 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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