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drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
1910 tasting notes

Still loving this as a cold brew “juice” tea!

Yum.

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I have no idea what to say about this tea. I can’t believe I’ve had it in my cupboard for a few years (has it really been that long Sil?) or maybe for a year, and still hadn’t polished it off. It’s mildly roast, kind of creamy on some steeps, a little bready, a little peachy…hard to describe. Anyway, this is the last of it, and although I can’t say it’s a favorite, or anything like that, it’s been a nice tea to enjoy several steepings of throughout the day as it resets well. Farewell.

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
1277 tasting notes

There are days when I get tea wrong. Not in the “I’ve brewed this improperly” way, but in the “today called for a stronger/weaker/more flavored/more classic tea” kinda way. Am I alone in this?
And then there are days like today, when you say “I’ll brew this!” and it turns out to have been the perfect way to start the day!
Its been a weird one today, folks, so the memory of this lovely tea is carrying me onwards, with calmness and confidence. Thank you, tea, for being just right today.

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I love this one Iced. I steep it in my davids tea steeper (18oz one). 2 1/2 davids perfect teaspoons full and 1 1/2 of raw cane sugar, and I fill it 3/4 of the way with boiling water and steep for 5 min, then drain it over a glass of ice stir it around abit, Today I put some fresh lemons in with the ice as well. Taste delicious.

Flavors: Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Irish Breakfast by DAVIDsTEA
8 tasting notes

This is my favourite tea right now. I have it every morning, I must have gone through over 500 g of this already, I normally fill my 100 g tin up and get 100 -150 g extra in a bag to last me till I make another order. I’m currently on my last 50 g so I have to make an order in the next couple of weeks. Normally drink it with a little bit of milk.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This is a smooth Darjeeling with light muscatel and a woodsy earthiness that fades into a sweet fruity and floral finish. I like Darjeeling with meals. They seldom seem to be something I crave all by themselves.

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drank Banana Split by DAVIDsTEA
198 tasting notes

Picked up 18 grams of this to try as a latte. Brewed the full 18 grams in 8 oz of boiling water for about 6 min, added a little vanilla agave, then mixed with frothed milk.

Oh my word, Banana split indeed. It’s sweet, ice cream-y and definitely tastes of banana. I think I shouldn’t have added any agave since there was sugar already in the tea. Otherwise this tastes amazing and is one of the best tea lattes I ever had. I am most certainly going to stock up on this.

Flavors: banana, Cream

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 18 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kristal

Update: after drinking half of the latte my stomach started feeling upset. I have an egg intolerance and I suppose there’s enough meringue powder to upset my stomach. My rating still stays the same because it tastes amazing, but I will be unable to purchase any more :(

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drank Hard Candy by DAVIDsTEA
99 tasting notes

I got this as a sample in my last David’s Tea order and I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet. This herbal blend smells like lifesaver candies, markedly different from the usual strawberry-type candy flavors or the coconut-pineapple tropical flavor combination. If you’re into sweet fruity teas, this might be worth it just to try the unique taste; it’s not quite lime, not quite pineapple, not quite sour apple. I am drinking this hot, which is probably a mistake, as it is one of their go-to iced tea suggestions, but I didn’t have flexibility in brewing style today. In fragrance, the kiwi, cranberry, and sour cherry notes are much more present. When taking a sip, there is a stronger flavor of smooth, vanilla coconut chips, though not too buttery as to be overpowering. As the tea cools, the sour cherry notes become the strongest flavor. This tea is definitely sweet, and though the dry leaf is a stunning rainbow blend of orange peels, and cranberries and such, the main flavor feels artificial. Probably great as a tea pop or a sweet iced dessert, but not quite a tea for my usual rotation. Very glad I got a chance to try it, thanks for sending the samples David’s Tea!

Flavors: Candy, Cherry, Coconut, Cranberry, Fruity, Lime, Sweet

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drank Golden Turtle by Mandala Tea
443 tasting notes

I’m multitasking while reviewing this tea. Sometimes need to get in what I can while the babe is asleep. Lots of good vegetal notes in this one.

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drank Yunnan White Jasmine by Verdant Tea
14 tasting notes

I make this tea in a 4oz Gaiwan. My first steep was for 5sec and I added 3 seconds for each cup.

Flavors: Honey, Jasmine, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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So delicious! Smells & tastes wonderful. This is my favorite VTW tea I’ve tried so far.

Flavors: Apricot

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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This is a highly tasty roasted oolong. Thank you Marcus Reed for this tea. This is quite good. The roast profile is just right on this tea. Sometimes a roasted Da Hong Pao is noticeably over roasted, not this one. I would describe this as perfectly roasted and I am a hard person to please when it comes to roasted tea, I don’t like many of them. There was also a sweet note behind the roasted note, but it is on the back burner to the roast profile. This is one I would definitely buy myself if I hadn’t received it in a swap.

I brewed this tea six times in a 120ml gaiwan with 5.7g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. This tea was not technically finished at six steeps but I am at my caffeine limit so am stopping. I think an Da Hong Pao enthusiast would get at least ten steeps or more out of this tea. It is available at www.chaceremony.com. Thank you again Marcus Reed for this tea.

Flavors: Roasted, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
TeaBrat

interesting, I have never seen a da hong pao brick before!

AllanK

In my experience they are usually small and round, this one was small and broke easily into chunks. It was rectangular.

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From everything I’m reading this should be a green oolong but all I’m gettin is woodsy and hay notes of a black tea. Garret I’ll contact you and see what you think. Its a good black, just not what’s on the package I think.

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drank 2011 7581 by CNNP
673 tasting notes

Purchased this tea from Mr Mopar. It was in the end tasty. It started out with what I would describe as a woodsy note for lack of a better description. This evolved into a fruity note. I gave this tea eight steeps and think it would have gone a few more.

I brewed this eight times in a 180ml teapot with 10.1g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a ten second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
257 tasting notes

I probably wouldn’t drink this plain, but it’s great for adding a chocolate flavor to blends. My favorite way to drink it is one teaspoon of this, one teaspoon of cocoa nibs (nuts.com), 1/2 tsp of hazelnut honeybush (adagio), 1/2 tsp of barley tea (from amazon), and a touch of sweetener. Then brew it for about 10 minutes. It has a rich, decadent, dark chocolate flavor that is very different from hot cocoa, but quite appealing in its own way.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Finishing the last bit. What a delicious gift.

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Review: I don’t recall having green tea with jujube in before, but it sounds pretty awesome!

As I open the cap I am met with a sweet scent, very soft but with some fruit tones. Something a little stronger than the ginseng which must be the jujube. Reminds me of cranberry without the harshness.

The flavour is as light and refreshing as I was expecting (comparing the previous two teas) but the jujube is interesting. It tastes like a combination of raspberry and cranberry albeit mild and sweet, though there is some dryness in the after taste. The rock sugar like sweetness lingers.

For more info and pics: http://www.kittylovestea.co.uk/2015/07/06/tg-bottled-iced-green-tea-a-way-to-beat-this-heatwave/

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Review: Green Tea with Mandarin and Ginseng, that sounds wonderful, I do love orange (and similar) flavours in general.

As I open the cap I am met with an amazing sweet and fresh mandarin scent.

In terms of flavour this is as mild as the ‘original’ iced tea ie Green Tea with Ginseng, but the mandarin is so sweet and juicy it tastes like cordial. Albeit a natural and rather nice cordial. A few sips in and the mandarin increases in strength, enough to be waxy but remaining fresh and very delicious. At times it’s like eating an actual mandarin! I can almost taste the flesh and pulp.

As I mentioned before, I’m an orange fan; and quite frankly I found this delicious. The balance of flavour was nice, not too strong or weak but sweet enough to be refreshing and heavenly. I highly recommend this to fellow orange (and the like) fans.

For pics and more info: http://www.kittylovestea.co.uk/2015/07/06/tg-bottled-iced-green-tea-a-way-to-beat-this-heatwave/

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Review: I do like the bottle design, the label is rather cute. Very easy to see how many calories, the ingredients and a brief description of the blend.

Once the lid is open I can note a soft yet sweet scent, subtle but refreshing non the less.

The first sip was rather wonderful, sweet ginseng met with clean tasting green tea with mild grass qualities and a lingering aftertaste that keeps getting sweeter, like rock sugar. On the whole it is rather mild in terms of green tea but so very refreshing because of it. The sweetness brings out the ginseng a little better. It’s a nice level of sweetness, not as much as some of the other brands of iced tea I’ve tried. If anything it tastes more naturally sugared than artificially which adds to the pleasantry. Also getting a touch of dryness after a few sips though no bitterness at all.

I can see this going down extremely well on a hot day, enough flavour to be pleasing but fresh and refreshing enough to quench ones thirst from the sun. A very nice combination.

Pics and more info: http://www.kittylovestea.co.uk/2015/07/06/tg-bottled-iced-green-tea-a-way-to-beat-this-heatwave/

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
18 tasting notes

Okay, so somehow or another I ended up with a full David’s Tea tin of Santa’s Secret (a red tin, if y’all are curious).

So, after having countless cups of this tea hot and as a latte, I decided to see if cold steeping it would be a nice change.

Yes! SO. FREAKING. TASTY! I find the peppermint notes are much stronger and I get the caffeine without worrying if I’ve oversteeped it. (I find this tea is a bit hit of miss with my 4-5 min steeping time when it’s hot).

I made a pitcher of it. I left it overnight in the fridge, probably 12-13 hours altogether, and it was light and minty. I totally recommend this tea cold steeped. It’s still tasty hot, but I don’t like it as much.

Flavors: Peppermint, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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