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Drank this one cold brewed on the balcony because it was nice enough outside to do so.

Honestly? Wasn’t in love with this one. Really, after the Strawberry Oolong I first tried, all the other For Tea’s Sake iced tea collection seemed like a big step backwards. That said it wasn’t bad; it’s just that it came off as a very generic and average quality apricot/peach black and I’ve had more than my fair share of those.

Still very refreshing for an early Spring(ish) cold tea on the balcony though.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhU9MZ98jxo&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=3

I love The Chainsmokers and I strongly feel like this may be a solid contender for the Spring/Summer anthem of 2017 – and we’re only in January. Give it some time and it’ll likely be as overplayed as Closer though. Pairing was mostly for the Spring/Summer vibes as it was definitely that kind of atmosphere.

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I wish I could say I enjoyed this one more overall, because it was a gift. I just didn’t though; it was too brisk and really astringent and I found that on the whole despite the fact I got a couple nice tastings it lacked any sweetness/brightness. Which it definitely needed.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnQKb2lHGes&index=1&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

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drank Magic Dragon by DAVIDsTEA
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This is the tea I drank, iced, after my Calming Chamomile. I wanted to reward myself for drinking a Project Tea Wall tea (less than ten left), even though it was one I was dreading/hated.

And this was a great reward! Sweet, fruity and tropical. I would have happily guzzled the whole thing but one of my coworkers accidentally knocked over the cup it was in and spilled out around half of it… So, not a very long lasting reward it would seem.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPiAE068AMQ&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=32

I don’t think this is the world’s strongest pairing to be honest, but I was working with very limited music selection given the laptop situation. It’s painful because I DO own like 20 CDs that I really enjoy but I have no way to play them without a laptop at the moment…

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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Ok, so technically the tea I drank was DAVIDsTEA’s Calming Chamomile BUT it’s the exact same thing as this Chamomile except it’s no longer sourced from Egypt and so they had to change the name. I’m not going to make a new tea entry/page for it though because even when you look at DT’s website the ‘new’ Calming Chaomile page is under the URL for Egyptian Chamomile, so…

Fight me.

Anyway; I have been DREADING this tea because I can’t stand chamomile despite the fact I like that it makes me sleepy/drowsy and therefore it’s good for before bed. I had no clue how I was going to drink this in a way that I wouldn’t loathe; but I did it. How? Well, I drank it iced with about a tablespoon of honey to drown out the taste of actual tisane.

Yup; could hardly taste the chamomile. Instead I got a nice, sweet and smooth cup of honey goodness – and of course we released a honey flavoured chamomile blend just a few days afterwards…

I know this one was a bit of a cheat, but I’ve obviously had chamomile before. I just needed to drink this one to be able to honestly say that I’ve tried it.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUdvTZRvcqw&index=10&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

Daylon R Thomas

I’m the same way with chamomile, so I usually go with the whole flower from Germany or Egypt. Even then, it has to be with a good blend or have a little bit of honey at minimum for me.

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Drank this one as a nice, slightly roasty before bed type of tea with some music, during my brief stint without a working laptop last week. Thankfully I had a dozen or two different songs downloaded on my phone and that helped keep me sustained in the mean time.

The tea was great; I love the very soft roasted notes alongside really interesting nutty notes. At times, it’s very peanut like and then other sips are sweeter and remind me a little more of hazlenut. There’s a grassy undertone throughout, it’s also quite light. Actually, now that I’m thinking about it the flavour profile reminds me a bit of summer to autumn transitional campfires; but at the start of the night when the sun is still somewhat out. Cool, fresh air with the warmth of the fire surrounded by grass that’s just starting to lose the brightness of the green hue.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS7IPVkzlIc&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=2

Lyrics are darker than the music sounds…

I like this pairing for the overall sound/tone of the singer’s voice and delicateness of it , not so much ’cause the lyrics match up with how the tea is making me feel.

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Final sample from my Tea Ave order!

- Teabag/Western
- Quite floral
- Even though they’re strong, it’s a little hard placing/identifying the floral notes
- Light to medium body
- Different from Oriental Beauty because I didn’t register roastiness from this one
- Sweet honeyed peach/stonefruit, especially in the finish
- A little buttery

I’d say this was the most complex of the three samples they sent and probably also my favourite of the three.

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- W. Milk
- Smoky Top Notes
- Body is sweet and smoky
- Finish very butterscotch/peach heavy
- It’s a TOUCH over the top
- Has grown on me a bit since first trying it though

It would have been interesting seeing if this would have grown on me over time or been an “acquired taste” type of tea. Who knows, though.

VariaTEA

This grew on me and was one of the main reasons I placed a 52 Teas order when I did.

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This review is for the Chocolate Rocket infused Milk Chocolate…

This was my snack, in between cups of tea, for my Series of Unfortunate Events binge!

- Strong raspberry notes
- Little bit of roastiness? Pleasantly so
- Quite creamy and rich without feeling over the top
- Both a yummy chocolate and a solid representation/adaptation of the tea

I’d probably put this one in my Top 5 tea infused chocolates along with the Chai & Mighty dark chocolate and the Movie Night white chocolate…

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- Teabag/Western
- Smooth and more sweet than expected
- I’ve had this before but to be fair it’s been a long time
- Light, very natural jasmine
- Other supporting floral notes that are harder to pin point
- Has a bit of a weird but pleasant note?
- Kind of like cool air? I guess it’s the “fog” from the tea…
- Better than I recall it tasting last time I tried it

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- Teabag/steeped Western style
- Sweet with light roast
- Honey notes
- Fruity body and finish
- Apple-y? Like, soft red apples
- Somewhat floral

Thanks for the sample Tea Ave! All three samples made great accompaniments for my Series of Unfortunate Events binge on the 13th when it came out.

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Hello;

My name is Kelly. I’m a twenty something tea drinker and reviewer living in Saskatchewan, Canada. I started drinking loose leaf fairly casually three(ish) years ago, and at some point between then and now that ‘fun little hobby’ turned into a serious obsession.

You know you’ve got it bad when you get your hobby tattooed to your arm.

I’m a TAC trained Tea Sommelier!

Typically I drink flavoured blends more that straight but one of my mini goals is to get that ratio to a more 50/50 level. I do a daily cold brew, and have at least (but usually a lot more) two hot cups of tea every day. Naturally I lean towards black or white blends and as of late oolongs but I WILL drink everything; the last half year or so I’ve been challenging myself by further exploring Oolong and Pu’Erh which are the tea types I know the least about overall.

My Goal for The New Year (2017) is to make time for at least one long, proper Gong Fu session every week because it’s something I deeply enjoy doing but struggle to make time for…

My default for preparation is Western Style with zero additive. The exception to this is matcha which I drink in straight milk with no additives. So unless I mention otherwise you can assume that I’ve prepared my tea Western style without added ingredients/sweeteners.

Favourite flavours/ingredients: Pear, Lychee, Cranberry, Cream, Melon, Pineapple, Malt, Roasty, Petrichor

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger/“Chai” in general, overly vegetal or marine, chamomile, sometimes mango or peach

I also have a severe allergy to mushrooms; as such I do not drink Kombucha teas (just to be on the safe side)!

Currently exploring/looking to try: Straight Pu’Erh or Dark/Roasted Oolong, Sweet Potato flavoured blends or straight teas with strong sweet potato notes, and anything with Goji berries

Tea Pet Reference Guide:

Clay Pixiu Dragons: Zak & Wheezie
Clay Monkey: Enzo
Ruyao Carp: Splashy
Ceramic Rabbit: Rupert
Ceramic Horse: Bergamot

If you see me writing about sharing tea with any of them that’s what I’m talking about ;)

I also have two real life pets:

A skinny pig hairless guinea pig named Eilert, after Henrik Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler, and a fancy rat named Wasabi.

Currently I’m employed at DAVIDsTEA. While I’m still reviewing DAVIDsTEA blends I am no longer numerically rating them due to the obvious conflict of interest. Any tea blends you currently see with a numeric score that are from DAVIDsTEA were reviewed prior to my being hired there.

The URL to my tumblr blog is: guyfierithirdandfinalantichrist

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Regina, SK, Canada

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