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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
1614 tasting notes

Tea #11 from the traveling tea box.

I love star anise, not only is it one cool looking spice, it always makes my house smell great. Chocolate, coconut, and star anise sounded like a wonderful combination of flavors and it should have been a great tea. My problem with this tea is the same problem I have with most chocolate teas, I really dislike the artificial flavoring. It just leaves a horrible aftertaste in my mouth and masks the natural flavors that should really stand out.

I had a huge chunk of star anise in the dry leaf that I scooped out and it smelled great while steeping, but hardly came across in the final brew because it was masked by the chocolate. Not only was this surprising, since star anise is very strongly flavored, but it was disappointing. I’m also not sure that I can taste the coconut.

This isn’t something that I would order myself, but it was great to try, if only to eliminate another tea on my hunt for the perfect chocolate tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

This is such am oddball and a disappointment. The ingredients sound great, but on its own it false flat. It’s one of the few I need to add milk to to enjoy.

Short Sorceress

My original intention was to make this like I do chai and simmer it on the stove, but apparently my toddler has finished off a whole gallon of milk since Monday. It really doesn’t work as a straight tea, which is disappointing because it sounded like such a great idea.

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Cavocorax

This is such am oddball and a disappointment. The ingredients sound great, but on its own it false flat. It’s one of the few I need to add milk to to enjoy.

Short Sorceress

My original intention was to make this like I do chai and simmer it on the stove, but apparently my toddler has finished off a whole gallon of milk since Monday. It really doesn’t work as a straight tea, which is disappointing because it sounded like such a great idea.

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I am always interested in swapping so if you see anything in my cupboard that you want to try just send me a message. Please keep in mind that I order most of my teas in sample sizes and may not have a lot to swap. I’m also trying to keep my swaps limited to one a month so I don’t break the bank.

My favorite tea companies to order from are American Tea Room, Butiki, Della Terra, Rishi, TeaVivre, and Verdant, however I am constantly lured away from my favorites by a good sale.

Ingredients I love in tea
rose, peach, oolong, osmanthus, vanilla, marshmallow root and peppermint

Ingredients I dislike in tea:
spearmint, chocolate, orange, hibiscus, sage and for the most part lemon.

Ingredients I’m on the fence about:
Pu-erh

I am a firm believer that sage only belongs in my thanksgiving stuffing/dressing and absolutely not in my tea.

Allergies
Cinnamon, Chocolate, Burdock Root, and Goji Berries

Teawares:
FORLIFE Curve Teapot, 24oz
Adagio ingenuiTEA, 16oz
Adagio Iced ingenuiTEA, 32oz
Zojirushi Water Pot, 4L
Libbey Country Fair drinking jars for ice tea
TeaVivre Travel Gaiwan

Rating Guidelines:

100 – 90: Pantry essential and some of my all time favorites that I can’t live without.

89 – 80: You’ll have a pretty good chance of finding this is my pantry on a regular basis, but it isn’t the end of the world if I run out.

79 – 70: I might consider restocking this at some point if the price was right.

69 – 40: Not undrinkable, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again.

39 – 20: What in the world were they thinking? Probably still finished this just because I hate to waste anything.

19 – 0: Wow, that’s so terrible chances are pretty good I dumped it out and gave away the rest.

My current top five favorite teas:

China Black – Rishi Tea
Earl Grey Cream – Zen Tea
Lemoncello – American Tea Room
Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong – TeaVivre
White Tea Rose Mélange – Rishi Tea

Location

Oregon, WI

Website

http://www.notstarvingyet.com/

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