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drank Cha Yen Thai by Teavana
338 tasting notes

This one smells better than it tastes.

Dry, its like a spice cookie. Steeped, its just spice and astringency. Not bad, but kind of a let down based on how good it smells. Probably should have had it with milk and sugar, but I didn’t have any at work.

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This has been keeping me company through a week of training. And it’s true to its name. I made French toast from scratch last weekend and this tea tastes like the egg/cinnamon/nutmeg mixture I soaked the bread in. It’s warm and comforting, especially with some sugar and a little bit of milk.

Evol Ving Ness

I stopped into DT yesterday and found that this tea is now gone, at least from that location. Maybe others still have it.

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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I was really excited when I first read the description for this one. It sounded minty and creamy – a perfect bedtime tea. The actual experience leaves something to be desired, however. The coconut is there, but not always and the mint varies between tolerable and overwhelming. I liked this a lot better as a work tea than as a tea I brewed at home.

Evol Ving Ness

The first time I tried this, it was nice. The subsequent times blech. meh.

Kristal

I remember 1-2 years ago having this tea and liked it. About 2 months ago I grabbed some from the staff room and it was rancid. It turned me off from it lol.

sundaysipping

Oh no! I’m so sorry!
Yeah, this one sounds like a good idea but I feel like the execution is a bit lacking.

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This one is a lot less astringent when it isn’t oversteeped. The lime is prominent and accurate without being sour. Despite the astringency when massively oversteeped , this one holds up well to a longer steep time. Good work tea.

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This one has a great peanut flavor. The chocolate is muted, however, like a very unbalanced peanut butter cup. I think I like it best with milk and sugar (I’m doing that a lot lately…) – smooth and creamy with a pop of salty peanuts at the end of the sip.

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drank Apple Strudel by DAVIDsTEA
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Trying again with milk and sugar, and this is so much tastier. I get a lot of sweet creamy apple this time around, though I still wouldn’t call this apple strudel. Maybe a non-custardy Apple Custard. I’ll finish this off tomorrow with breakfast.

Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, this tea is a disappointment. Currently drinking Apple Custard with milk and there’s no comparison.

I wonder if maybe Apple Strudel would work if brewed strong and served with milk? Because the four times that I’ve made it so far, it’s been hopeless. Perhaps I gave it too light a touch?

Fjellrev

Yeah, milk seems to make this one a lot more tolerable. And I too prefer Apple Custard.

sundaysipping

Apple Custard is much better. I’ve been using a tablespoon of Apple Strudel per 16oz of water and adding a teaspoon of sugar and some milk. It seems to help, but this isn’t really a tea that’s good on it’s own. Too bad, too – I was excited for this one.

Evol Ving Ness

Maybe even a bit of cream.

Yes, me too. I had rather high hopes for this one. Dashed.

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This is disappointingly one note. It’s very coconut. No cream, no pie crust. Just coconut. Not bad but if I wanted coconut, I’d drink Coconut Oolong.

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Probably my favorite out of my Short and Stout samples. The chocolate is there, sometimes candy bar delicious and other times just Tootsie Rolls. I feel like this one is perfect for milk and sugar, but I don’t have any milk at work and I should probably swear off sugar for the day in deference to all the Oreos I’ve had today.

(But seriously – Cinnamon Roll Oreos are irresistible especially when one of your coworkers brought them in as a morale boosting treat!)

It’s good, but probably not something I’d restock unless it was super convenient to do so.

Fjellrev

Those Oreos sound great!

sundaysipping

They’re SO GOOD. I highly recommend trying them if you can find them. I’m hoping to stock up this weekend if my grocery store has them.

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Another sample slated for the work tea pile.

I don’t like this one. It’s drinkable and not bad overall, but I’m getting a lot of floral flavors with a hint of tartness that might be the pear. Not what I was expecting from a pear tea. Where’s the juicy, fruity goodness?

This isn’t something I’ll be replacing once my sample is gone.

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Over the weekend I packed up twelve different teas to take to work with me. Most of these were samples I’ve neglected and would like to use up as my cupboard is starting to overwhelm me. This was one of the samples I packed up.

I massively overstepped this – ever thought you’d removed your infuser from the cup when you really forgot to? Yeah… The good news is that this one didn’t get bitter despite a ten minute steep time. The lime was very pleasant and biting, though, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Lime teas should have lime front and center, don’t you think?

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I became interested in tea spring 2013, when some friends of mine brought me to a local tea shop. I’ve been experimenting since, and am absolutely in love! I am especially fond of blended teas, and I’m a sucker for gimicky flavors.

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