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drank Apple Cider by DAVIDsTEA
536 tasting notes

Another sample tea. This would have been delicious if it weren’t for the COMPLETELY MISPLACED BLACKBERRY LEAVES. It was just totally at odds with the apple flavors, and the apple was strong enough that it totally did not need the blackberry leaves to back it up.

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Tastes like alcohol and wax. Dumped the cup.


Haha oh my, I was going to make this tonight but after reading this, I think I need to brace myself and hold off until tomorrow.


Yeah, sorry to be discouraging but it was not pleasant. My mouth actually felt a little numb from the alcohol? So bizarre.

Evol Ving Ness

Ah, DTs flavour range is growing.

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drank Coffee Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Got this as a sample pouch. The dry leaf smells delicious – like butterscotch cake – but steeped up, the tea has so many weak, competing flavor notes that it’s just confusing. There’s something buttery and something vaguely fruity — I guess it COULD be the maraschino cherry, but really who knows? — and maybe something that’s coffee-ish, but nothing’s working together. I think this would work a lot better if the buttery note was turned up. As it stands this is just vaguely sweet, muddled tea.

Boiling 5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea falls right in the middle of the black tea spectrum. It’s not at the gut-punch strength of a breakfast tea, but it’s a lot more flavorful than the ‘light’ afternoon teas. I think I like it better than the Crimson Ceylon that was my go-to whole-leaf black tea before I tried this one — but unfortunately I don’t have any of that in the house right now so I can’t do a steep-off. Anyway, this is nicely balanced and has a smooth finish. I think I could actually serve this to anyone because it has such a ‘classic tea’ profile — good quality, but nothing fancy or weird that would scare off a novice tea drinker.

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I oversteeped this by a few minutes and it was incredibly bitter. A little sugar fixed it though, and now it’s amazing. This would make a great breakfast tea. It’s very hearty and rich. This is one of those teas that’s designed to be taken with milk, but I didn’t add any and it’s still great. Will definitely get more of this one.

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Somehow I drank all the black tea in the house without even noticing? So I rushed to pick up a little from NMTC. I like this one even better than I remembered. SO COCONUTTY! Why did I ever let this run out? Delicioius!

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I thought this was nice, but I am really no judge of puerh. At 15 second steeps they all taste the same to me, mildly sweet and mildly earthy. Still enjoyed it though.

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drank Thieves Tea by Harney & Sons
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Sip down. I think I will get this again sometime, but right now I am ready to take a little break from it and try something new for breakfast.

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This is nice, but just doesn’t quite come up to some of the other AliShan I’ve tried. They’re usually very smooth — TeaAve’s, I remember was particularly silky. The floral and vegetal notes are here, but to me the balance feels off. It’s just a bit more orchidy than I would like. I’m still experimenting with water temperatures, but so far, the floral notes always come out dominating.

It’s not bad at all, just not a favorite.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sad sipdown :( I thought 4 oz. of this would last me quite a while, but I just whipped right through it. So good!

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Happiness Is:
green tea
black tea
lots and lots of oolong!
vanilla things

Not Really My Style:
spices (except for ginger. ginger rocks)
chai (because, you know, the spices)
rooibos (I don’t get it. Everyone seems psyched for it. Not me).
those smoky teas, like lapsang souchong, though once in a while I’ll need something really strong and then I like them.


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