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So I must say that this tea was initially a big disappointment. After spending a while stalking my local Davids in an attempt to get it (They had sold out of their initial shipment in a matter of hours, apparently), I gave in and placed an online order, which I try to refrain from, being as it proves always to be a slippery slope for me. I continue to add things left and right, and before I know it, I’m at the point where I may as well just make a run for the free shipping. This inevitably happened. So sure I would like it, and not wanting to have to bother re-ordering if it proved to be something I couldn’t live without and went through quickly I jumped in for a larger quantity.

My first impression was how little, quantity-wise, there seemed to be of it. David’s divides the order up into 50g bags, and I couldn’t believe how empty they all seemed. In placing one in the provided tin, it barely covered the bottom. The second disappointment seemed to be the lack of tea in the blend. Huge, imposing mulberries, sure, but not much tea to be found. I had even more trouble trying to balance my measurements, digging around the dismal offering for more leaves.

It has the smell and taste of some sort of liqueur to me. I think a mix between Bailey’s and Kahlua. I wouldn’t call it off-putting, just…different.

I was very disappointed, overall, at first. I think my high expectations, coupled with the long wait may have had something to do with that. However, on subsequent cups, I liked it well enough, but definitely wouldn’t be something I’d be clamoring for. It is always nice to have a low-caffeine blend for late evenings, but I think I would have been just as happy with one cup of it, especially for the price.

All in all, I wouldn’t reorder.

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