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The specially selected Sri Lanka Black Tea is combined with the flavors of a creamy, soft vanilla and caramel birthday cake to remind you of birthday sweetness. The celebration will continue in your mouth bringing a tantalizing, moist sweetness to every birthday and un-birthday.

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BourgeaTEA was started in 2008 by Chris Bourgea as a way to provide quality tea on his college campus. The goal of the company is to change the way people view tea and to focus more on college students to start drinking more tea.

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4833 tasting notes

I just received my order of samples from BourgeaTea today (as if I need to sample more teas… LOL) and this is the first of the samples that I decided to try.

YUM! It does have a cake-y kind of taste in the background, slightly malty with a lovely vanilla overtone. Sweet and tasty. The black tea offers a sturdy background flavor, rich and flavorful, slightly astringent. It is not bitter, but, it tasted like it was almost there. I steeped it for 2 1/2 minutes, and that seems like that is the best time frame to steep this one in a Breville, as I suspect that if it were steeped any longer than that it would be bitter. But as it is, it’s rather nice.

I like this … a lovely tea to celebrate one’s un-birthday!


I am down with anything cake-y! Sounds delish!


And a very merry un-birthday to you!


This one has been on my wishlist for AGES!

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2973 tasting notes

Ok! Another sample from LiberTEAS! I’m doing this review “blind”, meaning that I have no idea what the flavouring is supposed to be here, if the tea is flavoured beyond the smattering of sprinkles that are obvious. I think it’s kind of fun to try and figure things out before looking at what it’s actually supposed to be.

The aroma of this tea reminds me a great deal of DavidsTea’s Birthday Cake, although that one is a rooibos and this is a black. It’s an almost sickly sweet sort of aroma (which I find appealing, haha), and I can just barely catch a hint of the black base. I don’t know whether it’s the sprinkles that give the tea the sweet aroma, or flavouring.

Even at only three minutes of steeping (ok, 3:07, but who’s counting!), I’m getting a bitter flavour at the end of the sip. I can taste some sweetness, but it’s quite mild, and a bit overshadowed by this strange bitterness. Blech. This tea definitely has nothing on DT’s cake teas. They’re not even in the same league. I might add some milk and sugar here just to make it palatable, but this definitely is one flavoured black I don’t feel the need to have again.

Ok, cheating now and reading some notes… of course I would read that LiberTEAS found it to be verging on bitter with a 2.5 minute infusion! Haha. Maybe next time I try it it will be better. I am definitely getting vanilla-y and possible maple-y notes; as I said, it is reminiscent of Birthday Cake, which has those same flavours, but the change in base tea alters the flavours a bit, which are then further overshadowed by bitterness. Ah well. Not bad, but not a tea I’d choose for myself :)

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I have typically avoided teas with sprinkles because I thought they would be gross. I actually didn’t find this to be gross but it didn’t knock my socks off either. The black tea is somewhat mild and flirts with bitterness. It is accompanied by a tasty caramel flavor that has vanilla undertones. I also tasted notes of maple and butterscotch at hotter temps. I suspect this might be good iced. The sprinkles melt during the infusion process this essentially comes pre-sweetened. They added the perfect amount of sweetness though.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

I was looking at this tea but wasn’t too sure about it due to the sprinkles either.

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