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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
619 tasting notes

Sipped down the last of my sample from MissB this morning while I was doing some of my online courses. It’s a nice mint chocolate black, and I appreciate that it’s sweet already though that might put some people off. It’s good for drinking black when I want something a little sweeter, but I do have to remember that if I’m not in the mood for added sweetness. I have more from my advent calendar that I purchased through Marzipan, and I might use that sample to make a latte. One thing I’m not keen on with this tea is that the chocolate flavour seems quite artificial – overall I think I prefer Santa’s Secret, which has a similar vibe but without the artificial chocolate note. Both are nice, creamy mint black teas with some sweetness and no astringency meaning they’re great for drinking sans-additives. This note is probably super unhelpful and disjointed, but I’ve been really busy all day and I’m super tired so I’ll just have to do a better job next time. I was trying to cram in enough work that I could have the day off tomorrow, but I think I’ll probably still have to do some. Oh well, it’s not like I have big plans for a quarantine birthday anyway…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
CrowKettle

Santa’s Secret> Read My Lips every time. Santa’s Secret embraces it’s Candy Destiny lol. I’m not a big fan of the fake chocolate here either. Like expecting Purdy’s or Milka and getting a Nestle candybar “chocolate” instead.

Nattie

I’ve never heard of Purdy’s but I love Milka! For me the chocolate bar no-no is Hershey’s, lol. It’s just so different and waxy to me. Santa’s Secret is definitely the superior tea.

CrowKettle

Hershey’s is awful – like eating chocolate scented waxy plastic. I almost name-dropped them instead. At least a Kitkat bar has texture going for it!

Purdys is a BC based chocolatier that has no presence outside of Canada. They’re all right, and some would say overrated. In a lot of the urban BC malls I’ve been to, their stores are often located super close to David’s Tea :P

Nattie

Ick. ‘chocolate scented waxy plastic’ is such an accurate description. I actually love KitKats, haha! I wonder what it is that makes them so different to me than the other Nestle chocolate bars? Maybe it’s that there’s not much chocolate on them by comparison. Maybe I’ll try Purdy’s if I ever make it over to Canada! It’s a dream trip of mine, and I am definitely going to seek out David’s if I do go!

Martin Bednář

Nope. No Milka for me. And apparently Hershey’s won’t be for me either. I tend to enjoy dark chocolates and mostly Lindt. Those are great (and pricey)

Leafhopper

You should definitely check out Purdy’s if you’re ever in Canada. I’ve never heard of Milka; maybe it’s not available in North America. I think most grocery store chocolate bars are kind of waxy, though I like Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups (and chocolate peanut butter ice cream, and basically anything else that has chocolate and peanut butter).

CrowKettle

Lindt is pretty awesome, but we have an outlet kind of near me and I may have over-indulged on their truffle balls and creme brulee chocolate a few months back?

I like all the dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate… We have this place called Origins Chocolate nearby, which sources chocolate from everywhere and does chocolate/tea pairing events every so often. Even though they don’t deliver I’m going to link them because I can always facilitate mailing things or you can track down individual bars that interest you in your respective areas: https://origins-chocolate-bar.square.site/s/shop)<- the brown butter milk chocolate, and Castronovo White Chocolate/Lemon/Lemon Salt are amazing D:

CrowKettle

Purdy’s is famous for their Hedgehogs, which are essentially hazelnut praline truffles. They also have delicious dark and milk chocolate Himalayan salt caramel chocolates, and things like that. They are incredibly popular as Christmas and Valentine’s gifts as well as school raffle things. It’s a cult.

Sorry for spamming with chocolate. Didn’t realize I was feeling so passionate about the subject.

Martin Bednář

Haha CrowKettle, I can imagine. I have friend from Switzerland and she just sends me some care packages with chocolates in. Or when she was coming here, she bought 15 bars of chocolate maybe?

Nattie

Martin – I love Lindt! It’s a shame it’s so expensive, but it’s a great treat. For a cheaper chocolate fix I prefer Galaxy.

Nattie

Leafhopper – Well that’s two recommendations now, so I suppose I have to! ;) Judging by the big goody bag my friend brought back from Disneyland last year, Reece’s are the only North American chocolates I don’t find waxy! I wonder if it’s just a national preference kind of thing… They’re definitely very different to most chocolate bars over here.

Nattie

CrowKettle – haha, I don’t blame you, I always go a bit crazy when I visit a Lindt outlet. All of those sound absolutely incredible! My mouth is watering, no joke. Thank you so much for the link, I am scrolling through now and might be there a while! Never apologise for chocolate spam! It’s the best kind of spam there is (: Those hedgehogs have me sold on a trip to Canada for those alone!

Leafhopper

Those Purdy’s Hedgehogs are great, as are their salted caramels, peanut butter daisies, and many other things. My family go through at least one box of their chocolates every Christmas. Definitely give them a try if you can! (And yes, I might be part of the Purdy’s cult…)

Nattie, I think Reece’s might be so good because they use as little chocolate as possible and emphasize the peanut butter. So maybe the quality isn’t that much better, but I notice it less.

Martin, if I lived near a Lindt outlet, I’d probably try everything in their catalogue. :)

ashmanra

We have a Lindt shop in the town where youngest lives. When you go in, they introduce themselves as your “chocolate advisor.” The first time we went in, they were consulting with a young mother who had a toddler in a stroller. They said local pediatricians send them there, especially with soecial needs kids, to try to get the kids to prefer darker chocolate for the sake of the higher antioxidants and lower sugar! I love going in when they have the truffles on clearance due to the seasonal wrappers! Nom nom nom
They offer some free samples, as well.

Nattie

Leafhopper – I definitely have to try Purdy’s now. I’m drooling over these descriptions! And yep, the high peanut butter to chocolate ratio could definitely be the reason they taste so much better than the others!

ashmanra – I love telling myself dark chocolate is ‘healthy’ haha, but that is actually pretty great! I would be wider than I am tall if I lived near a Lindt store :D

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CrowKettle

Santa’s Secret> Read My Lips every time. Santa’s Secret embraces it’s Candy Destiny lol. I’m not a big fan of the fake chocolate here either. Like expecting Purdy’s or Milka and getting a Nestle candybar “chocolate” instead.

Nattie

I’ve never heard of Purdy’s but I love Milka! For me the chocolate bar no-no is Hershey’s, lol. It’s just so different and waxy to me. Santa’s Secret is definitely the superior tea.

CrowKettle

Hershey’s is awful – like eating chocolate scented waxy plastic. I almost name-dropped them instead. At least a Kitkat bar has texture going for it!

Purdys is a BC based chocolatier that has no presence outside of Canada. They’re all right, and some would say overrated. In a lot of the urban BC malls I’ve been to, their stores are often located super close to David’s Tea :P

Nattie

Ick. ‘chocolate scented waxy plastic’ is such an accurate description. I actually love KitKats, haha! I wonder what it is that makes them so different to me than the other Nestle chocolate bars? Maybe it’s that there’s not much chocolate on them by comparison. Maybe I’ll try Purdy’s if I ever make it over to Canada! It’s a dream trip of mine, and I am definitely going to seek out David’s if I do go!

Martin Bednář

Nope. No Milka for me. And apparently Hershey’s won’t be for me either. I tend to enjoy dark chocolates and mostly Lindt. Those are great (and pricey)

Leafhopper

You should definitely check out Purdy’s if you’re ever in Canada. I’ve never heard of Milka; maybe it’s not available in North America. I think most grocery store chocolate bars are kind of waxy, though I like Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups (and chocolate peanut butter ice cream, and basically anything else that has chocolate and peanut butter).

CrowKettle

Lindt is pretty awesome, but we have an outlet kind of near me and I may have over-indulged on their truffle balls and creme brulee chocolate a few months back?

I like all the dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate… We have this place called Origins Chocolate nearby, which sources chocolate from everywhere and does chocolate/tea pairing events every so often. Even though they don’t deliver I’m going to link them because I can always facilitate mailing things or you can track down individual bars that interest you in your respective areas: https://origins-chocolate-bar.square.site/s/shop)<- the brown butter milk chocolate, and Castronovo White Chocolate/Lemon/Lemon Salt are amazing D:

CrowKettle

Purdy’s is famous for their Hedgehogs, which are essentially hazelnut praline truffles. They also have delicious dark and milk chocolate Himalayan salt caramel chocolates, and things like that. They are incredibly popular as Christmas and Valentine’s gifts as well as school raffle things. It’s a cult.

Sorry for spamming with chocolate. Didn’t realize I was feeling so passionate about the subject.

Martin Bednář

Haha CrowKettle, I can imagine. I have friend from Switzerland and she just sends me some care packages with chocolates in. Or when she was coming here, she bought 15 bars of chocolate maybe?

Nattie

Martin – I love Lindt! It’s a shame it’s so expensive, but it’s a great treat. For a cheaper chocolate fix I prefer Galaxy.

Nattie

Leafhopper – Well that’s two recommendations now, so I suppose I have to! ;) Judging by the big goody bag my friend brought back from Disneyland last year, Reece’s are the only North American chocolates I don’t find waxy! I wonder if it’s just a national preference kind of thing… They’re definitely very different to most chocolate bars over here.

Nattie

CrowKettle – haha, I don’t blame you, I always go a bit crazy when I visit a Lindt outlet. All of those sound absolutely incredible! My mouth is watering, no joke. Thank you so much for the link, I am scrolling through now and might be there a while! Never apologise for chocolate spam! It’s the best kind of spam there is (: Those hedgehogs have me sold on a trip to Canada for those alone!

Leafhopper

Those Purdy’s Hedgehogs are great, as are their salted caramels, peanut butter daisies, and many other things. My family go through at least one box of their chocolates every Christmas. Definitely give them a try if you can! (And yes, I might be part of the Purdy’s cult…)

Nattie, I think Reece’s might be so good because they use as little chocolate as possible and emphasize the peanut butter. So maybe the quality isn’t that much better, but I notice it less.

Martin, if I lived near a Lindt outlet, I’d probably try everything in their catalogue. :)

ashmanra

We have a Lindt shop in the town where youngest lives. When you go in, they introduce themselves as your “chocolate advisor.” The first time we went in, they were consulting with a young mother who had a toddler in a stroller. They said local pediatricians send them there, especially with soecial needs kids, to try to get the kids to prefer darker chocolate for the sake of the higher antioxidants and lower sugar! I love going in when they have the truffles on clearance due to the seasonal wrappers! Nom nom nom
They offer some free samples, as well.

Nattie

Leafhopper – I definitely have to try Purdy’s now. I’m drooling over these descriptions! And yep, the high peanut butter to chocolate ratio could definitely be the reason they taste so much better than the others!

ashmanra – I love telling myself dark chocolate is ‘healthy’ haha, but that is actually pretty great! I would be wider than I am tall if I lived near a Lindt store :D

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I first got into loose leaf teas when a friend of mine showed me Cara McGee’s Sherlock fandom blends on Adagio a good few years back, but they weren’t on sale in the UK so I started trying other kinds instead and have been hooked for almost three years (and have purchased several fandom tea sets including the Sherlock one I lusted over for so long).

Flavoured teas make up the majority of my collection, but I’m growing increasingly fond of unflavoured teas too. I usually reach for a black, oolong or white tea base over a pu’erh or green tea, though I do have my exceptions. I will update my likes and dislikes as I discover more about my palate, but for now:

Tea-likes: I’m generally easily pleased and will enjoy most flavours, but my absolute favourites are maple, caramel, chestnut, pecan, raspberry, coconut, blueberry, lemon, pumpkin, rose, hazelnut and peach

Tea-dislikes: vanilla (on its own), ginger, coriander/cilantro, cardamom, liquorice, pineapple and chocolate

I am a 25 year old bartender, English Literature sort-of-graduate and current student working towards finishing my degree. I am hoping to one day complete a masters degree in Mental Health Social Work and get a job working in care. Other than drinking, hoarding and reviewing tea, my hobbies include reading, doing quizzes and puzzles, TV watching, football/soccer (Sunderland AFC supporter and employee of my local football club), music, artsy weird makeup, and learning new things (currently British Sign Language).

I should probably also mention my tea-rating system, which seems to be much harsher than others I’ve seen on here. It’s not always concrete, but I’ll try to define it:

• 50 is the base-line which all teas start at. A normal, nothing-special industrial-type black teabag of regular old fannings would be a 50.

• 0 – 49 is bad, and varying degrees of bad. This is probably the least concrete as I hardly ever find something I don’t like.

• I have never given below a 20, and will not unless that tea is SO bad that I have to wash my mouth out after one sip. Any teas rated as such are unquestionably awful.

• This means most teas I don’t enjoy will be in the 30 – 50 range. This might just mean the tea is not to my own personal taste.

• 51+ are teas I enjoy. A good cup of tea will be in the 50 – 70 range.

• If I rate a tea at 70+, it means I really, really like it. Here’s where the system gets a little more concrete, and I can probably define this part, as it’s rarer for a tea to get there.

• 71- 80: I really enjoyed this tea, enough to tell somebody about, and will probably hang onto it for a little longer than I perhaps should because I don’t want to lose it.

• 81 – 90: I will power through this tea before I even know it’s gone, and will re-order the next time the mood takes me.

• 91 – 100: This is one of the best teas I’ve ever tasted, and I will re-order while I still have a good few cups left, so that I never have to run out. This is the crème de la crème, the Ivy League of teas.

I never rate a tea down, and my ratings are always based on my best experience of a tea if I drink it multiple times. I feel that this is fairest as many factors could affect the experience of one particular cup.

I am always happy to trade and share my teas with others, so feel free to look through my cupboard and message me if you’re interested in doing a swap. I keep it up-to-date, although this doesn’t mean I will definitely have enough to swap, as I also include my small samples.
Currently unable to swap as I’ve returned after a long hiatus to a cupboard of mostly-stale teas I’m trying to work through before I let myself purchase anything fresh

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