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drank Love Note by T by Daniel
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Iced, with some agave.

This one smells the best of all the T by Daniels blends I got, at least in my opinion. It’s supposed to be a strawberry peach flavour so I figured that would make for a nice iced tea. It wasn’t my favourite though; had a very bitter overtone to it and both the strawberry and the peach notes were a little artificial/chemical tasting. I had to add agave just to smooth over some of the roughness. It was drinkable overall, but not great.

Perhaps it will be better as a hot tea, maybe with a shorter steep time.

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If I was smart I would have made a glass of this on the day of the Royal Wedding, but I’m not smart so I’m going to enjoy a cup of this one now instead and just say that I’m having it in ‘spirit of’ the wedding. To be honest, I don’t really care though – it doesn’t effect me at all, and I think it’s a weird pop culture fixation.

This tea is good though; it’s growing on me despite some of the more artificial characteristics is has going on. Mostly smooth milk chocolate though, and sweet strawberry. Really does feel like a chocolate dipped strawberry without so much of the cloying sweetness. I can get behind that, especially as a late night mug to sate some sweet cravings…

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I actually deeply hate the name of this tea. It’s too punny, and I feel like the cultural relevance is sort of week/will lose impact very quickly. That said, it’s a nice enough sounding blend. I could, personally, do without the theatrics of the ‘royal purple’ sprinkles though; they likely wont add anything of note to the blend other than a possible artificial/cloying edge.

Steeped up this is nice though; it’s a chocolate and strawberry mix and that’s what I’m tasting. It’s actually quite well defined, in my opinion. Perhaps a little more chocolate heavy. I’m not huge on chocolate teas personally, but the best ones IMO are the ones with fruit pairings so as long as I don’t lose the strawberry notes I think this one will be smooth, creamy, rich and enjoyable.

It also reminds me a lot of DT’s Love Tea #7 if there’s anyone out there looking for a substitute now that the DT blend has been retired. I actually have a VERY SMALL amount of Love Tea #7 left too, so maybe I’ll do a side by side tasting and directly compare. Just going on memory, I’m not sure which of the two I actually like better right now…

VariaTEA

Not gonna lie, it took me a while to figure out what the name meant. I blame the early hour…yeah ….let’s go with that.

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So, I literally had a dream about this tea last night – and I mean when you’re literally dreaming about a specific tea and you have the ability to make it then I feel like you kind of HAVE to make it! It’s deeply satisfying sipping on it now; mostly sweet lemon notes with hints of strawberry. Also malty and astringent. Unfortunately it’s cooled down a fair bit not and as it’s cooled it’s gotten bitter so I’ve added in some lemon honey to perk up the flavour and soften the bitterness. Still quite tasty!

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With a half pump of agave.

I was a little skeptical about this one/hesitant to purchase it because I just sort of figured it would come off as another somewhat bland or forgettable ‘Lady Londonderry’ type of tea. I’m happy I got it though because, while it is very much like a Lady Londonderry, it’s super sweet and fresh and both the strawberry and lemon in the blend come off as very juicy and well balanced with a crispness to the finish that’s just super pleasing to experience. Arguably more strawberry than lemon; but both are present.

I think this is likely my favourite offering from T by Daniel yet? I still have a few more to try, though.

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First cuppa from this morning.

I think this tasted more like caramel popcorn to me this time than it did last, and as far as I’m aware the only thing I actually did to change things up was steep it for a minute less. It was sweeter and more balanced overall though, with a noticeable decrease in astringency. Definitely still a lot more of a nutty taste than I’d ever associate with caramel popcorn, but actual caramel notes too on top of a malty black tea base. It’s not the strongest association, but I guess it gets the job done when it comes to recreating the titular flavour.

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Another one from T by Daniel.

My friend, who convinced me to place my order in the first place, recommended this tea in particular over everything else on the site – which is why I ended up buying it. It did surprise me, though, that it’s a caramel themed tea that doesn’t actually have caramel in it, unless of course it’s one of the unspecified added flavours.

I steeped mine up with just a little bit of milk because I wanted it to cool down fast enough I could drink it right away for my lunch break at work. It’s actually pretty good; somewhat surprisingly I do actually get caramel from the overall profile. Caramel Popcorn, though? Not so much. In addition to caramel notes, it’s also quite nutty with sweet, and distinct almond and walnut popping out amongst the flavours. The black base is somewhat strong, with a malty and bready sort of flavour.

I actually liked the blend, but of the T by Daniel blends I’ve tried so far it’s not my favourite (which would be Rated R). I think it could actually be sweeter overall, and while I got caramel notes I don’t feel like I got nearly enough of them to feel like they warrant being the thing the blend is named for.

I’m sure I’ll experiment further with it because I did buy 50g, though.

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drank WOW! by T by Daniel
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The final sample from my T by Daniel order.

So, if you’re going to call your tea ‘Wow’ then I think you really need to deliver that exclamation through the flavours in the blend. This was a good tea, but it wasn’t a Wow tea for me. Mostly that comes down to the fact I think I’ve tasted nearly identical blends from several different tea companies – many of which are more accessible to me or more competitively priced. Overall profile of the tea is strong, rich, and creamy nougat with almond, freshly mowed grass, and orchid undertones. It’s a sweet blend that does not lose the oolong among the dessert flavours.

I’d totally drink again; but wouldn’t drop money on it.

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drank Snow White by T by Daniel
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Another sample from my order; this is one I actually highly debated ordering a full size of but ultimately decided not to because I felt it would be too similar to teas I already have in my cupboard. I was definitely excited to see it as a sample though because it meant I still got to experience it!

Overall, I think I’m glad that I didn’t order it – it certainly was NOT a bad tea but I feel like I was right in that it wouldn’t have added anything to the growing catalog of teas I have. Not surprisingly given the name, it’s very apple flavoured – but definitely more of a smooth, buttery baked apple flavour rather than anything over the top juicy or tart/acidic. It’s kind of crazy how diverse apple flavours can be, when you think about it. Something else I found interesting was that the sweet almond flavours in the blend, which I thought might make me think of Forever Nuts from DT because of the cinnamon and apple pairing, reminded me pretty strongly of DT’s Cotton Candy blend and the way the mango/hazelnut pairing in that tea eerily recreates the titular flavour. So, this was almost like an apple flavoured cotton candy/fairy floss sort of thing to me? Not a lot of cinnamon going on overall, either.

Bottom line; very pleasant and I’m really happy that I did wind up getting to try it. Just not something I’d need in a larger size.

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drank Rated R by T by Daniel
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Recently placed an order with T by Daniel at the strong recommendation of a good friend who’s taste in tea I value pretty highly. This one wasn’t one of the full sizes I got, but a smaller single cup size sample sent as a bonus with my order.

I thought this one was phenomenal; it’s very robustly flavoured with decadent, smooth and buttery fresh coconut notes accented with creamy, sweet raspberry. I really like the the raspberry is almost more of a pastry raspberry instead of acidic or tangy because it just so strongly compliments the coconut and highlights a style of raspberry profile that I haven’t had in what feels like ages…

This also reminds me of DAVIDsTEA’s Fantasy Island but, from what I can recall of that tea, I think this one is actually better overall. The flavours are better balanced and feel a little more natural. I actually wish this was listed on the T By Daniel website (it’s currently not on the site at all) because it’s something I actually would order a larger size of based on the sample.

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drank Vanilla Coco Loco by T by Daniel
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I have had this sample from Cavocorax for months now. It got lost amongst my ever-growing stash. Though today I found it and brewed it up. It is quite lovely. Soft and creamy coconutty vanilla goodness. My cup was underleafed and old and it is still good so I imagine this tea fresh is probably pretty awesome. Thank you Cavo for the share!!

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drank Night In Rio by T by Daniel
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This tea is so fun! Like a taste of summer in a cup. I picked this up from the Toronto Tea Festival this past January, where I got to meet Daniel in person (he’s incredibly nice and just as charismatic and enthusiastic as his website/social media outlets suggest). He helped me pick out several blends to take home, and the instant I sampled this one I knew I had to have it. The taste is heavy on the pineapple, just the way I like it. I can’t wait to try it iced.

Flavors: Pineapple

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Caramel Popcorn by T by Daniel
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Hot, this does really well in a travel mug! I had it in a regular mug awhile back and it was just ok.
No need to add sugar. I wanted to experiment and with a dollop of milk it just gets more buttery. Damn. If the remaining cups are like this I may consider grabbing more one day

Also today was a very long day. I was in the office before 7am. We had a work event. But because there was maybe a third of the people around, the place was cold. I spent most of my day drinking coffee and tea in a lame attempt to stay warm. It didn’t work very well. I’m still cold. Brrrr.

Anyhow. I’m feeling pretty antisocial. The introvert in me is hissing at everyone for no reason

Evol Ving Ness

I’ve been cold for close to 24 hours now. My feet are like ice despite the heat on high and being covered by a throw.

Indigobloom

yup. I’m still cold. Under two blankets and warm jammies. Getting there…

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Hot, this is delish!! A strong but not overpowering note of fresh tart strawberries dominates the sip, with a background of crisp sencha green. I quite like it.
Unfortunately, as it cools the strawberry becomes more candylike, and the green tea becomes floralish. I’m also getting a strong note of umami, which isn’t something I’m generally very sensitive to in greens, atleast not lately. Today? it comes across as fishy, and really lingers in the nose.
I’ll have no problem finishing the sample. I’m glad I had the chance to try this!

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drank Watch that Mango by T by Daniel
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A nice fruity green!
Generically fruity. I certainly wouldn’t pick out mango. If I didn’t know better, I’d have said peach.
The balance of green tea vs fruitiness is perfect so on that front I’m satisfied. Unfortunately, I suspect that the flavour will fade quickly, so here’s hoping I can kick my tea hoarding ways :P

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drank Chai Noir by T by Daniel
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I had this the other day at work. It kinda hit the spot, but I was in the mood for something sweet. Now that I know to expect a different kinda chai… Still not one for replacing though

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drank Chai Noir by T by Daniel
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I loved the scent of this one. Brewed? not so much. Something in there is cloying and a bit artificial. There are a few “candied” items. Nuts and such. So it could be any of those. And perhaps the fennel? I can’t be sure.
My mug was satisfying to a point, but missing a certain depth that I’ve come to expect in chai. Milk was necessary, but no sugar was added since it was already a bit too sweet on its own.

Tea festival this weekend was great. So much fun catching up with all the teaps! I was on a serious high until last night when I heard about the Quebec shooting. That just brought me back to reality. Then today I heard about a shooting right around the corner from my work. Literally. I mean, its the nearest intersection to the building. I cross there all the time. Lucky I was at home on my day off. So yeah. Sadness :(

mrmopar

Seems to be happening a lot lately. Makes you wonder what the world is coming to.

Indigobloom

@mrmopar, it really does. Violence is never the answer, even my boyfriend who was a judo sensei for 20 years could tell you that. I just don’t get it

Indigobloom

@Evol yup. I second your :(

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drank CITYYZ by T by Daniel
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This tea is so yummy! It is amazing as a latte, and the company itself is wonderful to deal with!

Flavors: Cacao, Vanilla

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 8 min or more

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drank CITYYZ by T by Daniel
74 tasting notes

I got a sample of CITYYZ and wished I had gotten more to get a real feel for this tea. The flavor seemed quite subtle. I believe it would’ve been yummy as a latte.

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This tasted just like blueberry muffins in a tea for, T by Daniel nailed this one!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I have only tried iced but it was delicious. A very refreshing orange flavored tea!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I received a sample of this from a teapal and, to my surprise, it’s right up my alley. I usually avoid pineapple blends because the pineapple flavor tends to be really cloying and/or it doesn’t mix well with the other ingredients. That is not the case with this blend. I’m so glad it’s an herbal that’s predominantly fruit. The pineapple really shines, and the flavor reminds me of freshly juiced ripe pineapple. It’s sweet but slightly tart, and the pineapple blends really well with the mango and papaya. It’s like a tropical fruit juice blend in tea form. I’ve been eyeing T by Daniel for awhile, and this sample might just prompt an order. I can see myself enjoying a lot of this tea (mixed with other teas or alone) over the summer.

Evol Ving Ness

I met him at the tea festival at the end of January. Quite a character! And a promising entrepreneur. The sample teas were good too.

apieceofquiche

Neat! We need tea festivals down south. That sounds like such fun. Yeah, he looks like quite a happy chap. :)

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drank Night In Rio by T by Daniel
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Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 375 OZ / 11090 ML

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