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drank Snow White by T by Daniel
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This week has felt sooooooo long and it is only Wednesday. I came home at the end of April and it seems that my family has become reliant on me so even on my weekends I am taking care of them and during the week I come home after being out for 12 hours and then have to cook dinner and clean up and do laundry. I live with 3 adults. 2 of which are home most days, all day. Plus, I had a seizure a week ago. You’d think they would help but they really don’t do much. So tea hasn’t happened much the past couple days. I’ve either just been too tired or on Monday I decided I didn’t want to be the house chef so I made plans and went out with my friends for Japanese BBQ.

Today was an easy evening because I made tonight’s meal yesterday. Yay past me! That meant tea. Yay tea! So I am sipping on this tea from Evol Ving Ness (thank you!) while I rewatch Drag Race some more. I was surprised when I first drank this because I expected a lot more apple than what I got. More than anything I got cinnamon/almond pastry and slightly woody rooibos. I don’t really like it if I am being honest. It reminds me of a pastry I got at the Danish Pastry House the other day – a hoj snegl – which was filled with what tasted like cinnamon custard. I didn’t like that either.

Kittenna

Cinnamon custard sounds good! Haha. Not this tea, though.

VariaTEA

It was not. It was actually cinnamon and remonce.

Sil

ugh. I’m sorry that’s the situation these days. If we didn’t have the kiddo you could totally have come lived with us for the summer for a break haha

VariaTEA

Awww thanks Sil. I’ve escaped to my sisters this weekend so I get to take a break.

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Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing this. Unfortunately the magic you seemed to find is lost on me. The chocolate flavor is coming through a bit muddy and it collides with some fruitiness which causes a sharp note in the middle as the flavor goes from chocolate to berry.

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I really enjoyed this share from Roswell Strange, thank you!! In fact, the Sororitea Sisters ended up ordering samples from T by Daniel because of my review about this tea. It is like a mix of fuzzy peaches sprinkled with some ginger flavor. A little sweet and slightly spiced. The best of both worlds to keep things in check.

Check out the full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2019/03/15/ginger-peach-snowcone-from-t-by-daniel/

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I took my first zoloft last night and woke up super dizzy and nauseous. The ginger in this tea was my friend and I think I will miss this now that it’s gone. Thank you for sharing, Roswell Strange!

Evol Ving Ness

Hope that’s the worst of it and you soon find what you need from it.

hugs to you

Kittenna

Good luck getting things sorted out with the meds – I hope any side effects taper off quickly, and they give you the desired results :)

ashmanra

Oh dear! Dizzy and nauseous are no fun! Prayers for feeling better in every way, and having only beneficial effects with no nasty side effects! Hugs to you from afar. Anxiety is nasty business. You will beat it!

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Roswell Strange sent me an awesome package of tea deliciousness and I was super excited yesterday when it arrived. I was also on the edge of having a breakdown since the last couple days have been overwhelming between coming off the stress of drafting a 20 page research memo, having to assemble job application packets and drafting cover letters for firms for applications due today at 5, having surprise client meetings today and yesterday morning I had to prepare for, and having to read a bunch of cases to work on a project with a friend today. So while I enjoyed some of the teas yesterday, I am only now adding them to my cupboard today…now that I finally have a second to breathe.

The most frustrating part was that yesterday was just supposed to be just cover letters, which is manageable but then we got assigned our project and it turned out we needed to do a lot more than we originally anticipated. Then while we were working on our project yesterday I got an email from the receptionist at the community legal services I am volunteering with saying that my client wanted to make the appointment we scheduled for Friday sooner. My concern was that she realized her deadline was coming up for a time sensitive application and needed to be in sooner rather than later so I accommodated. Then today after the stress of yesterday that was exacerbated by my accommodating the client, the client tells me that she moved up the meeting because she checked the weather and today is warmer than Friday. I could have killed her. However, it is done and I was able to get through and be useful on the project despite not getting through many of the cases. And the applications are submitted and now I am watching The Gifted and drinking tea. This tea that smells like the perfect combination of peach and ginger, both dry and steeped.

The flavor is nice too. It is reflective of the scent but not as strong. Not nearly as strong. The scent is sweet fuzzy peaches and ginger but the flavor is not nearly as sweet. It doesn’t have much ginger either. Just a touch of each flavor. A whisper of the scent itself. Nice but not amazing. Perhaps I need to change steeping parameters to coax out the flavors…this time I went with 185F water for 3 minutes. Thank you for sharing Roswell Strange! And if you have steeping recommendations, I’m all ears.

Cameron B.

So sorry that your week has been so stressful! Here’s hoping that the rest of it will have less stress and more tea.

VariaTEA

I just have to make it to Friday and then I get to go home and visit with my family…and my puppies! Thankfully the bulk of things were done today so the next couple of days shouldn’t be too bad.

Sil

if you want your tea, let me know but also don’t stress about it since you’re just up for the weekend. There’s only a few, so i’m more than happy to hold them for longer.

Roswell Strange

Sorry to hear about all of the stress :( As for tea tea, I’d try upping your steep temp a little bit. From the few times I’ve had this, I recall it being pretty resilient to heat.

Evol Ving Ness

Hurray for tea joy! Hope the stress and overwhelm subsides a bit or becomes a bit more manageable. And hurray for tea frens making things a whole lot more pleasant, regardless of the circumstances.

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drank Vanilla Coco Loco by T by Daniel
4301 tasting notes

Sipdown! A great Toronto Tea Festival purchase; I drank a ton of this at work and finished off the final cup at home, after starting my at leave. This is a really tasty vanilla/coconut/white blend, very desserty and light, and delicious.

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This is what I’m currently sipping on, and it’s pretty good but not quite as sweet and peachy as I was hoping that it would taste: perhaps I just got a scoop that was a little bit more ginger weighted? It’s still nice and light, refreshing though and I think picking a tea with ginger in it was a good choice for me right now since I was feeling a little bit bloat-y and having some tummy rumbling issues…

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From what I can recall from drinking this one, it was a little less sweet and more ginger heavy than my first cup of it was – however, I feel like I’ve been spoiling myself with very bright/sweet peach flavoured white teas lately so it might also just be that this isn’t nearly as sweet at the other peach white teas I’ve had as of late…

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The last of my T by Daniel haul (from earlier in the year) that I hadn’t tried…

Not really sure what makes this tea “snowcone” inspired but, regardless of the fact that imagery seems like a stretch to me, I still really enjoyed the overall flavour of this blend. It just seemed so amazingly fresh and juicy with these really sweet peach notes that dominated the cup. I definitely wont go so far as to say it was a natural peach, because it had a bit of a candied/somewhat syrupy quality to it, BUT it was still very rich and bright. The ginger wasn’t as strong as expected, but still present. If the peach was the lively, vibrant top note of the sip then the ginger was the warming grounding element creeping in from the back of the sip, and lingering after the swallow on the back of your tongue.

Obviously ginger and peach go together really well – or, at least, enough people agree that they do for that to be ‘a thing’. I think this is just a really well done example of that. A little heavier on the peach, but I like it like that.

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drank Love Note by T by Daniel
8041 tasting notes

Drank this tea day that DT’s Valentine’s Collection launched because I was feeling inspired to go through my cupboard and brew up some of my V-Day themed teas that I hadn’t had in a while. This was basically just a very artificial strawberry and peach combo – sort of reminded me of some sort of tangy five scent candy. Maybe peach rings? Had a weirdly oily mouthfeel. Wasn’t awful, but very ‘meh’. Kind of reemphasized for me why it’s ended up being such a forgettable tea within my stash…

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drank Love Note by T by Daniel
8041 tasting notes

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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So, what I’ve been doing while packing is putting a mix of stuff in each box so that if any one box gets lost I don’t lose ALL of one type of thing. Like, a couple travel mugs in each box, some infuser mugs, a teapot or two, some clothing, some comic books, some tins of tea, some board games, some gaiwans, a tea tray, etc.

I’ve also been trying to have a mug or two of tea with each box packed of one or two of the tins of tea that are going into that box – a “last cup” before they get sent away for a few weeks. This was one of those teas that I grabbed to sip on while packing; and it was actually a really good cup. Like, I knew I liked this tea when I selected it but it was so much better than I recalled it being. Sweet and creamy, with very fudgey/hot cocoa sort of chocolate notes and then a brilliant jammy strawberry quality to the mid sip.

Chocolate in tea is a funny thing; I don’t hate it but I don’t love it. But something about this particular cup of tea made me realize that I have a particularly soft spot for strawberry and chocolate teas. They’re great dessert flavour pairings, and I like fruit and chocolate combos just in general…

Mmm!

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-14ylqaQC0&index=10&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

(Just one of many songs that are part of my packing/jam playlist…)

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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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Fairly nice mug of this from last weekend; sweeter than what I was remembering it tasting like but with a little bit of lemon peel pithiness and juicy acidity to the strawberry notes – that combo of sweet, bitter, and acid really did make the entire cup feel all the more well rounded.

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Pot of tea, with agave – and also, sort of, coconut milk?

So, I primarily drank this one as a large pot of tea with agave. The agave gave the fruity notes a lot of sweetness and brightness; the strawberry really, really popped and was accented by the tartness of the lemon. Really juicy. I was curious, though, whether or not this tea would curdle with added milk (because of the lemon) so I did try a couple cups with varying degrees of coconut milk. I didn’t curdle, but it definitely didn’t do anything to improve or better the flavour either…

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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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I’ve been seeing a lot of buzz about T by Daniel on Instagram right now, which is cool. I’ve liked the teas that I purchased from them a fair bit – and their story is very moving as well. I’m happy to see them continue to grow!

I steeped this tea after an afternoon with a particularly large amount of T by Daniel posts on my instagram feed; it had me feeling influenced to pull something out of my own stash. I added in a little bit of buckwheat honey to this because I know that with past infusions I’ve found it lacks the sweetness that I would want out of Caramel Popcorn and leans a lot more nutty than I personally crave from the tea, given its name. It was a great choice of addition as it did add sweetness to the very walnut and almond dominant cup but it was a very dense, molasses-y sweetness that compliments the flavours nicer and gave this more of a caramel-ish feel. Good cup; still not exactly “Caramel Popcorn” but a tasty tea nonetheless.

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Snuck in a cup, with milk, before this was sent off to Montreal.

It was fine, but continues to be SUPER distinctly more of a nut tea with almond/walnut characteristics outweighing the other flavours. It’s a perfectly fine tea, but I just need to make sure that I remember how nutty it is in the future so that I’m not pulling it when I’m actually craving caramel notes over nutty notes.

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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
8041 tasting notes

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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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