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75

207/365

I am forever searching for a tea to equal David’s Movie Night that’s easily accessible in the UK. This one is probably the closest I’ve come so far. It smells right – all buttery, nutty, sweet, toffee-coated popcorn. The flavour is almost there, too – maybe a little light on the toffee, but the popcorn is pretty spot-on. The initial few sips are magical, although in successive sips I find I’m separating and identifying ingredients rather than tasting it as a cohesive whole. I guess that’s what I’ve trained myself to do, but it’s a little distracting in this case. For example, I can taste fennel seed, pistachio, nut brittle, and then apple. It’s like, as a flavour, it doesn’t quite hold together. It’s still really good, but I think it might shine more as a latte. That might help to heighten the toffee notes a bit, and add the extra sweetness I’m looking for. It’s pretty good, though – I like it a lot more than I expected to!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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70

No matter how I brew this one, I still get banana. Banoffee, specifically.

Why is the rum always gone?

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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70

175/365

This one smells delicious from the moment you open the bag, but it’s banana I smell. Candy banana, specifically. Not cream, and surely not rum. It’s an interesting beginning!

To taste, I almost get rum. It’s frustratingly close, but just not quite there. I wonder if it’s because the flavouring here is almost certainly artificial, and has had to be created from other flavours? It’s nothing even remotely approaching tea that’s actually been aged in rum barrels, for example. Mostly, I can taste banana. I don’t mind that at all, because I’m quite partial to a banana tea. Call me perverse, but I actually quite like that foam banana sweet flavour, and that’s what I’m getting here. There’s a good hit of creaminess, mostly towards the end of the sip, and that’s pleasant too. There’s even a bit of coconut kicking around in the background. If they’d called this one banana coconut cream, I would have been happy.

While I like what I’m drinking, it’s not exactly living up to its billing. That leaves me conflicted in terms of rating. If you buy this one expecting Irish Rum, you’re going to be disappointed. And really, what else would you be expecting, given that’s what it’s called? This is the tea equivalent of buying a dog and receiving a cat instead. Puzzling, but by no means unpleasant.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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100
drank Toffee Popcorn by True Tea Club
85 tasting notes

Holy crap. The smell of this tea is good enough to eat. Nutty, sweet, salty, with the tiniest faint hint of fruity but just barely. Mostly nutty/salty/caramel…And omg you guys…please listen to me…PLEASE listen. This is the most delicious tasting tea I’ve ever had in my entire life. I dont say that lightly. Please try this..please. I paid for international shipping and I’m gonna do it again because this is so good. It tastes like an actual biscotti cookie- not like biscotti flavored tea, but like the actual cookie- not cherry-like…but more of like that vanilla almond flavor but then with caramel mixed with this salty sweet smell its just unbelievable. Ive never seen anything like it. This company is pretty dang great. This is my first tea from them and i WILL be ordering more.

Flavors: Almond, Caramel, Cookie, Cream, Popcorn, Salty, Vanilla

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69
The listed ingredients and name enticed excitement! However, I wasn’t keen on the aroma of this one. It’s like every individual ingredient clashed, a concoction that gave me a mild headache. Despite the less than appealing aroma, the actual cup was really tasty! The ingredients toned down the rooibos, into a more cake-like flavour, making an easily pleasing replacement for dessert.

For more on tea: www.TastethTea.co.uk

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cake, Caramel, Rooibos, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 250 OZ / 7393 ML

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60

Part of me never wanted to steep this, just so I could keep this pretty little tea in my collection, FOREVER! Alas, I did eventually plop the whole sample in a teapot and as the combination of herbs, fruits and flowers steeped, mint notes started enticing me to prematurely pour a cup. I didn’t, but I also didn’t make it through the WHOLE 10 minutes before curiosity got the better of me, stopping the steeping at about 7 minutes in. At this point the cup develops a distinctly lemon aroma, which would usually set alarm bells ringing, as I HATE hot lemon. Luckily, it was more lemon sherbet than Lemsip, so I felt pretty relaxed about giving the blend a taste. The flavour… well it’s actually pretty subtle. I could see why the packet suggested 10 minutes, in order to give full force to the flavours, which are predominantly a floral field taste mingled with gentle lemon and mint. Anyone can see that this is an aesthetically beautiful blend, but none of these notes are particularly punchy or overpowering. It’s perhaps a decent pre-bed sort of tea.

For more on tea: www.Tastethetea.co.uk

Flavors: Floral, Lemon, Lemongrass, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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74

The aroma is succulent and fruity. I don’t know what they flavoured it with, but they got the scent damn near dialed to perfection. It smells so good you could scoop it out and eat it. Obviously don’t do that, steep it. I found that the recommend time really wasn’t enough, creating a very weak tea. Steeped for longer, the leaves create a nice fruity liquid, that I think would be even nicer iced. Perfect for summer!

For more on tea: www.Tastethetea.co.uk

Flavors: Fruity, Lemon Zest, Mango

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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64

The tea looks and tastes good and that’s probably one of the most important things. However, I couldn’t help but feel a little let down when really looking at the company. Despite my critical review, I do feel like these fellow tea lovers are really trying, but are perhaps just making a few mistakes along the way. I hope they can learn from them and this review. A little more consistency with the product and website wording would go a long way to eliminating any future confusion with the subscription service! At the moment this is a good service, but it’s by no means the best service.

For more: https://www.tastethetea.co.uk/2017/07/25/true-tea-club-subscription-uk/

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