drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
746 tasting notes

I’ve over-steeped this tea before, so today I let the water cool a few minutes after the auto-shut off feature activated, but I only steeped it for 2 or so minutes, and I actually used a timer to make sure I didn’t get overly distracted, which is why I tend to over-steep green and (lighter) oolongs.

I do still really love the smell of this in the bag, and you can pick up the same smell as taste in the liquor, but it is not as strong. There is a slight floral feel, but it is mostly a decently sweet creamy feel.

I admit I don’t have this as much because I try to have it when I am home and know I have time to get at least two or three steeps out of it. I do have to say that it is incredible how big the leaves get after just one steep. :)

This one is still a keeper, and I will refill when I run out, but I won’t get a huge amount because I don’t drink it as frequently.

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are…

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty (except rose), and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

Yes, I do trades…usually on request though. See something you want to try in my cupboard? Just shoot me a message and I’ll see what I can do!

Uh, guess that’s it.


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