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drank Pomme Cannelle by Casino
3217 tasting notes

Another from MissB! :D

Not sure what’s in the teabag, but I think this is an herbal tea. It tastes like a weak cider – light cinnamon and apple. Pretty much just as the name suggests. Not bad, but maybe would be better with a longer infusion.

Brewed 2 min at 100C. Rating 65.

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drank Baked Apple by Whittard of Chelsea
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Thanks again MissB! I wasn’t sure what to expect from this tea, but I was actually pleasantly surprised. A nice apple tea, with just enough sourness to make it a tart apple, and just a hint of spice. I’m quite impressed that it does indeed taste like apple. Not a tea I need stocked, but I would definitely drink this again! I do wish it was looseleaf, though.

Also, resteeps decently, though I’m only doing so the one time.

Brewed at 100C for 3 min. Rating 76.

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drank Chocolate by Harrods
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Thanks for this tea as well, MissB! Can’t say I’m a big fan – the tea really didn’t taste at all like chocolate to me (maybe a bit malty?) It wasn’t bad, just nothing special at all, and I never would have guessed chocolate. Their toffee tea was definitely preferable.

2min, 100C, rating 60.

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drank Toffee by Harrods
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Reminds me of 52teas’ Weeping Angel, though the base seems to be a bit less finicky. Thick, bold flavour, kind of toffee-like, but I’d love if it was even more present. Probably better with sugar and perhaps a touch of milk. If I had to pick, though, I’d choose the Lipton Caramel tea because it was lighter and sweeter. (Yes, I realize toffee and caramel are different.) thanks for the share, MissB!

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Review is for the bagged version I received courtesy of MissB! Will merge into a new listing later if need be. Anyhow, wasn’t overly excited for this one (not compared to the caramel and toffee teas, anyhow!), but went straight to my boyfriend’s place after the tea festival, and all I had with me was the tea from Sil (no infusers), so it’s a perfect time for some bagged tea.

Aroma and flavour were both somewhat peachy (think fuzzy peaches without the tartness), which was better than some peach teas I’ve had, which was nice comsiderkng it was bagged. Black base was pretty unremarkable, but that’s better than overly astringent! Overall, not bad at all, but fruity-flavoured teas are not faves anymore, so I’m fairly indifferent. Thanks for the share, though, MissB! (Brewed 2 min at 100C).

1 tsp

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Thanks for the sample of this one, MissB! Short note because I’m on my phone, but the aroma of the dry tea is deliciously caramelly. Steeped, it stays about the same, but it doesn’t translate to the flavour quite as well as I’d like, though that could perhaps be fixed by adding sweetener. I still rather enjoyed it for what it was, particularly since it’s a bagged tea. Would drink again, happily. Brewed at 100C for 2 min.

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drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
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Almost out of this now… I’m definitely going to be picking up more at some point. Again though, not a tea to drink when sick because the flavour is pretty light, but I did catch glimpses of the sweet chestnut every now and then, and there was a lovely smoothness to it.

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Probably shouldn’t have drank this while sick – the flavours aren’t really strong enough to cut through the gunk and get to my poor olfactory receptors. It had a lovely mouthfeel going down, though!


Feel better hugs to you!


Thanks – I’m getting through it, slowly!

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Have been super sick over the last few days and didn’t want tea except one day, where I brewed up 3 faves (this being one of them). Drank the resteeps at work today, which was tasty, even though my sense of smell/taste is clearly still compromised. Anyways, this was yummy, and I had a really interesting experience with the last 1/3 of yesterday’s mug of it (that I drank this morning) – there was a very strong, and very tasty honey flavour along with the roasty chocolatey goodness. No idea if that was from leaving it overnight, or an artifact of messed up senses, but it was incredibly delicious.

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drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
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Don’t recall what I wrote last time, but the grapefruit flavour really is fairly accurate in this one. Quite identifiably grapefruit, not miscellaneous citrus or anything else. I still maintain that Butiki’s is better, but to be fair, there’s also a much better base tea with her version, and I think that really complements the grapefruit flavour, whereas this tea has a basic sencha, and I don’t think seaweedy notes work so well. Regardless, I had a couple yummy travel mugs of this (one resteep).

Ah – read my old note – I originally tried a sample from someone else, whereas this time, it was from my half of a 50g packet from a Jan 2013 Happy Bag. So, much more flavour, in spite of the terrible storage (I hate Lupicia’s non-resealable packaging. At least make it have a metal twist-tie closure or something!! Not airtight but better than lying open!)

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

Sometimes I just put a rubber band around mine or tape them shut. I suppose that isn’t the best way to keep them good.

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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