Just catching up on some ratings, I’m so bad about doing them on the days I actually drank the tea.
I was certain that I’d like this one because its fruity and has jellybeans. I’ve only made this one once, and I think maybe I used too much leaf (okay fine, I was digging around for jellybeans and used extra leaf in the process). I also may have oversteeped it just slightly because I wanted the whole jellybean to melt. It didn’t.
Bearing these brewing errors in mind, it was not bad. The flavouring was nice, but didn’t seem to mesh well with the earthiness of the rooibos. The rooibos was very strong in this one (likely because of overbrewing/too much tea), and it almost had a sort of sour note to it. Not fruity-sour, more like…earthy-sour. Fermented. Not my favorite, but I do plan to re-try this one brewed properly. I suspect that maybe I just don’t like the taste of red rooibos, because Birthday Cake has the same earthy-sour/fermented note and has a red rooibos base.
At any rate, I’m not going to give up on this one yet because I didn’t make it correctly.

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Recently graduated sociology student trying to decide what to do with her life.
I don’t drink tea every day, but I do love tea and trying out different flavours. My favorite is black tea, followed by white and mate teas. I enjoy rooibos and oolongs, but haven’t tried enough of them yet to determine how much I like them compared to other types. I don’t like straight green tea, but if it has a good flavour added to it I can enjoy it quite a lot.
Mostly I drink DavidsTea since its Canadian and they tend to have stronger teas and more interesting flavors than other places I’ve tried. I don’t care for what I’ve tried from Teavana for the most part; their teas seem weak and overpriced in general as far as I can tell. The exception is My Morning Mate, which is incredible.
My city has not a single specialty tea shop, so DavidsTea online ordering is my friend. I highly recommend their Perfect Mug. It really is perfect. Nice thin lip, large hand, larger than average mug without being too big, and I have it in clear so I can see the beautiful colours of my teas as they steep. The strainer that comes with it is my favorite because it doesn’t let any tea through, and its metal and dishwasher safe. Love it.


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