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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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This an exciting one because it’s my 5000th tasting note!

When I realized last night I was at 4999, I reached out to my tea twin Roswell Strange to ask what tea she thought I should have for this special occasion. She pointed out Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA was the first tea I ever wrote a tasting note for but I don’t have that. I also don’t have Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA, which was the whole reason I got into tea in the first place. It’s why I went to the store. Queen of Tarts by DAVIDsTEA was the first tea I actually tried from my first haul but that’s not in my cupboard either. What is in my cupboard is this tea, my recently purchased bag of Glitter & Gold.

The OG Glitter & Gold blend was the first tea I really fell in love with. It’s the first one I bought 100 grams of because I enjoyed it so much…back when the only way I knew how to make tea was western style and brewing it hot in a non-variable temperature kettle. So, I thought what better way to celebrate this momentous occasion than with the new version of an old favourite? Not to mention, the sparkle aspect of this tea just screams celebration!

I got to making the tea and the first thing I noticed was no shiny balls. That’s what gave the tea sparkle in the past but this new version had sparkly and non-sparkly stars…so there was hope for that fun glitter effect. Alas, the new version doesn’t quite have the same sparkle the OG blend had, even after I added 3 more sparkly stars to the cups.

The lack of sparkle was disappointing but I suppose taste is what matters. It’s interesting revisiting something I loved when I just started my tea journey since I know my tastes have changed. Plus, I have tried so many blends that things that seemed amazing back then pale in comparison to some of the things I’ve tried along the way. Plus, while this is Glitter & Gold, it’s not my Glitter & Gold. All of this is to say that this is not a favourite anymore. Personally, I think the changes DAVIDsTEA made are mostly to blame because where this gets me most is in the slightly oily mouthfeel which I think is coming from the stars. There is also a stronger citrus quality than I recall and I could be wrong but feel that might be oily too. The older Glitter & Gold blend I remember being cleaner with sugar and clove and a hint of orange. Granted, it may be more of a fond memory than an accurate recall but this seems lower quality in a way and just a touch more artificial.

All in all, this rating is getting dropped from the 95 of yesteryear because whether it’s my tastes or the blend, this is not the tea it once was for me. With that said, I think it was a fun tea to revisit for a significant tasting note. In fact, after all that discussing with Roswell Strange, I almost stupidly saved a placeholder note for the Wild Honey Matcha smoothie I drank this morning to keep my counts accurate. Instead, I’m glad I waited for a bit of an experience.

OMGsrsly

Yay 5000!!

CrowKettle

I miss the old Glitter & Gold too. Used to be one of my favourite travel mug teas for the aroma; random people would come up to me and ask what the amazing smell was! It was simple but solid.

Also, Congrats on 50000! :)

CrowKettle

5000* not 50000 wow numbers XD

Martin Bednář

Congratulations!

Maddy Barone

I was disappointed in this new blend. It is not the same. And cpongrats on 5000 tasting notes!

Shae

5,000 is incredible! Congrats!

VariaTEA

Thanks everyone!

tea-sipper

Yeah, sadly tastes change and teas change. Happy 5,000! :D

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OMGsrsly

Yay 5000!!

CrowKettle

I miss the old Glitter & Gold too. Used to be one of my favourite travel mug teas for the aroma; random people would come up to me and ask what the amazing smell was! It was simple but solid.

Also, Congrats on 50000! :)

CrowKettle

5000* not 50000 wow numbers XD

Martin Bednář

Congratulations!

Maddy Barone

I was disappointed in this new blend. It is not the same. And cpongrats on 5000 tasting notes!

Shae

5,000 is incredible! Congrats!

VariaTEA

Thanks everyone!

tea-sipper

Yeah, sadly tastes change and teas change. Happy 5,000! :D

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings Guide (as of December 10, 2017)
90-100 Teas I NEED on hand at all times
80-89 Teas I want to keep around for a cup every now and then
70-79 Teas I am glad I have around and can experiment with but probably don’t need more than what’s in my cupboard
60-69 Teas I would not turn down a cup of from a friend but that would probably be enough
50-59 Teas I can see why someone would enjoy but are not for me
Under 50 Teas I really did not like and most likely got dumped

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