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Thank you Arby for the share. I have actually been carrying your teas around with me since our swap and I keep planning to steep tea at work but just haven’t gotten comfortable using the shared kitchen facilities. This is a fairly bland black tea, malty and smooth and a touch astringent, but I was surprised by the background notes of creamy vanilla. It is nothing earth shattering but better than expected. I have had worse vanilla teas and I have had better vanilla teas, this one is middle of the pack which still makes for a pleasant sip and an exciting new try.

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83

Sipped on this while adding my 4 tea packages into steepster. Some teas didn’t have profiles and I didn’t feel like making them but I’m at about 314 types of tea. Don’t recall much about this other than it went down smooth.

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drank Canoe Lake Blend by Pluck
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drank Coconut Flan Genmaicha by 52teas
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This is a little bit sweet but mostly earthy. It’s just not for me.

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drank Lemon Pound Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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This is one of the few DAVIDsTEAs that seem to get rave reviews lately so I had high hopes. However, sipping on it now, I just don’t think its for me. I am not sure why because I can definitely see how this is inspired by Lemon Pound Cake but I think that the fact that this smells like Della Terra’s Lemon Chiffon, I expected a sweeter and more creamy tea. This has a much stronger lemongrass quality to it than I anticipated and I am just not loving it.

Evol Ving Ness

Can I suggest going light on the leaf and trying again?

Roswell Strange

I’d also suggest trying it with a spot of milk; helps take the edge off the lemongrass and emphasize some of the creaminess/butteryness.

VariaTEA

I will try both these suggestions next time I brew it up

Arby

It is excellent cold brewed.

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83

So this is awesome. Like DAVIDsTEA Cranberry Pear but more…like take that tea and add baked goods and brandy (the drink…not the singer). However, I will say that due to the addition of other components and the use of the rooibos base, the cranberry pear deliciousness is more subdued here than it was in the DAVIDs blend so I keep looking for more.

Super Starling!

Did you just throw shade onto Brandy the singer?! ;)

VariaTEA

If I’m being honest I googled brandy to make sure it was what I was thinking of and on the side of the page it just gave me two options “Brandy (drink)” and “Brandy (singer)”

Fjellrev

Oh dear, this sounds delectable. Cranberry Pear with baked stuff going on. Swoon. I may have to give A Quarter to Tea another shot.

Maddy Barone

I’ve enjoyed several offerings from A Quarter To Tea. Maybe I’ll brew a pot of this one tonight.

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82

I love that there are so many whole cranberries in this blend. Plus, it has the effervescence of soda without being carbonated and that’s pretty impressive. Yum.

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drank Candy Cane Crush by DAVIDsTEA
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Well this could have been terrible all things considered but came out quite great. I prepped this as a smoothie only to realize too late that I didn’t have all the ingredients so I made it as a latte instead. Then after steeping it I realized the kettle was only heated to 175 degrees as opposed to 200/boiling. But it is still minty, creamy and sweet so good job, Candy Cane Crush.

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GCTTB

There was some sort of Blood Orange fruit tea in the TTB but the company name had been rubbed away. I think it was something like Zen Tea or Zen Life Tea but it seems unclear. It is an appley tasting fruit tea with a slight tartness. If you use your imagination it could be loosely representative of blood orange but mostly its a generic fruit tea. Nothing bad but nothing special either.

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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.

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