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drank Buddha Bamboo by Tea Desire
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Found a way to use the last of this leaf – combining it with DAVIDsTEA Bear Trap. Thank you Evol Ving Ness for the idea! I wrote about it here: http://steepster.com/rachel12610/posts/336660

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drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
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I iced this and combined it with Tea Desire’s Buddha Bamboo and the result is awesome! Tbh I was worried that the Buddha Bamboo would take over and make me feel like I wasted this tea but it actually blended together really nicely.

The berry of this is coming out perfectly in this blend. All tartness from the hibiscus has been muted by the Buddha Bamboo. It’s got much more sweetness to it and there is a great strawberry/cranberry flavor going on here with the softest hint of vanilla. Somehow the Buddha Bamboo just rounded out the flavor of the Bear Trap tea.

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drank Creme Brulee by DAVIDsTEA
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Burnt sugar rooibos. It smells particularly sweet today but that isn’t completely transferring to the taste. That’s not to say it is not sweet, because it is, but not sweet like the smell.

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I have had this one for a while thanks to the generosity of Cavocorax but I tend to not reach for it given its not really ingredients I look for in a tea (i’m looking at you, mate). However, today I got home early and decided to give it a try. I brewed it up hot and then iced it and then got distracted by homework and making a soup so I am only getting to it now.

My first impression is smoke. Lots of smoke. Smoke and Earth. Then a bit of orange sweetness creeps in but it’s subtle and hidden among a mess of spices and stronger, harsher flavors. I guess in that sense it is true to Sherlock Holmes and his brash attitude but as far as tea goes, this one just isn’t for me.

Thank you Cavocorax for the share though.

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Tbh I drank this so fast I don’t remember any specific details about this particular cup other than it was amazing and definitely delivered on the pastry and soft lemon notes I wanted from it.

Fjellrev

I love that this one’s flavour is holding up after all this time.

VariaTEA

I swear it has even gotten stronger flavor wise but that could be my imagination lol

Terri HarpLady

You still have some of this one?

VariaTEA

Most of my package actually. I have a fair amount of Butiki left because of my tea drinking hiatus shortly after Butiki closed.

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drank Caribbean Crush by DAVIDsTEA
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When I was at DAVIDs a couple weeks back, this was the tea that appealed to me most by smell. Just rich and fruity. I was sort of hesitant when I made this because I wasn’t sure how that would translate in a brew. I’m having this iced and the result tastes like gummy candies – sweet and fruity. Though it isn’t all that natural tasting, I kinda dig it.

Edit: Overtime, like so many other DAVIDs teas, the sweetness and artificial taste builds which is not so wonderful but still it’s a pleasant herbal option.

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drank Raspberry Mojito by DAVIDsTEA
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Brewed hot but drank cold and still not impressed. Something about the berry/mint combo in this just comes off medicinal. Not a fan.

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drank Sakurambo by Lupicia
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One of the few remaining teabags from the book of tea. This definitely is subtle and takes a bit of paying attention to register cherry but it actually does taste like that. However, as I have said time and time again, the base just kills it for me. It is quite strong next to such a mellow flavor that I find I just want MOAR!!! I shouldn’t have to focus to taste the flavor of a flavored tea. I think it is fair to say I am just not a huge fan of Lupicia black teas and this is no exception. Still, it was fun to try.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec
hawkband1

I preferred this tea cold brewed. It brought out the cherry flavor more.

VariaTEA

Hmmm, good to know. Thank you :)

Fjellrev

I’m also not a huge fan of their black teas but found that cold brewing them was the best way to use them up.

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Brewed this hot but I’m drinking it cold. Pineapple is for sure the major player here but banana and apple pop up here and there. Coconut comes through as a light sweetness that floats atop the cup. It’s nice but I don’t know if it makes enough of an impact to make me want to order this one in the future. Good, but not entirely memorable.

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drank Mango & Strawberry by Twinings
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Mango? No. Strawberry? Not really. Licorice? Yes. Hibiscus? Double yes. What does that mean? This is one big cup of blech, simultaneously too tart and overly sweet. Smells good though.

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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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