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drank Red, White and Blue by 52teas
1731 tasting notes

I was clearly on a raspberry kick last time I ordered from 52Teas, and here’s another one. When raspberry flavour is well done, though, it does make for great tea! I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 3.5 minutes in boiling water. It was nice to see a whole raspberry and blueberry in my scoop, plus a large coconut flake – all ingredients represented!

To taste, this one is heavier on the coconut than I expected, but I think that’s a good thing. It’s rare to find a coconut tea, or at least, I’ve not come across many in my 5 years of loose leaf tea obsession. The fruit flavours are definitely secondary, although there are well-defined blueberry and raspberry notes towards the end of the sip. The blueberry is a touch more prominent than the raspberry, I think.

All in all, I’m really enjoying this one. Lots of coconut, and some (very) complimentary fruits, and on a black tea base as well. It was always going to be a win with me!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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Today’s “new start” is the Anne version of this one. I loved the original 52Teas Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish, so I’m hoping this one will be equally good…

I used 1.5tsp for my cup, and gave it 4 minutes in boiling water. No additions. It’s sweet, with a pleasant amount of raspberry, and quite a lot of background woodiness from the honeybush base. There is a kind of smooth, creamy, cream cheese like note towards the end of the sip, but it’s not quite as defined as I perhaps would have liked it to be. The sweetness does put me in mind of glace icing, though, so it’s pretty much got everything I’d want – not so much in the way of pastry, but this is tea, not food.

As a tea, I’m more than happy with it. It’s true enough to its name, and it tastes great. Nothing to complain about here! I’ll certainly have no problems finishing off my taster pouch :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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Bitter and overly tannic black tea base, but delicious creamy vanilla flavour.

Flavors: Bitter, Cream, Creamy, Nutty, Tannic, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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Many thanks to the best tea twin in the world, VariaTEA for so thoughtfully sending a birthday package my way! The March Box from Tea Sparrow showed up this afternoon, and I’m very excited to dig into it since this is a company that is new to me!

I don’t know if it’s fortunate or unfortunate timing – but currently I’m sick so I waiting to try all of these new teas until my palate is in tip top shape. The exception to that is this tea which I decided was worth trying now for a few reasons. The main one is that I don’t like ginger a whole lot, so it sort of feels best to drink it while I’m sick and can’t taste all that well. However, ginger tea is also just a good sick tea in general so I thought maybe it’d actually end up helping in the long run, and that would be a bonus. Finally, this whole box is “honey” themed it’s recommended you try the teas with honey, and honey is definitely good for a sore throat so that just further strengthened my resolve to drink this one now.

I have to say, I was REALLY surprised how much I liked this. Now, maybe that IS because I’m sick and my palate is a bit wonky – but maybe not. I’ll have to revisit when I feel better just to see. This was just so sweet and smooth though with not only really nice honey and ginger notes but almost a molasses like quality and graham and malt undertones from the black tea base. It came together in a way that really had me thinking of gingerbread or ginger snaps. It was surprisingly strong, given my muted sense of taste, and really enjoyable.

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I’ll still fighting back that cold from yesterday – though thankfully it’s yes to progress any further past stuffy discomfort. In an effort to do so, I’m drinking quite a bit of Cod 911. In fact, it was both my first and last teas of the day tonight.

To start, I brewed up an extra menthol-y tasting cuppa at job #1 to kick start my work day and get me going enough to not pass out from moving boxes/sorting donations all day. The second cup/night time one was tonight at work with a TON of honey. At that point in the day I felt fine/totally alert but my nose was so stuffed I couldn’t breathe through it at all. The second cup definitely got me just drippy enough that I wasn’t uncomfortable.

God bless you, sick tea.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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Latte!

…but not necessarily one that I’d recommend. That’s not to say it tasted bad though, it’s not quite that simple I’m afraid. The main issue is that the tea DEFINITELY curdles when you latte it. To be completely fair, looking at the ingredients list for this tisane I 100% knew that was a possibility; there’s apple and a few other things that could have enough citric acid to curdle a drink.

So, I ended up with a curdled latte. That’s not the end of the world though; I just strained the liquor (twice for good measure) so all the curdled parts of it were out and then I was left with an actual latte – and a lilac colored one, no less!

And it tasted SO good! It was essentially exactly like going through the motion of eating slice of cherry pie, complete with scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream. The mouthfeel was silky and rich, sans curdled bits. The first taste? This gentle, light cinnamon that could have easily been cinnamon sugar dusted over pie crust or sprinkled on ice cream. From there, sweet and succulent cherry compote/pie filling notes with apple cider-y undertones and finally a creamy finish from the milk base.

So good – just a real hassle.

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85
drank Juicy Orange by DAVIDsTEA
12 tasting notes

I tried this for the first time today. I’ve had 4 cups of it at work this morning. So far I’m liking it very much, which is a good thing because I bought 300g of it before I even tried it!

Disclaimer: I’m far from a tea connaisseur/enthusiast. My notes are not meant to be a review for the tea community, but rather for myself so I know what to buy or not buy again (I wish there was a way to keep notes private).

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100
drank Fire Light Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
1167 tasting notes

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85

Got this as a free sample with an order I placed. I totally agree with another steepster who said it smells just like a strawberry campino candy; the comparison is very accurate. I like it very much, wish I had more than just a single-serve sample to give it a fair assessment. I’ll definitely get more of it to see if I still like it as much after a few more cups.

Disclaimer: I’m far from a tea connaisseur/enthusiast. My notes are not meant to be a review for the tea community, but rather for myself so I know what to buy or not buy again (I wish there was a way to keep notes private).

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Another nice tea from What-Cha.

The malt was very present, thick mouth feel yet smooth with chocolate notes.

It isn’t a complex tea, rather reminds me of a strong British cuppa people enjoy in the afternoon.

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76
drank Detox Morning by Citizen Tea
1683 tasting notes

Extra peppercorn in my spoon today. Love that fizzy aspect. I’ll miss this one when its gone!! I think that one ingredient makes a big difference. Odd, as I thought the lemon aspect was more important. go figure :P

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70
drank Organic Green by Tazo
15 tasting notes

This tasted like weak mint tea. I had to check the tag to be sure it was just billed as green tea. There was only one bag of this in the cupboard so I don’t know if they all taste this way. It’s not horrible…but it’s a far cry from good.

Flavors: Peppermint, Spearmint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Strawberry Sunshine by My Tea Box
3243 tasting notes

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Finished this off today in my iced tea press. It’s good, fruity with a flavor that leans towards strawberry but ultimately forgettable.

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85
drank Vanilla Citrus Herbal by 3 Teas
8261 tasting notes

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84
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
8261 tasting notes

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87
drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
8261 tasting notes

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Interesting medley of flavours!

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Lemon

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89

Nothing like a cozy camomile with which to settle in for the evening. Nice, with sweet vanilla and honey flavors. I added a bit of wildflower honey (I so love honey) that brought out a pleasant butterscotch flavor. Yummy!

Flavors: Butterscotch, Honey, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Love it when you can find a great, easy-to-find grocery store tea. Will have to chase this down locally.

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87
drank 10 Year Pu-erh by The Teaguy
40 tasting notes

Thank you to the Teaguy for providing this sample. Today we have 10 year aged shou pu’erh tea. I started by examining the leaves this time, as the leaves looked really good for unpressed shou, reading the description I found out this is a lighter fermented shou. Starting with rinsing the yixing and then giving the tea a quick rinse, once was enough as the leaves were very clean and being unpressed opened quickly. I got a clear red liqour with just a hint of darkness, pretty much what you would expect from a lighter fermented shou.

Getting to the good part now I brewed the first one for about 5 seconds with a 6 second pour. I got a slightly darker liquor this time with nice earthy, caramel nutty aroma. Though it was earthy it was lightly so, not at all any damp or swampy notes. Sipping it, it was sweet, lighter, creamy. Very smooth, and maybe a bit of honey and raisins.

Second infusion got a bit darker still which is fairly normal for a ripe, the flavors also got a little more intense. Though the notes were still the same, nutty, raisins, caramel. Rather on the sweet side as well. Though the liquor is still very clear with almost no particulate breakup that you sometimes see in ripes.

Third infusion got darker still, more earthy and nutty notes coming out now, though still a bit sweet. And its still quite smooth, it actually isnt as intense as I would have expected at the third steep. Usually an aged ripe is practically pounding you with the flavors at this point.

Fourth infusion im starting to see a bit of a drop off in color as the leaves fully open now and start giving up their flavor and color to the tea. Still very flavorful, with nutty and earth still predominant.

Im expecting this to steep out quite a few more times, it seems to be a bit of a slower steeper because of the lighter ripening. Less intense over more time.

I highly recommend this tea for those that like a lighter ripe, something smoother and easier. Not so intense and especially if swampy or wet tastes of shou have turned you off in the past, this has absolutely none of them.

Flavors: Caramel, Creamy, Earth, Honey, Nutty, Raisins

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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