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Drank on the way home from work; wanted something thick and full bodied with shou earthiness but other flavours as well. Rice seemed perfect; it’s a very comforting tea and I like the idea of finishing off the work day with a relaxing blend…

This was tasty, but far more weighted towards the shou than the rice. Rice was still present, but more muted than I’m accustomed to tasting with this tea. I think I likely didn’t let it steep long enough; I didn’t want the pyramid bag steeping the entire time I was on the bus so I threw it out right before I got on – which was probably only like a two minute steep time!?

It still achieved that relaxing/stressing releasing effect I was going for though.

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Broke into my stash of this one because I was craving something very sweet and creamy, and I thought that the mint in this would be somewhat refreshing as well considering how hot it’s been as of late.

It was good; definitely hit all of those creamy dessert cravings I was having what with the surplus of white chocolate in the blend. Seriously, I got SO MANY white chocolate chips in the scoop that I measured out. The flip to that, though, is that because there were so many white chocolate bits there was a lot less candy cane so while it was minty it wasn’t in your face “slap me with how refreshing you are” minty. Still good though! I kind of secretly/low key hope this comes back for Christmas – it’s so sugary/sweet and I typically hate that in a tea, but it’s such a guilty pleasure indulgence blend for me that I almost don’t care…

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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Flavors: Flowers, Fruity, Honey

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 g 7 OZ / 207 ML

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So, our city now has two Board Game cafes – one recently opened up. This one is a bit different from the other in that they serve alcohol and also just have a full menu just like a restaurant would so that you can eat/drink while you play. The other cafe just sells coffee and various baked goods…

So, the fam jam and I were there earlier in the week to check it out and I saw that they sold matcha lattes so of course I opted for that instead of coffee or alcohol. It was ok; about the quality I’d expect from a cafe that doesn’t really specialize in tea at all. So, that is to say it was VERY sweet/sugared up and that I found multiple matcha clumps in the bottom of the mug from poor whisking/lack of sifting.

Not bad for the price though.

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drank Coconut Breeze by Harlow Tea Co
4046 tasting notes

This tea was so thick that it moved like jello so I was worried that the coconut in this would come off a little lotiony. However, it wasn’t lotiony because it wasn’t even present in the flavor. Lemongrass is what takes over here. Lemongrass and a bit of the vegetal base, along with a slightly creamy texture, as such it had a real Island vibe to it.

Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2016/12/14/calling-all-coconut-lovers-coconut-breeze-from-harlow-tea-co/

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drank Rebel by Wild Leaf
103 tasting notes

I just had this black tea with dried fruits, coffee and rooibos. It smells a bit like Bailey’s for some reason actually. The additions are somewhat subtle in taste, but definitely make the tea less boring.

It seems like there are not many artificial flavourings and aromas, which is nice. The taste is not too sickly.

Obviously the texture cannot compare with higher quaality tea, but that just comes from the tea leaves used.

I think it would be really nice as a latte and slightly sweetened. I can’t try that out though, because I only had a 5g sample, which I used up.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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So my final pot of this tea didn’t have the problems I’d noticed with previous cups- namely that it is a bit soapy and leaves the mouth feeling dry.
No, as is typical, I got the steep time right at this last moment. Grumble.
This was a decent Earl. Not an exceptional one, so I doubt I’ll get any more of this, but it was nice enough to have.
Sipdown!

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drank Chocolate by India's Tea
4046 tasting notes

Latte Sipdown (355)

I didn’t love this one. It wasn’t bad per se but it’s a little lacking. I found the tannins in this to be quite strong and any chocolate flavor is weak. It’s sort of there but mostly this tastes a little more dirty than delicious. Nevertheless, thank you Arby for sharing this with me. It is always fun to try new things, even if they don’t always taste amazing.

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275/365

I picked this one up with my first Leaves of the World order, but I’ve only just got around to trying it now. I’m not sure what I’ve been waiting for – the weather to change, maybe? I made this one up as a latte, which is the recommendation, and to begin with I just wasn’t convinced. I used 2 tsp of leaf in 300ml water, and even after 3 minutes it was still a really pale green. I topped it up with 100ml milk, and 1/2 tsp of honey and vanilla essence. It’s basically white at this point, and I wasn’t expecting to taste much more than milk.

In practice, it’s a real surprise. It tastes exactly like gumballs! I’m not sure how they create the effect, since the ingredients list seems rather coy – it only really admits to containing sencha and cranberries. There are times when the flavour almost breaks down into those two constituents, but I noticed it less as it cooled, and as I became more accustomed to the flavour.

This is a novelty tea for me, and probably not something I’d want to drink all the time. It’s a fun thing to have from time to time, though, and I’m glad I’ve got a small stash of this one for my cupboard for when the mood strikes me.

Liquid bubblegum!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Made a return to this one today, because I’m starting to feel just a little bit autumnal. Today is cooler than it’s been for a while, and so I think that’s inspired a huge degree of wishful thinking – at least as far as tea goes!

I really enjoy this one. It captures the spirit of its name perfectly, with a prominent, distinctive pumpkin seed flavour and an undertone of hard caramel. I’ve got enough left for one more cup, but after that I know I’m going to feel especially bereft. I hope this makes a return for autumn this year!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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As an iced latte during a shift where I was feeling especially tired and needed a pick me up.

I can’t even remember when the last time I had this tea hot was; it’s just such a good dessert profile and because it reminds me a lot of a Banana Split type of flavour it’s something that feels more well suited for iced tea. Very strong artificial/candy banana notes in this cup, and then a more chocolate heavy finish. There were a few sips which did seem a touch soapy at first, but then the sweetness/richness just seemed to overtake those elements. Sometimes I wish the flavour felt more diverse other than those two main elements (banana/chocolate), though…

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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Summer Vacation! It’s late, and I seem to be having good luck drinking greens in the evening, so my Chinese tea today is another of my stashed Dazzle Deer samplers from last winter. This is another Chinese green I’ve never tried, a Dragonwell green.

The dry leaf just smelled very grassy, but the light yellow infusion is surprisingly sweet, floral, and even a little fruity in aroma. I did let this one steep just a little longer than I left my Bi Luo Chun last time (two minutes) but it is very smooth and doesn’t have any of that vegetal astringent bite at the end of the sip, so I think I’m in the clear. It’s quite nice. It’s a very naturally sweet green tea, that is a bit buttery, very smooth, and starts off with a sweet floral note that quickly settles into a vegetal flavor that tastes like warm grass mixed with a peapod/edamame/greenbean note. I really like the somewhat thicker, buttery mouthfeel of this green, while still having a sweeter flavor profile. I think I found the Bi Luo Chun I sampled a more relaxing sipper, and while I’ve enjoyed both teas, I think I enjoy this one just a bit more. With its more savory flavor, I may prefer this one more right after meals, though, than just before bed.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Green Beans, Peas, Smooth, Sweet, warm grass, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 350 ML

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drank Spa Day by DAVIDsTEA
524 tasting notes

This tea is delicious! My mother gave me some teas as she doesn’t drink tea much anymore. I found this treasure in the bag she gave me. I totally want more of this blend! I will cherish what little I have left of it. Tastes like pineapple, coconut and lemongrass combined. Truly a heavenly combo.

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Sipdown :(

Hopefully, I’ll get the chance to order more in 2019. I don’t necessarily drink it often, but it’s one of the teas I reach for when I can’t decide which variety I want (why not both a black and a white tea?). The Rhino is a secret saviour for the indecisive.

(2017 Harvest)

Flavors: Hay, Lemon, Malt, Molasses, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Rum Raisin by Lupicia
242 tasting notes

My first impression: Not impressed. Now, I will say that I haven’t yet tried it with milk and I have seen that be recommended. Perhaps it will be better that way. Otherwise, it was an okay-ish strong black base with a slight sweetness with it but nothing overly rum. Which is too bad because the dry leaf smells really delicious.

Here is hoping for it to be better with milk and maybe some honey

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Rum Raisin by Lupicia
242 tasting notes

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drank Cookie Dough by David's Tea
524 tasting notes

I did not discover this tea on time when it first came out and missed out on it. I have been wanting to try it for years since. The wait is finally over and I must say that it makes a really tasty hot tea latte (tastes like a cookie too!) Perfect paired with some gluten free chocolate chip cookies.

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I’m writing another review to note the smell of the dry leaf and the addition of flavors when brewed grandpa-style in a basic white ceramic coffee mug as opposed to the previous review where I brewed the tea in a glass with the same amount of leaf and water.

The dry leaf smells like light cocoa and sugar cookie with a faint whiff of ceylon cinnamon and lemon zest. These rest on top of an unplaced green vegetal base (edamame?).

In addition to the previous tasting notes, this time the liquor became sweeter, with a more noticeable thickness in the mouth and slickness on the tongue. Seaweed, leeks and clear chicken broth made a strong presence with some butter in the back of the mouth. Brewed in a ceramic mug, my enjoyment of the tea increased. It is really pleasant. Increased rating.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Nice mix of different aromas, I can smell black pepper, bay leaves, nuts (especially in the dry leaves), overripe plums and cherries and red wine. Overall it’s quite a sweet smell though. Taste-wise, it’s more savoury and very nutty. Much more than most ripe pu-erh’s I have had. There is also some light coffee bitterness and medicinal note in the taste. The mouthfeel is creamy, effeverscent and a little bit numbing with a touch of dryness in the finish.

One can play around with the steeping times a lot for this one. I often like to push them long, which gives a less sweet and more coffee like character to the brew. I found this tea to be a great value, very suitable for daily drinking.

Flavors: Black Pepper, Coffee, Creamy, Medicinal, Nutty, Overripe Cherries, Plums, Red Wine

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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drank Lemon Coconut Rooibos by 52teas
98 tasting notes

I hot-brewed a pitcher of this and then stashed the pitcher in the fridge overnight. This makes a wonderful iced tea. The lemon is bright and the coconut brings a nice creaminess to it – it reminds me a lot of lemon curd. Sweet, creamy and yummy!

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