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drank Jin Jun Mei by Capital Tea Ltd.
14951 tasting notes

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drank Classic Laoshan Black by Yunnan Sourcing
14951 tasting notes

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I tried a bag from the TTB and then bought a box online. This tea isn’t bad, it has a bit of an astringent bite so you know it is tea, and a nice jammy note at the end. I might prefer Taylor’s Assam for a caffeine kick, but this is a close second for a nice cuppa from a bag.

gmathis

It’s nice with milk, too!

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drank Earl Grey White Tip by TeaSource
4153 tasting notes

From Tiffany a while ago, thanks very much!  I had this tea yesterday, so this note won’t be great.  It’s a middle of the road earl.  Sadly so, as it looks like a great quality black tea leaf.  I’m not sure if it’s worth saying it has silver tips though… I only see one or two of those sickles in my sample pouch.  The bergamot used here is just okay.  Not my favorite, not terrible.  Maybe hints of grapefruit.  Always happy to try all the Earls!

Album: Buck Meek – Haunted Mountain
Song: Paradise – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RdRqZTLce4
Bonus Song: Haunted Mountain – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iv8uI2VXppA

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drank Daruma by Lupicia
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Another fruity Lupicia black from the Book of Tea. It has small pink peppercorns which Lupicia says look like the namesake Daruma dolls, as well as sweetened mango pieces (my bag had a minimal amount of these.) The peppercorns do not impart any peppery sensation or flavour.

It’s a very familiar Lupicia tea, a standard tannic black tea blend with a zingy vaguely “tropical” fruit flavour. It reminds me a lot of Sakurambo as they both share the pink peppercorns and a vague sort of tropical black tea suggestion. Daruma is much milder, though, so if you like Sakurambo but thought it was a little too powerful, this might be a nice choice. I would not be unhappy to get this in a tea house, but I personally prefer a little more flavour in tea that’s supposed to have it.

All together, a nice cuppa of classic Lupicia.

Flavors: Tropical

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 150 OZ / 4436 ML

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I thought this was a new-to-me sample from Michelle. Evidently, so says my tealog, I tried this 11 years ago. Good grief. I can’t even remember everything I’ve done since breakfast.

However, since breakfast, I do know I have enjoyed another tumbler of this authentically chocolate tea and I’m loving it. Real cacao shells, and while I’m not exactly picking up vanilla separately, it makes the blend sweet and creamy enough to cover that whang-y mate flavor that I’m not enamored with.

The fact that this blend has stayed in the Savoy lineup is further evidence of its tastiness. On my short list next time we visit the storefront!

Michelle

Its a nice little chocolate pick-me-up, isn’t it. I hope it made your day a little brighter :)

gmathis

Definitely! It’s as good to smell as it is to drink.

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the five minutes make a huge difference!
It’s still heavy on the cinnamon, however, the black tea base is more noticeable, and there are other subtleties I lost in my first brew

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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TTB tea! I’ve seen this tea get a lot of hype on here, so I was excited to see it in the box. I like it! If I drank caffeinated teas daily, I would consider keeping some of this around. It’s mostly malty black tea, and there’s something biscuity and interesting about it. Sweetened with milk, I was really pleased with it.

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First time trying this hot, and whoa is it delicious! I knew it was awesome iced, but I half expected it to lack the same flavour impact when made hot. But nope, the mint is still deeply cooling and camphorous with a crisp, fresh finish and the watermelon is very juicy and sweet. Like the Apple + Mint Matcha from B&B that I had earlier today, the menthol element of the peppermint leaf just amps up those fruit notes ten fold! So good!

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A weekend cuppa!

This was a well balanced trifecta of flavours: sweet cinnamon and vanilla, creamy coconut and rice pudding, and spicy/earthy ginger. Definitely channeling all of those wonderful and expected horchata flavours, but with that extra little oomph from the spices. Very smooth. Even more cozy.

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This most recent can, while delicious, was a bit more fruity than I recall previous batches tasting. Still very cardamom forward with an expected citrusy undertone but I could have sworn this was also a little apple-y?

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Tea Pop Sipdown (2531)!

Finished this one off today in the afternoon and it was everything I didn’t know I needed today. Sweet, bright and crisp apple notes – a little more red apple or even that more ethereal “white apple” note with slight floral undertones that I associate with Japanese apple flavoured food products or drinks. Just the right kind of apple. The mint? Not too strong, but added a crisp and cooling element that upped that refreshing feeling of the drink and just made the apple seem so much juicier by contrast.

And it really sparkled as a tea pop. Just so perfectly balanced.

I wasn’t planning on putting in a B&B order any time soon, but now I’m kind of worried that this might sell out before I get a chance to restock. It’s just so fresh and delicious. One of the better matchas I tried this past year.

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drank Moscow Mule by ETTE TEA
15459 tasting notes

Cold Brew!

Just finished this cold brew and it was actually much better than I thought it was going to be! It’s not that I expected it to be bad. When I started it in the fridge before work I was really in the mood for that ginger and fruit combo, but when I got home today I was kind of dreading straining it because I was no longer in the mood for ginger and I just wanted something sweet and fruity and non-complex.

Well, turns out, this is SO MUCH LESS ginger forward than I’d remembered it being. In fact, it mostly tastes like sweet and bright lime in an almost soda-like kind of way. Very easy going, with a really lingering sweet aftertaste. Much more aligned with my post-work cravings, which is serendipitous.

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Drank a mug of this while catching up on some Critical Role this past weekend. It ended up being a much more unexpectedly tense and high stakes stream, and I found myself deeply grateful for the sweet and reassuring mug of tea that I ended up tightly cradling. Mostly it tasted like sweet, dark brown sugar with praline and toasty, warming cinnamon. Really decadent and just super smooth and nutty. A good reminder of why I fell so in love with the tea the first time I had it.

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 and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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It’s crazy how taste is also so deeply linked to memory. I don’t think I’ve had this tea in years, and I revisited it recently and it IMMEDIATELY plunged me back into memories of the very first time I tried it. I was hot off a break up and on vacation with my dad in North Dakoto, of all places. As I sipped this mug I swear I could feel the scratchy hotel comforter and see the dim yellow lighting of the entirely too cramped room. It was weird to be rocketed back into what was, honestly, not the happiest memory.

All that said, the cranberry notes were nice. Tart but sweet, like a cranberry jelly. That’s honestly the only part I really like about this tea. I find the white chocolate note a little waxy, and something about this particular combination of fruit and cream doesn’t quite work for me the way it does in other teas (like Cranberry Pear).

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 and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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Iced!

Drank this today as my first cuppa when I got to work. It’s still very much my favourite of the three. Though tangy with a bit more of a slick mouthfeel, I feel like it’s also the one out of these three flavours that tastes the most like fresh fruit juice. Pomegranate juice, to be particular. Coupled with the juicy dark berry notes it’s just so refreshing and dynamic tasting to me.

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Iced!

The more I drink this the less I taste the ginger in it and the more I just start viewing it as a souped up and extra tangy lemonade powder. So refreshing! I’m still trying to do a daily probiotic drink, and these are just super easy for me to incorporate into that goal.

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Iced!

So, I liked this more the second time that I had it. I felt like I tasted a bit more strawberry along side the sweet and tangy ACV and hibiscus. It was a little bit like a more nature Kool-Aid sort of vibe. Not unsweetened, but like… half sweetened!?

Idk. These probiotic boosted powders just really appeal_ to me.

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Iced Latte!

Made this one today to drink during the afternoon and I was… kinda into it? It’s very earthy and pu’erh forward, but even more buttery and I found that the sheet intensity of the butterfly flavour was a little too much for me and not especially balanced out. The pistachio really just comes through in the finish. While that smooth, nutty note is authentic and tasty I feel like it’s too little of the profile in comparison to everything else going on. That said, I did drink the whole thing pretty quickly so it wasn’t all bad!

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Iced!

I’ve been really enjoying making powdered herbal infusions as late night or very early cups of tea lately – it’s just so fast and easy to quickly whip up something cold and refreshing. This one was lightly sweet and a bit tart with a strawberry-like fruity profile with hints of earthy beet and hibiscus. Super sippable and refreshing.

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drank Peppermint by Rishi Tea
15459 tasting notes

Very, very classic tasting peppermint tea. Nice and strong with a super cooling sensation in the back of the chest after each sip. Only real downside is that the finish was a little more muddied tasting, and lacked the crispness I’ve tasted in other straight peppermint. That’s very nit-picky of me though – it’s a perfectly fine peppermint tea overall.

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Gongfu Sipdown (2532)!

I’m keeping this tea session pretty casual with stacked infusions in one of my larger yunomi-like cups. About three steeps at a time. It’s a rather sweet tasting sheng with a lot of fruitiness and a slick syrupy mouthfeel, especially when the steeps are grouped like this. Very stonefruit forward with a slightly bittersweet pithy citrus note. I’d describe it as a mix of candied lemon peel and floral, ripe white peaches; and I’m not just saying that because of the gaiwan. All very mellow though, with a gradual incline further into that fruity sweet territory. A little more apricot and peach forward. I feel like I can see where the namesake comes from!

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C3v1Lh-uhpV/?img_index=1

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep-JL92CiTk

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