drank Vanilla Swirl by DAVIDsTEA
85 tasting notes

I am very confused when it comes to this tea. My senses deceive me and not in a good way; even the name plays tricks with my expectations. I was very excited for this tea. The name alone brings joy to my mouth (dairy is another allergy I have) and the idea of sipping down vanilla icecream without the nasty side effects of actually nombing on icecream was bliss. Sadly this was not the case and my mouth felt very betrayed.

Dried the leaf is delectable vanilla chocolate surprise. I was in heaven and wanted to eat the dried leaf. Holding onto all inhibitions, I waited patiently for the kettle to warm and for the tea to steep. This is where my senses began to betray me. The brewed leaf produces a very pale and clear yellow, but the aroma that assaulted my nose was of lemon, not vanilla. I was no very conflicted as to what was going on. Two very drastically different aromas had begun to mess with me. Throwing caution to the wind, I took that first sip and nearly cried… lemon meringue is what I am reminded of with this drink. I was violently betrayed by a name, description, and the dried aroma.

Do not get me wrong, I love a good slice of lemon in my water and tea when I place it there myself or if I am feeling a little sick. But to be told that this would send me into icecream nirvana and then be slapped in the taste buds and olfactory with lemon, leaves me feeling betrayed.

I am sending this off with my oldest to college, perhaps she will love it more (if all else fails it can be enjoy by her grandparents; who she is bunking with and are always trying to push lemon grass tea on me during our monthly visits).

Flavors: Lemon, Lemongrass, Meringue, Smooth, Sweet

185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 0 sec 10 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I am happily married to my husband who definitely is the chatterbox of our 20 year relationship. Together we have three rambunctious children 2 daughters and a son who is stuck in the middle of the girls. We also have a 17 year old fur baby (cat) who likes to the rule house and tell us at midnight it is time to pay attention to him rather than sleep.

I am an elementary school teacher, teaching grade 3/4 with a mixed bag of learning abilities and educational needs. I love my job and share my passion for learning with my students.

I have been a tea drinker since I was allowed to take my first sip, which was very early in life and was mostly the Rose Hip and Earl Grey my grandma would brew by the pot full and serve when company came over. Later in my teen life (once I had more choice of my own) I fell in love with peppermint and green teas. I love hot brews and iced teas. Now I will try just about any kind of tea as long as it doesn’t contain nuts or gluten (damn allergies ruin everything).

I prefer my tea to be natural, meaning without any added sweeteners or cream/milk. I want to be able to experience the tea as it was intended.

My Rating Scale:
0-20: OMG what did I just put into my mouth! I cannot keep this it must be trashed or rehomed.
20-40: Horrible, not something I will drink again, but someone else may still like it
40-60: Ok, nothing overly special, it is kept around because others like it
60-80: Good, either I or someone else in the house liked it
80-95: Great! Will drink this occasionally and will keep it around
95-100: Absolutely amazing, and must keep it in stock at all times!

I invite you to join me as I go through my stash and share my thoughts and opinions on the teas as I and my family drink them (or eat them as my 3 year old says when I use matcha in icing)


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