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drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
2900 tasting notes

Homemade Advent 2020 Day 9

I only have one more cup of this and I’m panicking. This is one of my favourite blends of all time and I desperately need more. Hopefully they bring it back some day. I bought roasted macadamia nuts at Costco last month and have been munching on a handful of them while drinking this. Such a good pairing and both the nuts and the tea are rich and buttery.

I brewed this one up strong (~20 minutes steeping) and added a splash of soy milk. I really enjoy the coconut and its thick, creamy contribution to this blend. The raspberry is wonderful. One thing that really intrigues me is how toasty the coconut it. It has not gone rancid even though this blend is older.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Fruity, Nutty, Raspberry, Sweet, Thick, Toasted

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more
Dustin

I love macadamia nuts. I’ve bought the Costco bag before too. The last time they went rancid before I got halfway through the bag. Need to remember to keep them in the freezer next time I buy them.

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Tea advent day 5

I keep forgetting to log these. Better late then never, I guess.

This is a tasty oolong with buttery tropical fruit notes and some burnt sugar/toasted grain notes. It feels like a nice balance between a jade oolong and a roasted oolong.

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Homemade advent day 4

I love this tea but I’m running out. I like to brew it strong and add milk. I only drink the decaf version and find sometimes you need to brew it a while or use two teabags if you have a large cup (500+ mL). It has a malty, thick, oat flavour with strong maple notes. I often drink this when I’m craving dessert or if I’m too lazy to clean my tea steepers (this comes as teabags and loose, I have the teabags)

Flavors: Cream, Malt, Maple, Oats, Tannin, Thick

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drank Silencio by August Uncommon Tea
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Homemade Advent day 6

This is such a cool dessert tea. I finished off my sample of it by brewing the remaining 2 tsp of leaf with 450 mL boiling water and then adding a generous portion of soy milk. It was a great combo. The tea is quite strong (bold) and would have bitter tendencies if not for the milk to round it out. What is neat if the thick cocoa and vanilla flavour. I wouldn’t say I can make out pepper, but in the aftertaste is a strong pineapple flavour (similar to dried or candied pineapple). [EDIT: I stand corrected. I let this cool and now I’m getting a lot of spicey pepper in the after taste. Sooooo goood]

When I take a sip, the cup smells like a latte – almost coffee-like and very intense in the chocolate and cream notes. Then, I taste a very thick tea with smooth, thick cream and cocoa and a strong chocolately black tea. The aftertaste is when the pineapple comes out. It isn’t a fruity tea, much more desserty.

I was happy to get another sipdown, however I really wish I had more of this. This is one of the best cups I’ve ever had. It isn’t even smoky (I’m not interested in smoky teas) but it has such a rich flavour.

LPT: Brew this strong and add milk

Flavors: Cocoa, Creamy, Dark Chocolate, Pineapple, Spicy, Tannin, Thick

Preparation
Boiling
Cameron B.

I need to try this one again sometime, for some reason I got a strong coconut note from my sample!

Lexie Aleah

I remember liking this one but never got around to reviewing it and have been planning on ordering another sample.

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Interestingly, I had no idea what tea this was when I drank it. This sachet is just labelled 8225 (blend number) and then has some Japanese writing that I can’t read. It came in a taster set that I bought in Los Vegas a few years back. I needed to finish off some of these so that I could have room for the new Lupicia blends.

Full disclosure: This teabag is slightly old (~2 years) and I drank this with milk.

I dislike green apples and any apple flavoured candy. Strangely, I enjoyed this blend. I actually thought it might be some sort of white grape blend because it had a very fruity but slightly floral flavour. In the aftertaste, there is a distinct “booze” kind of flavour that made me think of ice wine.

It did not taste like green apple candy at all (thankfully)! There is no sweetness. Although, now that I know what it is, I can make out the apple notes. I’m going to drink the rest of the teabags without looking up which tea it is. I think I enjoy them more without having preconceived notions about the flavour.

Flavors: Apple, Floral, Fruity, White Grapes, White Wine

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 45 sec
Cameron B.

I need to pull this one out and have a cup, I remember liking it and your note is very encouraging! :)

LuckyMe

This is one of the teas I picked up in the Lupicia group order. I too am looking forward to trying it after seeing your note. From the sound of it, seems this will make a good cold brew.

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76
drank Himalayan Spiced Chai by Rakkasan Tea
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Homemade advent day 3

This is a very spicy chai (potent) with little actual tea. I was a bit worried drinking this late in the day (of course, I didn’t fall asleep until after 2am) but the blend really looks like it barely has any black tea in it.

I can taste all of the spices (cinnamon, clove, and peppercorn) with hints of cardamon. I can’t taste citrus or nutmeg, but this is a bit of an odd blend. I like the addition of citrus (lemongrass and orange) but I wish I could taste it. There is also a herbaceous flavour like dried bay leaf or tarragon.

Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Herbaceous, Herbs, Peppercorn, Spices, Spicy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
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Homemade advent calendar day #2

I kept a small sample of this from the latest TTB and brewed it up this morning (just under 1.5 tsp tea with 8oz mug of hot water). I added a touch of unsweetened soy milk because this is such a tasty dessert blend I thought it needed some milk. The tea itself is slightly astringent so the milk rounds this out nicely. The pecan and caramel notes are quite strong – exactly what I like in a dessert flavoured black tea. There is a bit of vanilla (although, I would have liked to add vanilla soy milk to add a bit more vanilla).

If I ever order from plum deluxe, this will be in my cart for sure. One of my favourite snacks is toasted pecans. My local Costco sells big bags for ~$25 and I like to toast ~2 cups of nuts (or about 5 handfuls) on a baking tray at 350 F for 8-10 minutes. It makes such a tasty snack and the toasting brings out the caramelized nutty and sweet notes. They also make killer icecream sundae toppings or tasty additions to baking (shortbread + toasted pecans = heavenly buttery and crisp cookies).

Flavors: Caramel, Nutty, Pecan, Vanilla

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Roasted pecans are amazing! They’re also delicious coated in chocolate. :D

Shae

Could really go for some shortbread right now …

AJRimmer

Oh yay, I have a bag of this from a previous order that I haven’t opened yet. I’m glad it’s good!

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drank Sticky Rice Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Homemade Advent Calendar Day #1

I forgot how much I love this blend. The toasty oolong also has some smooth/thick creamy notes (although, I would describe it more like malt or oatmilk than cream/milk or coconut). It makes the brew a bit thicker, which I appreciate for such a tasty flavored blend. It brings out some of the rice (sticky rice herb) notes more and gives you longer to taste the sip before you swallow.

Flavors: Creamy, Rice, Smooth, Thick, Toasted

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more
ashmanra

I have only had sticky rice puerh. I didn’t realize they ever paired it with oolong!

Cameron B.

What-Cha’s version is so good!

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drank Tie-Dye Butterfly by DAVIDsTEA
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This is a fruity, but tart, herbal blend. It looks pretty with the sprinkles! I found that even though the sprinkles melted, the blend did not have any sweetness. I can taste passion fruit and generic “dried fruit” taste. I have only tried this coldbrewed. Next time I brew this, I’ll try adding a sweetener.

Flavors: Fruity, Passion Fruit, Tart

Preparation
Iced

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I am a biochem major hoping for a career in research genetics and evolutionary biology. I love science fiction and spend too much of my time reading comic books. I’m a passionate keeper of spiders, cacti, and exotic plants. I eat a vegan, plant-based diet for moral and environmental reasons (I mention this only because it is relevant to which flavoured teas I drink).

I drink mostly flavoured and low caffeine teas/tisanes, but I will try anything twice. As far as pure teas go, I gravitate towards whites, yellows, and jade oolongs. I’m always open for trades and sample sales/exchanges. Message me any time :)

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Favourite flavours/ingredients:
Rum/alcohol, clove, cardamom, rosemary, pine, sage, moss/Earthy, lychee, floral, creamy, malt, hay, rice/grain, toasty, desserty, cocoa/chocolate, decaf or no caffeine, very unusual flavours

Favourite tea types
Decaf teas (any variety)/no caf tisanes like honeybush and rooibos, yellow, jade oolong, white, Darjeeling blacks

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Acidic/sour/tart, melon, grapefruit, bitter, astringent, smokey, sickly sweet (too much chicory, cinnamon, or licorice root), yerba mate, tumeric mushroom/fungus,

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