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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
1994 tasting notes

I got all excited when I opened the packet because the smell reminded me of ATR Brioche!
A chewy, sweet, buttery, almond pastry like smell.

A lot of those qualities are still there, albeit in dilute form, in the aroma and flavor. It makes me wonder whether I ought to add more mix and steep a bit longer.

Because I’d sure like to find a substitute for Brioche, even if it is a de-caf substitute. But this wasn’t quite Brioche…

It was prettier though. That’s what beetroot will do for you, I guess. Fire engine red!

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Butter, Cinnamon, Pastries

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
Evol Ving Ness

I don’t know, to me this one is far more apple-y and tart than Brioche, in which I have not detected an apple flavour. That said, I have never tried Brioche-free, or whatever the ATR herbal was called. I will very much miss ATR. A sad closing.

__Morgana__

You’re right, there’s no apple flavor in Brioche that I could taste.

But it’s funny, the only reason I put apple as a flavor for this one was because I read some other people’s notes and they all said apple. So when I tasted after reading, I tasted apple. But it’s not the main flavor I taste in this.

I never tried the herbal Brioche either, but what strikes me about this one is that it manages to capture a pastry quality in a way I don’t think I’ve ever encountered in an herbal mix before. Even rooibos blends that say they’re replicating the flavor of some sort of pastry don’t really manage to do it 99 percent of the time.

Evol Ving Ness

Hmm, I’m going to have to have this one again to see what I make of it. All I remember is apple. This time I will purposefully seek out pastry, but honestly, that comes as a surprise to me despite having had it several times.

Lexie Aleah

with sugar is when I notice the pastry element.

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Evol Ving Ness

I don’t know, to me this one is far more apple-y and tart than Brioche, in which I have not detected an apple flavour. That said, I have never tried Brioche-free, or whatever the ATR herbal was called. I will very much miss ATR. A sad closing.

__Morgana__

You’re right, there’s no apple flavor in Brioche that I could taste.

But it’s funny, the only reason I put apple as a flavor for this one was because I read some other people’s notes and they all said apple. So when I tasted after reading, I tasted apple. But it’s not the main flavor I taste in this.

I never tried the herbal Brioche either, but what strikes me about this one is that it manages to capture a pastry quality in a way I don’t think I’ve ever encountered in an herbal mix before. Even rooibos blends that say they’re replicating the flavor of some sort of pastry don’t really manage to do it 99 percent of the time.

Evol Ving Ness

Hmm, I’m going to have to have this one again to see what I make of it. All I remember is apple. This time I will purposefully seek out pastry, but honestly, that comes as a surprise to me despite having had it several times.

Lexie Aleah

with sugar is when I notice the pastry element.

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

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Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tastes developed they became less appealing — I still enjoy nicely done blends. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. I used to hate hibiscus, but I’ve turned that corner. Licorice, not so much.

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I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 Excellent; first rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Very good; will likely buy more

70-79 Good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Okay; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

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