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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m enjoying this tea much more so than I thought I would. The only other experience I’ve had with star anise was in Merry Cranberry. Merry Cranberry was quite tasty but the spices made it very definitely a holiday tea.

This is a nice blend of sweet and spice with an added creaminess from the white chocolate. It’s not too heavy for a black tea and it doesn’t give me that specific holiday tea feel. It’s nice in that nothing is overpowering, and the balancing act of coconut, star anise, and white chocolate seems to be just perfect. I can see myself keeping this one on hand in smaller amounts for when I’m in the mood for it.


i had the same reaction :) i was like “hey i had no idea i’d think this was good whoa!” it IS a very nice balancing act i agree. smart observation.


Eeeeeee! I’m so glad you tried this one. It’s just so lovely. :D


I’m still putting off trying this one, haha. i keep reading that it’s not so bad though…. should just suck it up and try it!

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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Thanks Sil for sharing this with me!

It does smell like a warm strawberry rhubarb pie.

This has a lovely taste of strawberry that is not at all fake with a slight bitterness to it. I’m thinking that’s the rhubarb? Or perhaps the hibiscus? Hopefully I didn’t just oversteep it. As it cools more of the pie pastry flavour comes out.

I prefer this much more as it cools, the bitterness subsides and the pie taste really comes out with the strawberry. Delicious.

The second steep of this was just as flavourful.

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drank Spearmint (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Well apparently my Guayusa and The Killer’s Vanilla mix didn’t do the trick. I was feeling better for a short time, but evidently I just angered it because the stomach pain is back with a vengeance. All I want to do is finish up this assignment and go to bed. Gah. My stomach is not making that an easy task.

This tea is always my go-to for stomach issues. I cannot drink minty teas any other time. Even the scent is giving me hope that I will feel better once I get that first sip. I haven’t tried David’s Peppermint Amour because the scent alone of that one dry nearly took me out. This one has a lovely inherent sweetness.

Update: The second steep of this was also lovely this morning. Not nearly as powerful in the scent, but still lots of flavour in the taste.

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drank Guayusa (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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So I’ve been mixing Guayusa with different teas over the last few days with great success. Bamboozled and Guayusa was quite delicious.

Today I have an upset stomach and I have a late night ahead. With this in mind, I paired 2 parts David’s Guayusa with 1 part The Killer’s Vanilla. Guayusa to stay awake and mint to settle my stomach. Best of both worlds!


Mmmmmm, The Killer’s Vanilla…

Which other ones have you tried? I was thinking about mixing it with the rest of my Midsummer Night’s Dream sample.


Along with the Bamboozled and Perfect Pear I tried the third steep of Lemon Lime Cream Tart and the second steep of Goji Pop.

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drank Prince Vladimir by Kusmi Tea
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Thanks to both Sil and Shmiracles for sending me some of this! I’ve been waiting so long to try it out!

The initial scent is a nice strong black. These black Kusmi teas can really wake you up in the morning. I think I’m getting a hint of vanilla and citrus in there, but it’s delicious so whatever is in there is working!

Kusmi has yet to let me down. Excellent start to a Sunday :)


glad you enjoyed it. If you run out let me know lol i’ll likely still have more left

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drank Elf Help by DAVIDsTEA
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Thanks to Sil for sending me this one :)

I’ve been eyeing this one of the David’s website for some time. I have discovered I love tea with cranberries so I wanted to try everything I could with cranberries, but I’m always hesitant to order 50g of something I’ve never actually tried.

This one smells like some sort of candy, though I can’t quite figure out which candy.

It has such a fascinating taste. I’m enjoying it, I think. There’s cranberries in there somewhere, and the orange peel (or perhaps the barberries?) must give it that little kick. I’m not sure what a barberry is, so I can’t comment on that. Overall an interesting tea. I’m so happy I got to try this one out, thanks again Sil!


YAY! so glad to be able to help out :)


Both this and Prince Vladimir I’ve been waiting for, I really appreciate you sharing :)

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drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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This is so lovely and refreshing. I think I’ll go re-fill a tin today at David’s. I have this one for my 3 hour lecture this morning.

I also took it to work yesterday but learned the hard way to REALLY pay attention to the steeping time since I had to take a phone call and went over by maybe a minute or two, but man, was it ever bitter. Fair warning for everyone haha. Thank goodness the first steep was alright and by the time this unfortunate happening went down I had only an hour left of work. Phew.

Hope everyone has a great Friday, TGIF!


You too – Happy Friday!

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Thanks jessiwrites for this one!

This is pretty tasty. I’m definitely getting more black tea than pumpkin or spices. The pumpkin-y spices are there, just not as prominent as the black tea. Given a choice I’d take Pumpkin Creme Brulee or Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie.

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So you know how when you see something interesting online, you read it? Then at the bottom of the page, something else catches your eye? Then, hours later, you’ve read so many things you can’t believe it? Well that’s what happened to me this morning. I’ve been reading about Westboro Baptist Church. I don’t know that I’ve ever felt so angry. This is the story that brought me there http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/19/westboro-equality-house-aaron-jackson-rainbow_n_2906337.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

This tea is pretty yummy. It certainly has all the pumpkin pie spices. I’m really enjoying it straight, and it’s not too heavy for a black tea :)

Thanks jessiwrites!


i saw that this morning, rainbow house guy is awesome!


Agreed haha! We definitely need more people like that :)

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I can taste both lime, lemon, and cream here. That is pretty awesome. I definitely thought the lime and lemon would become one and be either lime OR lemon.

This is again so similar to Lemon and Lime Chiffon. Delicious! I actually think I need to make all three, line them up, and take a sip from each one right after each other to determine which will get to stay in my cupboard. Gah.

Update March 25/13: I’m sure some caffeine would do me good this morning but this one just smells so delectable I couldn’t resist. Maybe I won’t choose between the three and just keep them all on hand, all the time. That wouldn’t be so bad, right?


I’ve been trying to pick one too, i haven’t yet it’s so tough they are all really good!

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Lover of tea, animals, the ocean (http://eastcoastbest.tumblr.com/), science, travel, and all things summer.

That’s my mug! I may have a slight love of Star Trek.

I love black teas. I pretty well always drink my tea straight. I’m also fond of herbals, but they rarely make my permanent collection. I prefer my tea hot, but occasionally I’ll cold brew.

Oolongs I enjoy, but I’m not generally in the mood for them. I only truly enjoy subtly fruity flavoured greens. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino).

Pu’erhs I’m working on at a snail’s pace, but so far I’m not loving them. Rooibos/honeybush have to be well hidden for me to enjoy them. Mates and are not for me at all.

Coconut, creaminess, yogurt, toffee, cacao (true dark chocolate flavour), rhubarb.

Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss.



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