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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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Thanks jessiwrites for this tea :)

Yet another great tea from Butiki. I can see why it isn’t called Almond Cookie, as it tastes nothing like a cookie. The almond and cinnamon are most pronounced. Perhaps even the cinnamon more so than the almond. Overall a lovely tea.

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This is the first rooibos without ANY hint of a medicinal taste! Not even a hint. YES!

Thank you jessiwrites for this awesome sample, you’re too good to me :) I’d like to try Lime and Lemon Chiffon next to one another to see which I prefer. I do have some Lemon Lime Cream Tart I may get to later to at least try that against this lovely. I can see this being a permanent part of my collection.

Just steeping a second infusion, I may add milk this time to see what happens.

I enjoyed half of my second cup straight, then added some milk. It really doesn’t taste all that different to me, just slightly subdued at most. I think I’ll be enjoying this sans milk from now on since it’s delicious that way.

The third steep of this is still just as delicious. Perhaps this could be steeped forever?

Update March 27/13: jessiwrites was awesome and sent me some of this AND Lime Chiffon AND Lemon Lime Cream Tart to hold me over until the next Della Terra order. And it was waiting for my in my mailbox after a frustrating day at school. Ahh yum :)


Oh, yay! So glad you liked this one, I quite enjoy it. I think my favorite of the three is Lime Chiffon, but I am partial to lime.


I haven’t had the lemon but I really like the lime. It’s so easy to get lemon teas that I thought lime was more exciting! You make the lemon sound very good though.


I also really enjoyed the lime :) I’ll have to try them next to one another to determine which one I’ll be keeping haha.

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drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
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This is the fiance’s current favourite, so in making him a cup I also made myself one.

The scent of this one dry is so sweet it always turns me off, but I should know better because the taste is much better and not nearly as sickeningly sweet. I always reach for other teas but I’ll have to somehow embed it in my mind that this one is delicious and not to smell it dry haha.

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Thanks to Stella for sending this my way :)

I could definitely smell the ginger when the tea was dry, which I don’t like, but now that it’s steeped the mixture of scents really compliment one another for a great smelling tea.

The ginger is certainly in the taste but the creaminess of the coconut and subtle vanilla tone it down and makes it this quite a nice tea. I’m impressed.

The second steep of this is nearly as flavourful as the first, perhaps with ever so slightly more ginger taste. And the third steep is also pretty good. I’m glad I got to try this one out.


Oh, this one looks so interesting. Yum!


sounds soooo good! I love coconut


This sounds yum! (uh oh I sent you ginger heavy tea in my box hah)

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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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