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drank Caramel Pu Erh by Tea Desire
1164 tasting notes

Eee!!! MissB was king kind enough to share a couple mugs worth of this with me. More if I resteep it. And you bet I will.

Thank you!

This smells AMAZING. Wow. So much caramel. Not all of it melted in my initial steep, but that’s ok. It’s almost like sticky buns (brown sugar and butter) baking in the oven, as the puerh is quite bready.

Sipping it, the caramel is incredibly sweet, but the puerh grounds it nicely. I definitely need to pick up 50g of this. Staying on my wishlist!

Thanks again. :D

200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Oh this is so good iced.

1/2 packet in ~10 oz water for 2 minutes, then over ice in a 16 oz mug.

Really gentle and refreshing. I can definitely taste the peach (yum!) while the jasmine and green tea take the back seat.

I’m not sure I’d get it again, due to the fact that I don’t often drink green teas. It is one to keep in mind the next time I place an order, though. If I need a couple dollars more, then this would be a good sample to add.

The leaves haven’t fully unfurled, so I’m going to ice a second steep (3 min) as well. Yum!

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Oh, this was a good tea this morning. Smokey, richly flavoured, kinda like a campfire. :)

I had it with homemade coconut creamer. So good. And I also had oatmeal with maple syrup and coconut.

All with a whiny cat on my lap. Seriously. He pushes me around on my bed at night, then demands loads of snuggles as soon as I get up. Cat, you are ridiculous. (Of course, his name is Princess… for a reason.)

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

I love everything that reminds me of campfire. awesome!


It’s just making me want to go out camping. So I can roast marshmallows. :D


Definitely one of the better aspects of camping.


All of these things, I like. My cat is also like a bowling ball on my bed at night, usually between my legs so I can’t move. He’s such a bully… and then wants to snuggle yes. His name is Spider, though I often refer to him as “silly” :)


Haha, our cat eyed me from head to toe today like she was the most popular girl in school and I was a new kid ;D ;D

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Mostly I use this tea as an add-on. But I’m looking for ways to drink it more often, as I truly do love chicory as a coffee substitute.

3/4 tsp plus 1/2 tsp cacao shells, 14 oz, 5 minutes. Creamer.

Perfect. It’s basically ovaltine, but without the gluten and dairy. :)

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Sipdown! (246. I think.)

Thank you for letting me revisit my childhood, VariaTEA! :)

2 tea bags, 14 oz, steeped 4 minutes, topped with, yes, homemade coconut creamer of high fat deliciousness.

I made more because the medication is making me nauseous, and I need to get calories into me before leaving for work. Solution? Add high nutrient creamer to tea. :) I didn’t put vanilla in it this time, but it’s still so good.

The coconut really tones down the SPICE factor of this tea. It’s much more of an “herbal chai” right now. Yum.


I almost bought some of this the other day, I’ve been drinking it off and on for years…


I might get more when I start running low on non-caffeinated teas. It’s easier to resist adding everything at the grocery store than it is on a website. :)


yes, very true

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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The last of my DavidsTea Pineapple Oolong with some Lupicia Pineapple Oolong.

I get coconut, pineapple, coconut, mango.

Yeah, I know. It’s called “Pineapple Oolong”. I also only expected there to be pineapple.

At any rate, this is really nice iced, right at this moment. :)

Thanks again to Dinosara for the Lupicia samples!

(Steeped then over ice in a 16oz mug.)

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Sweet Red Mango by The TeaCupany
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Because I had read all the notes on this ‘sweet’ tea as they popped up on my dash, I knew it wasn’t going to be sweet at all. And so I cold steeped it. And it’s still quite tart.

Very refreshing, it has a nice flavour although what I’m getting is mostly hibiscus and apple with a bit of mango juice at the end. Not sure I’d get it again, but I am glad I got a chance to try it.

From MissB who got it from Dexter3657. Thank you for sharing!

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drank Assam Calcutta Auction by Lupicia
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A sample from Dinosara.

Sadly, this assam isn’t to my taste at all. It’s a little dusty, a little weak, somewhat malty. It doesn’t have much of that unique bright ‘assam’ flavour, although it is still identifiable. It feels like it’s hiding under the blankets. The ones in the cupboard that have been there for months and need a good wash before they’re put on the bed.

I prefer my assams to be bright and malty. Different than this. More than this. Yet still somewhat similar.

Thank you for sharing, Dinosara. It’s not one I’ll be picking up in the future. :)

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

hmmm this was one i almost bought. It seemed to be something up my alley but now who knows lol


Maybe see about a sample first. I don’t think it’s a fabulous assam.

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drank Organic Super Berry by DAVIDsTEA
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I got this iced today in store.

So surprisingly good. I was expecting it to come out quite bitter, but it was delicious. Full of berry. A little dirt-y from the juniper berries, but I think that would be resolved with a cold steep.

Definitely a tea to keep in mind for summer. If I ever drink my way out of this pile of samples! :)

Roswell Strange

It’s great cold steeped!


I definitely got it because of your note! :)

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drank Rooibos de Provence by DAVIDsTEA
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A sample from MissB. Thank you. :)

So first. Ingredients.

South African rooibos, rosehip shells, black currants, rose leaves, lavender, red currants, blueberries, natural flavouring*.

South African rooibos, blueberries, rosehips, rose petals, rose leaves, lavender, raisins, black currants, red currants, artificial blueberry flavouring.

DavidsTea! You need to do better. Which one should I believe? Are there blueberries in there? Rose petals? I have no idea! Thankfully I’m not allergic to anything in either of the ingredient lists, but it doesn’t make me feel like I could trust either of them. I could serve it to a friend and find out about surprise!raspberries, or surprise!strawberries… and honestly it wouldn’t be that much of a surprise. Because this keeps on happening.

Anyways. The tea smells amazing. Yes, like Blueberry Jam or Blue Lagoon. I guess the same blueberry flavour is used in all of them. But since this one is a rooibos, it is a bit woody. Maybe it’s a tiny bit floral, on the end of the sip. IDK. It’s hard to tell, what with all the blueberry.

This is another rooibos I like that isn’t a dessert flavour. Nice and fruity. But would I have room in my cupboard for both Northern Berry from Zen Tea, and this one? Probably not. And I’d probably go with Northern Berry because it has cranberries in it. Mmm, cranberries.

(Sample pack in 16 oz. 1/4 tsp honey.)

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Sami Kelsh

This sounds delicious, but Davids, surprise ingredients is silly!


It’s terrible. There are some teas with allergens that are either there because of cross-contamination, or because they haven’t updated their ingredients lists. :/

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

No: Spearmint or peppermint, licorice root, gluten (cookie bits, wheat, rye, barley, I’m OK with oats)

After sending my first box to the USA, bubble-envelope swaps are where it’s at.

When I rate, my ratings are based on the little faces, and depend on what face I make when I sip the tea! :)

Also: A map of tea places in Vancouver. I’ve been to some of them, but not a lot. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!


Vancouver, BC, Canada



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