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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
164 tasting notes

Yum! I’m a sucker for minty, especially peppermint, chocolate teas and this one fits the bill just fine. I have pretty close to run out of my chocolate mint blends at the moment and this was a sipdown that I finally allowed myself because I hadn’t had one for awhile. I’m hopeful that I can hold out until Black Friday to restock in time for the Holidays & my winter fix.

I like this one, Della Terra’s version, and The Spice & Tea Exchange’s version… each is a little different but I can’t say I have a favorite yet.

Flavors: Chocolate, Peppermint

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drank Cranberry Creme by Market Spice
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Ok, so I’m digging through some of my samples and decide to give this one a try… It’s smells fruity sweet like something I would go for but I’ve put off trying it because cranberry to me means tart.. something I haven’t tried much in tea up to this point for fear of not liking it.

Steeped this is much like it smells, sweet & creamy with a bit of fruity berry flavor… I don’t know that I get so much cranberry but I guess not all cranberry is tart now that I think about the dried ones I get for spinach salads. I did add my normal bit of sugar to this ;) This is a nice treat I wouldn’t likely have ventured to pick up myself… If I ever put together an order for Market Spice I would be really tempted to grab a bit of this one. Thanks EvaGrimm for sharing this nice blend in our swap.. !

Flavors: Berry, Cranberry, Creamy

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Thanks Tea Sipper for throwing this is as a surprise sample with my purchase from your sale! I’m not sure I would have ordered this one on my own because they have so many blends to choose from that I think I would just miss this one by lack of time to sort through them all. I’ve seen a few reviews on this one, but nothing that made me want to put it on my wish list,.. yet.

I have to say that dry leaf this one smelled sweet and yummy. I think I’ve found that I tend to drift toward teas that smell sweet to me… at least I’m more apt to try them first. I do love me a few basic teas as well, usually black, which I find myself craving sometimes as well.

Steeped it tastes similar to it’s smell, fruity with a touch of bergamot & maybe a bit creamy somehow, yet the black base comes through as well. I really like this blend. I haven’t had many Harney teas but the dry leaf smell reminds me of Paris, and the steeped tea reminds me of Fruit d’alsace… and that’s about as far as my Harney experience goes w/ the exception of 2 others- Blood Orange Fruit tea & Hot Cinnamon Spice. I think I could find myself putting this on an order w/them at some point, I just wish they had something between samples sizes and 4 oz.

Well, off to put together a birthday present for my Mom…. I am giving everyone a customized Tervis cup/mug this year. My son helps pick out the cup and then I use vinyl lettering to customize w/their name. My dad got his in January so Mom has had to wait 7 months for hers… I hope she likes it. :)

Then to do some research on cell phone plans .. Not sure what we want to do with what we have right now. The new plans are so expensive but we might be losing my brother on our family plan. Mom wants to upgrade her phone and stay on our plan, but the cost will more than double for her and they don’t use their phone much. She’s terrified of losing her phone number by porting out and doesn’t want to lose any coverage by changing providers… what to do? Wish it was easier !

Flavors: Bergamot, Fruity

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drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
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Ok, so I took a little break from hot teas & new teas for a bit… homemade spearmint iced tea won me over for awhile since it is a summer staple at my house…Yum! I’m happy to say that I have begun enjoying some hot teas occasionally again, and plan to cold steep some more blends today too.

I had this yesterday morning, yeah sipdown!, as I was looking for something w/chocolate and this one did the trick. It’s a nice smooth strawberry chocolate tea, one doesn’t overwhelm the other and the base tea is present as well. If I try, I can find a hint of the floral notes, but nothing to steer me away from this blend. The chocolate and strawberry notes are present, but not bold “in your face” kind of flavor, which is nice.

Thanks EvaGrimm for sharing a sample of this with me!

Flavors: Chocolate, Floral, Strawberry

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I’ve had a couple of cups of this one recently, both cold & hot steeped and I think my first impression still stands. A nice blend that is pretty predictable and not finicky… I like that when I’m in a hurry.

I’ve enjoyed the chocolate covered strawberry in a cup idea as it felt like it could go with summertime treats… Hubby on the other hand isn’t so fond of the flavor combo. He would rather have the chocolate or the strawberry, but not together… yet he likes Butiki’s Three Friends…. fruit and chocolate, and he hates marshmallow.. go figure!

Flavors: Chocolate, Strawberry

Marzipan

I have liked the blends I have gotten from that store.

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I guess I’m on a Butiki kick! I haven’t had a lot of time to make a cup of tea lately although I have had my iced spearmint tea on had much of the time.

This is one that I’ve enjoyed samples of … one of my first introductions to citrus in hot tea. I love how the flavors are all there, orange, chocolate and marshmallow, yet none of them overpower another and they all come through mildly enough that you can still taste the base tea.

Thanks Cheri for sharing some of this with me. It’s been on my “to order” list and you re-enforced my wanting to order some of this blend. Yum!

Flavors: Chocolate, Marshmallow, Orange

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Thank goodness I’ve come around to trying citrus teas, this one is so nice…. I shouldn’t be surprised since I’ve enjoyed most of the Butiki teas I’ve had the luxury of sampling.

Dry leaf this one smells mildly of lemon sweetness. Steeped it is a nice delicate light tea with lemon goodness and subtle cakey notes. The lemon is creamy and not tart at all, just yummy. A little sugar is nice in this. It’s a nice dessert like tea w/o being so heavy and rich… a nice change to what I normally reach for.

Thanks CelebriTEA for sharing a bit of this with me from your recent order… you’re going to make me want to place an order from them sooner than later & I’ve been trying to convince myself to hold out for their Black Friday sales. :)

Flavors: Cake, Creamy, Lemon

carol who

One of my favorites!

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It’s been too long since I’ve posted anything here! I somehow thought summer would mean things would slow down a bit… boy was I wrong! Little time for anything, let alone a nice cup of tea to savor.

I have to say, I was a little bit concerned about whether I would like this one or not… not sure I would have braved purchasing a sample. My first taste of the cantaloupe and cream was not a favorite for me so I had this lingering feeling I would feel the same way about this “melon” tea. I’m happy to say I was pleasantly surprised with this one.

While hot, this was a mild white tea for me with little other flavor… a touch of sugar and a chance to cool a bit and the melon flavor came out. I enjoyed that the flavor was there, but not overly so. I don’t often go for plain whites but do find the occasion to enjoy one… I do find that I enjoy them more if they have some other flavor beyond a basic white tea, at least thus far.

Thanks CelebriTEA for sharing some of this with me and giving me the opportunity to try something I might not have otherwise. I think I might have to make a cup cold steeped with what’s left & see how that goes.

Flavors: Melon

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drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
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With my headache feeling better today I decided to try something with a little more flavor today. I’ve read some of the tasting notes on this one before, but couldn’t recall what they said it tasted like. It smelled good and slightly strawberry sweet as dry leaf.

Steeped this was a nice strawberry tea with a bit of chocolate to add to the mix… Think Valentine’s day! I liked that the chocolate was present but not too much so. After looking at the reviews I noticed that it has rose petals in it.. I did notice a couple of tiny pieces in the dry leaf come to think of it. If I concentrate on it, I can taste the mild floral notes that they bring to the cup, but they are very mild which for me is good… I can do a small bit of floral. Maybe I’ll come around to enjoying it more, for now, I enjoy it when it blends well with other flavors w/o trying to be center stage.

Thanks EvaGrimm for sharing a bit of this with me. If I ever make it to a DavidsTea, I could maybe see myself picking up a small bit of this one :)

Flavors: Chocolate, Rose, Strawberry

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37 yr old wife and mother who left her day job to take care of our son. Now running a property management business with my hubby.

I grew up on Lipton -hot w/milk & sugar, Lipton iced w/fresh spearmint and sugar, and Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime … Don’t criticize.

I came across Good Earth Original Sweet and Spicy out of chance and it spurred my interested in trying new teas because it was a flavor I had never had before in a tea. I’m now new to the world of loose leaf teas and looking forward to learning what I like as I journey through some new flavors. Hubby has always enjoyed the occasional cup when we’ve been out and about at restaurants.. now we will find out what good teas are really all about! On with the adventures!

Still relatively new to loose leaf, but I’m learning… Coconut, cinnamon, chai, chocolate, mint, & pineapple are just a few of the flavors I enjoy. I have found that I can do green teas so long as there are other flavors as well and it isn’t the primary flavor. I have only found 1 rooibos blend that was too woodsy for me, most of the time the base is hidden or blends well enough w/flavored versions for my liking. I’m beginning to enjoy fruit teas more and more. I occasionally like a straight black tea.

Hubby likes milder flavors, any base, berry flavors, sweet aromas, sometimes tart, and or floral, and chocolate to my surprise! Almost the opposite of me.. go figure!

My 8 year old just took interest and loves root beer.. so far Butterbeer is a hit, but we haven’t tried any root beer or cola teas yet.. soon thanks to the Marvelous MissB for sending some samples. He enjoyed Winter Nog (Della Terra) recently, but turned away something else I gave him.. darn if I can’t remember now what it was!

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