drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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So, I was feeling bummed out about work stuff, and decided to make myself feel better by going on a tea shopping therapy trip to DavidsTea during my lunch break! I had a few things on a list already, so I would have bought them eventually, but I upped it to TODAY!

I started with my list, but had to kind of urge the salesperson forward. They always seem to assume you’ve never been there before and try to provide recommendations, but I just wanted what was on my list! She was nice though, and measured what I bought to the exact amount requested. I asked about the April tea of the month, Bollywood chai, and the other salesperson got interested and brought out the canister. She let me smell it, but said she couldn’t sell any yet. Poo! It smelled really spicy hot though. Not sure if I’ll like that.

So, I picked up some new teas to try: vanilla orchid oolong, quangzhou milk oolong, mulberry magic, and a little matcha. My husband requested the matcha because he likes the Jamba Juice matcha green tea blast smoothie and wants to see if he could create it at home.

On to vanilla orchid: the dry leaf smells like a delicious vanilla cake! Yum! Steeped, it tastes more floral, but the vanilla was still there. Not really a buttery oolong. I guess this is a floral one. Anyway, I enjoyed two steeps of it this afternoon. I will be enjoying the rest of the little bag, but I’ll have to see if I’ll want more at the end of it.

TastyBrew

Ooh! Nice order! Let me know if you like their milk oolong, I’m just getting into those.

Tealizzy

Will do! I’m excited to try that one!

ashmanra

I see you are in San Francisco. Have you ever tried T-We Teas?

Tealizzy

ashmanra – I’ve never heard of T-We Teas. Are they in the city? I work downtown, but live out in the East Bay.

Tealizzy

ashmanra – I just looked them up, and they’re not far from my work! Oh no! Another temptation!! Guess I know where I’m going during my lunch break next week!!

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TastyBrew

Ooh! Nice order! Let me know if you like their milk oolong, I’m just getting into those.

Tealizzy

Will do! I’m excited to try that one!

ashmanra

I see you are in San Francisco. Have you ever tried T-We Teas?

Tealizzy

ashmanra – I’ve never heard of T-We Teas. Are they in the city? I work downtown, but live out in the East Bay.

Tealizzy

ashmanra – I just looked them up, and they’re not far from my work! Oh no! Another temptation!! Guess I know where I’m going during my lunch break next week!!

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Another profile facelift! My tastes have changed a lot from when I first discovered loose leaf tea.

I can trace my tea journey back to October 2012, when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed high tea at An Afternoon to Remember, which has since closed.

I went through a period of wanting to try all the teas, and was really into flavored teas, especially dessert blacks, but my tastes have substantially changed over time.

I still enjoy the occasional flavored black or rooibos, but I’m more into unflavored black teas right now and recently, puerh. Chinese black teas are amazing…with their notes of chocolate or sweet potato, who needs a flavored tea? I had a much steeper learning curve when it came to puerh. I used to dump out cups of puerh for tasting like leather. Now, I am really enjoying them. I think it took finding good quality puerh and steeping them gong fu style to really enjoy them.

I also, on occasion, enjoy a good oolong, white, or green tea.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Mandala, Teavivre, Butiki, Golden Moon, Lupicia, and DavidsTea (for teaware mostly).

Just a note: I don’t rate my teas numerically because my iPad doesn’t like the scroll bar. Maybe someday that will change…hint hint, steepster! ;)

P.S. My profile picture is of one of my 2 cats, Holly, who is a little princess but very photogenic, and she loves boxes, including those that bring me tea! :)

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