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Woke up with the headache I struggled with all night. Ugh! I think it’s from dehydration because I didn’t drink all that much water yesterday and we went straight from work to dinner and Guardians of the Galaxy and had to stand in line at the theater in 106-degree weather. Had an awesome time though!

So, this morning, it’s PTA to the rescue!! I needed something strong and delicious and this one never disappoints! Mmmm, malty, raisin-y goodness!! I’m running low on this tea. In fact, for unflavored black teas, I’m down to a bit of this one and a bit of Fengqing Dragon Pearls. The horror! The good news is I ordered a bunch of unflavored black teas from Butiki a week ago, and last night, I ordered a bunch from Teavivre, so once those come in, I should be swimming in them. The waiting, though, is SO HARD! ;)

CHAroma

Oh man, I hate waking up with a headache. It’s the worst.

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
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Yes! I bought 4 more ounces of this today! (Don’t judge! Haha.) Really, though, it’s limited and is going away at the end of August when the Fall teas come out. Yay for Fall teas, which have the best flavors in my opinion, but I had to get my fill of this one before it’s gone. I got that annoying guy again, who over pours. Ugh. Never had that problem with other folks at the store. Anyhoo, I enjoyed a nice big cup of this afterward while I waited for our IT guys to fix my email problem at work. Yummy caramel goodness with a hint of fruit. :)

Lariel of Lórien

Is there actual popcorn in the tea? It sounds good.

Roswell Strange

Yes, there is actual popcorn! Same with Movie Night :)

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
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Tonight I decided to try this one as a latte. I brewed it up a bit like I would do a chai on the stovetop. I didn’t add any sweetener though, because this one doesn’t need it. It brews up as a light pink latte…pretty fun! The flavor is good, but I think something gets lost in the milk and that it’s more flavorful when brewed with water, no additions. Maybe I didn’t add enough leaf? I can’t believe it, because I haven’t had THAT many cups of this one, but my 2 oz. from last week is almost gone! I guess that’s what happens when it’s a “heavy” herbal. I’ve become kind of attached, so I guess I’ll have to make a stop to pick up some more on a lunch break this week!

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Anxiously anticipating Teavivre’s upcoming 3rd Anniversary sale and so, enjoying some of these pearls in their honor! I really need a kick in the pants this morning too, and this tea does not disappoint! Strong, earthy, and dark chocolate-y, they are really hitting the spot! I still have a few left, so probably won’t restock in my upcoming order, but will keep them in mind for next time. Gotta make room for new teas, right?!

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by Butiki Teas
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Enjoyed this iced today. So good! It steeps up real dark and sturdy, like a black tea, but the rooibos isn’t too medicinal. The creamy coconut is delicious! Maybe I should have included more of this one in my order? Dang! ;)

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drank Hong Yun Black by Butiki Teas
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Nom nom nummy! I had to throw away the first cup of tea I made this morning (which shall remain unnamed) as it tasted nasty, so to get rid of that bad taste in my mouth, I made this beautiful tea!! So freaking delicious! Smooth, sweet, like tea made for royalty! I’m so happy I have a whole ounce coming to me! It will be my special treasure tea!!

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
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Mmmm, liquid pastry! I guess there’s a little bit of caramel popcorn flavor to this, but it really has a pastry flavor. Maybe they should rethink the name? I don’t care, it’s yummy! ;)

Cavocorax

It’s good, but I found that I preferred Movie Night – maybe because this one was just a little too sweet?

Tealizzy

I’ve never tried movie night, so I can’t compare. Maybe I’ll have to get a sample some time. You’re right, this one is sweet, but it’s a good way to fight off dessert cravings after dinner. ;)

Roswell Strange

I like them both; I find they both accurately convey a popcorn feel just in really different ways. MN is super light and gentle and CC is definitely very heavy handed on the sweetness, but that makes sense given what it’s inspired by.

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I finished off my second sample of this tea yesterday, and it was soooo incredibly delicious! It tasted like dark chocolate with a hint of smoke. The smoke in this surprisingly doesn’t bother me, but rather, enhances the flavor. Perfectly strong to wake me up on a Friday morning for work! I will definitely be picking up some of this. Keeping an eye out for Teavivre’s anniversary sale! Not like I need more straight black teas after what I ordered from Butiki yesterday, but man, they are so good!! I’m finding myself reach for more unflavored black teas lately….interesting turning point in my tea addiction!

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drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
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I got to try this one in store yesterday, and it was kinda good, so I picked some up. They brewed it iced, and it almost had a cream soda taste to it. I’m enjoying a large mason jar of it iced right now, and it’s a little too light on flavor. Maybe I need to add more leaf next time. I think it does taste like cotton candy, although it’s been like forever since I’ve had any real cotton candy, and it also has a creamy element that reminds me of cream soda. As brewed, it’s not anything I would fall in love with, but it’s not bad. Caramel corn is way better! Next time, more leaf.

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A very sad, almost mournful sipdown. I adored this tea! I finally decided to drink the last cupful this morning, after breakfast, so I could really enjoy the flavor one last time. If I have tea first thing in the morning, i don’t taste all the goodness because my taste buds aren’t quite awake yet. This tea became a “go to” tea for me. I totally didn’t expect that, but it did. I love that smooth caramel sweet potato goodness! It is now added to my wish list again, for a future order!!

Stephanie

Keep an eye on their anniversary specials! 8/2 big oolong and black sale http://www.teavivre.com/anniversary-celebration/

Stephanie

And yeah this one is super tasty!!!

Tealizzy

Good point! I think I’ll set a reminder! ;)

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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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