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Sipdown! I had this in a try me pack. I like the size of Della Terra’s samples…enough to enjoy a few cups, but not too much. This tea took a little time to grow on me and give me that buttery bake-y flavor that I was hoping for, instead of the plain cinnamon tea I tasted in the first cup. I would definitely drink it again.

On another note, lately there has been an off smell to any tea I make in my perfect mugs. I thought maybe it was the water, so I used the filtered water from the fridge, but I still had it. Now I’m thinking it’s the newer dish soap I’ve been using. It’s a more environmentally friendly dish soap, but if this keeps up, I may have to go back to the other brand. Bummer. I really hope this doesn’t mess up my tasting of the Butiki teas I’m supposed to get in the mail today!

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I got to try a sample of this recently (Thanks, DianaK!), and it was fairly pleasant. I got a lot more spice than honey, though. I think it was the clove that overpowered the flavor. It smelled delicious! I just wish there had been more honey flavor. Maybe the number of spices was too much. Maybe something simpler would have been better. Anyhow, it was fun to try.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Enjoyed a cup of this with breakfast. I think I’m going to resteep the leaves because I only have 1 cup left now! This once grew on me a lot. I can’t get any more until the shutdown is over and I can go back to work (the closest DavidsTea store is near my office, which is a far commute from home). Fortunately, I do have a new pumpkin tea on its way to me from Butiki! Yay!

Speaking of pumpkin, I’m making a chocolate chip pumpkin bundt cake for our family reunion later today. Guess I better go make it!

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Backlog from yesterday. I’ve tried this one a couple of times now, and I’m still not sure it tastes like persimmon. When they first put this out, it was advertised as a black tea, but when I got it, it was a rooibos. That was a little disappointing, because I definitely enjoy black teas more. I love persimmons though, so I was still looking forward to it. I usually eat the crunchy kind of persimmons in the fall. I think they’re called Fuyu. They taste like a very sweet combination of an apple and a pumpkin. I’ve never had dried persimmon, although I’ve seen them, and heard they are really sweet. So, this tea tastes fruity and sweet, but I can’t tell if it’s persimmon flavor or not. I’m thinking I’ll try some again once I can pick up some persimmons from the farmer’s market and see how they compare.

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After trying a cup of this from my coworker’s tin the other day, I ran out to TJ’s last night and picked up my own tin! It’s really nice to have these flavors in a noncaffeinated tea, so I can drink it at night. I also picked up some pumpkin cream cheese. I love how they have lots of pumpkin-flavored foods this time of year! The instructions on the tin say to steep it for 5-7 minutes, but I must warn you 2 minutes is plenty strong! I think I may resteep my little sachet too. :)

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Sipdown of my “try me” sample. This was actually a pretty good little fall tea. I kind of neglected this cup a little because I decided to do some serious house cleaning today, but I still enjoyed it. Wouldn’t mind picking up some more of this one. I think I like that it’s a fall tea without the usual pumpkin, cinnamon, or apple pie flavors. It’s unique!

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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This was the first cup of the day for me, since I hadn’t had it in awhile. It was okay. I feel like something must be wrong with me because I’m not the biggest fan of Harney’s teas. I love Paris though. There are just so many companies out there with better flavors, I guess.

Alysha

I feel the same way. The ones I’ve tried (via swaps) have been good to try, but I wouldn’t rush out to buy em

Nxtdoor

Sigh. I have a 4 oz tin of Paris I’m going to struggle drinking, and a near empty tin of Florence. Them’s the breaks!

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drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea is particularly delicious with some brown sugar. Just so you know. ;)

Oh, and I have a little rant about DavidsTea’s marketing. Did you guys see the latest, where they say winter’s coming, that the fall teas are going fast, so you better hurry and stock up? For goodness sake, it’s only early October! Geez!

Anna

But WHAT IF THEY RUN OUT. :0

Tealizzy

That’s what they do to you!!! Ahhhh!!!

Anna

Aaahhhh!!!

Lariel

Eventually, the Starks are right. ‘Just around the corner’ is one of my least favourite marketing phrases. If the winter teas aren’t for another month and a half, I hope they won’t run out.

Cavocorax

Yeah I saw that and insantly panicked. Then I did the math. What they mean is “we’re halfway through fall and you guys didn’t buy enough, but we don’t want to actually give you a sale, so we’ll just panic you instead!”

I think I’d like a bit more of the cocoberry mate, but I could probably pass on the rest.

OMGsrsly

Excellent translation, Cavo. :) I think I’d rather wait for a sale. Or new teas!

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So, what do you do when you are furloughed due to the government shutdown? You invite coworkers over for tea!! That’s exactly what I did today. I made cinnamon pecan scones, tea sandwiches, and they brought lemon cookies and cheese muffins. Yum! One of my coworkers also brought some of this tea. The tea is in little sachets and it’s quite delicious! Really well blended spicy pumpkin rooibos. Would definitely drink that again. I may have to stop by Trader Joe’s. Not like I don’t have the time! :P

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Almost gave this one away, since I had trouble getting it right, but decided at the last minute to give it another chance. I’m glad I did because I’m getting more into white teas, and today I figured out how I like it: steeped at the lowest recommended temperature for only 1 minute. This is definitely not one of those white teas you can steep at almost the same temperature as black teas. It’s more delicate. Ha!

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I have recently become tea obsessed! I’ve always loved an occasional cup and my mother is a daily tea drinker, but in the last year it has become my favorite thing! Started out by having a cup of black tea in the morning. Loved going for afternoon tea with my mom! Since fully immersing myself in loose leaf tea, I have become nuts for it!

I am now exploring more and more companies, and trying to go beyond my comfort zone of flavored black teas and try more oolong, green and white teas.

My favorite teas are evolving. I love teas from DavidsTea, Lupicia, Harney and Sons, Della Terra Teas, and Butiki!

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