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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown, and I guess, so long for another year? Kind of sad, really. I bought 2 oz. of this when they started running out and it didn’t last as long as I hoped. I could have enjoyed this all the way until spring, but alas, no more. This one really grew on me. At first, I was bothered that there was so much cinnamon, but with brown sugar, this became a really scrumptious pumpkin pie tea. Well, at least I still have a bunch of Grandma’s pumpkin pie from DTT. Note to self: next year, but more! ;)

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drank White Christmas by Lupicia
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Even though I just received my Black Friday Della Terra order, and I have two orders from Herbal Infusions on the way, I had to stop by Lupicia and get some of this tea. I also picked up some caramel and rum rooibos. :) I’ve never really liked how they package the bags, since once you cut them, they’re not resealable, but I discovered they sell little colored clips that seal the bags really well, so I picked some of those up too!

I made a huge cup of this tea this morning. I didn’t know the little “snowflakes” were actually little pieces of rock sugar, but that’s okay, they’re cute, and I sugar my black teas anyway. This was a nice cup of apricot creaminess. More like real apricot too, not like the peach apricot that you typically get. I think I may have oversteeped it though, because it was a little astringent. Guess I better stick with the 2.5 minutes next time. It also reminds me a bit of Cookie, which could be because of the base tea…not sure, but that adds a little pastry quality to it. Overall, I’m happy to have this in my cupboard!

Fjellrev

Sounds like a score to me haha.

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drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
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A sample of this came in the Lupicia newsletter today. I’ve been wanting to stop by Lupicia and pick up some of their holiday tea, so I thought I might as well check this out to see if I want to pick some up. It’s pretty good. It definitely delivers on the caramel and the rum. The rum is pretty strong….almost like I’m drinking a hot drink spiked with real rum! Nice and cozy for a cold winter night!

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drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
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Sugar and spice and everything nice. Just what the doctor ordered after one crazy long day of car shopping yesterday. I hate car shopping, but we were kind of forced into it, by someone doing a hit and run on our car, which was parked in front of our house. Anyway, hoping today will be more restful. I did bring some tea with me yesterday, and totally burnt my mouth trying to sip it…that’s the last time I pour boiling water into my timolino, but after hours of shopping, it was the perfect temperature! So there was a bright side! Happy Saturday!

Stephanie

Good luck finding a good car!

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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I’m enjoying a nice quiet morning with a large cup of this tea, after a very hectic week at work, and running my first 10K yesterday. What a week! And today, we are heading up for an early T- day / my birthday at my parent’s place. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed silence so much! Haha! This tea is delicious, but still probably the only one I really enjoy from Harney’s. I’m looking forward to only a 3-day work week this week. Yay for the holidays!

OMGsrsly

Woohoo! Congrats on your first 10k! :)

Tealizzy

Thanks! I really feel good about it!

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I really enjoy this oolong. Yes, it’s flavored, but sometimes you just need something that you don’t have to figure out. This is a really nice, dark caramel oolong. Perfect for the afternoon, with a cookie! I would definitely repurchase this tea!

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I’ve gone through this little pouch really fast. Maybe it’s because I just bought a 16 oz. Nordic mug from DavidsTea, but I think I went through most of the tea before that. It’s a really solid pumpkin pie tea, and I’m loving pumpkin teas of all sorts right now!

I love my new mug too! I picked up the forest trees one. So cute! And it’s HUGE!!! If you guys are struggling to clear out your cupboard before Black Friday, I definitely recommend a 16 oz. mug. Tea goes really fast that way, but I’m starting to wonder if I’m getting too much caffeine…wheeee! I wanted a big mug, because I took on a temporary position, as acting manager of my office while my boss is on detail for a couple months, and it’s really hard to make time for tea! Another reason I haven’t been on steepster in a week…I’ve been exhausted! Just wanted you to know, I’m still here, but barely . ;)

jessiwrites

Gah, Nordic mugs are my favorite. I am seriously tempted to get the red sweater one.

OMGsrsly

I got the multicoloured trees Nordic mug. It’s so nice! :)

MissLena

I have the multi color tree one too, love it for a giant mug of chai :) or any black tea with milk actually, so cozy!

Tealizzy

OMGsrsly and MissLena – that’s the one I got! Wasn’t sure of the name. :)

OMGsrsly

I just wish the mountains theme for fall came in a multicoloured nordic mug. Then I’d be well on my way to establishing a theme! (I got my brother the green snowshoe mug from the summer as well.)

sundaysipping

I just ordered this exact mug! _

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
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After all the discussion I had about this tea with Cavocorax yesterday, I decided to enjoy a cup this morning. Delicious, as always! When they first put up that promotion a few months ago to get 8.8 oz. at 48% off, I freaked out that they might be getting rid of this tea, so I went for it. At the time, I emailed them, and they told me they weren’t discontinuing it. Then on Friday, a store employee told me they are retiring it, and that what’s in the store is the last of it. And then Cavocorax tells me that the promotion is still on, now at 50% off. This is sad, because this tea is such a creamy, lightly spiced, cozy tea. Well, I will savor the almost two tins worth I still have. ;)

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drank Coffee Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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I couldn’t resist going straight to DavidsTea on my lunch break yesterday to pick up some of the coffee cake tea. It was nice that, due to my last online order, I got to try samples of choconut and spiced fig, so I knew I was going to pass on those. I was also in the market for a new mug, because earlier this week, one of my elephant mugs broke….I’m so sad about that!

So, my coworker and I headed over to the store, and I picked up 1 oz. of this tea and the silver berries mug. I was hoping to get the new Nordic mug advertised at the back of the winter tea menu, but I guess they don’t have that one yet. Will probably still pick it up once they have it. ;) My coworker picked up a bunch of tea, including some of the fall teas they still had in stock. We also learned that they are indeed retiring ceylon star. The horror! Glad I still have two tins of that one.

Anyway, this tea smells a lot like DavidsTea’s red velvet cake tea, which to me, tasted like Della Terra’s pineapple upside down cake tea. Since this tea also has pineapple and cherry, it definitely reminds me of Della Terra’s tea. Someone posted on here that they thought it had more tea taste, and I agree, and that happens to be a plus for me. What disappoints me, however, is that this isn’t really coffe cake to me. Coffee cake to me is more brown sugar and cinnamon, but this tea has fruit. I think they should have named it differently, but I will still enjoy what I picked up.

Cavocorax

Two tins of Ceylon Star? Wow. Then you WON’T need this: http://www.davidstea.com/ceylon-star-250g?&TF=27F5948F6518&DEID=

Tealizzy

That’s funny that it’s 50% off now. The reason I still have two tins is because I bought the 8.8 oz at 48% off not that long ago!

Cavocorax

That makes sense that you’d buy it like that. :)
I really like the Star Anise in it.

Tealizzy

Me too, and I like that it’s cozy and creamy, with a touch of spice. :)

Cavocorax

Aaaah. I’m really feeling like I need to buy that 8.8 ozs, even though I just spent $50 at DT yesterday. :O I’m making a cup right now to help me decide if this is a good idea or not.

Tealizzy

Lol! When I was trying to decide on the 8.8 oz., I made a cup too!

Cavocorax

Well, I just made the order. Hope I don’t regret it. /0\

Tealizzy

Nice! I haven’t regretted mine. Enjoy! :)

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I was also lucky to get a sample of this tea with my last order. I was REALLY excited, because I love chocolate hazelnut spread, and was hoping this one would be a hit. It’s also really nice to try it before you buy it. Anyway, I was kind of disappointed by the small leaves. I mean, it’s an oolong…shouldn’t they be long or curled up? The smell of the dry leaf, however was very enticing. I started to steep it at more conservative parameters, even though the directions are pretty much in line for how you would steep a black tea. So I did it at 190 degrees, and was thinking 4 minutes, but decreased it to 3 when I saw how dark it was getting. Three minutes turned out to be plenty long. The taste is very nutty, full of hazelnut, although there is some chocolate in there. After a few sips, it reminded me a lot of flavored instant coffee. Not good. I want my tea to taste like tea! Well, so much for my high hopes. I wouldn’t sneer at another cup of this, but I probably wouldn’t go out of my way for it.

Irene89

Disappointing, huh? I was so looking forward to that tea, it sounded so perfect. Way too strong for me :( And I agree with you on the coffee taste (and I HATE coffee). Sad sad…

Tealizzy

I’m glad you get coffee flavor too. It confirms my taste buds! Ya, it was disappointing. Oh well, still planning to pick up a little coffee cake tea tomorrow. We’ll see how that one is.

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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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