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drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
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This was the fall tea I was really excited to try, but kind of worried based on less than stellar reviews so far. It smells amazing. Like advertised, it smells like spice cake and the smell is complex. It actually reminded me of those Christmas decoration stores…must be the clove and cinnamon. Honestly, someone should totally make a candle that smells like this tea!

Unfortunately, the taste of this tea does not deliver what the smell promises. It is much more muted. As it cooled, I got more of a custard-like feel/taste, which was probably accentuated by the splash of soy milk I added. So, more like a spiced custard, than a spice cake. Overall, I’m not blown away, but it’s pretty good. I think the flavors are more winter-like though, so I might enjoy it more closer to that season.

Chizakura

Darn, I was hoping this one would do better. That’s why I’m scared to order the mugs I want online, because the smallest amount you can buy online is 50g, whereas if I take the time to head out to the store I can purchase a much less risky amount.

Tealizzy

Ya, I’d recommend a store trip.

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drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
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I had a little too much fun at DavidsTea today. Picked up small amounts of all the fall teas, except the pistachio one (not a fan of mulberry leaves), and a few other teas I’ve been meaning to try. After picking up a half ounce of this tea, the sales guy persuaded me to try secret weapon, so I got some of that too. He was pretty awesome though…he gave me a free “sample” of chocolate rocket. I say that because it was a lot bigger than a sample! Must have had some random pre-packaged stuff to give away, or maybe I was just lucky! I ended up with quite the haul, and I still have three orders from other companies on their way! Oops! ;)

Anyway, I decided to try this one out first, and it did not disappoint! I really wasn’t sure what to expect, because there was all this talk about it tasting like chocolate, even though it’s not flavored that way. Surprisingly, this tea did not taste like chocolate to me, but rather, like toffee! And that is AOK with me! Yum! I also liked how the white tea lightens up what could be a heavy cup. I had it with a little sugar and a dash of milk and it was a perfect dessert tea. Definitely a winner!

Chizakura

Sounds like you had a good time! :)

I’ve been kind of curious about this tea, but was also weirded out at the idea of black and white teas mixed together. xD Wasn’t really sure how that’d turn out.

Tealizzy

I’ve found black and white combos to be pretty good sometimes. I like periwinkle from the persimmon tree too. :)

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drank Cucumber White by Tazo
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My friend threw a bag of this tea in a humongous mug filled with ice for me the other day…a short cold-steep. It was quite refreshing. The mint was there, but not overpowering, and I could taste the cucumber too. It kind of reminded me of tea they serve when you go to a spa. Definitely good for a hot day!

Chizakura

Never heard of this one. I’ve tried Berryblossom White which wasn’t too great, but cucumber and white tea together sounds like it’d make a great iced tea!

gmathis

Wish I’d discovered this earlier in the summer; sounds luscious iced.

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
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Been drinking A LOT of this tea lately. I don’t think that 8.8 oz is going to last as long as I thought! My husband says our house smells like cake when I make this tea. Haha! I have two orders of other teas coming and I’m still planning on I picking up some of the new fall teas tomorrow at DavidsTea, so I’ll definitely have lots of new stuff to review! Yippee!

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drank Big Apple by DAVIDsTEA
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Blech. I’ve been on a flavored white tea parade for awhile, but this one just doesn’t work for me. I don’t think it’s the apple, and I hope not because I’m looking forward to trying mom’s apple pie soon. I think something went wrong with the steeping. I had this one a while back, sampling it at the store, but it didn’t have much flavor and I just thought they didn’t steep it to my liking. This time, I received it as a sample in my last order, and was excited to try steeping it on my own. I followed the parameters on the package, but it turned out very bitter, like the bitter peel of an apple. There was also a lot of sediment in my cup, which may have added to the bitterness. The cause could be the green tea that’s in the blend, or maybe I just oversteeped it. Oh well, probably won’t try this one again.

Chizakura

At least it was just a sample. Didn’t have to find out the hard way. There were a few DT’s that I bought on faith and was really disappointed. x_o;

Tealizzy

Very true!

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drank Secret of Love by Tealux
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Still freaking delicious! I need more of this one. Sweet chestnutty goodness!! It’s definitely on my reorder list!

Fjellrev

Chestnut! Now there’s a flavour you don’t see too often in tea.

Dkcox50

You have my curiosity on this one because the Lupicia Chaud les Marrons does not hit me right and I still have a lot of it.

Tealizzy

DianaK – I’m out of it now, but thinking about restocking. They have a Labor Day sale at 25% off, so if I do, I’ll bring you some to try!

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Finally got around to trying this chai TastyBrew sent me a LONG time ago! Thank you! I did the stovetop method, as recommended. This was the first time I’ve ever steeped chai on the stovetop, and it was pretty awesome! I used soymilk/water (mostly soymilk) and a little brown sugar. It made my kitchen smell like I just baked something in the oven! It also tasted like a baked good, and was deliciously creamy! Now I think I’ll have to try this method with other chai’s. So delicious! I’m definitely going to try this out with the pumpkin chai I plan to pick up from DavidsTea next week. Can’t wait!

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drank Muscat by Lupicia
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Received this tea with the Lupicia newsletter. Sometimes it’s nice to just throw a tea sachet in your cup and not have to worry about an infuser. I broke my habit of drinking Ceylon star first thing every morning too. Felt like something different this morning. This tea is a lot like grape candy mixed with black tea. Surprisingly though, the sweetness didn’t overpower me. I definitely enjoyed the cup, but it doesn’t quite make the cut as far as a purchase. That’s what samples are for, right?! ;)

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Let me preface this by saying that this is only the second unflavored white tea I have tried. I really wanted to know what flavor the white tea contributes to the flavored white teas, and after trying this, I can tell that the flavor of the white tea is not lost in Persimmon Tree’s flavored whites, like white guava. You can definitely taste the white tea, along with the added flavor there. Here, I get hayish flavor, but not as strong as in the silver needle white tea. I think I prefer this one over silver needle because of its sweetness. Now I know what the white tea base tastes like, so I’ll be able to appreciate the flavored whites more. In the end though, I think I prefer a little flavor added to my white teas. Maybe that will change, but for now, that’s how it is! ;)

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Felt like having a cup of this one today. I’m gearing up for fall tea! Can’t wait to pick up some of the new ones from DavidsTea, but that’ll have to wait until next week. I didn’t try the DavidsTea pumpkin chai last year since I had a bunch of this tea around, but I’m definitely going to give it a try this year! This tea is a solid pumpkin pie tea, but we’ll have to see how it compares to the DavidsTea version!

Lariel of Lórien

I’ve found this one is good with vanilla rooibos.

Tealizzy

Hmm, never thought to try that. I do have some vanilla creme rooibos. I’ll have to do an experiment!

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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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