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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve been trying to be good and focus on my current stash and not buy more tea. I was doing really well for awhile, which explains my lack of recent tasting notes…I just don’t feel like writing more about a tea I’ve already posted about unless I discovered something new and exciting about it.

So today I needed a break after 6 hours of continuous meetings/work. I decided to take a walk to DavidsTea of course! Tea shops always brighten my mood and put an extra pep in my step! I hadn’t tried any of the carnival teas because, honestly, they didn’t sound like the teas I usually go for. David’s has really gone herbal this summer. So, I went and smelled the new teas, and decided to get some of this one and some of the cotton candy tea. I have to say, I was a little disappointed with the new guy at this store. I said I wanted 1 oz. and he poured 1.8 oz. and said, “Is that okay?” I adamantly told him “No,” and he fixed it. What is this, Teavana? I don’t think so!

So, this tea smells like heaven! Caramel, toffee heaven! Like I said, I usually don’t go for these herbals without any actual leaf in them. This one is all fruit pieces and some caramel, coconut and cinnamon. I was a bit worried about the cinnamon because there are humongous pieces of cinnamon stick in there! Turns out it wasn’t a problem. Steeped, the aroma reminds me of those amazingly delicious caramel pecan sticky buns! Yum! Or maybe that mixed with an apple fritter! The caramel definitely comes through in a silky sweetness. I didn’t add anything to this tea and I’m loving it! And by the way, I can’t believe I am! It really is a perfect after dinner treat. The guilt-free alternative to a delicious sticky bun, although, I may have to go search one of those out! Ha!

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drank Sansia Black by Butiki Teas
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I’m allowed to drink hot tea again! Yay! Hello to my beloved black teas!

Stacy sent me a sample of this one, and I was really intrigued. I had it as my morning cup, so I think my taste buds weren’t quite awake. I did enjoy the first cup, but the resteep was tons better! There was this nice silky, caramel, honey flavor in the second steep that I think was being overpowered by the maltiness of the first steep. I would definitely give this one another try!


No hot tea? Horrors!

Welcome back to civilization ;)

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drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
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I think I went through the whole 50g bag without ever posting about it! Wow! This oolong was great! I picked it up when I was in Honolulu earlier in the month, and it really is delicious iced. All the flavors come through…pineapple, coconut, and a nice green oolong. I’m sad it’s gone, but truth be told, I like Lupicia’s melon oolong more. I only have a teaspoon left of the latter, so I’ll have to restock soon! I’m not sure if this one is available at the SF store, but I would gladly restock this one too. These two oolongs have essentially gotten me through a week and a half without being able to enjoy hot tea. Bye pineapple oolong! Until we meet again!

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My friend at work discovered this tea at her local grocery store. It’s actually a matcha latte mix. The cost was extremely reasonable, and it turns out her local store was selling a 100g tin of this mix for a few bucks less than what they are selling it for on the company’s website. It smelled so amazing, and she offered to pick some up for me. The other day, while I was working from home, she told me she put a little present on my desk, and it turned out to be a tin of this! Awesome timing, too, because I still can’t drink hot liquids, so all my black teas are off-limits right now. It’s been really hard! Aaaaahhh! Thank goodness for friends who bring you iced tea!

So, this mix is really delicious! There are even tiny bits of coconut! It tastes like a macaroon! Yum! I made it as an iced latte with unsweetened almond milk. Creamy deliciousness! Having this almost makes me forget about my beloved black teas….well, it really doesn’t, but it does make me feel better!

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So, I had a gum graft done yesterday. Cons: (1) no drinking of hot liquids for days….how long, I haven’t quite figured out; (2) no strenuous exercise for 2 weeks; and (3) man, it sure is hard to eat enough soft stuff to feel full. Pros: (1) an excuse to stay home from work and watch movies all day (the Lego Movie is next); and (2) iced tea tastes even better right now. Thus, I’m drinking a large mason jar of this tea, iced, with I think a little bit too much agave. Oh well, I need the extra calories, right?!

The no hot tea is really going to get hard… I love my hot black tea in the morning! :(


The Lego movie is awesome :)
Hope your mouth feels better soon!


Thanks, whatshesaid! Yes, the Lego Movie IS awesome!! :)

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drank Hong Yun Black by Butiki Teas
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Yum yum yum! This is delicious! Like apricot drizzled in honey! This tea + a scone would be heavenly. Certainly a tea to enjoy at afternoon tea! So smooth! Oh, and bonus, it resteeps amazingly!

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
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Yes, the hype is true! This tea is absolutely fabulous! And I have 2 oz. all to myself! Woo!! This has to be one of the best teas I’ve had from Butiki, and it has that amazing natural taste and smooth texture that is definitely characteristic of Butiki! The banana, coconut, and natural sweetness makes this a perfect mid-morning or afternoon tea. It’s such a treat! Definitely a winner!


Yup, one of the bestest ever!

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So happy to have this tea back in my cupboard! It’s the perfect “first thing in the morning” tea. Strong enough to wake you up, but incredibly smooth and slightly sweet. Love it!

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drank Raspberry Truffle by Butiki Teas
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It’s been like forever since I’ve posted. Life’s been busy. I was in Honolulu for work a week ago and when I got back, well, you know how things get backed up. By evening, I was too tired to write anything. I have, however, bought new tea, including Lupicia tea in Honolulu and I made a Butiki order! I think this is my third Butiki order since I’ve been on Steepster, and I am in heaven!! I finally got Hello Sweetie, which I had yesterday, and it’s awesome…will write a proper post later, but I also had this one this morning, and it’s also awesome!!! I think I was ignoring it before because it had chocolate, and chocolate teas have been hit or miss with me. I’m also not usually a fruity chocolate girl, but I have to say this tea changed my mind about that. This is delicious! The chocolate definitely comes through, and is a nice darker sort of chocolate, and the raspberry isn’t overpowering, but melds well with the chocolate. It reminds me of those yummy chocolates with raspberry jelly in the middle from Trader Joe’s. So good! And the resteep is just as good! I guess I should have tried this one a long time ago! I’ve missed out!! :)

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drank Buddha Smiles by SAHARA TEA
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Yesterday, my hubby and I decided to get away for the day and headed down to Carmel. Great idea when it’s not a holiday weekend….took us an extra hour to get down there with all the traffic, but still worth it!

Of course, we had to go to all our favorite places, and one is this shop full of sauces and dips and jams. They put some out with crackers so you can taste things. Way too much fun! We love their fruit curds, so we picked up orchard peach and mango. Mmmm!

So, they were ringing us up, and I saw a couple of tea tins on the counter and started to check them out, and then the cashier said, “oh, you can have one of those for free if you like…we’re not selling them anymore.” Free tea! Score!! Makes me wonder a bit why they aren’t selling them anymore, but who can pass up free tea?

I couldn’t wait to try this one out iced. The ingredients just sound like they’d be so refreshing that way. I have to say that it’s not bad, and I think it’s growing on me. It’s definitely got that “herbal” taste to it, if you know what I mean….could be the lemongrass, or the green rooibos. If I try to ignore that, though, it almost tastes like an orange creamsicle. Not too shabby for a free tea. Woo!!

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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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