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Since, I just ordered more tea ;) I’ve also been trying to drink down more of my older teas. I just had a big cup of this one, and I still enjoy it! The key is overleafing, because the raspberry leaves are voluminous, which means you might not get enough black tea in there. I still have at least one more big cup of this one left, but it’s getting there!

I just got hot buttered banana bread tea from 52teas in the mail this morning! It was early too, because it was supposed to come on Tuesday! Nice to be able to enjoy it over the holiday weekend! Maybe I’ll make some NOW! :D

Fjellrev

Perfect time to get something new to try!

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My second Monday evening watching Downton Abbey, while enjoying a cozy flavored rooibos. This episode was pretty jarring. I’m all worked up now, but at least there’s still time to wind down before bed, unlike when I watched the final episode of last season. :P I think I have a love/hate relationship with this show! Maybe I need another cup of rooibos…

In other news, my husband got me some flowers, just because. I love when he does that!

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drank Ginger Snap by Della Terra Teas
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Sipdown! This was a tasty rooibos. Nice for a winter night!

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This was pretty tasty, especially for a decaf black tea. I found the flavor blended well with the black tea, and it was pretty smooth. Sometimes decaf black teas taste funny, but this tasted just like it wasn’t decaf at all. I’m not the type that reaches for peachy teas much, but if I was, this would definitely hit the spot!

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Sipdown! I’ve kinda been hoarding the rest of this, since I loved it so much when I discovered it. My cupboard needs some sipdowns though, so I finished it off. Still a delicious chai. Definitely unique, and kind of a “dark” chai, if you know what I mean. Glad to have enjoyed it. :)

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drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
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Decided I haven’t had this in awhile, so I made a big cup. I think it’s getting old…probably bought this tin a year ago, and I think the nuts are going stale. That’ll teach me to not use up tea faster! It’s still a great nutty tea, but for some reason, there was sediment at the bottom of my cup, which I got a nasty mouthful of at the end. :P Now I wish I had a fresher batch, but alas, too much tea to justify purchasing more!

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Yikes, I better not let mine get old too. This is why I only have like one David’s tin. Too much variety already!

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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
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I also picked up a half ounce of this tea. I heard so many mixed reviews that I was afraid to try it, but try it I did, and it’s pretty darn good! I like it way more than Della Terra’s version, (sorry!) It just tastes more caramel-like to me. As a fan of dessert black teas, I will definitely keep this in mind for a future purchase. :)

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drank Chai On Life by DAVIDsTEA
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So, I was running out of paper tea bag filters to use at work, which gave me an excuse to go to DavidsTea on my lunch and see the new mugs, and check out the tea of the month! ;) The new mugs are cute, but there weren’t any that I was totally in love with, so I’m going to wait to see what they come out with next. They had samples of this tea made up, so I tried it. Very mellow, but I could definitely taste cinnamon. It was a nice cinnamon flavor though, so I picked up an ounce. :) Made this at work yesterday afternoon and it was really good. It’s like a lightweight chai, good for the afternoon and evening. The cinnamon is prominent, but there’s a freshness from the lemongrass and pineapple. It’s definitely mellow, and that’s why I found it kind of relaxing. I will definitely enjoy drinking more of this unique tea! Good job, DavidsTea!

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drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
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Just watched the first episode of Downton Abbey, season 4 online, while sipping this tea with some cinnamon bundt cake. Couldn’t ask for a better Monday evening. :)

I think this should become a regular habit!

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I’m slowly sipping a cup of this tea, trying to delay my Sunday chores. ;) It’s quite peppery today, but I think that’s what makes it so unique.

I always have too much to do on Sunday – run, groceries, laundry…and I’m trying to decide whether to hook up our TV so I can watch Downton Abbey tonight. I was so upset about last season, so I don’t know. :P

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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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