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On a roll with sample sipdowns today! Woohoo! I combined the rest of this tea with the rest of an English breakfast sample I had, and it was pretty good. Maybe I didn’t give this one a fair chance last time. Not sure I would go out of my way for it, but I would happily sip more of it if given the opportunity!

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drank SoHo Blend by Harney & Sons
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So, I finally have one container dedicated to samples/swaps, and I think having it organized that way is helping me sipdown some of these. I didn’t have enough Soho to make a cup, so I used the rest of a Darjeeling sample I had. Finished off two samples with one cup! I also gave a large goodie bag of random teas I didn’t want to drink to my friend/coworker, who is more than happy to have them. Win win! Now my tea cupboard is more manageable and I am looking forward to the autumn teas coming out! Especially the persimmon tea by Della Terra and the sugar and spice tea by DavidsTea. Can’t wait! Fall is the best season!

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
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Guess what I’m drinking this morning? Surprise, surprise! Btw, those purple tins are super cute and I don’t care if they’re supposed to hold mate…right now, they are doing a great job holding all of this tea!!

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This one smelled delicious, but the taste didn’t quite deliver. I mostly got black tea and rooibos, and not a whole lot of flavoring. Maybe I’m mistaking the rooibos flavor for the peach and apple? Or maybe the rooibos just overpowered everything. Not sure, but it didn’t work out for me. There might have been a little cinnamon in there…a little. Gave the last cup to a friend, who enjoyed it, so it’s not a total loss. Glad to have tried it.

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drank Momo by Lupicia
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Hadn’t had this one in a long time, and rediscovered it while sorting my tea cabinet. It really hit the spot this morning. Doctored up with soy milk and sugar, it tastes just like peaches and cream. Yum!

So, I reorganized my tea cabinet. I mean, gotta make way for the 8.8 oz of Ceylon Star on its way, right?! ;) I actually was able to clear out one of the large containers I use to hold various teas, which is pretty awesome! I also sorted all my rooibos teas into one container, because I really have to be in the mood for that. I also have one container full of samples…I guess I know now why everyone dedicates Saturday for sipdowns…too many samples! And besides all the good stuff, I have a container of teas I don’t wanna ever drink again….not sure what to do with those yet. I feel like some of them are so lame, I wouldn’t even want to give them to people. Hmmm. Do any of you throw away tea if you feel like you shouldn’t subject others to the disappointment? Well, guess I better work on those samples!

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
626 tasting notes

I’ve had a giant cup of this tea for the last three days, and that’s okay….you know why? Because I have 8.8 oz. on its way to me! Yep! When I saw it on the web special list for 48% off, surrounded by what I think are not very popular teas, it looked like they were going to discontinue it. NO!! I emailed them about it, but have yet to receive confirmation on this. So, instead of hoarding what I have left, I bought a TON of it! They can’t take it away from me now! (Or at least not until I’ve drank all 8.8 oz!) ;)

Cavocorax

Hahah. That’s a pretty decent sized hoard. :)

Dan

Ceylon Star isn’t going anywhere! It’s just being featured in the Web Special, it’s not being discontinued :)

Tealizzy

Well, I guess I just got a lot of it at almost half price! Glad to hear it’s not being discontinued. :)

Anlina

I did the same thing, but I’m positive it has been discontinued now. Sadness, since it’s a very nice tea, but partner and I now have over a pound of it between the two of us, so I think we’ll be okay.

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Looks like there are two tea pages for this tea. Oh well. I picked this one! Anyway, had this yesterday, and it’s a solid spicy chai. Only problem is, I’ve been spoiled by some more interesting chai’s (verdant and samovar), so it wasn’t enough for me.

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Mmmm, I really like this one! Almost done with my resteep, and it’s delicious! I added a little of the crystal sugar they send with the sample packs to the second cup, which made it even more dessert-y, but it didn’t really need it. The coconut is very fresh-tasting, and not super overpowering, but definitely present. I think it’s actually very well-balanced with the tea base. This is probably very similar to DavidsTea’s coconut grove, but I only had one cup of that one a few months ago, so I can’t really remember. It would be fun to do a side-by-side. I think I’ve found another winner! :)

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So, I tried this one twice before logging it. The first time, I steeped it for 3 minutes, and the flavor was really weak, so I decided to do a longer steep because I couldn’t tell if it was me or the tea! It’s the tea.

I did a 4 minute steep, and although there is some nice flavor peaking out, it’s barely there. The smell of it puts me off a little because it reminds me of Della Terra’s love in a cup….not sure why that is. The taste is definitely not the same, but it’s a pretty weak vanilla taste. Even the black tea base isn’t very strong. And I can’t figure out, for the life of me, why there are sliced almonds in a vanilla tea (not sure I noticed their flavor though…seeing a pattern here?). I wonder if this one requires a really long steep? Probably won’t ever find out though, because I’m out of tea to experiment with, and I most likely won’t go out of my way for this one. I think I liked periwinkle more. I can see why some get obsessed over finding the perfect vanilla tea now…there are so many and none of them are the same!

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This one was a little too artificial peachy for me. Or maybe I just don’t like peach teas? I’ve found I’m pretty particular with fruit-flavored teas. Some I like, some I don’t. This one was not my favorite, but I’m sure others would like it. I did like the white tea base more than I like black tea as a base for peach. It probably would be great iced. I noticed it was a little perfume-y too, like others have said. Kind of like how Della Terra’s perfect pear tea is perfume-y. Glad I got to try it, but I like white guava better!

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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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