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drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
703 tasting notes

This tea is particularly delicious with some brown sugar. Just so you know. ;)

Oh, and I have a little rant about DavidsTea’s marketing. Did you guys see the latest, where they say winter’s coming, that the fall teas are going fast, so you better hurry and stock up? For goodness sake, it’s only early October! Geez!

Anna

But WHAT IF THEY RUN OUT. :0

Tealizzy

That’s what they do to you!!! Ahhhh!!!

Anna

Aaahhhh!!!

Lariel of Lórien

Eventually, the Starks are right. ‘Just around the corner’ is one of my least favourite marketing phrases. If the winter teas aren’t for another month and a half, I hope they won’t run out.

Cavocorax

Yeah I saw that and insantly panicked. Then I did the math. What they mean is “we’re halfway through fall and you guys didn’t buy enough, but we don’t want to actually give you a sale, so we’ll just panic you instead!”

I think I’d like a bit more of the cocoberry mate, but I could probably pass on the rest.

OMGsrsly

Excellent translation, Cavo. :) I think I’d rather wait for a sale. Or new teas!

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So, what do you do when you are furloughed due to the government shutdown? You invite coworkers over for tea!! That’s exactly what I did today. I made cinnamon pecan scones, tea sandwiches, and they brought lemon cookies and cheese muffins. Yum! One of my coworkers also brought some of this tea. The tea is in little sachets and it’s quite delicious! Really well blended spicy pumpkin rooibos. Would definitely drink that again. I may have to stop by Trader Joe’s. Not like I don’t have the time! :P

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Almost gave this one away, since I had trouble getting it right, but decided at the last minute to give it another chance. I’m glad I did because I’m getting more into white teas, and today I figured out how I like it: steeped at the lowest recommended temperature for only 1 minute. This is definitely not one of those white teas you can steep at almost the same temperature as black teas. It’s more delicate. Ha!

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drank Rose Congou Green by DAVIDsTEA
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Nope, nope, nope, nope! I got this as a sample in my last order, and it’s like drinking straight perfume! Ick! Not for me. Not ruling out rose teas entirely though, because I have one with vanilla and caramel too, and it’s delightful. This one is not. :P

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I got a sample of this tea from DianaK. Ya, I’m going through them all right now! Thanks! This tea doesn’t appear on their website, but it looks like it’s a new tea based on their Facebook page. The dry leaf has little chocolate chips in it. It tastes almost like a chocolate dipped strawberry, but the chocolate flavor is milder than I would like. Overall, it’s a creamy strawberry black tea. Pretty nice!

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drank Chocolate Tango by Queen Mary
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Another sample from DianaK. Thanks! This tea tasted like flavored instant coffee to me. Weird. I got some chocolate…more the darker kind, but it wasn’t very powerful. The ingredients sound good, but I don’t think I would really reach for a tea that tastes like instant coffee. Fun to try though!

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I enjoyed two steepings of this with my first attempt at pumpkin scones. They turned out a little odd…kinda wet inside even though the knife came out clean (must of picked the wrong spots) and I baked them for as long as other scones. I think the pumpkin made the dough wetter. I didn’t even use as much buttermilk this time. Despite this, they were YUMMY! Just not the same consistency as usual. Wetter, like pumpkin pie. I’m not gonna complain though! This deliciously vanilla tea went extremely well with them.

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drank Almond Cream by Queen Mary
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I got to try a cup of this tea today. Thanks, DianaK! Just as she said, it’s like marzipan in a cup. The aroma is dead-on marzipan. I liked how the taste of the tea still came through also. Overall, it seemed to be a good quality almond flavored tea, and I wouldn’t refuse another cup if offered. :)

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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So, it’s been a little crazy around here lately, so I haven’t been on steepster much. I’m one of the unfortunate government workers who’s been furloughed until Congress figures things out. It’s a really weird place to be. Anyway, I’m trying to keep busy so I don’t think about it too much. Fortunately, my husband doesn’t work for the government.

I had 3 steepings of this tea today. Just didn’t feel like having a variety, or taking the effort to make different teas, so I just resteeped. Although the third steeping was pretty weak, with brown sugar and soy milk, it was still delicious. This one has totally grown on me. Btw, I was making chocolate chip cookies, and stole a chip or two from the batter, and this tea is especially delicious if you take a sip after chewing a semi-sweet chocolate chip. ;)

Too bad I can’t pick up more of this until I can go back to work (the store is near my office and I have a large commute), but I guess that’s a good thing, since I probably shouldn’t spend too much money right now.

OMGsrsly

That’s really awful. Best of luck to you.

jeweledthumb

Sorry you’re affected. Thankfully, I’m a contractor and we’re good till at least the end of the year (I sincerely hope it doesn’t take that long). I hope they figure things out soon!

Stephanie

Ugh. Stupid government :(

Tealizzy

Thanks, All! I’m trying to stay positive and take the opportunity to do things I don’t normally have time for.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I had a cup of this to compare, after enjoying pumpkin creme brûlée by Butiki, and it is confirmed…much more cinnamon here, though, it’s still a tasty cup!

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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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