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So, we took this week off for our anniversary, and we did a day trip to Carmel and Monterey yesterday. I was a little sad to be away from all my teas, but we stopped in at a little place in Carmel for breakfast, who are known for their famous french toast, and I had some of this tea. The French toast was amazing…battered and fried like a funnel cake and served with homemade cinnamon maple syrup! Yum! I had some fresh fruit to help offset the heaviness.

I asked for tea and she brought out a basket piled high with mostly Numi tea bags. I decided to try the chocolate puerh, and it was pretty good! Does anyone know if they sell this tea loose leaf? The teabag, though, would be great to take on travel. Anyway, the tea reminded me of the bready quality puerh in sTEAp shoppe’s cinnamon swirl bread tea. Very nice, with added chocolate flavor. Not bad when you’re away from the stash!!

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drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
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It is sooooo hot today! We were out running errands for awhile and took a nice walk, but it is really hot. Came home to chores, and needed something refreshing. I have not yet gotten into making iced tea at home, but my husband only likes it that way, so I’ve been making him this tea iced. It has mango, and I figured that was right up his alley, and it was! I make a bunch and so he keeps a large pitcher of it in the fridge, but he forgets it’s there, so today, I stole some! Ha! It is really delicious iced! Of course, we add a little sweetener too, but it’s not too sweet, and you get this subtle mango with a very refreshing base! Just what I needed!

Stephanie

I misread this at first and thought it said “sausage”…ICK! LOL

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Had a terrible night sleep last night. Woke up at 2am to my husband coughing…he definitely sounded sick and was complaining of pain in his shoulder (he seems to be better this morning though). I then couldn’t go back to sleep for about 2 hours. I felt like I wanted to get up and my stomach felt like it needed food! At 2am?!! I read for a bit, and that helped me get back to sleep. Good thing I don’t have work today!! We are thankfully taking this week off for our anniversary :)

Needless to say I needed some good solid tea this morning! In the absence of blueberry cream cheese danish, which, if I had any, would have been perfect this morning, I had this tea. I know people complain about the lack of flavoring in this tea, but I really like it. It was perfect today with some soy milk and sugar and paired nicely with my blueberry jam toast. Nice solid black with a hint of blackberry. I feel lots better now.

TastyBrew

Happy anniversary! That’s awesome you guys are taking the week off! I hope you have some fun stuff planned!

Tealizzy

Thanks TastyBrew! Except my husband still keeps working today. We are just taking day trips, but hopefully, that’ll keep him away from work! Planning on heading down to Monterey/Carmel one day and doing some museum stuff in SF another, and maybe hiking at Pt. Reyes. :)

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drank Anxi Tie Guan Yin by Butiki Teas
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This tea is REALLY DELICIOUS! Thank you for the sample, Stacy! I get the peach, honey and orchid notes. I recognize the orchid, since I’ve had the vanilla orchid tea from DavidsTea, which btw, I love, and this is like that, but peachy instead! It has a super creamy mouthfeel! Yum yum! I think we have another winner! Yippee!! Time for another steeping!

Cavocorax

Ok… I’ll add it to my list… :)

Tealizzy

You won’t regret it! :)

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Thank you to Stacy for this sample! I was excited to try another tea with the same base as my favorite maple pecan oolong. I could definitely taste the base here. I also get some citrus and spice, but they are pretty subtle. It smells delicious. I made sure to take a good whiff every time I sipped. It’s good, but overall, I would have liked a little more flavor here.

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drank Starry Night by Art of Tea
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Thanks TastyBrew, for this surprise sample! This tea is a really nice vanilla black. The little white stars are super cute! I didn’t get that feeling, like OMG, I must have more of this tea, but it was good, and it gets props for cute-ness! ;)

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Sipdown! Thanks for this swap, TastyBrew! Not one I would pick up more of, but I’m glad I got to try it!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Enjoyed two delicious cups of this first thing in the morning yesterday while steepster was down. Then I didn’t have any tea all day (except for some Thai iced tea) because we went to picnic day at UCD, and a movie. Fun day, beautiful weather, so I can’t complain. ;)

As for laoshan black, it’s always good on its own, but I think I like the chai and genmaicha blends better!

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Enjoyed this tea without any additions this afternoon. Not even a little sugar! And I could still taste the marshmallow sweetness! I think it’s growing on me!

TastyBrew

This and the s’mores totally grew on me. I know really enjoy them in the evening. Adding a few mini marshmallows doesn’t hurt either :-)

Fjellrev

Yay, glad you’re warming up to it. :)

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Okay, so my tea tastes are evolving, and therefore, this tea has lost a bit of its charm. It’s a delicious dessert tea, but it’s fake-y sweet. Sometimes that’s what I want, but I more and more am losing interest in that sort of tea. Hmmm.

Chizakura

Yeah, the same thing is happening to me too. A dessert tea that I liked a lot a month ago is suddenly not so great anymore. I think I’ve become a bit spoiled from all the high end teas I’ve been drinking lately!

I gave Strawberry Shortcake such a glowing review a while back, but now I don’t know WHAT I’m going to do with the rest of my package (I had thought I was out, but discovered I had more) and when I finished off the Pumpkin Chai a little while ago, I swear it tasted like chemicals and when I first had it, I loved it.

OMGsrsly

This is why I have a mix of teas every day. :) (I’m also leaning towards more subtle or unflavoured teas. I’m adding less sugar, too. So weird!)

Fjellrev

Yeah I’m sure if I tried this last year I would have fallen for it, but trying it just a couple months ago… eh. Toooooo sweet.

Tealizzy

OMGsrsly – me too. I’ve been having a mix of both sugary sweet and more natural teas on a daily basis . :)

Chizakura

@Incendiare

That’s me too. I’m almost completely growing out of flavored teas. I either hate them at the get go, or a few cups later it’ll taste too sweet for me. Even the Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish that I raved about after the first cup a week ago I’m finding too sweet already.

whatshesaid

Funny how that happens over time! I can only drink one steep at a time of the sweet ones now

Cavocorax

I’ve done the same thing. I think sweet dessert teas were my gateway into tea, and now my tastes have grown up. I still enjoy those flavoured teas, but I rarely re-steep them, while I try to re-steep and savour the unflavoured straight teas. I still have a great sweet tooth so I don’t know that I’d ever phase these types of teas out completely, but I mix them up so I can alternate between that and another (less sweet) tea at the same time.

Terri HarpLady

For a long time I didn’t drink anything flavored, & most of the time I still just prefer straight. Most flavored teas tend to have a chemical/fake taste, but once in awhile I enjoy them anyway. That’s also the reason I rotate through my crazy collection, so that I don’t drink the same thing too often.

OMGsrsly

There’s that one company that uses fruits and spices and no flavours for their flavoured teas… http://www.steapshoppe.com/ I want to see what their teas are like.

Tealizzy

OMGsrsly – I tried steap shoppe, and their cinnamon swirl bread tea is amazing, but I didn’t really like the samples of black teas I got.

OMGsrsly

Oh right! I remember seeing that. That tea is on my to buy list. :)

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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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