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drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
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The Tea Spot will send you a free sample of tea if you sign up with them, so I did it. I was curious about the company, and they’ve been having a bunch of sales, so I thought I’d check them out. What better way than for free! I got this in the mail today, which was kind of a consolation prize for still not receiving my HI orders. And I couldn’t stop myself from opening it right up and trying it! It was definitely bold, and I tasted all three ingredients: black tea, puerh, and chocolate. I’ve not developed a taste for puerh, however, so it threw off the rest of it for me. It is more subtle, since the black tea and chocolate shine through, but alas, I’m not a fan of the woody, leathery puerh. I do think the tea is good quality though, so I will probably try some more of their teas in the future.

Terri HarpLady

I love this one :)

Cavocorax

I do too – Terri got me hooked. :P
I’m not usually into Puerh but this one isn’t strong enough to really bother me.

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
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Taking a little break from my seasonal teas to have a nice big mug of this fabulous tea. Still a favorite! I mean, who doesn’t like a warm creamy, slightly spiced mug of goodness? It’s also helping me wait for my teas from Herbal Infusions. It’s kind of driving me crazy that I still don’t have my orders from BF/CM. Good thing they weren’t gifts! Dan has been pretty good at communicating, but I think it’s now the fault of the good ol’ USPS. Hope I get them today! That would be a nice first Christmas present, wink wink USPS!

Tealizzy

Mail came, no HI. :( But, my free sample from The Tea Spot came, so that’s something!

Cavocorax

I hope they show! I was pretty disappointed when I got up and checked the tracking for my new kettle, and it said delivered, only to realize they meant they’d delivered the tea jail notice and I’d have to wait until the 27th to get my package. Doh

Fingers crossed for you!

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Made a sipdown of this happen by combining the little that was left with Tealux chocolate delight. Pretty good, actually. More chocolatey, which is never a bad thing! I wanted to pick up more of this tea on BF, but they didn’t have any available on the website at that time. It seems to be back, so eventually I’ll probably pick some more up. Peanut butter teas aren’t all that common, and I do love peanut butter! Right now, though, I’m still waiting on two orders from Herbal Infusions, so whenever they show up, I’ll have way more tea than necessary! ;)

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown, and I guess, so long for another year? Kind of sad, really. I bought 2 oz. of this when they started running out and it didn’t last as long as I hoped. I could have enjoyed this all the way until spring, but alas, no more. This one really grew on me. At first, I was bothered that there was so much cinnamon, but with brown sugar, this became a really scrumptious pumpkin pie tea. Well, at least I still have a bunch of Grandma’s pumpkin pie from DTT. Note to self: next year, but more! ;)

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drank White Christmas by Lupicia
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Even though I just received my Black Friday Della Terra order, and I have two orders from Herbal Infusions on the way, I had to stop by Lupicia and get some of this tea. I also picked up some caramel and rum rooibos. :) I’ve never really liked how they package the bags, since once you cut them, they’re not resealable, but I discovered they sell little colored clips that seal the bags really well, so I picked some of those up too!

I made a huge cup of this tea this morning. I didn’t know the little “snowflakes” were actually little pieces of rock sugar, but that’s okay, they’re cute, and I sugar my black teas anyway. This was a nice cup of apricot creaminess. More like real apricot too, not like the peach apricot that you typically get. I think I may have oversteeped it though, because it was a little astringent. Guess I better stick with the 2.5 minutes next time. It also reminds me a bit of Cookie, which could be because of the base tea…not sure, but that adds a little pastry quality to it. Overall, I’m happy to have this in my cupboard!

Fjellrev

Sounds like a score to me haha.

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drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
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A sample of this came in the Lupicia newsletter today. I’ve been wanting to stop by Lupicia and pick up some of their holiday tea, so I thought I might as well check this out to see if I want to pick some up. It’s pretty good. It definitely delivers on the caramel and the rum. The rum is pretty strong….almost like I’m drinking a hot drink spiked with real rum! Nice and cozy for a cold winter night!

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drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
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Sugar and spice and everything nice. Just what the doctor ordered after one crazy long day of car shopping yesterday. I hate car shopping, but we were kind of forced into it, by someone doing a hit and run on our car, which was parked in front of our house. Anyway, hoping today will be more restful. I did bring some tea with me yesterday, and totally burnt my mouth trying to sip it…that’s the last time I pour boiling water into my timolino, but after hours of shopping, it was the perfect temperature! So there was a bright side! Happy Saturday!

Stephanie

Good luck finding a good car!

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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I’m enjoying a nice quiet morning with a large cup of this tea, after a very hectic week at work, and running my first 10K yesterday. What a week! And today, we are heading up for an early T- day / my birthday at my parent’s place. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed silence so much! Haha! This tea is delicious, but still probably the only one I really enjoy from Harney’s. I’m looking forward to only a 3-day work week this week. Yay for the holidays!

OMGsrsly

Woohoo! Congrats on your first 10k! :)

Tealizzy

Thanks! I really feel good about it!

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I really enjoy this oolong. Yes, it’s flavored, but sometimes you just need something that you don’t have to figure out. This is a really nice, dark caramel oolong. Perfect for the afternoon, with a cookie! I would definitely repurchase this tea!

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I’ve gone through this little pouch really fast. Maybe it’s because I just bought a 16 oz. Nordic mug from DavidsTea, but I think I went through most of the tea before that. It’s a really solid pumpkin pie tea, and I’m loving pumpkin teas of all sorts right now!

I love my new mug too! I picked up the forest trees one. So cute! And it’s HUGE!!! If you guys are struggling to clear out your cupboard before Black Friday, I definitely recommend a 16 oz. mug. Tea goes really fast that way, but I’m starting to wonder if I’m getting too much caffeine…wheeee! I wanted a big mug, because I took on a temporary position, as acting manager of my office while my boss is on detail for a couple months, and it’s really hard to make time for tea! Another reason I haven’t been on steepster in a week…I’ve been exhausted! Just wanted you to know, I’m still here, but barely . ;)

jessiwrites

Gah, Nordic mugs are my favorite. I am seriously tempted to get the red sweater one.

OMGsrsly

I got the multicoloured trees Nordic mug. It’s so nice! :)

MissLena

I have the multi color tree one too, love it for a giant mug of chai :) or any black tea with milk actually, so cozy!

Tealizzy

OMGsrsly and MissLena – that’s the one I got! Wasn’t sure of the name. :)

OMGsrsly

I just wish the mountains theme for fall came in a multicoloured nordic mug. Then I’d be well on my way to establishing a theme! (I got my brother the green snowshoe mug from the summer as well.)

sundaysipping

I just ordered this exact mug! _

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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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