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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
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Been drinking A LOT of this tea lately. I don’t think that 8.8 oz is going to last as long as I thought! My husband says our house smells like cake when I make this tea. Haha! I have two orders of other teas coming and I’m still planning on I picking up some of the new fall teas tomorrow at DavidsTea, so I’ll definitely have lots of new stuff to review! Yippee!

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drank Big Apple by DAVIDsTEA
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Blech. I’ve been on a flavored white tea parade for awhile, but this one just doesn’t work for me. I don’t think it’s the apple, and I hope not because I’m looking forward to trying mom’s apple pie soon. I think something went wrong with the steeping. I had this one a while back, sampling it at the store, but it didn’t have much flavor and I just thought they didn’t steep it to my liking. This time, I received it as a sample in my last order, and was excited to try steeping it on my own. I followed the parameters on the package, but it turned out very bitter, like the bitter peel of an apple. There was also a lot of sediment in my cup, which may have added to the bitterness. The cause could be the green tea that’s in the blend, or maybe I just oversteeped it. Oh well, probably won’t try this one again.


At least it was just a sample. Didn’t have to find out the hard way. There were a few DT’s that I bought on faith and was really disappointed. x_o;


Very true!

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drank Secret of Love by Tealux
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Still freaking delicious! I need more of this one. Sweet chestnutty goodness!! It’s definitely on my reorder list!


Chestnut! Now there’s a flavour you don’t see too often in tea.


You have my curiosity on this one because the Lupicia Chaud les Marrons does not hit me right and I still have a lot of it.


DianaK – I’m out of it now, but thinking about restocking. They have a Labor Day sale at 25% off, so if I do, I’ll bring you some to try!

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Finally got around to trying this chai TastyBrew sent me a LONG time ago! Thank you! I did the stovetop method, as recommended. This was the first time I’ve ever steeped chai on the stovetop, and it was pretty awesome! I used soymilk/water (mostly soymilk) and a little brown sugar. It made my kitchen smell like I just baked something in the oven! It also tasted like a baked good, and was deliciously creamy! Now I think I’ll have to try this method with other chai’s. So delicious! I’m definitely going to try this out with the pumpkin chai I plan to pick up from DavidsTea next week. Can’t wait!

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drank Muscat by Lupicia
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Received this tea with the Lupicia newsletter. Sometimes it’s nice to just throw a tea sachet in your cup and not have to worry about an infuser. I broke my habit of drinking Ceylon star first thing every morning too. Felt like something different this morning. This tea is a lot like grape candy mixed with black tea. Surprisingly though, the sweetness didn’t overpower me. I definitely enjoyed the cup, but it doesn’t quite make the cut as far as a purchase. That’s what samples are for, right?! ;)

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Let me preface this by saying that this is only the second unflavored white tea I have tried. I really wanted to know what flavor the white tea contributes to the flavored white teas, and after trying this, I can tell that the flavor of the white tea is not lost in Persimmon Tree’s flavored whites, like white guava. You can definitely taste the white tea, along with the added flavor there. Here, I get hayish flavor, but not as strong as in the silver needle white tea. I think I prefer this one over silver needle because of its sweetness. Now I know what the white tea base tastes like, so I’ll be able to appreciate the flavored whites more. In the end though, I think I prefer a little flavor added to my white teas. Maybe that will change, but for now, that’s how it is! ;)

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Felt like having a cup of this one today. I’m gearing up for fall tea! Can’t wait to pick up some of the new ones from DavidsTea, but that’ll have to wait until next week. I didn’t try the DavidsTea pumpkin chai last year since I had a bunch of this tea around, but I’m definitely going to give it a try this year! This tea is a solid pumpkin pie tea, but we’ll have to see how it compares to the DavidsTea version!

Lariel of Lórien

I’ve found this one is good with vanilla rooibos.


Hmm, never thought to try that. I do have some vanilla creme rooibos. I’ll have to do an experiment!

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Finished off the rest of my sample of this, and I have to say I really like it. I tried other black and white tea blends, but this one is the best so far. It must be the addition of vanilla. As a follow-up to my first note on this tea, it didn’t matter that the white tea star wasn’t in this steep. Still tasted the same. I will probably pick up more of this when I reorder from the persimmon tree!

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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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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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