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This tea was fantastic this morning! In the past, I thought the banana made it taste less smooth, but I think now, that it may have been how I prepared it. This time I steeped it for less time. I also had to use the microwave at work, so the water probably wasn’t quite at boiling. Maybe banana teas do better at lower temperatures for less time? I’ll have to try this with banana dream pie now. Anyway, I could taste more walnut, and like I said, it was a lot smoother on the tongue. Went great with my maple nut oatmeal! It was super foggy this morning and this tea made me feel so cozy!

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
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After I steeped this, you could smell its deliciousness far outside my work cubicle. Hope I didn’t bother anyone, but really, who wouldn’t like the smell of s’mores?! I think it fares better steeped properly at home though (sans microwave), because the flavor didn’t seem as strong this time. Still fantastic!

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Had this first thing in the morning! Yes, you can have cake for breakfast! So delicious. I think I got more brown sugar flavor this time. Shared some with a coworker, who loved it as well!


This tea resteeps 2-3 times. make sure to resteep it1


I know! Gotta make it last! Especially since I keep giving samples out to friends!!

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This was yummy. At first I really wasn’t sure about this tea, especially from the smell of the dry leaves. It was delicious though. Chocolate is definitely the dominant flavor, and it’s kind of a nice dark chocolate. The chili adds a slightly spicy heat to the background. I really liked it, and the second steep wasn’t bad either! I don’t think I’ll have a problem finishing the bag :)

This was the last new tea I had to try. Hmmmm, what should I do now? ;)

Terri HarpLady

Order more!! :D


Nuts, I should have compared this to DavidsTea’s Chocolate Chili Chai. Will have to fish out my bag of it and give it a shot before winter’s gone!


Terri – I think I WILL! Not sure what yet. I think I need to try more caffeine-free teas, so I have more options later in the day, but I really love black teas! It’s so hard!

Kittena – I’d love to get your opinion on that! Every time I’ve tried the DavidsTea one, its been in store, and they just don’t steep their teas long enough for my taste.

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drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
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I so wanted to like this tea. I loved Grand Amour, and this one has such a cute name! Unfortunately, it wasn’t the tea for me. Once steeped, it tasted like an apple jolly rancher and very astringent black tea. I was surprised by the astringency because Grand Amour was so silky smooth. Not sure why this one was different. Oh well. I appreciated the sample, Laurent!


With a lot of French teas I find that if I cut the steep time by about a minute and take the temp down to about 195F it really smooths the base and takes out the astringency. I know you probably don’t have any more sample to steep this time, though. That is what I had to with sme of my Dammann Freres teas, but once I changed my parameters they were wonderful. Others were just fine at five minutes with boiling water.


Ya, too bad I don’t have more sample to experiment with! I still don’t understand why grand amour was so different though. I used the same temp and steep time.

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drank Piccolo by Lupicia
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Great rooibos tea for those that don’t like rooibos. It has a nice smooth fruity flavor. Bought a tin of this last time I was at Lupicia. It’s definitely a re-stocker. :)

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Thanks, Alphakitty, for fixing the picture! This tea wasn’t up yet, and I wanted to put it in my cupboard. :) Anyway, I finally tried it out this morning. Managed to squeeze in steeping a cup prior to a long set of meetings. This tea smells very much like pear and it’s a little perfume-y. I think it smells like when you first open a box of pears from Harry and David, not that anyone sends me those…. ;) Anyway, I liked it, but I think it would be better iced. Not bad for my first pear-flavored tea.

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Thank goodness the work day is over! i think i was turning into a zombie, because by the end of the day my brain turned to mush. It’s been pretty overwhelming lately. I started the day off right, though, with this tea! This was wayyyyyy better the second time. I could taste much more berry. I think this may turn into a tea cabinet staple! I’ve really been enjoying all the Della Terra teas I ordered. So glad I tried them out!!!


Sounds like a yummy tea to get you through the day!

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In the search for an afternoon tea with no caffeine and not being in a fruity mood, I ended up trying this one again. It went pretty well with the pear cupcake I had. Yes, I’ve been eating lots of cupcakes! I can’t help but stop in to see the daily specials every weekend with my husband. We usually get 3 each ;) So…on to the tea. This time I tasted more caramel. It could have been that there were 3 pieces of caramel in the 1 1/2 teaspoon I steeped, or that I added some milk and sugar. Still, rooibos was the dominant flavor. I really would like to find a sweetly flavored rooibos without fruit, where the named flavor is more dominant the rooibos. Any recommendations?

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Drank this in order to get rid of the taste of professor grey tea, which was a complete fail for me this morning. Hadn’t tried this one with the proper steeping equipment (kettle, not office microwave) until this morning, and it was okay. I still don’t think I like banana teas. It won’t be a problem to finish off the bag, but I won’t be restocking this one. It helped me with the professor grey taste, but I keep thinking I’m smelling that tea. It’s haunting me!

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I thought my profile needed a facelift, so here we go:

My obsession with tea really started around October 2012 when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed going out to afternoon tea with my mom. I was really into An Afternoon to Remember’s creme brulee tea, since they had an afternoon tea place at that time, which has since closed…so sad and I haven’t found a good replacement.

So, I kinda went nuts when I discovered both DavidsTea and Lupicia in the SF mall, and I still frequent them, though my tastes have substantially changed over time from wanting to try all the teas to being a bit more particular.

Once I discovered steepster, literally by looking up reviews of a DavidsTea tea, I was hooked! So many tea companies I never heard of and everything sounding so delicious!

I found I still love dessert teas, like flavored black teas, but I also really enjoy oolong (both green and roasted). I occasionally enjoy flavored rooibos and white teas. I’ve had a rough time with puerh, and still think it tastes like leather. Recently, after having some really amazing teas from Teavivre, I can now say I love unflavored Chinese black teas and green teas.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Teavivre, Golden Moon, Butiki, Lupicia, and DavidsTea.

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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