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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
480 tasting notes

After waking up with the headache I couldn’t shake last night, I needed a tea I could count on. Something not too sweet, but comforting. I think this tea has become my go to tea on occasions such as this. I just love it!

yappychappy

No idea why I didnt order this one :\

Tealizzy

Make sure to put it on your shopping list for next time!

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All I wanted to do all day was go home and have a cup of tea with a cupcake! After running errands including stops at seven different places, I finally got my wish. I enjoyed this with a blackberry cupcake :)

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
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My mouth started watering the instant I smelled my steeped cup. I love this combination! Chocolate and licorice goodness! I only have enough left for one more cup now. Must buy more!!

jessiwrites

Yep, I love this one!

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Chili? Yes, and definitely more today than last time. I wonder if I just ended up getting more chili bits in the amount I steeped this time. Doesn’t matter….it was yummy. I find this one gets better as it cools….not room temperature, but on its way down.

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Still getting an overly powerful rum flavor here. Must be the combination of the vanilla, brown sugar, and cinnamon? I know everyone seems to love this one, but I feel like it’s missing the cookie part. Maybe something bread-y or earthy to ground it? I do enjoy it, but to me, it doesn’t taste exactly like a cookie.

Emily M

Agreed. I was also missing the cookie.

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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!

yappychappy

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

Tealizzy

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

Kittenna

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!

Tealizzy

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!

ashmanra

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.

Tealizzy

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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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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