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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
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Okay, so this one was interesting. It smells like cinnamon cereal, and brews up very pink, which is kind of cool! I tasted this in the store and thought I’d like it, but after a larger cup, I’m really not sure. I think it steeps up too weak for my taste. It wasn’t super nutty, like my beloved brazillionaire. I think I’ll need to brew another cup to really get a feel for whether I like it or not.

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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
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I still am not a fan of green tea, except when I’m eating sushi, but I’m really trying to like it! I know some of you would be shocked. How can I not like green? I’ve noticed a lot of folks on here don’t like rooibos though, and I do now, even though I thought years ago that I never would. So I guess tastes can change. In hopes of learning to like green tea, I bought some of this one. It smells like caramel! I think it’s the brittle pieces in it. Steeped, it tasted a lot less sweet, although it still smelled really sweet. Weird. It tasted a lot like walnuts, which was good, but I wish, it was as sweet to taste as it smells. I’m planning to try it with honey next time and see how that goes.

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drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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Like advertised, this was just what you would expect if you were going to the spa! It’s like sweet lavender! Super calming and smooth. I actually got this because of a recommendation from someone who worked at the DavidsTea store. He recommended it when I said I loved Rooibos de Provence. Great customer service, I might add! I think his name was Aaron. I mean, isn’t that what salespeople should always do? Listen to the customers favorites and recommend something new based on that information? I sometimes find they don’t really take the time to listen, but start right off throwing recommendations at you. I guess I should probably put a Tea Place rating in. Anyway, on this tea, I liked it a lot. Not sure if it outranks Rooibos de Provence, which has more complexity to it, though. I should probably try these two back-to-back.

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I had this one for the first time, first thing in the morning yesterday. Perhaps that was not the greatest idea, having a super sweet tea the day after overindulging in sweets, but I really wanted to try my new teas. So, the smell is amazing, and the first sips were definitely banana chocolatety! Somehow, though, I wasn’t sure I loved it. I think I may not be that fond of banana flavored teas, even though I like banana outside of tea. I feel like the banana makes the tea less smooth, or maybe I’m steeping it too long? Anyway, I’m going to reserve full judgement until I have another cup, maybe as an afternoon treat!

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What a day! Having some of this right now! Needed something soothing for my stomach, since my husband and I decided to celebrate Valentine’s day by going out for a brownie sundae and fries. Used to be okay with the random, spontaneous " ice cream for dinner," but feeling pretty gross right now. We’ve been eating pretty healthy for awhile now…seems like the junk food was a shock to my system. Blah! Thank goodness for this tea! Something about the peppermint makes me feel better, even though I’m not a fan of minty teas. Added a little honey to offset the bitter valerian root and its perfect!

In other news, I made it to both Lupicia and DavidsTea today, and I bought a ton of different teas to try! I’m so excited to steep them all, so you’ll be hearing more from me. Just not until tomorrow.

Kittenna

SOOOOO jealous that you live near a Lupicia…

Tealizzy

Ya, I guess I’m spoiled that DavidsTea and Lupicia are both within walking distance from my work!

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drank Kenyan Tinderet by DAVIDsTEA
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Okay, so I tried this again without milk, as recommended by Tina S. and I am still not a fan. I tried! I love the smell, but the taste does not provide enough depth for me. I added a little honey and that didn’t do much either. Oh well, it was worth a try.

Tealizzy

Probably shouldn’t have ignored my rule about not drinking black tea after noon! I’m a little nuts now! Oh well!

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drank Rooibos de Provence by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea helped me get through what I thought was going to be a frustrating phone call at work. It’s the perfect blend to relax me!

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drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
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Didn’t get a chance to write anything yesterday, so I’m catching up now. Had this for my morning tea yesterday. I love it so much! Wish my mug at work was bigger, and that it wouldn’t cool off so fast. Really need to stop by DavidsTea and pick more up, but that’ll have to wait until next week because this week I have a Lupicia shopping trip planned! It’s so nice to have both of these shops within walking distance from work!

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drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea is like candy. Tropical candy. No sugar required! I’m not sure it’s my favorite, but here I am drinking it again! Kinda fun for the afternoon. Would probably be amazing iced!

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drank Rooibos de Provence by DAVIDsTEA
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I wasn’t sure about this one at first. It has a really strong potpourri-like smell, but I really like it. It has almost a fermented berry taste at the front end of the sip, and a lavender floral taste at the back end of the sip. Very complex, but strangely relaxing. It must be the lavender. Anyway, definitely a keeper. Will be buying more of this!

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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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