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Sipdown of my sample. I must get more of this! YUM YUM YUMMY! Best chai ever. Even my coworker wants me to get her some of this and she hasn’t had any yet! I’m just very persuasive. ;)

TastyBrew

I love this too. Sooo good. I think I got like 5 steeps out of this last time by just leaving the leaves soaking for 30 minutes at a time or so.

Tealizzy

30 minutes?

TastyBrew

Yep! I had to go do things for the kids and just kept resteeping for ridiculous periods of time! I’d add water to the pot, bring it to a boil and then cover it an turn off the heat and walk away. Did it over and over!

Tealizzy

Wow! That’s pretty neat! Good to know!

Chizakura

Hehe, I’ll have to try that too when I get mine! :) So excited for it to get here. I love Laoshan Black, and I love chais, so it stands to reason that I’d love a laoshan black chai too :D

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I managed to get two cups out of my little sample. Today, I had the second. Is it a sipdown if it was a sample? I say YES! I’m still trying to decide whether to get more of this or not. I really liked it, but I’m not sure I loved it. I’m getting kinda picky lately. Ha!

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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Delicious as always. This is really a great earl grey-like tea for dessert tea lovers. Honestly, I think I prefer it over any other earl grey.

Chizakura

I’m intrigued. I love earl grey, so I might really like this too! :)

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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So, I was feeling bummed out about work stuff, and decided to make myself feel better by going on a tea shopping therapy trip to DavidsTea during my lunch break! I had a few things on a list already, so I would have bought them eventually, but I upped it to TODAY!

I started with my list, but had to kind of urge the salesperson forward. They always seem to assume you’ve never been there before and try to provide recommendations, but I just wanted what was on my list! She was nice though, and measured what I bought to the exact amount requested. I asked about the April tea of the month, Bollywood chai, and the other salesperson got interested and brought out the canister. She let me smell it, but said she couldn’t sell any yet. Poo! It smelled really spicy hot though. Not sure if I’ll like that.

So, I picked up some new teas to try: vanilla orchid oolong, quangzhou milk oolong, mulberry magic, and a little matcha. My husband requested the matcha because he likes the Jamba Juice matcha green tea blast smoothie and wants to see if he could create it at home.

On to vanilla orchid: the dry leaf smells like a delicious vanilla cake! Yum! Steeped, it tastes more floral, but the vanilla was still there. Not really a buttery oolong. I guess this is a floral one. Anyway, I enjoyed two steeps of it this afternoon. I will be enjoying the rest of the little bag, but I’ll have to see if I’ll want more at the end of it.

TastyBrew

Ooh! Nice order! Let me know if you like their milk oolong, I’m just getting into those.

Tealizzy

Will do! I’m excited to try that one!

ashmanra

I see you are in San Francisco. Have you ever tried T-We Teas?

Tealizzy

ashmanra – I’ve never heard of T-We Teas. Are they in the city? I work downtown, but live out in the East Bay.

Tealizzy

ashmanra – I just looked them up, and they’re not far from my work! Oh no! Another temptation!! Guess I know where I’m going during my lunch break next week!!

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Hadn’t had this one in awhile and thought I’d bring some to work with me. This time, there was too much chili and heat. I think I ended up getting more chili pieces in this steep, which would explain the overpowering chili flavor. I really like it when it’s predominantly chocolate with a hint of spice. Hmmm, I wonder if I should just pick out some of the chili pieces in my next steep. The description of this tea says it has “the perfect amount of chili pepper,” but maybe it’s not perfect for everyone.

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
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Thought I might have a sipdown on this one, but I still have enough for one more cup. It was okay….I started using a healthier sugar that a coworker bought me for giving her so much tea to try. Ha! I’m such a good coworker. ;) On the sugar, though, it adds like a malty maple flavor, which didn’t really go well with this tea. Oh well. I also have been really dizzy all day, and I’m not sure why. Dehydration? Too much caffeine? My coworker suggested allergies, or fighting off a virus. Hope I don’t get sick!

TastyBrew

Shoot! I hope you don’t get the crud that seems to be everywhere! Drink lots of tea ;-)

Tealizzy

Haha! I’m okay as of this morning! Definitely plan to drink more tea!!

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drank Toasted Marshmallow by DAVIDsTEA
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SIPDOWN! A little sad, because I think it’s been discontinued, but it wasn’t really a favorite even though it was good. One of those that didn’t really taste like you hoped.

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It’s a winner! I’m so glad I got some of this tea! I should have bought more! It tastes exactly like it should. It’s blueberry with a little of the cakey-ness from pineapple upside down cake, and a streusel topping! The blueberry hits at the front end of the sip, and the streusel stays with you in the aftertaste. YUM!! I have a feeling this little 1 oz. bag won’t last long!!

TastyBrew

So good, right? I seriously loved this and was thinking about it all day today too. Tomorrow I’m going to try all my samples of della terra teas because I want to re-order this while the sale is going, but don’t want to miss out on any other teas I might want more of. It’s going to be a highly caffeinated day! What are your favorites from there?

Tealizzy

My favorites are s’mores and pineapple upside down cake black teas ( and now blueberry crumble!), although I’ve enjoyed oatmeal raisin cookie, blackberry bramble, and chili chocolate truffle. I also like apple cinnamon rooibos. Have fun!!

Tealizzy

Oh, I meant apple cinnamon YOGURT rooibos. :)

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I like this! Good thing, because I had to buy 2oz. (no smaller option). I think I steeped it too long though, because I’m getting a lot of astringency. I’ll adjust that next time. It’s a nice white chocolate, but you can definitely taste the white tea base. I’m thinking about experimenting with it to see what fun additions make it even better. Suggestions? ;)

OMGsrsly

Mango? Raspberries? I have some frozen white chocolate raspberries that taste pretty good. Ooh, or hazelnut?

Kittenna

Yes – for the astringency, just keep the infusion short, like 1-2 mins. I quite liked this one too!

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I got my Della Terra order in TWO days! Yes! Of course I was a sucker for their latest promotion. Anyway, this time, it came with a sample of this tea! A pretty generous sample too.

After smelling this tea in the bag, I couldn’t help steeping some up. It’s super sweet, and it has jelly beans in it! I was wondering what would happen to the jelly bean, and yes, it completely dissolved into the tea. No wonder it’s sweet! The hibiscus really tries to ruin it for me. I’m glad I only steeped it for 2 minutes, because that was PLENTY. Overall, this is a fun fruit blend, but I wish there was less, or maybe even no hibiscus.

TastyBrew

Funny. I got this with my order and was about to brew it up until my husband read me the ingredients (on a rant about how that’s not “tea”) and heard him say hibiscus at the end and I pulled up and had something else instead. I do not like hibiscus. Good to hear its not too bad. I’ll try it when I get back home. You and I definitely have similar palates!

Tealizzy

Haha! Ya, I think I’ll steep it for even less time next time…maybe a minute and a half.

Cavocorax

I’ll have to keep that in mind! I’m waiting excitedly for my order but I don’t expect it until next Weds or so. Maybe later. sigh

GiggleGoddess

I got mine in two days as well…I’m always a sucker for deals, lol! I haven’t tried this one yet though. So far I’ve tried the Blueberry Creme, Malt Shop, and Lemon Chiffon.

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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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