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So I’m a little behind on tealogs, because I had a bunch of new Della Terra Teas yesterday, but I don’t want to write reviews of them yet, because I think my taste buds were off due to a massive headache that progressively got worse until I took some Advil when I got home from work. I did get to use my cute elephant mug, though, and I received my first Butiki order, so not a bad day!

I had this tea again this morning, because it was one of my first favorites from DavidsTea, and I’ve been seeing some less than stellar reviews on here lately. I still really like it. I agree with some of the reviewers that the cinnamon is more prominent than the chocolate, and that it can turn out weak if you don’t steep enough leaf, but I think you just have to experiment with it and find the right specifications. I steep about 2tsp for 5 minutes and add milk and sugar. I still think it tastes like chocolate cinnamon loaf from Starbucks! Yum!

jessiwrites

Maybe I will try a bit more leaf next time, and a slightly longer steeping time. I should like this one more than I did!

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drank Daydreamer by DAVIDsTEA
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Had this in a “to go” cup on my way out of DavidsTea today (see previous tealog on Ceylon star for my fabulous experience!) It was good, but I couldn’t tell if I was tasting the mango or the agave sweetener, and I wished I had skipped the sweetener so I could really taste the tea. It was very light tasting, and I even left the teabag in the cup the whole time I was drinking it and it didn’t get bitter. Might have to get some of this one just to see how it is without the sweetener, but it was good with it!

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
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In anticipation of a trip to DavidsTea today during lunch, I finished off my little bag of this one. Needless to say, I bought a whole tin of it later!! I LOVE this tea!! I’ve decided that once I LOVE a tea, that I will honor it by buying a whole tin! :) YUM!

On to my trip to DavidsTea. I had SO MUCH FUN! Probably too much fun for my own good. I had decided I wanted the new elephant perfect tea mug and the purple timolino, so I got them! Yay!! I also bought 1oz. bags of copabanana and coconut oolong to try! Btw, this is on top of the 10 new teas I recently ordered! AND the woman at the store was so nice! She said I bought so much stuff (and stuff she would buy for herself), and then she offered me a cup of tea to go, on the house! AWESOME! I was gushing with happiness!! Yay for great lunch breaks and more tea than fits in my cupboard….time to find a bigger cupboard!!

Alysha

I’m going there tomorrow and now I’m even more excited…and scared (for my wallet)! haha

Fjellrev

Aww, sometimes you just really need to treat yourself.

Tealizzy

Ya, it was fun! I’m bringing my elephant mug to work today…gonna be so stylish! Ha!

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drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
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So, this was the last tea I had today, and it’s a sipdown! Before this one, I had tried the new hazelnut macchiato from Starbucks (GASP! Coffee? Yes, and it wasn’t that great), oatmeal raisin cookie and s’mores from Della Terra Teas, and toasted walnut from DavidsTea. Nothing new to say on those, but I enjoyed them. Anyway, on green and fruity, I have to say I probably won’t buy more of it. It is very sweet and tropical papaya tasting, but I feel kind of meh about it. In sum, I enjoyed the experience, but it’s over now. On to new teas!

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drank African Nectar by Whole Foods
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I’m not sure if Whole Foods really is the brand behind this tea or not, but my friend gave me some of this to try, and she picked it up from one of the bulk tea bins. Anyway, it was a really nice rooibos tea. I think it is flavored with mango. Definitely didn’t have that medicinal taste, so then I was confused as to whether it was a red rooibos or a green one. Still not sure, but I like it no matter what it is! Mystery tea!

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drank Rooibos de Provence by DAVIDsTEA
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Why do I like this one so much? It has great complexity! Was trying to decide on an afternoon tea and once I smelled the dry leaves, my mouth started watering! Funny, cuz I’m not really into tart teas, but this one is really rounded out. Fully enjoyed my cup of this while finishing up work.

In other news, I just ordered more new tea!!! My third order in 4 days ;)

Terri HarpLady

LOL, about the tea ordering! I’m trying to behave myself, at least for a little while, but I have found myself starting lists of teas I want from different companies, thinking I can rotate through those companies, ordering from one at a time. Otherwise, I tend to be a binge orderer.

Tealizzy

I couldn’t help it! Plus, I’m way behind most of the folks on here, so it can’t be that bad! ;) I’ve been compiling a shopping list too. I find it so handy that I can put a tea in there that I want to remember based on a great review and then, once I have a few teas for one company, make an order!!

Terri HarpLady

That’s basically the way I’m doing it!

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drank Masala Chai by Samovar
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A couple of my coworkers and I frequent Samovar just for chai “to go.” We go there for fun and we go there to brighten our mood when we’re having a bad day. It is the best chai ever! I love how it is peppery, but still a little sweet. So, we went there today, and I had a good vent session and felt better afterwards!! What’s better than a chai with friends?!!

Fjellrev

Chai with friends is one of my favourite things ever. :)

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I decided this morning that I needed something to pep me up, and this definitely worked. Deliciously sweet with a little heat got my brain going right away. A great start to the day, considering what a crappy day I had yesterday.

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drank Passion by Tazo
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My tea swap friend also gave me a couple bags of this tea. Against my own judgement, I steeped this one hot. It really should be iced with a lot of sugar. I found it to be very tart, which according to others is because of the hibiscus? It is beautiful to look at though…very pinky purple. It gets dark really quick too. I think I only steeped this for 3 minutes, if that. I also didn’t think I could taste all the ingredients…there are so many! Next time, I’ll try this iced.

ashmanra

Although I am not crazy about this one, I used to drink it iced when exercising, and would mix it half and half with orange juice. It tastes like guava juice then!

Tealizzy

That sounds good! Thanks for the tip!

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Love this tea! In the interest of getting as much as possible out of the small amount I have left, (my fault for sharing with others, but I love to hear what they think!), I steeped it 3 times this morning. First 2 steepings were awesome. The third steeping was a little weaker, but still enjoyable. Definitely needed a happy and comforting tea like this to help me get through Monday!

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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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