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This has been a challenging day. All I want to do is go back to bed, but I have to work. At least there’s tea!

I haven’t had this one in a long while, so decided to give it another shot instead of the DavidsTea pumpkin chai that I was going to have. I added brown sugar this time, and it was so much more custard-like. Very smooth and creamy. I remember complaining before that there was more cinnamon than pumpkin, but compared to DavidsTea’s pumpkin chai, it’s not overpowering. A nice smooth start to the day, although I probably needed more of a kick in the butt!

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drank French Toast by 52teas
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Sipdown! I liked this while it lasted, even though it wasn’t my perfect version of French toast. I loved the uniqueness of it!

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Drinking this again because it feels like Fall and I needed a warmer-upper after a run. This time I steeped it 5 minutes and added some brown sugar and some soy milk. Still tastes like too much cinnamon, but I’m enjoying it nonetheless. Anyone else notice that when DavidsTea says chai, it usually means heavy on the cinnamon?

Lariel of Lórien

Cinnamon is a common spice in pumpkin flavoured anything?


Ya, and I like cinnamon, but in this blend it overpowers the other flavors.

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Now that my expectations have been managed by the first cup, this one is growing on me. It’s a lovely morning cup, especially now that it feels more like Fall!


That one grew on me too and now I look forward to it!

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drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
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This smelled amazing as it sat in my mug with cold water, while I talked to my coworker on my way to the microwave. Once heated, not so amazing. I have a feeling this is an awesome cold brew, but alas, I had it hot.

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drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
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It boggles my mind how different this tastes at home versus at work. The microwave at work, combined with some half & half, makes this taste like delicious toffee tea, while the variable temperature kettle at home, with some soy milk, makes this a lame black and white tea mixture. Too many variables, I guess. Is it the water? The choice of milk? The way the water is heated? The steep time? (I confess I steep this longer at work…too much distraction!) I don’t know!


Might be the water and probably the milk. Even with great water, I keep a water filter that’s attractive (from Target) just for my tea. I think it also extends the life of an electric kettle by removing minerals. I use condensed milk (poured into a glass bottle with a lid cuz I hate the can!).

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Had a little sweetener accident this morning. More like an avalanche of sugar poured into my tea! I drank it anyway! So, there!


Mmm candy danish, heh

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It’s back in my cupboard! Woohoo! So freaking yummy, it’s even good in my travel mug! Today it was especially delicious. Everything was there…the blueberry and the cream cheese pastry flavor. Yum! I have a feeling I should have ordered more than one bag. ;)

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I can’t believe I’m the first to review this Harvest Tea by Della Terra. No takers? I have to admit, at first, I wasn’t blown away by this one. I had a second cup this morning, and although I still wasn’t blown away, it’s kinda growing on me. It’s not one of those in your face flavored teas. It’s much more subtle. I don’t get a ton of apple, but there’s a little there. The molasses comes through as sort of a well-rounded sweetness…like a hug of sweetness, not a punch. It definitely tastes of Fall, and it’s very cozy. Simple, but nice.


Sounds lovely and autumnal. Took me a long time to discover molasses as a tea additive.


Hmmm….sounds interesting. Never thought of molasses mixed with tea.


I’ve been adding brown sugar to teas occasionally…never thought to skip directly to adding molasses to it! Might complement some things real nicely.

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First cup of the morning, and this is the second time I’ve tried this one. Wanted to give it a fair chance to impress me. Unfortunately, there’s not really a salted taste to it, and I don’t get enough caramel or toffee flavor. It’s kind of a blah mixture of chocolate and caramel. Oh well, the rest of this sample might need to find a new home.

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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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