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So I’m trying this one out again. First time I couldn’t pick up any vanilla. It just tasted like rooibos. This time, I think because I was really looking for it, I can smell the vanilla and taste it a bit too. Not that exciting, really, but if you want simple, this is it.

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drank Toasted Marshmallow by DAVIDsTEA
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So based on a list provided by someone on steepster, I think this may be discontinued, but I’m hoping maybe they’ll come up with a s’mores tea to replace it. It really is a nice sweet toasty tea, but it does feel like it’s missing something….perhaps graham crackers and chocolate? ;) First time I opened the bag, it didn’t smell anything like what I pictured, but it kinda grew on me. Hoping for a great replacement. Hint hint to DavidsTea!

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drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
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Probably my all-time favorite tea from DavidsTea. It’s so deliciously nutty and the raisins add sweetness! Absolutely the best with milk and a little sugar. The worst thing about this tea is that because the Brazil nuts are heavy, it costs more for less tea. Gonna have to restock soon!

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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Took me awhile to figure out if I liked this one. Kind of like a floral earl grey tea. Good for first thing in the morning, and maybe afternoon high tea with the girls! I’ll have a chance to find out this weekend as I’m having some friends over for our own high tea! Making scones, tea sandwiches, and desserts! So fun! And sometimes, I think, yummier than going out to a tea place.

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drank Piccolo by Lupicia
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I love this fruity rooibos. Lupicia rooibos teas are so much smoother than other rooibos teas I’ve had and don’t leave a weird aftertaste. This one is perfect for an afternoon or evening respite.

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One of my favorites from DavidsTea so far. Tastes exactly like chocolate cinnamon loaf from Starbucks. Yum!

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I like this chai. The coffee rounds out the flavor so the spices aren’t too strong, but strong enough. Definitely can taste the cardamom more prominently. Good with milk and sugar!

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drank Momo by Lupicia
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Had this as a late morning pick-me-up. Hadn’t had it in awhile and I think I enjoyed it more today than I had in the past. Very subtle smooth peach flavor. Definitely need to try more Lupicia teas. Hoping my subscription for the newsletter brings me samples of new teas to try!

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drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
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Love this rooibos. I think the green rooibos is a lot smoother and delicate than red rooibos. This tea made me like rooibos tea more. The fruity flavor also helped with that. This tea goes with everything and I can drink it at any time. Sweet, but not candy sweet.

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drank Kenyan Tinderet by DAVIDsTEA
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Had my second cup this morning….never can decide whether I really like a tea until I’ve had my second cup. Really loved the smell out of the bag….very malty black tea smell. Once steeped, it reminded me of a strong Irish breakfast. Steeped it my usual 5 minutes for black tea and added my usual milk and sugar. Had that taste you get when you steep black tea a little too long. Not sure if I should try steeping it for less time or if I just don’t like it as much as other black teas. I prefer a really smooth black tea and this one wasn’t it.

Tina S.

This is one that loses its appeal if you add milk. Try it without next time, I suspect you’ll like it a lot more.

Tealizzy

Thanks for the tip! I usually default with milk and sugar for black teas, but I’ll try this out!

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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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