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drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
247 tasting notes

Attempting this one again as it was in my Easter Egg Tea Hunt!

I have some of this one still, hanging around from… well, I don’t know when. It’s been a long time since I bought it that I don’t even remember buying it. It’s so odd…

Anyways, so I’m trying the fresh stuff as I wasn’t super impressed with the other stuff I Have at home.

This time however, it’s not too bad! I have NO idea what the temp of water I used was. I had boiled the kettle, forgot about it for probably 10mins? Then went and made myself a second steeping of checkmate as that’s what I had this morning. When that flopped, I thought I’d try this one. So the kettle was sitting for… probably like 15mins before I used the water. It’s not too cold thankfully and when I did use the kettle water, I didn’t have quite enough for my cup so I added some tap lukewarm water to it… just a tiny bit though.

What a mishmashed cup of tea!

Anyways, this one has turned out quite nice despite it all! It’s a very light lime taste that is pretty good. I’d probably think to add a bit more tea leaves or add some fresh lime juice to bring out the lime more.

The green tea base is okay. I’m not much for green teas so I’m kind meh about it.

I’m getting a bit of the lemon from the tea, but it’s not overpower. I like but I don’t know. I’m going to have to try it cold.

As it cools I like it more and more. It’s getting more limey and I like it. I probably wouldn’t grab this one often, but I’m starting to appreciate it more and more.

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I love this one cold brewed…so good.

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drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
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All it takes is a smell to transport you back in time to an old job and to a point where you were both happy and not, content and yet feeling like I was at a stalemate with my life.

Opening up my Easter Egg tea hunt, I saw this one the other day. I remember thinking, “I still have some of this left, but yeah I’ll drink it. It’s been a really long time.”

As I opened the small container, the roasted mate smell instantly made its way up my nose and took me flying through time to those mornings at that job when things were quiet and I would try and find things to do with myself. I would start to write as that’s something I tend to do when bored. It helps release the frustration in me as I hate being bored, plus it’s something I love. It did cause issues at work with my boss, but I knew that writing was my first true love and that was honestly what I want to do more than just be a receptionist at a spa. But I remember feeling so stifled at that job. I remember feeling like my creative freedom was being just pressed down so much I couldn’t breathe, which is weird ‘cause really it wasn’t that bad, but that’s the way my head made it out to be.

Anyways, this tea takes me back to that time. At that time I didn’t write much. I felt like I couldn’t and if I did that it was wrong of me to. When I got home at the end of the day it was hard to separate those two very different ways of thinking.

Really it’s silly. It wasn’t that bad, but somehow I made it that way.

Anyways, this tea… it reminds me of a really weird time. A time when writing was hard for me. A time when I couldn’t write the way I wanted to. But now… now I am in a spot where I write all the time. And I wouldn’t want it any other way. Now I’m in a spot where I’m actually doing two jobs I love, while finding time to write and bake and all sorts of things.

It’s really amazing how life can change in the blink of an eye almost and life can get much better.

I don’t think I’d keep this tea in my cupboard. It’s just weird memories…

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My awesome dad went and got me the Easter Egg Hunt from Davidstea! I was so excited I could burst! I missed out on the Christmas calendars, so I was really happy to get the hunt.
This is the first tea in the path.

I’m not an Earl Grey fan. I’m really not. Most of the time I can’t get past the smell, then when I do, I can’t handle the taste. I don’t like bergamot.

BUT! This tea…? This tea is a surprise for me! I actually don’t hate it. I do get the bergamot and I do get the typical earl grey type of flavour, but it must be the strawberries I’m picking up on that are making this tea taste different and in a way that I don’t mind. Who would have guessed?! I got two steepings out of the cup I had yesterday and today I’m having another cup and will probably get another steeping out of it. Plus I have a tiny bit more that I’ll just mix with a plain tea I think.

Today’s flavour for the tea hunt is Chocolate Rocket. I don’t mind that tea, but I have to be in the right mood for it, which is very rare… So I guess we’ll see if I have that today or not. I’m also going to try and drink the third day to catch up which is Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait. Can’t wait for that one! I haven’t had that one in so long even though I have a bunch at home. Maybe this summer I’ll chill it and enjoy it that way?

Now if winter would just STOP coming our way, then I’d be one happy camper.

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drank Apple Crumble by Steeped Tea
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This tea has definitely surprised me. For the last several years I’ve been looking for a really nice apple tea… Something warm and comforting. Something that makes me thing of fall and the leaves falling and the magnitude of fall colours. Well, this tea hits it right on the head!! It is absolutely delicious! I was hoping Davidstea’s Mom’s Apple Pie would have been that tea for me, but it really didn’t give me that warmth from a tea that I really wanted.

This tea does it. It’s probably the black tea base. I definitely prefer it to the green tea. I don’t think I’m much for green teas after all. But that’s okay. I know I’ll still finish up the Mom’s Apple Pie. Can’t let a good tea go to waste right?!

haha I love tea so much!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Bluest Blueberry by Steeped Tea
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I got this with my monthly tea-zer program through Steeped tea. I was surprised to see this one as I was thinking about buying 50g of it, but decided against. Now I have a 50g bag to enjoy!

I’m going to be comparing this one to the Nova Scotia Wild Blue tea that my dad got me for Christmas as that’s the one that’s definitely the closest. This tea is nothing like the Blueberry Jam from Davidstea. I didn’t care for that one all that much. But this one and the Wild Blue, I LOVE.

Anyways, this one is VERY similar to WIld Blue. Now, I’m going on memory of the Wild Blue as I haven’t had it in a while, but rereading my note on it is refreshing my memory a little bit.

This one is quite nice. I do wish the black tea base was just a bit milder, so the blueberries could take more of front seat in this one. But that’s not to say that the blueberries don’t to some degree already take a front seat. It’s just I’m not getting the juicy blueberry taste from this one that I was with the Wild Blue.

I was just thinking… I did steep this for 3mins when Steeped Tea recommends 2mins for their black teas. I probably over steeped it, which could explain why I feel like I’m getting some bitterness in the tea. I think next time I would do more than a 1.25tsp for 12oz but do a shorter steep to see if I can kick up the blueberry flavour but drive down the bitterness.

Overall, not a bad tea. Just needs some tweaking. If I still get the bitterness after a 2min steep, then we’ll have to talk. haha

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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WOW! I’m surprised by this one.

Smell: I was really unsure of this one. I can make out the chocolate and I’m picking up a hint of the strawberry. But the almond I’m missing in smell.

But Taste: I’m getting it all: chocolate, almond and strawberry all combined. It’s absolutely delicious! I love the combo. It reminds me ever so slightly of Chocolate Rocket from Davidstea, but this one is a lot more subtle, where the chocolate rocket is just like “Bam, I’m here!” I definitely like the black tea base with these items. And the strawberry instead of the raspberry in the rocket is nicer to me.

I love the sweetness of this one and it’s not too much. It’s quite subtle in sweetness, but you know it’s there. Milk was added to this one to make it a bit creamy, which I love. I’m sure this one would have been amazing on its own, but I love milk in my black teas.

I definitely would get this one again. Absolutely. I’d probably get this one instead of Chocolate Rocket, as I’m realizing I don’t care for the Mate base in teas. I’ve tried several and I don’t think I’ve found one that I really love yet.

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drank Paradise Found by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m trying to cheer myself up with having this tea.

I had a… we’ll say miscommunication or sorts with my mom and she took something very personally that she shouldn’t have ‘cause it had nothing to do with her and I got really upset at her for taking it so personally. Anyways, it’s basically sorted out now, but I thought I’d try and have something that would cheer me up, and this is the tea I thought I’d try out.

The colour of this one is absolutely stunning. It’s a nice rich red. I must take a good picture of this one at home.

But the taste isn’t one I care for… It’s VERY hibiscus flavoured with a hint of something floral, but I really don’t know what exactly. I think overall, I don’t care for this one… I don’t have a lot of it left. I might mix it with something else and chill it. Maybe the something else will take the tart of the hibiscus away.

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drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
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I bought a 250g bag of this. Oh yes… I did. It was on sale. How could I not? Would I have regretted not buying it if I hadn’t, hells yes. How do I feel now that I have it and I’m sipping away on another cup of this one? I feel like one smart cookie for buying so much!!

This tea is… legend—wait for it—DARY! How is this tea so amazing? How? I ask, HOW?! It just is! The sweet fruit. The pineapple, the coconut, the sweet apple and candy.. I’m so glad I got this one.

Anyways, It’s just so good. I know this is a goofy note, but really, it’s just that good!

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drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
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Second time I’ve had this. I’m really trying to decide if I love it or not. I’m really not sure.

The camomile seems to be the most predominate flavour I’ve found so far. it’s got a bit of mango, but I find it hides behind the camomile. I use to drink straight camomile tea, but I got out of that. I started to realize that I didn’t like it the same anymore after a bit. So, to drink it now, is kind of weird for me. I haven’t had it in years.

So, I do wish the mango was stronger, but I’m okay with it. Either way… I don’t think I’d get this one again. I have quite a bit of it still so I’ll be good for a while.

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This is the Green Earl Grey de la Creme.

I got this one as a part of the Tea-zer program through Steeped Tea. If you host a party and it has $250 in sales, plus you have two parties book off of yours and they both reach $250 in sales, then you get 6 months of tea FREE!
Wow, the way I wrote that out almost sounds like a sales pitch. Rest assured, I’m not a Steeped Tea consultant. I’m just someone that loves free tea.

Anyways, so I tried this one finally yesterday after getting it a few weeks back. I had the afternoon off ’cause of poor weather, so I thought I should try this one out too.

I’m really unsure of what to think about it though. To me, it had your typical Earl Grey flavour, but it was QUITE a bit milder. it was more like it had a hint of the earl grey flavouring. I found the green tea base to nice as a paring. Only steeped this bad boy for 2mins! And I think doing so has prevented it from going bitter on me which I find green teas do so well!

OVerall, I’m still very undecided as to whether I like this tea or not, but I’ll try it again and update this once I decide what I think about it. As of right now, I don’t think I’d buy it myself, but I know others that would probably love it… so who knows?

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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My love of tea didn’t start until a few years after highschool, when a friend of mine made me an Orange Pekoe tea with milk and sugar. It was like drinking sweet nectar from heaven. Ever since then, I’ve been hooked.

Since then, I’ve branched out to embrace different flavours and kinds of tea.

There’s no question in my mind that loose leaf tea is the way to go. Absolutely NOTHING compares to it. I do have the odd bagged tea but I definitely prefer loose.

I would have to say, my favourite kinds are (in no particular order): black, herbal and rooibos (definitely prefer the green to red, but will drink the red too).

White and green teas I find tricky. I’ve definitely started to love them, but I have to be careful I don’t overdue it and that I don’t oversteep.

I drink tea every single day. I absolutely love it. I can’t image my life without it.

I don’t log every time I drink a tea as I don’t want to spam everyone with tons of duplicate loggings, but I will log when I have a new tea, which happens on a regular basis and when I do a SIPDOWN! :D

Keep Calm and Put The Kettle On!

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