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I forgot how nice this one is. 3min steep, 1.5tsp for 12oz cup. Way too much milk added, but I don’t care. It’s the perfect tea for this morning. It’s sweet and comforting for me this morning and a great way to relax and almost celebrate our roommate moving out after a year of living with us. Him being here was far too long of an amount of time for my husband and I to handle, and I am overjoyed that he’s moved on. Now I feel like my life can start again.

And, the nice thing is too, I’ve got tea that I thought was suppose to be delivered Thursday being delivered today!! The mailman can’t get here fast enough! lol
A VERY Good way to start the week.

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This tea smells absolutely devine. It is definitely a blueberry tea.
I got this one last night for Christmas with my dad. He absolutely spoiled me!! Two bags of tea, three mini tins, and one ‘cake’ of tea. The cake of tea is really blowing my mind right now too. I can’t wait to try it.

Anyway, I could smell this one through the wrapping paper and actually thought it was black licorice, but obviously I was wrong (Thankfully too. I don’t like black licorice).
It says to steep for 3-5mins. I did three. Most of the time, the shorter steeps are better for teas I’m finding. Anyways… So I added some milk and sugar, but not too much.. probably half a sugar and the same for milk. It smells like blueberry city over here! Delish!

It’s still quite hot, but the taste I’m getting is just amazing!!! For someont that thought she didn’t like blueberries all that much, I’m being proven VERY wrong!! Blueberries are awesome! This tastes like fresh blueberries. It’s got a nice mild black tea base from what I’m getting so far, and a very juicy blueberry flavour.

According to what is written on the packaging this tea is a “unique and very popular premium black tea blend tasting of fresh hand-picked Nova Scotia wild blueberries. It’s delicious served hot or over ice.”
I can see that for sure. I bet iced would be very nice too. I don’t ususally do black teas iced, but I’d be more than willing to try one of these iced. Or as a latte… or an Iced latte!

So happy dad got me one of these. I’ve been dying to try it since I first smelt it, and I have a feeling I’m going to finish this one quickly.

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drank Toffee Dream by Steeped Tea
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OMG. This tea is amazing!

I had brought home a sample of it from a Steeped Tea party, along with two others… well, I didn’t try them right away, so when I finally did, I didn’t know which was which ‘cause I didn’t label them…
Either way, I steeped up what I know realize was this one and had it at work a few weeks back. Again… OMG! I knew I needed to get this one.

So, I placed an order at my most recent steeped tea party that I was invited to and got 100g of this one. No point in only 50g. It’s only a few more dollars for a MASSIVE bag. I was hoping and praying that this was in fact the one that I had tried and fallen in love with. And, I was was right!!
Yaay me!!

It has a lovely light white tea base that is just fantastic. It’s not heavy at all, so the caramel/toffee flavours get to really shine through. And they really do. It’s a nice smooth flavour, not a like POW in your FACE toffee either, which is good.
It’s just all around a nice smooth, toffee tea with just the right amount of flavour and not sweet like you might expect some toffee teas to be.

This will be a fantastic refreshing tea. I’m SO glad I got a lot of it!

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlog from last night.

This was my comfort tea last night. My husband’s best friend lost his father yesterday and it’s just been really rattling. I didn’t know the father super well, but he always made me feel like he was happy to see me and somewhat apart of the family. I think I’m finding it hard ‘cause of the time of year, and I’m just so hurt for them. I hate seeing how devasted they are. They are too good of a family to have this happen to them.

So, I thought this tea would give me some much needed comfort, which it did. Warm, minty, candy cane… can’t go wrong.
And while sipping on this wonder, I ordered some more tea ‘cause that’s definitely a comfort thing too! I got 250g of tropilcalia(Sp?) for $20 online! That’s a good thing to put a skip in my step!


Sorry for your loss…yes, just before x-mas makes it even sadder. Sending good thoughts to the family and close ones.
The tea, it’s one of the few DT that I still enjoy from time to time, glad it is of comfort to you:-)

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How did I forget how amazing this tea is?

I worked for a newspaper for 3.5yrs until I got laid off about 3 years ago now. (Man! How has it been that long?!) Anyway, my shift was 4 p.m. to midnight. Not the best shift, but I enjoyed the job. I was laying out the newspaper pages! I got to decide where all the stories and photos went… I got to decide when to add drop shadows, frames, you name it… I miss doing that stuff. I’m starting to do it a bit again with my current job/volunteer work, but it’s not quite the same…

ANYWAYS, onto what I was saying. I bring that up ‘cause while working there, a friend of mine introduced me to green rooibos. I fell in LOVE with it. I was drinking it almost every night for weeks on end! When my box of it got low, I abruptly stopped ’cause I didn’t want to never have it again!
Then, my friend bought me this one. It is absolute amazing!

But then… I forgot I had it… or maybe I forgot how good it was, ‘cause it’s been in my cupboard…. for probably three years… Eeek! BUT! It still tastes amazing. It has truly stood the test of time. It’s sweet and warm and just absolutely delicious! I"m going to be drinking this one again and quick! I’ll want to get some fresh stock soon. haha but in the meantime, I’m really going to enjoy it.

And, I should add, this tea has been stored in my DavidsTea tin all this time! Yaaay for their tins being awesome!


You made me flash back to college journalism days, when (OK, I’m dating myself here) the print got belched out of a machine called a CompuGraphic, then it had to be waxed, measured, and cut to fit with X-Acto knives…I hated that confounded machine! I much, much preferred the writing/copyediting.


lol that’s awesome! I did some editing with the paper also. I definitely enjoyed that part of the job too. I prefer writing fiction/poetry over writing articles though.

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drank Pink Passionfruit by DAVIDsTEA
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What’s a tisane, I asked myself this afternoon as I went to try out a new tea. I’m not sure if I’ve had one before. Dictionary.com describes a tisane as an “aromatic or herb-flavored tea.” So yes, I’ve had a tisane before! Why they don’t just call it a herbal tea, I’ll never know. Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

Anyway, this tea is SWEET! on it’s own. I can’t get over how sweet and almost tart it is. But the flavours of apple and passionfruit offer a lovely pairing that I’m really enjoying. I have enough for another cup or two thankfully, so I’ll enjoy this one a bit longer. I could actually see this making a really great iced tea, and I’m not a big one on the iced teas! So, how about that!

Anyway, the defense finds this tea: Delicious, but probably won’t get again. Although I’m enjoying this one, I don’t think I’d be the type to grab this one all that often. Glad to be able to enjoy it!


Tisane basically = herbal tea. Or a “tea” not containing actual tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant. Some people just like being snobby and differentiating between the two haha.

And yeah, this one packs a punch!


Yeah I wasn’t expecting the punch I got from this one. haha

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drank Main Squeeze by DAVIDsTEA
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I put this note under the wrong tea like two weeks ago, and I’m just now realizing my error! This is the tea I meant to put it under, not HoneyDew Mate!

This definitely a light fruity tea. I have come to realize though that so far I’m not a fan of the mate-based teas. I decided to give the rest of this one away to a coworker. I’m not going to finish it. It’s just something about it that I don’t care for…
Sorry tea!

Sipdown… sorta… not really, but out of the cupboard regardless

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drank Elf Help by DAVIDsTEA
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My last tasting note said very little on how I felt about the tea, but I have to say, today I’m in the same boat! I’m not sure if I’ve had this sample one year or two years, but either way, I’m not a huge fan. It’s definitely a strong green tea with a bit of fruitiness to it. I’m not getting a ton of fruitiness from it, but there is some there. I’m mostly getting the orange flavour, not much of anything else.

This one came in a sampler pack that my dad bought for me. I absolutely love that he buys me tea! It’s so awesome! Anyways, I don’t think I’d get this one again, but glad I got to try it all over again. I only have the smallest bit left so I shall count this as a SIPDOWN!

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drank Coffee Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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This is yummy. It’s actually really similar to red velvet cake actually. But I’m really enjoying it! Very yummy!


I agree, very similar to red velvet. I even found that they had the same after taste.

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drank Irish Breakfast by Steeped Tea
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I was a bit surprised by this one this morning. I was expecting it to taste like the Kenyan Tiberet (sp?) from Davidstea because the leaf looks almost the exact same, but it doesn’t taste like that. It’s quite a bit milder.
My second cup definitely tasted more like an orange pekoe tea to me. I think if I were to have this again and not expect it to be like the Kenyan one, I’d be better off. I’ll have to try it again before a full review.

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I’m a 30-something-year-old aspiring writer. I’ve written several short stories that I’m looking to get published someday soon. Currently I’m actively looking for markets and avenues to get published.

I’m also looking to finish a novel that I’ve been writing for the last several years.

I work as a paginator (I do page layout for our local weekly newspaper) and absolutely love it! I’m also an amateur photographer. I’m a proud new mom of a sweet little baby boy born Feb. 3/15.
As well as “mom” to two adorable “fur babies” (I have two awesome cats). I’m married to an absolute amazing man who “puts up” with my tea obsession.

It wasn’t until a few years after high school that I finally became interested in tea. I started with Orange Pekoe double double (milk not cream) and peppermint. Since that time, I’ve really opened up to other kinds of tea and I’ve well… I’ve kind of just went nuts since then.

I don’t drink much bagged tea anymore. It’s mostly loose leaf in my cupboard. The only except are a couple that were given to me and they sound too good!

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 teas are rapidly becoming a favourite too. But, they must be flavoured white teas.

I don’t care for mate, green, oolongs, matcha, or puerh (although the puerh cake tea I have may convert me to a puerhs). And greens are kind of growing on me too. I’m starting to realize just how important steeping times/temperatures/amounts of tea make all the difference in the world for them!

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


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