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drank Watermelon Mint by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea is surprising! It’s very much like Luscious watermelon (I don’t want to say exactly the same as I haven’t compared ingredients yet) with the addition of MINT!

I really didn’t know if I was going to love or hate this one. The flavour of mint can be so overpowering that you really have to be careful that it doesn’t take over everything. That’s why if you have a mint chocolate in with other chocolates, the other chocolates will take on the minty-ness. It can be so bad with certain mints that even if they are in different boxes but the boxes are on top of each other, you can still have problems. (I used to work at a chocolate company. It’s really unbelievable how much mint can travel.)

Anyways, here I am. I’m attempting this one. It’s only 50g that I bought, hoping that if I didn’t like it that it wouldn’t take too much to get through. Good news or bad new first… Good news is I LOVE IT! Bad news… I only bought 50g!! hahaha

I still have a completely full tin of luscious watermelon so I’ll work on drinking that up and I’ll start in on this one. I’ll have to stock up a bit as it’s just absolutely amazing.

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drank Bollywood Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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It’s pretty good but I’m not sorry to see it go. I stand by my “I love Saigon Chai more.”
It’s discontinued now so I won’t be restocking it.

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drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve had this one forever. It’s been… three years? It’s been too long and I haven’t been drinking it at all, which is a shame ’cause this one is really good.

Unfortunately it’s losing a lot of it’s fruity-goodness to it. It still has some, but it’s not too much. I almost want to go buy dehydrated fruits to add to it. haha

Anyway good and yes I would get it again. This time I won’t hold onto it so long.

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drank White Peach by Adagio Teas
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Very light peachy tea. I wish I had made it a bit stronger, but it’s quite nice all things considered. I’d drink this again no problem.

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I still have a small bit of this left after a former coworker gave me a bunch. She RAVED about it. Seriously. Raved. She wanted me to try it. I remember not being super wow’d by it, but now that I’m trying to drink down a lot of teas, I thought I’d give this one a go again. I probably still have enough for three cups after this, so I think I might take it back home (it’s at work right now) and try and make myself a nice big latte with it. I haven’t made one in probably a year’s time, so it’s time I try again.

This one really isn’t wow’ing me at all. It’s fine… but I love my Saigon so much that this one just leaves me going… “meh…” Saigon is the way to go. If they ever discontinue that one I will cry like a little girl over having her piggy tails pulled by mean boys. hahahaha

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drank Chocolate Chai by Adagio Teas
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I didn’t add anything to this one… It’s completely straight up. I’m not getting much chocolate from this one. It’s mostly cinnamon that I’m noticing.
It reminds me very, very subtly of Stormy Night from Davidstea, except that one has a bit more chocolate flavour. I bet if I were to add milk and sugar it would make the chocolate flavour pop.

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drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
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Buddha’s Blend… oh Buddha’s blend…

Funny story…
About a week or two ago, I came to work, filled the tea kettle, several minutes later I went back, filled my cup, let it sit for a few more minutes (didn’t want the water to be too hot for this tea), steeped for the appropriate amount of time, then took a sip. You know, you’re usual tea routine…. what’s unusual about it? I didn’t turn on the kettle!! hahahahahaha So I essentially cold steeped this for 3-4mins before taking a surprising sip. Wasn’t expecting that! IT was cooooooold.
I wasn’t thrilled, but I wasn’t… too disappointed either. It actually tastes pretty good cold steeped like that! Who would have guessed? haha I still got all the amazing flavours and didn’t even guess there was hibiscus. But the interesting thing is, it’s WHITE hibiscus. Is there a difference? I think their must be. ‘Cause I didn’t get the evil tart that I normally get with the hibiscus.

So today is the day to drink it hot! I’m steeping for 4mins and I used the last of my sample so SIPDOWN! I was worried I might do the same thing again, but as I’m writing this note, I am distracted by the steam rising and dancing in front of my eyes, calling to me to try it, only it’s not quite ready yet. It’s turning a lovely shade of pale yellow, unlike when I coldsteeped it. At that point it looked like slightly coloured water.

Smells like flowers, which usually turns me off, but this time it’s soothing the surges of frustration that are plaguing me from things not working and me not having much to do today. I want to be busier.

Is it… do I dare say it… should I admit it… It is a flower tea though… and it’s hot…
I’m going to say it!!! I like my accidental cold steep better!!! WHAT?! Say it ain’t so!!

It’s fine hot, but I think the 4 min steep was too long. It’s got a ting of bitterness to it and it’s not nearly as soft and smooth as it was before. I found it to be sweet and light and refreshing… Now I’m finding it to be deeper and a bit… too… much…? I guess. I liked the way the jasmine was just right before, where as now it feels heavy and not nearly as refreshing as before. How is that possible? And if you can get a great cold steep in minutes, why am I not trying it more?!

I am SO confused!! But this tea is delicious and I would probably keep small amounts in my cupboard for those days I’m want something refreshing. But until I drink down some teas, I shall bid this one a farewell… until we meet again…


Maybe today I steeped it in too hot of water…? That could explain the bitterness too.

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Today I’m going to try and sipdown a lot of the teas I have only small amounts of left.
But I’m also going to attempt to try some of the ones I’ve had for a while and never tried. This one falls under the latter.

I feel like this needs to be a two bagger. I’m a bit surprised that it isn’t stronger. I let it steep for 4 mins and I get just the smallest hint of bitterness to it. I didn’t add any milk and only a sprinkling sugar. The further down the cup I go, the more I’m getting the bitterness. I really should have done the 3min steep like I originally planned and we’ll try two tea bags next time.

I’ll probably also add some milk to my next cup and see what happens.
The only flavours I’m really getting right now is a tiny bit of pineapple… not much… I’m very unimpressed with this one… it makes me sad.

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I’ve had this tea for probably three years now… That’s my closest estimate. I’ve had it far too long and I should have had it in its prime. I didn’t want to drink it up too fast ‘cause I wanted to enjoy it and make it last thinking I would never order from Adagio myself, but now that I am ordering from them and it’s really not that much of a hassle, I feel I need to use this one up and look at getting some new stuff if I want to have it again.

I had one teabag of this left. It’s not bad, but I feel like it didn’t stand the test of time the way I had hoped it would. It’s lost a lot of the apple goodness to it and it’s more just a cinnamon flavoured chai. Again, no fault of the tea itself, just the person who held onto it for far too long having stored it only in the Ziploc bag they sent it in.

I know I will get this one again as I did at one time absolutely love it and was head over heels for it. So, I shall give it a good rating. Maybe now this will convince me to drink teas faster! And if I don’t like something either throw it out or give it away! I gave away two teas over the weekend before they sat in my cupboard for years, and it felt very liberating!

Anyways… SIPDOWN.

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I swear I’ve had this one before.

A friend from years ago got an Adagio tea order and I swear she gave me a sample of this one. I wasn’t too sure which one of the green rooibos it was, but now I know it was this one. It’s very nice. I love green rooibos. There is nothing like it. I swear. It’s light and fresh tasting.

So, when I saw a green rooibos sampler I knew I had to get it. And so far, I’m not disappointed, and this is the first one I’ve had. haha Anyway, yes yes yes I would get again. Without a doubt. My life needs more green rooibos in it.

And, do I dare say it…? This one has the slightest taste of Swampwater from Davidstea to me! The one way I could make it taste a touch more like it would be to add a bit more strawberry I think… Plus the candies ;)
I’m VERY happy this one has that hint of swampwater. Now maybe I won’t feel so guilty about drinking up my swampwater. haha

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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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