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Yet another two packages of tea landed in my mailbox last night from Steeped Tea. This is one of them.

I’ve never been a huge earl grey fan as I get the dreaded “soap” flavour when I have it, so I don’t have high hopes for this one. This one smells very… lemon floor cleaner to me. :(

My first burning sip was terrible. Couldn’t wait to get into this one apparently… either that, or I’m just that tired. That’s probably it… Anyway, it made me want to add milk and sugar so I did. It almost seems to mellow out the lemony smell a lot by adding the milk, which is making it easier to sip now.

It’s actually pretty good!! Milk and sugar make it better for sure. It’s now a slightly sweet, almost like lemony treat… Lemon is by far the most predominant flavour, but when you smell this one you expect no less. The orange is a nice touch as I think it seems to mellow out the lemon just slightly… or maybe it just compliments it. Either way, it’s a nice addition.

Verdict! I will drink this one and not give it away. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if I drink it up fairly fast as it’s sort of summer outside and this is the season for all things fruity and light and refreshing. So yes… I will, but I think it will be fast and I think that I won’t restock. It’s not one I would have chosen normally and I honestly don’t think I would think to rebuy. Glad I got to try it out though.

Edit I will admit though. It still has a bit of floor cleaner-ness to it, but it’s not nessecarily in a bad way…? Does that make sense?

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drank Jolly Jellybean by DAVIDsTEA
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Another tea gone!

Something about this one is a bit off for me. It’s probably due to age more than anything. It’s too bad ‘cause I’m sure it was good at one point, but it’s been hanging around too long and has gone weird now.

Bye tea!

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drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
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A very small sample of this one.

I’m finding this one really doesn’t taste any different than the one I had this morning, other than the tea’s pineapple is stronger. But even then, not by much.

Wouldn’t get this one again. I already have a lot of teas that are very similar to this one so it won’t be on the rebuy list. Glad to have tried it, but not for me.

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I have really nothing new to say about this tea. I still wish the pineapple was stronger… I still wish that it was more of a punch. Today I’m getting the tiniest amount of a salty taste with this tea and I have NO idea why. It’s probably nothing to do with the tea at all. Having it with milk today. It’s good. Actually it’s cream. The milk went sour here at work. ANyways, I’m wondering if it’s the creamer causing the saltiness.

Either way, good tea, but not one that I would keep stocked. I’m going to try and drink it up fast.

Non-tea related: I’m working for a temporary work service here in my city, and I’ve been placed in a propane company. I work four days here and one day at the newspaper that I work for. Well, the propane place has been great, but they are going to let me go this week. The temp place called me yesterday and said they had a new job for me starting Wednesday and they’d let me know more as they found out more. So, today was to be my last day at the propane place… Well, it’s not anymore: the other job fell through. I feel like I’m on a roller coaster today!! I was looking forward to something new, while sad to say bye and now the propane place is keeping me to Friday.. which is good, but it’s kinda stressing me out!

Today I’ve decided I’m going to try and sipdown some more teas. I’m giving myself the freedom to throw out my tiny leftovers after having some of these glasses. I’ve got a bunch that I only have a few tsps. left and if I have a glass and don’t like it or don’t think I’d drink the rest, then I’m going to let them go. It’s okay. The ones I’m trying are either free samples or one’s I know I won’t finish as I’ve already had them so long.

Anyways, that’s my little.. “rant” if you can call it that. Here’s to tea!


Oh no! I feel your pain, being unemployed myself. Hope they don’t string you along too far


Thanks! Same here. I’m trying not to stress about it, but it’s not easy. My husband thankfully has been really relaxed about it and very encouraging! :) Maybe being off work for a bit will be good. It’ll give me more of a chance to finish writing my novel finally.


Oooh a novel! How much do you have let to write?

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drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
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Haven’t had this one in a loooong time! I’m so glad that I dove into this one again. It was the tea to keep me warm as I watched my husband play some baseball! And it got quite cold there at one point… I’m probably heading to bed shortly to try and warm up.

Anyway, just to recap on my review from 2 years ago, this tea is fantastic. It’s amazing how the popcorn actually tastes great and this tea is just perfect for that after dinner snack. It kills the popcorn cravings and really just hits the spot.

Absolutely dynamite. Love it and would enjoy it again without even batting an eye, which is good. I have probably 3/4 of a tin left.

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drank Detox (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Another tea. Lots of bathroom breaks today. I’m surprised I don’t have a stomach ache from all the new weird flavours I’m putting into myself today.

Anyways, the tea. Mostly getting a green tea smell from it. It’s steeped up fairly dark for a green tea, which worries me.

Taste so far is just the lemongrass, but it’s also very hot still. As it cools though, all I’m getting is the green tea and the lemongrass. I’m not noticing the juniper berries the way I had hoped. It’s not bad, but as someone that isn’t much of a green tea fan, I’m not really enjoying this one.

Tonight I’m going to have to drink something I absolutely love to cleanse my palette after all these teas that I’m not a fan of…

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I am a sampling machine today!! WHAT?!

Didn’t know this was a green tea, thought it was a herbal, so I steeped for 3mins at boiling.. Eeek!

Very minty smelling but with a weird… something else to it that I can’t describe, although I haven’t had a mint tea in forever, so maybe this is normal. The colour is a cross between apple juice and apple cider…

Taste… it’s like mint with pepper. Is that possible?
WHAT?! I just looked up the ingredients. It DOES have pepper! That is weird!!
I don’t get the licorice with this one that much which is good. That’s what’s been holding me back from trying it.

This tea isn’t too bad, but I don’t know if I’ll finish the cup. I feel like I’m so done with peppermint. Spearmint is where it’s at. And even then, I very rarely drink that these days. No idea why… Although, black teas with peppermint are okay.

Anyways, wouldn’t buy again. I’m going to say goodbye to this one too.

As a side note: I’m so happy about how many I’ve been able to get through!! What a day! Hopefully I’ll be able to get through more either tomorrow or maybe even this afternoon. I’m on a roll! (realistically this is my fourth today but that’s really good for me!)

EDIT: As it cools the licorice is definitely coming out. And I think I get the ginger too. There is just waaaay too much going on with this tea for me. And the licorice is the main thing that I don’t like… meh oh well.

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I am completely and utterly embarrassed to admit how long I’ve had this tea (3years)… And it’s only a sample size I had. 2 heaping tsps. I have been carting this one around with me, constantly putting off trying it ‘cause I thought it was an oolong for some reason. The person that gave it to me loved oolongs and I just assumed it was one. It’s not. It’s a green/rooibos tea. With chocolate.

So, I used my whole sample as it wasn’t much and it’s so old and so far… it smells ok. I think I was expecting more. Again, I’ve had it a long time, so my poor review is going to be… dated? Sure, that’s what I’ll say.

Taste-wise… I’m really not sure what to think about it. I notice the green tea… Is there cinnamon in there? Yes there is! I like that surprise! And to me it tastes like more of a cocoa powder than a piece of solid chocolate, which is fine… but it’s got an almost dry or powdery chocolate taste to it.

So, I’m not blown away by this one… The taste is fine and it held up over the years VERY well! Kudos for Davidstea and good storing (I guess) for that one.

Won’t miss it. Glad I finally drank it and can say goodbye. I wonder how many other teas I have like that… hmmmmm….

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drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
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Simply put, this is not for me. The only things I’ve really ever loved that came from bees are the flavoured honeys from Davidstea as you really can’t taste the honey at all (plain honey to me is gross. Sorry to those that love it, I just can’t do it) and I had a lipbalm that my mom got for me from a honey place up in Port Loring area and it was really nice. Otherwise, honey and beeswax and all that isn’t my thing. Never has been.

This tea upon smelling it, I knew I wouldn’t care for it. It smells like beeswax to me. I wanted to get past that to taste it… still, no. Nope. No way. I feel like I’m drinking liquid beeswax and it’s just not for me in any way shape or form.

Sorry tea. It’s not you. It’s me. I’m not going to be saving the rest of this. Out it goes. SIPDOWN!

Edit: Couldn’t even get through only a few sips. The smell is just not for me… :(

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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My last review of this one was two years ago and I didn’t know it was a cinnamon tea at the time of tasting it! Now, I am getting close to a sipdown (I think so anyways) so I thought I should update my review.

This tea is a very bold cinnamon tea with a sweetness that isn’t too overpowering, and it’s not a sweetness that leaves you puckering in a way that like, oh I dunno… the dreaded HIBISCUS does!
This tea is absolutely amazing. I totally love it and I can’t get enough in a lot of ways. I want to try to make a latte with this, but I never have my latte’s turn out right… it makes me sad. They can’t be that hard to make!

Anyways, I’m getting close to the end of this one so I’ll have to stock up on this at some point soon again. Maybe the next time that I go to my in-laws house! They just got a Davidstea in their area and how that my mom-in-law has the 15% off card, I can’t go wrong right?
I’m really drinking down the cinnamon teas. Not sure what it is about them that I’m loving, but it’s something… we’ll see. Plus, did you know that cinnamon is great for the metabolism? Yep. My husband and I read it somewhere and we got a recipe for a rub to put on pork chops! It’s basically cinnamon, salt and pepper and I forget what else. But it made the pork chops cinnamon-y which I didn’t think would taste good, but it was awesome!

Anyway, I’m totally off onto other things here than tea. So, I shall stop…. right…. meow.

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Updated Feb. 16/16
I’m a 30-something-year-old aspiring writer. I’ve written several short stories that I’m looking to get published someday soon.

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. He showed up 4.5 weeks early, but thankfully after a week in the hospital he’s great now. :)
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, white and rooibos (definitely prefer the green to red, but will drink the red too).

Green teas, pu’erh, and matcha are starting to grow on me but I’m very picky about them still. I am finding I like pu’erh tea cakes much better than loose. And with matcha I much prefer flavoured ones over straight.

I still don’t really care for mate teas but there a couple that are the exception to that.

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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