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Backlogging – this tea was prepared at David’s Tea in Victoria with soymilk.

I was worried I wouldn’t like this because of the stevia but I didn’t think it turned out that sweet, Unfortunately I found the flavor all around to be kind of weak. Not enough blueberry for my taste, a solid “meh”

Amariel

Are you in Victoria?

Amariel

If you are, and are still here, we should consider a meet up.

TeaBrat

Nooo. I left on Saturday!

Michelle Butler Hallett

“Meh” is right.

Amariel

Oh boo! Wish I had known! Did you enjoy your visit? Were you at the DAVIDs downtown?

TeaBrat

@Heather! I had a great time! Me and my friend stayed Downtown right on Johnson Street.

Amariel

At the Best Western? I wish I had known a fellow Steepsterite was in town.

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drank Coco-Lemon Thai by DAVIDsTEA
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I came up to Victoria to have a vacation for a week with my friend. There is a David’s Tea literally right outside our door. I am trying a new tea or two every day and there are loads of tea shops here. I think I am going to a yoga studio shortly and I thought I would try this since it’s low in caffeine. I really enjoyed this lemony coconut mixture. I had them put some soymilk in and it’s good that way. My only complaint is the artificial flavoring but it is pretty yummy!

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drank Foggy Morning Brekkie by T-We Tea
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Tea of the morning here. The Bay Area weather can be so bizarre – yesterday we were at the Marin County Fair in San Rafael and it felt like it was in the 90’s. This morning in San Francisco it’s foggy and under 60 degrees. Brrr. I’m glad I have this tea!

p.s. – I had the most wonderful 4th of July yesterday at the Marin County Fair!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I’ve been drinking this for the past few days because I’ve been craving something minty. I am happy to report that this is really good iced as well as hot. I’ll be getting more next Christmas, it’s good to have a few decaf teas that don’t totally suck.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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drank Imperial Label by Kusmi Tea
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This is one of those teas where less is more – due to the strong flavor it seems like about 1/2 tsp. per cup is really enough.

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Not much to say about this one, it’s straight up mint in teabag form. I guess this is spearmint and not peppermint or perhaps it’s a blend? It’s at work and it’s free so that’s why I’m drinking it – and I’ll probably drink some more.

We are having a beautiful day in the bay aside from the BART strike which has a lot of people cranky. I hope it ends soon!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
Tealizzy

Yes, let’s hope the strike ends soon!

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drank Spicy Chocolate by Kusmi Tea
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I guess I have to raise the rating on this one since I now have a 4 oz. tin of it. Definitely my favorite tea from kusmi and a good chocolate tea overall. This is nice with soymilk. The spices are chai like but soothing & not too strong.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by Butiki Teas
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drank Sweet Love by Kusmi Tea
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Another wellness blend from Kusmi. I steeped this for 4 minutes and that seems about right to me.

I hope I’m not making a mistake by drinking this late in the day but I just woke up from a nap (gotta love Saturdays!)

It’s a black tea blend with some chai like spices including cardamom. There’s also licorice root in here, why is Kusmi so nuts over licorice in these wellness blends? Fortunately it isn’t as strong here as in some of their other blends. The pink peppercorns are a nice touch. I admit I don’t really know what guarana tastes like.

I decided to drink this with soymilk and it’s tasty but I don’t think I would go out of my way to buy it again. I’m into herbs and I googled the health benefits of licorice root, it has some fairly impressive claims made for it, so I guess that might be one reason to drink it on a regular basis.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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It’s a sipdown…
this was not a super favorite of mine but I really wanted to try it iced today. I had the whole thing prepared in my Lupicia cooler and somehow the cooler fell out of the fridge and broke while I was getting my water out. So I didn’t get to drink the tea I ended up mopping it off the floor. So sad. :(

I will need to get another cooler, I liked it. I can do without anymore of this tea though.

CHAroma

Oh no!! :( I’m so sorry to hear that. That sucks.

ifjuly

Aw, that blows. If you’re in the market for a new cooler and curious about trying something besides Lupicia, I’d recommend the Takyea Flash Chill pitcher. It can steep a lot of tea (8 cups at a time IIRC), is designed super smartly (it’s slightly oval and leakproof so it can be stored in the fridge on its side without rolling around or leaking, super useful), and because the steeper reaches all the way to the bottom you can just toss tea in and forget about it for a while instead of fussing with dilution formulas and ice, etc.

Barring that, I love using mason jars and just sieving per glass as I go. Lets me have a variety of teas ready to drink iced.

Hope you find what you’re looking for and can enjoy some lovely iced tea pronto. (:

TeaBrat

Thanks guys!!!

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My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty

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