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drank Coffee Cake by DAVIDsTEA
1691 tasting notes

This is the first from the Winter Collection that I decided to sample – I didn’t want an herbal so that limited me to 2 choices.

Side note: there are duplicate entries for all these teas and it’s making crazy! (ok, enough ranting).

I’m definitely getting cake from this tea. It smells delicious but I was completely distracted by this odd oily flavour because it was so damn familiar, and then I realized that this tea has the same cake flavoring as Red Velvet Cake. This tea is very similar, except it is lighter, and fruitier with the cherry and pineapple. I like it, but it also reminds me of dirt.

I realize that isn’t a ringing endorsement. Ha. I’m resteeping this now and will update if necessary.


The gingerbread also smells similar. Maybe they only have one ‘cake’ flavour?


Hmmm. Maybe I’ll try the gingerbread tonight too to compare.


Hmm. Red Velvet Cake may be what it’s reminding me of too. But not in an oily way. More of an artificial cherry way…


Maybe that’s what it is! (it was hard to pinpoint)


If you’re comparing it to Red Velvet Cake, then I could see it being similar to DTT’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake?


It kind of is, but DTT PUC is better. I think. It’s been a while. There’s something weird with this one.


I think Heather’s right. It’s been a long time since I’ve had PUC, but I think it’s better.


I totally felt the same way – as soon as I smelled it and then tasted it, instantly I thought of the Red Velvet. Then I smelled both side by side and it confirmed my suspicions


Totally with you on the double entries. I like the capitalization on this entry though. :)

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This is so smooth and fragrant and relaxing. I didn’t think I’d care for it because of the jasmine, but when I’m in the mood for it, I’m in the mood for it. I’m happy I got this sample from Verdant, even if I forgot about it for 6 months…

I drank a whole teapot of this over the course of the evening.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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It’s Halloween so obviously I’m going to drink 3 cups of this and finish it up. :)

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I nearly reached for Tea Spot’s Bolder Breakfast, or A&D’s Tiger Assam, but I wanted something gentler – this was it! I just love this one.

It’s Halloween! I’m pretty excited you guys, ngl. I made a little beard for my daughter so she can dress up as her dad but she doesn’t like how it tickles and won’t even let me tie it on. So her backup costume is a slightly too small monster outfit that a friend bought her last year! We’re going to take her to a nearby mall for indoor trick or treating which sounds like a good way to do it for her first time.

Also, I’m getting free candy out of this. :) What kind of parent would I be if I like a 17 month old eat tons of candY? Bwahahaha.


lol! You’re the best parent! :-)


OK, the idea of a little girl dressing up as her dad has got to be the most adorable thing I’ve heard. Too bad she won’t wear the beard! But at least both of you get to go trick-or-treating. :D


The beard is so awesome! Too bad she won’t wear it. :) Hope you both have fun trick or treating!


:) Thanks!

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drank Pistachio Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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I am really beyond tired right now, which makes sense because it’s 2:30 AM! Whoops. I’ve been surfing and listening to music for the past hour and didn’t notice. Also, this song has been on repeat the whole time… (It’s trance so it’s meant to fade into the background but still…. hello brain?)

I just needed to jot down that this tea is actually decent. It’s better than I remember, but the thing is that I’m not that crazy about pistachio so I’m better with Mulberry Magic. That being said, when I go Friday, if they have this in a 2/$5 bag, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to grab it.

ALSO! Here’s a tangent because I’m OBSESSED ATM. Do you guys know Allie Brosh of Hyperbole and a Half wrote a book? And that it came out already? And that it’s freaking hilarious and you should buy it? DO IT. I have the ebook and I was reading it while trying to put my daughter to sleep and it was a terrible idea because the parts that make me laugh, make me do so outloud. I can’t help myself… And the paper book is really hefty and pretty and so colorful, and it’s onlyl $~9 if you buy it online. (http://hyperboleandahalfbook.blogspot.ca/)

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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So, I had Chocolate “O” earlier (and didn’t log it, but oh well), and discovered that I had ONE cup left of this. OMG. I forgot!

So, this is just perfect and I’m really happy about it. It’s back on my shopping list and I’ll order some for Black Friday, assuming Stacy has some kind of awesome sale.

Butiki Teas

Of course, we have an awesome Black Friday sale lined up!


Chocolate “O” ?


Excellent, Stacy! I figured you would – I’ve already got money set aside. :)

And Heather, that was one from the Tea Spot. Someone reviewed it earlier in my stream (OMGsrsly?) and that made me want some too.


bolder breakfast> chocolate o imo heh


I agree! Bolder Breakfast has more depth!


i’m so sad…anxi fo shou is never coming back…. well likely not sigh

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drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
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Mmmm. I’m thinking it’ll either be this, or North African Mint for my green DAVIDsTEA tin. This is just so good, but so is the NAM when I remember to drink it. Both are low caffiene too.

#decisions. I’m not buying more tins. ;P


This sounds so awesome. I vote for this!


I haven’t tried the NAM, but this one is so unique! I need to pick up more.


North African Mint. :) It’s really good!

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I love mint flavoured things (and therefore teas) a lot, but personally I love this blend more than NAM. I think it’s just really unique as a tea flavour. Maybe I’m a bit biased though… I did work in a movie theatre for over a year so popcorn flavoured things are really nostalgic for me in a good way.


I think I’m leaning that way too! It is just so unusual. And it’s basically herbal which is nice as I need more of those around.


Haven’t tried this one but love North African Mint!


Just had NAM this morning and it was really good. I loved the blend of mint and spice. However, I haven’t tried Movie Night yet. To be honest, I wasn’t that interested but after reading reviews like yours, I realized I really should give it a taste.

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drank Korean Sejak by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m pretty much over this tea. Too bad I have 1-2 cups left of it in my tin. :(

I’ll probably focus on finishing it up, and then I’ll have to decide what green tea to fill it back up with (fill as in 50g, not 100 – I learned my lesson!) I’m thinking North African Mint, Movie Night or Countess of Seville!

ETA: Those last 2 cups worth of tea had an “accident”. They were over a year old – I think it’s stale. #excuses


Lol. Those kinds of accidents are always so nice to have. :)


Right? I’m sure we’ve all been there!

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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Well if I’m triyng Fruit D’Alsace, why not Boston too? I’ve got tin-loads of that one. :)

Having it back to back, I can see that these two teas are VERY similar. Fruity blacks, with the same base. I always forget about the almond in this that mellows it out. This feels more like a fall tea to me

(I don’t know what it is, but these H&S teas seem a bit flatter than I remember. :( Maybe I need to add more leaf?)

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

I only had a sample of Boston and thought it was really flavourful but who knows. I’m actually finding that it’s taking forever to get to the bottom of my H&S tins. They’re not grabbing me anymore.


Boston definitely reads as a fall/Thanksgiving tea to me, ’cause of the almond and cranberry reminding me of a cake I make for the holidays with that in it. Yum.

BTW, I remember being so-so about Fruits d’Alsace then having it cold steeped and being amazed how delicious it is that way.

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
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I’m on my last oz of this so I thought I’d keep working away at it. I enjoy it, although it’s not for every day. It just has that fruity stone flavour that I like.

Was this the one people would compare to Paris? Because I think Paris is more EG-like and creamier, while this is just sweet and … french?

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

I’d compare it more closely to Tower of London than to Paris. Both TOL and Fruits d’Alsace have that stone fruit flavor that I am also a fan of.


Oh – that’s probably it – thanks!

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Tea: I just started drinking loose tea in the fall of 2012, and once I started I had to get more and more and try ALL THE TEAS. Joining Steepster made this worse/easier.

So far it seems that I prefer unflavoured black teas, although I still drink a few that are flavoured each day too. Oolongs, greens, puerhs and white teas are all very good, but I just don’t crave them as often.


Me: Ok. Random things. I like animals, I have a baby girl and a devoted bf, and … I’m a geek. I like Lord of the Rings, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, pen&paper RPG’s, online RPG’s, video games, silly internet memes, puzzles and a bunch of others things! I taught myself to knit and I’m considering crochet but I need to make time for all these things!

1-50: Bleh.
51-64: It’s ok.
65-75: It’s good.
76-85: It’s very good. (Buy 1oz+)
86-100: Amazing. (ALWAYS re-stock)


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