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drank Copabanana by DAVIDsTEA
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Maybe I’m in a funk, but this one is just so so. I do like it as a caffeine free alternative to have at night, and it is kinda hearty and heavy feeling, which is good while it is still cold, but I am also picking up a very transitional taste with the fruit…like it is longing for spring, ad to be made on ice.

I find the flavour a little complex and I am not sure what to make of it. Sorta chocolately, a little strawberry and fruity, a bit almondy, and a bit coconuty as well. Kinda makes me think of a banana split.

I think this might have more of this again, but I think I prefer Forever Nuts to this, and Alpine Punch trumps all my non-caffeine teas right now.

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drank Honeydew Mate by DAVIDsTEA
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Meh…not thrilled with this one. It certainly isn’t horrible, but it also doesn’t wow me. I do love the smell of the honeydew though, and it is nice to have a stimulating tea that isn’t caffeine based (though I don’t know if the component in mate is any better than caffeine or the same but in a different package, so to speak). I guess I am not a huge mate fan. I can see how this might be nice iced, but hot it was kinda bland. I dunno, I might change my mind on a future steeping.

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drank Daydreamer by DAVIDsTEA
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I think I under-steeped this one with the water being too cooled of, so I was a bit underwhelmed. It is very sweet (and yummy) smelling, and as it cooled, I could tell it would be a nice iced tea. I’m gonna hold off on my rating til I make another cuppa.

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drank Coco-Lemon Thai by DAVIDsTEA
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I really really like this one! When I first smelled it at the store, it reminded me of the cookies with lemon creme filling, but upon smelling it brewed and tasting it, the ginger comes out more, so it reminds me of ginger cookies with lemon icing or creme. The coconut is not terribly obvious, but on some sniffs, I do also get a coconut cream pie with lemon meringue pie mix. Geez, this tea makes me soo hungry!! :P

The first few times I had it, I only sweetened it, but with this last steep I took a page from the DAVIDsTEA book and added milk to it even though it is a white tea. And you know what? It’s awesome. It’s even more cream pie like. I almost picked up some coconut milk from the store yesterday, but I wasn’t sure what kind to get, so I skipped that for now til I know more about what to try. I also can’t wait to try this iced. I think it will be fantastic.

Am I gonna restock this one? You betcha! I routinely get stomach issues, so I thrive on ginger, and it is good in teas, and this is an extremely pleasant way to get some ginger in me. More tasty than pills, though perhaps not as potent. I think for serious ginger needs, I’d need something a bit stronger like Ginger Pu Erh or Super Ginger, but they aren’t as tasty as this…though I wonder if they’d cocktail with this at all. Hmmm….

Anyhow, my cuppa is getting too cold, so I need to get back to it, but this is one tea from the new Spring Collection that I really like. Coconut Oolong probably Tuesday when I am off and can spend time with multiple steeps.

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drank Pom Tango by DAVIDsTEA
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So I made this tea this morning to start the day, and crack into the Spring Collection (I did try Copabanana last night…tasting coming). I opted for it because it was a black, I didn’t want to make the Coconut Oolong when I couldn’t re-steep the leaves at work. I had also tried the Honeydew Mate in store yesterday, which left this tea and Daydreamer, and I was nervous about rushing too much this morning to make a green tea. Same thoughts on Coco Lemon Thai too, though I am steeping some now.

Anyhow, back to Pom Tango…

It smells really good in the bag. I tried to scoop out a decent mix of the leaf and fruit, though this is a fruit heavy black tea. The liquor was pale for a black tea, I guess from the fruit ratio. I opted to only sweeten this with sugar, and less than I normally use, but no milk. I am usually a milk and sugar with all black tea, but this one seemed like it might be odd with milk.

Interestingly, as it cooled, I picked up a floral note. I’m not terribly sure where that even came from. The tea does have a tart juicy taste, yet sweet, and like I said, slightly floral. This tea reminds me of Cranberry Pear or Cheeky Lychee.

I’m a bit on the fence with this one. I do like it, despite the floral notes, which are usually a killer for me, but I can’t say I love it at this point. I have a little more to try from my 15g bag.


I’m a fan of this one iced.


I thought of Cranberry Pear too when I was at the store. I also like this one iced.

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve over-steeped this tea before, so today I let the water cool a few minutes after the auto-shut off feature activated, but I only steeped it for 2 or so minutes, and I actually used a timer to make sure I didn’t get overly distracted, which is why I tend to over-steep green and (lighter) oolongs.

I do still really love the smell of this in the bag, and you can pick up the same smell as taste in the liquor, but it is not as strong. There is a slight floral feel, but it is mostly a decently sweet creamy feel.

I admit I don’t have this as much because I try to have it when I am home and know I have time to get at least two or three steeps out of it. I do have to say that it is incredible how big the leaves get after just one steep. :)

This one is still a keeper, and I will refill when I run out, but I won’t get a huge amount because I don’t drink it as frequently.

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Tea to go today, before Friday Night Dinner Group…

Looks and smelled really nice, which is usually a good sign since I don’t like the smell of a lot of their blends. This one did brew up cloudy, but that doesn’t bother me much, so long as it tastes good.

I can say that brewed, it still smelled delicious. The first sips were good, though as it cooled, I had a strange taste in my mouth and I thought to myself, is that anise? I’m tasting something vaguely licorice-like. Sure enough, when I got home to look at the full ingredients, but anise seed and licorice. Boooooooo! I would like this tea much better without that taste.

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drank My Morning Mate by Teavana
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Mystery mate tea to go. I decided to be bold and go for something other than my Strawberry Slender Pu Erh, which is my failsafe tea from Teavana. I couldn’t decide between a few of the mates and told the fellow to pick one for me while I browsed the tea accessory area. This is what he made me. It’s pretty good, though even as I had asked for milk and sugar, that was once again, neglected. He made this into my timolino directly, so I opted to try keeping the leaves for a further infusion.

I’ll have to go into more detail on the flavor when I have a little more time after work, and I have had more of it to decipher what I’m tasting.

edited to add****************

It’s definitely chocolatey, and I do get the nutty taste too. I am one who loves nutty teas, and I especially love hazelnut. Hazelnut lattes are my have. In the simplest word, I’d say this tea is cozy. Though I am getting a tart and juicy aftertaste too. Not sure if it is me or the tea.

I saved the first infusion of leaves and am attempting my second, now that I am home. And have a bathroom so near. I swear this made me pee more than usual today. :P

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
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I’m on my second steep of this tea, which is the last of the sample I got from indigobloom and I am sad to see this is a sipdown since it means there is no more.

I think this should be renamed Golden Silk, since this tea is light and silky but with some texture. It is also incredibly smooth. The last two steeps I have done how I normally steep loose leaf tea, and more of a western style versus eastern which is more like the directions on the site. And I added milk and sugar this time. No matter, this tea is magnificent brewed either way.

This tea is light and smooth, like I said, and what astringency there is, is very very minor. I pick up honey and cocoa notes, but nothing smoky or bold. It is one of the lightest black teas I think I have ever had, possibly the lightest. I’d say that there is a bit of a malty mouthfeel as well.

It’s rare, in this day, where so much tea is flavoured with stuff, because we need so much extra stimulation, that going to a simple tea like this can be so refreshing, but sometimes I think it takes mental effort to break free from the glitz of the other to go for the subtly of a good straight tea.


I agree so much! simplicity is sometimes exactly what i need :D

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Backlog…I picked up a bag of this on a vacation to LA recently. I just got the bagged versus loose as it came in a nice sealed pouch that would pack better for my return home.

This is a nice and easy tea to drink. Not bitter, not overly sweet (though things are rarely too sweet for me…though I am trying to cut down on my sugar intake), and the hojicha is supposed to be lower in caffeine, so I thought this might be a nice afternoon or early evening tea.

The bags unfortunately, are a bit dusty, and I wonder what the tea inside is actually like. I will have to open one to see.

I’d say that this is a nice and inoffensive tea that for someone who wants to drink something lower in caffeine and wants to use little to no sugar, this is a warm and roasted sweet caramel tea that brews up nice and dark.

Is it my favourite tea? No. Will I get more when I am back in the states? Quite possibly. My friend who lives there that I was visiting may come up later this year so I might get him to bring me another bag of this, and maybe some others too. There is a Caramel Ruby tea that is this tea, blended with rooibos that caught my attention too. Again, that would be lower in caffeine. I am trying to watch how much caffeine I am having daily as well as my sugar for fertility reasons, but general health as well.

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are…

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty (except rose), and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

Yes, I do trades…usually on request though. See something you want to try in my cupboard? Just shoot me a message and I’ll see what I can do!

Uh, guess that’s it.


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