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So I was hoping that this would taste similar to Della Terra’s Lemon Chiffon because while I love supporting Della Terra, Capital Teas is my local tea company. I am happy to say this this is very similar (and cheaper)!

I finished up the DT I had so I can’t compare side by side, but if I’m remembering correctly, the DT version is ever so slightly less rooibos-y (which is now a word). Though, CT recommended an 8 minute steep so maybe it would be different with less time. Still, the idea is the same and I’ll happily drink this one.

2.5 teaspoons + sweetener in my 16oz steeping mug

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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Um, I just succumbed to the Teavana Heavenly sale and I did major damage. Sigh. Now that it’s mostly 75% off, it’s not monetarily bad, but my poor cupboard!

Anyway, this surprised me the first time I made it and it actually surprised me again because it just doesn’t smell all that good in the bag but the taste is really nice. Chocolatey, coco-nutty and a bit creamy.

3 tsp + sweetener in 16oz steeping mug

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
JustJames

this one i really do like. very very nice this one. =0)

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moraiwe generously sent me some of this as part of the Secret Turkey swap. I have been wanting to try this one for awhile as I’ve heard nothing but good things and I figured now was a good time since ATR is having a sale.

This is really tasty and the most surprisingly part of this tea is the buttery taste that you get at the end of the sip. I sweetened my mug, but I probably could have gone without (I took a small sip unsweetened and it was drinkable but not quite dessert enough for me).

The only thing I’m not a fan of, is I’m getting a bit of dryness around my mouth. I steeped at 200 which is recommended. Maybe I should try a touch lower?

While it’s great, I’m not sure I need 2oz of it around… hmmm – knowing me I’ll change my mind.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
303 tasting notes

Umm so I might have just ordered the 250 gram bag of this that’s on sale. I was feeling major sadness that I’m down to my last few servings of Stormy Night and I needed another tea to fill the void. This works. Also it’s pretty darn tasty.

It’s snowing this evening and I needed something warm and cozy.

3 tsp + sweetener in my 16oz steeping mug and something I discovered yesterday, this resteeps well, which is surprising given the long first steep.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Tuscanteal

I also ordered a bag of this on sale. Had my first cup of it yesterday but refrained from review until my cold is gone.

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drank Green & Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
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I had bought the travel 5 sachet tin of this a few months ago on sale to keep at work and since I sadly finished the second to last portioned baggy of my Stormy Night at the office, I took out one of these this afternoon. I’ve been fighting something off and have been trying to keep as hydrated as possible. This results in 3-15oz cups of tea in the morning, 2-16oz glasses of water around lunchtime and another cup of tea in the afternoon.

This is caffeine free so it was the perfect option for my afternoon drink. I honestly had no idea what this was flavored as. Green & Fruity is a bit of a vague name if you ask me. In any case, once I sweetened it, it was like, bam! Mango! This is quite excellent since I love all things mango.

It tasted ok unsweetened but I didn’t really detect the mango all that much till I sweetened it. I’m going to happily finish the rest of the sachets and put it on my shopping list. I’d imagine it is amazing cold and I really like rooibos for the evening and to calm my stomach. So glad I kind of accidentally found this one!

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drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
303 tasting notes

This tastes so good! And yes, I’m still getting through the Davidsteas that my husband picked up for me in Montreal. It’s warm and spicy with just a hint of a creaminess towards the end of the sip. One of these days, I need to buy myself a milk frother since this seems like it would be amazing as a latte.

3 tsp + sweetener in 16oz steeping mug

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I finished the last bit of my initial 2oz purchase today, so technically a sipdown but I recently got another 2oz of it on sale, so not really.

Today has been a really nice relaxed new years day. My husband and I planned out our season ticket to the symphony, watched Zoolander and didn’t do much of anything else. Not sure what 2014 is going to bring, but I hope I’m ready for it!

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I ordered during the recent H&S BF/CM sale. To be honest, given the ornate tins, I was really surprised at how low priced H&S teas are.

Anyway, dry, this smells absolutely amazing. Midway through brewing, I took the lid off the tin just to smell it. I brewed 5 minutes per the instructions, but I think next time I’ll try less.

For those of us that usually drink flavored teas, this is very light. I was surprised that the Ceylon base wasn’t astringent. It was very smooth and not overpowering. The vanilla was barely there, though. I took a few sips without sweetening it and it was drinkable but I have a major sweet tooth so I added some. With sweetener, the vanilla comes out a bit more, but it’s not really at the forefront, it’s more of a background.

I’m going to try messing around with the temperature and steeping times. I like it, but it doesn’t seem as groundbreaking as some of the reviews make it appear.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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So yummy!

I had a big mug of this tonight and it’s just as yummy as my first. It’s creamy, nutty with apple and cinnamon. Perfect as a nighttime winter drink. I’m so bad with rating teas as I’m horribly indecisive, but I’m pretty confident in this one!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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I’ve had this for a couple of months, but I was using it for the Secret Pumpkin swaps and didn’t try it myself.

I was a little put off by the smell of this dry, so I didn’t have high hopes. Steeped, it does remind me of candy corn. The bit of sweetness around the entire mouth is weird but so accurate. I’m not sure it’s something that I’ll want very often (similar to candy corn strangely enough), but I’m happy to say that it isn’t bad.

3 tsp + sweetener in 16oz steeping mug. I think maybe I overleafed actually. Will try again.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I recently discovered loose leaf tea and am already addicted (much to my husband’s dismay)! I prefer fruity teas iced and savory teas hot. Looking forward to drinking and chatting.

Some likes/dislikes I’ve been noticing:

Likes:
Pineapple
Jasmine
Fruity White Teas
lighters Blacks
Most Oolongs (especially greener varieties)
dessert teas
tisanes iced that don’t require added sweetener

Dislikes:
Spicy flavors unless in chai
astringent black teas
heavy ginger teas
teas with licorice (as primary ingredients – somehow I like some where the licorice is in the back drop)
heavily oxidized oolongs

For my own reference, I’m only placing “full size” teas in my cupboard.

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