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drank Peaches & Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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Free sample with my DAVID’s order.

I’m having a bad tea night. This one started out so promising, too – it smelled so peachy and fruity dry. Those vanilla bits aren’t really noticeable at all in the dry leaf scent but their sure are present in the smell and flavor of the steeped tea.

Unfortunately, it’s a very artificial, medicinal vanilla and really ruins any natural peach/strawberry flavors. Even more unfortunately, since I didn’t drink very much, I lost a nearly full cup to my coffee table when I forgot about it and accidentally spilled it all.

Sigh. Okay, I’m quitting while I’m ahead tonight. Maybe tomorrow I’ll have better luck.

Boiling 6 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Sakura Tea by Obubu Tea
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Ever since that yummy encounter with the Obukucha tea I’ve been wanting to see if pickled cherry blossom would be as good as the pickled plum in that green tea.

Unfortunately that’s a no.

I think it’s because the salted, vinegared blossom also has a sweetness to it, and that’s like putting sugar on salt and vinegar chips. Or at least that’s what my tastebuds equated it with, and that is just gross.

Even once its steeped, as gorgeous as the pink flower looks floating in the tea, it just doesn’t ever have a flavor I can stand. Sweetened vinegar is just not my thing. Oh well, I’m really glad I got to try it and see for sure!


did you try rinsing it first? I have some sakura tea from another seller, and they specifically told me to rinse the salt off before brewing it. Thanks for reminding me actually, I need to try mine soon! :D


Yeah, I rinsed it per the directions. I think my problem was the sweet/salty combo. I like one or the other and not both together (the Obukucha was very savory, which is what I loved about it). I hope you end up liking the latte – can’t wait to read your tasting note about it!

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Such a great black tea. It is equally good with creamer or plain, but this morning I had it with no additives.

The cream/vanilla flavor doesn’t come in until the tea cools but the sweet lemon is present from the beginning, tasting so fresh and natural. I wish the cold ready to drink teas could figure out how to use this lemon flavoring- it’s the most authentic I’ve ever tasted.

I have no faults with this tea…it’s one of my favorites.

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I got my DaVIDsTEA order! But it didn’t have any tea in it besides samples (I was dying to get my hands on the mason jar and glass travel tumbler), so I’m tempted not to even really count it as a tea purchase, per se.

I have been quite intrigued by the tea chocolates and needed a little more to get me to free shipping so i opted for two bars of this since I love both Earl grey and dark chocolate. Sadly I was not super in love with this. I mean, it’s chocolate, and a good dark at that, but here are gritty bits of tea leaves in there…I guess I was expecting more of a tea infusion than anything else. I do get the bergamot and dark chocolate together and they are every complementary but the texture is really off putting.

Eh. I’m almost kind of glad I’m not in love with it…at least if it ends up being a limited edition thing I won’t be sad when it goes away.

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drank SBT: Pink Lemonade by 52teas
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Needed to make iced tea tonight (because it’s ICED TEA WEATHER at long last, PEOPLE!) and I found one last bag of this among the three of so I have of rainbow sherbet.

So, I was making this while making dinner and added more sugar than I usually do – like, a tablespoon more, because I forgot this makes a half gallon and not a whole gallon. But you know what? Even though it still tasted like pink lemonade in sherbet form (still has an ice creamy texture thing going on, which I found off putting last time), it was pretty good. Good enough that the boyfriend said “what’s this?” and I told him honestly and he still took a sip! And then he proceeded to ask for a glass.

Which I gave him after I picked my jaw up off the floor. Figures he’d like a tea when I’m in the middle of a sipdown. Maybe I should take my chances with the rainbow sherbet and see what happens…

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drank English Breakfast by Twinings
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Had a bag today with breakfast at the Cracker Barrel.

Just in case you were wondering, guys, there are not a lot of breakfast restaurant options between Columbus, Georgia and Atlanta, Georgia. Like, Cracker Barrel or nothing, pretty much. And then when you get there, your options are Twinings English Breakfast, Darjeeling, or green tea. Being breakfast and all, this seemed like the obvious choice.

And it really wasn’t that bad. Considering the server just kind of gave me a small pot of hot water (16 oz. max) and left me alone, I just kept topping up my mug and left the bag in, adding a packet of sugar for each 8 oz. It never got astringent, had the bright citrus like notes of a ceylon, and generally didn’t make too much of itself.

I can see why it’s a good restaurant tea (it wasn’t fussy at all) and I for sure would order it again if I was going to be in a breakfast place somewhere.

I’m not going to lie, though – I was excited to get home and have some real, time-intensive tea to drink. I imagine I’ll be drinking some Japanese teas tonight while I (finally!) finish reading Shōgun. Yay for weekends!

Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Haven’t read Shogun for years…I associate it with a wonderful road trip memory back when I was in high school. Came home with it finished and with a red derby hat I deeply miss.

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Tasting note number infinity for this tea – I know.

But it’s Friday and I had it with pancakes and that makes me happy. That and the fact that it may get up into the 70s today. So excited its Spring!

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I have a can of this, and now you’ve motivated me to brew some up! But I’d better wait ’til morning… ;-)


Haha. This is my most favorite breakfast tea ever… it just is so consistently good and affordable. I hope you enjoy your cup this morning. :)

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drank Turtle Cheesecake by 52teas
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Had last night for dessert – I pretty much only got chocolate, which is sad, especially considering I was wanting caramel, nuts and cheesecake.

I think I’ve decided that as a whole chocolate in tea is just not for me. Now, vanilla? I can do that ALL day long. But chocolate just never comes across as anything but fake and chemically. Boo. But, lesson learned. I need to just do some spring cleaning in my cupboard and send this along to someone who will enjoy it more.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

i’d try it! haha


Me too! :)

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Had it for breakfast with creamer a day or two ago.

My work schedule is such that I basically do three weeks of work in two, and then have a week off. That’s like 9 12-hour (night) shifts out of 14 days. Its a safe bet that when I’m gone for a while its because my brain is fried and that’s why I do these random backlogs.

But today. Today is payday and the start of a nice 5 day break. So there will be much perusal of tea shops and some online ordering to add some more variety to my cupboard.

Love this tea as always, with a bit of creamer to bring out a bit more of the cheesecake flavor. It was a very blueberry cup, from what I remember – there was a huge, whole blueberry sitting on top of the leaf that looked good enough to eat. So I may have done so :).

Ah, so glad to have some time off to drink tea!

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

some days i think that might be nice.. if only because most days i end up working 12+ days anyway haha

have a wonderful week off!


Thanks! Overall I do like 12 hour days…it’s better than when I did 8:30-5. I never felt like I had any free time with a 40 hour week. I just need to figure out a way to incorporate more tea at work and then I’ll be set, haha. :)


My Hubby does 12 hour shifts, but differently than you do. He is on 3 days, off 4, on 4 days, off 3.. and it rotates back and forth. It’s nice that he always has some days off during the week, but he has to work every other weekend. There are trade offs for everything

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It’s like I have short term memory loss where apple pie is concerned. I love it, but only when its right in front of me and I’m smelling the baked apple cinnamon- otherwise I’m apt to pick other fruit pies as my dessert of choice.

This tea is that smell of baked apple cinnamon – reminiscent of chilly fall nights that demand warm food. The taste is mostly apple cinnamon but there are still hints of a pastry crust.

I haven’t really had another apple pie tea so I can’t definitively say its my favorite…but it is REALLY good. Like, I only have 1 or 2 cups worth left and am sad I can’t buy more good. Hopefully I can find a good substitute because I like the idea of having an apple pie tea as a cupboard stable.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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I have come to the point (as of October 2014) where quality in tea is more important than quantity. Especially because I’m a seasonal tea drinker where hot tea is concerned, and a SLOW one to boot. I generally don’t resteep only because I’d be here all day if I did, though I do break out a gaiwan from time to time.

I adore French teas in practically every iteration, Japanese Sencha (specifically from the Uji region, as they offer the most seaweed flavor), and Dan Cong oolongs. I am trying to focus on plain teas and so companies like Verdant, Upton, and Butiki are on my favorites list.

When it comes to tea, I feel like the 10th Doctor says it best:

“Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. "


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