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drank Chai On Life by DAVIDsTEA
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I figured I might as well start in on the sample package I got, because it’s kind of like replying to emails: I either reply within three minutes or three months; there’s pretty much no in-between. yes, I’m not a very good person. But yeah, I knew that if I didn’t bust open this package, I’d probably guiltily be reviewing it in May or June, or forget that I had it and just buy more tea (which will likely happen anyway).

So i brewed this up this morning, and after I lifted my basket out of the mug and inhaled, I instantly thought “Hey! I’ve smelled this before!” and I sat there, wondering where on earth i’d smelled something so similar. And then I realized that this smelled almost identical to (but a bit lighter than) Sugar and Spice! I’m not entirely surprised—both teas are spice-heavy, it’s just that the sugar and spice has a bit more vanilla and cakiness, plus it’s on a black base whereas this one isn’t. When I sipped, I got cloves first, followed by a jumble of spices, the most prominent of them being the cinnamon and ginger (although when not in latte form, I’m getting less ginger overall, which I’m ok with). I was a little disappointed that this felt so similar to sugar and spice, although I liked that tea very much when I first tried it—I think I was just hoping for something markedly different. Having said that, I really do want to polish off this package because I hate half-filled sample packages, and they’re pretty much taking over my house at the moment. How annoying. This is also low-caffeine, which means I can have it in the evenings, which will aid in sipdownatude.

C-chan

I know the feeling about half-filled packages taking over your house…. Good luck with the sipdowning to finish them off! (I will be doing the same alongside you. ^^)

Tuscanteal

I’m seeing similar flavours the more I try DT’s line. I bought the sugar and spice web special and I do like it, but I wouldn’t say it’s chai by any means. I don’t think David’s does Chai very well. They don’t get the sweet and savory mix that usually happens in any authentic Chai I’ve had.

keychange

No, I think I’m with you on the chai front. Their “pure chai” smells divine but also falls flat. But there are many teas DT does extremely well, so not all hope is lost. And yup, let the sipping down begin! I don’t mind having a few samples, but I’d prefer to mainly just have my regular full-time teas be taking up most of my life space.

Fjellrev

I’m like that with emails too!

keychange

Oh yeah, those e-mails sneak right down the page and then it’s hopeless. And I’m always like “I meant to reply, I swear I did!”

Fjellrev

Haha exactly. And it’s such a great analogy when it comes to tea. So many I’ve bought months ago that I was meaning to review. Half the batch got reviewed right away while the rest have been sitting there for months.

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C-chan

I know the feeling about half-filled packages taking over your house…. Good luck with the sipdowning to finish them off! (I will be doing the same alongside you. ^^)

Tuscanteal

I’m seeing similar flavours the more I try DT’s line. I bought the sugar and spice web special and I do like it, but I wouldn’t say it’s chai by any means. I don’t think David’s does Chai very well. They don’t get the sweet and savory mix that usually happens in any authentic Chai I’ve had.

keychange

No, I think I’m with you on the chai front. Their “pure chai” smells divine but also falls flat. But there are many teas DT does extremely well, so not all hope is lost. And yup, let the sipping down begin! I don’t mind having a few samples, but I’d prefer to mainly just have my regular full-time teas be taking up most of my life space.

Fjellrev

I’m like that with emails too!

keychange

Oh yeah, those e-mails sneak right down the page and then it’s hopeless. And I’m always like “I meant to reply, I swear I did!”

Fjellrev

Haha exactly. And it’s such a great analogy when it comes to tea. So many I’ve bought months ago that I was meaning to review. Half the batch got reviewed right away while the rest have been sitting there for months.

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Well, it’s been slightly over six months since I’ve joined steepster, and I can’t say enough wonderful things about this community. Like many of you, I began my foray into the world of loose-leaf tea by discovering David’s Tea, and although I’ve ventured out and have discovered many other companies that I’m extremely fond of, there are still many of David’s teas that I hold close to my heart and I will always appreciate it as a starting point for my journey.

As for my preferences, I tend to prefer bold black tea, flavoured and unflavoured alike, and I almost always take my blacks with cream and sugar. This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy a good, flavoured white though, and I’m slowly making my way through the incredibly confusing world of oolongs and greens. I am also not a fan of rooibos, although I am starting to suspect green rooibos may be ok, but you know how it is: when you’ve decided you detest a certain ingredient, you’ll notice it everywhere—perhaps even where it doesn’t exist!

Things other than tea: I’m engaged to be married to my best friend, and feel like the richest woman on the planet because of it. I am also a veracious reader, and I also happen to have an obsession with fragrances, and have amassed quite a collection, although it pales in comparison to some collections out there! As a result of this obsession, I also follow several fragrance blogs, and am always up for a chat about scent. I’m also almost completely blind, and this does indeed mean that I come complete with a guide dog, who unlike me, hales from the sunny California campus of Guide dogs for the Blind. I think I’ve rambled on long enough, but if there’s anything you’d like to know or if you just feel like chatting to someone, please don’t hesitate to send me a message.

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