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drank Witch's Brew by DAVIDsTEA
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For some weird reason, this tea isn’t coming up in a search for ’Witch’s Brew’. Likely not just me with this problem.

Anyways, that is a sad fact, because this tea is pretty good. Reminiscent of English Toffee (caramelly and cacao shells), but with a hint of mintiness (rooibos?). Either way, drank some in my brand new DT Halloween mug yesterday, and was pretty impressed! It’s delicious, highly recommend.

VariaTEA

My plan was to go get the Halloween blends on my lunch at work yesterday. Then I forgot to take a lunch. Hopefully tomorrow…

Fjellrev

That mug is so cute! I’ll have to try this later today.

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drank English Toffee by DAVIDsTEA
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Delicious as always. Although I might like Witches Brew more…

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drank Glazed Donut Black Tea by 52teas
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I thought I wrote about this, but I guess not. Overall, it’s a decent tea, though I feel like I’d prefer a different, more malty and chocolatey base with the glazey vanilla flavouring. That said, I think it would then become Chocolate Glazed Donut tea (I am not opposed to that idea). The base here needs to be a bit more… bready(?) in my opinion, but I’m pretty happy with how the glaze flavouring worked (vanilla, yaaaas).

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drank Carrot Cupcake by DAVIDsTEA
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Not bad! Not a big fan of rooibos, still, but this one tasted fairly good. Lovely fall spices; I bet it would make a great latte. Probably one of the more accurate “carrot cake” teas I’ve tried.

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drank Glazed Donut Black Tea by 52teas
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drank Pumpkin Houjicha by 52teas
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Not my favourite, but a reasonably tasty tea. As expected, love the houjicha base. It tastes more like a cinnamon chai than pumpkin/pumpkin spice, though. A good fall tea.

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drank Pumpkin Houjicha by 52teas
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drank English Toffee by DAVIDsTEA
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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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