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drank Smokey Black by Unknown from China
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2022 Sipdown 153/365!

Tasty, but not too smokey.

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2022 Sipdown 152/365!

Sipdown of one of my packets. Not as satisfying as it used to be, but that’s fair given its age.

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drank Oo Nutty Delight by Tealux
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2022 Sipdown 151/365!

Old, but not too bad. I probably would have rather liked this when it was fresher! Only just now realizing it was an oolong base, though.

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2022 Sipdown 150/365!

DavidsTea sent me a little cream of EG teabag the other day, plus a nice 20% off coupon. I haven’t been ordering tons of tea lately, but still keeping up with new offerings – so I’m sure I’ll use the coupon in short order.

Tea was nice enough, but I can’t honestly say I paid much attention since I drank it while working.

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2022 Sipdown 149/365!

Barely time to drink tea, let alone log it. Man, kids are a lot of work. Also, I’m now off maternity leave and back to full-time work again – which means less time yet somehow more tea consumed in the last week than probably the last two months!

Logging some sipdowns I’ve accumulated over the past months just to show I wasn’t totally derailed… ha.

This one was ok, but as my rating suggests, it was never a favourite. I’m ok that it’s gone. Not overly lemony at the end.

ashmanra

Nice to see lots of new notes from you!

gmathis

Yes, good to see you back! I’d volunteer as a sitter so you could get some sleep, but I think the drive to your house might be a little long ;)

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drank Witchy Watermelon by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Trick or Treat by DAVIDsTEA
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Tasted much like previous years’ “versions” (Caramel Corn?) which is to say, it’s nice and sweet and caramelly, but not particularly special. Might have some more as a nightcap tonight, since it’s caffeine-free.

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drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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I had fond memories of this tea so I picked some up – but it’s too rooibos-y for me. Maybe after 5 years of sitting it will taste better, heh.

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drank Fortune Cookie Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Another year of logging derailed. Oh well. I’ve also barely had any tea in the last couple months, due to a vacation and then a solid month of being sick and unable to properly taste/smell. Still sick, but I really wanted some tea tonight.

Not a bad chai, not quite my preference because of the anise, but it has a nice kind of gingerbready vibe. Not a fan of the stevia, as usual, but if I have it with milk, it’s not so offputting.

CrowKettle

Hope you are starting to feel better!

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(52teas (Anne) 2022: already recorded)

Mostly a chocolate tea today. Good, but I wanted that irish cream vibe!

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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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