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drank The Skinny (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Yet another advent calendar sip down! Such progress today!

I honestly don’t recall what my roommate and I initially thought of this tea, but if I recall correctly, we didn’t like it. We did write notes on the back of the advent calendar box (which I ran across tonight, as it happens), so I should definitely check to see what we noted down!

With both the dry and steeped tea, the aroma is coming off as vaguely citrusy, but that’s about all I can pick out.

Flavourwise, now that I know there’s pu’erh in this blend, I suspect we a) didn’t like it and b) the pu’erh was the reason! Now I know what pu’erh is, and what to expect, so I can definitely pick it out here. Luckily it’s not particularly fishy, just has a sort of earthy/mustiness that I associate with pu’erh. I can’t really pick out the oolong at all here, not even in the aftertaste; perhaps it will emerge in later infusions. As for flavouring, a creamy sort of ginger flavour comes out in the aftertaste, which is actually quite pleasant, although it’s rather mild.

I know pu’erh has a multitude of purported health benefits, but I wouldn’t be too likely to pick this tea up again, as there are many other vendors with better pu’erhs that I’d rather drink for the benefits! This one’s pretty so-so; not terrible, but nothing special.

ETA: Bleh, the second infusion (~90C, 5 min) is not to my liking. I think I’m really picky on citrusy-flavoured things, and citrus + pu’erh is not to my liking (nor citrus + green tea, for the most part). No real loss though!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Azzrian

What is this tea advent calendar about? Where did you get it? Thanks :)

Kittenna

Last year DavidsTea put out an advent calendar with little tins of different teas in it. It was what got me into loose leaf tea! :P I’m trying to finish it off before the upcoming holiday season.

Mélissa

I had forgot about the calendar. I hope it’s back this year!

Kittenna

I see that the calendar will be back this year, and coming out in early November. I won’t be getting it this year, but I think it’s a fabulous idea, especially for people who don’t live near a DT, to try out a whole bunch of teas (and get a bunch of awesome little tins!)

CHAroma

Is the calendar something you can buy online? I scoped out the DAVIDsTEA website, but I couldn’t find any reference to it.

Kittenna

Yup, pretty sure it’s available online. Check out the DavidsTea facebook page, I think people have been talking about it a fair amount on there. They said an early November release, and it sold out quite quickly last year.

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Azzrian

What is this tea advent calendar about? Where did you get it? Thanks :)

Kittenna

Last year DavidsTea put out an advent calendar with little tins of different teas in it. It was what got me into loose leaf tea! :P I’m trying to finish it off before the upcoming holiday season.

Mélissa

I had forgot about the calendar. I hope it’s back this year!

Kittenna

I see that the calendar will be back this year, and coming out in early November. I won’t be getting it this year, but I think it’s a fabulous idea, especially for people who don’t live near a DT, to try out a whole bunch of teas (and get a bunch of awesome little tins!)

CHAroma

Is the calendar something you can buy online? I scoped out the DAVIDsTEA website, but I couldn’t find any reference to it.

Kittenna

Yup, pretty sure it’s available online. Check out the DavidsTea facebook page, I think people have been talking about it a fair amount on there. They said an early November release, and it sold out quite quickly last year.

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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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