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drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlog from Saturday. This one also suffered from travel-mug-brewing syndrome, and didn’t taste very good until it had cooled down quite a bit (and even then, it tasted a bit off). Since this one usually tastes good even when brewed at the office, I conclude that brewing in a travel mug that doesn’t let heat escape is Not A Good Idea. Sorry Timolino, that infuser you come with is probably never going to be used again…

Cavocorax

Is that the Timolino mug from DavidsTea? I splurged on one with some bday money and I love how leakproof it is, as well as the secret compartment in the lid. I can’t believe how well it keeps the heat in. I’ve been known to forget tea for 4+ hours and it’s sorta a bonus to come back to warm tea then. I’ve learned to take the lid off after brewing if I plan to drink it any time soon.

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Does it actually taste like chocolate?

Kittenna

Yup, it’s the Timolino from DavidsTea, and it’s certainly amazing how long it can keep tea hot! Unfortunately I prefer my tea warm, so it’s annoying sometimes, so I usually brew the tea in a mug, then let it cool a bit before pouring it into the Timolino. I learned, however, that it’s not leakproof if you put scalding tea in it and turn it upside down (or if you forget the little rubber hidden compartment bit!)

I’m not sure that this tea actually tastes like chocolate or hot chocolate, but I quite like it, and found it to be a pretty darn good replacement for the super sweet lattes that I used to buy. I’d say it’s worth giving a try!

Helena

awww.. poor Timolino! I love a travel mug that can keep my drink at the right temp for hours. If you leave the lid off for a little bit or add cold water to it that might help keep it at a warmer temp for you. I don’t know how that will effect the taste though :D

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Cavocorax

Is that the Timolino mug from DavidsTea? I splurged on one with some bday money and I love how leakproof it is, as well as the secret compartment in the lid. I can’t believe how well it keeps the heat in. I’ve been known to forget tea for 4+ hours and it’s sorta a bonus to come back to warm tea then. I’ve learned to take the lid off after brewing if I plan to drink it any time soon.

Cavocorax

Does it actually taste like chocolate?

Kittenna

Yup, it’s the Timolino from DavidsTea, and it’s certainly amazing how long it can keep tea hot! Unfortunately I prefer my tea warm, so it’s annoying sometimes, so I usually brew the tea in a mug, then let it cool a bit before pouring it into the Timolino. I learned, however, that it’s not leakproof if you put scalding tea in it and turn it upside down (or if you forget the little rubber hidden compartment bit!)

I’m not sure that this tea actually tastes like chocolate or hot chocolate, but I quite like it, and found it to be a pretty darn good replacement for the super sweet lattes that I used to buy. I’d say it’s worth giving a try!

Helena

awww.. poor Timolino! I love a travel mug that can keep my drink at the right temp for hours. If you leave the lid off for a little bit or add cold water to it that might help keep it at a warmer temp for you. I don’t know how that will effect the taste though :D

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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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