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Nom nom nom. A travel mug of this one accompanied me to the boy’s house last night! Drank it in between pathetic attempts at playing songs on Rocksmith. I am clueless about playing the guitar (which is super frustrating because I’m decent at piano, and seem to think that the two should correlate a heck of a lot better than they do!) Ah well. Practice makes perfect…

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LiberTEAS

I do hope that this one was in the 12 Days sampler, although I didn’t order the sampler, Frank usually offers the teas in the sampler box as a limited reblend … and I’d love to get more of it.

Rebecca Lynn

Lime Jello Salad? How bizarre!

Kittenna

It is soooooooooo good!

Babble

Was this tea a popular tea when it was released? I think this was before my Steepster days. It doesn’t really sound that appetisizing to me, but I’ve heard really good things about it (I also ordered the 52teas christmas sampler, too)

I <3 Teas

Hmmmmmmm I may want to get some of this. Not sure how I’ll like it.

Kittenna

I don’t know if it was popular when released… it was sent to me in a trade (it was before my time too). I suspect it will not be in the sampler….

I s reblended :(

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LiberTEAS

I do hope that this one was in the 12 Days sampler, although I didn’t order the sampler, Frank usually offers the teas in the sampler box as a limited reblend … and I’d love to get more of it.

Rebecca Lynn

Lime Jello Salad? How bizarre!

Kittenna

It is soooooooooo good!

Babble

Was this tea a popular tea when it was released? I think this was before my Steepster days. It doesn’t really sound that appetisizing to me, but I’ve heard really good things about it (I also ordered the 52teas christmas sampler, too)

I <3 Teas

Hmmmmmmm I may want to get some of this. Not sure how I’ll like it.

Kittenna

I don’t know if it was popular when released… it was sent to me in a trade (it was before my time too). I suspect it will not be in the sampler….

I s reblended :(

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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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