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drank Toasted Marshmallow by DAVIDsTEA
2276 tasting notes

Sipdown! I keep thinking that I didn’t like this tea, and then being surprised that it’s tasty. Happened again tonight, haha. I think it’s Stormy Night, the other tea I’m having some of tonight, that I disliked. Or something else. Anyways, this is pretty tasty today. I’d call it something along the lines of Marshmallow Chai, as I still don’t taste “toasted” marshmallow, and there’s spicing in here. Along with an incredibly delicious amount of creaminess that must be from the marshmallows. Mmmmm. Not bad at all, though not something I need to keep around (well, had I fewer teas I probably would).

Anyways, farewell, another tea packet! My “sipped down” box is growing! (Yeah, I’m keeping all my used up packets so I can see that I’ve actually made progress, hahahaha.)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
Cavocorax

I like that idea! I made a sipdown box for teas that are down to 1-3 cups. Then on the weekend I can focus on them. I managed to clear out 10 teas this way last weekend!

gmathis

If I tried to explain the “need to sipdown” issue to my non-tea friends, they would just shake their heads and walk away ;)

Sil

haha i managed to get through all my small samples the other day. Now i’m faced with samples that are like 5+ cups. which is practically just tea. lesigh I don’t see how i’m ever going to get down to 150 teas.. lol

Shmiracles

ya i keep all my empty packets too, especially resealable bag types, cuz i find they are very useful when i NEED to send someone home with a tea.
also i keep trying to reduce my tea inventory list too, but all of my current ‘samples’ are ALSO like 5+ cups worth. lesigh! (plus lets not mention the other samples i keep ordering.)

TassieTeaGirl

Oh I totally keep all my used packets. Except the T2 ones, because their packaging is the only one I almost hate. Don’t mind some of the teas though!

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Cavocorax

I like that idea! I made a sipdown box for teas that are down to 1-3 cups. Then on the weekend I can focus on them. I managed to clear out 10 teas this way last weekend!

gmathis

If I tried to explain the “need to sipdown” issue to my non-tea friends, they would just shake their heads and walk away ;)

Sil

haha i managed to get through all my small samples the other day. Now i’m faced with samples that are like 5+ cups. which is practically just tea. lesigh I don’t see how i’m ever going to get down to 150 teas.. lol

Shmiracles

ya i keep all my empty packets too, especially resealable bag types, cuz i find they are very useful when i NEED to send someone home with a tea.
also i keep trying to reduce my tea inventory list too, but all of my current ‘samples’ are ALSO like 5+ cups worth. lesigh! (plus lets not mention the other samples i keep ordering.)

TassieTeaGirl

Oh I totally keep all my used packets. Except the T2 ones, because their packaging is the only one I almost hate. Don’t mind some of the teas though!

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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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