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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
2229 tasting notes

Yum. This one’s getting bedside-table-chilling treatment, as I’m tired and it’s time to sleep. Although I still enjoy this one, it’s one of the mistakes I made where I purchased 100g because oh my goodness, I needed to have it forever and ever. Now, I’m realizing that for the most part, I would much rather try new teas every day than stock up (although there are a few exceptions to this). Unfortunately, even though I’m about a cup away from a sipdown of this bag, I have another entire 50g bag in my office that is still sealed :(

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
whatshesaid

You must drink even more tea than me!!

I love Alpine Punch, it’s the first rooibos I fell for

Gabriela

Give it a break and come back to it in a few months. This is one of my favorites, but I find that I need a break between cups.

Shmiracles

i too am learning that small quantities often are the better purchase. no matter how much i love a tea, there are always new teas to try! and my tastes seem to change quickly when i’m not looking.
i will say though that Alpine is one of the best herbals i think. so you were thinking clearly when you got 100g. summer is coming and i’m sure it will come in handy.

Tealizzy

I know what you mean about the balance between stocking up and trying new teas!

OMGsrsly

I’m totally getting the whole “many smaller packages” being better than a few large packages thing. 50g is starting to seem like a lot for some of my teas!

Cavocorax

Yeah 50 seems like too much for me. I’m starting to buy 20-30g of all the teas I’m interested in, and drinking them while they’re still super exciting. Then, if I’m still excited, I’ll know whether it’s one to restock or not. I think I’m up to 110 teas now, but… most of them are under 30g so that’s ok, right? right

GiggleGoddess

I got the Northern Lights by DavidsTea in the 100g version as well (so I could have a tin). Would you like to trade a bag for a bag? I opened both my bags to put into the tin…but I can put it back:)

Kittenna

I appreciate the offer, but I’m not a big fan of Northern Lights :) I actually read through my tasting notes for this one, and saw that I loved it cold brewed! So now I know where the rest of it will be used up! :D

Btw guys, I try to buy the absolute minimum of all new DT now, and then I can stock up later. Even 10g is sometimes too much for me though, as it’s ~3 cups.

GiggleGoddess

I concur….I’m definitely going to get the smallest size possible since I can’t really walk into a DT or anywhere else (besides Teavana) and get a sample cup to try.

peronium

I used to stock up on every tea I fell in love with, but the reality of not being able to drink so much really gives meaning to the phrase “too much of a good thing”. Now, when I go tea shopping I go more frequently for just 10-20g of each type at a time – borderline ridiculous, but that gives you a chance to taste more variety AND fresher tea. Besides, in-store tea shopping is fun :)

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whatshesaid

You must drink even more tea than me!!

I love Alpine Punch, it’s the first rooibos I fell for

Gabriela

Give it a break and come back to it in a few months. This is one of my favorites, but I find that I need a break between cups.

Shmiracles

i too am learning that small quantities often are the better purchase. no matter how much i love a tea, there are always new teas to try! and my tastes seem to change quickly when i’m not looking.
i will say though that Alpine is one of the best herbals i think. so you were thinking clearly when you got 100g. summer is coming and i’m sure it will come in handy.

Tealizzy

I know what you mean about the balance between stocking up and trying new teas!

OMGsrsly

I’m totally getting the whole “many smaller packages” being better than a few large packages thing. 50g is starting to seem like a lot for some of my teas!

Cavocorax

Yeah 50 seems like too much for me. I’m starting to buy 20-30g of all the teas I’m interested in, and drinking them while they’re still super exciting. Then, if I’m still excited, I’ll know whether it’s one to restock or not. I think I’m up to 110 teas now, but… most of them are under 30g so that’s ok, right? right

GiggleGoddess

I got the Northern Lights by DavidsTea in the 100g version as well (so I could have a tin). Would you like to trade a bag for a bag? I opened both my bags to put into the tin…but I can put it back:)

Kittenna

I appreciate the offer, but I’m not a big fan of Northern Lights :) I actually read through my tasting notes for this one, and saw that I loved it cold brewed! So now I know where the rest of it will be used up! :D

Btw guys, I try to buy the absolute minimum of all new DT now, and then I can stock up later. Even 10g is sometimes too much for me though, as it’s ~3 cups.

GiggleGoddess

I concur….I’m definitely going to get the smallest size possible since I can’t really walk into a DT or anywhere else (besides Teavana) and get a sample cup to try.

peronium

I used to stock up on every tea I fell in love with, but the reality of not being able to drink so much really gives meaning to the phrase “too much of a good thing”. Now, when I go tea shopping I go more frequently for just 10-20g of each type at a time – borderline ridiculous, but that gives you a chance to taste more variety AND fresher tea. Besides, in-store tea shopping is fun :)

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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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