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Sipdown! 851. Thanks to Cavocorax for letting me nab a sample of her pouch while it was still sitting around with Sil :D

Hmm. Something about this tea seems kind of familiar, and I’m sad to say that it’s not in a good way. I’m starting to think that me and sTEAp Shoppe’s teas don’t agree… or perhaps, something about their chocolate flavouring/cocoa nibs. It’s not bad, or undrinkable, or anything of the sort, but there’s something that I’m not completely enjoying.

Anyhow, my first impression of this was that it’s creamy and a bit chocolatey. I’m blanking on more details right now though, so will have to go have a bit more and update later.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Tealizzy

I had the same problem with their teas! Love cinnamon swirl bread though!!

Kittenna

Yes, I do like Cinnamon Swirl Bread. I’m 0/5 on the others I’ve tried though. Still have some Cranapple Oolong to try at some point; I’m hoping that chocolate is the problem in those other five blends.

Cavocorax

I can’t wait to try this and see how it compares to Checkmate from DavidsTea. I’ve got those marked as similiar in my head.

Kittenna

I had that same thought! IMO, not very similar. Checkmate is way better.

Cavocorax

HMmmm.. Well I guess mine will be in this week so I’ll find out first-hand! If it’s not great, that’s what I get for being impulsive. :P

Kittenna

At least some of it is already gone though, if it turns out you’re not a big fan! :)

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Tealizzy

I had the same problem with their teas! Love cinnamon swirl bread though!!

Kittenna

Yes, I do like Cinnamon Swirl Bread. I’m 0/5 on the others I’ve tried though. Still have some Cranapple Oolong to try at some point; I’m hoping that chocolate is the problem in those other five blends.

Cavocorax

I can’t wait to try this and see how it compares to Checkmate from DavidsTea. I’ve got those marked as similiar in my head.

Kittenna

I had that same thought! IMO, not very similar. Checkmate is way better.

Cavocorax

HMmmm.. Well I guess mine will be in this week so I’ll find out first-hand! If it’s not great, that’s what I get for being impulsive. :P

Kittenna

At least some of it is already gone though, if it turns out you’re not a big fan! :)

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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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