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Meh… had some more of this one, and it just doesn’t work for me. There are hints of the chocolatey flavour that I love in Cashew Turtle (and Almond Happiness), but something’s a bit off. Ah well. I think I have a small cup’s worth left before this is gone (but sadly, it’s another tea that isn’t listed in my cupboard because I thought my roomie would take it… but she ended up leaving me all the 52teas Christmas sampler remnants).

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Fjellrev

You remind me of Florian Bellanger saying that it doesn’t work for you haha. So appropriate too. But I agree, this was meh for me too.

Kittenna

Florian Bellanger??? googles Some dude on Cupcake Wars, I see, haha. Not familiar with the show!

Yeah… it’s strange, but I’m finding the older 52teas blends, and in some cases I mean literally older, as in they’ve been sitting around for a year or more, are more to my liking than most of the newer ones. Sad :(

Fjellrev

Yeah, I feel bad saying it, but none of the newer ones even sound interesting to me. I remember when I first discovered 52teas, I’d want almost everything on the site, and a lot of it was great. I’d impatiently wait for that new blend every week. Over the past year that’s really changed.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Ooh, the Almond Happiness is as good as the Cashew Turtle? For some reason, I still haven’t tried it yet as I keep waiting to the elusive right time to enjoy it as Almond Joy is one of my fave flavors. lol If that makes any sense at all.

CHAroma

@Incendiare, I hear you about 52teas. I’m actually kind of glad that this year’s blends haven’t been too enticing. I can’t afford any more tea!

Kittenna

Almond Happiness is definitely reminiscent of Cashew Turtle, at the very least! I really enjoy(ed) it.

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Fjellrev

You remind me of Florian Bellanger saying that it doesn’t work for you haha. So appropriate too. But I agree, this was meh for me too.

Kittenna

Florian Bellanger??? googles Some dude on Cupcake Wars, I see, haha. Not familiar with the show!

Yeah… it’s strange, but I’m finding the older 52teas blends, and in some cases I mean literally older, as in they’ve been sitting around for a year or more, are more to my liking than most of the newer ones. Sad :(

Fjellrev

Yeah, I feel bad saying it, but none of the newer ones even sound interesting to me. I remember when I first discovered 52teas, I’d want almost everything on the site, and a lot of it was great. I’d impatiently wait for that new blend every week. Over the past year that’s really changed.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Ooh, the Almond Happiness is as good as the Cashew Turtle? For some reason, I still haven’t tried it yet as I keep waiting to the elusive right time to enjoy it as Almond Joy is one of my fave flavors. lol If that makes any sense at all.

CHAroma

@Incendiare, I hear you about 52teas. I’m actually kind of glad that this year’s blends haven’t been too enticing. I can’t afford any more tea!

Kittenna

Almond Happiness is definitely reminiscent of Cashew Turtle, at the very least! I really enjoy(ed) it.

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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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