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This is (at least) my second cup of this – the first is sitting in a backlogged list somewhere… Anyhow! I quite enjoy this tea. Pepperminty in that fresh, candy-cane-like way instead of that gross mint-leaf way (there’s a difference, trust me!), delicious chocolatiness from the cacao shells (and nibs, presumably), and of course, I adore the perfect base tea.

My only issue was that the tea in the bag smelled a bit like some of the old 52teas blends with cacao nibs did – a bit on the chloriney side? Thankfully it didn’t really impact the taste, but I did find it a bit concerning.

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drank Pumpkin Pie Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Yu Lu Yan Cha Black by Verdant Tea
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Backlogged; some of the more recent harvest of this tea. I believe it was quite tasty! Chocolatey and malty and perfect with dessert.

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drank Spiced Nog by Butiki Teas
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Backlogged; it appears I drank this twice, actually, in the last couple months. Not overly surprising, because it is so good.


Yep, when I drink the same tea within a month I feel bad for the other teas I have. :P

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drank Pumpkin Cider by Butiki Teas
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Backlogged; another tasty tea that I enjoyed but can’t write anything specific about. Sigh.

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Backlogged; probably the tea I was most excited about for this particular box. Sadly, that doesn’t mean I wrote anything down for it, either. I see that other people wrote about florals in this tea, which I wouldn’t have overly enjoyed, but it’s hard to say – sniffing the dry tea, I’m not really getting anything floral, mostly a plain black tea with a bit of minerally/rock oolong aroma.

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Backlogged; I believe I enjoyed this. I did actually taste all the teas from the box around the same time, and definitely liked a couple more than the others, but failed to write that information down and now haven’t a clue which was better. Ha.

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Backlogged; not the faintest idea if this is the right tea or not, though. I recently bought it (mid-2015), and it’s part of the Li Xiangxi Collection, just called “Big Red Robe”. Either way, as with many teas I’ve had recently, I really don’t remember my thoughts on it… at all. I typically enjoy this type of tea, though, so probably enjoyed it.

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drank Mulled Wine by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlogged; this was just bubblegum to me. I didn’t like it very much, though I loved the mulled cider we made at work today. Not sure what is causing that association here.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlogged; have some of this from last year. Still enjoyable, but I do (did) prefer Della Terra’s less-chai-y Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie / Chocolate Pumpkin Pie.

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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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