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Missed this last year, but my local DT had a bunch of 25g packs in the sale section, so I grabbed one. I rather like it – sweet and clovey, very Christmassy but without nasty hibiscus which too many Christmas teas seem to contain. I left the tea steeping in the mug the entire time, and it just got better – I would like to try it with proper infusions but I doubt it’s a long-lasting tea. I’m debating picking up another pack of it before it disappears, but being so heavy, it’s a pretty expensive tea by weight…. Also, best not to develop too much of a taste for a discontinued tea!

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drank Pumpkin Patch by DAVIDsTEA
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Winner! Love the caramelly flavours here, as well as the pumpkin spice. I preferred my at-home brew to the sample I had in-store, which is always good. I think I may even prefer this tea to Pumpkin Chai! Just a perfect spicy pumpkin fall blend. Probably will pick up another 25g to hang onto and sample every now and then.

sweetea

How does the garam masala hold up in this? I remember being spice-punched by Tealish’s Patisserie and so now I’m ULTRA wary of savory-spice teas. DDDDD:

Kittenna

Oh, it’s just fine. The molasses-y flavour is predominant, and the spicing is at a perfect level. It’s very much like a Pumpkin Chai + molasses.

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drank Pumpkin Cheesecake by DAVIDsTEA
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Just saw a review likening this to Della Terra’s Carrot Cake – I agree. Kind of a fall-spiced rooibos with definite pumpkin overtones, but not really any cheesecake. I tried this both in-store and at home, and had a similar impression both ways, so I doubt I’m brewing it incorrectly. Anyhow, for a caffeine-free fall pumpkin tea, I think it’s decent, but I prefer the flavour of the other new tea.

VariaTEA

That was me who made the comparison so I am glad I am not the only one who felt that way.

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Three Wishes Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! (Kind of… I’m giving the rest to a friend who likes it more).

Tested it with 3/4 tsp of leaf and a much lower temperature than previously – results are much better than previously. A mangoey, peachy tea with floral notes.

Too distracted to write more now – too many people talking here!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
darby

I have a tiny bit of this…you make it sound good…I’ll have to dig it out.

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Still a fan. I don’t think it’s necessarily “creme brûlée”, but there’s a carmelly flavour mixed in with the perfect chai spicing (my version of perfect, which is light on cinnamon, heavier on cardamom, with a touch of ginger), and the base seems fairly resilient. I always appreciate when I don’t feel the need to add milk/sweetener to my chais (not that I shy away from those that are better with additions!), but it means I will let myself drink it more often because I don’t have all those extra calories to add it, it’s just delicious by itself!

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drank Red Queen Cupcake by Butiki Teas
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Big fan. The espresso flavouring in here absolutely makes this tea – it adds incredible depth and body, making this much more than just another black tea with fruit flavouring. And of course, the base is great, as is the fruity flavouring, so the extra dimension makes this a real winner. I suspect this will be a re-purchase for me, and an unexpected one since I was anticipating this to be more along the lines of Raspberry Truffle and/or Ruby Pie, which it really isn’t/

Preparation
3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Surprise favourite here! I bought this simply out of curiosity, not because I anticipated liking it. Apparently, though, blackberry is a perfect pairing with guayusa! I’m not overly fond of guayusa, but it worked so well here that I’ve actually found myself wanting to drink this tea again (tea cravings for guayusa?!) The juicy blackberry flavour just worked so well with the earthy flavours for whatever reason.

To be fair, part of the reason I picked this tea up was because I was interested to see how Butiki did lime, but unfortunately I really can’t taste any lime here. Which, flavourwise for this tea, is ok, but a bit disappointing because it is an ingredient. Again, however, I drank this in a travel mug and will have to try it again to see if it was just hidden by whatever atrocities travel mugs do to teas.

Preparation
3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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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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