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drank Spiced Apple by DAVIDsTEA
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Picked up some of this at DT today and felt like trying it – didn’t know I’d be the first to post, though! Anyhow, it both smelled and tasted much like a classic mulled apple cider, minus the intense sweet of packaged stuff. Basically, a nicely cinnamon/clove/apple-spiced mix. I didn’t take detailed notes, and didn’t really read the ingredients, so I don’t recall what else is in there, but it’s nice to have an easy-prep, low-calorie but high-flavour cider option.

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Met up with the lovely keychange for lunch, and she treated me to a wonderful latte of this tea! I wish it had been a little bit sweeter, but it was nice and chocolatey, and pretty enjoyable! I did have it hot, despite the ridiculous heat + humidity outside today.


That’s great that you two got to meet up!


It was so so much fun! :)


yay for meet ups!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Been so bad at logging teas lately, though I do have a long list of teas I’ve drank, including snippets of what I thought (in some cases). Maybe I’ll get to them, maybe I won’t. I am managing to drink through quite a bit of tea, though, which is good!

AND I got a new kettle, guys! My ever-wonderful boyfriend bought me a Black&Decker stainless steel variable temp kettle. (I picked that particular one after reading a bunch of kettle reviews). For the price, I’m super happy so far. It likes to beep a lot (when pressing buttons), and LOUDLY, which is annoying, but on the plus side, it beeps when the water is ready! Which is great. The lid doesn’t open as far as I would like, but really, it’s not that big of a deal. And it seems perhaps a touch slower to boil than I would expect, but to be fair, it was probably boiling water straight from the fridge at the time I measured (it took about 8 minutes for a full 1.7L). Anyways, I’m now into the world of variable-temp kettles! Exciting!

Anyhow, drank this prior to heading to the CNE yesterday. It was delicious. That is all.


Must get around to trying this tea!

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
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Mmmmmm, delicious. Had a cup of this the other night, plus multiple re-steeps tonight!


Mine is gone. WAH!


Mine is gone too…such an amazing tea

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drank Sweet Lime by DAVIDsTEA
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I swear I’d had this before…. didn’t someone give me samples of this? Wow, I’m so out of the loop…

Anyhow, this is ok. Very limey, which I like. Light, slightly creamy white tea. Tasty enough, but I’ll reserve judgment for my next cup, I think.


This tastes similar to lime gelato.

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drank Oolong Supreme by DAVIDsTEA
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Another tea that, although good, I’ve been drinking too much of. Despite my large hoard of tea, I’m really getting bored with what I’ve been drinking lately, because my travel-mug-compatible teas are actually rather limited. Sigh.


What, to you, makes a tea travel-,mug compatible? :)


Teas have to have a strong flavour (so anything light/delicate doesn’t work) – this is because the narrowness of the mug and possibly the stainless steel seem to impact the flavour. As well, they have to be able to tolerate sitting around at fairly hot temperatures for an extended time. In general, greens don’t work, and fairly astringent teas don’t work. I also find that most fruity teas don’t tolerate sitting too long, and start to go off fairly quickly.


Good to know! For me, whenever I pack a tea in my travel mug it can’t be an expensive tea because I know I’m going to be guzzling it mindlessly. It would be such a shame to waste a nice tea like that!

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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
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Ok… I like this tea, but I think I’m a bit fatigued of it, since it’s one of my easy-grab teas that tastes good in a travel mug, so I’ve had it a fair bit lately (whether or not I’ve written notes to that effect). Anyways, sweet and nutty, chocolatey goodness :)

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drank Chai by Higgins & Burke
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I don’t think I’m ever going to catch up on tasting notes…

Anyhow, I may have slightly oversweetened this chai today (especially think it may have already had some natural sweetness from a bit of licorice?), but it’s pretty enjoyable. The right sort of “chai” spice, though I think I prefer Tazo’s version if we’re talking bagged teas, just because the latter is a bit more potent (and potent is good for chais when you like to add milk/cream to them). Also not the biggest fan of licorice in chais, and I think this has a bit more of that than I’d like, although once sweetened, it’s difficult to tell.

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I don’t think I steeped this long enough last night (I believe I only gave it 2 minutes at boiling), as it’s pretty mild in my travel mug this morning (still warm though! Nice considering I made it before midnight last night, and it’s currently 8:30am). The predominant flavour I’m getting is kind of a nuttiness, which is nice, but doesn’t really fit with my recollection of the tea. There’s perhaps a bit of orange, too, but it’s not overly strong. Still fairly pleasant to drink, though. Hopefully I can get a nice resteep later.

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Grumble. So I’m writing these incredibly backlogged tasting notes between calls at one of my jobs, and am making a bit of progress today since it seems to be fairly quiet so far… but this is definitely not the most comfortable environment in which to be writing – there’s some sort of issue with the heating/cooling system in this building, and it is NEVER a good temperature. Right now, the ducts above me are blasting cool air and creating a breeze that is freezing me. When they are turned off, the call centre starts to get super hot and stuffy (I question whether there are any settings between “COLD” and “HOT” on the thermostat).

Anyhow, grumbling aside, new Verdant tea, woo! I believe I had some Verdant Jin Jun Mei quite a while ago (3 years? Possibly from Azzrian), though I don’t even know if it would have been sourced from the same farmer or not. I don’t recall what I thought of it (and can’t access my tasting notes right now to check, of course), but I probably didn’t much care for it, since back then I had a strong bias against most unflavoured blacks. This bias has of course, changed, and I am enjoying this tea with its smooth, slightly malty and sweet breadiness. Definitely not a favourite over my Taiwanese Black or Laoshan Black, but it’s still a nice morning tea. One interesting thing to note, though – I’m oddly reminded of Alphagetti while drinking this tea. Yes, the pasta shapes in tomato sauce. Not the tomato though, just the pasta. I guess they have some flavour note(s) in common!

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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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