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drank Sweet Apple Cider by DAVIDsTEA
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Made the decision today that I needed to stock up a little on this before it’s gone, because as herbals go, I like it well enough. So, 50g of this now resides in my DT drawer, plus 25g Pumpkin Chai. I almost got Pumpkin Cheesecake and Pumpkin Patch as well, but thought better of it – I mean, I got two pumpkin teas from Butiki today too – how many does one need?! (Don’t answer that.)

Anyhow, brewed some of this up to take the chill off of a rainy autumn day. And used my sweet DT Halloween mug, of course (it exceeds my expectations and is wonderful, in case you were curious). Man, I cannot believe how quickly things sold out. I was debating getting a second mug as a backup, but didn’t even have the chance to contemplate it. Ah well.

This tea still has a bit of a weird sour taste to it (it comes out initially, then fades, which is possibly contrary to what I originally said, as I remembered incorrectly), but it smells wonderful, and the aftertaste is pure vanilla apple. Also, no scratchy throat. So, I’m happy to have some set aside for later :)

ETA: Drank a few resteeps of this one, and the sourness was greatly diminished after the first infusion. I wonder if a quick rinse/10s infusion could help with that? Might give it a shot next time.

OMGsrsly

(All the pumpkin teas. I mean, as long as you like them… ;) )

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64
drank Cafe Mocha by DAVIDsTEA
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Got my DT Halloween mug today, yay! And this tea, which I was curious about. It smells a lot more amaretto-y than I was expecting, with dark coffee aromas mingling in the background (I assume chicory is there as well), and brewed up, it also tastes a bit on the amaretto side. Thankfully it’s not overly strong, though. The base ends up being quite strong (although whether that’s from the accidental 11 minute infusion, or a characteristic of the tea, it’s hard to be sure), and tastes more like a blend of coffee/chicory than any tea, despite there being a fair amount of tea in there.

Overall, pretty neutral on this one. I’m sure I’ll get through the bag, but it would have been a tea I’d have been happy merely sampling.

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My roomie picked up some of this while she was living in New Zealand – apparently feijoa is a pretty popular fruit over there? It’s a bit of a weird flavour – we had it in some drinks and chocolates over there while I was visiting her. It’s a bit floral-fruity and definitely has that “exotic” fruit flavour (i.e. not a flavour that’s familiar). It could be misconstrued as overripe too, I believe.

Anyhow, the tea! It’s actually a reasonably accurate representation of what I know to be feijoa flavour (although admittedly I didn’t have the actual fruit, so I could be wrong) – the aroma is fruity, sweet, and almost fig-like, and the flavour is very similar, although not quite as intense as the aroma. The green honey bush works well here – unobtrusive, and no throat scratchiness. Overall, not a flavour I overly care for, but I think it’s a well-done tea. Withholding a rating; personally it’s probably in the 40s as I don’t really want much more, but if one likes feijoa, it’s probably 80+.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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67
drank Luxury by Betjeman and Barton
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Sipdown! Thanks Sil and Ysaurella :)

I’m with Sil on this one here – not tasting maple nor chestnuts, but instead it’s fairly floral. Well, maybe I can catch a hint of chestnut post-sip, but for such a delicious-sounding combination, this falls rather flat. It’s not bad by any stretch – the floral edges towards fruity, and the base is present but smooth – it’s just not what would be expected.

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81
drank Maracaibo by Crio Bru
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Sample #3 from VariaTea! I think this may be less bitter than Cavalla – it tastes like liquefied dark chocolate chips. Maybe… 70%? With a bit of sweetener? Or perhaps semisweet (but less sweet than those, by far). Definitely creamy too. I should really do that side-by-side once I’ve had a mug of each… drinking them a couple days apart makes it pretty difficult to form any real conclusions.

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Another tasty cup of this, but being in a baggie must really affect it, as it’s not even as tasty as plain PTA anymore. Debating picking up a bit of this in my next Butiki order if it’s still available, but I’m pretty happy with my… uh… half pound of PTA/PTA blends….

Lariel of Lórien

If you have too much, I can help you with that.

Kittenna

One can never have enough PTA! :D

Lariel of Lórien

It sounds so good, and I’ve not had Taiwanese Assam ever. Lucky you.

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85
drank French Toast by 52teas
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Drank this from a travel mug today, and I think that killed some of the deliciousness (plus old age, of course). It was still good, wonderful spicing (I MUCH prefer 52teas’ classic chai/cinnamon spice flavour to DavidsTea), but missing some of the creaminess I remember it having.

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60
drank Terry's Tea by Bluebird Tea Co.
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Still not bad, but there are many other chocolate orange teas I prefer. The hibiscus in this one does peek out, which really doesn’t fit into this sort of tea IMO, and the chocolate is pretty minimal, while the orange flavour is decent. Still one more cup to go of this one – Cavo is so generous!

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Sipdown! Mmmm, delicious. It’s lost some of the banana/cream flavours, but it’s still a great tea. The hojicha base is smooth and toasty, and works perfectly to emulate the toastiness of coconut as well as crust. Love this tea, and would definitely love to have a package in my cupboard.

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87
drank Sun and Cloud Mist by 52teas
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Another gem from 52teas. Great creamy, lemony marshmallow in this blend, on a lovely non-sencha base (that is, flavourful and yes – finicky, but oh-so-delicious if you keep watch on time and temp).

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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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