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drank Jasmine Earl Grey by Twinings
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Hahaha, this sounds like Sil’s nightmare tea! Thanks for this one, MissB! I’m not a huge fan of either jasmine or bergamot, but don’t mind either in most circumstances, and often enjoy them separately, so it was interesting to try them out in combination! Sadly, I mostly tasted bergamot – the jasmine either blended in so well that I didn’t notice it, or the bergamot was too overpowering for it. It wasn’t bad, but was fairly strong – milk and sugar would have been ideal additions, though I drank it plain.

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How about adding some lavender and rose to that combo. ;)

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So smooth and chocolatey – even though this is a few years old, now! Definitely highly recommend this tea to anyone who loves malty, chocolatey blacks (though it’s not quite as chocolatey as Laoshan Black).

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drank Prince Vladimir by Kusmi Tea
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I’m annoyed because I can’t remember what this tasted like the other day – but wow, it was delicious! Again, no internet access right now while I’m typing this note, so I can’t see my previous thoughts on it, nor can I see an ingredient list, but I believe there was some citrus, and I found it to be quite enjoyable. Thanks again Sil!

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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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I guess I still have a few cups of this one left – it’s not really my thing anymore, but it really hit the spot the other day. Smelled exactly like apple pie filling, with the perfect amount of cinnamon/spice. Delicious. Probably would have been optimal not to have consumed it from a travel mug, but oh well. It was a nice change from some of the other teas I’ve been having lately!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I don’t know exactly how much of this tea I have left, and that’s making me oddly panicky. Has anyone found a replacement yet??? I think I’ll hoard this until I die if I can’t find something comparable. Anyways, delicious as always. So delicious.

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drank Organic Bancha by Butiki Teas
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Shouldn’t have had this for the first time in a travel mug. But I did. It was fine, kind of toasty, but that really wasn’t the best environment for it, and I knew that. I just didn’t have all that many options at the time, haha. So, more details to follow in future tasting notes. I think I will like it, though.

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drank Chocolate Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Holy crap, I forgot how sweet this tea is. Too sweet, really. I know I liked this when I originally tried it, but having since had Crio Bru and cacao shell, I’m completely over teas with artificial chocolate flavouring. Also sprinkles. Anyhow, still have some of this to finish off, so should get to that sooner rather than later. The flavour isn’t too bad – fake chocolate and sweet – I just have to keep it out so it actually gets consumed!

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I have no recollection of drinking this, aside from the first sip. But I must have, because all my travel mugs were empty, haha. A good blend (I’d be open to more cola-y blends in the future, hint hint!)

Also, excited to see the relaunch of the 52teas Kickstarter! Fingers crossed it gets funded this time, because I promised my mom some Graveyard Mist! Haha :D

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drank Berry Poppins by DAVIDsTEA
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Used my whole sample up to make a pot of this to share with my boyfriend’s mom. This time I actually have something to write about! The aroma is deliciously berries + cream, and I’m happy to report that the flavour follows (although I think I underleafed a bit, and it would have been better with a bit higher leaf:water ratio). I think I’ll be picking up a bit more of this to have around, especially since my boyfriend’s mom seemed to enjoy it as well. I’m such a sucker for cream teas.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Berry Poppins by DAVIDsTEA
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Tried this in-store while chatting with an employee about various things (he answered my questions satisfactorily – I was impressed) so didn’t have a great recollection of how it tasted, other than “good”. Really useful tasting note, hey?

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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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