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drank Creamy Pumpkin Spice by iHeartTeas
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Sipdown! 836 (and still counting tea inventory… oyyyy… That 800 goal is a long ways off.)

Anyhow, this tea has lost some flavour since the first time I had it, and so I’m still not a huge fan – I’ve since discovered that Butiki’s pumpkin tea is quite good when it’s not in a sample packet, and I think this tea was similar, although to be honest, if I’m going to have a pumpkiny tea, I want it spiced like pumpkin pie, so the Della Terra ones are still my favourites in that regard.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

psssst..if you drink them faster, their flavour doesn’t go away :)

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75
drank Gooey Butter Cake by 52teas
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Still tastes mostly just like a creamy, lemony black (I’ve never had butter cake), but it’s pretty enjoyable in that respect. Still have a bit of it left to enjoy thanks to KittyLovesTea :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
gmathis

http://www.pauladeen.com/recipes/view2/gooey_butter_cake

Very easy to make—I’m a kitchen incompetent and can pull this one off.

Kittenna

There’s no lemon in butter cake???

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drank White Pear by Teaopia
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Tried, can’t really recall flavours, but have enough for another cup. Ugh, I suck at this, haha. Anyhow, thanks Indigobloom!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Opposites Attract by DAVIDsTEA
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Again, drank, backlogging, forget how it tasted, except I do recall the mint, and the fact that I don’t think I much cared for it. I see that there’s pu’erh in it; that may have something to do with it! Anyhow, thanks for letting me sample it Janelle!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Aperitif (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Hmmm, again another tea I forgot to log, and don’t recall recall the flavour of. Thanks for sending me some Janelle – at least I have enough for another cup! I seem to recall it being reasonably tasty though.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Kabusecha by DAVIDsTEA
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Ok… tried this a couple weeks ago, but have no recollection whatsoever of how it tasted! Boo! Luckily Janelle sent me plenty, so I can give it another few attempts and write about them then :)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
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Still so, so good. Another backlog :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Oh, I need to try this one too! Unless it’s an old out of stock one.

Roswell Strange

It’s part of the permanent collection so you should be able to get your hands on some!

Fjellrev

Coincidentally, I’m brewing some of this up right now!

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55
drank Strawberry Lemonade by iHeartTeas
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Sipdown! 828. Another remembered backlog from a while ago. It wasn’t bad, but I’m glad I sent the rest off to momo. A bit tart, a bit lemony, and a bit weird because of the rooibos, is basically my assessment of it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80

Another backlog of a tea I had a while back (and just remembered). It was just as delicious as I recalled, and my boyfriend even noticed its delicious, delicious aroma. Mmmm. I taste less blueberry and more cake/sugary sweetness, but it’s really quite good.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown! 829.

This one has definitely lost flavour over time, but I’m not sure it’s really a bad thing, haha. It was pretty darn potent before! Anyhow, I should have sweetened this, but it’s perfectly smooth to drink straight, therefore fairly enjoyable.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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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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