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Sipdown! 812.

Yeah… I don’t think flavoured pu’erhs are really for me (generally), because I nearly always get a bit of fishiness which clashes badly with the flavourings. IIRC Cinnamon Swirl Bread was an exception, and there are probably others that I’m not thinking of right now, but I would prefer to have a similarly flavoured black tea over the pu’erh version. There’s nice fruity strawberry/fruity flavours, but a hint of fishiness, which is just too much.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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Sipdown! 813.

This one’s a definite like, so I’m hoping that ‘Creamy Blue’ is similar in the flavouring aspect. It’s all delicious, creamy blueberry, no weird rooibos flavour, and no astringency from the black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown! 814.

A perfectly good strawberry/chocolate black, although IMO it could use more strawberry. Decent base though (no astringency), and it doesn’t taste overly fakey. I’d drink it again, but it’s not unique enough to keep stocked.

Strange… I don’t have this logged previously. I think I had it in a travel mug, so must have just forgotten. Whoops!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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Sipdown! 815.

I didn’t have a big piece of star anise in the cup this time, which greatly improved the flavour, IMO. I taste ginger and a candy sort of raspberry… it’s actually fairly pleasant! I don’t think I’d feel the need to get any more of this, but without icky licoricey flavours, I’m quite happy with it.

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

I’m wary of any tea that has the word melange in it. We have a bad history lol

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drank Cactus Flower by Della Terra Teas
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Yuck. Not. A. Fan. I’m getting serious medicinal rooibos flavour here, along with perfumey fruitiness. The rooibos is actually making me gag a bit. Yuck yuck yuck. Not for me. Not at all.

ETA: Calling this a sipdown. 816. Because Indigobloom still gets a go at it, and I don’t want any more. YUCK.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
JustJames

rooiboos and i don’t get on.

Indigobloom

Oh dear it seems that this is a love or hate it tea! Eeeps

Della Terra Teas

Very true Indigo, if you don’t love floral teas, and/or cactus flower you will not like this, most likely. But, at festivals, when brewing this for people, it’s one of our most popular. It’s always a 50/50 deal on this one.

Indigobloom

Interesting. I didn’t know the cactus profile was like that!
I’m not a huge floral tea fan myself sad to say

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Sipdown! 817.

Yep, still a resounding “meh” from me regarding this one. It’s fruity (pineapple is dominant), and this time there isn’t any astringency, but it’s just nothing special at all.

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

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drank Fireside Spice by Della Terra Teas
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Sipdown! 818.

I previously compared this tea to DavidsTea’s Glitter and Gold… and yup. Bang on, IMO. It’s good; I certainly like it better than I remember liking Cinnamon Crackle, and without an epic oversteep, it isn’t overly sweet, which is good. I probably wouldn’t bother stocking both G&G and Fireside Spice in my cupboard simultaneously due to the similarities; I’m not sure if one is better than the other, but DavidsTea is certainly much more accessible for me, so that would be my pick, for convenience alone.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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Sipdown! 819. The rest is off to Janelle. (Also, I got to remove Cinnamon Crackle from my cupboard as well – yay!)

Anyhow, I just brewed up a half-cup of this today, and I think I underleafed (or understeeped), as the flavour’s a bit light. It does taste like pear, but there’s just an air of perfuminess that’s a bit too much for me to handle, and I seem to recall it being even worse when the tea was fresher. Probably a great tea for those who enjoy pear as well as floral teas.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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I certainly get more of a caramelly flavour from this tea than I do chocolate… which is completely fine with me! I enjoyed a steaming hot cup of it last night while playing a card game out on the deck of my new place… it was pretty awesome.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

Yay!

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
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Sipdown! 821.

Thanks to momo for this one. I don’t mind this one, but really am not getting anything other than “flavoured black” from it… which could be an age issue. It’s a tea I would like to try again, just because of all the glowing reviews, which mine is not. Ah well!

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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