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How has it been two years since I last had this tea? How? After the Sweet Apple Cider disaster, I needed a tried and true favorite. I enjoy oolongs, because I can get so much out of them. I make a pot and usually get 1-2 steeps out of the leaves. Then my wife comes home and gets another steep. Then I dump them into a mason jar to coldbrew overnight and I get another steep. Even if the flavoring is long gone by the cold brew, I still get a nice, cool cup of oolong delight.

The brewed tea smells so peachy and so lovely…yum yum yum. The almond and peach work together so beautifully that I can’t believe I haven’t reached for it in two years! Definitely one of my favorites.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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Ugh. The scent of this tea holds so much promise, but it is just awful. It smells like yummy hot apple cider. It tastes like apples that have gone bad. The Peaches and Cream has the same awful flavor, I blame the little vanilla nuggets they put in. I love apple cider and this is an insult to cider as a whole.

Cameron B.

I don’t even understand why the vanilla is there… Doesn’t make sense in apple cider. :(

Sami Kelsh

What Cameron said. I love vanilla, but man, does apple cider not need it! Boooooooo :(

aisling of tea

I don’t even mind vanilla if it had been done right, but this was just awful.

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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Split a pot of this with my wife tonight to end a cruddy day for both of us. Ah, but Santa’s Secret makes everything better. What would I do without this blend? Cry, probably.

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Yep, I’m sick. I had a cup of this last night, and made a pot this morning to get me through my day. It’s funny, when I’m not sick, this blend is just okay. Nothing spectacular and a touch too medicinal.

But when I am sick, it is the best thing I have ever tasted. I feel so much better after a pot and this is one I need to always have in stock.

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So I’ve been hearing some wheezing when I breathe and shockingly after a day traipsing around the Toronto Zoo in the drizzly rain, I feel a lot worse. My throat feels sore and swollen, my chest aching. Ugh. Luckily, the wifey picked up a sample of this last night.

It’s nice! Very tasty and wonderfully soothing. It reminds me of Cold 911 but without the punch in the face of the menthol. Which, don’t get me wrong, the menthol is a life saver, but sometimes it’s not the most helpful thing ever. So this will be a nice alternative to keep on hand for when I’m sick.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I really, really like this blend. I would like it more if I hadn’t oversweetened it. Boo. Still, I am glad 10 g gave us so much dry leaf and I will definitely be buying more. I love the raspberry and it reminds me of Razzmintazz without the mint and y’all know how much I love that blend. Yes, this is one I need to buy more of ASAP. I also need to try it cold.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Eggnog by DAVIDsTEA
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This is yummy and sweet and creamy…but this is not eggnog. Maybe with milk. Or cold brewed. There are a lot of variables to play with. I see potential, but it’s not there yet. Dang.

I don’t really know how to describe the flavor, but a word I would not use is eggnog. I almost feel like the rooibos flavor is holding it back. Once I separate out the rooibos, if I squint, I can almost see eggnog, but yeah. This is a miss for me.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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drank Champagne by DAVIDsTEA
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I only have a bit of this left and I’m thinking that’s a good thing. I coldbrewed it overnight and something in it is just turning my stomach. It’s rare that I can’t finish a cup of tea, but if I drink any more of this, I’ll be sick. I’m not going to rate it because it is old and I may have screwed it up. The raspberry yumminess I remember is there, but then it’s just…stomach turning.

2 tsp 25 OZ / 739 ML

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drank Swiss Schoko by Tea Emporium
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I used their parameters in an effort to finish off the bag of this that we have been avoiding for ages. I only steeped it for two minutes instead of their recommended 3-5 minutes because two teaspoons is twice what I usually use for 12 ounces.

It’s….okay. Bitter and the flavors overwhelm each other to the point that I can’t really pick them out. Definitely not one I would buy again, but I never would have bought it in the first place.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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So my biggest love is candy cane hot cocoa. It is my favorite thing this time of year. A few days ago I was craving it and so I asked the wife to make me a cup of peppermint tea and then add cocoa to it. It was okay, but the peppermint was way too strong and sharp, not sweet and mellow like I wanted. So tonight, as I got ready to head out in the rain, I made a cup of cocoa and dropped in two bags of Candy Cane Lane and a drizzle of vanilla agave.

Success! Oh man, this is good. I wish I hadn’t made it in my timolino three hours ago because it is still blazing hot when I just want to chug it. The bags have been in the cocoa this whole time and it isn’t bitter at all.

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“You can forgive a murder, but never a mistake while preparing tea.” Chinese proverb

Labels? Here you go: Femme, Wife, Lesbian, Homemaker, Happy. Don’t forget tea fanatic!

My tastes in tea have changed, so I should update this as well. I find myself leaning more towards rooibos and herbals, if only for their great ability to chill in my travel mug for hours and not get weird on me. When I have time to properly brew a cuppa, I lean towards white teas (which I only steep for 30 seconds) and black teas (which only get 2-3 minutes from me). I cannot stand green teas, they’re too fiddly for my tastes. Oolongs are great, but a bit fiddly as well. However, I love watching oolongs open up in my looseleaf brewer. I’m slowly discovering mates and falling for them…there are many I look forward to trying!

So…yeah. That’s me and my tea!

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