1293 Tasting Notes

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Made a pot of this to share with the wife since she didn’t think she’d ever tried it before.

See where it says “last edited by De”?

Yeah, De is my wife. She even reviewed it. Her first impression tonight? “It tastes kinda tingly.” The last line of her review from 9 months ago? “Left my mouth feeling a little tingly.”

That’s my girl.

I stand by my earlier review. Not as creamy as Santa’s Secret but creamier than Read My Lips.

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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My first cup of Santa’s Secret for the season! So much love for this blend. It will always, always be my favorite.

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drank Yes We Cran by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Yes We Cran by DAVIDsTEA
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My morning tea. I wasn’t quite awake and so I let it steep for three minutes instead of two and oh my lawd it is tart. Stupid hibiscus, I forgot you were in there. After a night of tummy trouble, this was not helpful.

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So this was a bit of an experiment, but it worked out really well! I dumped the last teaspoon or so of this beauty into my bubble teapot, but it didn’t seem like near enough. I still had the leaves from my bedtime cup of Bubbie’s last night, so I snagged that and added those leaves to the fresh. It turned out so yummy! And it resteeped like a dream, I had two full 24 ounce teapots and then my wife used the leaves for one last steep in a 12 ounce perfect mug. Frankly, I feel like we could have kept going, but this tea is so heavy, flavor-wise, that 48 ounces was really all I could handle. As the steepings progressed, the oolong did come out more, but the other flavors didn’t disappear, they simply became a bit more muted.

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This smells sooooo good.

It tastes soooo good. Much happiness.

The flavors work really well together and it is just wonderful. I was worried that the rose would make it soapy, but I’m not really tasting it, thank goodness.The cinnamon is nice but not too strong, and the nutty flavor is just perfect.

I wonder how it resteeps….

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drank Vanilla Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Meh.

It’s okay. I’ve had better, I’ve had worse. The licorice was really present, and it just didn’t knock my socks off. I added a touch of almond milk to try and bring out the creaminess, but it didn’t work. Oh well. It won’t be hard to drink the rest of my 20 g, but I don’t feel the need to buy more.

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

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drank Apple Custard by DAVIDsTEA
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Well, color me impressed! I sighed and rolled my eyes at the sight of another bulky herbal and I wasn’t expecting much. I have never had custard, though I have had pudding, but the wife informs me that they are different and I am a weird American. Regardless, she says it smelled like custard in the bin, so that was an exciting note. But after the disappointment that was Sweet Apple Cider, I’m wary of their apple blends.

We steeped this one up while getting ready to do dishes, and the kitchen smells amazing. We used the whole 20 g for a bubble teapot and let it steep for 5-8 minutes. Not quite sure, we were putzing around the kitchen. But now I have my Hook mug full of yummy and it is delicious. I will back up their claim and agree that it is the creamiest tea I’ve had. I love the chamomile in it and it’s the prefect tea to cosy up to before bed. It really does taste like an apple custard, which I’m told is like pudding but less sweet.

This is definitely a rebuy for me. I wish it weren’t so heavy, but it is truly delicious. I am glad it’s in the Advent Calendar because I think my mom would really enjoy it and I look forward to sharing it with her.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 20 g 24 OZ / 709 ML

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I snagged an advent calendar! And I even managed to grab one in store for my sister in law. After last year’s hour sell-out, I wasn’t taking any chances. I had mine shipped to my folks in Tennessee, because that’s where we’ll be spending Christmas and it seemed like a good way to have a variety of teas on hand without carting them across the border.

While we were at the mall, I picked up 20g of the new teas and this is the one I am the most excited about. I adore the Sugar Plum Fairy tea by Celestial Seasonings and stock up every time I see it. I’ve been dying to find a loose leaf replacement and I hope this is the one.

It smells so good. So good. Cinnamony goodness. The tea itself is yummy, but there’s an odd licorice sweetness in the middle of the sip. I do not think I’ll be replacing my beloved sugar plum fairy with this any time soon, and I don’t even know if I’ll restock after this 20g runs out. I need another cup or two to help me decide.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Anlina

I stopped into DAVIDs today and they had a giant display of advent calendars. I passed, since it’s full of stuff I already have, but it doesn’t look like there’ll be issues with availability this year.

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Actually, they sold out online around 6-7 last night. But that’s way better than selling out in an hour, like last year!

Anlina

Wow O_O

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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This is one of those always-perfect teas. I’m having anxiety about getting my hands on a DT Advent Calendar, of all things, and so I’ve been up since 4. I fell asleep at 1. Booo. So I made myself tea to calm down and soothe some of the anxiety with ritual. My wife took some of our stash of this to work and one day came home and said it was the best tea she’d ever had (in that moment), it just really hit the spot for her. I’ve been craving it ever since.

The whole house smells like mint chocolate now, I hope it doesn’t wake her up. Except for that part where I am painfully bored and wouldn’t mind if she did wake up XD.

And it is perfect, one again. It’s hitting that spot right on the nose and satisfying that craving. Although I will still likely grab a peppermint hot cocoa at the mall later today. I am very glad that the season of peppermint is upon us.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sami Kelsh

Peppermint season is the best season! Glad to hear that it was some comfort to you in lieu of sleep :)

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I whine and moan about pumpkin being everywhere before Halloween, but come peppermint season, I want peppermint everything. A bit hypocritical, but what can you do? XD

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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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