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Coldbrew Sipdown! Yay!

I’m actually sad to see this go. It is tastier than expected and it’s keeping me from passing out in my seat. Yum. I added vanilla agave, and it’s a roasty toasty cinnamon vanilla treat, with the roasted mate just rounding out the flavor. Beautiful.

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Arg. This tea is so good…when done right. I don’t know what the hell they were thinking at Davids when I got this to go. My wife was envious of my carry travel mug, so we stopped in to get one for her, as well as pick up three replacement infusers that somehow got lost in the move. Anyway, as I’ve always understood it in Davids store, when you buy a travel mug, the first fill is free. We have 2 timolinos, a carry travel mug, a kid’s spill-proof mug, a bodum travel press and three of the iced tea specials. And every other time, we’ve gotten a free cuppa. So today I asked for iced Grape Expectations, because the wifey didn’t want anything, and when the girl went to ring us up, she said she forgot to charge us for the tea to go. Ah….no? Am I wrong? Is the first cup not free? We had already started the debit transaction, so she let it go, which is good, because if I had paid for this, I would have demanded a refund.

So they open the new travel mug and offer to run it through the dishwasher. I appreciate the thought, but the mugs are handwash only (something they should know) and that would heat the metal inside, which would not at all help keep my iced tea iced. I declined and asked them to just rinse it. Then came the weird part. They must have filled the infuser with leaves, filled the mug with ice and then hot water, and then put the infuser and top on the mug.

Um…no?

I asked if it had agave in it and she said no, even though I had asked for agave. So she opened it back up and that’s when I saw the leaves. As I was trying to figure out why the leaves were there, she proceeded to put four pumps of agave in the mug, going for a fifth when I stopped her. I asked for “a fair bit” of agave, but that’s excessive.

I stepped out and immediately dumped out the leaves. My wife offered to go back in with the infuser and lid to ask them to rinse it out and I agreed. She came back and now there were a fair number of leaves on top of the lid, the part you drink out of. When I took a sip, I had cold agave water with the barest hint of grape.

So…yeah. This is not the right way to make this tea, I don’t recommend it XD.

Lynxiebrat

Yeesh. You’d think a tea shop would train their employees the proper way to make a cup.

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I know, right? I was so unbelievably irritated.

Cavocorax

That’s so annoying! :|

keychange

How annoying to have your first tea in the new shiny carry mug be such a disaster! by the way, i got a carry mug too and I love it so so so much.

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I love my carry mug and use it every day, it’s amazing for keeping my cold teas cold. De and I both have a timolino and a carry travel mug, but let me tell you, I’m addicted! If they come out with pretty colors for the summer line, I’m boned XD

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drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown and not a moment too soon. I coldbrewed it overnight, added a few drops of vanilla agave, and hated it. A few sips in and my stomach started to churn.

Nope. Thankfully I have a bit more vanilla oolong in my cup to calm my stomach.

Bumping the rating down as this tea literally made me ill.

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drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea is so good. I had a Moment and grabbed my new gongfu teapot from Davids…it’s so wee and adorable! I’m not allowed to handle glass, though, so my wife did the actual steeping. We started with a 30 second steep and went up 15 seconds for each steep, pouring the tea into a bubble teapot. We made it to 1 minute, 15 seconds before the pot was full, and the leaves were still giving off lots of flavor. It smells heavenly. It’s creamy and delicious and everything I love about this tea.

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drank Blue Lagoon by DAVIDsTEA
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Coldbrewed this for a day and I had it with some friends last night. I added a splash of blueberry pancake liquor and oh man. Oh. Man. So good. Do iiiiit.

Fjellrev

Blueberry pancake liquor actually exists? Crazy!

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I’ve only ever seen it up here in Canada, but oh man is it tasty.

Fjellrev

Ah, the closest thing I thought it could be was a flavoured vodka, like Pinnacle vodka.

Fjellrev

Ah, THAT brand. Now I want to go frolic around a liquor store looking at flavoured stuff haha.

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XD We did that yesterday, and now our home is overflowing with, like, Vanilla Ripple and Watermelon Vodka and Winter Jack XD.

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Coldbrewed into a world of nope. It tastes like grapefruit that’s a few days too old and dried out. It’s not a pleasant tart, it’s a stomach-churning tart. Like taking a bite out of a white grapefruit peel.

Maybe it will be better hot. I hope so. I hate wasting tea, but I don’t think I can finish this.

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drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
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I love this tea. My tin is almost empty and this is Not Okay. Must restock ASAP. It saved my life many times when I was a little worker bee, and now that I’m a stay at home Queen Bee, it gives me the pep I need to finish cleaning before we have company tonight.

Dustin

Bah! The life of a queen bee is so overrated! You get to have sex once with a bunch of drones you just met, then spend the rest of your life inside laying eggs all day every day and don’t even have time to stop and feed or bathe yourself. Others do that for you. I think I’ll take a worker bee position! In addition to being a tea nerd, I’m also a huge bee geek and I need to try this tea someday! :D

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drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
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Coldbrewed. This is…okay. Just okay. It’s juicy enough and I loved the first sip, but as the cup goes on, it’s less and less tasty. It’s got a weird taste to it that I’m going to assume is the chamomile, as I’m not overly familiar with it. My next cup will be a sipdown and that is more than okay with me.

VariaTEA

I also had an issue with the chamomile in this. It got to a point where even the smell was off putting.

DaisyChubb

Yep I have to agree with the chamomile in this one! Reminds me of the old dulce & banana but without the strong banana flavour it’s just offputting haha – finishing the bag will be a struggle! The struggle is real!

Cattibrie

Thanks for the info. This is now off my list to try. Chamomile is just not a flavour I like.

Roswell Strange

I struggled with this one too.

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Well, I just dumped the rest of my bag into my mason jar to steep for tomorrow, so yay for getting rid of it. I find that I’m more willing to drink a tea if it’s coldbrewed because I made myself get used to drinking massive amounts of cold water when I was working. And this way it’s done and Future Rita’s problem, because I hate to waste tea, so I’ll drink it and curse Past Rita the whole time XD

DaisyChubb

oo good idea! maybe it’ll mellow out a bit coldbrewed, think I’ll follow your lead for the rest of my bag too

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Good luck to you!!

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96

Coldbrew Sipdown (387/370)

This is so good. So, so good. I need to get my hands on more of this bright, juicy blend.

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This was a pleasant surprise of a sip down. (385/368) I was expecting overwhelming rooibos flavor, but it isn’t. Instead I got a nutmeggy-caramel flavor. Coldbrewed the last of this and I’m glad I did. This is a nice moment on this snowy day.

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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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