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drank Magic Summer by RiverTea
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Coldbrew for a snowy afternoon.

Okay, it’s not that snowy, but I’m melting. I made candy for my brother, which is hot work! I was super grateful for this blend being cold and ready to go.

I’m trying to cut back my sugar intake, but even with less sugar, it was too sweet. Hmm. But it is still delicious and one I highly recommend.

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drank Blue Lagoon by DAVIDsTEA
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I cold brewed to help satisfy that craving for cold teas, and I only have enough for maybe one cold brew left and I’m kinda okay with that. If I want a cold blueberry tea, I’m going to reach for Blueberry Jam. This was just…overwhelmingly sweet, and I like my teas sweet.

It’s good, but I’m not sorry to see it go.

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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We grabbed Egg Nog lattes while wandering around the mall on Saturday and I, of course, had to have this. De wanted Santa’s Secret too, but I made her try something else so, well, I could try it XD. I know, I’m the worst.

This was so. good. She had buttered rum, and while it was okay, this was amazing. So, so yummy.


It really is delicious as an eggnog latte. So far, I think Cranberry Pear is my favorite though.


Agh. You guys are hyping up the Cranberry Pear eggnog lattes so much. I need one.


I told the chick making my latte about the cranberry pear, but she looked at me like I had three heads. Ah well.


Not cool. It is awesome. She should try it before judging.


It is a vanilla-y black underneath the fruit. I’ve heard of people having weirder teas done as lattes (actually, the girl at my DT mentioned a few strange ones. Not that I remember them.)


She was actually a little rude about it, but that seems to be the par for the course at the Scarborough Town Centre Davids. I was spoiled by my Sherway Gardens crew, they were awesome. At STC, I feel like I’m interrupting them in order to get my tea. Meh.


I find that a little bit at the Bayview Village one as well but honestly I think that is in comparison to the Promenade store where everyone is soooo friendly. I found the people at Yorkdale are also really sweet.

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Lately, despite the fact that it is freezing outside, all I want are cold drinks. Tons and tons of ice cold drinks. Which is all well and good, but requires some planning on my part. Either I need to cold brew or stick soda in the fridge or harass my wife into refilling the brita when she uses it. In a 24-hour period this weekend, I went through two sprite “double gulps” from 7-11…which I just discovered were 64 ounces each. Yikes. I meant, they were 3/4 ice, but I ate the ice too, so I don’t really get much leeway there.

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is I am thirsty. This is a cold brew I made for today and it was heavenly. Sweet and floral with a berry burst that I adore. So, so good. It went perfectly with my lunch of a reuben, homemade chex mix, and clementines.

I used 2 bags for 25 ounces of water.

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Mrrrf. Day number two of waking up at 2 and being unable to get back to sleep. I told myself I’m not allowed to nap today because we have a full day tomorrow and I need to sleep tonight. And I was doing okay until about…now. 11:30. On top of that, I have a package coming and the mailman usually delivers around 12:30, so if I nap now, I’ll miss the delivery of a jacket I want to wear tomorrow.


Matcha to the rescue!

Or so I thought, But the first gulp of this brought along a major headache that is only getting worse as I sip. I’m trying to power though in order to get the wake-up boost, but it just isn’t working. I am disappoint.

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In a twist of fate that made me laugh, the latest round of sample provided to me by TeaVivre arrived yesterday, just after I placed our black friday order. Hopefully these will tide me over until that order comes in! On to the tea.

This tea.

This tea, folks. It’s so damn good. The leaves seemed to burst open in my infuser. I was so busy chatting with the wife this morning that I forgot to set a time and yet this tea forgave me. As it steeped, the kitchen began to smell like fresh, buttery vegetables. Man, I was already regretting not signing up for a Mama Earth (organic produce) delivery for this morning, and the yummy veggie smell of this tea only made it worse.

On the sip, at first it’s floral, but then it expands into a buttery, steamed kale deliciousness. Ashmanra put the kale idea into my head and I can’t help but agree. I stood at the kitchen counter just breathing in this tea as my poor wife was shuffling around me trying to get the trash to take it out. But I couldn’t help it, it smelled so dang good. I’ll have to make sure my tortoise doesn’t get a whiff, she loves kale.

Now, I did add sugar. I can’t help it, I sugar every tea I drink. However, I only used about half the sugar I usually do and it is just perfect.

Here comes the honest part. I will recommend this tea with my whole heart and I will love every sip until it is gone…but I will likely never buy this tea. My wife and I just don’t reach for straight teas, we’ve learned that over the years (and seen a lot of Verdant Teas go to waste because of it.) My wife will occasionally go for a straight oolong, so there is a small chance this could find its way into our cupboard, but it is doubtful. But you never know. She could try this tea and absolutely fall in love.

But this is an amazing tea, and if you enjoy straight oolongs, give this a go. You’ll be glad you did.


“I’ll have to make sure my tortoise doesn’t get a whiff, she loves kale.” Best.Comment. LOL


Psh, I already have to fight off one of the cats whenever I have mint, I don’t need the tortoise pressing up against her glass like “hey. hey mom. mom. kaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaale. gimmie. gimmie kale. I’mma getchu. share, mom.”

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For ages they have sent me tea to try and I adore it and then forget that I wanted to order more. Three separate times they have sent me samples of tea, big samples, in exchange for review, never once pressuring me to buy or to only give positive reviews, just sharing their tea. As a result I have nothing but good things to say about the company and the tea, even when I don’t particularly like the tea (I’m lookin’ at you, pu-erh), I’ll work to find something positive to say about it.

WELL NO MORE. Thanks to their Black Friday sale and gift card, I managed to snag nearly 400 g of tea for about $40. I was so excited I woke my poor wife up 15 minutes before her alarm was due to go off so she would have time to look over the site and see if there was anything she wanted me to pick up samples of.

And let me tell you, I love that you can get a sample size of every tea on their site. We ordered 100 g of Strawberry Oolong, Flavoured Milk Oolong, and this tea, Da Hong Pao, and then we got 8 additional samples. SO EXCITED.

….crud, I hope it gets here before we leave for the States! I did not think that through >.<

Anyway, to celebrate, I opened up one of the sample packets of Da Hong Pao they sent to us in the last round of samples and brewed up a pot…which my wife immediately claimed to drink on the way to work. Good thing this resteeps so well!

I can say with absolute certainty that these three oolongs will become staples in our household. The roasty toasty goodness of this Da Hong Pao will be a welcome addition to my mornings, it’s just so delicious. And! Now I’ve had other Da Hong Pao’s to compare it to and I know I much prefer this one!

Christina / BooksandTea

I just made an embarrasingly large order from Teavivre too. It’s fair to say that I’ve been waiting for the BF sales for months….

Sami Kelsh

Oh man, BF isn’t really a thing in the UK so it’s barely registered on my radar, but now that I’m emerging from my flu-induced stupor, I need to get my butt over to teavivre’s site and order ALL THE THINGS. Yes.


Nice order! I STILL haven’t ordered from them despite being in the process of getting a second round of samples. I feel terrible since they definitely sell wonderful tea but I’ve been waiting for the black pearls to be restocked.


Christina – me too, oh man, me too!

Sami – Go! Shop! XD

Fjellrev – This Black Friday sale is awesome, you really, really should check them out! And with your recent troubles with customer service, you owe it to yourself to order from a place with amazing service!!

Christina / BooksandTea

@ Sami & @Fjellrev: I think Teavivre’s Black Friday sale ends tomorrow, so if you want to take advantage of it, you’ll need to act fast.

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drank Yellow Dragon by DAVIDsTEA
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Holy crap. This blend has been brewing in a mason jar in the back of my fridge for two full weeks. I pulled it out to toss it and curse myself for forgetting about it, but I took a sip, just to test it…

…and it’s good! Shockingly so. It’s that lemony minty goodness I know and love. Pekoe (our cat) is desperately trying to get some, she loves the mint., But this mug is allllll mine.


Lucky! I’ve had cold brew leaves go moldy after a few days.


Me too, I was shocked! But it was soooo tasty!

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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
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I am incredibly frustrated and angry and so I’m power chugging my cold brew of this beauty. It’s not working to calm me down, but it is hydrating me and helping me focus on other things, so yay!

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So after I stopped drinking tea last night, I crashed, hard. Like I laid down in bed and couldn’t move. Ugh. But then when bedtime rolled around, I couldn’t sleep. It was wicked hot, but I couldn’t open the windows due to the insane winds going on outside, so I eventually just got up and played Little King’s Story until 7:30, when I crashed again for a nap that solved nothing >.>

So you could say I had a bit of a stormy night. I wanted a nice black to wake me up a bit without making myself all jittery…I’ll be watching my caffeine intake better today.

I’ve never reviewed this tea, apparently, but I know I’ve had it, even if the package was still sealed. It smells so good, cinnamon chocolatey goodness. I love when I make a tea and the scent is so strong that it fills the room.

It’s good! I likely wouldn’t reach for it often, because if I want a cup of chocolate, I go for hot cocoa and I don’t crave chocolate often. Still, this is a creamy treat.

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Formerly aisling of tea, now you can call me ele .

“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!

New label as of May, 2015: Diabetic. I’m using tea to satisfy my sweet tooth cravings and keep me hydrated without hurting my system or messing with my blood sugar.

Ah, tea. My love for you is ever changing. At my last update, I was all about the rooibos and now I hardly drink it. I only occasionally had an oolong and now I have one just about every day. I’ve learned the art of resteeping and coldbrewing and kombucha. I have a lovely little tea pet named…well, I haven’t decided on a name for him yet. I also have five! live pets, a tabby cat named Rosabella Francis (Bella for short), a ginger cat named Orange Julius Pekoe (Pekoe), a white and grey cat named Earl Jean Grey (Earlie), a tuxedo cat (and the only boy in the house) Prince Erik Darien Darjeeling (JiJi) and a red foot tortoise named Da Hong Pao (Pao). So if you see me referring to my girls, I don’t have kids, just animals.

As for tea, I love oolongs, herbals, and black tea. Since I am no longer working, I no longer feel the constant need for a mate energy boost, though I do still reach for it from time to time. I also drink less matcha, though I do throw a spoonful or two in when I’m making smoothies. Most of my tea I drink coldbrewed, and since I discovered coldbrewed rooibos was giving me headaches, I’m drinking less and less of it. Straight pu-erh is not a thing I enjoy, but there are a few flavored blends I like. Greens are still too finicky for me to bother with hot, but they make great cold brews.

I am by no means a tea purist. I greatly enjoy flavored teas and I put stevia in all of my teas. It’s just how I do.

I think I’m going to name my tea pet Mr. Turtle. Even though he’s a tortoise.


Scarborough, ON



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