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drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlog, but a very exciting backlog!

Not about this tea, but super exciting (to me)

So if you have been following me on Steepster for a bit, you will know that I have a severe peanut allergy, and thus avoid all nuts in a paranoid manner. You may also recall my excitement at trying Almond matcha, which doesn’t actually have almonds in it, but the concept was a huge step for me to actually try other nuts that I am not allergic to that I know of. Well, yesterday, I decided to go a huge step further. I went to DAVIDsTEA to get some apple teas to try for a co-worker, and I decided to get an ALMOND TEA. Real almonds, no simulated flavors. I was between Forever Nuts and Long Life oolong, and decided on Long Life oolong. So when I got home, it was with great apprehension that I took an almond out of the bag and first rubbed it on my wrist to see if there was a reaction. After 20 minutes, nothing. Good sign. So I pondered for an additional 15 minutes about whether to eat it, and had a small breakdown in the process lol. But finally, I went for it. I ate the piece of slivered almond! It tasted like peaches haha, but it was an almond, and it was in my stomach. The last time I had eaten an almond (which I’m not even sure I am recalling correctly) was when I was 4 or 5 in soccer and we sold those chocolate ones, but that could even be a flawed memory lol. Regardless, it was at least 15+ years ago! And GUESS WHAT! NO REACTION!! Woot! I got a bit worked up so I was worried I’d notice little things like my cat making me sneezy and attribute it to the almond, but it was fine! This opens up so many possibilities in the way of foods I can eat, and teas! So yes, I thought I’d share that with y’all in a long rambling note. Sorry about that, but it is a super big deal for me and I am very pleased with the results lol.

Tasting note about this tea

In my waiting to see if I was allergic to the almond (see above if you care), I made a cup of this, one I bought for it’s apple qualities. Mmmm, man this smelled like apple crisp and tasted spot on like apple crisp! Very filling too, a rich tasty treat. Happy I tried this!

Lala

Congratulations Hope you can start eating more kinds of nuts too.

MissLena

Me too! Baby steps though, it’s a scary yet satisfying process, there are some I will probably avoid forever anyways (pecans and walnuts) but I’d like to try pistachios and hazelnuts at some point!

Lala

I have a friend who is allergic to only tree nuts. So he can eat any nut except if it was grown on a tree. Not sure what the difference is.

Indigobloom

yay!! Glad to hear you can truly eat almonds now, and hopefully other nuts as well!
One thing I would watch out for though, is the occasional bitter almond. Apparently it happens to about 1 in 100 of them, and most distributors manage to catch them before packaging, but the odd one does slip through. My Mum is allergic to almonds (but not peanuts) and her doc says it may have been that she ate a bitter one, to spark her allergy.

MissLena

@Lala – Oh, he can probably have peanuts then, as they are actually grown in the ground, I should research about how they are grown to see if that might impact which ones I try!

@Indigo – Yes, it’s exciting :D I can eat macarons now too, so excited! Eep, yes I will keep an eye out for those, I will go very slowly with the amounts of almonds I eat to begin with too, in case a larger quantity triggers my reaction to go off!

Indigobloom

Good idea. Fingers crossed for you MissLena! :)

OMGsrsly

Macarons are definitely worth it! So exciting that you have figured this out.

MissLena

Thanks all! Pumped about the world of opportunities available now :D

ashmanra

Hooray! So glad for you!

Ysaurella

that’s really Great news MissLena !

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Lala

Congratulations Hope you can start eating more kinds of nuts too.

MissLena

Me too! Baby steps though, it’s a scary yet satisfying process, there are some I will probably avoid forever anyways (pecans and walnuts) but I’d like to try pistachios and hazelnuts at some point!

Lala

I have a friend who is allergic to only tree nuts. So he can eat any nut except if it was grown on a tree. Not sure what the difference is.

Indigobloom

yay!! Glad to hear you can truly eat almonds now, and hopefully other nuts as well!
One thing I would watch out for though, is the occasional bitter almond. Apparently it happens to about 1 in 100 of them, and most distributors manage to catch them before packaging, but the odd one does slip through. My Mum is allergic to almonds (but not peanuts) and her doc says it may have been that she ate a bitter one, to spark her allergy.

MissLena

@Lala – Oh, he can probably have peanuts then, as they are actually grown in the ground, I should research about how they are grown to see if that might impact which ones I try!

@Indigo – Yes, it’s exciting :D I can eat macarons now too, so excited! Eep, yes I will keep an eye out for those, I will go very slowly with the amounts of almonds I eat to begin with too, in case a larger quantity triggers my reaction to go off!

Indigobloom

Good idea. Fingers crossed for you MissLena! :)

OMGsrsly

Macarons are definitely worth it! So exciting that you have figured this out.

MissLena

Thanks all! Pumped about the world of opportunities available now :D

ashmanra

Hooray! So glad for you!

Ysaurella

that’s really Great news MissLena !

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Hello all, I am an electrical engineer (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it was excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte, or decent decaf haha)

I enjoy a variety of teas – current favorites being ripe and raw pu’erhs, chinese black teas and herbal/green rooibos blends. I also enjoy white, green, and oolong teas, although I tend to drink them more in the warmer months. I have also tried matcha and guayusa, but I don’t drink them too often as I am a bit sensitive to caffeine. As a result I don’t drink black teas as often as I used to, but in moderation I can still enjoy a wide variety of teas.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I have tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

MissLena’s rating system
(as of 04/19/13)

95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
90-94: Awesome teas, will probably purchase again a few times
80-89: Very good tea, may restock at some point
70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
50-59: not a favorite, probably will have a tough time finishing the bag
-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.

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