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820 Tasting Notes


Gahhh with the weather turning sour and cold yesterday, I have been craving sugary, rich foods and sugary, sweet teas. So I made this in my travel mug this morning for work, a spicy, vanilla sweet black tea full of caffeine and sweet. It’s doing ok, but my co-worker is going to get an energy for her sugar desire today as well, so I requested some candy for the afternoon haha. Darn this weather making us all enter hibernation mode again! See previous notes on this tea :)


This tea + skittles = sugar cravings being satisfied :D


Skittles, yum!

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So typical Alberta weather, today it was nicely raining and warm at noon..on the drive home, snow. Cold, icky, snow, and some has actually accumulated even. Sigh. Well, out come my cozy teas again! This one and Jin Jun Mei by Yezi were having a fight for my attention tonight lol, I wanted a honeyed, malty black tea..this one won tonight haha. I steeped it a bit longer this time and with more leaf I think, so it’s more malt and grain than honey, but it’s still delicious and cozy. A welcome comfort on this dreary evening that I actually have free for once :D see previous notes on this tea!

Oh, and as it cools, more honey notes..yes, loving this right now!

Flavors: Honey, Malt


It’s snowing here this morning. Whyyyyy?


Haha the weather is angry at us I guess :( it’s not snowing here yet..but I imagine it will later today, it’s -4 and cloudy. I want spring to come!!

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Good morning steepster, blah I am back after a wretched day of either food poisoning or the stomach flu yesterday..had to miss work and my class, still not 100% today but I am improving as the day goes on. Yesterday all I had was tea mostly and a bit of food later in the day, but mostly ginger teas, including this one. I am also having this one right now at work to fend off any lingering stomach ick. I hope whatever it is passes by the end of the day. Thank goodness for ginger teas though, especially this one and Ginger Sage Spa blend, they work wonders on stomach ailments. I’m also almost at the bottom of my second 100g of this tea haha, will have to stock up yet again. See previous notes on this tea.


Oh no! I’m so sorry you were sick. I hope you’re feeling much better.


I’m almost 100% :) just not eating a whole lot yet, still taking it slowly..I think by tomorrow I will be fit as a fiddle, I hope anyways!

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Oops, I haven’t reviewed this yet, and I’ve drank a fair few cups of this one..tonight, I made it with unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

Aside – Now that I found out I can have the original Silk almond milk, I am branching off to the flavors and unsweetened, still a bit worrying for me to have it, but I will get over it soon considering I drank a carton of the other one, and they both have almonds. Settle down paranoid brain. LOL. Anyways, tea review.

Tea Review

So this tea is pretty good on it’s own, or in a latte with almond milk, I had it with the regular almond milk and it really was epic. Tonight, it’s not quite as sweet as no sugar in it, but the flavors mesh nicely with the nuttiness and make for a smooth, spicy little chai. And the vanilla at the end..mmmmm. This is one of the rare decaf chais I have found, and it’s actually not bad at all! The main flavors are probably cardamom and black pepper as it’s pretty spicy, but rich enough to hold its own without caffeine. It might help that the recommended steeping time is 5-6 minutes lol and I did the full 6 today. Quite tasty.

Overall, a tasty decaf black tea option for before bed. I also like the name, and it makes a good latte and is also decent straight up. I will have to write a note when I have it straight next. Hmm, and I bet it’s pretty good with honey too haha. Happy to have ordered it in my Epicure order!

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

I like the unsweetened best. :)

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I received my first ever swap in the mail today from Kaylee, consisting of more of this lovely little tea, some flowering teas from Taiwan and a tea charm bookmark! And the cutest card! Thank you so much!! :)

So receiving the swap totally made my day, and now that I have more of this tea, I made myself a cup of it this evening to relax after another busy day of work. It looks like it might rain here (hoping!) so this tea combined with the rain will make for a very relaxing evening. Soft, sweet, soothing. Quite tasty! See previous notes on this tea :)

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drank Grape Expectations by DAVIDsTEA
820 tasting notes

Enter office heatwave. This is a drastic change from the usual freezing office I reside in. Today, it is a sweltering 26 C in here!! And I just made this tea hot. Well it’s cooling off and hydrating me haha, as I tie my hair up and wish I was wearing shorts and not a tank top so I could take off my sweater at work! At least this is a summery tea! Grapey and delicious! Just wish it was iced right now. See previous notes on this tea.

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Good morning Steepster!! I have energy today because I actually went to bed earlyish (a half hour makes a big difference lol), it’s supposed to be +16 C here today and the sun is shining :) and it’s not Monday!! Life is good.

So I needed to have a citrus tea today, as KittyLovesTea said, the sunshine brings about citrus cravings, they just go hand in hand. This tea is so good, I need to drink it more often, a nice black base with actual grapefruit flavor. Not too tart either, more of a sweet grapefruit. A very nice wake up tea for at work :) see previous notes!

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drank The Spice is Right by DAVIDsTEA
820 tasting notes

Le sigh..Monday morning. Only perk of today is the beautiful weather, which I won’t be able to enjoy that much considering I’m in the office then at my class all day..sigh. Just will have to drink all the spring teas today to pretend I’m out in the sun haha. I’m not sure if I reviewed this tea before, but I will write a quick note on this at work. Steeped it up for 4 mins this morning with 185 degree water, this yields a spicy, orangey tea. Steeped smell is very much cloves and cinnamon, and the flavor mirrors this but with the addition of some sweet orange in there. Quite a nice tea, spicy but still light from the green base. Maybe not the most springlike tea to start the day haha, but it’s chilly in my office and I was craving this this morning, a light, spicy, mildly caffeinated brew to start my day! Not a bad tea, and will have no trouble finishing off my 25g of this.

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Mmmm this tea has some heft this morning! I brewed it up in a mug (not a travel mug this time!) and it is rich, malty, and has the most deliciously sweet honey aftertaste!!! Unless that is the cinnamon honey toast that accompanied my fried eggs this morning for breakfast lol :P whatever it is, this lingering honey note is in the back of my throat, rich and dripping..mmmm I think it’s the tea because it’s staying so much!! To me, this is an excellent morning cup – caffeinated, smooth, malty, rich, with sweetness. Oh also that graininess. So good. I am so pleased I have a tin of this to drink!

Flavors: Honey, Malt

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drank Qing Pin by Yezi Tea
820 tasting notes

My goodness, I need to drink this more often. A smooth, malty cup of black tea with delicious fruity notes and a sweet aftertaste. The smoky note is very faint today, but adds to the malty flavor. So good for a morning cup! See previous notes on this tea :)

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Hello all, I’m a newly graduated electrical engineer as of 2013 (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’s excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte haha)

I enjoy a variety of herbal, white, green, oolong and black teas. I have also tried a few pu’erhs and matcha I am a bit sensitive to caffeine, but I find that in moderation I can still indulge in black teas and matcha.

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 recently 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.

I am happy to say that my caffeine intolerance seems to be subsiding! This is allowing me to try a wider variety of teas :)



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