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I haven’t had this tea in ages. It is hitting the spot today, although I think the caffeine might smack me in the face shortly and I will have to slow up drinking it lol. Today I have also noticed a stronger flavor with a bit more malt and some raw cacao. Yummy!

So we went from like +32 C this weekend with no relief in site to 2 days of rain and temps around +20 C. A welcome change, although the humidity is pretty weird after such a dry weekend. I’ve been coughing and feeling kinda ick from the weather, but I do love the rain, and so does my garden and lawn lol. Weird weather. At least I can drink hot tea again, and caffeinated ones at that! See previous notes on this tea :)

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drank Mint Earl Grey by Thay Tea
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So most of the province is under a heat advisory…with temps soaring up to above 30 C…and I am going to one of the FIFA games tomorrow HAHA. That might not end up going well. I’m kind of hoping the person I’m going with decides we should not go and then we can just go somewhere with AC out of the sun haha. Ugh.

I made a minty hot tea this morning, but I think this weekend I will bust out my iced tea pitcher for the first time this year and make a few (dozen) batches of non-caffeinated teas. I feel like I shall melt haha. Oh, and this tea is minty and good as usual. See previous notes!

Uniquity

Are you in BC? Stay cool! Spring has hardly hit here on the East Coast, let alone summer. Low 20s, but forecast of 14 this Sunday! Climate change is feeling pretty real this year.

MissLena

Haha no in AB! We rarely get heat like this, I guess usually one week of summer, I’m hoping this is the last one! I prefer it a bit cooler. I would love to be where you are! I’m good with low 20s :) climate change is definitely having a impact, both with winter and summer. Kind of scary!

Uniquity

I enjoy the low 20s as well BUT it hasn’t been consistent so the lakes are still cold and I haven’t been swimming yet this year. Which I do NOT appreciate! Our winter was horrible, the worst one in my (shortish) lifetime. It was comparable to winters 50+ years ago..and the one before was no picnic either. :(

Eat lots of cool things and remember to stay hydrated. Good luck!

ashmanra

We have been around 40C here in the south but we are more used to it. That sounds really high for up there and I hear that a lot people don’t have air conditioning. Stay safe! I actually have gotten dizzy twice lately – once working in the yard and once while out running errands.

mrmopar

I need to move up your way.

MissLena

@Uniquity – yeah your winter was horrible! Ours was surprisingly mild and not as prolonged as other years. We really need rain here or there will be a drought this year though! I survived the soccer game though! Lots of water and a giant sun hat :D

@ashmanra – ugh we only get 40C here rarely and those days I can’t even leave the house, no idea how you guys deal with it! Don’t get too warm, heat exhaustion is the worst :(

@mrmopar – haha for the one week of hot weather or the usual lack of it? :)

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Drinking a fine cup of this tea while at work this morning! Trying to have hot tea a few times this week as we are expecting a massive heat wave this weekend, +33 C!!!! Gahhh! I will melt! And I will be outside probably fishing this weekend….bring on the sunscreen and water!

Anyways, this tea is delicious this morning. So bright and tasty. I was craving this last night at like 10 at night lol so I made sure to wait until today. Now back to work! See previous notes on this tea :)

Tabby

I really need to place an order with these guys. Been meaning to for years!

MissLena

You definitely should! I love the majority of their teas, all that I’ve tried anyways haha :)

Nichole

Me too! I always seem to find something else to get instead. I need to make this a priority!

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drank Mint Earl Grey by Thay Tea
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It’s been a long time Steepster..I have been pretty busy with life, had a work conference in Toronto last week, lots of events, not much time to have tea, except for a bunch of bagged peppermint last week lol. But I thought I’d log this tea this morning because it’s FRIDAY and I can finally (hopefully) go home and nap and catch up on sleep before my brother’s birthday celebration tonight. This tea is minty and fresh citrus, as usual. Tasty and happy to not have caffeine today, my digestion has been on a rollercoaster from too much eating out the past week and a half…need to eat veggies and avoid tannins for a bit! See previous notes on this tea :)

Christina

This work conference in Toronto last week…it wouldn’t happen to have been a conference for professional editors, would it? From the 12th to the 14th?

MissLena

No it wasn’t that one! It was on lighting controls haha probably much less exciting :P

Christina

Darn. Because I live in Toronto I think it would have been amazing if we had been at the same conference.

MissLena

That would have been so cool! :)

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drank Jin Jun Mei Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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Brewed this with the wrong temp this morning lol, I am so tired I didn’t feel like looking it up online lol. But still a decent tea, although again muted by the travel mug and the steep temp being lower than it should be. Still some mild cream/honey notes, hopefully this tea also isn’t too old that it’s losing it’s flavor.

Funny, I just read my note and it said my sleep schedule was screwed up 10 months ago and I was going to fix it on the weekend..I feel like that again today, 10 months later lol. I am proud to say I have made a habit of going running at least twice a week, 5 km each time I go minimum! This has been ongoing since about the start of April, I am very pleased I have finally kept up with it. But anyways, that could be contributing to my sleepy state this week, just an accumulation of no sleep. Gahhh. Today I am off at 1:30 from work though, so I will go home and sleep hopefully if I am tired enough :P

See previous notes on this tea!

boychik

Running is great. Im too lazy and tired. i probably need some buddy

MissLena

It was difficult to start and keep with it, I did get a lot of encouragement from my bf to keep going. Hoping I can keep going through the summer! Hot days are not fun though haha.

Fjellrev

Good for you! But I hope the mosquitoes won’t start to attack you. :)

MissLena

@ Fjellrev me too! So far so good :) I try to wear long sleeves and longer pants as well to minimize exposed skin lol, we’ll see how that goes when its 25+ though..

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Bah I haven’t written a note on this one yet but have drank it quite a few times..and today is not the day to write a detailed review since I’m at work lol..but let’s just say this is a great EGC with a bit more bergamot in it than Acquired Taste’s other cream offering I have tried. I think the first time I had this was steeped in a pot at my great aunts, with not much attention paid to the time it steeped for as we were visiting, etc, and it was still excellent! A great one for a large pot or just a cup, however today in my travel mug it is a bit perfumey from the bergamot. Nevertheless, this is one of my favorite earl greys and it can stand up to being brewed a lot of ways it seems! Tasty and warming on this cloudy, cooler morning. Finally got some rain last night :) I am still waiting for the t-storms this summer! Not really any good ones yet. Anyways, back to work now, I will write a more detailed note later!

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drank Coconut Ice by DAVIDsTEA
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Having this tea this morning at work, blah I am tired today, something with caffeine might have been a better choice. This is a tasty tea in a travel mug though, so that’s saying something! Lots of coconut flavor, fitting as it is supposed to be quite warm here today so a summer-y tea is a good choice. Maybe it’s the long weekend catching up with me, but I’ve just felt off this week so far, tired and kind of cranky. It could also still be my allergies lol. Hoping it passes soon. In the meantime, I will drink tea lol. See previous notes on this one.

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drank Coconut Ice by DAVIDsTEA
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I picked up 25g of this tea for myself and 25 for my mom for Mother’s Day at the mall yesterday, since coconut is her favorite thing in tea. She loved the first cup I made for her yesterday, and I had a sip and thought it was tasty, so I decided to brew up a cup tonight. It’s also caffeine free, so maybe I’ll actually get to sleep on time haha.

The dry smell is heavenly, definitely rich, creamy coconut milk. Sooo yummy smelling, a bit of extra sugary sweetness in there too!! Yum! I steeped for about 3 or 4 minutes, as I don’t like too strong of a honeybush flavor, although I don’t mind honeybush. The steeped tea has the characteristic coconut oil slick on top, but it actually doesn’t seem as bad as other blends I’ve had from DT for oiliness. It smells like that coconut sunscreen mixed with honeybush lol, a bit oily but mainly coconut and honeybush.

As for the flavor, this is a pretty simple blend, it tastes straight forwardly like coconut and honeybush. Not sure if the cocoa shells are imparting a rich flavor in this or just adding to the weight of the tea. Nevertheless, it is creamy and pretty good. I would like to try this iced to see how it does compare to coconut ice cream likeness!

Overall, this isn’t a bad blend, it reminds me a lot of the 52Teas honeybush blends with coconut, although I loved the addition of pineapple and cheesecake flavors in the 52teas versions. But I like that this tea has a much more simplified ingredient list and actually tastes like what’s in it – coconut and honeybush. Tasty and I will definitely try this iced. A nice caffeine-free tea to drink for a while! Might even restock at some point :)

Flavors: Coconut

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drank Strawberry Colada by DAVIDsTEA
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Hello Monday..I oversteeped this tea and have bitter, tart, mostly disgusting hibiscus water lol. Next time we will try a 3 min steeping time, this has a ton of potential but just wayyy too tart right now. I steeped about 6 mins. Gahhhhh. My bad. Monday brain needs to wake up when making tea. The very mild coconut and strawberry flavor is nice though. If that can come out more, it will be delicious. But I messed it up lol. My bad.

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I haven’t been writing many tea notes lately..I have been drinking tea, but just haven’t felt like logging. Mostly some sipdowns too. But today I feel like I should log this yummy sheng, as it is making my Saturday a good one. The bf got called to work unexpectedly at 6 am, so that kind of threw a wrench in the day/weekend. So I have been brewing this tea with a killer headache (it seems to be helping) and working away outside cleaning up the raspberry patch. A messy, scratchy job but I’m happy it’s done!

Anyways, this tea is light, fresh, fruity, and a bit of a grape flavor today. It could still be the apricot, my allergies are running rampant so I had a pill today and my sinuses are dried up now haha. But this tea is still delicious as always, I see it is now archived on Verdant’s site so probably won’t have a chance to order again once I finish this bag. I should try Master Han’s 2014 to see how it compares one day :) see previous notes on this tea!

Oh, and in entirely unrelated news that I want to share because it makes me happy – we have a robin nesting under our deck right outside the kitchen window! They are in the process of building the nest and have been sitting in it a bit already! I will try to get pictures at some point and post on IG :)

ETA – I found the apricot flavor :) about the 4th or 5th steeping. Sooooo delicious.

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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.

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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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