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85
drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
823 tasting notes

Wooo! My Herbal Infusions order came! Hehe, I managed to get a bag of that wonderful marshmallow EG, I had it in a travel mug for my course tonight and it was SO GOOD. But I will save that first note for when I can truly do the tea justice in a cup at home. So I got home and made a cup of this, I also ordered the mint cacao and they threw in a sample of the vanilla! So excited to try them all!

So this tea, tisane, whatever you would call cacao shells..man oh man, smells like decadent hot chocolate in the bag. I steeped this for 5 and a half minutes with boiling water, and it smells like hot chocolate!! Off to a good start!

As for the flavor, yes, this is quite good. Very true chocolate, a tiny bit watery, but it is a tea lol so that is forgiveable. If my lactose intolerance wasn’t acting up so bad lately, I would probably have added some milk, but we will take a break from that for a while lol. This is pretty darn tasty sans additives anyways. So far, a delicious start to Herbal Infusions teas, and always exciting trying teas from new companies!!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Yvonne

I neeeeeed to buy some of this! Just wish I had money lol

OMGsrsly

I steeped mine for 20 or so minutes last night. It just gets better. Maybe that will help the watery-ness?

MissB

I drink this with coconut milk when I want more creaminess, and it’s still divine.

Sil

Yvonne – just think of the list you’ll have for your first paycheck when you get back to work lol i swear i keep ordering things and my list never gets smaller sigh

OMGsrsly

That’s exactly it, Sil. My list never gets smaller, while my budget and tea drinking capacities never get larger. :)

Cavocorax

Nope. That’s what Steepster does- introduces you to so many companies you would NEVER have heard of, and then all of a sudden you really want to try them too. LIke that TeaGreswhatchamacallit co.
(those guys need an easier name. I wouldn’t want to google that)

MissLena

@Yvonne – I have the same problem lol, I need to not buy anymore tea..I still have one order on the way and some free samples haha, I’m also running out of space!

@OMG – Hmm I will have to try that, hopefully I won’t get too much of a chocolate buzz :P I noticed it a bit last night lol

@MissB – I need to get coconut milk! Especially for chais and lattes, other milk substitutes that I’ve tried have been a no go lol.

So many new companies and so little space/money. Ah well, always more time later to try new teas! Unless they are limited editions lol

Yvonne

Definitely looking forward to an eventual fourth first paycheck again, haha! Won’t be for a while though, but it’s in my future :) It’ll be blown 100% on tea. That’s for sure.

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93

Oops, my restock of this never made it into my cupboard count lol. Oh well, a sipdown was had earlier today with this one, I really enjoy this herbal, although I will confess I preferred the first blending of it a bit better. The second one was more cinnamon and coriander, less of that berry taste, and it didn’t brew up as purple haha. But still quite tasty with honey, which is how I had it this morning out of my travel mug. Yum, this one might make it’s way back for a third stocking in my cupboard..after I restock my beloved Ginger Sage Spa blend first though haha. See previous notes!

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84
drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
823 tasting notes

Yum, I’ve been craving this tea all week. Having it tonight to celebrate my guy being home from up north finally! Ahh I can finally relax :) this tea have a nice caramel flavor mixing with the black tea. I get a hint of salt in the aftertaste, which is nice. I enjoy this blend because it’s not a signature overly sugary DavidsTea dessert blend, it’s far more subtle and the base actually is present in the flavor. Light yet rich. Good for before bed and listening to zen music. Ugh, can’t believe it’s only Tuesday…can’t wait for the weekend, I just want to relax and drink tea and stay warm! See previous notes on this tea :)

Yvonne

This tea is just lovely :) Cures all my ooey gooey caramel cravings

MissLena

Nice, yes it’s hitting the sweet spot quite well right now, not overly sweet, which I am very much enjoying! I will probably stock up on a bit more of this, I only have enough left for about 1 more cup :(

Yvonne

Oh no :(

MissLena

Ah well, more room to try more teas, or restock! :D so much tea to try, and so little cupboard space lol

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84

Man I haven’t been logging notes lately, with all the house craziness haha, it’s all getting there though, removed conditions tonight so just a bit left to do! So excited to move in!!

Anyways, this is a sad sipdown I am logging tonight. This was my favorite honeybush of the Bestsellers sampler I think, Coconut Cheesecake came close but this is just so good at all times. I almost made it in my travel mug today but I didn’t want to risk ruining the last cup. I steeped for 10 minutes tonight and it is delicious, very cakey cinnamon smelling tonight, I can smell the icing, and the flavor definitely has cream cheese icing in it, along with the breadiness of cinnamon buns and of course the cinnamon. One of the few teas I really enjoy where the main flavor is supposed to be cinnamon! A yummy one, would buy this again! See previous notes :)

ETA – 750 notes! How did that happen in a little over a year haha, lots of good teas I guess :)

__Morgana__

Congrats on 750!

VariaTEA

Yay for 750! I just passed 600 and it has only been four months.

MissLena

Thanks :)
Haha wow you’ve logged tons of notes in 4 months variatea congrats on 600!!

VariaTEA

Haha. I might be a tad obsessed.

MissLena

Lol no worries, I think we all are on here :)

caile

Yay, that’s great!

OrganicOswald

Are there any accolades that are only achieved once you reach a certain amount of notes?

MissLena

Not that I know of haha, it’s mostly just surprising that I have drank that much tea, and a nice milestone on my tea journey :)

Yvonne

Congrats!

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88

I had a cup of this earlier this week, but this week has been so crazy I didn’t log it. Oh, as an aside, the Tulsi Rooibos tonic from this same BOMC box, is so good I’ve been drinking it steady all week, probably half the bag is gone already LOL. Talk about going through a good tea fast!

Anyways, this is the other blend I have tried, still have to try Midwinter Robe tomorrow. The dry smell of this is wonderful, it reminds me of my beloved Ginger Sage Winter Spa Blend (which I need to order ASAP when I’m finished with all this house buying stuff!). There is a nice rose component, the tulsi is also there, and I think the rhodilia might also be there, as it’s also in Ginger Sage Spa Blend. A spicy, slightly floral, comforting scent.

I steeped about 1.5 tsp for 1 minute, I haven’t tried a longer steep time yet as I don’t want it to get too intense, especially caffeine wise in the evening. The steeped smell is spicy and warming, there is a fresh shu pu’er smell, nothing fishy or anything, just that earthy freshness like in Sichuan Caravan. The tulsi is there too, and it smells herby too haha, quite pleasing.

As for the flavor, this is rich and strong with flavor. Quite herby, with a definite tulsi component. It is a bit strong and you feel it a bit in the nose with that fresh sensation, but it has a surprisingly smooth and clean aftertaste, not bitter, actually the rose comes out a bit in the aftertaste. It is almost woody (probably the shu) but in a good way haha. Earthy and fortifying. A tasty blend that I think will grow on me, it feels like one I will start craving haha. Although maybe not quite as much as that Tulsi Rooibos!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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94

Ok so this tea is so good, I am having BACK to BACK cups of it. Had this before bed, now having it at work first thing. I brewed it at home, so I can’t fully comment on the dry smell, but it was super lemony and good. I followed the steeping parameters of 1 minute with boiling and end up with a pretty darn flavorful cup. Might try a bit longer next time to see what happens!

Oh, and to note, this blend has ROOIBOS in it. I believe this is the first rooibos Verdant has made! Huzzah! And man, is it ever a good one! The steeped scent is lemony and sweet, refreshing and calming. The flavor…wonderful. I stand by that this is a cup of sunshine, and while there is no caffeine in this, it still pleasantly wakes me up with it’s freshness and makes me happy. I feel like it should be a lazy Saturday morning, cuddling in bed with the cat and this tea, but I am at work lol. Fresh, creamy, bright…and not much rooibos flavor!! I am not sure where the tulsi is in here, the lemon verbena is the main flavor, but I think it adds a sharpness, maybe a herbiness. Whatever it is, everything blends very well and I am impressed with this!

This one might even make me send Verdant a note to beg for it to become available permanently. Yes indeed, this one, Yu Lu Yan Chai, and Elderberry Herbal top the list of teas I have loved from the blend club. Awesome tea!!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

I think the 2 flavors that go best (although not together) with rooibos are lemon & chocolate. That’s been my experience so far. I adore lemon verbena. It’s a permanent resident of my herb garden, I even planted it where I’ll walk past it every time I go out the back door, because one touch & heaven…sigh…sweet heavenly scent! :)

MissLena

Agreed! My favorite lemon rooibos had been Lemon Chiffon, but this one might surpass it..it’s just fresher and not as sweet! Mmm soo good, I have a chocolate rooibos for later today too actually haha! I can’t wait to move to my new place and plant herbs, lemon verbena, mint and lavender are on the list! And catnip for the cat :)

yappychappy

When did they do a yu lu yan chai with blend club? :O with it being winter and the first blend of month (i thought) i was /really/ hoping for a chai.

MissLena

That one was part of the November box I think, that particular blend is actually available on their site now! I think it’s the only chai they have had so far.

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94

A perfect cup of sunshine.

I’ll elaborate more later, but really good!

Good night steepster :)

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89

Ok so I am finally not too busy to write a tasting note!! Ok, first of all, news

If you just want to read about the tea, skip to the last paragraph

So this weekend has been hectic, well the last few weeks anyways..as we have been..house shopping! Yes, me and the guy have been looking at houses, searching online, etc etc..and we finally found it! Our house! And, WE GOT IT! For less than we budgeted too! I am sooo excited! It’s been super busy, and now the guy is off to work up north for 10 days, so I will have a fair amount to do this week, but it’s ours, and it’s beautiful! A big garden and fruit trees too, in the city!

and a tea related part!

The wonderful couple we bought it from lived there for over 40 years, and there were tons of teapots in the house! Beautiful ones! Well, we went on the weekend when they were there, and got talking tea! Haha what are the chances! They brought out a bunch of tins for me to smell and everything, and even recommended me a new company based in Vancouver! Crazy haha, tea brings about the randomest things sometimes!

So yes, that is my news. First house! So excited :D

So now..onto this tea..

I have been drinking tea as of late but too busy to log, but tonight I am relaxing and having a wonderful cup of this with a splash of skim milk. Skim doesn’t seem to upset my stomach, so a very good cup tonight! Creamy, tart, a bit astringent, but it’s lemon haha, so it’s ok. I might have steeped it a bit over 2 mins as well, so that could be contributing. Yummy and good on a Monday night! See previous notes.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Yvonne

Wow! Congratulations! I really hope you enjoy your new house :) This is so exciting!

yyz

Congrats!

MissLena

Thanks!! Ahh it’s so exciting, it’s just the one we wanted! It even has shelves and lit cupboards for my teaware :D the cat won’t break any of it again haha

keychange

Congratulations! You must be over the moon!

Kamyria

Oh wow, congratulations!! It sounds like a lovely house. I like the part about the big garden with fruit trees.. and place for your teaware!! :D

Fjellrev

Wow, congrats! If I were to buy one there, it would be south side or nothing haha.

OMGsrsly

Congratulations! That’s so awesome. :) (I have to ask though, where did they recommend? I want to visit!)

Kat_Maria

Congratulations! I can’t wait for that moment to come for my hub and me… someday.

__Morgana__

Congrats on the house!

MissLena

Thanks everyone!! Yes the fruit trees and garden, which is actually a bunch of raised flowerbeds, will be awesome! And room for teaware of course haha! And Fjellrev don’t worry it’s on the south side of the river haha :D

And @OMGsrsly – they recommended Murchie’s, I looked at a few of their reviews on here and I will definitely have to place an order in the next few months! Looks tasty!

Fjellrev

I am SO glad to hear that!

OMGsrsly

Oh yes! A friend got me (more) Murchie’s for Christmas. :) Their stuff can be quite nice!

Sil

That’s amazing news! Congratulations!

Meliboum

Congratulations !!!!! :)

Nicole

Congrats!

MissLena

Thanks all! Yeah Murchie’s has a huge selection, in Feb I will probably place a small order :)

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81
drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
823 tasting notes

Sipdown! Sorry for the sparse notes lately…exciting things are happening haha I will update when it’s less crazy here! A good creamy tea, although a bit drying on my mouth tonight, will make another tea shortly for before bed! See previous notes on this one, it was good while it lasted!

Sil

yay for excitement!

Cavocorax

Ooooooh. Sounds excellent!

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81
drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
823 tasting notes

My one cup of black tea for the day – I really should start having this earlier. But I’m so sleepy tonight I doubt it will do much. I’ve been reading *keychange*’s notes on this tea this week and last, and have been craving it now haha. Creamy and sweet, a bit of raspberry, a bit strong tonight but still delicious. Next time I will add some milk. Nice cozy flavor that reminds me of summer. :) see previous notes!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

I’m so intrigued by Fantasy Island as so many people are drinking and liking it. It’s going on the want list.

VariaTEA

@Morgana – you really should try it. I find most people overlook it when they are at Davids but those who try it typically really enjoy it. I know I did!

__Morgana__

Thanks for the confirmation, VT!

keychange

Love this tea, and I’m glad my tasting notes made you crave it! I think you’ll be blown out of this world (in a good way) when you add in some milk! mmm

MissLena

Haha yess I think I added some milk in the past and it was just soo creamy and good..I don’t too often because I’m bad with milk, but I might have to this weekend!

@Morgana – yes it seems to be a blend that is not as well known, but it is one of their tastier creamy black teas!

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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 :)

Location

Canada

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