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drank The Perfect Pear by Della Terra Teas
1195 tasting notes

Every time I opened my travel mug yesterday it was like whooooosh PEAR. So pear indeed, it’s hard to find a tasty pear tea.

This one isn’t bad, it just has a lot of floral notes to it. Perfect? Better than the only other pear tea I’ve had for sure. Since I have actually been in the mood for something floral I didn’t really mind it, but I can imagine it’s kind of offputting if that’s not your thing.

I’ve only got half an ounce of this so I might try experimenting with it a little but I don’t think I’d get more.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Aimee Popovacki

is this one kind of like perfect pear by davids? I loved that one (when they broke up their summer gift sets I got myself about seven 25g bags) … since that was kind of dumb and I couldn’t drink them fast enough I began to give them away in tea swaps and I am now down to one or two. I don’t see them bringing this one back this year… it was quite popular but there are heavier hitters that people freak out for every year (tropicalia and luscious watermelon) so I’ve started to look for a replacement!

Kittenna

Nope, not really like the DT version. Black base, for starters, and I think the pear flavour in DT’s was more authentic and less floral.

Aimee Popovacki

darn! i really love a good pear tea.. but i find a lot of them are just so off..

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Ok bit of backlogging time. So maybe I will stop thinking about going to grad school OH GOD WHY I JUST WANT TO NOT GO TO SCHOOL BUT I SHOULD—err. (not even going to get into the part where I don’t even know which of my two options I’d go with. NOT both again.)

I had this on Sunday night and it was a fantastic tea dessert. I’ve not tried lime chiffon yet, but I had just had lemon chiffon a week prior to this and didn’t really think it tasted like a blend of both. I don’t really pick up on the cream strongly like I do in this one.

This has both lemon and lime for sure, like I can actually taste each one distinctly…unlike a lot of other things touted as lemon-lime where it’s just some vague citrus flavor.

This is definitely pretty sweet by itself too, I think it’d make a pretty interesting latte, maybe an iced one would be in order too.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Kittenna

The cream is more prominent in Lime Chiffon, IMO. I definitely have to compare them all though…

momo

I’ll try that one tonight finally if I can figure out where it is

Azzrian

Oh what are the grad school options? What is your major in? School is way better than working. At least when your my age it seems as such. My daughter is just getting set up for her first year of college in the Fall. I so wish I could go!

momo

I’d probably stay at Georgia State, and options are political science or economics. I’d really only do it full time if I knew I could get an assistanceship because I’m not paying out of state tuition ever again. Otherwise I’d work for at least a year and then go part time so I can be in state FINALLY.

Azzrian

Yeah out of state tuition is a KILLER! Socioeconomics would be fun!

Erin

What are your chances of getting an assistantship? That is one of the biggest differences between the humanities & the sciences- in the sciences, most of the time they do not even accept you into the program unless they have an assistantship for you.

I would love to go back to school, and looked at GA State (originally from GA), but the fact that I would have to pay for it is a real deterrent.

momo

I have no idea, I only really looked at it for the political science dept. It doesn’t really say how many there are, just that the majority are research assistant and not teaching assistant, but they also are given so many waivers per semester for out-of-state students to be changed to in-state so that’s an option too.

I also just found the econ grad dept has a fall semester in Switzerland so I am now leaning back towards econ but not immediately after finishing this fall for sure because I want to be able to do that.

Cavocorax

That sounds like some tough decisions! I guess it sorta depends what you want to do, but from what I’ve heard economists are highly in demand, compared to a lot of the other “arts” disciplines. Universities have to pay Econ profs more than other profs, otherwise they’d just get jobs outside of academia. :P

Good luck getting assistantships though! I’m not too sure how it works up here in Canada, but so far both offers my bf have had came with TA’ships so his tuition is more than paid for. #phew

Kittenna

Most science projects here are funded, which covers tuition, but leaves not very much to live on. Tuition for a year of grad school almost anywhere in ON, for domestic students, is over $8000. Stipends are between about $16500-$18500. It. Sucks.

Good luck making your decision, momo! It’s definitely a tough one. I don’t know how arts graduate programs work… I’d like to think it’s less stressful than what I"m doing now, haha.

momo

Yeah after today’s macroeconomics exam I am wondering why I ever thought it’d be a good idea. The one nice thing is in the first place I’ll have two degrees and if that doesn’t help me do what I want then I guess I can, but I think overall I’d really like polisci better…it goes into statistics more and I don’t think I could handle the math in economics. It’s bad enough to be getting a BA in it and having to struggle through these models that probably use calculus and I have no idea what I am doing.

Cavocorax

:| Ugh. Yeah. I was surprised at how much math economics requires! And a lot of the profs say that the more math you have the better, which has led toa few people dropping out to business instead. Polisci sounds like a much better alternative!

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drank Flirt With Me by Steep City Teas
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I felt like having iced tea today. Iced tea! It was 65 when I had it, so it was worthwhile. I had the windows open, and Sebastian communicated with a sparrow.

This is super fruity, and I love that they used green rooibos so that it’s the perfect iced tea. Papaya is the strongest fruit flavor I can taste.

I will definitely be cold brewing this one once it stays warm. I love fruity iced teas and I’ve been missing green rooibos. Nothing beats it as an iced tea for me.

Starfevre

Is Sebastian a kitty?

Starfevre

Cute! I have a kitty named Sebastian, though my only photos of him online are on facebook. If this doesn’t work and you actually want to see a picture, I can try something else but here it is (I’m pretty sure my facebook is open to the public). http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10200273087532935&set=pb.1325757342.-2207520000.1361804300&type=3&theater

He’s the black one.

Kittenna

That is The Cutest Thing EVER!

momo

It works! That is such a cute picture!

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drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
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Wow, heavy tisane.

For reference, the 25g of Forever Nuts bag I got is as full as the 50g bag of Banana Nut Bread. So, this better not be too delicious as it can’t make that many cups.

I had an amazing smoothie for lunch that was PURELY fruit. It was amazing. I said that. Anyway all I want right now for some reason is fruit and I figured this might be a good thing to try for something different, since I loaded my smoothie with berries.

It’s pretty good, although I don’t get fully reminded of bread, it does have the right flavors.

I wish I saw the note to use a t-sac, oh man pulling the infuser out…nasty.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

…sounds like trail mix! haha :)

momo

yeah seriously, I’d be tempted to find all the ingredients minus the added flavoring to eat it instead.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

There’s added flavoring? Boooo

momo

it’s davidstea after all lol

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drank Totem by Capital Teas
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Back in December, the Yelp elite event of the month was dinner at a pop-up restaurant followed by Totem. Cirque du Soleil, FOR FREE. I was all over that as I’ve never seen a Cirque show. It was Totem! So when Amy oh offered me this in a swap I had to have it.

This tea is nothing like Totem in my opinion. Then again I have no idea what the point of Totem was other than to make me feel inferior and useless as I will never ever be able to flip bowls on gigantic unicycles or roller skate around in a 1.5 meter wide platform.

Hot, this is not so great. It really has no flavor to it other than that it’s tart. I let it cool off and it was WAY better to have iced. It was still tart but it actually had flavors to it, mostly the papaya at this point.

I really am not a fan of green/mate blends and I’m glad this actually worked out with Capital Teas’ instructions.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
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Wow I didn’t taste caramel at all in here, just vanilla. Weird. To me it was very much like genmaicha ice cream in tea form! Actually I know this company here has made genmaicha ice cream in the past…must inquire when they will do so again.

So I’m not sure what purpose the black tea in here serves, I decided to steep it like a green and sencha was definitely the predominant flavor despite how the dry leaf looked. This tea was both sweet and savory at the same time, but it’s not quite my favorite combination for that. I feel like I missed out on something by not tasting any caramel at all.

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drank Whisky White by DAVIDsTEA
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I don’t drink whiskey really at all. I think the closest I ever got was one time with car friends, I had some with Dr. Pepper, and I guess I liked it. After the whole thing was over, some weird dude promised me Jack Daniels the next meet up…I was like, “bro, I live in Tennessee (at the time I did), no.” I think at that point it was just like wooo drinks…I probably hate whiskey.

So I thought though that the flavor would be pretty cool with white tea. And the worst thing that happens, this doesn’t taste like bourbon at all or anything, and it’s just a peach tea.

And that’s really what I get. Peach. I like the idea of a flash steep with this one rather than the four min I believe I went with (I have since left my notebook, which I filled over 6 months with 450+ tasting notes!). That might make it a bit more interesting. There were flashes of whiskey but not enough to make it worth the name.

An expensive experiment, but hey, it’s a discontinued peach tea with stevia that I can drink, unlike Southern Belle.

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drank Banana Cheesecake Genmaicha by 52teas
1195 tasting notes

For some reason I was able to keep myself from opening this up until a few days ago. I finally just really needed to try it.

I have been just really wanting banana flavored teas for some reason. Did I mention I’m not a big fan of actual bananas? I don’t get it.

So this definitely has banana. And on some sips, it tastes very strange, like it just doesn’t work to have banana, cheesecake, and genmaicha all together. But then the very next sip tastes marvelous.

It might be even better iced with just a touch of sweetened condensed milk, I think. I will have to try that. I’m not sure if it was the tea hot or the genmaicha that just makes it seem odd at times, but overall it’s a pretty awesome blend.

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Time to finally get some backlogging going. This is the first EG cream I’ve ever had! I assume the addition of a vanilla/cream flavor is what separates the cream from the usual. I think 4 min is a bit of overkill on this tea. I definitely could taste bergamot in here, but vanilla, not so much. It was probably borderline bitter, but tolerable for at least half the cup…I ended up making dinner in the midst of drinking it and honestly didn’t miss it.

Next time, shorter steep.

Thanks, Cavocorax!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Emily M

For earl greys, I usually hover around the 2 1/2 minute mark (I go a little light on it, though). I almost never follow the recommended steep times. Hope you get better results next time!

Tea Sipper

Welcome to the wonderful world of Cream Earl Greys. You don’t love them… yet. Oh but you will.

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drank Aloha Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
1195 tasting notes

why did they think this was okay to make?

Ze_Teamaker

Why would one put chocolate in Pu-er?

BoxerMama

I didn’t think it was that bad! I’m terrified to try prairie berry

Kittenna

Sorry! I have yet to try it; I only tried the other one before sending along a sample :(

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