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drank Royal White Peony by DAVIDsTEA
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Apparently I am the stereotype of an old person because in an attempt to google this tea for recommended brewing parameters, I ended up texting “Davids royal white peony” to a friend. She was confused to say the least. Eventually I did figure it out and ended up dumping the whole sample directly into the mug and steeping it at 170F. So now I am taking a break from watching Scream Queens to drink this grandpa style and while listening to the song suggested by Roswell Strange.

The music pairing for this tea is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff4KLQEbJ9Q

So this tea is very rich in pea flavor. Seriously. It’s as if I boiled peas and am now drinking the water left over in the pot. There is also a slight sweetness which compliments the upbeat nature of the song.

However, I must say that I don’t know if I would consider this the right tea for this song. I think something more summery and bright, although this does have a summery quality to it, would be better. I feel citrus notes or even more floral elements would better compliment the breezy romanticism of the song. That’s just me though. So despite enjoying the exercise, this pairing was lost on me. I love Mika though so I was more than happy to listen to the song on loop while I thought this out.

Thank you Roswell Strange!!

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drank Truffle Mate by TeaTaxi
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Today I moved into my sister’s apartment while she is on her honeymoon since its closer to my job. It is also closer to a strip club which my friends have all decided they want to go to. I am not overly enthused tbh (1. because its not my thing and 2. because I have been before and know how skeezy it is) but I will deal for the night…and there will be a lot of alcohol in my system while I do. With that in mind, I figured it will be a long night and so I am getting my caffeine on.

This definitely has the wet earth flavor of all other mates. It is less offensive than normal but still enough to make me not want more of this. There is also a richness that makes me think truffle but I think that is because it is what I am told to expect by the title and not because that is what I am actually tasting. It’s alright but I just want more truffle and less mate.

Sil

please tell me you’re not going to the brass rail…

Sil

..or zanzibar’s…or filmore’s… or… hahaha

VariaTEA

Someone is well-versed in their strip clubs lol and it was Foxxes Den. Just as depressing the second time as it was the first.

Sil

i can honestly say that i haven’t been to a single strip club in toronto. I have managed to avoid that, but i’ve heard stories about nearly all of them.

Evol Ving Ness

Nice way out of that mess, Sil.

Sil

i work close to zanzibar…so hard to miss that obnoxious one.

VariaTEA

Haha well I have now been to one strip club twice and if I never go again it will be too soon. No offense to anyone who enjoys the clubs or who is a fan of stripping but it’s just not for me. I feel if the men seemed into it it would have had a less depressing vibe but they just did not seem happy which made it far more uncomfortable than it was in the first place.

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drank Strawberry Colada by DAVIDsTEA
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Cold brewed this one and the coconut is really coming through. It is a bit lotiony but toned down slightly by the strawberry flavor.

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drank Lemon Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
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Combined this with pink lemonade as a teapop. The note can be found here: http://steepster.com/teas/davidstea/37830-pink-lemonade?post=343090

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drank Pink Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
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Made this as a teapop using Purelife’s Raspberry Lime carbonated water. However, I didn’t have enough leaf so I added a couple spoons of Della Terra’s Lemon Chiffon. That helped tone down the artificial sweetener/stevia flavor. The lemon chiffon actually took over for the first few sips with the hibby contributing just a touch of tartness to make it more pink lemonade than just lemon. Unfortunately, as I continued to drink this, the weird artificial flavor built and drowned out all else. It was worth a shot but now this is gone and I am okay with that. I won’t be looking for this one again.

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drank Fairy Dust by Tealish
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This is tasting especially like strawberry today. Yum :)

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drank Thé Jardin Bleu Royal by Ladurée
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Made this as a teapop and for some reason it has a lot of vanilla flavor to it. I think I definitely preferred this cold brewed because that brought out more of the fruitier flavors. It is a nice tea but I am okay saying good bye to this. Still its fun to try. Thank you Sil for the share :)

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Made as a latte and I am definitely getting coconut and since its a latte, its creamy. Banana is MIA and in its place is a fair amount of cinnamon. Its Fall appropriate but not what I expected.

Dexter

Boo at the lack of banana…. :(

Evol Ving Ness

Criminal to replace banana with cinnamon.

VariaTEA

Lol there is usually banana. Today there just wasn’t but it was still tasty.

Evol Ving Ness

ok, that’s better then. :)

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drank Cranberry Glow by TeaTaxi
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So let me just start by saying this smells amazing, both as dry leaf and when brewed. Just a rich candy/fruit scent. Sipping on the “hot” (read luke warm thanks to a few dogs needing some attention :P) cup, I am impressed the scent actually comes through in flavor. Granted it is a bit more muted and there is a bit of hibby tartness but in this case I don’t mind it because I find it sells the cranberry element.

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drank Mocha Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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My mom is not feeling well and so this morning she handed me a recipe for soup she wanted me to make her. She then proceeded to be completely underfoot as I tried to do random tasks around the house. After yelling at her to go to bed and having my stepdad pick up the soup ingredients, I got to work.

As I made the soup, the proportions in the recipe seemed off to me so I sort of followed the recipe as a guideline and just winged it with the amounts. My soup ended up looking more like a stew but that’s fine. It means it will be all the more filling when she eats it.

While cooking, I decided to mix up some matcha milk since I was next to the milk frother anyways and had a couple minutes to kill between steps. Since I had been eyeballing everything else today, I just dumped in matcha and went on with my business. Unfortunately it seems this should have been the one thing I measured because when it came time to drink this, it just tasted like frothed milk. No matcha. No mocha. Just milk.

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

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