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Alright so I am cheating on my clean eating challenge but I like tea and so I am going to drink it…especially when DAVIDs has a tea-off between two new flavors. I tried both in store and this was certainly the one I preferred of the two since they definitely captured the flavors of poached pear. There is a sweet pear flavor drizzled with cinnamon goodness. It’s a tasty, tasty treat.

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drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
1888 tasting notes

More than anything, the smell of this always gets me. It is so amazing and so very comforting – like a warm hug from an old friend. Brewed up, it tastes pretty great too though I think in the future I might drop the steeping temperature just a touch because at 200F, there is a slight bit of astringency which I think is actually coming from the nutmeg and not the base. Nonetheless, this is still a tasty, tasty tea and a great way to say goodbye to my beloved beverage for the next two weeks.

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drank Sleeping Beauty by Adagio Teas
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Thank you Scheherazade but I am finding the honeybush to completely take over in this cup. I hoped for the flavors to come forward because they sound like a great combination . Oh well, it was still fun to try.

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So I forgot to account for the fact that I was using a 16 oz cup instead of 8 oz so this was underleafed and a bit watered down but it’s still delicious. This is sweet and rich and has a lot of depth and definitely captures butterscotch & hazelnut mocha candies. Plus, this smells amazing!

Sil

Waaaaaant

Stephanie

It’s so good with the white rhino base, gahhh

VariaTEA

Sil, I am always happy to share :). And Stephanie, I totally agree. I was sad when I saw it was a white tea until I realized it was white rhino because I love that tea.

Roswell Strange

Want want want :3 Also side note; I get paid in two days… Are there any places I should check out for possible tea orders? My cupboard is at a really well maintained number right now so orders are a thing that could totally happen.

VariaTEA

This is in the package I am sending your way

Marzipan

RS – Green Terrace is 50% off.

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Sad Sipdown (made even sadder because this was removed from my cupboard so my number doesn’t change).

Anyways, I decided to splurge since tomorrow I am starting a clean eating challenge and that means no tea. So, for my last day of tea (for the next two weeks), I decided it was finally time to break out the last of this amazing sample courtesy of Cavocorax. This tea is creamy, bright, fresh and delicious and I am sad to see it go.

OMGsrsly

No TEA?! That sounds horrible. ;) Good luck with your challenge.

Roswell Strange

D: No tea at all? Not even herbals? Tea twin you’re crazy.

Cavocorax

Good luck!!!
And that’s a good tea to go out on!

VariaTEA

Thank you. So far so good though I miss my teas. I am wondering if maybe I can drink caffeine free since the reason it says no tea is the caffeine (though it does allow for three cups of green tea)

OMGsrsly

I think as long as you avoid overly sugared drinks it should be fine. :) I’ve actually stolen a couple recipes from that to use in my daily life. The overnight oatmeal microwaves up perfectly in the morning with no cooking required! Just 50 seconds and it’s warm.

VariaTEA

I had the overnight oatmeal today. I liked it though I think in the future if I made it on my own, I would use the vanilla almond milk as opposed to the unsweetened. Also, the plan is meant to be a cleanse but I am just following it to get back into the habit of healthy eating and to pick up some new recipes so I am thinking that tea isn’t such a big deal.

OMGsrsly

I don’t like yogurt in it, so I used a bit of ahem cream. That might be why it was so tasty. I made more for tomorrow, using dried currants. I need to get back into eating breakfast, but I know that camping is going to be full of weird and unhealthy foods. (Toasted marshmallows FTW!)

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Made this iced and I was quite disappointed. All the beautiful fruit notes were drowned out by a base that was too floral. I never had a problem in the hot brew so if I get more of this I would certainly stick to that method. 163.

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drank Pom Tango by DAVIDsTEA
1888 tasting notes

Mango? Check. Pom? Not so much. There is pineapple sweetness as well that can occasionally be rather cloying. It’s alright but not my fav and now it’s gone. 165.

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drank Magic Summer by RiverTea
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I cold brewed this a while ago and then forgot about it until my mom reminded me that it was in the fridge. I feared that it have gone bad especially since I brewed the whole sample from Roswell Strange but luckily it did not so now I am sipping on what tastes like a combination of watered down fuzzy peaches and sweet honeydew melon. It is really interesting and stands out from the other herbals I tried. I don’t know if I would want this in quantity but I am certainly enjoying this bottle. Thanks tea twin!! 166.

Roswell Strange

Mmm, I definitely want to restock this one. Sadly there’s nothing else from RiverTea I want/Need at the moment so it’ll have to wait until I restock some stuff…

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drank Hindbaersnitter Shou Mei by 52teas
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So I followed the direction of the other white tea I was preparing and steeped this for 5 minutes at 175C. Big mistake. The white tea base has taken over overwhelming the delicious raspberry jam flavor and sweet sugary icing. I get hints of raspberry every now and then but mostly it is the base which is not what I hoped for when I brewed up the cup. So in the future I think I will stick to a shorter steep time because that seems to work better for me. Nonetheless, thank you Roswell Strange for the chance to have this tea yet again.

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drank White White Cocoa by T2
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This is good. Very good. he coconut is present and strong but true to the nut. It is creamy and rich but not lotiony in the slightest. The cocoa compliments the coconut beautifully and adds some depth to the cup. The base keeps everything tame while not overwhelming the flavors. I am not usually a white tea fan but I can get behind this. Thank you Memily for sharing such a tasty treat!!

Memily

Yup, this one’s a favourite!! Glad you enjoyed as much as I do :D

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After being overweight all my life I finally decided to commit to the long journey of weight loss. When life got too monotonous with all the diet food I decided to try teas in hopes of finding new flavors. I never realized the addiction I would face and now I am in love with all things tea!

However, I am still new to the tea scene and although I have bought many David’s Teas and Teavana Teas I know there is just so much out there to try and I am excited for each and every new experience. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! 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!

Well after over a month on steepster, I have learned many new things about tea and my own personal tastes. 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, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well. Oh and I LOVE Red Leaf Tea’s flavored matcha.

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.

Tea Ratings (a loose guide):
1-15 – This cup is going down the drain
16-30 – I will finish the cup but I am not making another
31-50 – I don’t think I like this but I will try another cup just to be sure
51-60 – I am really on the fence about this tea
61-70 – I like this enough to finish what I have but I won’t be buying it again
71-80 – I like this and will buy it every now and then
81-90 – I really like this and will replace it as soon as I can
91-100 – I LOVE this and will buy more before I run out of what I have so that this is never missing from my cupboard

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