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drank Kamba Berry by Butiki Teas
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Fjellrev recommended trying this cold brewed so I did and I expected berry juice but this is falling short. There is a hint a berry but not as much as I hoped. Oh well. Now it’s gone.

Fjellrev

Aww, I’m sorry! Maybe my little bag had a higher berry ratio? Who knows.

VariaTEA

It’s okay. You win some, you lose some. This was a no-go for me but that’s good because that’s one less tea for me to miss when Butiki is gone

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I decided to christen my Soda Pop mug (which has been in a box for months now) and what better way to do so than with a variation on one of my most beloved teas, Butterscotch & Hazelnut Mocha Candies. This version uses a much lighter base making for a different but still tasty brew. I think the butterscotch is a touch more obvious but that is because there isn’t much else to compete with it, not that I mind. Ultimately, I definitely prefer the added richness of the White Rhino base in the original blend but this is a great alternative.

Fjellrev

I hear you on keeping mugs for a long time before using them. I still have my ice berries Nordic mug from last year in its box.

VariaTEA

Mine was in the box because we already have too many mugs in our house and my mom is never impressed when I buy a new one. However, today, almost all the mugs were in the dishwasher so I felt justified in bringing this one out :P

Fjellrev

Haha well hey, that’s a good reason to use it then. My problem is I hand wash my dishes every day so I’ve just been using the same two mugs, leaving this other one in the box. So with your system, you have more reason to buy more. ;)

Kittenna

I handwash all my mugs too… but usually end up with about 12 in use at a time, haha.

Dustin

Oooooh, that is the mug that glows in the dark, right?! Glow in the dark is my favorite color and I was temped to buy that mug, except it isn’t really my style in the light. :)

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drank Gold Rush by DAVIDsTEA
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Apparently I was in a coconut mood yesterday because I ordered this and buttered rum without thinking how similar they would be. Of the two, I think I preferred buttered rum but this was like a decadent coconut-caramel treat.

jeweledthumb

Don’t follow the directions with this one! I thought it was “meh” till I steeped it in near boiling water for 10 minutes.

VariaTEA

I have had it many times before and I love it which is why I was surprised I preferred the Buttered Rum as an eggnog latte and not this one

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Last time I had this, the leaf had gone rancid so that kinda left me with a distaste for this tea, still, I thought it would go well with eggnog and I was right. The coconut was creamy but not lotiony and oh-so-sweet. And the vanilla was refreshing and delightful. Very, very good.

Roswell Strange

This is good with Butterscotch Scnhapps, or infused with Hot Chocolate :)

VariaTEA

I can see that.

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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drank Candy Apple by Adagio Teas
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This tea is like 98% shitty Adagio black base and 2% caramel. Perhaps the 5 minute steep in boiling water is to blame?

Kittenna

Hahahahahaha. I am afraid to steep Adagio blacks longer than 2 minutes.

VariaTEA

I was just following their steeping parameters. I won’t be doing that again.

Kittenna

I don’t think I’ve ever ordered from Adagio, so probably have never actually bothered to look at their parameters (and I typically brew all blacks the first time at 2 minutes, since it seems to be the minimum time at which everything is still ok). Hopefully you can make it work with a shorter infusion! I wonder if they actually brew their teas the way they say… (or maybe, they intend for everyone to add copious amounts of milk and sugar).

VariaTEA

Usually I keep blacks to 2.5-3 min steeps but I do try to follow the suggested parameters at least once

Plunkybug

Ha ha ha! I love your honesty here. I’m not a fan of their bases either.

Kittenna

I used to be super obsessive about using the given parameters… until I ruined a few teas. I then decided, screw it. Haha.

OMGsrsly

Kittenna, I thought that was how tea was supposed to taste, so I always added milk and sugar. Now I can actually drink teas plain, as long as I watch the time and temperature. :)

Kittenna

That’s also why I thought I hated all black teas, haha, because anything I’d ever had was way overbrewed (and well, coffee is pretty nasty plain, too!)

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drank Coffee Ice Cream by Butiki Teas
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Ever try Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz? Well, that’s what this tastes like. Coffee? Cream? All there and all good.

Dustin

What?! When was there a Coffee Ice Cream tea?!

Butiki Teas

It’s been out for a week or two but I think we only have a few ounces left.

Dustin

How did I miss that when I was placing my last order? Maybe I was trying to be good and look the other way since I really shouldn’t be buying any tea in the first place. :)

Kittenna

Want. (Soon. Soon.)

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drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
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I was going to get this as one of my free 50g bags but now as I sip, I’m not loving it as much as I did last time. I just seem to be very wishy-washy about this tea and so 50g might be a bit much to have around, even if it is free. Today there is caramel and popcorn but there is also a little more apple than I would like and a touch of a butter flavor that is sorta offputting. o, as I finish this cup, it might be my last for a while and I am okay with that. 170.

Fjellrev

I’ve been thinking about what to get for my free 50g, and this has been a contender too. Think of something else to get instead?

VariaTEA

Not yet but I am sure I’ll come up with something.

Anlina

So far I’ve used my rewards to pick up the most expensive teas at DAVIDs, since I might not try them otherwise.

Kittenna

I want to pick up the expensive teas…. but the teas I drink most from DT are probably black and herbals. Sigh. I hope they change the program to have more varied reward options.

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drank Black Opera by Mariage Frères
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A little while back, I stopped in at the Holt Renfrew holiday shop and picked up some beautiful Mariage Freres teas. Unfortunately, the beautiful tins came with a not-so-beautiful price tag of $45 a tin. Plus, I had the added bonus of having the Holts employees basically glued to me as if I came to steal all their precious tea. So, I was not too motivated to splurge on anything. Consequently, I bought two tins: one of Mousse au Chocolat, which I tried before and really enjoyed, and this tea since it is one that I have been eyeing for over a year.

When I smelled this tea, it smelled deliciously rich and fruity. When I brewed it up, I hoped the smell would transfer into the taste and it did to some extent as the tea was quite fruity. However, it had a generic red fruit taste and not much else other than a mediocre base that fought for center stage. With that said, I steeped it for 5 minutes at 200F according to the Mariage Freres instructions and I think that might have thrown things off so I will be trying this again and again until I get it just right. I mean, at $45 a tin, I’m not about to just give up on it :P.

Tea Pet

Gosh, with such a beautiful name, you’d hope that the tea would live up to it. It’s truly unfortunately that it was mediocre.. I have been eyeing that one for a while!

TeaBrat

They are so overpriced for what you are getting…

Dustin

Wow, that much and not even that good?! :(

OMGsrsly

BOO to MF for being so hard to get here! I hope you can get it to work for you.

Fjellrev

Ah, I was just at HR here in Edmonton earlier today and they didn’t have any of the tins. In a way, I’m sort of relieved since that is definitely on the majorly steep side.

Roswell Strange

Pun intended Fjellrev?

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drank Eggnog by DAVIDsTEA
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I got this as an eggnog latte (we shall call it eggnog squared) and though it was good, it might have been a bit too much eggnog. It really was quite decadent…perhaps too decadent. Hmmm…

Roswell Strange

It still baffles me how much you love Eggnog lattes whe you hate Eggnog…

VariaTEA

Haha I bought two more today. And trust me, I am as confused as you are!

OMGsrsly

Ahh! TWO more? :D I’m going to have to look around my cupboard and figure out some teas that might go well with eggnog.

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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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