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drank Chocolate Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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i’m watching the final Fringe episodes right now!

update (2 months later)
cuz that wasn’t a review hah

well, i remember when i first tried this i was not impressed. it kinda just smelled like other teas i’d already had and the taste wasn’t as strong as other teas. but this time the scent just kept wafting from the brewed cup. and i just kept looking down at my little cup on the floor (cuz i sit on the floor a lot) and thinking – wow i don’t remember you smelling so good little tea. xo

so this is a chocolate desert tea yes, but i feel like it has a sense of humor. i don’t know if i would really buy it again but i do know that i will enjoy the steeps i do have left with a bubbly attitude.

oh ps: and i do have a used teabag cold brewing in the fridge so i’ll let you know if that turns out interestingly.


So sad :( What an awesome show. I have the last season left to watch but I’ve been putting it off hoping the outcome will change.


I keep reading about this cold brewing and assumed it just meant that you’re making iced tea but your comments lead me to believe you actually use COLD water? hmm.


Cold brewing is awesome! I think people all have their own little way of doing it, but I put a bunch of tea (like 4-5 teaspoons, sometimes more) in a mason jar with cold or room temp water. Then you put it in the fridge, and depending on how much you used, how strong you want it, etc. you can leave it for 6 hours, overnight, a few days, whatever you like. It tends to bring out different flavors, and I’ve found it makes hibiscus less sour/tart.


Tea leaves also release less caffeine when cold-brewed.


I’m intrigued and need to try this immediately

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drank Paris by Carytown Teas
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Carytown Teas version of the famous Harney & Sons tea.

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enjoyed this at Black Hand Coffee with Emily after a movie
they only have 2 teas to choose from, but at least they are good teas.
they used to have 2 teas and a mate, but they stopped carrying the mate. idk.

the tea is nice. very delicate and fresh.

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drank Earl Grey by Stash Tea Company
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Kuba Kuba with Emily before we went to see the beautifully awful Bing Crosby movie.

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of all the samples i ordered from Harney, this one did not really stand out.
but i really think i understand tea better now, and i’m not speeding through my tastings the way i used to. these days i take more time. which is important. SO when i do decide to order from Harney again i will probably throw another sample of this in the cart and give it another whirl.
cuz a jammy and honey kissed chinese black sounds like a very good idea.

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i’m kinda over rooibos teas. at least for this month.
so let me tell you about some food i ate today for lunch.

i am usually vegan, but my roommates and i have part of a “cow share”, which means that we all own a part of a cow along with other local people and then we all get to drink the cow’s milk, raw with no pasteurization. so though i don’t drink milk in general cuz i just don’t really like it, i DO enjoy raw yogurt yum.

so here, if you take half a cup of plain yogurt and put like one whole chopped up gala apple in it, and then maybe a banana chopped up if you’re in the mood, and maybe even a tad of granola or cereal or something if you want texture. THEN add 1 tablespoon of peanut butter to it and mix it all up. it basically tastes like you are eating a peanut butter milkshake. or like, a bowl of peanut butter. or something.

basically i’m saying that it turns one tablespoon of peanut butter into a whole bowl of peanut butter and it is delicious.
you can also add raisins or cinnamon and nutmeg or whatever. forever.


That sounds freaking awesome. I support the eating of extended bowls of peanut butter!


I take a container of Greek yogurt and mix in a tablespoon of peanut butter, a half-tablespoon of raw honey, a few drops of vanilla, and a ton of cinnamon, and use it as a dip for slices of Gala apples. GAH, best thing ever.


That sounds good…

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
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what a perfect tea on a snowy day!!
i brewed it very short, cuz i’m trying to reduce my caffeine intake. and it’s still perfect.

i’m reading ‘Devil in the Details’ about an OCD girl and really i just wanna leave work and go read and then watch my whole hulu queue at once. you know what i’m talking about.

Bianca G.

Now I want to grab a cuppa this and finish reading ‘Devil In The Details’ (which I started reading years ago and never finished). Thanks for the inspiration!


oh wow! where did you stop? did it get dull?
really it’s about the humor. she makes her parents sound so funny hah! i’m almost half way.

Bianca G.

…ok, I answered you much earlier but for some reason it didn’t post. Anywho. I didn’t find it dull, I had just gotten distracted by something else and added the book to my ever-growing mountain of books I’ve been meaning to read. But I’ve been mainlining Vanilla Orchid oolong tea and I’m determined to finish reading ‘Cloud Atlas’ and go back to ‘Devil In The Details’ tonight!


Ah! Cloud Atlas was the second book I bought on my kindle but never got past the first chapter! We are like on the same ride, backwards. Hah I guess I should read Cloud Atlas next.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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i blended the dregs of 4 different mapley chocolate teas.
3 of the 4 are herbal and 3 of the 4 are della terra teas.
i was organizing my tea because my tea tins arrived!

deep drawer: http://instagram.com/p/Uh6GZyIc-N/
shallow drawer: http://instagram.com/p/Uh6QRIoc-a/

there are still a few labels i need to make, but i’m basically there.
i am pleased with the aesthetics. i went to art school you see.


I love how organized it all is! I like the idea of color coding my tins. Someday I’ll get there, but right now I just keep all my blacks, greens and herbal/decaf teas in giant separate tins.


Organized AND labelled! Looks gorgeous and tidy. Come tackle mine? :D

Hesper June

Pretty and organized!


important side note: i watched the first part of the hobbit as i organized. from the beginning up to the sad dwarf song by the fire. i could listen to that song all day.
on this rainy day i can’t wait to get home and put the final labels on their tins and then brew a rewarding cup of tea.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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i’m coming to the sad realization that i need to reduce my caffeine.
it’s going to be very hard.
very very hard.

i’ll start this week by not drinking black tea or the like after 2p, and no caffeine at all after 4p.
then next week i’ll do no caffeine after 2p.

i’ll try at least. try until i succeed.
sorry i just realized how dramatic this kinda sounds. BUT IT’S TEA WE’RE TALKING ABOUT!!

see, in 2010 i lost 60lbs and in 2012 i ran 6 marathons and an ultra.
and i used to tell everybody who asked that of all the healthy changes i made in my life, quitting caffeine was by far the best thing i’d ever done for myself.
quitting caffeine relieved me of my sad moods and general prevailing anxiety. it made my pms/pmdd almost go away entirely. it made me feel more whole. and i felt like i could do anything, any time of the day. (instead of feeling like i could do anything only after a cup or two of tea and only for some times of the day.) sure quitting removed those wonderful poetic highs, but it also relieved me of the grey and irritable lows. and if you know what i am talking about, then you know that the grey lows are nothing to mess with. they get in your skin, in your mind, and in your heart.
point is, it effected me in a very positive way. in fact, it’s what brought me to tea!! i became obsessed with herbal tea and bought as many kinds as i could find. then i branched out and had a white or two. maybe a green. and before i knew it i had 100 teas stocking my cupboard. oh lovely lovely teas.

but the honeymoon’s over, and i gotta reign it in.
i say this because i know you will all be able to relate or commiserate with me in some way. i’m not even slightly suggesting that anyone else should quit no way!!! and i will try to find a balance and a way to still drink tea regularly no doubt. just not as MUCH tea is all. just not as much.


I feel your pain with this :( I had to quit caffeine last year for quite a while for anxiety too, have been slowly introducing it but black teas still aren’t my friend :( it’s tough but what can you do I guess, thank goodness for herbals and rooibos!!


yes yes indeed. thank goodness for herbals and rooibos. and that talented tea lovers with taste like to create delicious blends! :)
it means a lot to know someone else that struggles with loving delicious black teas but still needing to abstain from them somewhat.


actually it just occurred to me that i could try brewing really weak cups of tea? maybe? so i could taste them but not get all ‘jacked up’? idk. just an idea.


Ugh yes it is not fun, especially when I try teas like Laoshan Black but know I probably won’t be able to drink them regularly like other people can! Ah well, we will survive! Hehe :)
Hmm as for the brewing up weak teas, you could try it, I don’t know if it would be the same though :( if it was me, I’d prefer just having them in moderation and enjoying to the fullest extent when I do have them :P

Awkward Soul

I’ve had to cut my caffeine too as I’ve noticed I’ve been staying up way too late and my heart is pounding away. I’ve been cutting out black teas, matchas only after morning weight lifting. I’ve stopped buying mates. No greens/whites/oolongs after 4pm. Been doing this for at least a month or so.

Really sucks. Caffeine is a great weight loss aid. I do miss inhaling a cup of matcha before 630pm jiujitsu practice for maximum hyper energy, but being unable to sleep really sucked.

Just have to load up on more herbals! I blast through them fast too as I can drink as much as I want! Every time I buy tea, I try to add one caffeine free tea to my cart.


yes me too Awkward Soul. i never feel guilty about adding an herbal tea to the shopping cart. even if i have no room for it in my cupboard or shouldn’t be spending the money. because having the herbals in my collection will pay off later.

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Josie Jade and Cavocorax have been discussing Toasted Marshmallow recently and it made me wanna have a sip too.
i used a teabag for a change. i decided i’m gonna try using tea bags for teas that tend to have floaties and gummy residue in general. you know the ones. the gummy residue on top of some cups tends to really distract from the enjoyment for me so i’m sure this will be helpful.
the scent of this tea is really delicious and weird. it smells like marshmallows,… but it doesn’t.
it brews a golden foggy honey color. i guess it’s slightly too sweet of a cup for me. plus i wish it had more cinnamon in it. something sweet with a kick. i’ll try adding a cinnamon stick next time i brew this! great ideas, i’m full of ‘em!
i have a nice amount of this tea left and i’ll save it for dessert on the weekends. yummm

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i have a cat named House Party 3.

i drink my tea plain.

vegan. fine arts major. bass player. runner. yoga do-er. childfree. scifi fan. e-reader fanatic. knitting newb. ADHD club member (ie; all my exclamation points are for realz!!)

i’m always aspiring to read more books.

i don’t care what you say, chamomile is barfaroony.
i’m so over rooibos.
evil hibiscus is evil.

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every tea in my cupboard is swapable! (at least i TRY to keep it up to date)
every tea i have tried is listed in my rated teas.


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