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drank Main Squeeze by DAVIDsTEA
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Tea Tasting Session with Emily(the mighty).
(tea number one, the rest have no notes and are just logged)

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first of all, i thought i’d never see this tea again! thank you Anna!
second, why the hell did David’s Tea stop selling Santa’s Secret. i think selling Santa tea in the middle of the summer is a GREAT idea! also it was my only good excuse i had to place a David’s order. so now i don’t even know what.
third, the comment below about The Pu’erh Collection was an awful awful idea. they were gross and no one should buy David’s Tea Puerhs cuz there are SO MANY better puerhs out there. i actually spend time worrying that people will taste them and think that that is what puerhs are like and will be scarred for their tea tasting life.

good bye Classic Apple. it was memorable!
sweet warm apple awesomeness.

unrelated, ….

omg DavidsTea now has something called The Pu’erh Collection?!?
i’m so on board! i wanted to try them all so bad cuz i love Chocolate Orange, and was gonna maybe start with the Cinnamon Heart one but A.) i have too much tea to even let myself buy samples really but B.) now i don’t have to choose and can just get them all so in a way i am being good by ordering it instead of say, potentially ordering each tea individually. right? i mean kinda?
anways, rad.

oh, also Joe Biden is on campus today. but not for a public event. so really he’s just here to be kinda bad-ass and shut down lots of streets to traffic. yo joe!


update, The Pu’erh Collection was dumb and i wish i hadn’t bought it. cuz other thank chocolate orange, davidsteas puerhs aren’t very good.


I had a mini meltdown over Santa’s Secret too! It was part of the 250g web specials the other day and now it’s gone. I really hope they’re not discontinuing it!


Alysha! are you serious!! i missed the Santa’s Secret selloff!?!?! gah! whhhhyyyyy?! they better NOT discontinue it erg.


I bet they’ll bring it back around Christmas time. They do the same thing with Pumpkin Chai, don’t they? They seem to always bring that one back.


Whew okay. i mean, i was just about to call them and everything hah


I really hope they do! I missed the selloff too. I decided to think about it before committing to 250g of tea, and then when I decided to just go for it, it was gone! Ah well…gives us a reason to look forward to winter I suppose, lol

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i forget that this tea is actually two herbals mixed with an irish breakfast. for some reason i always assume it’s 3 black teas and so i don’t drink it as often. but when i do decide to open the tin i’m always thrilled with the sweet vibrant scent. note to self: drink this more.

the irish breakfast is a blend of a hearty black tea from Ceylon that has citrusy notes and a malty Assam. it’s a nice nice base and compliments the other teas in a manly sort of what you see is what you get kind of way. i can see watson slumped in a chair now.

the berry blues tea is made of blueberries and apple pieces and a tiny bit of hibiscus. but since this hibiscus is only a small part of one third of this overall blend it’s barely there. it’s mostly just appley if you ask me. down with hibiscus! sherlock agrees with me, i asked.

the rooibos vanilla chai is a strong vanilla component with ginger, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon pieces, and orange peels. i do so like orange peels in my tea blends. and this is where the spice comes in. i kinda wish there was a tiny bit more spice. like a small smooth bite of ginger. perhaps if i steep it longer at a lower temperature……. !!!oh damn i just remembered that i should steep the adagio blends at a lower temp for 2 min. see THIS is why i need a tea journal of some sort. dangit. (i’d make another cup right now but i only brought one scoop with me to work whomp whomp)

i think this tea has slightly more heart than mind going on. and that’s more than fine with me. it’s what keeps us sane.

sherlock + watson = BFFs4Evah


Roobios usually causes me problems but I keep drinking this one thinking it will, too, and it hasn’t yet. I’m going to have to try a lower water temp and less steep time trick, too.

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my boyfriend just popped his head in my door saying “it smells like chocolate in here”
the power of the tea!!

the mint is a little fresh pinch at the end of a sip. the balance of chocolate and vanilla is a tad off from perfect. cuz i think i might like more chocolate. MOAR!! but it’s just not that kind of tea is it.
no no, this is a classy and patient tea.

this tea is extremely gentlemanly. pleased to meet you Mr. Wentworth.

just watched the last episode (xmas special) of Downton Abbey.
i mean really?

Miss Starfish

I’ve been putting it off… The past season was just so sad! Do you think it’s a skip-able episode or no?


Do watch it! (No spoilers, but some very conclusive things happen!)

Bianca G.

My reaction to the episode exactly :/


I agree with gmathis!!


I haven’t even seen it yet but thanks to Radio Times’ twitter, I know and I’m avoiding it as long as I can!

Miss Starfish

Oh man… I just finished and… yes… conclusive. Hmmm.


controversial opinion warning…. i think i’m over downton abbey. like i’m-not-gonna-watch-it-any-more-and-i-don’t-even-care-what-happens-next over it. which is good cuz i need to reduce my tv watching anyways!
oh but i take that back cuz i will duh have to come back to visit Branson.

i’ll talk about it more once all of the episodes have shown state-side though. i don’t wanna be the spoiley spoiler!!


Nurturing my D.A. withdrawal with Call the Midwife. New season set to begin on March 31. Different era (late 50’s/early 60’s London); equally good!


i JUST finished Call The Midwife 2 days ago! i stayed up til 2am sunday night cuz i didn’t wanna stop watching i had so much fun!


I love the Miranda Hart (Chummy) storyline!


me too, so much. just having her on screen and smiling made me happy. all of them were so endearing!


Downton Abbey. Yeah. Sigh.

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i added coconut milk and sucanat! i NEVER do that! what a super treat! and wtf! caffeine at 8:30pm! i’m coo-coo bananas!

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drank Genmaicha by DAVIDsTEA
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toasty and delicious.
we all know how unique this tea in general is. tastes like comfort food in your cup.

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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It’s my first time having this and I don’t know why I didn’t get excited about this tea sooner!! how lovely!
I’m wiped out after my 8 mile run this evening all I wanna do is lay down asap. so I didn’t sip this slowly like I wish I had. But next time I will give it plenty of attention. Probably tomorrow even.

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i read somewhere on steepster within the last 24 hrs that someone figured out that steeping adagio teas at a lower heat for 2 min got the best results. i looked real hard for the post but can’t find it now.
anyways, that is what i did. and it did definitely bring this tea more to life!
the lower heat gives it more room to breathe really. not so smothering.
sometimes you just need to charm the flavors out from hiding.
though Robin would probably just use his smile.

the oriental is mild. i guess it’s assam forward?
’builder’s tea’ is accurate!
hello handsome.


That’s definitely my Adagio standard – blacks at 180 for 2 min. Anything more brings out an ugly bitterness.


interesting! I’ll have to try this!


Hmm.. I’ve been avoiding my adagio teas for ages. I might have to go experiment with this. Thanks!

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drank Three Wishes Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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i drank this several times many months ago but noticed i hadn’t logged it. i’m cleaning out my virtual cupboard and wanted to make sure i have note of drinking this tea once-upon-a-time.

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this is the tea i bought after i threw out my previous cup of tea that was so puke awful.

it was not a good cup, but at least i did not have to dump it out.

warning to the wise: don’t ever drink tea at Rostov’s, or order a cup from a place that serves Rostov’s, in Richmond.


You know, the name says Rostov’s Coffee & Tea, but all I ever see from them is coffee. Never occurred to me to look for the tea. Thanks for the warning!

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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.

some tea pictures!

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i only log each tea i taste once.

!!! SWAPPING !!!

ALWAYS interested in reducing my tea stash, so please ask if you want to swap or sample something! even if it’s just one tea.

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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