Oh dear, I’ve gotten behind in my 12 teas of Christmas notes once again. How did that happen? Oh well, it’s too far gone now. I’ll just review them as I please :D

I’ve been really enjoying trying a new tea every day though. I’ll be a loyal 12 teas of Christmas enthusiast as long as Frank keeps making them every year! I love a new tradition. Although after seeing everyone’s notes about the 12 days swap, I’m a little sad I didn’t participate. Looks like tons of fun!

This tea smells like delicious malty chocolate cake batter. I like that the tea smell isn’t overpowered by the chocolate, even in the dry leaf.

I tried it with no additions after about a 4 min steep and it was quite bitter. Added a bit of sugar, but still bitter. Time for some milk, and with both the milk and sugar it’s quite nice. Most of the bitterness has been covered up and the tasty dark chocolate and bold black tea notes come out. I enjoyed my cup, but I don’t think I could drink this often. It’s really heavy, without anything to brighten it up. But overall it’s a decent, chocolatey tea.

Babble

Haven’t tried a lot of my 52 teas yet, even though I’ve opened them all – LOL.

And the 12 day swap was lots of fun, but it can be a little stressful at time trying to coordinate sending out 12 packages. When I had purchased my tea, I found out one of the participants was allergic to tea, so I had to get them a whole new tea. LOL.

Sil

52 teas…try a 2.5 min steep time.

softrevolution

Yeah, I can see how it would be stressful trying to put together and ship 12 packages, I’d probably be pulling my hair out by the end of that! But most definitely sounds like a fun way to bond with other tea-folk :D

And Sil..I’ve tried a 2.5 steep with 52teas but I find it a little weak/watery. I love my black tea strong and bold and I find the flavours just don’t come out enough at 2.5. I’m going to try that for the last of my sample of this one though, cause 4 min was bitttter

Sil

it sometimes ends up being weak vs being bitter/stringent. heh

Babble

Oh it was definitely a fun experience. Everyone put together such awesome packages. I was really impressed.

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Babble

Haven’t tried a lot of my 52 teas yet, even though I’ve opened them all – LOL.

And the 12 day swap was lots of fun, but it can be a little stressful at time trying to coordinate sending out 12 packages. When I had purchased my tea, I found out one of the participants was allergic to tea, so I had to get them a whole new tea. LOL.

Sil

52 teas…try a 2.5 min steep time.

softrevolution

Yeah, I can see how it would be stressful trying to put together and ship 12 packages, I’d probably be pulling my hair out by the end of that! But most definitely sounds like a fun way to bond with other tea-folk :D

And Sil..I’ve tried a 2.5 steep with 52teas but I find it a little weak/watery. I love my black tea strong and bold and I find the flavours just don’t come out enough at 2.5. I’m going to try that for the last of my sample of this one though, cause 4 min was bitttter

Sil

it sometimes ends up being weak vs being bitter/stringent. heh

Babble

Oh it was definitely a fun experience. Everyone put together such awesome packages. I was really impressed.

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Queer femme looking for love in the form of tea. Currently on a (seemingly never-ending) quest to convince my girlfriend of the magic of loose leaf.

Let’s see..I’m a 23 year old seemingly perma-student, having finished at university and moved on to college. I love reading. I love tea. I love reading while drinking tea. It really doesn’t take much to keep me happy.

Black tea is my all time favourite, preferably hot with milk and sugar. I like flavoured blacks the best, and my taste is embarrassingly unrefined. If it has some outlandish candy or dessert or fruity sounding name, I’m all over it. Especially things like coconut, caramel, chocolate (the usual suspects), bubblegum, cotton candy, and the list goes on. If it’s supposed to taste like something it’s not, odds are I’m going to love it. I also love a good earl grey, floral teas, and anything with currants. Love me some currants!

When it comes to iced teas I love fruity herbal blends and matés, for the most part. They are my hydration option of choice in the summer and I always have at least a glass ready for me in the fridge, if not a pitcher.

I am a self-proclaimed David’sTea fangirl, so please excuse the fact that most of my logs tend to be a little biased in their favour. I just can’t help myself, I must try all-the-tea from David’s!

I’m starting to get interested in matcha, and though I’ve loved the cups I’ve had prepared for me by others, I’ve never tried making it myself. I’m going to have to break down and order some soon, if only just to try.

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