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I was so excited to see this included in the 12 teas box! I’ve been wanting to try it ever since I heard of its existence. Pineapple orange banana is one of my favourite flavour combinations. Reminds me of these dole juice boxes that I used to have in my packed lunches as a child. If I found a pineapple orange banana juice box in my lunch, I knew it was going to be a good day!

When I opened my packet, like many others I smelled sweet, sticky juicy fruit gum. Not what I was expecting, but yum! It smells tropical fruity and delicious. I wish I could pick out the individual fruit flavours though.

Hot, the bubblegum flavour carries through. This one needs a long steep to get a full flavour. The fruits come out a little, but I’m guessing they’d pop the best as an iced tea. There’s a nice smooth thickness to the brew that enhances the smoothie association.

Overall, I am digging this honeybush! Easy to drink and pleasant. I think I’ll cold brew the rest.

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I’ve been on a bit of a steepster hiatus lately, what with end of term at school, holiday hours at work, and some traveling to see family. It’s good to be back, and time to catch up on my 52teas 12 teas of Christmas!

I love this blend, and thought it a lovely way to start off the countdown. I cheated and opened it a few days early, as I knew I’d be away from home the weekend of the 14th. The girlfriend and I split a pot of it with breakfast, and it is soo nice and smooth. I love the caramelized sugar notes that come through at the end of the sip. The little sample packet was just enough for a small pot of tea and a sparsely leafed mug. Not bad!

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drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
131 tasting notes

Lovely lovely lovely. Sweet and lightly creamy with a vague fruitiness. The chamomile really brings it all together and brings it closer to a buttercream (ish) flavour. It gets better and better as it cools, and in fact I like it best iced.

I’m not huge on white tea but I really enjoy this. And to think I left it untouched in my cupboard for so long after a bad first impression. I think I must have just understeeped it on my first try.

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This was a sample — thanks Stacy!

I really enjoyed this one, moreso than I thought I would. Light, crisp, and refreshing. I tasted fresh green beans with a smooth creaminess, and at the suggested 3 mins not a hint of astringency.

I don’t think I’d drink this on a regular basis; it’s not an overly exciting tea (other than the lovely, fuzzy, and obviously carefully crafted leaves!), but it is simple and satisfying. Really pure and fresh tasting.

I think I’m finally ready to explore unflavoured teas a little more, and this was a nice place to start.


Yay for exploring unflavoured teas! (Which coincidently have lots of flavour!)


Just placed my first Verdant order…and so it begins!


awesome! Stacy has some pretty damn good unflavoured as well. What did you pick up from verdant? (guess i could see if you posted in the share your order threadlol)


I got 2oz Laoshan Black, 1oz Golden Fleece, and 7g samples of Yu Lu Yan Cha, Laoshan Genmaicha, and Autumn Dragonwell Style Laoshan Green. I’m hoping I made some good choices, cause I just went off of the descriptions on the website rather than checking the reviews. Now I have four parcels of tea on the way..it’s killing me! Waaaant the tea.


Oh and I’ve also heard great things about Stacy’s straight teas, I’m already plotting an order for after the holidays. I just wanted to order from Verdant first to make sure I didn’t miss out on the coveted golden fleece :D


Those are great choices! I love laoshan black and Golden Fleece and even the genmaicha would be a re order for me even though I am not overly a fan of green teas. ;)

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Confession time. I am a t-sac junkie. Here’s how it goes: I buy a pack of t-sacs with the intention to only use them at work, while traveling, and when I’m on the run in the morning, but then I just end up using them for every single flipping cup of tea I make because I am supremely lazy. It’s gotten so bad that I ended up finishing a pack of 100 filters within the span of a couple weeks. Time to stop putting a strain on the environment and my wallet and just use a darn infuser basket! I will conquer this laziness. I just bough two new perfect mugs from DT last week, so now I have no excuses :)

Which leads me to my beloved Mayan Chocolate Chai. This was my first time making it with an infuser rather than a t-sac, and holy heck is it ever spicy! I can’t believe the difference sans t-sac. The pepper is the first flavour I taste and it remains dominant for the whole sip. Yum! Spicy, spicy goodness. I can’t believe how much flavour I was losing before. All the more reason to permanently kick my t-sac habit.

Babble I use T-Sacs a lot, too, especially for teas that I know have a stronger scent and might leave a smell on my infuser. A local coffee/tea shop of mine was clearencing out some t-sacs for $2.50 each! So you can understand how excited I was.

Where do you get your T-Sacs from? I know Upton has them for a fairly reasonable price.


Ooh great find! I get mine at David’s, because it’s the only place I’ve been able to find them locally. But at 7 or 8 bucks a pop, and with how much tea I drink, they get pricey really quick. Adagio has them for about $3 for 100, but of course they’re always out of stock! I’ve been keeping my eye out for cheap places to buy them online.


I think Upton is the cheapest I’ve seen. I won’t pay more than $5 for them. The ones I got on sale were actually the really big t-sacs, but I don’t mind. A T-Sac is a T-Sac.

This might be a good topic to post on the Steepster message boards. If you go through them so quickly, there might be a better place to buy a larger quantity of them.


I used them because I didn’t have a second infuser for the longest time. And for Chamomile. Ugh, I hate cleaning chammy out!


I use them all the time for rooibos. That’s even more of a pain to clean out. I don’t have rooibos very often, though.


Yah that is bad to! but I don’t like the way t-saks make the rooibos taste like paper. Only sometimes…


Oh smart to use them on strong smelling teas though! I’ve been using them with my Mother’s Little Helper so I can leave the bag in and drink it strrrong. I’ve had a Tsac addiction as well – but trust me, the Perfect Mugs will save your life <3


i acknowledge that this review is anti T-sac….., but since i never use them, you actually made me want to try them for a change. so i’m buying them! woops!

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Having a cup of an old favourite this morning. I’ve been neglecting it as of late, after discovering that there’s a whole world of tea beyond Davids. For the longest time, it was the only tea company I had tried that I truly enjoyed every aspect of. The tea, the marketing, the branding, it all drew me in. And Buttered Rum has to be my very favourite that they have to offer. So delicious and rich and satisfying.

I just opened up a new bag of this and it’s quite different from my last batch. I got this pouch on sale, I think they had split up a bunch of unsold giftsets and were selling the pouches individually on the cheap.

This batch is a lot heavier on the smoky rum flavouring, which is not my favourite. I love it for the buttery sweet caramelized coconut notes, which are a little muted by the rum. Oh well, still tasty. I wonder if the rum will fade over time? Either way, this tea and I are old friends, and I have a feeling I’ll be keeping it around for a long time to come.


You make me think that DT might have changed something in this blend? I also noticed a difference in the new batch I just got… It’s not as butterscotch as it used to, there’s a sharpness to the taste that wasn’t there before…


Yes! A sharpness, that’s exactly what it is. I think you might be on to something with DT changing the blend. I never thought the tea screamed ‘rum’ before, but now the sharpness seems to dominate the flavour.


I agree! The first time I tried this tea is was amazingly butterscotch. I picked some up a month or two ago, and it’s just not the same…

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This is the only tea I keep in my cupboard despite hating how it tastes. It is way too minty and way too orangey for me, and the juniper berries don’t do much for me either. It’s a struggle for me to get a mug of this down, even when I’m sick.

But I love it for the same reasons that I hate it. It’s really super strong, in both flavour and scent, and is sometimes the only thing I’m actually able to taste when I’m all stuffy. It does make me feel a bit better, but not substantially so. If I’m really sick, I can’t stomach the flavour, so I reach for something gentler like Mother’s Little Helper. But for a bad case of the stuffies, this blend isn’t so bad. I love that there’s eucalyptus in it though! I love the scent and I’ve rarely seen it in a tea blend.

I don’t know whether I’ll repurchase this when it’s done, if only because of the fact that it can really turn my stomach. I’m more of a lemon-ginger person when I’m sick, and tend to avoid the strong mint.

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
131 tasting notes

I have so much love for this tea. I had forgotten how much I like it until I had my cup this morning. Buttery flavours in tea are usually a win for me, and I love all of the roots and spices incorporated into this blend.

If this ever comes back (fingers crossed) I will buy it in huge quantities. I can never see myself getting sick of it. I think I have about half a pouch left now? I’ll have to hoard it :D

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This was my morning cuppa.

This is such a good, sturdy staple. It was love at first sip, and I’m particularly particular about my earl grey cremes.

I fell in love with London Fogs during my first year of university. They are a terrible, tasty addiction. So not long after discovering them I bought myself a bag of loose leaf earl grey creme from a now-defunct local tea shop since I figured the flavours were similar, so maybe I could recreate my beloved London Fogs at home. But nope, it tasted like an artificial, over-the-top, in your face attempt at vanilla creme. That experience turned me off of vanilla earls for a long while. It was just SO sickly. And I’ve found that same note in EGCs from other companies too (looking at you, Adagio!)

But once again I took a leap of faith with Della Terra, and surprise surprise, they didn’t let me down! This is so smooth and creamy-sweet like it should be, but it’s also fresh and bright, and almost peppery. None of that sickly business I had come to expect from an earl grey creme. This is perfection. Simple and bold, it feels like an old friend with those familiar London Fog flavours. This is yet another one from Della Terra that I will most definitely be stocking up on.

Also—you guys! You NEED to make this soup. Like seriously, even if you’re not a soup person, even if you’re not a carrot person..just try it. It is a party of roasty sweet goodness in my mouth. Had it for dinner last night and I’m already contemplating when I can make it next. Yum!


If I had an immersion blender I would be ALLOVERTHIS!

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I loved the idea of a white chocolate matcha. Two delicate, unassuming, but absolutely delicious flavours pairing up sounds perfect to me. And now that I have it, I can say that it really is pretty great! Just a bit different than I expected.

I got classic matcha with robust flavouring, for reference.

When I first opened the bag I was puzzled. It smelled more chocolatey than I expected. Upon further sniffing I pinned it down as a distinct cocoa butter scent. Not quite chocolate, but chocolate-like. Okay, I can deal with that. White chocolate is mostly cocoa butter solids, after all. I guess I was just hoping for more of a sweet and creamy can’t-quite-put-your-finger-on-what-it-is white chocolate, since my plan was to drink it mostly in smoothies. This is definitely not that. It’s complex and rich and has almost a floral-like quality that you can get a hint of in pure cocoa butter. In the way that honey is almost floral, but not quite. Interesting! This made me even more excited to try it.

I tried it in a smoothie first, since that was my intention when I bought it. It adds wonderful depth and a hint of creamy sweetness to the tart strawberries in the drink. It’s a subtle flavour, but not completely overwhelmed by everything else going on in there flavour-wise. I think overall I still prefer cheesecake matcha for smoothies, but this is definitely unexpected and decidedly tasty.

I haven’t tried it got yet but I’m planning to have a latte later tonight. Fingers crossed that it will taste like a matcha-fied version of white hot chocolate (my favourite!) :D

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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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