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Love Tea #7

Tea type
Black Fruit Blend
Ingredients
Artificial Flavouring, Chinese Black Tea, Dark Chocolate, Freeze Dried Strawberries, Natural Flavours, Rose Petals
Flavors
Chocolate, Berries, Flowers
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by C-chan
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec 10 oz / 298 ml

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  • “I was craving something sweet, and fruity like grenadine but also a softer strawberry/milky chocolate combination and since I couldn’t think of a single tea that fit that description, I decided to...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This is the end of this. Today again its all strawberry, and very little of the chocolate flavor. This was not my favorite, so I am not going to get more of this. I'm glad I've got some sipdowns...” Read full tasting note
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    Rosehips 525 tasting notes
  • “Sipdown! 833 (or thereabouts). Tasty enough; not a super favourite but as I mentioned, everything tastes great right now, so I'm quite enjoying it. Fruity chocolate is pretty much what I'm...” Read full tasting note
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    kittenna 2221 tasting notes
  • “Soooooo…I think I might have found my wedding dress! I tried on so many dresses yesterday, it was a whirlwind of a day! For unidentifiable reasons, I started to freak out after the second dress...” Read full tasting note
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    CHAroma 499 tasting notes

From DAVIDsTEA

Get lucky

One sip of #7 and you’ll find yourself head over heels. Mysteriously changed. Magically happy. Walking on air. How does it work? Frankly, we don’t know. Our blender came up with it and then just ran off with the girl of his dreams. Maybe it’s the chocolate bits that lower your inhibitions. Or the seductive strawberries. Or the romantic rose petals. Either way, this black tea is seriously lucky.

Ingredients: Chinese black tea, dark chocolate (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin and vanilla), freeze-dried strawberry, red rose petals, natural and artificial flavouring*.

Allergens: Dairy and soy

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I was craving something sweet, and fruity like grenadine but also a softer strawberry/milky chocolate combination and since I couldn’t think of a single tea that fit that description, I decided to make two teas instead! It was a great ‘compromise’.

The parameters for this blend were 1 1/2 tsp. of leaf in 10 oz. of boiling water steeped for 3 min. and 45 seconds. I guess that was the sweet spot, because this is just so damn good! The chocolate is sweet and milky which perfectly satisfies the dessert craving I was in, and the strawberry is succulent and not hidden by the chocolate. Additionally, the black base isn’t even a touch bitter or astringent, and is just going down super smoothly. If I didn’t know better, I’d think there was milk in this just adding to the creaminess – but nope! I’m drinking it straight.

This and Monk’s Blend just worked out splendidly, adding to an already great tea day!

Yvonne

I absolutely loved this tea as well.

VariaTEA

I think I am crazy because I did not like this or Read My Lips and those seem to be such popular DAVIDs blends. I am glad you enjoyed it though :)

Roswell Strange

I didn’t like Read My Lips either – and I’m definitely a peppermint and chocolate tea fan.

VariaTEA

Thank god it is not just me then.

VariaTEA

Ok so it isn’t just me. Good to know.

VariaTEA

Stupid steepster losing my comments only to post them later after I already replaced them to make me look dumb!

Roswell Strange

It’s alright – Steepster has been off all day.

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This is the end of this.
Today again its all strawberry, and very little of the chocolate flavor. This was not my favorite, so I am not going to get more of this.
I’m glad I’ve got some sipdowns happening, as I may have bought some more tea….. ooops. And so close to black friday, too!
Erp.
Well, Sipdown!

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Sipdown! 833 (or thereabouts).

Tasty enough; not a super favourite but as I mentioned, everything tastes great right now, so I’m quite enjoying it. Fruity chocolate is pretty much what I’m getting this time, although this is the second infusion (the first was way oversteeped, so I had to dose it with sugar, which made it quite delicious as well).

Preparation
Boiling

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Soooooo…I think I might have found my wedding dress!

I tried on so many dresses yesterday, it was a whirlwind of a day! For unidentifiable reasons, I started to freak out after the second dress at Kleinfeld. The consultant put me in the third gown and left the room to pull more dresses, leaving my mother and me alone. Once I started to calm down and actually see myself in the third dress, I was so surprised!

It was beautiful and romantic and looked great on me. But it was nothing like what I came in wanting. At the very end of the appointment, I tried on a highly detailed, bead encrusted, satin ball gown. My mom burst into tears and cried, “OMG! That’s your dress!” That’s when I became really confused. It was, in truth, everything I had ever thought I wanted. It was a corset, lace up, dramatic, “wow” factor, dropped waist ball gown that fit me like a glove. But I couldn’t get the lace romantic gown out of my mind. I never thought I would pick a romantic, tiered lace, fit and flare gown. But it really made me feel like a bride.

Now, I’m sooo confused! I don’t know what I want. Should I go with my original vision of the dramatic, “wow” factor ball gown? Or should I go with the romantic lace dress that kind of snuck up on me? I don’t know. I’m still trying to find a picture of the ball gown online, but here’s a link to the Tara Keely gown for anyone that’s interested. http://www.jlmcouture.com/Tara-Keely/Bridal/Spring/2012/Style-2206

The dry leaves smell very chocolaty. I brewed it up and brought the cup into the living room where my fiancé was playing Diablo III. I launched Steepster to start blogging and he said, “That smells good whatever that is.” Then he started taking exaggerated deep sniffs of the air. He’s totally right. This tea is powerful! It’s the first time my apartment has actually been flooded with a tea aroma.

Oh. My. God. This is insane! It tastes exactly, I mean exactly, like chocolate dipped strawberries!!! I’m getting creamy chocolate. I’m getting fresh, juicy, ripe strawberry. And I’m getting just a hint of floral rose. This is one of the best teas I’ve ever had. EVER! The aftertaste is just as luscious and delicious as the tea itself, which is incredible!

And this is all without additions! I didn’t want to mar the tea’s inherent beauty. And you know what? I can’t bring myself to want to change anything about this. There’s a rich tasting tea base underneath the flavor of chocolate covered strawberry and no bitterness or astringency or anything to complain about whatsoever.

After a few minutes of enjoying this tea, the following conversation ensued between me and my fiancé…

“Let me try some,” says he and takes the cup without waiting to hear my response. He takes a swig (yes, the boy doesn’t sip; he swigs) and says, “It IS chocolaty.”

“Well, what did you think it was?”

“It’s chocolaty,” he repeats. I sigh.

“It’s chocolate covered strawberry tea.”

“Ohhhhhhh, that’s what it is!” He says with a giant knowing grin and winks at me. Hahaha, he’s so cute! :)

I’m in love. I’m in love with Love Tea #7 (and my fiancé of course ;) but he’s a given). I’m so glad I chose to brew the entire 5g sample. I thought about cutting it in half, but then I thought one strong cup of tea is better than two weak cups of tea. So, I forged ahead and found something glorious! *heavenly sigh This is perfection! Be generous with the leaf and you’ll be in love too!

I did a second steep for 6 minutes and added milk and sugar this time. It was still great, but the first steep sans additions is my absolute favorite.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

congrats on finding THE dress!! that’s happened to a few people I know, finding the ‘one’ that is nothing like what they expected lol

The Purrfect Cup

That dress is stunning! When you know, you know. I ended up getting a dress that never crossed my mind when I went dress shopping too. I say go with your gut! I also think I REALLY need to try some of this tea out…once I drink more of the tea in my tea cabinet that is.

TeaBrat

What a beautiful dress! Congratulations…

LiberTEAS

That wedding dress is gorgeous. I think you should choose the wedding dress that you feel is right. This is a day about emotions, so go with the one that your heart tells you to.

Mercuryhime

That is a lovely dress. The dress i got wasnt what i envisioned either. Life can be surprising that way. Whatever you choose, you will be radiant from the inside out. :)

Hesper June

Beautiful Dress!
Don’t let the fact that it isn’t the dress you had envisioned in your head, stand in the way that it may be the perfect dress for you.
Like the other ladies that commented, I left the Bridal Dress Shop not only in a dress that I hadn’t envisioned for me but I actually hated it….on other people, but once I put it on….well, it was lovely.
If you felt beautiful in it, than its “the one”
Congrats!!
(the tea sounds divine too;)

tigress_al

My wedding dress wasn’t what I had thought I would get either! And also a great tea!!

Angrboda

Absolutely go with the one you liked best ON you! When I picked mine I also came out with the complete opposite of what I thought I would choose and the lady who was helping me said that sort of thing happens all the time. In my case it was to do with decoration and whatnot. I just wanted something simple, but she made me try some on anyway because it always looks different on a hanger or on a model than it does when you’re actually wearing it. And she was absolutely right.

Pick the one you liked best when you were wearing it. This is really not something you want to regret later, because you stubbornly clung to what you had initially imagined.

Right now when I think of mine I’m in a sort of ‘what was I thinking?’ phase, but I’m not really worried that I’ve changed my mind, because I saw it myself on myself in the mirror. I’m going for a fitting later this week, and I have all the confidence in the world that when I see it again, I’ll still think it was the right choice.

CHAroma

You guys are awesome! Thanks for all the advice and well wishes. You really made me feel better after my unexpected freak out. I’m trying the dress on again this weekend, but I’m pretty sure it’s the one. Choosing the guy was so much easier than the dress, hahaha!

Ninavampi

You have the guy and the dress picked out! Almost all the way there!!! :)

Congrats on picking out the dress! I am sure you look beautiful in it!

Invader Zim

How’d I miss that picture?! That is beautiful! As others have said, go for the one that makes you feel beautiful, like a bride, even if it doesn’t fit with what you thought you had wanted.

CHAroma

I FINALLY made a decision on my wedding dress! I decided to get this one: http://www.jlmcouture.com/Tara-Keely/Bridal/Spring/2012/Style-2200 but I kept the belt from the first dress linked above because I prefer the jewels to the flowery thing that comes with my dress. AHHHHH!!! I’m so excited!!!

Angrboda

It looks like you managed to find a compromise between the one that surprised you and what you thought you wanted. I think it was a good idea to keep the other belt. I had some sort of flower-y things on mine that were sewn onto the hip, but I had them removed partly because they weren’t really to my taste, but mostly because I could feel them against my arm all the time. It would have annoyed me so much, and it’s not something you would consider a problem until you notice it. But it’s just so hard to un-notice.
I have six sleeps left now, how many sleeps do you have left? (Or have you not come that far yet?)

CHAroma

Thanks Angrboda! I do think this dress is the perfect compromise. It actually has the exact same top as the lace dress, only the bottom is different. But the tulle bottom has that extra drama I was looking for. What’s a “sleep?”

Angrboda

Very very simple, actually. Six sleeps left = I have to sleep six more times. :)

CHAroma

Do you mean you’re getting married in only 6 days??!!

Angrboda

Five sleeps now. :D This saturday. We decided it was easier to count sleeps than it was to count days, since that takes out the discussion of whether you should count the day it happens, the day you’re ‘on’, only the days in between or all of the above. :)

CHAroma

OMGGG!!!! That’s SO EXCITING!!!! I’m so happy for you! Best wishes!! (I haven’t gotten to counting sleeps yet. We’re still about 10 months away).

Angrboda

Yeah, I can see that’s a lot of sleeps. :) I was tricked by the fact that you had gone to find your dress. I saved that task for last, but then again I’ve hated all this organising stuff from day one. I’m just not an organiser. A friend of my dad’s will be driving us, for example, and I emailed him the other day with a couple of questions. His answer? “you can have it whichever way you prefer.” What I really wanted him to do was to tell me what he was going to do and make the decision for me. :p My brain is getting a bit planning-fatigued at this point. All my thoughts are wedding-this, wedding-that. I’m looking forward to being able to think about something else. I don’t even know when we’re leaving for the UK, because there just hasn’t been room for that detail in my head.

Gosh, I didn’t mean to do all this complaining at you… O.o

Mercuryhime

Wedding planning is so stressful. It was the worst with my husband. At first he was all “whatever you want.” and then when I decided on something he suddenly had all these opinions. Argh!
Anyway, I hope you both have a beautiful wedding day! The memories will be worth the stress!

CHAroma

@Mercuryhime, hahaha! My fiance is exactly like that too! Doesn’t care one bit until I make a decision. ;)

@Angrboda, no you’re not complaining at all. I understand. I wanted a designer dress so you have to order that about 8-10 months in advance or it won’t be ready in time. I’ve only started to get wedding planning fatigued, but mostly I’m still in the excitement stage! :)

Barb

Oh, it was YOU who said brew this long and dark! Very good advice.

And the dress you chose is gorgeous.

CHAroma

Aww, thanks! I can’t wait now that I’ve finally found the dress. Only 277 days to go!! (Or sleeps as Angrboda says). :)

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I am just all kinds of stressed right now, so I needed something soothing to calm myself and my stomach. I couldn’t really decide on anything until I got to good old Love Tea #7.

I just adore the chocolate strawberry combination in this one – it’s the best I’ve come across so far. You can taste the chocolate and it compliments the fruitiness of the strawberry. Just like drinking a chocolate-dipped strawberry. And I have no qualms about that. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

Sorry you’re so stressed. I know the feeling!

Yvonne

Thank you ♥ I’ll get through it somehow.

cryptickoi

good name…

Yvonne

Isn’t it now? :)

cryptickoi

does shu cha calm you?

Yvonne

I don’t believe I’ve ever had it!

cryptickoi

ripe puer(shu cha)tends to have a calming effect for most people and it’s good for a bad tummy too…

cryptickoi

btw…I’m sorry to hear you’re stressed…

Yvonne

That’s ok – it’s nobodys fault but my own :) Just going through really tough times, that’s all.
Oh, I should get some somehow! I’ll be on the lookout for some…hopefully I’ll have money when I find some.

cryptickoi

if you want I can send some your way…I have a decent collection of it and could never drink it all in my lifetime…I keep buying it too…haha

JustJames

been there/am there? lol. sending zen thoughts your way!

Yvonne

Really? That would be so, so nice of you – thank you so much!! Would you like me to give you my shipping address?

TheTeaFairy

Hope the tea helped the nerves, Yvonne…I too know the feeling, Steepster is a good place to be to feel better sometimes:-)

Yvonne

Oh, it did! Thank you :) You have all been wonderful – I couldn’t ask to be with better people on a better site!

TheTeaFairy

I always say that Facebook’s got nothing on Steepster :-)

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Drank up the last little bit of this yesterday and it was pretty good. Sweet chocolate with strawberry in both aroma and taste – very smooth. Nice as a once in awhile treat.

Tuscanteal

I haven’t tried this tea before but always wondered. Hopefully its in my advent calendar.

Roswell Strange

It’s a very nice dessert tea. I often drink it after a large supper or as my breakfast tea if I want a really ‘decadent’ start to my day.

caile

I’m sure there will be lots of nice things to try from the advent calendar – hopefully this will be one!
It would be yummy for breakfast!

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Okay, so I cold steeped this overnight and I HAVE to up the rating because this is a whole other monster! A delicious monster!

The strawberry has come out to plaaay! Not only that, but with an intense rich strawberry-ness with just a hint of rose and a chocolate/tea base. It’s like a fancy iced tea – what bottled iced tea should be. I am over the top happy with this discovery, and if anyone else has a potpourri problem with flowery teas (I hear ya Faith!) , try this. Holy mama. Deeelish!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Jessie

Ooh, I’ll have to try this cold-brewed. Sounds great.

Mélissa

Nice, now I have to try this.

Indigobloom

Mmmm sounds like one tea I might really enjoy cold!!

Faith

Oh, I never thought of that! In the winter the thought of cold tea never really enters my brain, thanks for the suggestion!

DaisyChubb

Oh do try!
I will usually at least 4 cups of hot tea a day, but when I need something thirst quenching, I’ve been trying to cold brew so I have a refreshing drink I don’t have to pay money for. So far this is the best experiment!!

Kittenna

Silly question – how do you cold brew a tea? Do you just put the teaball in a cup of cold water and leave it in the fridge for x number of hours?

DaisyChubb

Not a silly question at all!
to be honest, I’ve never cold brewed with a tea ball, just because I’m scared of leaving a metal ball in the water for that long – but it’s probably silly and you could probably do it! Yep, my preferred method is to just stick some tea in a bottle or jug and leave it over night, but you can get a good flavour with just a couple hours of cold brewing too. Hope that helped :)

Kittenna

Definitely helps! Do you put the same amount of dry leaf in as you would for a hot cup? I think I’ll try this tonight :D

DaisyChubb

yep I sure do! Let me know how it turns out!

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This is one of those “ahhhh” teas for me, however, it is also one of the teas that I find I love to have in the new year, when winter is mid-way in, and spring looks closer. I find that I really love chocolatey teas in the winter, but with the strawberry notes in this one, it is one of the teas that I feel is a little lighter for a black, but still hearty enough for winter. I’m like that….there are teas that I only drink in the colder months and those that I only drink in the warmer months…this is one of those transition ones for me. I tend to drink it from mid-January through late summer.

Anyhow, I do really love this tea. It is everything one could want in a love tea. Who doesn’t love chocolate and strawberries? I find that the rose petals really do little for the overall flavour, but look nice in the mix. This is good for me as I don’t like very floral teas, but I find the blend well balanced.

This is the first tea I made in my new Timolino. I discovered a few things about the Timolino the hard way, such as either emptying (completely) the strainer basket or removing it entirely once the tea finishes brewing, or you will get tea leaves coming through the drinking holes. I don’t think that an oolong would have that problem since the leaves are so large, but I am not sure the basket is large enough for them either. I know you can put the leaves in the main compartment, but I am not sure that is a good idea on most tea leaves as they might over-steep, right? Anyone got feedback on that? Also, it does keep the tea hot! In some ways, it stays too hot to drink for a while, and so I had to leave the lid off for a bit. Also, the metal outside gets cold outside this time of year…my kids tumbler isn’t the most insulated, but it keeps my hands warm…the Timolino is so good at insulation that the mug is not warm to the tough at all. It is much easier to hold though. So a few differences between my kids mug and this one, a little learning curve.

tigress_al

The Trimolino is awesome! I always make my tea before I go to work, and it is perfect temperature at my coffee time which is 3-4 hours after I made it. I learned this the hard way. The first time I drank the tea, I burned my WHOLE mouth, it was so hot!! I like that the outside doesn’t get hot, because then I couldn’t throw it into my work bag!

Amariel

But see, that’s the thing. I make mine for work also, but I want to be able to drink some at the bus stop or on the bus. I don’t want to wait an hour for it to cool off enough for a sip.

Kittenna

Yeah, that drives me bonkers sometimes too. My best strategy is making the tea in a mug, letting it cool to be drinkable, then putting it in. However, on a rushed morning that does not work. I picked up a Contigo mug which is slightly less good at holding in the heat (it gets warm around the lid area), but it still does the job too well…

Amariel

I did notice with my refill today that it was a little warm around the metal ring at the top. I’m wondering if the tea would keep if I made it the night before when I went to bed.

Kittenna

I have been wondering the same thing! Depends how long you sleep for, perhaps?

Another thing I was thinking about was brewing tea in less water, then adding cooler water to top up the mug.

Amariel

That or maybe adding ice.

tigress_al

It might be too cool if you leave it overnight. A little ice does do the trick. I have taken tea out on errands before on our crazy cold Saskatchewan days. Warms me right up!

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I finally discovered the addictive evil that is Candy Crush. There goes my spare time for the next two… weeks? months? … years?

Speaking of candy dessert things, I am surprised it took me this long to try this. Steeps makes a solid chocolate covered strawberry tea that I’ve been pining for after going without it for a few years (but luckily picked some up last time I was in Edmonton and still need to review). So how I never thought to try this until now is beyond me.

The chocolate base isn’t a shock to anyone who has experienced DT’s chocolate teas in the past. A little on the sweet, artificial side. The strawberry is pleasant enough. Definitely palpable both smelling the dry leaf and in flavour.

But the liquor gets a little murky and sludgy from the chocolate chips. I’d prefer a “cleaner” tea, which Steeps delivers. It’s decent with almond milk but nothing to write home about.

Amariel

I know, I got sucked in too. On Level 45 now, after a week or so of playing.

OMGsrsly

Does the game require internet? I might end up getting sucked in if I can play it on the bus… :)

Amariel

I’m not sure. I think it does if you play the FB version so it syncs, but not 100% sure. I love Bookworm Soosiz, and Swordigo for the bus for internet free games.

Amariel

And Flood It and Flow and Siege Hero sometimes too.

OMGsrsly

:) Thanks!

Amariel

Soosiz is initially very weird, because of it’s unique center of gravity aspect, but it is really cute, and once you get the hang of the controls, it is not as dizzying as it appears. Siege Hero is like Angry Birds, but from a different perspective, and different characters. Swordigo is like your classic Zelda old school games, but with better graphics, and the others are just simple strategy games.

OMGsrsly

I got Puzzle Quest because I loved it on my DS. So much fun to play on my iPad, but some of the “battles” (they’re essentially bejeweled games) are rather tiny on my phone.

Fjellrev

I just tried Candy Crush after disconnecting wifi and it worked the same, so I highly doubt you do.

Oh geez, talking about the DS, I feel so bad that I’ve been neglecting it. Probably haven’t played it in half a year!

I should look into those other games you mentioned, Heather. Not that I need another distraction or anything haha.

OMGsrsly

The DS was great Before iPhone, when I just had a “normal” cell and a blackberry with no games on it for work. Now that I have the iPhone, I haven’t used the DS in… umm. A couple years?

Fjellrev

Yeah I honestly feel like finding the time to use it more just out of principle. Even my PS3 has been collecting dust since Xmas and will continue to now that I am without a tv. Sigh. So much money towards toys and gadgets.

Amariel

I have you trumped. I have a Super Nintendo. That works. :) Party at my place! :P

Fjellrev

Yay! My brother and I had one too but he lent it to a friend and we never got it back. :(

Wow, I miss Super Mario. And Aladdin!

Amariel

I don’t have Aladdin, but I have Super Mario, Donkey Kong, Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Anamaniacs, and a few others.

CHAroma

You know, I was in love with this tea the first time I tried it. But then I bought 50g of it and every cup has been overly floral and just not very good. Where’d the chocolate covered strawberry flavor go?

Fjellrev

What’s up with that? That happened to me with Toasted Marshmallow. The first 10g pouch was great, so I graduated to a whole tin of it and it’s like a totally different tea. Overly sweet and no spice. Either our tastes change or there can be batch differences.

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It’s been a loooog time since I drank this tea!

I stood at my kitchen counter just standing…looking at my electric kettle. What to drink this morning? Shrug.

I had a big day ahead, off to the Justice Center to talk to a Pro Bono Lawyer about a Trust. Faxing a legal paper to the ex in California, groceries and Open House at the grandson’s school. A busy day for Grandma. (Tomorrow it’s supposed to snow…get it done today Bonnie!)

Tea, Tea, Tea. What will it be?

I opened all the drawers in my to be reviewed container and each time it was nah, no, uh uh.
I went to the BIG CUPBOARD with my BIG STASH of favorite tea’s and larger, non-sample sized tea’s. Verdant, Butiki, Happy Lucky’s, Kally, Teavivre, Menghai Puerh, UK, and…up on the top shelf…
DAVIDsTEA!

Wow, how long had it been since I picked a flavored DAVIDsTEA?

These were my fav’s 9 months ago. I waited for the packages to arrive from Canada…raving about the peppermint or chocolate flavors. It seems like such a long time ago!

I picked Love Tea #7. Yes! I needed some love to start my day!

I made a whole little pot of tea, sat on the sofa with the Today Show as company and sipped my way down memory lane.

It was like going back to Disneyland as an adult. Fun to do but not as great as the first time when it was new. When I was less exposed to other tea’s it was the bomb. Now, I can taste things that I don’t prefer…but I’m willing to ignore just because it’s an old memory
that I don’t want to mess with. I prefer natural flavors more now.

This is still tasty.

Mrnixonpants

Awww tea memories!

Mrnixonpants

Oh yeah, I was going to say I just ordered my first ever gaiwan! I’m waiting to really dig into my unflavored teas (oolongs, puer samples, etc) until it arrives. I have a feeling things will change for me as well once I get the hang of brewing with my new gongfu set!

Bonnie

I have my original gaiwan (I broke the lid so I use the saucer as a lid to filter with!) and I have a clay gaiwan with a handle which I use for pu-erh (no burned fingers). I have a nice little tasting set for Oolongs which is handy too. These and a glass pot are what I use most often. I’d love some little Yixing pots but that’s down the road I guess. I have a little Yixing tumbler for puerh when I’m out and about. Main thing, I have TEA! Enjoy hot fingers for a day or two, then don’t worry! I still use my finum when I don’t want to fuss.

Mrnixonpants

Good advice thanks =)

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