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Crap, this is really good.

I feel like I’m about to break my first love’s heart but I gotta do it – this is better than Davidstea’s Read My Lips.

There, I said it.

The other day I drank some Swiss Mountain (also Della Terra) that I received in a swap (didn’t review it yet), and I was pretty meh about it. I thought to myself “Self, you never have to buy this because Read My Lips is way better!” In reality they’re probably pretty similar, I will have to compare. Anyway, so then I ordered an oz of this.

When I got it yesterday I thought to myself “Self, why did you order this? It’s probably really similar to Read My Lips and you already love Read My Lips so what were you thinking??”

Then I re-read the description which includes the words “Vanilla Mint” and I was like OH YEAH, THAT’S WHY.

So, I was doing the sniff test last night, between this and Read My Lips (Swiss Mountain is at work), and this smells WAY creamier thanks to the vanilla. I had to make a cup of this before bed because I couldn’t wait to try it. I’m drinking it again but it’s not really a re-steep because I added a bunch more leaves since the mug I have is twice the size of the dainty little frou frou one I used last night.

I might have to buy more. It TASTES almost like a Shamrock Shake. You know, the sweet green chemical concoction that McDonald’s releases every year around this time? Except obviously better. The balance between all the flavours seems pretty spot on. I need it to cool down a bit but it’s already great.

I am really pleased with this. I’m all over vanilla and therefore the addition of such means Read My Lips has been bumped. Sorry old friend!

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jessiwrites

Have you had Santa’s Secret? I am curious how these would compare. I love Santa’s Secret.

whatshesaid

I LOVE Santa’s Secret, it’s one of my faves! I will have to compare. I can’t remember if there’s chocolate in that one though, I don’t think so!

jessiwrites

No, there is no chocolate in Santa’s Secret, it’s just mint and vanilla, I believe. But I very much dislike Read My Lips, so I’m just wondering which one this is more similar to. :P

whatshesaid

ohh I see. You can definitely taste the chocolate in this! It’s probably a cross between Read My Lips and Santa’s Secret. Depends what you hate about RML I suppose!

Alphakitty

I feel like once I get my ounce of this (which is waiting patiently at my parents’ house) I am going to have to make a Shamrock Shake with it. Steel your milk with this tea, add in some ice cream… yummm

Fjellrev

Good to know! I ordered both this and Swiss Mountain in my last order but only tried the latter so far. I like it but yeah, basically RML.

Sil

one of the first teas i feel in love with when i was a tea newb was Read my Lips. Discovered The Persimmon Tree’s mint chocolate which was similar, as well as a few others. a few months later after trying teas from everywhere but david’s tea, went back to Read my lips and now i don’t like it lol. Funny how tastebuds and preferences change. it’s great!

whatshesaid

Funny how that works! I’m the same way, on one hand it’s a bit sad but cool to know my tastes are expanding accordingly )

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jessiwrites

Have you had Santa’s Secret? I am curious how these would compare. I love Santa’s Secret.

whatshesaid

I LOVE Santa’s Secret, it’s one of my faves! I will have to compare. I can’t remember if there’s chocolate in that one though, I don’t think so!

jessiwrites

No, there is no chocolate in Santa’s Secret, it’s just mint and vanilla, I believe. But I very much dislike Read My Lips, so I’m just wondering which one this is more similar to. :P

whatshesaid

ohh I see. You can definitely taste the chocolate in this! It’s probably a cross between Read My Lips and Santa’s Secret. Depends what you hate about RML I suppose!

Alphakitty

I feel like once I get my ounce of this (which is waiting patiently at my parents’ house) I am going to have to make a Shamrock Shake with it. Steel your milk with this tea, add in some ice cream… yummm

Fjellrev

Good to know! I ordered both this and Swiss Mountain in my last order but only tried the latter so far. I like it but yeah, basically RML.

Sil

one of the first teas i feel in love with when i was a tea newb was Read my Lips. Discovered The Persimmon Tree’s mint chocolate which was similar, as well as a few others. a few months later after trying teas from everywhere but david’s tea, went back to Read my lips and now i don’t like it lol. Funny how tastebuds and preferences change. it’s great!

whatshesaid

Funny how that works! I’m the same way, on one hand it’s a bit sad but cool to know my tastes are expanding accordingly )

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Hello!

So here’s where I am now. I had jumped head first into the world of teas after Davidstea opened in my city a number of years ago. I gave up coffee and became a huge tea freak. From there I joined Steepster and started ordering teas online like a madwoman (not that anyone here would know what that’s like…)

I was swappin’ up a storm and drinking like 6-7 cups a day and I had this tremendous stash to get through…..then. I got pregnant in Spring 2013 and my baby played a funny little joke on me by turning me into someone who had zero interest in drinking or even smelling most teas. I wanted only coffee all the time which was hilarious because of course you can’t really do more than a cup a day when you’re pregnant.

Anyway. In December 2013 I had my baby girl, and now I’m on maternity leave and though I still LIVE (I cannot emphasize that enough) for my morning cup of coffee (or two…), I am trying to get myself excited about tea again, because I have TONS.

So my mission, which I choose to accept, is to first sip down all the samples I have, sent to me last year by lovely Steepsterites, pre-baby.

Here’s what I love (or I did before, and am trying to again):

Butiki teas in general because the flavours are subtle and not fake tasting and don’t overwhelm the tea base

Harney and Sons Paris is my all time favorite tea.

Mariage Freres and Kusmi are also on my awesome list.

I love creamy earl greys.

Also have an appreciation of oolong.

I have a mega stash of super flavored teas to work through, or I may try to sell them if I decide they are no longer for me. The sip downs will determine!

I love swapping!
Please note my Cupboard contains everything I have including minuscule samples of teas so it is not intended to be reflective of what I have available for swap…

When I rate, it goes like this:

85 -100 = WIN! awesome, I love this and keep it on hand
70 – 85 = pretty darn good but I don’t NEED to own it
55 – 70 = not necessarily terrible but not a tea for me!
30 – 55 = missed the mark as far as I am concerned. Wouldn’t drink it willingly.
0 – 30 = I likely won’t rate this low very often, so if you see it, consider the tea a great big FAIL and probably disgusting.

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