Another sipdown of an old sample, this one had been sent to me long ago by Dustin, so thanks! (I was smart enough to write the name on the bag for once)

I remember the first time I tried this I was underwhelmed, the reviews were so awesome but I wasn’t getting it.

This time around, I was more impressed. Even considering the age of my sample, I was tasting oatmeal raisin cookie in this, down to the raisins!

To add to the impressiveness, I had even eaten a homemade oatmeal raisin cookie just before drinking the tea and could still notice the cookie taste in it!

I think this is one case where the noticeable “taste” of DTT’s black tea base (or is it a weird chemical thing from the flavoring? I still can’t tell) is working for this tea.

I also realized that more than their base, I am just NOT a fan – at all – of their chocolate flavoring.

That’s likely why this tea tasted decent to me, and likely why I’m still a fan of cafe vanilla, and why I like their white chocolate tea but none of their teas made with the normal chocolate flavor.

It’s nice to have these realizations!

Nonetheless, not a tea I need to own, but one I’d recommend people try!
Bumping my old rating up a bit from 76.

Terri HarpLady

Yay for sipdowns!

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Terri HarpLady

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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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