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drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
196 tasting notes

So.

I got pregnant last spring and within a couple of months realized that being pregnant made me hate tea. I’d open my cupboard and all the flavored tea smells mingling together turned my stomach. So I basically spent 30 weeks not drinking tea. Except for Tetley, the old Canadian grocery store standby. And make that 30 weeks plus 5 weeks because now I have a five week old tiny human.

I have been trying to get my tea love back (lust, really), starting with old favorites that are a sure thing, like creamy earl greys and some butiki teas and kusmi and harney and sons. Hating tea has been bad news for my over the top flavored tea stash… I’m hoping they’re all still good. I’ve been giving samples away to friends so that someone could enjoy them. Was even debating doing an ebay listing or something.

I am in no position to review anything really at this point, but consider this one of my “dipping my toes back in” teas. Anything super flavored still makes me cringe. All I have wanted to do over the last 9 months is drink coffee, and that remains the case.

Bear with me! Bare with me? Either one will do!

I have basically forgotten all the tea brewing and reviewing rules!!

(Edited to correct an annoying typo. Sorry!)

yyz

Congratulations!

Allie

Congratulations!! We all go through phases and you’ll get back into drinking tea when you’re ready. :-)

ifjuly

Congratulations! (:

Courtney

Congratulations!

TastyBrew

You’re back!!! Yay! Congrats on the baby! That’s awesome!

Sil

YAY! happy to have you back and grats on the bundle of baby love!

OMGsrsly

Congratulations! :)

whatshesaid

Thanks guys :)

Cavocorax

Congrats!
I’m happy to see you back too! Somehow I missed this post but when I saw your comment I lit right up! I hope you can get back into tea without too much fuss. Also, I recommend DT’s Mother’s Little Helper to help zonk you out before bed. (Sometimes you’re so exhausted but you can’t just make your brain shut up – that helped me out a bit!)

Also, if you see anything in my cupboard that you think you’d be interested in (and that I Have enough of) I could send it your way to help you figure out what you like again. :D

whatshesaid

Thank you, appreciate that! So far I haven’t had too much trouble shutting my brain down, five hours of sleep will do that to me, haha. But I will keep that in mind!!

I’m hoping the fact that I can’t healthily drink as much coffee as I’d like coupled with being home all day will encourage me to get back into the tea. Even a cup or two a day would be swell!! My husband is harassing me about my huge collection. I have to prove him wrong.

Kittenna

Oooooh, congrats! Glad to see you’re at least kind of back, as well!

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Drank some of this earlier with breakfast. I either put too much milk or too few leaves because it was super weak and unsatisfying. Not that this is surprisingly lately. I am perpetually dissatisfied. With tea :(

I realize it must sound mental when I say stuff like that, the former 5 cup a day lady not being able to stomach even a cup a day half the time, or even one per week, so I will just come right out with it….
I’m about 14 weeks preggers and the baby is probably a demon that has turned me off my beloved tea. I kid, well about the demon part. Obviously!!

It’s an incredibly ironic forehead slapping twist of fate, though. I’ve stocked up on so much tea over the last few months (right up until about 2 months ago when I had the harsh realization that the smell of my flavoured teas was turning my stomach and totally repelling me)… Now I have zero urge to drink it.
Even now when I have a random cup it’s more out of a sense of obligation than an actual enjoyable experience. So sad!!! I hope it comes back six months from now!!!

I’m sticking to the unflavoured or mildly flavoured teas at this point, that’s for sure!!

Right now all I want to drink is chocolate milk and apple juice, two things I maybe had two-three times a year previously.

Kittenna

Woah, preggers! Congrats! Well that sure explains some of it, hey?

Lala

Congratulations!

Chelle

Congrats!

Sil

haha Congratulations! That’s great news. Just remember…plenty of ppl here who will happily take some of that tea off your hands :)

Cavocorax

Congrats!!!
And maybe in the 2nd/3rd trimesters things will calm down enough that you can enjoy tea again?

ifjuly

Congratulations! Just think, one day the kiddo’ll be out and probably want to have tea parties with you. (:

Alysha

Congratulations!

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91
drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
196 tasting notes

It’s ALLIIIIIIVVEEEE!!! By “it” I mean “me” and by “alive” I mean “still existing in this realm”.
I’m still completely turned off by most of my flavoured teas, but this one is so lovely and delicately flavoured, that’s why it’s one of my faves. I had some for breakfast here at work.

That would be right after I dropped a raw egg on the carpet in front of my cubicle…. I’ve gotta be the only person in history to have done that, seriously!! Smashed an egg not only at work, but on the carpet. Good thing it was Berber, haha.

Tea was totally good. Would you believe I went all weekend without any tea?? I find all I want now is Earl Grey (or cream of earl grey) – must be the Captain Picard in me.

I’m going to try and have another cup tonight, of tea in general I mean.

I still have so many new ones I haven’t even tried!! Sadness.

Alysha

LOL at the egg incident! I can relate; I once dropped an entire container of yogurt on the hallway carpet, and had to clean it up as everyone passed by.

Kittenna

You are back! Though I’ve been on and off as well. Have you been drinking unflavoured tea at all, or not really that either? I go in cycles, most often.

whatshesaid

I’m around, creeping mostly :)
I’ve been drinking some Butiki teas and earl grey type blends mostly. Anything more strongly flavoured is just not appealing to me at all right now, which is unfortunate given how many new ones I have just taking up space. I’m going to see how I feel about a flavored matcha latte tomorrow!

Sil

Hope things are going ok in your world my dear :) miss your notes!

whatshesaid

Thanks :) I’m alive!!! Just posted a “review”

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I thought I’d finally try this today, received a sample weeks ago from the awesome Tastybrew as I’d been dying to try it.

So I made it at work this morning, which means I didn’t pay any attention to temperature and lost track of how long I steeped it. Making a tea like this at work is probably never a great idea. Anyhow of course I got distracted and it was really cooled down by the time I got to it, however I was still able to enjoy it.

People talk about the original being chocolatey which I still laugh at when I read, because I feel like I will never get there. It’s as roasty and strong tasting as the original, however this one is DEFINITELY chocolatey.

I am looking forward to my second steep which will likely be tomorrow morning, because I probably let this around sit 2-3 min this morning.

Thanks to Tastybrew for this precious sample!

whatshesaid

Sorry, fixed a typo so this got bumped :)

Shmiracles

dude, i correct typos and re-post comments to fix typos constantly. have no shame! have no shame!

Ysaurella

I’m doing that all the time as I often write in Frenglish more than in English !

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
196 tasting notes

Aw man. I’m so depressed lately. Teapressed. I have a million teas to try and drink but lately not only do i have to limit my caffeine consumption but (cover your ears) I just don’t even feel like drinking a ton of tea. I’m sad because all my zillions of flavoured teas seem to be turning me off and since I’m limiting my intake I really want to focus on the ones I love. Figuring out what I feel like having is a nightmare these days!!

So I’ve been MIA and it sucks and that’s why.
As this was one of my old favourites from back in the day I decided to have some this morning. But something is wrong. It seems like I can just taste fakeness. It’s still tasty but this new development is both distracting and disappointing. I am unsatisfied :(

I also watched the end of the Tenth Doctor recently and that only added to my depression.

Sorry guys.
I want to keep reading everyone else’s reviews and maybe that will encourage me. I was also in Maine for 4 days so I had no tea! Just one crappy bagged tea from Dunkin Donuts. I threw it out.

And it’s chilly and perpetually rainy here so I can’t even make myself drink my new Davidstea herbals cold brewed! Wahh!

I’m a downer, my apologies
moraiwe

Don’t worry about being a downer, we’re all there at one point or another. I hope you feel better and things look brighter (weather included!) soon, though!

Kittenna

D: That does not sound like fun! Hopefully you can get back to drinking tea and enjoying it soon – is the caffeine restriction a permanent thing?

Shmiracles

i was just thinking about how i hadn’t seen you here recently. and jeez i feel like i wrote the handbook to moody tea tastings. or just moody living. or whatevs. i think last night i finally came out of a tea tasting funk. maybe we’re connected. downers are my compatriots.

Josie Jade

Hope you feel back to normal soon! If there are any teas in my cupboard that tempt you, I’d be happy to send them your way! :)

Cavocorax

The tea blahs…. Yeah I’ve been there. Not sure what to drink. No energy to review it so then you don’t want to drink it. A billion teas and nothing catches your eye.

Hope you feel better soon! We’ll miss your reviews.

Shmiracles

tea blahs. yes.
it’s really nice to know it’s not just me.

TastyBrew

Ah man. Total bummer. I’ve been there too a bit lately. I think I’m tea-polar, way high on tea or a bit grumpy about it. Hopefully you’ll swing back soon! In the mean time there’s beer!?!

Shmiracles

beer haha yes tellmeaboutit!
(hi untappd!)

Sil

sometimes it’s nice to just hang out and watch the tea reviews :)

TheTeaFairy

Hope you feel better soon, and I agree with everyone’s comment…seems like we’ve all been there at one time or another, and people here are always supportive. I know just reading here has helped me many times :-)

whatshesaid

Thanks for the support, you guys are great! :) I’m hoping my tea-appetite will return soon but for now I’m just sticking with my proven faves! If my love of flavoured black teas doesn’t come back I guess I will be sharing an abundance of my stash!

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Another one ordered for me and sent up north from Tastybrew, yay!

Drinking it now. It’s more flavourful than the S&V English Toffee I had yesterday… Still not SUPER caramelly. It doesn’t have the burnt toffee taste I thought I didn’t like, but I’m wondering if maybe that taste would still be preferable because at least it’s A taste.

Hm. I don’t know yet, I probably won’t be sad when this is all gone though.

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My amazing “tea mule” Tastybrew sent this to me, along with two other S&V teas, one being the one I know I love, Almond Sugar Cookie.
I took a chance on this one, as some others I’ve tried have left me with a feeling of “meh”.

Sadly this one didn’t work out… So far. I brewed it at work with boiling water and no doubt oversteeped it, and it tasted like slightly flavoured hot cardboard, kind of like some of their other samples did. BUT, I hear there’s a better way to bring out the flavours of these S&V teas, 180 degrees for a couple minutes I think it was, so I plan to try that and withhold my rating for now.

Either way, thank you, Tastybrew!!!

Sil

in some ways i’m glad that you’re not liking them…leaves me less inclined to order 10981239812038123 when i finally place an order with S&V

whatshesaid

I have three different ones, this, almond sugar cookie and strawberry sundae (whatever it’s called) so if you haven’t tried those or would like to try again I can certainly send you samples :)

Sil

i think i’ve tried all of those except the english toffee. no orders until june so i’m trying to sort out which will be my YAY it’s June! (or july) order lol

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79
drank Earl Grey by The Tea Brewery
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My Nova Scotian friend received some of this as a gift and passed on the rest to me, with a warning that it’s “strong”.

I thought it was a decent cuppa Earl Grey, a bit strong but not too bad. I like EG teas to start with so it was a perfectly enjoyable way to start my day, with a bit of milk :)

I’m a bit depressed because I haven’t been able to drink as much tea lately, so I’m being choosy and drinking ones I love, make it worthwhile. I miss writing reviews. I’m still reading everyone else’s though!!

Shmiracles

cutting down on caffeine? i really need to cut down on MY caffeine intake that’s for sure. i’m always thinking, “i’ll cut down on caffeine … next week. i swear.” but that has yet to be seen. i do know what you mean though. doing things that are hard are, well, hard! but they tend to pay off in the end don’t they? don’t they? :)

whatshesaid

yeah, stupid caffeine! suckily for me my fave tea is black. boo.

Nitoo6of6

Have you tried any CO2 decaf black teas? It at least is better than chemical decaf process so I’m told.

Shmiracles

i have a Darjeeling CO2 decaf at home but haven’t tried it yet. i got it with the idea that i could add it to some of my rooibos teas to give them more OOMph. i am sooooo very tired of rooibos.

Sil

rooibos cold brewed + alcohol sometimes makes things more fun lol

whatshesaid

I’m going to have to google this CO2 thing!!

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I got some of this from Dustin in a swap and also Scmiracles sent me some because she is totally awesome!!

I tried this once a few months ago at my local fancy tea shop, but then she never had anymore in stock. Speaking of fancy, I feel fancy when I drink it.

It does get pretty strong pretty fast and I remember the lady at the tea shop telling me this, so I steeped it at 95 degrees and only for about a minute and a half, I do not regret that decision as I can actually taste a hint of bitterness even at that time!

It’s delicious though, chocolatey and caramelly and the scent of the tea is intoxicating. I know it’s all in my head because it’s my curse to always want things I cannot have, but I swear it even SMELLS like quality. It’s so nice to be able to try this!

My ultimate life goal of visiting Paris one day (and England for that matter) is just emphasized now because when I get there someday, I will absolutely be raiding Mariages Freres!

Thanks so much for the samples, you guys :)
I am truly enjoying my cup of this while I rewatch Season 5 of True Blood, two of my favorite things at the same time, too much awesomeness!!

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Weird that I never reviewed this before! I had definitely received a sample in a swap from someone when I first began this tea journey. I wasn’t super impressed, I remember being disappointed. It was actually one of the first Della Terra Teas I tried and one I’d had high hopes for given the other reviews.
In hindsight I can now recognize that I definitely underleafed that first time around, and that my sample was probably contaminated from sitting in its little baggie in the sample box for so long.

While I wouldn’t go so far as to say I loved this tea on round 2, I definitely enjoyed it more. It still wasn’t super cookie tasting to me but it had more flavour than my first try. I have enough for a nice strong second cup so I don’t intend to skimp on the leaves.

Glad I got a second chance, thanks Dustin!!

ETA forgot to mention that oatmeal raisin cookies are my favorite, because there’s a little old lady who lives inside me. Don’t even try to replace the raisins with chocolate chips, that’s blasphemy! So that being said, you’ll have to excuse my lack of raving over this tea. It’s not a real cookie!

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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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