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drank Eggnog by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea is… weird…

I ended up with two of the stackable tins of this one as I bought one and dad got me one for Christmas. I’m glad I don’t have much of this one… it’s very strange. It tastes to me like rooibos and water. That’s about it. I’m not really getting the eggnog flavour that I was hoping for. And the almost like oil slick on the top from the melted white chips is weird.

As the tea cools I dislike it more. I’m getting some form of spice… I think it might be the nutmeg flavouring… I don’t know, but either way… I’m not enjoying this one at all.. It’s too bad ’cause I love eggnog.

I think I’m going to try the egg noggin’ from Steeped tea again and make sure I still like that one…

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drank Pumpkin Cheesecake by DAVIDsTEA
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OMGoodness… So good! I am loving that I’ve got so many teas I haven’t tried yet ‘cause of being pregnant. So here’s this one!

I loved the pumpkin and the spicey-ness of this one. It was just a very good steep. At first I wasn’t sure about it but as the cup went on, the flavours came out more and more and I really enjoyed it. I know that this one won’t stay in the cupboard too long.

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drank Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA
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This is one I had… late last week?

I made it as an iced tea. I steeped it up using hot water and made it a bit stronger than I usually would have, but then I let it cool and continue to steep in the fridge overnight. So the next morning I put this one into my travel mug to go to the hospital to see my little one (he’s out now. No worries). I did add a small bit of sugar to it as I love my iced teas to be sweet.

It tasted like juice. Seriously. It was absolutely amazing. Such a strong, juicy peach flavour that wouldn’t quit. I was so in love. My husband even loved it.

Anyways, I would totally do this again. Absolutely delicious and sweet and fruity and just so good. Loved it.

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Oolongs and I have had such an up and down relationship over the years…

I remember when Teaopia had a lovely peach oolong that I loved. I didn’t even really realize it was an oolong it was so nice.
Then I tried the Milk Oolong from Davidstea and I hated it. I probably didn’t steep it right (that’s what I’m assuming looking back anyways.)
Then I got the S’mores tea from Teaopia that had oolong in it and I loved it. It was so so amazing… So much so that I bought 1000g before they sold out of it. And like three years later I still have some hanging around and it’s still just as good as it was. It hasn’t lost any of its goodness…

Which brings me to this tea. This one was a bit of an impulse purchase at a place in a nearby town that sells Metropolitan Tea Company teas. The smell of this one was pouring through the bag towards me. I knew if I got some that a) I’d probably like it and b) that it would have to be stored in a tin, not the bag that it came with that wasn’t really sealed at all.

I steeped this one up last night and omgoodness…. amazing!! It lives up to its name. It is sweet and melony. I didn’t take notice of the base of it this time, but I didn’t hate it so I have to think that’s a good sign. I ended up drinking the whole cup in no time. It’s absolutely amazing! I would highly recommend this tea anytime. I am so surprised. Seriously. Surprised. I ended up buying though to fill my Davidstea tin, and I’m so glad I did. This is one that I think would be incredible iced too! That might be my next attempt with this one.

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drank Yogi Berry by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve been dying to try this one for a long time now. It smelt so good in store and I like all the flavours in it. I honestly thought that I’d find it closer to Davidstea’s Strawberry Ginger, but obviously with a different base.

So I steeped this one up tonight and took a sip… Honestly, I’m not impressed… it tastes very medical to me… yuck! It’s almost like a fake strawberry taste or something. I’m just so disappointed by this one.. I don’t even know where to begin… my husband was even intrigued to try it after the smell of it, but after tasting it even he was disappointed.
I think I’ll see if I can find someone to give this one to.

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This tea is pretty good. I wish the strawberry was a bit stronger, so I might rejig the mixture a bit. I am enjoying it though. It’s pretty good!

Green rooibos always makes a great tea. And who doesn’t love strawberries? I was attempting to make this one similar to Davidstea’s Swampwater. I think I’m on the right track. Just must make it a bit more strawberry flavour. I have added some now so hopefully next time it’ll be a bit closer.

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drank Maple Sugar by DAVIDsTEA
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Let the tasting of the new teas begin! Ones that I bought but haven’t gotten to try…

I added too much milk to this one… I’m going to have to redo this one soon. Also, shouldn’t have added any sugar. The cinnamon is good in it and I’m getting the maple, but again, I shouldn’t have loaded it up the way I did.

Either way, I am enjoying this one. I feel like it’s very similar to Caramel Spice (I think that’s the one anyways).

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Oversteeped and too hot of water, but still is tasty. Not as nice as last time when I properly steeped it, but I’m still loving it. Either this tea is really forgiving or I’m just so happy to get to enjoy it again.

Baby is doing pretty well. He’s getting there. Still going to be in the hospital for a while, but he’s on the right pathway. :)


Oh god, I did not need to know about Breaking Bad-themed tea.


haha this is the only one I’ve tried that’s Breaking Bad themed, but it’s so good. It definitely makes me curious about the other ones though.

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drank Orange Pekoe by Mother Parkers
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What an interesting few days!
Sunday I had my final baby shower. We also got hit with quite the snow storm. Like to the point where I couldn’t get the car out of the driveway.
Then Monday… well the greatest and craziest thing happened. I had my little boy!
Monday went by like any other day. I hung out… went for dinner with my dad and just as I was about to go to bed that night, I started to get some weird symptoms. Come to find out my water was starting to break but I wasn’t sure if that’s what was happening for sure or not. Anyways I eventually decided to go to the hospital to get checked out and I went from 2cm to 8cm in an hr. Our little guy was born about 3hrs after I got to the hospital. It was the fastest delivery of a first baby ever! Born at 35.5weeks. Isaac William James is 4lbs 11oz. 19" long.

Only problem is his lungs aren’t quite right yet. He’s on a ventilator right now and we’re hoping and praying that’ll change soon. He’s slowly getting there but it’s taking a while. I’m hoping he can stay breathing on his own fully soon.

Alright onto the tea. This is the one they have ay the hospital and honestly it’s not too bad. I’ve loaded the cups up with milk and sugar and there has been something so comforting about it. Maybe it’s cause it’s the only tea I have on hand but it’s been great to have. I’m so thankful for it today and yesterday. I’m slowly getting anxious for loose leaf again but honestly it doesn’t matter. Thinking about tea is just my distraction for worrying. I know the little guy should be fine but I’m really having my moments. And it’s hard not getting to hold him. I’ve only held him once and it wasn’t long enough. And I was in such shock from giving birth that it feels like a dream instead of reality. Hoping today I’ll hold him again.

Wow I’m really using this tasting note to voice all my thoughts and fears. .. haven’t really voiced all this yet. It’s kinda nice to get it out.


Well fix all the spelling errors later. On a phone it’s too tough

Christina / BooksandTea

Wow. Congratulations and I’m glad your labour went fairly quickly. Here’s hoping your son recovers quickly too.

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

Congratulations! I remember all too well the fear and excitement involved with the birth of your first baby (ours just turned 1 in december)…. I hope your little man recovers asap so you get to hold him again. Just knowing his mom is there will definitely help him.


Congratulations, and best wishes that you and baby will be home together soon!


Congratulations! I’ll keep you and Isaac in my prayers. Hopefully you’ll be able to hold him again soon.


Congratulations on a beautiful baby boy! Sending well wishes that you both can go home together soon. <3


Congrats! I’m sure your baby will be fine and back in your arms soon.

Good hospital tea is a precious rarity. I drank so much bad hospital tea when my mum was in, and it was really only distinguishable as tea because it was hot, brown liquid that clearly wasn’t coffee.


Wow, congrats!! You’ll get to hold him soon! Sending positive vibes


Thanks everyone! I didn’t get a chance to hold him, but he’s doing so much better. He’s completely off the ventilator, they don’t have to give him as much oxygen, and the tube they had in his mouth has been taken out. (It removed extra air out of his stomach so the lungs had the space to expand.)
I’m home again. The doctor has been really impressed with my progress. And hopefully tomorrow we’ll have even better news!

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

Good luck with everything!! So glad to hear he’s doing better and that you are doing well also.
This painful waiting period will end in the truly amazing experience of being (re)united with your tiny beautiful son :)

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I’ve been craving spearmint tea, but went for this one instead. haha
Only steeped up a small cup of this one as I’m really trying to watch the caffeine a bit more as apparently my baby is measuring small… Hopefully everything will be okay in the end…. the doctor is keeping an eye on me, so hopefully it’ll be okay.

I’m not too sure if I’m getting Irish Cream or not, but it’s close. I think this one would hold up to milk very well also. I think that would make it even more like Irish Cream. I’ll have to try that next time.
But all things considered it’s very, very good. I love the cream and the almond… and the coconut is a nice touch.

I’m not too sure if I’d get this one again, but I’m glad that I tried it.

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Updated Dec. 14/16
I’m a 30-something-year-old aspiring writer. I’ve written several short stories that I’m looking to get published someday soon.

I work as a paginator (I do page layout for our local weekly newspaper) and absolutely love it! I’m also an amateur photographer.
I’m the proud mommy of two sweet little boys! One born Feb. 3/15. He showed up 4.5 weeks early, but thankfully after a week in the hospital he’s great now. :)
The second one came just Monday evening at only 2 weeks early so he’s healthy and perfect!
Life just got so much more busy and crazy but I’m so excited.
I’m married to an absolute amazing man who “puts up” with my tea obsession.

It wasn’t until a few years after high school that I finally became interested in tea. I started with Orange Pekoe double double (milk not cream), and peppermint. Since that time, I’ve really opened up to other kinds of tea and I’ve well… I’ve kind of just went nuts since then.

I don’t drink much bagged tea anymore. It’s mostly loose leaf in my cupboard. The only except are a couple that were given to me and they sound too good!

I would have to say my favourite kinds are (in no particular order): black, herbal, white and rooibos (definitely prefer the green to red, but will drink the red too).

Green teas, pu’erh, and matcha are starting to grow on me but I’m very picky about them still. I am finding I like pu’erh tea cakes much better than loose. And with matcha I much prefer flavoured ones over straight.

I still don’t really care for mate teas but there a couple that are the exception to that.

I drink tea every single day. I absolutely love it. I can’t image my life without it.

I don’t log every time I drink a tea as I don’t want to spam everyone with tons of duplicate loggings, but I will log when I have a new tea, which happens on a regular basis and when I do a SIPDOWN! :D


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