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drank Simplicity by Wildflowers Tea
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I’m nervous about this one ‘cause it’s got licorice. But I have had it a while now and it’s time I finally bite the bullet. I’m sure it’ll be great…

I’m getting the camomile and the freshness from the peppermint but I’m really not noticing the licorice at all! I’m very happy about that. This is a really good tea. I probably could have let it steep some more, but that’s okay.

Very good. I’d recommend for sure. The teas from this place are great. I’ll have to get more when I run out.

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Cold steeped this for… 48hrs or so… kinda forgot about it…

Added some agave… not sure how much… a squirt and a swirl…
It’s delicious. So delicious. I want to make more now. Or maybe I should just make a bigger glass next time.

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There’s a new place that opened up only a couple of blocks away from me that sells like… over 100 different varieties of Metropolitan tea company. I went in there for the first time yesterday… it was amazing.

This one definitely stood out to me as I’ve been really, really wanting a good black strawberry tea. I wish I had bought the 250g bag that I saw on Davidstea website site of Strawberry Shortcake last fall, but I didn’t… and now I’m kicking myself.

Anyways, so since that time, I’ve been looking, like I said. This one is amazing. It has just black tea and dehydrated fruits. It’s so delicious. It’s sweet, but not in a bad way. It’s just perfect. AND NO hibiscus!! That’s why I love davidstea one. It had no hibiscus, and the Steeped Tea one I tried did, which made me dislike it. Obviously this one doesn’t taste the same as the Davidstea one that I love so much, but it’s so good. I’m going to keep this one in the cupboard for sure!


That’s living dangerously … 100 varieties of tea that close … I would spend all my allowance and most of my spouse’s!


lol yeah it’s pretty dangerous for sure! The fact I only bought ONE tea when I went in there was surprising. I bought a few empty tins that hold about 50g too. I’m going to see if they’ll order a bunch more. They look exactly like the Davidstea tins, but they are smaller and the ones I got were white.


I was looking for some locally (why I thought I could find tins in the armpit of the Midwest, I don’t know). No luck, even at Bed/Bath & Beyond’s kitchen gimmick section.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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SO TIRED! Stayed out a bit later than usual last night to play card games with some friends. We started the night with Gloom. It’s so much fun… kinda morbid by fun, and ended the night with a HEATED Dutch Blitz game. We played until we were exhausted. And now I’m even more tired… lots of strong teas today…

Anyways, today it’s not much of a combo, but I do want to record it. It’s Star of India with a vanilla-flavoured white sugar by the company Novaroma. I picked this pack up at Artwalk a few weeks back and thought I’d bring it to work to try as I’m drinking the most tea here these days.

The vanilla flavour is very subtle, but I can make it out. It’s making my tea a bit smoother than normal and I really like it! I only used half a pack as again, don’t want to make it too sweet, but the smoothness of the vanilla is coming through and it’s great. I’d get the flavoured sugar again no problem.

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drank Amaretto by Steeped Tea
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Another sample I’ve had for a while. Wasn’t too bad but again wash’t all that memorable. Not too strong of an almond flavour, but it could be because I’ve had it a while or maybe I didn’t have enough tea leaves.

Either way… won’t get again.

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drank Lemolicious by Steeped Tea
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Had this one this afternoon at work. I didn’t know what it was, but I knew what company it was from and at least some of the ingredients within it and this is the one that popped up.

It’s tart from the hibiscus and the lemon, but it’s not overpowering thankfully. Other than those, I didn’t really notice the other flavours really… Meh…

This one isn’t too bad, but not all that memorable to me.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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I am a worry wart… to the extreme… And I hate it.

I’m working at a temp place right now and the location they have me is at a place that does metal testing. They work with chemicals and all sorts of stuff… Yesterday I was asked to laminate something and I woke myself up at 1:30 AM worried that I forgot to turn the laminator off. I was up for like 30mins worrying that it was going to cause a chain reaction that would set the storage closet on fire, thus causing it to spread through the whole building and explosions would be going off all night as the chemicals combust and explode everywhere. The fire department would be called and they would trace it all back to the simple and lowly laminator that would be all charged and melted. And they would know it was me as I was the one who last used the laminator.

Being an imaginative person is great. But it can also cause some really messed up ideas that cause a person to worry!! Now I feel like a moron for worrying about it. And for making up such a ridiculous story in my head. lol And the worst part? I was positive I remember turning it off.

ANYWAY: Onto the combination. I used Saigon Chai by Davidstea and their cinnamon honey sticks. I used the whole stick. Shouldn’t have done that. It made it a lot sweeter than I would normally make my teas. I didn’t make the tea nearly strong enough, but the honey stick did make up for it a bit. I’m glad to have gotten them to try. I have found that if the honey is flavoured I don’t hate it in my teas ‘cause the flavouring masks the normal taste of the honey, which is something I don’t care for.

Long story short. Life is too short to worry. But if you can’t stop yourself from doing so, than at least treat yourself to special teas the next morning so you feel better. Saigon is a favourite. Now I’m already onto my second cup of tea.. I think today will be a HUGE tea day.


I know exactly how you feel. I do the same thing to myself…I stress about stupidity, causing severe stomach pains only to discover that nothing went wrong after all. It’s awful, and I don’t know how to stop it.


I’m really glad to know I’m not the only one! I feel insane when I do this… but same as you, I don’t know how to stop it. I try to rationalize with myself that I did in fact do whatever (in this case I did turn off the laminator ‘cause I’m pretty sure I actually remember doing it) but there are moments when I just can’t seem to get my brain to listen…


Yep, count me into the worry freak circle as well.

But I am applying methods to change that about myself every day…what you said in the end is my motto: Life is too short!


I’ve had the same sleepless nights over “Did I lock the door?” and “Is that space heater off?” It’s a little bit like (pardon the antique analogy) a skip in an LP—once you’re stuck on it, you can’t unstick.


@TheTeaFairy What methods have you found to be the most affective?


I’m so relieved to know there are more people that do this. I’m not alone! I’m really trying to break this in me, but it’s tough.


Well, I’s a personal approach really, but I try to meditate at least 10 min. a day, doesn’t have to take long. I also start each day by being grateful for something in my life, the laws of attraction, the more grateful you are, the more great things you attract…When I start worrying, I ask myself if I can do something about it NOW. If the answer is no, I try to put it to rest. What will it change if I make myself sick over it?

I know these methods may sound simple but it’s a work in progress…I still suffer from anxiety, but sometimes it just works!

Hope you find your own way to deal with those issues, it’s not fun to worry all the time…


In my case, having a constructive “default” thought to concentrate on is helpful—all those Bible verses I’ve been teaching fifth graders for years come in handy! You may not be familiar with this, but it’s a lovely thought: _ Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8)_

(And sometimes I have to say it with my teeth gritted several times to get the skippy record unstuck!)

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This tea is a prime example of why I need to drink down more of my tea before I buy more… which is getting really hard to not buy more right now… (New summer collection next week at Davidstea!!)

Anyway, this tea was found in my house… on my kitchen counter… in a fancy tea tin holder thing that my sis-in-law got me for Christmas a few years ago from Teaopia. I’ve been reusing the tins and I put this one in the one tin and didn’t label it. I’m positive it’s this one as it looks like it a few different teas mixed together like this one has.

And it’s absolutely delicious. I really enjoyed it this morning… Now it’s time to use this one up and move something else into it. I will drink down these teas and love every minute of it!

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drank Choconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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I had tried this back around Christmas time at my old job with a now former coworker. She had made it double double with CREAM! So when I tried it, I didn’t take it too seriously as it had so much in it.

Today felt like just as good a day as any to try this one again. It’s pretty good! I was amazed at how much I love the first part of my cup. I only added one milk and it’s making it nice and smooth and it definitely doesn’t need any sweetener of any kind.

But as I’m finishing the cup, I’m finally noticing the weird taste in the back of my throat as it goes down… It’s the licorice. I don’t care for black licorice so to have that show up is kind of saddening to me. My former coworker said the same thing before but I wasn’t so sure ‘cause I just figured it could just from the cream. Now I get it. Now I know what it is that I don’t like that give it that weird taste.

I’m not too sure what I’m going to do about this one now. I only have 25g or so, so realistically I should either finish it, or I should give it away… I think I’ll try and drink the rest down. ‘Cause it’s not all that bad, but it does have that weirdness to it.

Edit: This one does surprise me in the fact that it doesn’t really taste like a usual oolong. Or… maybe I’m just starting to like oolongs better now…???

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drank Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA
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From my Giant Peach taste off:

This one is also amazing. It’s sweet like the Peaches and Cream from Davids and I’m definitely getting the apple taste from it. Between this one and the Peaches and Cream, Peaches and Cream I prefer more, but this one is still very good. I’m going to enjoy this one a lot.

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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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