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This has been on my wishlist for a while, ever since reading mrmopar’s review, I believe. My daughter shopped from my wishlist for Christmas and I am now the proud owner of a cake!

I haven’t had a really special gong fu session in a while and decided to set aside some time tonight. I wanted to try this tea when I could give it my undivided attention.

This is the hardest cake I have had in a long time! All the cakes I have right now can be broken with your fingers, or at least with very little pressure from a pu knife. I was about to lament not owning a pu pick when I finally managed to get off enough for my wee pot.

Since the cake was so hard I decided to do a rinse. Breaking the cake had created some tiny bits of leaf that I wanted to dispose of in the rinse since hubby doesn’t like chunkies, although I don’t mind them at all. I did a five second rinse and the liquor I poured off was fairly light.

First steep was slow to color, so I gave it a few extra seconds. Right off the bat the smell and taste of this tea made me glad I was taking the time to enjoy it properly. I didn’t detect the fishy aroma some reviewers did but this has been aging for a bit longer, so maybe that took care of it. It is quite earthy and has the bolder puerh taste more than the “oiled horse tack” vibe. The texture is really what made this tea for me, though. It is so creamy/silky/oily. It has a great mouthfeel.

Second steep colored very quickly, as did the next four. At steep seven, I had to lengthen the time because the leaves were nearly spent. In spite of the lack of color, it was still an enjoyable cup. Eighth steep was pale even after a lengthy steep and the flavor almost undetectable, so we retired the leaves.

This was a lovely tea to slip back into night time gong fu again. Thank you, SuperAnna, for all the Christmas teas!

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drank English Toffee by DAVIDsTEA
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I have been AWOL for a while, but I am drinking tea every day. This year has been ROUGH, and the end of the year more so. My mother-in-law has nearly died several times, is essentially a quadriplegic now with limited use of one hand and arm, but weak. We have a schedule of family members to feed her and I do from five to seven meals a week. Also, a neighbor had manic episodes and started waking everyone in the middle of the night every night screaming and finally set an outbuilding on fire ten feet from our very large outbuilding, both being surrounded with dry straw, and tonight a very nice lady ran a red light and hit our van when my daughter was out Christmas shopping. No one was hurt. But yeh, that’s been our last six months in a nutshell.

So I need tea. I need a lot of tea. So it is a good thing that I have a lot of tea. And tonight’s Davids Tea calendar offering is hitting the spot. We already had several pots of puerh today and were thrilled to see that this has a puerh base. It is sweet and rich and creamy. I like it more than most of the other reviewers. It is a nicely flavored, highly drinkable puerh and resteeped pretty well. However, where I got about ten steps from the Teavivre cake I was drinking this afternoon, I expect only two from this. Second steep is tasty but noticeably paler, so I won’t attempt a third and taint the memory of it. Very nice.


Oh my you have been stressed. I think Blessings are in the future for all the kind work you have been doing.


Ouch. Wishing you and yours a better 2017 – sounds like you need it!


oh man. Sorry to hear about all the trials you’ve been through. Here’s hoping that things settle down and you have some good coming at you for the next while.


Consider it pure joy, brethren, when you face trials of many kinds…! (Praying for peace for you: inside, outside, and next door!)


Wow. That is quite a year. I’m sorry to hear about all of it. Except the tea part xo

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drank Duplicatee94994955 by Duplicate
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This is the tea for Day 4 in the DavidsTea advent calendar.

Smells very, very berry when you sniff the dry leaves. Steeped it is hibiscus and berry with a faint touch of mint. It smells so much like a children’s soft drink that I was tempted to add tons of sugar and slurp it down like candy. It just tastes like something that SHOULD be super sweet, but I generally don’t add sugar to any tea.

After sipping awhile, I got used to it as is. Hibiscus is definitely up front even though it is listed way down the line in the ingredients, but hibiscus tends to do that. I am not a hibiscus hater, but neither do I seek it out. I just don’t MIND it, and it is supposed to be very good for you.

If you like herbals, you might like this. If you hate the hibby, keep moving.

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drank Genmaicha by DAVIDsTEA
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I have only had genmaicha once or twice. One was a flavored version by Nina’s called Nina’s Japon and it was excellent. I think I had one other that was bagged and I didn’t care for it.

I made this one a bit strong simply because there s a little more leaf than needed but not enough for another serving. Four of us drank it. Two didn’t like it, one said it was okay, and I really enjoyed it – quite a bit.

Maybe it was because I overleafed, but the aroma was pure burnt popcorn kernels. The tea was sweet and smooth’ though, and I loved the roastiness.

Really good stuff and a bit of a departure from what I usually drink so it was a nice switch up. Steeped a rounded tablespoon in 20 ounces water at 175F for three minutes.

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drank Genmaicha by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Jumpy Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
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Day 2 of the DavidsTea calendar! I like this more than most of the other reviewers did. I am not a coffee drinker but I like mild coffee flavor if the bitterness can be curtailed. And this has a lot going on.

I taste the coffee flavor, I taste sweetness, and somehow there is a little hint of mint-like brightness. Overall, it is smooth and delicious. This seems like a great tea for sipping as you read a book quietly by yourself. This is one I may repurchase for just such an occasion.

Thank you, SuperAnna!

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drank Snow Day by DAVIDsTEA
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SuperAnna gave me the DavidsTea countdown calendar! We started on time yesterday, but when I am that it was a caffeine free option, I decided to save it for the evening.

This is peppermint tea with cute little snowflake shaped sprinkles and chocolate flavor. All of what you just read is what you taste.

Nice little mint tea and especially fun because SPRINKLES! It would be fun to serve on the very rare snow days we get down here in North Carolina, displaying the pretty blend in dishes before steeping, of course.

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Superanna began a Thanksgiving tradition a few years ago of bringing a Christmas tea to serve after the meal when we are playing games. This year she brought this one and Christmas by Whittard’s of Chelsea. It will not be in my cupboard long because it is delicious and youngest is guzzling it.

This is a black tea with fig, strawberry, and honey flavor. The base is smooth and the flavors really have melded with the base for a seamless flavor. I love honey flavor in tea and it really complements the fig. We are loving it!

Thank you, Superanna!

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drank Beijing Breakfast by Postcard Teas
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I served this today at tea party with iced pumpkin coffee cake. I always make three teas for tea party day and I usually drink all three. If there is a tea that someone else particularly loves, I will stick to another so they can have more of their favorite.

Today I was the one who had a favorite and I didn’t ask – after the first round of cups I kept pouring this one for me! It was even better than the first time I had it.

I think the first time I made it I used boiling water for four minutes. Today I used 200F instead. I don’t know if that is what made the difference but it is more in line with their instructions. This tea just sparkled today!

The coffee cake was spiced and pumpkin-y, but when I sipped the tea there were always lovely flavors breaking through – fruity at times, and sweet caramel. This cake could easily overcome some teas but didn’t dampen my enthusiasm for this one. We were one person low today, so I helped myself! Very nice.


What a lovely sounding pairing! Now I want some iced pumpkin coffee cake to have with my tea….


We have lots left, and carrot cake, too! Drop on by! :)


OMG did someone say carrot cake?


I’ll be there in … um … !


I’ll pick you up at the airport!

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drank Beijing Breakfast by Postcard Teas
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What better way to start a hurricane day than with tea? I couldn’t decide what to have for breakfast. Nothing sounded good and the morning dragged on and finally I thought of cheese toast. The pooch and I love cheese toast and tea is so fabulous with it, especially on a blustery day.

This is one of the teas Superanna bought me in London. She actually bought it and had them ship it to me so I could see the adorable postcard that matches the tea and gives the shop its name.

It steeps up pale for a black tea and is somewhat like the only other Laoshan tea I have tried. They are obviously high quality teas and not your average daily drinker. There is a tingle to your mouth when you drink this one, not of astringency that needs milk to soothe it, just a sort of sparkle to remind you that you are having something special.

As for the storm – hubby is essential personnel at the military base nearby. He worked from 7 am Friday to 7 am Saturday. He came home and slept and got a hot meal and then went back for a couple of hours before the city announced a curfew and pulled all electrical crews off the streets because the winds were too strong to use bucket trucks and too many roads were flooded. Since there was nothing their crews could do, many were able to go home but he has to go back tomorrow.

Our city flooded last week from the heaviest rains in the state and roads and bridges washed out. The ground here as already saturated. We got over 14 inches of rain today. There were 72 water rescues last time I checked. Trees are down everywhere and the city has a five page list of roads that are closed. A number of dams were breached or failed. We have had more damage than the coastal towns.

Thankfully we are dry with only a small roof leak and we have power, though the pump stations have gone down so water is just a trickle and we are under a boil advisory until they get it fixed and cleared.


Praying. May you have smoother sailing soon! (Sounds like sailing is about the only navigating option you are going to have for a while!)

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I am a music teacher, tutor, and former homeschool mom (25 years!) who started drinking loose leaf tea about seven years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

My avatar is a mole in a teacup! Long story…


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