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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
753 tasting notes

I think that this bag will be my last of this tea for a while. I don’t know if I have grown tired of it, or they have rebounded it, but I no longer love it the way I used to…it tastes much more artificial than I recall. Same goes for Chocolate Chili Chai and Chocolate Orange. Sad.


I ordered this in the fall and drank all of it up pretty fast… it was exactly what I was looking for, but then again, I was kind of looking for that dessert type tea that crosses the line into artificial. I’m completely with you, though, it’s not something I’d usually want because it does have that artificial thing going on. :(


It didn’t used to have this much or this kind of artificial…yes, it was artificial before, but different. I can’t explain. And I do like the desserty teas, so I did like this one a lot at one point.

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Having this one for the first time in a long time, and having it as a latte. It’s really good like this. I’m on the couch with a cold compress rotating back and forth from my right ankle to right knee, with my laptop, and listening to my friend’s radio show playing from Orlando, FL, and this just goes. I feel like I am comfy and cozy and relaxed and I have this sweet, nutty, rich beverage next to me.

For some reason, I always seem to forget I have this one, and yet, I always try to buy some when I’m in LA every February, since there is a Bird Pick near my friend’s house. And I’ll be there again in 3 weeks, so if I am by Bird Pick, I will be getting more, because it is a nice low caffeine option for the evening, and for a green tea, it had a nice hefty warmth.

Is this my favourite tea?No, but I also like to have some on hand if I can.

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drank Yogi Berry by DAVIDsTEA
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I got 10g or so of this, because I was really nervous, given the reviews, but the smell in the store with the sample smelled intriguing.

I don’t know what to make of it. I’ll finish this cup, but I may set the rest aside and pass on at some point. But there is probably only one steep left and I might just save is and ice it.

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drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m sad to say this this one, like Chocolate Chili Chai, is growing old on me, OR is a reblend and the flavouring is different and tastes too artificial. So sad…I might have to ask DT if this is a reblend or something. It might just be me. This has been a winter staple for many years now…dropping the rating some. :(

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drank Shiva Chai by Tealux
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From the SSTTB #2…I woke up all sorts of sinus-y this morning. Nose was stuffed up, and eyes were super crusted over (not sure if still possible infection or just environmental issues) so I opted to have this one today, as I did not have it yesterday with the pu erh as I had thought I might.

I had this twice. Both times I had it sweetened with milk. I found it to be rich and mildly spicy, but not over the top. It was also strong enough to feel like a nice chai. Considering that most of my chai teas these days are combos like Pumpkin Chai or Chocolate Chili Chai, it was nice to have this one as a straight chai. I think I might like to mix this with some pu erh and sweeten with maple next time.

I don’t think that this is my ultimate chai blend, but it isn’t bad. I enjoyed it, but I’m not sure I would seek it out. I think I am happy enough with the local ones I can get over this one. Still, glad to have tried it. Will try it once or twice more, then pass the rest on to someone who wants to try it.

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Sipdown! I’ve had this one for a bit, and decided today was the day for it. It’s a day off today, and I woke up with a bit of a headache and sinus congestion. Headache days often start with straight blacks for me, sometimes pu erhs specifically, though I love a good yunnan on those/these days. I have surprisingly little straight black, at the moment, aside from the summer blend from Verdant, which I’m intentionally holding off on til it warms up a bit more.

As I was rooting through my teas, I found this one that I had gotten a while back in a swap with CrowKettle at a group meet up. I also came across one from Teavivre, and Shiva Chai from Tealux. I almost picked the chai because of my sinuses, but I decided to stick to my guns and go straight black as planned. I’m glad I did that, because I read my initial tasting note on this after I made it, just before writing this, and noted that I wanted to try blending this with a chai. So maybe a follow up steep I will add some chai in…

Anyway, I opted for this one because of the smell, and also because I felt it might be a little lighter than the Teavivre one, which is what I wanted. This was to be a middle of the road between a straight black like a yunnan and a strong pu erh. So, I decided to use the rest of this packet, which was about 2 tsp or so, but do a short rinse, and a short steep for this. I think my rinse was 15-20 seconds, and my steep was more like a minute. I also shook my steeper basket in my mug to let the leaves move some. This is probably the closest to gong fu style that I can do.

The initial sips were warm and earthy, but not as strong and musty as some pu erhs I have had. This is slightly lighter. I did add milk and sugar to this because it is almost like a coffee tea to me. I think I picked right in that it is a lighter/milder pu erh as compared to the one I have from Teavivre and heavier than a straight black like a yunnan. I think this fit the bill. Will be adding a dash of chai to the leaves for a follow up steep at sometime, but I think I am gonna go lie back down again in my bed, and let my tummy digest my yummy breakfast (avocado on a toasted multi-grain bagel with freshly ground multi peppercorn blend pepper, Hawaiian garlic salt, and chia seeds along with Victoria style cottage cheese and fresh nectarine slices.)

205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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So, I’ve been having this tea a bit more, but just have not been recording any tasting notes. So…tonight I had the last of the sample that Bear With Me gave me, though I have since gotten more….I just didn’t want to mix the two, and since I didn’t have much of my original sample left.

What I think I notice most in this tea is the strawberry and amaretto, though I can detect a little of the raspberry from a juicy aftertaste. I think that I still prefer the Plum over the Rainbow, but I have upped my rating on this one.

I did add some milk to this one tonight, and I think this tea really holds up well to it. I’ve seen others add eggnog, so maybe I’ll try that. I’m not a huge fan of eggnog, but hubby is, so if he gets more, maybe I’ll eggnog latte this one. :)

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This one is a really interesting one! It comes courtesy of the SSTTB #2. I have kind of been holding off on trying this one, because of the name…Summer Blend….and it’s winter. But I guess it was calling to me, so I made some today to take with me on my walk to get some acupuncture.

I did add milk and sugar to this because I was not sure whether it would need it or not, and I had to leave then, or be late, and it was too hot at that point to tell whether it was needed. I think it was fine with the milk, but probably would have been fine without it. I did make a second cup once I got home, and attempted to omit the milk, but it was too hot and I was impatient, so I added some to cool it down and I regret it, because this steep is less rich than the first. The first though, was malty and chocolatey, with some nice sweet notes…someone had said vanilla and caramel notes, and I could go with that.

I think that this tea will be a nice summer breakfast tea, and I am curious to see how it will cold steep in warmer weather. I’m not sure if I will drink this much in the colder weather, as much, because I think I will want to try it again once spring nears.

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drank Juicy Orange by DAVIDsTEA
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Had this yesterday as a tea to go…I was gonna get Yogi Berry, but then saw this and opted for bright sunny citrus to my rough day. And even though it had hibby in it, I seemed to recall I was ok with it in another Pu Erh blend that they had had in the past (Berry Good).

This one smelled reeaaaaallllyyyyy good, and it perked me up, so last minute switch to this one to take with me. Sadly, something in it gave me the same taste I get when I have licorice, fennel, or anise…but none of those were present in the ingredient list. I can only think it is one of the orange components, as I have had that same taste in teas with the orange whatever….I can’t remember which one it is.

So I really wanted to like this, but it just started tasting bad from whatever it was in it. :(

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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I can always count on this tea to pick me up, and cuddle with me to make me feel better.

Acheivement cuddle time tea: UNLOCKED!

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are…

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty (except rose), and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

Yes, I do trades…usually on request though. See something you want to try in my cupboard? Just shoot me a message and I’ll see what I can do!

Uh, guess that’s it.


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