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So I’m back! I went through 7 hours of surgery to remove most ..almost all of my brain tumor..no Ill effects except healing and a badass scar! Pretty much grateful to have survived and had the best care possible. My surgeon says I may never have to deal with it again ..knock on wood! So of course my friends and family spoiled me …with tea and the Breville tea maker!!!!! Oh yes it is as amazing as it sounds!

On to the tea!
Love the winter collection so far. Gingerbread being the clear winner of the year I think.

I love peppermint and white chocolate so the smell of this just makes me drool. It is cool and sweet smelling. Peppermint with a sexy layer of white chocolate just beautifully encasing it. As my gorgeous Breville perfectly brews it the smell is just wonderful. That is what Christmas smells like. Should smell like.

Once brewed it smells more minty. Peppermint pretty much owning the stage. Im hoping it doesn’t turn into an ordinary peppermint tea because that would be terribly boring and disappointing. As the brew cools the chocolate becomes lovely apparent again.

As for taste it is like an adult peppermint tea. Solid peppermint that warms you entirely then a wave of sweet sensual white chocolate and cooling texture. Beautifully balanced. Superior peppermint tea. No overwhelming peppermint. Bold yet soft. If you like peppermint with restraint like I do then this is right up your alley.

Perfect for winter, Christmas and people who love mint with chocolate.
I will thoroughly enjoy my stash this winter. Not necessarily a staple but worthy of getting a small stash to survive the holidays. Way better then ordinary peppermint tea which I tend to avoid.


Glad to hear you are doing well. I will keep happy thoughts for you that your surgeon is right.
My son loved this tea when we got it in the advent calendar. I think he was more excited to open it than I was. I can’t say I remember much about it other than that though.

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drank Gingerbread by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Cocoberry by DAVIDsTEA
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So tomorrow is the big day. They are (Hopefully) going to remove all my tumor with no complications. Keep your fingers crossed! Keep your best teas out in my honor ;)

I’m very hesitant about this tea..partially because of the coffee-spiked nature of it and I still have no learned how to properly prepare mate so it’s just a DT tea bag.(shameful I know!) I need the energy though desperately I have so many errands to run today!

In the pouch it smells like crazy coffee infused raisins..with an almost fruit leather vibe. I like it. It also smells different every time.

Once Brewed it smells very nice like coffee bean infused berries. And I only drink coffee if it has been flavored to within an inch of it’s life!So saying it smells good is HUGE in my personal tea development.

As for taste..NOTHING like i feared it would be…sultry,warming,berryful and just the nicest kick of coffee that would be good even for people who HATE coffee.

Lovely berry tea with lovely accents.

An adult berry juice box!

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I know these are late but happy thoughts and hoping everything went well.

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drank English Rose by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh I am in need of some seduction, stat!
Smells richly green with a light dusting of floral energy.Once brewed the green tea takes over and it is a lovely light gold color.There is almost a dried fruit / raisin kiss to the scent that is actually quite pleasant.

The taste is of a decent green/black blend with a slight dried berry after taste.

Decent but unsurprising.Quite pleasant though!

No seduction just decency.disappointment!I was ready for candlelight hand fed pomegranates and silk sheets. I think I’ll enjoy this tea but not as much as I wanted to!

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My WW leader swears by this tea. The pomegrante apparently is supposed to help. Plus its a nice alternative to water instead of diet sodas. I really enjoy this one but find it can be difficult sometimes.

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drank Three Wishes Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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Tomorrow is the first step on the road to surgery. So no caffeine so I’m making sure to indulge today.

This tea is perfect because I do have 3 wishes 1) To survive 2)To come out of surgery without any terrible permanent conditions and 3) To not have it too stressful for my hubby and family and friends.

Maybe I’ll have 6 cups just to cover all my bases!


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Good luck. When is the surgery?


The 29th tentatively

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drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
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Really curious about this one but only got 8 grams so I hope I don’t love it too much!

In the pouch it smells lemony,earthy and dusky.nice!

Once brewed it is a lovely color,smells like an earthier heavier cousin of Goji Pop ( one of my staples)

The taste is a much less sweet Goji Pop. It is the cousin,alright.Lighter with more emphasis on lemon and gentle tartness. Nice!

Good tea,but I am a Goji girl all the way and this is nice but not quite the same league. It is very good though,don’t get me wrong!

Boiling 7 min, 30 sec

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Guava Cadabra by DAVIDsTEA
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So haven’t been drinking or reviewing tea lately. Turns out I’m going to have surgery for a very rare kind of brain tumour called an Epidermoid Cyst that is in a very problematic place pushing on my brain stem and right under the medulla oblongata. The surgeon says I have a 99% chance of not dying from the surgery and 95% chance of coming out of it perfectly.Apparently this kind of cyst is found in like 1 of 320,000 people so guess I’m special.The surgery isn’t until November late probably and it will be 5-11 hours with blood on hand in case of blood loss and a special nerve monitors so they can avoid paralysing me for life or waking up under anaesthesia. I’m very scared so I’m going to get back on the drinking tea because even though I have good chances I need to enjoy my life as pre-surgery kat…because I’m going to be a different person after the surgery if I live. I’d love to hear from people who have had serious surgery if possible. Okay drama rant over and on to what we really care about tea!

Smells like Candy and juice and red licorice?
Beautiful dark pink color and once brewed smells like this Polish jelly (awesome jello slime) desert particularly the berry one. Ooh nostalgia.
I’ll try this iced another time it is like we skipped Fall and went right to winter!

As for taste : it kinda tastes like that Polish jello slime except more watered down.Sweet little tart !

Perfect for: Icing,instead of jello,summer feelings in winter darkness.

Final verdict: nice and nostalgic. Not heavy on hibiscus. Quite pleasant hot but would be great iced.I’ll finish my stash but unless it charms me much more it won’t hit the glorious pantheon of my staples.

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Oh, I missed commenting on this post when I zipped through it earlier, but I’m happy that the prognosis is so positive. Are you going to be able to drink tea after? How long will recovery be?

I hope it goes smoothly! :O


(relatively positive – I mean it’s still scary and stressful)


Good luck Kat. Just remember not to do too much research online before the surgery. Those are great odds but still scary. Happy thoughts to you.


Thanks guys:-)

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