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drank Mango Genmaicha by 52teas
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100

Heavenly. This is second only to Butiki’s Creamy Eggnog (or, the re-envisioned version with nutmeg), and only because I looooved how the green tea came out all beany and vegetal. This tea focuses more on the flavourings than the tea, but the flavourings are perfect.

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65

Yeah, not sold on this one, which is too bad. I love apricots in tea, but this seems to be far too floral for me. Certainly still drinkable, and fruity, with a tasty oolong, but I’m not digging the floweriness.

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drank Coffee Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Sooooooo delicious. This is a great dessert tea, because it does actually taste like a baked good.

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drank Strawberry Shake by DAVIDsTEA
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I feel like I might have had this before, possibly under another name…? Either way, it was actually quite good. Very fruity/fresh strawberry flavoured, with a light green tea base. No astringency, so very enjoyable to drink. Probably the best strawberry green I’ve tasted.

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drank Cantaloupe Ice by DAVIDsTEA
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Had some of this in-store as a sample, and was not impressed. No cantaloupe flavour at all. However, in an unusual turn of events, the cup I brewed at work tasted much better, and was nicely sweet and cantaloupe-flavoured. A solid choice for melon tea lovers.

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drank Vanilla Swirl by DAVIDsTEA
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This tasted much more like vanilla soft serve than I was expecting. A touch lemony, of course, but otherwise a smooth vanilla flavour. Might be delicious iced, and might be another candidate to pick up more of.

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86

This was surprisingly tasty! I’m not really sure that I tasted jasmine (except in the second infusion), and I’m not entirely sure I would have called it creme brulee, but the tea was pretty delicious – creamy, fruity, and sweet. It was actually delicious enough that I might try and pick up 50g before it’s gone, which is saying something.

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drank Lemon Pound Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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I think I picked some of this up last time it was out, but didn’t write a note about it. It’s ok, but not amazing. The lemon is too strong for the oolong base, so it’s a great lemon tea, but not so much an oolong. It might be tasty mixed half and half with something like Vanilla Orchid?

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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