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Haha, got the same impression of this one this time as previous – that it reminded me of the spicing in Indian rice pudding (kheer?). Really not gingerbread to me at all, but tasty just the same.

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I love Indian pudding!! :P

Della Terra Teas

Indian pudding, you know… That would of been a grand name for this rooibos! Thanks for the rating! :)


I’m going to hope that you release a more gingery tea in the future! :D

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drank Tulsi Rama by 52teas
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Wow, just one tasting note? Really? Hmm. Anyways, my foray into plain tulsi begins now, thanks to massive anxiety and LiberTEAS (who provided the sample, she is not responsible for the anxiety, haha, we can blame my Masters project for that…)

Sooooo. Brewed, it smells… oddly familiar. I wonder if this is because it was in a blend I had from Verdant… although my initial thought was that it reminded me of guayusa or perhaps green mate. Kind of vegetal-y, but not in a pleasant green tea sort of way. More like… green leaves. Mixed with some mint, and some spicy. Yes, generic… “spicy”. Hrm. Hrrrrrrrrrmmmmm.

Oh, interesting – there’s a clovey note in here… in addition to the slight mint, and odd vegetal. Yes, definitely clove. Wondering if this picked up additional flavour from something else in my big box of teas…. though I have to say that it’s really not a bad addition here, if it is an addition.

So, more sipping and it’s really making me think of Good Morning Sunshine (Butiki), which leads me to think that tulsi is similar to guayusa. Of course, there’s no clovey flavour in there. But… you know. It still tastes similar.

I suppose I could add this up farther, but I’m thinking it now… I thought tulsi would taste more like regular basil. Clearly not.

Anyways, an interesting cup of tea. Probably not something I’d pick out often, but not too bad either. Here’s hoping it will calm me down at least a little…

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drank Banana Dream Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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To be fair, I’m only drinking this because I wanted to have a sipdown. However, it’s actually pretty tasty, so I’m certainly not regretting finishing off the last of it! It smells deliciously sweet and almost raisiny, and tastes chocolatey and banana-y and pretty good. A teensy bit astringent, but considering that I’m comparing it to the remarkably smooth Premium Taiwanese Assam from Butiki… that’s not surprising.

Definitely not a bad choice for tonight! Although I think I’m going to have to stop with the caffeine after three 12+ oz. mugs of black teas…

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Giant mug of this to help me through my valiant yet fruitless attempt at thesis-writing. Chocolatey and raisiny. Pretty darn good. Must say that this one, as well as Laoshan Black, are definitely travel mug staples because they really hold their flavours quite well.

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Drinking this delicious tea, made strong with milk and sugar, and trying to stop having panic attacks about school. The odds of me finishing up by May are slim to none, and I just found out that if I don’t convocate in the summer, I’ll be convocating in October… while my mother is on the west coast for a school reunion (so pretty much, she’d kill me if I convocated in October). Yes, world, I needed more stress. Because stress is incredibly effective in making progress on said thing that is causing the stress….

It’s probably a good thing that I haven’t picked up the two tablets of Ativan my doctor prescribed me so I can handle having my tetanus/Hep A immunizations in the near future… because I think I’d pop one now in an attempt to calm myself down.

Any calming tea suggestions, guys? I’m guessing chamomile would be a good option; I probably don’t have much else that’s good for that sort of thing as I seem to dislike such tea ingredients (e.g. mints, etc.) :/

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Chamomile, lavendar, or mint is all I can think of off the top of my head for calming. I have some lavendar chamomile, but I guess it’s what you have around.


I find that anything I considered a favorite helps. Just as soon as it has water poured over it, I feel better.


Lavender… I’m so regretting pawning off all my DT’s Jessie’s Tea on my ex-boyfriend right now. I’m not sure I have anything else with lavender in it…

(It just occurred to me that I have some 52teas’ Tulsi Rama from LiberTEAS upstairs…. maybe a good time to try it?)

momo – That’s a good suggestion. Part of the reason I went for a chai and the Taiwanese Assam (I’m out of Laoshan Black), even though it’s rather late at night. My stomach is feeling a bit off though (probably also stress!) and so every favourite I’ve thought of so far makes me go “bleh”. Maybe I need to take a quick jaunt through my cupboard on here, because I’m probably forgetting one that will hit the spot…


I’d say something herbal, caffeine generally worsens anxiety, for me anyways. I agree with the lavender suggestion, or something cozy and comforting, maybe a sweet one. Don’t stress too much, it will all work out in the end!


Tulsi, for sure. hugs
Deep breaths!! can’t get through it without oxygen to the brain lol


I’ll add my vote to the tulsi camp. It’s the only herbal steep that has a noticeable effect on me.


Definitely something comforting. I prefer herbal teas when I’m getting anxious about school, especially since caffeine can make me more anxious. I have a “medicinal” tisane that has chamomile, lavender, st john’s wort, valerian, etc in it that I drink sometimes. Just need to be careful of the st john’s wort as it can interact with medications, AND it makes ones skin more sensitive to the sun. Best of luck!

Kasumi no Chajin

I have a lavender tulsi blend I can send you some of, if interested…

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drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
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Brewed up a big mug of this last night. One thing I have to admit is that it spreads around quite the delicious chocolatey aroma. Mmmmmm. Flavourwise, it’s not too bad. Chocolatey and somewhat fruity. I am strangely reminded of one LipSmackers flavours I used to have though, Chocolate Raspberry, because the chocolate and fruitiness in here are coming off the way they used to in that lip balm.

Anyways, I took a quick glance through my previous notes for this tea, and see that I wasn’t the hugest fan before. I think that sometimes, DavidsTeas get a little broken up and need to be brewed with a very fine infuser in order to prevent bitterness from little bits getting into the cup. As well, their blacks often require a bit of overleafing to reach my desired flavour level, in addition to a medium-length infusion (the black tea isn’t as finicky as say, 52teas’ blends, but going over a 5-minute infusion introduces bitterness, in general).

Anyhow, this was sadly not quite a sipdown last night – I think I have a cup’s worth left that I’ll finish off sometime later.

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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Yum. I was inspired by Azzrian to have a cup of this one today. Vanilla pudding with oolong background. Pretty tasty, but I do prefer milk oolong or pouchong. This is a nice change from the usual though.

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Thanks to Azzrian for a sample of this tea!

Unfortunately, we had another case of flavourless tea this morning… Again, I swear I didn’t underleaf, but the result doesn’t taste like much (except there’s some astringency with this one). I really don’t know what I did wrong. Luckily, I have enough of this to try and fix my obvious mistake(s)! Putting this in the travel mug may have been mistake #1…

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You know …. this could just be too old babe. It may not be fresh enough this was one of the first teas I got when I first started drinking tea 9 months or more ago and I know I sent it to you ages ago as well.


It is possible, although I have older teas from you that still are just fine. I suspect that the remaining flavour was too weak to hold up in the travel mug, so I will try it next time steeped normally!

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drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
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Made some of this to take to work today, and it was nearly devoid of flavour. I did note that the instructions indicated to use 2 tsp of leaf per cup, which I swear I doubled (as I was making it for my travel mug), but I could really barely taste anything. It was quite odd. Just kind of a bland, smooth black. My score on here indicates that I liked it (also, I bought it, heh) so not sure what went wrong! My best guess is that I somehow did underleaf it….

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Hummm maybe your taste buds are sleeping. This and the Lady … strange.


I was wondering that too, except I could taste Coconut Pouchong just fine. I just finished this one off and got a bit more flavour out of it, but still very weak.

Butiki Teas

Hmmm, maybe try steeping it longer. These leaves can handle long steeps. I once forgot about the tea and left the leaves steeping for more than 30 minutes and it still wasn’t bitter.


Stacy – I will probably try that next time, but I now have extra reason to suspect I under leafed yesterday – can’t find my 1 tsp measuring spoon, but the 3/4 tsp one was out with my tea stuff…. so I may have in fact only used 3 tsp instead of 4 here. And in my other less-than-flavourful cup. :(

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Good old reliable coconut pouchong. So coconutty but not in a sweet way, which makes it the perfect accompaniment to sweets. Yum. Also, works great in thermoses :D

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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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