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drank Cranberry Autumn by Harney & Sons
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Yup, still like this tea, thanks JoonSusanna! Nice cranberry flavour, though it’s getting old and really should be used up sooner rather than later (story of half my tea cupboard).

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drank Butterscotch Potion by Tealux
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Yummy desserty, light tea. Enough left for a couple more mugs, I think – so I’ll throw it in the sipdown bin. A nice change from straight tea (though a touch artificial, to be fair).

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Reliably delicious. What an excellent blend idea this was.

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drank Milk Chocolate by sTEAp Shoppe
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Just ok, really. I like the concept, but it’s not flavourful enough, and if I recall correctly, it tasted a bit strange, too. The travel mug disguised some of that, though, so it was a pretty tasty cup of tea this week.

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
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This remains in my “sipdown soon” pile, and here I am making more progress on it (yay!) Had it at work today, and really enjoyed it. It’s too bad I didn’t drink it for so long, thinking I didn’t like it for some reason.

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drank Oolong Supreme by DAVIDsTEA
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Fabulous standby as a roasted oolong. Far too expensive to drink regularly, except that I get enough Frequent Steeper points to afford at least one bag of it every quarter… which is far too much. Love this tea, though, and it really lasts, too. Roasty, oolong goodness.

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drank Caramel Apple Oolong by 52teas
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Almost gone. I should try and make an effort to compare this to Butiki’s version just for curiosity, although I don’t think they are overly similar. Definitely not enough caramel, here. And I had noted an artificialness previously – it’s less apparent now, but still would prevent me from repurchasing I came across a stash sale with it.

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This tea is showing its age a bit, but there’s still something unique about the flavouring that I haven’t had in other teas. And it’s delicious :D Light and sweet – better than any peach-flavoured white teas I’ve had (and better than the sample of White Nectarine that I had at DavidsTea from their spring collection).


I really miss this one!


Hoping this gets reblended at some point!

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This tea is certainly less delicious in a travel mug. But, once I figured out what it could be, very clearly identifiable as a Butiki pumpkin tea. Hahahaha.

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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
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Apparently I had two bags of this, so one got sipped down this week, and the other one is about halfway gone. Hopefully they don’t discontinue this tea anytime soon, though. It’s my go-to dessert tea when I want nutty sweet deliciousness.

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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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