These literally are the best little mug you can buy, though not really the most price friendly ones; however occasionally DAVIDsTEA will have a 2 for 1 sale on these mugs and of course at the end of the year for boxing week they are on sale. So far I have purchased three of them, two noble fire red ones and one blue flock of birds, the flock of birds one is my work mug and the birds remind me of the inlays on a PRS guitar (one of my other horrible addictions/hobbies) I have one of the noble ones at home and gave another to my Mom who is just getting into DAVIDsTEA. Now it wouldn’t be fair to say it is the best mug without explaining myself, so here it goes.

- It’s got a lid! Not only a must have for infusing but great if you have a mug at work like me and you want to keep more heat in and other crap out. I know you could use a travel mug but its not as relaxing as sitting at your desk with a favorite mug!

- LARGE fine mesh infuser that slides into the cup perfectly. Up until getting a mug for work I was using my noble travel mug to brew my tea at work and the infuser is small and frequently tea leaves would come out of the larger holes at the top.

- Stylish looks, ok this one is not that important but hey its worth a mention. Up until getting my perfect mugs I had been favoring a mug from Starbucks, their Sumatra Tiger mug to be exact (Tiger is my Chinese Zodiac symbol), which is nice but the excessive thickness of the mug (to retain heat) makes it like holding a brick which if you have big mitten like hands similar to mine the small tight handle on this mug will actually cause a pressure point on your fingers and hurt, not really their fault as it’s mostly due to my mitten like hands!

I have grabbed all of my perfect mugs on sale, so its been win win hands down as on sale they were cheaper then my Starbucks mug and well have more “goodies” that go along with the cup…Now if I could just get another blue flock of birds one!

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Tea, Earl Grey, Hot!

I will attempt to taste and comment on each and every blend offered from DAVIDsTEA and of course anything else that comes across my path.

I only drink tea brewed from loose leaf tea, and tend to sweeten my teas with a teaspoon of raw cane sugar per 8oz of tea and consider a cup either 12oz or 16oz depending on what mug I want to use.

I generally do not put milk in my tea’s; however sometimes I may make a ‘London Fog’ style drink or add milk to herbal infusions to add a bit more creaminess to it.

And I generally enjoy drink a nice hot tea while relaxing listening to some Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd.

I am quite liberal with my Tea ratings, I take the smiley face to heart for judging. If I really like it then it will score a high grade regardless of the brand or if I can keep it in my cupboard or not. But to break it down further a bit more check this out:

0-10 – Wouldn’t drink it if I was dying.
10-20 – Are you sure this didn’t come out of a bag?
20-50 – There is hope for this tea…somewhere but not here
50-60 – Drinkable, but not stockable
60-70 – Ok, were onto something here!
70-80 – Wow you gotta try this
80+ I freaking love it, where can I buy it?


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