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Backlog. Had this last night after an epic wiggle session (aka dancing like a maniac around my apartment to music while watching What Not to Wear). Totally underimpressed. I have loved this in the past but I just didn’t get that fresh grassy floral flavor that I remembered. I guess I have recently been drinking Vermont Liberty Tea Company’s Jasmine Gold Dragon and that sways my opinion in comparison because it is so much fresher and smoother.

Either way, just wanted to log that I drank it and say that though Teavana opened my eyes to the world of loose leaf tea, Steepster has guided me towards the teas and companies that I truly love.

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drank Pancake Breakfast by 52teas
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backlog from yesterday after work. I tried to pay close attention to the smell and taste of this tea so I could write it up today. When I smell it, I don’t get that same pancake maple smell that everyone else seems to get. It smells like raw pizza dough to me, no vanilla or tasty sweetness that comes with pancakes.

I also don’t taste the maple syrup. Brewed, the tea smells bland to me. I don’t hate this tea, I like it…but not as pancakes. As a simple black tea. It looks like I probably just got some from a less flavorful batch, because these reviews are amazing. I’m not going to put a number rating for this one, but I don’t get the syrupy pancake taste that I so wanted.

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
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I have all of my Della Terra teas in their original bags expect for this one. This one is in an Adagio tin…which makes me forget I have it!! I didn’t have time to make a cup of tea before leaving the house this morning so here I am at my desk, being reminded of the EPIC GLORY AND DELICIOUSITY that is S’mores tea! It smells like a gooey chocolaty marshmallowy mess, and the flavor. OOOH the flavor.

First sip fills my mouth with a smooth aroma, a perfect balance of creamy marshmallow and decadent rich dark chocolate. Then as I finish the sip I get the sweet spiciness of the graham cracker. I am officially adding this to my list of “must reorder!” for Della Terra.

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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I got a sample in a swap of this from The DJBooth so I’m testing it out and writing it up! Brewed, it smells very much like a sweet cranberry but you can almost feel the aroma of the bitterness in the berry too. I think that extra sweetness comes from the pear and apple pieces. My first sip…delightful! I was expecting more of a bitter black tea taste for some reason and my palate is filled with an almost creamy crisp fruitiness. I taste more of the pear and feel the aroma of the cranberry. There is no unwanted bitterness to this tea!

I am not a huge fruit tea drinker, but this may have made me more open minded, it tastes so festive and crisp. This is also my very first sip of any Davids Tea. I think once it cools down, as with most teas, the flavors will be even more apparent. But even freshly hot, I’m really appreciating the feel and flavors in this tea!

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I think I have some kind of stomach bug but I’m dragging myself to work because I need my days off for the holidays. So I’m drinking a lot of this, tastes like ginger ale and has stomach settling rs.rooibos. Using tea to get through the day.

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drank Strawberry Zabaglione by 52teas
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I had to try this based on the reviews and my affinity for dessert teas! It smells strong and sweet like strawberry candy dry, then brewed its a bit perfumey but still sweet. The flavor is so sweet and creamy and I cannot wait to dry it iced!!

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I’m obsessed with this tea and I’m guessing the only reason I haven’t logged it is because I’m savoring every teaspoon of it. This is the perfect cinnamon and nutmeg pumpkin spice with a subtle and not overtly strong chocolate that balances nicely to create a decadent creaminess to the tea. This is dessert, literally. And the little sprinkles are killing me with cuteness. I need epic amounts of this in my stash.

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Backlog and making sure I rate and review everything in my cupboard. I got this as a sample from Della Terra and this was also my first pu-erh tea ever. At first, the smell really turned me off but the flavor was enjoyable. I tried again a week later after going through a bunch of other tastings and found that I love this. The chai spice is warm and cozy, plenty of cinnamon and cardamom without being painfully spicy, and the chocolate is so well balanced with the spice. No artificial chocolate flavor at all. I’m still a little weirded by the smell, but maybe it’s a pu-erh thing so I’m really interested in trying more pu-erh teas.

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At first I thought this was too medicinal for me, but I let it brew a little longer and the flavors I wanted came out! Brewed, it smells like a hot spiced apple cider. It tastes like a cinnamon apple sauce but with a creaminess to it from the yogurt. I would let it cool a bit before drinking to get the optimum flavors from it. Not my favorite, but I will definitely enjoy this as a bedtime tea!!

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drank Spiked Eggnog by Compass Teas
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Backlog! I sipped this while watching The White House Christmas 2012 on Saturday night. I don’t think it tastes much like eggnog or rum, but it’s a creamy vanilla type black tea. This is great for flavored tea drinkers who want to taste the TEA!! Fabulous quality, plus this company has a strong mission and donates proceeds, which I appreciate.

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I love sweet, decadent, desserty teas the most but I also appreciate a strong refreshing cup of green or white tea. I recently started a matcha smoothie morning, sometimes mate or black tea, then black tea and rooibos throughout the day, and whatever my little heart desires most when I get home from work!

I don’t have a rating system, I just kind of guess. I think I should make a rating system…

85-100 I want this in my cupboard always
75-85 I like it but I’m not rushing out to buy more immediately
60-75 Probably not going to want more than the sample
40-60 I don’t like this tea, I wouldn’t recommend it, and I won’t drink it again
0-40 This wasn’t even worth the sip.

Ok let’s try that for a bit now.



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