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drank Magnolia Oolong by Tea Ave
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Old sipdown #16. I believe I enjoyed this tea, but I think it was more floral than I prefer. Pretty sure I enjoyed other teas of theirs more, though it was certainly of excellent quality!


This was my favorite TeaAve tea. It makes an awesome cold brew!


Sometimes their website looks like they are open, sometimes no. They said they would let me know when/if they are taking orders again but I haven’t heard from them.

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drank Spa Day by DAVIDsTEA
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Old sipdown #15. I vaguely remember this tea as being reasonably tasty, but not enough to have purchased more. It was heavier on the pineapple, coconut, and lemongrass, without really any mango. I must remember this only because it’s a tea that sounds really tasty to me?

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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Old sipdown #14. This is from Cavo, I believe, and I’m laughing because she has circled the date on the bag – 08.No.2014. I probably received this within like, a year of it being purchased, when it was already considered “old”, but didn’t drink it until 2018/2019. Whoops! I’m sure it was good, though. This is a yummy tea that I have far too much of, and really need to latte.

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Old sipdown #13. A swap sample passed on to me, originally from Jump62359. And another tea I failed to review entirely, and can’t remember at all.

Also, sorry for these notes being boring and useless, I’m mostly documenting this for myself and have nothing interesting to say.

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Old sipdown #12. This tea I actually remember, because it’s ancient (pre-2010) but actually still had some flavour! It was mostly just lychee florals on black, though, not the juicy lychee that I wish someone could accurately put into tea. Wouldn’t bother with it again.

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Old sipdown #11. Darn. I drank this and wrote nothing about it. I want to say that it was a good green, but I haven’t the faintest clue. Also don’t know where it came from, but I’d assume Sil or VariaTEA


Twas not I, I don’t think

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drank Random Black by Unknown from China
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Old sipdown #10. I think I was just happy this one was gone, as it was a pu’erh. Haha.

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drank Earl of Time by A Quarter to Tea
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Old sipdown #9. I literally just found another partial sample package of this, though, so it’s not gone yet! I don’t recall it being favourite, though.

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drank Chocolate Loops by Tea Desire
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Old sipdown #8. Wrote a good review on this prior, yay! I don’t remember it at all…

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Old sipdown #7. As it turns out, I just picked up a fresh sample of this when AQ2T announced they were closing. So I’ll get to write a proper review on it! I bought it thinking I’d never tried it before, but I was apparently wrong.


Wait… they are closing?!!! When?


Sigh. Another one bites the dust.

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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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