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drank Serenity Now by DAVIDsTEA
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94

Third hospital tea! A good old standby, nice and roasty.

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97

Second hospital tea! Probably not the best choice for a thermos, but it actually was pretty tasty – nice and creamy-sweet, with a good dose of toastiness.

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83
drank Let It Snow by DAVIDsTEA
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First tea I drank post-partum (I brought six thermoses of teas)! And it was pretty satisfying – the spicing is pretty tasty and eggnoggy here, but I could use more creaminess. I’ve noticed that resteeps of this tea take on an interesting and different flavour though, perhaps because the spicing is mostly in the first cup, and there’s more fruitiness in the second?

Also, to expand on the above – yes, I’m now 6 days into being a mommy to a very sweet little daughter, and big brother is, at this point, still over the moon about his new little sister. It’s an adventure already!

Shae

Oh congratulations!!!

Evol Ving Ness

Congratulations! (Aand yay for six thermoses!)

Cameron B.

Congratulations to you and your family! ❤

Courtney

Congratulations! :)

CrowKettle

Congratulations! :)

ashmanra

Congratulations!

Leafhopper

Congratulations!

gmathis

Happy, happy days ahead! Give her a hug from one of her Great-Aunt Steepsters!

Martin Bednář

Congratulations! How cute having both genders! A big brother will take care of her with love, I bet.

Michelle

Congrats!!

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75
drank Black Forest Honeybush by 52teas
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This tea got lost in a box and I just found it recently. Had some tonight as a caffeine-free treat, and it’s actually fairly good. A nice, chocolatey honeybush. Great chocolate flavour from the real cacao nibs (and shells??). I think I saw a cherry but not really picking up on any tartness from it. A nice tea, though.

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64
drank PAC-Man Green Tea by 52teas
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Not really a fan. The fruity flavours taste too artificial and muted here for me.

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72
drank Silver Bell Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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This is just too heavy on the milk oolong flavour for me to think of it as anything else, unfortunately. I mean, it’s tasty enough, just… pretty much milk oolong.

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60
drank Wild Xiao Bai by Verdant Tea
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2021 Sipdown 119/365!

I see I didn’t much like this before, and my thoughts haven’t changed. There’s kind of a… musty flavour? that comes with some white teas (not age-related), and this is one of them. I’m not really fond of it, so although this tea is drinkable, it’s one I’d avoid in the future.

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78
drank Rainbow Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
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2021 Sipdown 118/365!

More iced tea, not my favourite flavour but it’s what my son wanted apparently (and then proceeded to drink none of). I found the citrus a bit bitter.

Evol Ving Ness

Hmm, maybe it needs a splash of fresh orange juice.

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73
drank Monk's Blend by Tealish
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2021 Sipdown 117/365!

I enjoyed this, but can’t really remember anything about it. Oops.

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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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