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86
drank Toasted Marshmallow by DAVIDsTEA
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Still really like this one. There’s some flavouring element here that I really like, but can’t describe. It’s a very indulgent-tasting dessert tea – upped the rating a tad.

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78
drank Monster Mash by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea 172)

I prefer this to Pumpkin Creme Brulee because at least it tastes kind of cinnamony. Still not a favourite or anything, but palatable. And bonus that all of these fall-themed teas have no caffeine!

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62

(DavidsTea 171)

This sounded so good but I found it very disappointing. I’m really not sure what this tea tasted like, but it definitely wasn’t the creamy custard I expected from a creme brulee tea. I don’t hate it, but definitely fell very flat for me. This bag is a year old, but I felt the same the first time I tried it, too.

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77
drank Strawberries & Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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Creamy strawberry oolong, very satisfying today. Glad I got a freebie of this in a recent order!

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78

Yummy tea, though there’s not much flavour to it left aside from from the base. Vaguely spiced but still somehow satisfying.

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85
drank Salted Caramel Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea already recorded)

Did not hit the spot with the last latte I tried. Probably user error, oh well.

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82
drank Hot Cross Buns by A Quarter to Tea
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I really do love this rolled yunnan base… I get so many infusions out of these teas!

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79

(DavidsTea already recorded)

Ugh, it annoys me when teas get renamed and I don’t realize. At least I picked this up at a deep discount! I only just realized, thanks for the name update, that I’ve already had this tea (and recently, too).

However, at least I actually like it. Same thoughts as previously – it’s a lovely bright grapefruit flavour without the pithy citrus bitterness that I find offputting in such teas. And the oolong base adds a nice dimension as well.

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74
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea already recorded)

Almost gone, just a couple cups left. Definitely over this flavour profile for the time being, although at least this cup didn’t give me a scratchy throat this time!

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80

Been craving straight teas lately, while I try to curb my caffeine intake and drink more non-caffeinated options. Indulged in this one, though, and it was quite malty, rich, and delicious.

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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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