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drank Quince Charming by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! 145/365!

Drank this while watching the GoT finale last night. Luckily, I tried it before the show started, otherwise I would have just been blindly consuming it. I was actually fairly impressed with it; I have no familiarity with quinces, but there was an unfamiliar flavour in the tea which could have been it, and it was pleasant. Aside from that, it mostly tasted like a non-hibby fruity black tea (heavy on the fruit, very light on the tea). Had I had more of it, it would have been a great candidate for iced tea, but I only had a cup’s worth remaining of my sample.

Overall, not bad, as always I wish there was a bit more actual tea flavour in here, but the fruit combination was sweet and pleasant.

gmathis

I didn’t do the GoT thing, but I did mist up during the Big Bang Theory finale? Endings everywhere. Mercy, what will we all WATCH now? (I think I can hold out till the Downton Abbey movie in September. Maybe. ;)

ashmanra

I don’t think I have ever tasted quince! I will have to check it out.

Fjellrev

I only watched the first few episodes of the first season and stopped because it was such a chore to acquire the episodes. Should fire it back up! Although I hear that this recent season has been quite polarizing for watchers.

Kittenna

@gmathis – I was much too far behind to watch the Big Bang Theory finale, but I’ve had portions spoiled for me, so I’m a bit annoyed! I never watched Downton Abbey, but it did always interest me.

@ashmanra – Unfortunately, I think this one was limited edition from last year(?) so probably still unavailable. I’m curious if there are other quince teas around, though.

@Fjellrev – I think we streamed them from various places until we got an unpleasant email about it…. so we purchased HBO + Crave for one month so we could watch past episodes and catch the finale live. Hahahaha. (Bonus, we also got to watch the rest of Westworld, though we’ll miss season 3 of it as our subscription is done in a week.)

Kittenna

Also, yes, polarizing is one word for it. I’m at peace with it and don’t think the ending was terrible, but parts did feel rushed, especially when compared to some of the goings-on in previous seasons.

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gmathis

I didn’t do the GoT thing, but I did mist up during the Big Bang Theory finale? Endings everywhere. Mercy, what will we all WATCH now? (I think I can hold out till the Downton Abbey movie in September. Maybe. ;)

ashmanra

I don’t think I have ever tasted quince! I will have to check it out.

Fjellrev

I only watched the first few episodes of the first season and stopped because it was such a chore to acquire the episodes. Should fire it back up! Although I hear that this recent season has been quite polarizing for watchers.

Kittenna

@gmathis – I was much too far behind to watch the Big Bang Theory finale, but I’ve had portions spoiled for me, so I’m a bit annoyed! I never watched Downton Abbey, but it did always interest me.

@ashmanra – Unfortunately, I think this one was limited edition from last year(?) so probably still unavailable. I’m curious if there are other quince teas around, though.

@Fjellrev – I think we streamed them from various places until we got an unpleasant email about it…. so we purchased HBO + Crave for one month so we could watch past episodes and catch the finale live. Hahahaha. (Bonus, we also got to watch the rest of Westworld, though we’ll miss season 3 of it as our subscription is done in a week.)

Kittenna

Also, yes, polarizing is one word for it. I’m at peace with it and don’t think the ending was terrible, but parts did feel rushed, especially when compared to some of the goings-on in previous seasons.

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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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