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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Marzipan sent me a load of this a while back after I fell in love with a sample I’d had, and I’ve hoarded the last ~1.5 cups worth since it’s hard for me to get David’s over here in the UK. I made the rather poor decision to try to stretch this out by making a pot of tea with the leaf I had left, so now instead of having 1 delicious mug of goodness I have a whole pot of underleafed, sad, watery tea. The whisper of Pumpkin Chai is still there, but it’s mostly cloves and hot water. Dang it, why did I do that? This will be an eventual purchase for sure.

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2 tsp
mtchyg

I used to do that to myself as well. Especially with the teas that aren’t typically good for brewing gongfu style. Then, I decided to just use extra leaves in the last pot rather than save just enough for one cup. It usually works out better. But it is a hard habit to break for sure.

Nattie

That’s a good idea, I think I’ll have to try to use this tea’s sad demise as a lesson learned to slightly overleaf a last pot/cup rather than have an extra, not-as-good cup. I’ve totally been guilty of that too – gongfu brewing some of my endangered favourites (usually Butiki) in an attempt to stretch them out and in reality only succeeding in creating a less-than-great cup or 7.

mtchyg

I totally get it. Such a sad thing knowing that a delicious tea is no longer available and you are drinking the last one. It’s like taking out the last of an endangered species. But yeah, when I use that last leaf in an extra pot, I just back off the steep time and it works itself out. Good luck! :)

Nattie

Lmao totally! Thanks! (:

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mtchyg

I used to do that to myself as well. Especially with the teas that aren’t typically good for brewing gongfu style. Then, I decided to just use extra leaves in the last pot rather than save just enough for one cup. It usually works out better. But it is a hard habit to break for sure.

Nattie

That’s a good idea, I think I’ll have to try to use this tea’s sad demise as a lesson learned to slightly overleaf a last pot/cup rather than have an extra, not-as-good cup. I’ve totally been guilty of that too – gongfu brewing some of my endangered favourites (usually Butiki) in an attempt to stretch them out and in reality only succeeding in creating a less-than-great cup or 7.

mtchyg

I totally get it. Such a sad thing knowing that a delicious tea is no longer available and you are drinking the last one. It’s like taking out the last of an endangered species. But yeah, when I use that last leaf in an extra pot, I just back off the steep time and it works itself out. Good luck! :)

Nattie

Lmao totally! Thanks! (:

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I first got into loose leaf teas when a friend of mine showed me Cara McGee’s Sherlock fandom blends on Adagio a good few years back, but they weren’t on sale in the UK so I started trying other kinds instead and have been hooked for almost three years (and have purchased several fandom tea sets including the Sherlock one I lusted over for so long).

Flavoured teas make up the majority of my collection, but I’m growing increasingly fond of unflavoured teas too. I usually reach for a black, oolong or white tea base over a pu’erh or green tea, though I do have my exceptions. I will update my likes and dislikes as I discover more about my palate, but for now:

Tea-likes: I’m generally easily pleased and will enjoy most flavours, but my absolute favourites are maple, caramel, chestnut, pecan, raspberry, coconut, blueberry, lemon, pumpkin, rose, hazelnut and peach

Tea-dislikes: vanilla (on its own), ginger, coriander/cilantro, cardamom, liquorice, pineapple and chocolate

I am a 25 year old bartender, English Literature sort-of-graduate and current student working towards finishing my degree. I am hoping to one day complete a masters degree in Mental Health Social Work and get a job working in care. Other than drinking, hoarding and reviewing tea, my hobbies include reading, doing quizzes and puzzles, TV watching, football/soccer (Sunderland AFC supporter and employee of my local football club), music, artsy weird makeup, and learning new things (currently British Sign Language).

I should probably also mention my tea-rating system, which seems to be much harsher than others I’ve seen on here. It’s not always concrete, but I’ll try to define it:

• 50 is the base-line which all teas start at. A normal, nothing-special industrial-type black teabag of regular old fannings would be a 50.

• 0 – 49 is bad, and varying degrees of bad. This is probably the least concrete as I hardly ever find something I don’t like.

• I have never given below a 20, and will not unless that tea is SO bad that I have to wash my mouth out after one sip. Any teas rated as such are unquestionably awful.

• This means most teas I don’t enjoy will be in the 30 – 50 range. This might just mean the tea is not to my own personal taste.

• 51+ are teas I enjoy. A good cup of tea will be in the 50 – 70 range.

• If I rate a tea at 70+, it means I really, really like it. Here’s where the system gets a little more concrete, and I can probably define this part, as it’s rarer for a tea to get there.

• 71- 80: I really enjoyed this tea, enough to tell somebody about, and will probably hang onto it for a little longer than I perhaps should because I don’t want to lose it.

• 81 – 90: I will power through this tea before I even know it’s gone, and will re-order the next time the mood takes me.

• 91 – 100: This is one of the best teas I’ve ever tasted, and I will re-order while I still have a good few cups left, so that I never have to run out. This is the crème de la crème, the Ivy League of teas.

I never rate a tea down, and my ratings are always based on my best experience of a tea if I drink it multiple times. I feel that this is fairest as many factors could affect the experience of one particular cup.

I am always happy to trade and share my teas with others, so feel free to look through my cupboard and message me if you’re interested in doing a swap. I keep it up-to-date, although this doesn’t mean I will definitely have enough to swap, as I also include my small samples.
Currently unable to swap as I’ve returned after a long hiatus to a cupboard of mostly-stale teas I’m trying to work through before I let myself purchase anything fresh

I also tend to ramble on a bit.

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