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drank Wanderlust by Aera Tea
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Sipdown 141-2021

I super over-leafed this to get rid of it. It’s…fine. Like cooked spinach and snap peas. Also has kind of a latex thing going on that’s not super pleasant.

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Sipdown 140-2021
Nothing to add here.

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drank Firebolt by 52teas
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Sipdown 139-2021
Made a small pot of this combined with Deb’s Thai Banana Cake to sip finish off both. Not the greatest combination. Turned out kind of bitter and blah.

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drank Phoenix Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Trying to sip through this, so made a pot this morning. Floral and slightly fruity (getting a juicy lychee flavor, still not as strong as the first cup). Ready for this one to be gone.

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I’ve really been trying not to place any tea orders lately, as I haven’t been sipping through as much lately (mostly because of the weather). But, DavidsTea sent me a 50% off everything coupon, so I couldn’t resist.
I mostly ordered sale stuff, so I got a ton of tea (just what I need) for extremely cheap. Though, I did get a lot of cold brewable teas, which is mainly what I’ve been drinking. This is one of those. It’s quite nice- well balances tart lemon and sweet strawberry. I wish it were perhaps a tad more tart, but overall it’s really pleasant.


Their sale is pretty good this year! I ordered a bunch of things, and then they added more items to the sale, so I may have to go back for more…

Lexie Aleah

Agreed! I couldn’t resist ordering either.

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drank Firebolt by 52teas
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This tea is so fickle, and I can’t quite figure out the steeping parameters to bring out the custardy goodness that I love. The last cup had no custard flavor, unfortunately. Mostly cinnamon, with a rather barky black tea.

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This tea is SO strange. I find it so savory, that it’s actually tasting a lot like miso soup. It’s very mushroomy, with notes of wet soil and tree bark. The Whispering Pines website describes this tea as “inspired by the deepest and most ancient of forests,” which actually really fits.

I’m not tasting any of the vanilla, though.

Flavors: Bark, Mushrooms, Umami, Wet Earth

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Brought a pouch of this to work, as it really brightens my day whenever I drink it. My friend/coworker has mentioned that she wanted to see how I prepare my tea, so I offered to make her a cup. It was fun talking to someone new about tea.

As for the tea- as perfect and delicious as always. The vanilla in this batch is particularly strong.

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1 more sample packet to go. Surprised by how sweet this is. Syrupy sweet honey, turbinado sugar, and raisins.

Flavors: Honey, Raisins, Sugar

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Sipdown 138-2021

Received this as a sample in my most recent Whispering Pines order. Absolutely delicious. Really nice balance of fruitiness (like a red berry, perhaps raspberry?), slight floral, and rich chocolate.

Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Floral, Raspberry

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Hello! I live in Los Angeles with my boyfriend and 3 cats [+however many foster cats I have at the moment]. I’m also obsessed with all things spooky.

I became obsessed with the world of tea through DavidsTea years ago. I love to try new brands, so I’m constantly on the look out for new-to-me companies.

Favorite Brands:
Whispering Pines
The Necessiteas
August Uncommon
Jolie Tea Co.

Favorite flavors:
Sweet Potato

Red Rooibos

Though, I’ll taste anything once!

I mainly brew western style.I like my tea extremely strong, so I tend to use wayyyyy more dry leaf than suggested.


Los Angeles, CA

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