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drank Mango Fruit Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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2021 Sipdown 63/365!
(DavidsTea already recorded)

Finished off a pitcher pack of this… for far less than a pitcher’s worth of tea. I like this one, but it really does not stretch to a full pitcher that actually tastes good. It’s sweet but not artificially so (there’s sugar. Haha.), and has a lovely citrussy mango flavour – but much heavier on the mango/fruity than the citrus, in contrast to Mango Lemonade.

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94
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea already recorded)

Yup, still love this one. I want to try it iced… interestingly, I was going to say that the yogurt in the blend might be a problem with that, but I see there is no yogurt… am I misremembering/making things up?

ETA: I read my past notes.
1. I have tried this iced. I liked it.
2. I am misremembering. Sigh.

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76
drank Mango Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea 143)

This reminded me somewhat of DT’s Country Lemonade (is that what it’s called?), but with a subtle mango twist. And no stevia (I think there’s stevia in the other?) I had it hot/warm and it was ok, but I think I should try it iced. Not quite sure how I feel about it yet.

Of note, may not be a blend for grapefruit haters. That’s the citrus note I pick up on most, and it looks like there’s pomelo peel in it, which explains that. I can’t recall if it was dominant when drinking the tea, but it certainly is permeating through the bag of dry leaf!

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76
drank Bumbleberry Burst by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea 142)

Not bad for a tea with stevia. I had it hot; it was quite fruity and did taste like warm berries, but I imagine towards the end of the pouch the stevia will be overwhelming. I may try it iced too.

Ze_Teamaker

I could never get into stevia. It has a weird metallic flavor that I find overtakes whatever it’s put into.

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59
drank Confetti Cupcake by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea 141)

Meh, gimmicky. I found it watery and sweet without much body. I guess it’s a rooibos so there’s not much base, but for whatever reason I expected more. Maybe I could mix it with something else to use up the rest? It just was so boring.

AJRimmer

The name of this sounded so enticing, but the picture of what was in the leaf itself looked so bare that I decided not to order any – maybe they can revamp it and bring it back at a later date!

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94

Cup from the big bag I purchased when AQ2T went out of business. I don’t think I like it as much as the original, but it’s still good. There’s an interesting licoricey note in here that makes me think more of Hot Cross Buns, which is confusing, but I remember never being able to keep the two straight anyhow.

Martin Bednář

I love poppyseed, with lemon it sounds delicious, but converting it into tea — interesting and can’t imagine it much :)

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95
drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea 140)

This hit the spot today. I find that it does tend to lose flavour as it ages, but still tastes pretty good. I could smell the vanilla from my mug while I was working today – delicious.

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95
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Never know where to review these yearly iterations… this is a packet of Autumn 2019 LB. It was very rich and satisfying, although took on a bit of an odd flavour in the travel mug. Still good, though.

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89
drank Horchata by A Quarter to Tea
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Had it in my head that I didn’t like this one, but I’m not sure why. Previous review I loved it, and loved it this time too! Very accurately a delicious vanilla genmaicha.

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78
drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
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2021 Sipdown 62/365!
(DavidsTea already recorded)

Ah, who knew this bag of tea would last so long (7 years!) and that I’d go through so many phases with it. The final cups ended up being surprisingly enjoyable, all things considered, so I’m sad to see it go. I missed out the last time it came back, but would likely pick up 50g if I saw it again.

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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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