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drank Nanaimo Bar by DAVIDsTEA
5312 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 130)

Soooo, I got a little derailed from all this tea stuff again, but with good reason: I’m expecting my second child! Haha. Although I’ve still been drinking tea, I’ve been struggling with fatigue and nausea and all of the fun pregnancy things, and recording teas has simply not been anywhere near the top of my list. However, tonight I’ve fooled myself into thinking I have time to try and organize some of my teas (because I’ve still been purchasing – DavidsTea has had some great sales, especially on some of my family’s favourite iced teas, and I couldn’t resist) so I’m also trying to record some of my recent tea consumption and put some stuff away.

Anyhow, this tea. I’m a sucker for anything chocolate/coconut, and we actually even have nanaimo bars in the freezer right now due to an early pregnancy desire for them. So, I like nanaimo bars a decent amount. Dry, this tea smells deliciously like the sweet treat, complete with the creamy custardy inner layer, but when steeped up it fell a bit flat. However, it’s possible that that was because I had it after dessert, so my tastebuds might have been compromised. Luckily (?!) I have a whole 50g bag to play with to see whether or not I actually love it or not.

Leafhopper

Congratulations! :)

Courtney

Congratulations!

Martin Bednář

Congratulations!

mrmopar

Congrats!

ashmanra

Wow! That is awesome! Congratulations, and I hope you hit smooth sailing oast the nausea soon!

VariaTEA

Congratulations Kittenna!!

gmathis

Thank you for sharing your good news! Hope the seasickness passes quickly!

Kittenna

Thanks everyone! We’re very excited, and I’m also very much hoping that the nausea passes soon – I keep thinking it’s gone and then am wrong. I’m glad that I’m still enjoying tea, though! Just cutting back on the caffeinated ones… a bit.

tea-sipper

Congrats :D

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Leafhopper

Congratulations! :)

Courtney

Congratulations!

Martin Bednář

Congratulations!

mrmopar

Congrats!

ashmanra

Wow! That is awesome! Congratulations, and I hope you hit smooth sailing oast the nausea soon!

VariaTEA

Congratulations Kittenna!!

gmathis

Thank you for sharing your good news! Hope the seasickness passes quickly!

Kittenna

Thanks everyone! We’re very excited, and I’m also very much hoping that the nausea passes soon – I keep thinking it’s gone and then am wrong. I’m glad that I’m still enjoying tea, though! Just cutting back on the caffeinated ones… a bit.

tea-sipper

Congrats :D

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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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