Note is for the Feb 2017 (I believe) reblend of this tea. Unfortunately, I got a little confused between this tea and Gathering Berries, so I don’t really remember any specifics here aside from berry (common to both). At the very least, it was pleasant. I felt like it was a fitting tea to drink in this season, though!

Also, I think this tea may have been gifted to me by someone; not entirely sure I bought it myself, and it’s from before I set up a subscription. So thank you, mystery person!

52Teas

the search in my archives tells me that I only reblended this once in 2016 – I thought for sure I reblended it twice, but the search doesn’t show it – so either my memory fails me or my search does. Anyway – it’s been a while since it’s been reblended.

Kittenna

It has! I feel like it’s a tea that’s been forgotten about; perhaps it will make an appearance in a Christmas poll next year?!

52Teas

It will definitely be on the poll because every year that I’m blending the teas, I think – why am I not reblending the Partridgeberry? It should be a permanent part of the 12 Teas of Christmas because of it’s name. LOL

Kittenna

Right? Also, I feel like it would be fun to theme a 12 teas of Christmas based on the song. I have so many ideas already!

52Teas

It would be fun to do that. The logistics of it worry me a little though because I don’t know how keen customers would be to order an all new teas box like that – I know that when I first restarted the 12 Teas of Christmas box – I was thinking of doing a mostly new teas type of thing – and I got very little response with it – and it wasn’t until I said that there’d be a mix of both reblends and new teas that I got any real interest in it.

Evol Ving Ness

But maybe now that you have gained the hard-won trust of your large band of dedicated followers and even newbies…

Still, it’s a risk. I get that.

CrowKettle

Eh, I like trying all your new teas as much as revisiting old blends. I’d be down with half or more of a Christmas box being new creations, but that’s just me! :)

Evol Ving Ness

Me too. Or keep the Christmas box as sort of a half and half thing and a spring box of new teas. I was going to suggest a mid-summer box, but for that, it might be safer to do another half and half version too in terms of sales.

Kittenna

I feel like the Christmas box would be great as a half and half reblend/new box! I do love reblends, but I love sampling new teas more (well, except for a few existing teas that I’m totally in love with). We also get a good number of reblends throughout the year already.

Also, I feel like taking one year to do a 12 days of Christmas themed box with all new teas (well, maybe a reblend of this one!) could be really well-received. I don’t know how many boxes you sell per year, nor who purchases them, but I feel like themed things + new teas pique interest. Honestly, the only reason I haven’t purchased the box every year is because I don’t want to get more of teas I’ve already tried and still have around(!); this year, the lure of not missing out on new teas (I was sad when I missed out on some last year) + feeling like treating myself made me get it, and I have zero regrets. If it was all new teas, I’d have no hesitation.

52Teas

Alright – so I need some ideas for the teas. (I’m not sayin’ I’ll create such a box, but, if I do, I need to know what teas should be in the box.) I have a few ideas, but I would love to hear other ideas

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52Teas

the search in my archives tells me that I only reblended this once in 2016 – I thought for sure I reblended it twice, but the search doesn’t show it – so either my memory fails me or my search does. Anyway – it’s been a while since it’s been reblended.

Kittenna

It has! I feel like it’s a tea that’s been forgotten about; perhaps it will make an appearance in a Christmas poll next year?!

52Teas

It will definitely be on the poll because every year that I’m blending the teas, I think – why am I not reblending the Partridgeberry? It should be a permanent part of the 12 Teas of Christmas because of it’s name. LOL

Kittenna

Right? Also, I feel like it would be fun to theme a 12 teas of Christmas based on the song. I have so many ideas already!

52Teas

It would be fun to do that. The logistics of it worry me a little though because I don’t know how keen customers would be to order an all new teas box like that – I know that when I first restarted the 12 Teas of Christmas box – I was thinking of doing a mostly new teas type of thing – and I got very little response with it – and it wasn’t until I said that there’d be a mix of both reblends and new teas that I got any real interest in it.

Evol Ving Ness

But maybe now that you have gained the hard-won trust of your large band of dedicated followers and even newbies…

Still, it’s a risk. I get that.

CrowKettle

Eh, I like trying all your new teas as much as revisiting old blends. I’d be down with half or more of a Christmas box being new creations, but that’s just me! :)

Evol Ving Ness

Me too. Or keep the Christmas box as sort of a half and half thing and a spring box of new teas. I was going to suggest a mid-summer box, but for that, it might be safer to do another half and half version too in terms of sales.

Kittenna

I feel like the Christmas box would be great as a half and half reblend/new box! I do love reblends, but I love sampling new teas more (well, except for a few existing teas that I’m totally in love with). We also get a good number of reblends throughout the year already.

Also, I feel like taking one year to do a 12 days of Christmas themed box with all new teas (well, maybe a reblend of this one!) could be really well-received. I don’t know how many boxes you sell per year, nor who purchases them, but I feel like themed things + new teas pique interest. Honestly, the only reason I haven’t purchased the box every year is because I don’t want to get more of teas I’ve already tried and still have around(!); this year, the lure of not missing out on new teas (I was sad when I missed out on some last year) + feeling like treating myself made me get it, and I have zero regrets. If it was all new teas, I’d have no hesitation.

52Teas

Alright – so I need some ideas for the teas. (I’m not sayin’ I’ll create such a box, but, if I do, I need to know what teas should be in the box.) I have a few ideas, but I would love to hear other ideas

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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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