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Coldbrewed the last of our sample and honestly, I prefer it hot! Usually I prefer things cold, but this coldbrew brought out an artificial-ness to the raspberry that isn’t there when it’s hot. Still, it is delicious. Definitely a restock…as long as I drink it hot XD

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How has it been two years since I last had this tea? How? After the Sweet Apple Cider disaster, I needed a tried and true favorite. I enjoy oolongs, because I can get so much out of them. I make a pot and usually get 1-2 steeps out of the leaves. Then my wife comes home and gets another steep. Then I dump them into a mason jar to coldbrew overnight and I get another steep. Even if the flavoring is long gone by the cold brew, I still get a nice, cool cup of oolong delight.

The brewed tea smells so peachy and so lovely…yum yum yum. The almond and peach work together so beautifully that I can’t believe I haven’t reached for it in two years! Definitely one of my favorites.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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Ugh. The scent of this tea holds so much promise, but it is just awful. It smells like yummy hot apple cider. It tastes like apples that have gone bad. The Peaches and Cream has the same awful flavor, I blame the little vanilla nuggets they put in. I love apple cider and this is an insult to cider as a whole.

Cameron B.

I don’t even understand why the vanilla is there… Doesn’t make sense in apple cider. :(

Sami Kelsh

What Cameron said. I love vanilla, but man, does apple cider not need it! Boooooooo :(


I don’t even mind vanilla if it had been done right, but this was just awful.

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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Split a pot of this with my wife tonight to end a cruddy day for both of us. Ah, but Santa’s Secret makes everything better. What would I do without this blend? Cry, probably.

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Yep, I’m sick. I had a cup of this last night, and made a pot this morning to get me through my day. It’s funny, when I’m not sick, this blend is just okay. Nothing spectacular and a touch too medicinal.

But when I am sick, it is the best thing I have ever tasted. I feel so much better after a pot and this is one I need to always have in stock.

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So I’ve been hearing some wheezing when I breathe and shockingly after a day traipsing around the Toronto Zoo in the drizzly rain, I feel a lot worse. My throat feels sore and swollen, my chest aching. Ugh. Luckily, the wifey picked up a sample of this last night.

It’s nice! Very tasty and wonderfully soothing. It reminds me of Cold 911 but without the punch in the face of the menthol. Which, don’t get me wrong, the menthol is a life saver, but sometimes it’s not the most helpful thing ever. So this will be a nice alternative to keep on hand for when I’m sick.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I really, really like this blend. I would like it more if I hadn’t oversweetened it. Boo. Still, I am glad 10 g gave us so much dry leaf and I will definitely be buying more. I love the raspberry and it reminds me of Razzmintazz without the mint and y’all know how much I love that blend. Yes, this is one I need to buy more of ASAP. I also need to try it cold.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Eggnog by DAVIDsTEA
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This is yummy and sweet and creamy…but this is not eggnog. Maybe with milk. Or cold brewed. There are a lot of variables to play with. I see potential, but it’s not there yet. Dang.

I don’t really know how to describe the flavor, but a word I would not use is eggnog. I almost feel like the rooibos flavor is holding it back. Once I separate out the rooibos, if I squint, I can almost see eggnog, but yeah. This is a miss for me.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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drank Champagne by DAVIDsTEA
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I only have a bit of this left and I’m thinking that’s a good thing. I coldbrewed it overnight and something in it is just turning my stomach. It’s rare that I can’t finish a cup of tea, but if I drink any more of this, I’ll be sick. I’m not going to rate it because it is old and I may have screwed it up. The raspberry yumminess I remember is there, but then it’s just…stomach turning.

2 tsp 25 OZ / 739 ML

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drank Swiss Schoko by Tea Emporium
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I used their parameters in an effort to finish off the bag of this that we have been avoiding for ages. I only steeped it for two minutes instead of their recommended 3-5 minutes because two teaspoons is twice what I usually use for 12 ounces.

It’s….okay. Bitter and the flavors overwhelm each other to the point that I can’t really pick them out. Definitely not one I would buy again, but I never would have bought it in the first place.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Formerly aisling of tea, now you can call me ele .

“You can forgive a murder, but never a mistake while preparing tea.” Chinese proverb

Labels? Here you go: Femme, Wife, Lesbian, Homemaker, Happy. Don’t forget tea fanatic!

New label as of May, 2015: Diabetic. I’m using tea to satisfy my sweet tooth cravings and keep me hydrated without hurting my system or messing with my blood sugar.

Ah, tea. My love for you is ever changing. At my last update, I was all about the rooibos and now I hardly drink it. I only occasionally had an oolong and now I have one just about every day. I’ve learned the art of resteeping and coldbrewing and kombucha. I have a lovely little tea pet named…well, I haven’t decided on a name for him yet. I also have five! live pets, a tabby cat named Rosabella Francis (Bella for short), a ginger cat named Orange Julius Pekoe (Pekoe), a white and grey cat named Earl Jean Grey (Earlie), a tuxedo cat (and the only boy in the house) Prince Erik Darien Darjeeling (JiJi) and a red foot tortoise named Da Hong Pao (Pao). So if you see me referring to my girls, I don’t have kids, just animals.

As for tea, I love oolongs, herbals, and black tea. Since I am no longer working, I no longer feel the constant need for a mate energy boost, though I do still reach for it from time to time. I also drink less matcha, though I do throw a spoonful or two in when I’m making smoothies. Most of my tea I drink coldbrewed, and since I discovered coldbrewed rooibos was giving me headaches, I’m drinking less and less of it. Straight pu-erh is not a thing I enjoy, but there are a few flavored blends I like. Greens are still too finicky for me to bother with hot, but they make great cold brews.

I am by no means a tea purist. I greatly enjoy flavored teas and I put stevia in all of my teas. It’s just how I do.

I think I’m going to name my tea pet Mr. Turtle. Even though he’s a tortoise.


Scarborough, ON



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