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drank Coconut Oolong by Zen Tea
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I really love this. It’s creamy, sweet coconut with a hint of floral. Yum. I might need to restock it.

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drank Crimson Horizon by Butiki Teas
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Quite bold, but still drinkable without additions. I think I prefer the Grandpa’s Anytime Tea as a morning CTC, though. This one’s a less bread-y, and I seem to enjoy that flavour in my breakfast teas. It’s ‘brighter’ than Grandpa’s Anytime, if that makes any sense.

Something tasted a bit… green, or something. Like a hint of some savoury vegetable. That was rather unexpected.

I brewed this at a bit below-boiling for about a minute and a half, and didn’t get any astringency at all. Pretty impressive.

200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Grapefruit Dragon by Butiki Teas
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Wow. This is just… it’s unbelievably good and real-tasting. It really does taste like grapefruit at the beginning and end of each sip, with the middle being rounded out by the buttery dragonwell. There’s even a lingering tartness that tingles on the tongue. Wow.

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drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
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I’m not a huge fan of Earl Greys, but I really enjoyed this one. The bergamot isn’t too strong but still packs a punch and the cream is very sweet and creamy. The two flavours balance each other out so nicely. I may even reorder this, once my tea box is under control.

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drank Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha by 52teas
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I’m not sure if it’s me or the tea, but it tastes really odd to me. The first time I brewed it, it came off as chemical-y. This time, it tastes like cardboard with a green tea background. I’ll put it aside and give it one more try in the future, but if it doesn’t work out, I may have to bin it. :(

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drank Browncoat Genmaicha by 52teas
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Just looked through my Steepster cupboard. I think I had a sipdown of this a while back. I remember enjoying it, but that’s about it.

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drank Qilan Wuyi Oolong by Verdant Tea
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Pleasant, but nothing that stands out in particular. Floral (but not overwhelmingly so), juicy, and sweet-ish with a hint of tartness. I think I prefer the second steep overall.

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drank Jade Oolong by Little Red Cup Tea Co.
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Buttery, green, and a bit floral. Quite refreshing. Even though I’ve recently realised I prefer darker, roasted oolongs, this is still pretty good and can hold up for many short steeps.

Thanks for the sample, Little Red Cup!

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
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Backlog from this morning.

Bumping up the rating because I was having a dark chocolate craving and this really hit the spot. It may become a cupboard staple.

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Found this in my sample box, thought I’d brew it up (at almost 4 AM… my sleep schedule is a bit broken right now).

Really wish I had more than just a sample, this is quite wonderful and has an interesting cooling/sparkling taste that I’m enjoying. Will have to give this some extra appreciation as I sip!

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Have been occupied as of late with grad school. I’ll still be on Steepster, but will mostly be in lurk-mode with the occasional review.

About Me
Student with far too many interests, ranging from medical anthropology to evolutionary biology to bioethics to medicine to computer science to theatre, and lots more.

Brewing method is usually Western style for black teas (2-3 minutes at near-boiling), “grandpa style” for shu pu’ers and longjing, and gongfu (with a gaiwan) short steeps for sheng and shu pu’ers (two 5-second rinses, then 5, 10, 15-second steeps with a gradual increase in steep times to taste). The gaiwan is also used for oolongs though I sometimes use a brew basket if the gaiwan is occupied and I’m taking a break from pu’er.

I enjoy black teas, pu’er, and oolongs (leaning towards aged, cliff/Wuyi, or roasted/dark), depending on my mood. I don’t usually drink green tea but do enjoy a cup every so often.

My rating methods have changed over time and as a result, they’re very inconsistent. For the most part, as of 11 November 2014, unless a tea is exceptional in some way (either good or bad), I will refrain from leaving a numerical rating.

I plan to give my rating system an overhaul and will eventually get around to rescaling older ratings.

99 & 100: I will go to almost any lengths to keep this stocked in my cupboard.
90-98: I’m willing to or already do frequently repurchase this when my stock runs low.
80-89: I enjoy this tea, and I may be inclined to get more of it once I run out.
70-79: While this is a good tea, I don’t plan on having it in constant supply in my tea stash.
50-69: This might still be a good tea, but I wouldn’t get it myself.
40-49: Just tolerable enough for me to finish the cup, but I don’t think I’ll be trying it again any time soon.
Below 40: Noping the heck out of this cup/pot.

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