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drank Coco-Lemon Thai by DAVIDsTEA
450 tasting notes

The thing about not having microwave and trying to reheat Indian food is.. it really makes the aroma sink into everything. I have an easier time heating up rice and veggie dishes on the stove, like eggplant bharta (new favourite thing!), than the meat/potatoes dishes.

Anyways, this tea. I’m not as big a fan as I used to be, but every once in a while I get “cravings” for it (umm..). Today’s cup ended up being in the top percentile of Coco-Lemon Thai cups, which is amazing because I don’t know how long I steeped it or what the temperate of the water was. Somewhere between vindaloo and tandoori chicken tikka.

I want to get over this tea but I can’t- it has that awesome citrus cream thing going for it that I love so much in Della Terra’s Lemon/Lime Chiffon. The whole coconut cream and lemongrass thing gives me a cheery spring vibe. I think this tea was released during the onset of spring last year, so there’s that going into my overall impression too. It’s a tea full of happy (and it goes well with curry).

195 °F / 90 °C

That’s one thing I hate about Indian food! But it’s so delish…ever went to indian restaurant? You come back home smelling like a portable spice boutique!


Ha! That happened to me when I went to an Indian restaurant a few days before going home for the holidays. My jacket smelled like curry for days, so I left it to air out. Luckily when I got back, it was back to normal. Powerful stuff.

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I hate it when I carelessly steep the last of a good tea (it happens way too often). I managed to completely kill this one! Think unsweetened dark chocolate slime mixed with crunchy coffee beans. Bah! I hope I didn’t ruin my chances at a second steep when I dumped all that potential down this bleak pit of lost time and flavour.

Here’s to a very bittersweet sipdown. At least the empty cup smells amazing.

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I am a chronic oversteeper. I usually just dump a little bit out and add more water and keep doing that until I get it to my liking. Most of the time I can get the tea back to exactly how I want it.


I always did that too, until the day I started using the oven timer for steep times. The sound of it going off is so irritating that I HAVE to get up to turn it off, and then there’s my tea right next to me. So I still get a cup of fresh tasting, and still hot tea to drink. (I used to literally leave things for like half an hour before I’d remember them, so it’d be luke warm by the time I’d take the first sip, argh)


I used to rely on our annoying microwave timer but it broke last month, and now I’m in a transitional state for timers. I tend to make tea while getting ready or watching a series, so a timer is a must have for me as well.

I wish I’d thought to add extra water, or at least sucked up my reluctance to add sugar or coconut/almond milk- anything to cut down my mess!

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CrowKettle-It works. I have brewed CTCs for a half an hour and still been able to make them work, even if I did end up having to pour out 9/10 of the cup and add some fresh hot water. I have the same issue too. Our microwave broke last month and we still haven’t replaced it but to be fair I wanted to challenge myself not to use the microwave for a while. It is requiring us to use a lot more pots and pans but I feel like its somehow better for us.


Yeah, supposedly the microwaves kills most (some say ALL depending on who you ask) nutrients in your food, so I try to use it as little as possible now.

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drank Sichuan Caravan by Verdant Tea
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Happy New Year!

I thought I would have this tonight after being without caffeine for two days but it wasn’t meant to be. First the sample bag split open on both ends, and half the tea fell on the dirty floor. Then I unintentionally dumped the rest down the drain when I attempted a rinse. Definitely up their with my top embarrassing sleep deprived moments. I guess the first caffeine beverage of the new year will have to wait another day!

Luckily, I had some a week back via glass gongfu session, although I only got up to 3 steeps. I liked the spice but I wanted to play around with the puerh parameters, as it wasn’t too my taste (too much sweet earth dirt).



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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
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Thank you, Mandala Team, for making my first purchase quick and painless, and for adding extra samples! I haven’t branched out to new companies in a long, long time.

This is delicious. It’s sweet, creamy and cocoa tinged, with a nice finishing accent of pepper spice and sour chips (also smoke in some of the steeps). Smooth cocoa notes come out thicker at the end as it cools a little.

It’s also a relatively forgiving steeper: 1tbsp, first steep boiling for 30sec, in a mug (wait, is this thing more than 8oz?). Second steep 174F (ahhh..nooo!), for 1min. Third steep, boiling 1min (this is gold).

This is turning out to be a rocky session, but the tea plows through all the challenges I present it. Thank you, tea; I’ll treat you (and all puerh) better next time.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Earth, Honey

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Oh wow, you actually made pu-erh sound good to me haha.


love love love this tea!


I picked this one up because of you and all the people you shared it with JustJames! :)

Fjellrev, this puerh is magic. One of the steeps smelled a little fishy but it never translated to the taste.

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drank Napalm Ferret by 52teas
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11/12 teas of Christmas, 2013. Backlog.

Peppers with a bit of banana and smooth gunpowder green turns out to be an interesting combination. Sis and I sipped away at this last night without coming to any major conclusions. If this tea was available all the time and I had easy access to it I’d probably pick some up every now and then.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Sugar Plum Shou Mei by 52teas
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Yes! This is definitely a CrowKettle tea. I’ve never had the actual sugarplum dessert but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying it! This is a sweet and sugary white tea, with a wisp of syrupy stone fruit and a touch of mint. I’m such a sucker for this kind of thing, even if it is kind of crude in a way.

Thank you, Frank, for the fun advent box! Merry Christmas, steepsterites!

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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How am I supposed to drink other breakfast blends after this? The cream and the honeyed caramel notes are delivered as promised. Yet another tea from Verdant that I now wish I had more than a sample of.

Bonnie’s note mentions that this is low in acid? Sounds like a good tea for me! :)

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

I have the summer blend. Do you want my oz?


I need to try this! Yum.




omg..what are we going to do with you! imperial breakfast is yummy! need to find you a tea like LB tastes for us! heh

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drank Candy Corn Black Tea by 52teas
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9/12 teas of Christmas, 2013

I knew this one was in the box from the clue dropped on the thread a while back. Vanilla, caramel candy corn tea, with a nippy and syrupy sweet finish. I like these types of candy in small doses, which makes it easier to resist plucking all five pieces from the dry blend (I only took one).

I’ll try to write something more interesting later.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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The bunny graham is whole!!! (Every time I use more than one exclamation mark I think of Terry Pratchett’s Reaper Man, but I’m good since I’m still under five).

This tea is the sweet taste of spring, although drinking this is not bound to that season. It’s a big cup of delicious vanilla pastry and red berry goodness.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Butter Rum by 52teas
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8/12 teas of Christmas, 2013 (I’m not ready!!)

So far, this box has contained quite a few flavoured black teas. Many of them I’ve enjoyed quite a lot, but eventually the common base starts to numb these sweet teas out for me. Root Beer, Buttered Rum, Buttered Beer.. (OK, that last one isn’t in here but I have some in my stash). Anyways, I’ll admit to tiring of drinking them all concurrently.

My own personal grievances aside, this does smell a lot like spiced rum, with a very convincing candied butterscotch take on the flavour. It IS enjoyable, and I was also curious about this blend too when it came out. :)

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I guess I can’t say I’m completely new, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

My tea preferences have changed a lot since joining here. I swore I’d never love black teas, and now they make up some of my favourites, both flavoured and unflavoured. I prefer my green and oolong teas buttery and roasted.

A good Silver Needle is my desert island tea.


90-100: A Personal Favourite
80-89: Great, buy 25g
70-79: Enjoyable, may buy more
60-69: OK, with some problems
50-59: Flat, but drinkable
30-49: Possibly better in cooking
1-29: This cup found sink


BC, Canada

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