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One step forward, six steps back…

By which I mean I’m drinking up the last of this, but just added 6 more to my cupboard. So much for “down to 100 or less by the 7th.” Oh well. At least I’ve learned my lesson by now about buying more than sample sizes of anything first-try. (With the exception of Teaopia’s Love Spell, since I’ve never had it before, and it won’t be available soon – may as well just go for the 50g, I know it’s good.) So most of those additions to my cupboard won’t be around for long.

[ Edit: Just discovered that Love Spell is apparently one of Teaopia’s “top 20,” so they are keeping it after all.]

This one is SO good, and a definite re-purchase at some point, even though it is stupidly expensive despite having barely any tea in it. (It is pretty hard to dent my high opinion of DAVIDsTEA, but these days even I have to wince when I open my bag or tin at home and discover, say, the half a slice of dried orange I found in my tin of Mango Madness. Seriously, I paid for the weight of that? What the hell am I even going to DO with that, use it as a cocktail garnish?!)

This is so creamy – especially sweetened with honey, which always adds to or brings out creaminess in teas – and like I said, I love creaminess! Creamy coconut is really the strongest impression I get from this one. Other people have said “caramel” and I get where that’s coming from, but I don’t know if it’s the first description I would have used if I hadn’t seen other people describe this tea that way. Perhaps if you could imagine a fruity version of caramel; that’s what this tastes like. There’s a sweet fruitiness to it under the cream and coconut.

So I guess that’s the mulberries. Although, to be honest, I’ve never had a mulberry. So I’m not sure exactly what they are adding to this tea other than that fruity note.

I decided to try for two steeps of my last leaf of this, so I steeped the first cup for 5 minutes and the second cup for 9, both around 90 degrees. I honestly expected the first cup to be weak, but it really wasn’t…and in the second, if I concentrate, I actually faintly taste the Bai Mu Dan-which-barely-was.

In other news, Tea Annoyances, it really sucks when “your” bathroom in the house is also the main bathroom because you drew the short straw for bedrooms and are the only member of the household without your own bathroom…so everyone uses your bathroom to shower, have baths, shave their legs for two hours, etc. AND YOU DRINK A LOT OF TEA.

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195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more
Bonnie

That is indeed sad! My. 16 year old granddaughter has to share with her 3 little brothers! Yuck! 10 people, 3 bathrooms and 3 teenage girls! Not good!

Kittenna

Do you know where the ‘top 20’ list might be found online? Also, I found the mulberries were definitely what gave it the caramelly taste. I found them at Bulk Barn after having this tea and picked up some to eat. If I picked this tea up again, I’d probably fortify my cup with extras :D

Also – the bathroom thing sucks! I’m lucky I usually drink tea in the evening when people are sleeping (also, my house has three bathrooms and four people over the summer!)

Daniel Scott

@Bonnie – Oh wow, 10 people, 3 of them teenage girls and only 3 bathrooms? I can only imagine the fights!

@Kittenna – Interesting, I will have to try mulberries!

And here you go: http://www.teavana.ca/teaopia/teaopia_faq.htm

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Bonnie

That is indeed sad! My. 16 year old granddaughter has to share with her 3 little brothers! Yuck! 10 people, 3 bathrooms and 3 teenage girls! Not good!

Kittenna

Do you know where the ‘top 20’ list might be found online? Also, I found the mulberries were definitely what gave it the caramelly taste. I found them at Bulk Barn after having this tea and picked up some to eat. If I picked this tea up again, I’d probably fortify my cup with extras :D

Also – the bathroom thing sucks! I’m lucky I usually drink tea in the evening when people are sleeping (also, my house has three bathrooms and four people over the summer!)

Daniel Scott

@Bonnie – Oh wow, 10 people, 3 of them teenage girls and only 3 bathrooms? I can only imagine the fights!

@Kittenna – Interesting, I will have to try mulberries!

And here you go: http://www.teavana.ca/teaopia/teaopia_faq.htm

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I’ve always been a tea drinker – I grew up drinking Tetley’s Orange Pekoe and their Chai, and considered myself to really like tea.

I’ve been working various retail jobs to put myself through higher education. One day at my store, a customer left a newly purchased bag of loose-leaf behind. We waited for three days for said customer to return, but they (likely not realizing where they had left their bag) did not return to claim the would-be brew. Too bad for them; lucky for me! I claimed the bag, took it home, and awkwardly made my first cup of loose-leaf tea with the only strainer we owned which was small enough.

I haven’t bothered with Tetley since. For the most part (and due to convenience), my patronage is limited to David’s Tea and Teavana. I also order from 52teas and Verdant Tea.

My rating system – hah, I don’t have a rating system. I rate teas a lot like Ebert rates movies. Everything’s relative.

I may often forget to mention it, but you can safely assume everything I drink is sweetened in one way or another – most rock sugar, or honey for green and white teas. I have not yet achieved drinking most tea clear. The few teas I drink unsweetened include milk oolong and genmaicha so far.

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