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Anyone who follows me know that green teas aren’t really my favorite. I also adore swaps and getting teas that are outside my comfort zone from the generosity of other.
This one came from "TheTeaFairy* . I love all the cute things she writes on the packages – this one she wrote: “not too vegetal, never know you might like it”. Ok – I’ve been surprised before.

And I’m surprised again. This is probably one of the best green teas I’ve tried. It’s not too floral, it’s not too grassy, it’s not too vegetal – it’s just nice and light, not bitter. Fun little green tea. Green teas will never be my favorite, but I could drink a cup of this on occasion. Thanks TheTeaFairy

TheTeaFairy

OMG, really??? So happy, yay!! I love it with food, a nice palate cleanser.

Dexter3657

Interesting that you say that you love it with food. I drink green tea at Chinese restaurants – they put a pot on the table and I drink it. At home, not so much. Maybe I just need to remember to pull in out with Asian style foods. I was drinking it with the curry tonight – could that be it? Interesting comment, will take that into consideration, thank you for pointing it out. :))

TheTeaFairy

I drink most of my green teas with food, especially Sencha and Dragonwell, my two favourite types. It just pairs well I guess, you,d be surprised, you might even like the more vegetal ones that way.

Dexter3657

LOL now the hard part is going to be finding straight green in my house. I do have a tin of cheap Chinese market green that I like cold steeped with fruit tisane. Might need to find another sample or two to experiment with. LOL No you don’t need to send me any ;)) – I have a sample coming in my subscription box….

TheTeaFairy

Lol, too late, you know I will…

Dexter3657

I know but it was worth a try. :))

Stephanie

This one is great

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drank Puerh Tuo Cha by Butiki Teas
585 tasting notes

This was another toucha that the wonderful TheTeaFairy sent me.

I was drinking both this one and the Teavivre one today. I’ve been looking to find “leather” in pu’erh. Lots of people say that they taste “leather”. I don’t understand what the leather is. TheTeaFairy said that this one doesn’t have leather but the Teavivre one does. So I was drinking them side by side trying to see if I could pick out what was different.
Shrug – I’m no further ahead. This doesn’t taste like pu’erh to me – did you steep it long enough was the question – shrug dunno – second steep I let it go forever. Still not what I what I think of as pu’erh. I’m not saying this was undrinkable of anything like that. This just seemed like more of a black tea than a pu’erh to me.
This didn’t really help me find the leather. Oh well – thanks TheTeaFairy for the opportunity.

boychik

I find leather and prunes notes in Haiwan factory

Dexter3657

Thanks boychik – I have Haiwan factory pu’erh here – will have to take notice the next time I drink it. :))

boychik

Is it mini tuo cha? Maybe not accurate.

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The amazing TheTeaFairy sent me this one in a box awhile ago. Thank you so much.

This is a really nice everyday pu’erh. It’s everything that I think a pu’erh should be – a little musty and a little earthy. There isn’t anything offensive here, just a nice shu. I like it’s simplicity. Some of my absolute favorite pu’erh is more complex than this, but sometimes you just want something nice and easy. This works for those situations.

Thanks TheTeaFairy for sending this one my way – I didn’t find the leather, but was nice to spend a couple of hours with this one today.

TheTeaFairy

Glad you liked this one, my favourite everyday pu’erh, like you said, sometimes you just want nice & easy ( lol, the leather just doesn’t want you to find it!)

Dexter3657

LOL after today’s experiment I’m going to just quit looking for it – maybe if I stop looking it will suddenly make it’s self known.

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drank Chocolate Chai by Zen Tea
585 tasting notes

This is just ok for me. This is the second chai that I’ve had today that wasn’t really chai for me. This is black tea with a bit of spice and a hint of chocolate. It’s like the blenders couldn’t commit to the concept. I would prefer this if it were more chai and more chocolate.
Thank you TheTeaFairy for sending this one my way.

Tealizzy

I have still yet to have a chocolate chai I really liked, except for maybe RiverTea’s granny’s cake, but that is more like chocolate spice cake. The Starbucks version tastes like soap, and other ones I’ve had don’t really taste like chocolate. If you find a good one, let me know!

TheTeaFairy

I find most chai from flavoured tea company are not “real chai”. I am very curious to try the blends from Epices de Cru eventually…

Dexter3657

Will do – I’m still questing for my favorite chai – I’ve tried a gazillion of them and none are as good as the one that I’m hoarding because I don’t really know where I got it – and where ever it was it isn’t available anymore. Would like to just send the last of my sample to a tea blender and have some custom made – but I’m not even sure who does that.
In the meantime I will continue to try all chai that comes my way and if I find a decent chocolate one, will let you know. :))

boychik

have you tried Yogic chai? they have very good reviews

Dexter3657

It’s on my wish list!!! But you have to order 4oz and their shipping rates to Canada are insane. Was hoping to swap for some before committing to that much tea with crazy shipping charges. :((

Tealizzy

Rishi makes a fabulous masala chai, and I just went to their website and they do have a chocolate version! I’m gonna have to check that out sometime.

Tealizzy

Not so great steepster reviews on the rishi chocolate chai, but maybe we should just blend our own? I mean, add some cacao shells or a really great chocolate tea to a really great chai? Will let you know if I try that!

Dexter3657

I’ve thought about blending my own – I just haven’t even started yet, would need to do some research on the amount of each spice. If we found the blend of spices that work for us then yes, you could add it to a chocolate tea or even to something like Laoshan Black. LOL I need holidays to work on all the projects that I would like to do…

Dexter3657

Rishi is another company that doesn’t have great shipping rates to Canada – unless you order over 100.00 then it’s only 15.00. :((

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drank Energizing Chai by Zen Tea
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This was in the amazing/wonderful overly generous package that I received for TheTeaFairy.
I was in desperate need of energy today – this seemed like the obvious choice. This isn’t really chai – it’s more of a “wellness” tea to me. It is spicy but not really chai like, it has some undefined “herbal” quality to it.
I don’t think this gave me any energy, and I don’t think it’s a chai. Another tea that is totally named incorrectly.

TeaBrat

false advertising!

Dexter3657

I just wish companies would name the teas to what they actually are.

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drank Strawberry Kiss by Tealux
585 tasting notes

The oolong in this blend is too green for me. I would prefer an oolong that has been oxidized more.
The strawberry in this is really nice, but not enough of it. The floral in the green oolong shoves the strawberry into the background.

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drank Walnut Black by Cornelia Bean
585 tasting notes

Love it – not just nutty – this is walnut. You can actually taste the little bit of bitter that walnut skin has.
If you like walnuts, you will like this.

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Drinking this at work tonight. It’s good, it’s a nice black tea, but there are other Teavivre teas that I like better.
This one just seems a little too – fruity? sweet? something? for me. There is chocolate, there is malt, but there is also a little bitter ? (i don’t think bitter is the right word, but I’m not coming up with anything better).
It’s good, it’s nice, but not something I would restock.

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Woody rooibos with a hint of vanilla. No thank you.

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C.S. Lewis – “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

I needed to update my profile. I joined Steepster 03Mar13. I am just amazed at how much my tastes have changed since then.
When I discovered loose leaf tea about a year and half ago, I didn’t know anything other than my local Davids and Teavana/Teaopia. Stumbling onto Steepster CHANGED EVERYTHING.
Hello, my name is Dex I’m a tea addict.
I’ve been through the “I need to try every single tea out there” phase. I really hope the worst of that has passed. I’ve learned enough to know that I only need to try HALF of all the teas out there. LOL
When I started this journey, I was all about the flavored rooibos and fruity tisanes. Don’t get me wrong there is still room for dessert (chocolate/caramel/nutty) Rooibos teas in my cupboard and I still do enjoy them, BUT I am quickly learning to appreciate the some of the straight teas of the world.
Big bold (but not icky)pu’erh is suddenly my favorite, followed by woody/roasted oolongs. I’m just starting to explore straight black teas, and have found some that I really like.
Generally speaking I’m not into greens at all, only like the occasional green oolong, and white teas are just too mild for my tastes (unless they are fruit flavored). I still enjoy really good fruit tisanes, but am now cold steeping them.
I don’t like floral/herbal blends, and mint anything is not on my preferred list.
I am still exploring new teas, adapting to my changing tastes, understanding more every day how little I really know about tea. Ultimately I would love to find approximately 50 teas that I just “can’t live without” and always have them in my cupboard. That might not be practical, but that what I’m searching for. It’s going to be a fun journey.

All in all, I love this site. I’ve met some wonderful people, and have gotten to try some amazing teas because of them. It really restores your faith in humanity when you get a note saying “oh by the way I sent you some tea”. Wonderful, generous, people here.

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