100
drank Choconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
96 tasting notes

While my grandmother is sitting on a beach in Cuba – scratch that, she’s most likely in her hotel room complaining about having to be there for free – I’m stuck in -40C weather. Not that I’m bitter or anything….* grumble *

Had this today and it made my day so much better. Steeped it 4 times.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
yyz

My sympathies, I would love to be there too. Where is she vacationing?

Yvonne

Some small remote island off the coast. Either way, I’m so jealous it hurts. :P

yyz

Cayo largo? It’s nice and quiet there with only @4 resorts. The fly ins gorgeous. But it is pretty isolated. You really have to want a beach vacation. I’d be jealous too! On the other hand, I can’t say I’ve had nice tea in Cuba, usually just chamomile. They do have some awesome coffee. Hope your Grandma has a nice time!

Yvonne

I’d be happy with any vacation right now, haha! I believe it’s somewhere called Santa Maria or something though? She only ran it by me once.
I’ve heard of Cuban coffee being very good!
Thanks, I hope she does too!

yyz

Opposite coast! I can imagine! This is the first real winter that I remember in a long time. Pretty spoiled, right? Oh well, to live vicariously through friends and relatives. One of my friends is on a ship circumnavigating Africa, another is in the Philippines, another in Mumbai…I wish.

Jen M

I’ve been to Santa Maria (and Cayo Largo, amongst other places in Cuba). Beautiful, remote little place. Not much to do, but if you want a vacation where you sit on the beach, walk on the beach, drink on the beach, and eat on the beach it’s the place for you!
Your grandmother sounds like my dad. Always complaining about everything on vacation, and then the very last second right before stepping on the plane to come home the vacation is finished with “that was a nice time. I can’t believe it’s over so soon.” WE ALL CAN.

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yyz

My sympathies, I would love to be there too. Where is she vacationing?

Yvonne

Some small remote island off the coast. Either way, I’m so jealous it hurts. :P

yyz

Cayo largo? It’s nice and quiet there with only @4 resorts. The fly ins gorgeous. But it is pretty isolated. You really have to want a beach vacation. I’d be jealous too! On the other hand, I can’t say I’ve had nice tea in Cuba, usually just chamomile. They do have some awesome coffee. Hope your Grandma has a nice time!

Yvonne

I’d be happy with any vacation right now, haha! I believe it’s somewhere called Santa Maria or something though? She only ran it by me once.
I’ve heard of Cuban coffee being very good!
Thanks, I hope she does too!

yyz

Opposite coast! I can imagine! This is the first real winter that I remember in a long time. Pretty spoiled, right? Oh well, to live vicariously through friends and relatives. One of my friends is on a ship circumnavigating Africa, another is in the Philippines, another in Mumbai…I wish.

Jen M

I’ve been to Santa Maria (and Cayo Largo, amongst other places in Cuba). Beautiful, remote little place. Not much to do, but if you want a vacation where you sit on the beach, walk on the beach, drink on the beach, and eat on the beach it’s the place for you!
Your grandmother sounds like my dad. Always complaining about everything on vacation, and then the very last second right before stepping on the plane to come home the vacation is finished with “that was a nice time. I can’t believe it’s over so soon.” WE ALL CAN.

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My name is Yvonne. I’m 20 and live in a snowy Canadian wasteland known as Manitoba.

I’m relatively new to the loose tea world, although I used to drink generic Red Rose tea constantly. A friend introduced me to a Teavana tea one chilly winter and I got myself slightly intrigued. Went to purchase it myself, used shoddy equipment to prepare it, and was discouraged.

Christmas 2013 rolled around, and despite having an awful holiday for other reasons, I received some of Teavana’s Cha Yen Thai as a gift after asking for chai tea. I went out and bought a proper infuser cup and was instantly hooked. Now my tea collection is steadily growing! I’m obsessed!

I like:
Dessert teas, black teas, oolong, rooibos, pu’erh, mate, chai, chamomile, chocolate, coconut, cinnamon, pineapple, tropical mixes, nutty, sweet, complex flavours, indulgent flavours

I do NOT like:
Green teas, herbal teas, white teas, teas too overbearing with fruit, pure tisane, cloyingly sweet teas, hibiscus, peanuts, burning my mouth

I am lactose intolerant (pretty severely, actually – I do not consume any dairy product) but I find that the miniscule amounts of dairy found in some teas don’t bother me for the most part.

100 – My absolute favourite teas. Without them, I will cry salty tears of despair.

99 – 95 – Cream of the crop, although missing SOMETHING to make them a perfect favourite. Not something I couldn’t possibly live without, but pretty darn close. Lots of teas in this category tend to reach 100 eventually.

95 – 75 – Yummy, but if it disappeared tomorrow I’d quietly mourn it for about 15 minutes and move on to a favourite. Leaves something to be desired.

75 – 50 – Passable, but not by much. Something I’d really have to be in the mood for to drink.

50 and lower – Nope nope nope. Not for me. Probably couldn’t or had a hard time finishing the cuppa. Doooown the sink.

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