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Oh my god, you guys, this is amazing. Without anything inside it! Holy crapola, why did I only buy 1 oz? Oh yah, I know, I’ve been hit and miss with green teas. Oooooh, this is so going on the permanent fixture in the cupboard because I have not come across many teas, especially flavoured teas, I can enjoy it without additives and so I need more. I think so far there are exactly three teas in my cupboard that I don’t add anything to when I drink. Three out of almost 100. (No, my virtual cupboard is not a reflection of the actual one, no 1-2 cup samples ever get added to the cupboard).

I was curious and, at the same time, afraid of this tea. I steeped at 160 which I thought was on the low end, I usually do 165 to 170 but went with the steeping instructions from here. I also forgot to set the timer but washed two pots while it steeped which could not have taken longer than 2 minutes.

The almond flavour in here is amazing. Forget biscotti, it’s like some sort of ice cream. There’s a bit of oily film across the top but can be easily dismissed. As it cools it is even more flavourful. The aftertaste lingers for quite a bit as well which gives it additional bonus points from my end. The dry leaf is full of nut crumbs. The leaf itself is not as green as I’ve seen in other green teas but I’m far from a connoisseur so I’m not going to give it much thought, it’ll just remain an observation.

I’m going to make a giant pot of this seeing how I, aided by my lovely ball and chain, already drank the 16 oz I made for our first try.

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160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

I almost made an order solely due to this tea. It sounds great, but is it really sweet like most of their other teas?

Nxtdoor

I don’t know, incendiare! I like sugar in my tea but I didn’t add any in here. I don’t think it’s sweet but you can’t take my word for it. I can send you some when I get back from Europe in the new year. I’m leaving in 3 days so can’t do a proper swap now.

keychange

This sounds amazing, and I especially feelI can trust your impression because like me, you add things to tea. But I must ask: does this taste “green”? like, grassy? plant-like? Because that’s mostly why I avoid most greens. But now I’m tempted!

Nxtdoor

Not to me, keychange. I thought of you as I was drinking it, I almost mentioned you in the note itself because I know you also add sugar and dairy. Also, I know what you mean about it tasting green. The strawberries and cream I had from DT tastes green, like I’m eating the leaves of strawberries. The almond biscotti is less green, shall we say, but you will know you are drinking a green tea. I can’t explain. The thing with the almond is that there’s so much of it and it’s so creamy that it just sweeps you off your feet. It’s more almond than green. The strawberries and cream one is more green than strawberry if it makes any sense.

keychange

That makes sense! (I think). I’m going to order some and try it! haha I’m flattered that you thought of me: we sugar and dairy folk need representation!

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Fjellrev

I almost made an order solely due to this tea. It sounds great, but is it really sweet like most of their other teas?

Nxtdoor

I don’t know, incendiare! I like sugar in my tea but I didn’t add any in here. I don’t think it’s sweet but you can’t take my word for it. I can send you some when I get back from Europe in the new year. I’m leaving in 3 days so can’t do a proper swap now.

keychange

This sounds amazing, and I especially feelI can trust your impression because like me, you add things to tea. But I must ask: does this taste “green”? like, grassy? plant-like? Because that’s mostly why I avoid most greens. But now I’m tempted!

Nxtdoor

Not to me, keychange. I thought of you as I was drinking it, I almost mentioned you in the note itself because I know you also add sugar and dairy. Also, I know what you mean about it tasting green. The strawberries and cream I had from DT tastes green, like I’m eating the leaves of strawberries. The almond biscotti is less green, shall we say, but you will know you are drinking a green tea. I can’t explain. The thing with the almond is that there’s so much of it and it’s so creamy that it just sweeps you off your feet. It’s more almond than green. The strawberries and cream one is more green than strawberry if it makes any sense.

keychange

That makes sense! (I think). I’m going to order some and try it! haha I’m flattered that you thought of me: we sugar and dairy folk need representation!

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Im a fairly recent follower of the loose leaf tea drinking cult. March 2013 to be exact. Never been much into tea before. Growing up in Romania, tea was something mom made for you when you were sick. As an adult, my hot beverage of choice has been coffee, both flavoured and regular. I’ve recently stumbled upon Teavana and DAVIDs TEA and quickly got addicted to the latter. Then came steepster and all else followed.

Formerly a mathematician and insurance adjuster, I gave up the corporate world and am now a professional chef. I drink wine and sometimes cheat on it with tea.

I prefer flavoured teas. It’s probably the newbie in me. I just don’t get cravings for a straight black tea. If I end up having one, I drop in a slice of lemon and artificial rum flavouring (ugh, what moron admits to this?). A black tea fixed this way reminds me of skating at an outdoor rink as a young one, with a thermos full of tea made just as I described..

Im learning so I drink them all. everything! Am even introducing myself to pu’erh. So far I can do fine with the sheng cause frankly, they don’t taste like pu’erh to me. The shou is another story.

NOTE: The virtual cupboard does NOT contain any of the samples I hold since most of them are one-cup quantity. Home improvements, mortgage, travel, wine and food have budget priority over tea.

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