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I tried to get three steeps out of this but the third is a little on the weak side. I should have used less water. I did increase the temp and time but used 8 oz. of water all the way through.

The 1st steep, 1.5 tsp for 8 oz at around 94 C. I was maybe a minute off boil. Seems a little high for oolong but I went for it. I have a giant 250 gram bag of it so I can afford to screw up the first one. However, I did not screw it up. And it was so deliciously banana!

The second and third steep lost most of the banana so being a big banana fan (banana fan first, oolong second) I enjoyed the first steep the most. Still a very good tea. Thank jebus because 250 of the same tea is a lot of tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
JustJames

brave soul…. i discriminate against bananas unless they’re in baked goods…. and then only if there aren’t any nuts! banana in tea? i would need a lot of convincing.

Dexter3657

LOL I’m with you James, bananas belong in bread not tea…..
Glad you are enjoying it Nxtdoor….but not for me

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drank Pink Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
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I would never drink this hot. I have never drank hot lemonade so why on earth would I start now just because the base is tea? I see people think it’s sweet. I actually add sugar to mine. Like southerners add loads of sugar to make their nice sweet ice tea, I do the same both for ice tea and for lemonades. Beverages or foods that make my mouth pucker will seldom find a place in my kitchen.

This tea, I always brew a 1.5 L pitcher combining two steeps. I sweeten it while hot and then I add the ice. To drink, we further pour it over ice. We think it’s refreshing although it does taste kinda fake. And we had a couple of misses with it but I couldn’t tell you what happened.

I prefer the pink Passionfruit and Goji Pop to this one, however I will replenish if it’s gone before the summer is over.

TheTeaFairy

Hot lemonade, bleh! But I’ll take homemade « Kinda fake» tasting lemonade tea as a cold beverage over any type of commercially sold soft drinks, including bottled iced tea :-)

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drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
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It was sipdown day yesterday and I have to say it was not all that satisfying. Most of the time it was probably because I wasn’t in the mood for a particular tea but I would drink it just to finish it off. Or it might be that these are the bits you know you don’t enjoy, which is why they’re still dragging around your cupboard, you couldn’t make yourself drink them when you had so many other tastier alternatives. It really is a moronic thing to do, this planned sipdown thing. if you’re going about it the wrong way it can be a waste of tea. Like the guy who enters a contest to eat the most hot dogs in a minute. He’s not enjoying them, he’s doing it for sport.

So given the mostly failed tea experiences yesterday, I woke up this morning to remedy the situation. And since I’ve been thinking about the peppermint patty since two days ago when I had it, and since everyone is still talking about it, I made myself some. All is right with the world.

I hope this tea is around for a long time because it is so so good it makes you want to weep. In a good way. It is a masterpiece.

TheTeaFairy

Ahh! Nxtdoor, I love your attitude this morning :-) Tea is there to please, why on earth should you ever «force» yourself on stuff you don’t like, lol! I’m not much of a «sipdownn» person I guess… Maybe it has to do with the fact that I live a frantic life and tea exists only to slow me down? This one is the bomb of mint teas :-)

Nxtdoor

Yes. I have had some mint teas, in fact I have three presently still in my cupboard but this is by far the best.

Cavocorax

:) You’ve got some good points about the sipdown thing. I try to make sure I drink teas I know I like every day, and then either finish off some older ones (which make me happy) or try new ones. Sipdowns are fun because it makes me feel like I’m getting control of my cupboard, but I try to choose teas I’m in the mood for – otherwise I might as well just throw the leaves out unbrewed!

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Cavocorax, don’t worry, I do understand that part, my cupboad could use some major sipdowns, believe me! But I gave up altogether about being in control of it…let’s face it, it controls ME!!

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drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
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I don’t know what I did to this tea today but it tasted so different than my first attempt which was oh so yummy. I timed it but it almost tasted like I overstepped or something. I failed to get a lot of tamarind and then as it cooled it got bitter. Can’t figure out what I did. I know it’s good because I had it before. Anyway, I took the last of the sample from Dexter3657 and I am cold steeping it in a jar till tomorrow. We’ll see what happens.

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drank Japanese Cherry by PureAromaTea
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Buh-bye sample from Sil ! You were not all that cherry, just so you know. Actually, you were more nori than cherry at my second attempt. Not a fan on the liquid nori, sorry! You would make a good sushi tea I think.

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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
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Still my favourite tea to make Ice tea with. Sadly, I only have one cup’s worth left. And this is after restocking already. But I forgot to reorder with my last DT order and now I will have to wait a long time because it’ll be a while for the next DAVIDs. Hopefully the teas I did order, in massive quantities, will be just as good. My hopes are resting now on Paradise Found since I bought more than 0.5 lb (250 gr)

Goji pop is lovely. The melon comes through so nicely, probably more than any berry or other ingredient for that matter. It is a nice “juice” tea.

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drank Irish Breakfast by Butiki Teas
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drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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The houses on either side of ours have put in small above ground pools this week (there must have been a sale?) so I’m sitting here trying to enjoy myself on dry land with the sounds of water splashing all around me. So I’m taking out my large pitcher of Kanpe and trying to pretend that i also have a pool. if they splash hard enough I might even get a spray!

Getting back to this giant pitcher, sample sipdown, by the way, Dexter3657 so loved this tea that she sent me a generous sample thinking I will absolutely love as well and therefore will need a giant bag of it :) Not so.

This still tastes like apple cider to me, I think partly because of the cinnamon. I cold steeped it and am having it with a slice of lemon and some ice cubes. It is a pretty orange-pink tea but the only way for me to drink this is if I booze it up. It really is not a bad tea, I just don’t like apple cider. Maybe i should try this in the winter, hot, with a slice of orange and a cinnamon stick floating ’round.

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drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
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Thank you Sil for this sample! (And it’s a sipdown!)

When I saw the two tea bags I wondered why I got two. Not complaining, just wondering. It all became clear once I read all the Steepster notes — people complaining one bag lead to weak tea —so I hot steeped both of them in just over 8 oz of water, added a slice of lemon and stuck it in the fridge to have for later. Now Sil instructed me to steep with boiling water, which I disregarded, and went with water just shy of boiling. I was afraid of wrecking it.

It’s a citrus tea. For me, with the ice and the slice of lemon it’s pretty much lemonade. It is a good green, it didn’t go bitter on me and you can’t really taste much of the base — hence my calling it lemonade. Patio umbrella is up, ice cubes and vodka in, let the weekend begin!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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So this bag that I’m holding reads “Roasted Cocoa Mint” — Yerba Mate. Yet steepster insists it is called something else. I would have edited the info except it was Fusion Teas themselves who updated this info last month. Mindhump?!? The ingredients in here are exactly as those on my bag, in the same exact order. So get from this what you will.

The tea is good. The dry leaf smells of chocolate. there are some rather large chocolate chips in it. Not many, but on the large side. The yellow petals (marigold?) and toasted rice are also not hard to find. Everything else, you need good eyes for, it’s sparse.

Brewed, 1.5 tsp for 5.30 minutes the tea is dark and smells mostly of mint. Ditto for the taste, mostly mint. There’s some oily stuff floating on the surface and leaving a ring on the teacup. It also has a lot of sediment on the bottom and this is after transferring! I steeped in DAVIDs steeper and then I transferred to a teapot where the resteep will also go, on top. Yah, I will be blending the two steeps.

Anyway, It’s not a bad tea if you’re in the mood for mint. You have to be in the mood for mint because it is mint first and cocoa and everything else second.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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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, I’m a chef and a wine lover with a trained palate but find that I lack the linguistic prowess for tea tasting notes. Now there’s something to learn!

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.

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