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drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
268 tasting notes

A long time ago when I first started drinking loose leaf I thought I was so emancipated (or adventurous) that I could and would drink anything that came my way. So of course I bought 100 grams of Coffee Pu’erh. Why not? I made one cup, struggled, maybe even dumped it and promptly mailed the rest to Dexter3657. All of it except one teaspoon or so, in case this became my love and could never be found again.

Given that it is one of the first teas I purchased, dated sometime last spring, it’s time that I bid it farewell. Either dump it or drink it but I can’t drag it around in the tin anymore. I need the tin :)

And so here I sit with this here tea. I don’t like it. I made it with sugar and creamer so it resembles coffee. And it does, but the pu’erh is stronger. Oh boy. Not as unpleasant as some other pu’erhs I’ve tried, at least this one tastes of something… At long last I can remove it from my cupboard, never to be seen again!

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It’s been a little bumpy over here on the personal front, the kind that has you white knuckling things. And as I try to hold on I think to myself… When you don’t know what to do it is best to do nothing at all. (Or is it?). So I’m job hunting, looking at properties, pondering which to ditch first, the job or the house… But of course have done neither.

I want a lot more than tea but tea I shall have. I’m feeling so bloody idle.

Finished off this pack sent to me by the generous Dexter3657. I remembered it being quite tasty and minty and although I was not in the mood for mint, I can’t say I was in the mood for anything so I decided I might as well drink this to polish it off.


Hopefully things will get easier.

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I will never buy 250 gr of tea sight unseen. I will never buy 250 gr of tea sight unseen. I will never…

I have a ton of this left. A ton! It’s good but not 250 gr good. Mind you it was cheap so no harm.

adagio breeze

I’ll buy some of it from you! I liked the sound of it when it was on clearance, but omg the quantity…


You don’t have to buy. I’ll send. In my last note on this you asked if I was interested and I answered but you must have missed the comment because you never responded. You can send me your address!

adagio breeze

Oh shoot, sorry about that! Thanks so much!

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drank Caribe by Harney & Sons
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I’m trying to avoid this 1.75 L bottle of Bacardi Coconut Rum that my in laws gifted us for watching their dog for five weeks. Uuuuugh. The bloody thing is so delicious. Think of your favourite treat, your guilty pleasure. Whatever it is. Now imagine a large quantity of it in on your living room table. But it’s not good for you so you do your damnedest to resist having it. But all you can do is circle the table, like a dog, eyeballing it and trying to distract yourself. Yeah. Like that.

I made this iced this afternoon and it’s good, I prefer the iced version for sure. I never noticed before how murky the colour is though. My tea mugs are not clear glass and aside from times when I specifically want to assess the colour I never use the glass gaiwan or glass teaware; this is why I never noticed this colour until today. Mmm yeah, colour bad, taste good :) I bet it would be real good with coconut rum in it.

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drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
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Good bye Tamarind Pop!! I received this a while back from Dexter3657 and was happy. Initially she sent me a sample and when I enjoyed that she later sent the rest of the bag.

I made this tonight because I badly need a drink (of the adult kind). I blew off some steam by doing productive things (like grocery shopping and tidying) but when I returned from said chores and was thirsty I decided to make this. I wanted something only lightly flavoured, which I remembered this being, because I wanted a big jar of iced tea. (Damn, those people in House of Cards drink a lot of iced tea)

This tastes only faintly of tamarind but I am quite happy with the amount of flavour I get. Mostly tea, some tamarind. Oversteeping is not a great idea with this one.

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
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Tea from TheTeaFairy, Thank you!

I have been mildly curious about this one but the whole star anise in the dry leaf is not my thing. Interestingly enough, all I can taste is coconut . I can’t taste any licorice. I can totally smell it in the wet leaf but I don’t get any flavour. Not interested in resteeping to see if it will come out especially since I don’t like licorice. Maybe I’ve had the sample too long and didn’t properly care for it.

I’m glad this sample is a sipdown. I will finish the cup. maybe.

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drank Coffee Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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I am on a black tea binge this afternoon. Why, you might ask?

I worked from 5 am to 3 pm today but due to a near electrical fire/power outage we had to halt production and after waiting around for two hours we were finally sent home. You might say “YAY!!” except… we were told to “hang by your phones folks, if you can come back at midnight to finish the job, please do.” This was said in a you-don’t-have-a-choice tone.

And of course since it will be like 1 am, you might as well just start that day’s job after finishing yesterday’s. I know I legally have a choice to refuse but I don’t have another job to go to if things go south.

and so… TEA!!

About this tea all you need to know is that it positively does NOT taste like coffee cake. It tastes like cake, sure, but coffee is not in here. I don’t know what coffee cake these people at DAVIDs have been eating. This smells like Della Terra’s Pineapple Upside Down cake and even tastes like it. Well, some generic cake tea because it also tastes and smells like Red Velvet Cake. So, yeah.

It’s also kinda weak. Can I put Red Bull in here? :)


I don’t think that real coffee cake is supposed to take like coffee though. More like, “something sweet to eat alongside” coffee. Whenever I’ve had that kind of cake myself, I notice a lot of brown sugar crumble.


Aaah. Ok, that might explain a thing or too then :) thanks!

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They say it’s spring as of 12:07 EST today. I’m going by what outside says and it says cold. So I’m by the fireplace with a cup of this and it’s delicious. Many thanks to Dexter3657 for this one. I’ve avoided it because it’s rooibos and also because although I’ve been drinking a pot of tea each night, we’ve been drinking chocolate teas. My partner has gotten into the habit of nightly tea — a lovely habit, don’t you agree? — but she is not adventurous when it comes to her nightly tea. She wants comfort, not surprises, so I never ever make new-to-me tea at night. Kinda like when company is coming for dinner: you make your tried and and true recipes, you don’t subject your guests to something that you just came up with that might be, but most often isn’t, fabulous :)

But she’s not home right now and something about the white chocolate was calling my name. I love this tea. It is quite minty but with some raw sugar and vanilla creamer it is yumm-o! Rooibos only a little at the back and only if you’ve had rooibos before and you know what to look for. Maybe rooibos will come out more later on as it cools but I’m likely not going to see it for this ain’t gonna be cooling!

PS. You all will think i’m NUTS but I can feel the mint in my right ear. (probably from the throat… you know, ENT and all). Dude. I’m nuts

Boiling 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Spring is a prank this year…and yes, it is confirmed, you are nuts :-)


Yay, glad you like that one!!!!
MissB taught me a rooibos trick that may help you. Most companies say something like boiling for 5 minutes for flavored rooibos. If you use 90C for 3 minutes, you get less of the rooibos “taste” that so many of you dislike. If you have any rooibos kicking around that you are avoiding I would give it a try. :))
(Just a little nuts but we love you anyway….)


At least I didn’t say anyone’s aura is brown or some such thing. :)


Haha! Well, well I sure don’t wish a brown aura on anyone!!!
I actually envy you, I love mint so much, wish I could “feel” it in both ears ;-)

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I am getting really frustrated with myself when it comes to this puerh stuff. I have some of the best stuff out there thanks to a wonderful tea benefactor and I can’t seem to appreciate it. I’ve finally made it past the “no thank you” stage and I am at the “if I must” stage.

Some tea people I trust are encouraging and swear they felt the same at the beginning and now they love it but man, how long does it take? I’ve been trying on and off for MONTHS.

But since we are talking about THIS particular one here, I am on my third steep, 1 minute western style for each steeps, plus a rinse at the beginning. The first two steeps the cake remained quite packed, it only now broke apart into what I recognize as loose tea (as opposed to a block). It is still very very dark, I am quite curious as to how long this is going to last. I’m going to keep at it until I taste chocolate, or something other than musty barnyard clothes.

Previous note says the flavour came out in later steeps. I hope so because right now it just sort of tastes like I’m sucking on a snow-soaked wool mitten. I must say it does not taste fishy which is an improvement but it still smells so. Last night I jokingly “offered” my cup to the dog we’re dogsitting, holding in out for her to sniff. No word of a lie, she turned her head and curled her lip. And she usually reacts quite differently when offered things from out cups and plates. :)

PS. this does not pair well with avocado which I happened to have a small amount of since I’m chopping it. I’m sure this morsel of info will be helpful to so many :)


“snow-soaked wool mitten” Jeepers. You’re much more forgiving than I!


LMAO! How did you ever come up with snow-soaked wool mitten? The worst part is I do remember what they taste like!!!


Fairy… I loved snow as a kid. I would be out there for HOURS, my poor mom pleading me to go inside and when I did, my gloves would be soaked, all of me would be soaked. And yes, I’ve sucked on my mittens many, many times.

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BOOOO! I join the hordes of people who say “nay” to this one. How on earth can something called Bailey’s anything be so bad? I did read some of the reviews prior to fixing this pot the way I like (with raw sugar and creamer) and I am thankful I did so. A few tentative sips was all I could manage. Yes, it is bitter! and not much minty. Maybe Bailey’s is not really THE Bailey’s we are all thinking of but some play on words or something.

Anyway, thank you to Dexter3657 who was probably spared tasting this one since she hates mint. No worries, you didn’t miss a thing!

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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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