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drank Pitta (Fire) by Sawadee Tea House
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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m trying it iced today (double-strong-then-ice method) and it’s actually really good! I usually only like fruity iced teas but this one is more sweet and creamy. I added just a little agave to bring out the flavours. It’s actually pretty refreshing. I think it would be even better as an iced latte. (Unfortunately I have no milk foamer thingy and am still latte challenged)

Preparation
Iced
DaisyChubb

mm sounds lovely! For my iced lattes I just splash some cold milk in – I can’t be bothered to froth it and then ice it. Lazy? Yes. Delicious? Also yes!

Erin

Hmm, I think I will do that next time! I gotta break out of this no-latte zone.

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I’ve never had a green tea like this before! It really does seem to sparkle in the mouth.
First steep – So bright and clean. A sort of light green flavour. I can’t get over how clear and pristine this is.
2nd – Whoa. This one is stronger and I’m getting an almost citrusy taste. Nice! As it cools it turns more green bean-y.
3rd – I started eating dinner (maple salmon!) here, so I think my taste buds are a little preoccupied (I know, I thought the salmon would take longer to cook!). But this steep was very enjoyable. :)
4th – Okay, done with dinner! Although keep in mind that I did… just eat dinner. But this steep seems more buttery to me.
5th – Super sweet! I’m getting a definite cinnamon-y note.

Mmmm. Sorry this note is so scattered/bad lol. But this tea really is unlike any other green I’ve had. And it changed a lot from steep to steep! Definitely going to have this again, separate from dinner!!
(Also, I see that there is still Golden Fleece available… should I order some?? Hmmmm…)

Bonnie

Are you for real? Buy the fleece girl! I was thinking about this green and the 4 tea’s that are half price right now. Tempting!

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drank Chocolate Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Most. Chocolatey. Tea. Ever. Augh. SO GOOD. This is even better than I remember it being. It gets even better as it cools too!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank David's Darjeeling by DAVIDsTEA
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Morning tea! I find this one naturally pretty sweet, with a musty sort of background. It’s not the brightest black tea, but it’s pleasant. A nice start to the day. I did a second steep for 5 minutes and it was good too.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve been trying to eat healthier, and am using dessert teas to curb my dessert cravings… cause I have a massive sweet tooth. If I still want dessert after I finish my tea, I’ll eat it… but I’m usually good with just the tea! This is one of my favourite dessert teas :)
So yeah if you see a lot of dessert tea notes from me… you will know why haha.

Bonnie

If we had only known! 100 people would have sent you theirs gladly! Me…you could have had all my Carrot Cake!!!

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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Mmmm. This tea.
There’s the spicy, warm-you-up-from-inside quality, balanced by this awesome creaminess that comes out at the end (probably the coconut?). I forgot how freaking delicious this tea is. I wonder if it would be good iced? (Now that it’s summer I’m wondering that about EVERY tea!!)

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec
Jessie

I think it would! I remember wanting to try it iced. Give it a shot.

Daniel Scott

I’m definitely doing that, too. (Eying every tea for icing, that is.)

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Just because it’s almost summer doesn’t mean I can’t drink pumpkin chai!
I’m having it straight up tonight, no milk or sugar or anything. It’s making me allllmost wish it was fall. Well, I wish it would be fall for only as long as it takes me to drink this cup.
It has been waayy too long since I last had a cup of this. It’s an excellent after-dinner tea! Once I finally figure out how to make tea lattes this one will be first in line.

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drank Strawberry Shortcake by DAVIDsTEA
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Well I cold-brewed it for quite awhile, 14 hours at least, and the bitterness and astringency are both definitely gone. Unfortunately, so is most of the flavour… The creaminess kind of comes out in the finish I guess, but otherwise it’s kind of like strawberry-scented water. I put in a good amount of leaf but maybe I’ll try it with even more. And I’ll try it brewed double strong then poured over ice too. I want to make this work!!!

Preparation
Iced
Kittenna

Ok, so the black tea cold-brewed ok? I was wondering about that but didn’t yet make it back to your post to comment about it. Perhaps I’ll try it with a small amount myself.

Tina S.

Black teas are my favourite to cold brew, Krystaleyn! They and whites both thrive that way.

Erin

Yeah I think the tea itself was just fine, there was absolutely NO astringency or bitterness. This is the only black tea I’ve cold-brewed so far though. And Tina I am definitely gonna try cold brewing some white teas soon!

Kittenna

@Red Rose – good to know! I will definitely have to start giving them a try.

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drank Si Ji Chun by Camellia Sinensis
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First time trying this tea! I’m brewing it in the gaiwan.

1st steep – Jasmine aroma with a background resembling a milk oolong. Beautiful light, sweet floral taste. There seems to be the beginnings of a richer taste floating around in the background. A smooth and silky feel. I was having kind of a bad day but this just makes me happy with everything. :)
2 – Pretty jasmine-y up front, with an interesting sweet background. Maybe caramel-y? I’m still pretty bad at identifying flavours __ There’s some nutmeg taste going on too.
3 – Still floral but slightly greener. As it cools I get a distinct vanilla aftertaste. Mmmmm
4 – Quite nutty, the floral taste is still there though. Slightly caramel-y too. This steep was a little light so I’ll give it a few more seconds for the next one.
5 – Very sweet! Kind of toasty now.
6 – Light and very slightly grassy. This steep makes me think of a big meadow on a clear sunny day.
7 – Sweet and caramel-y. Sooo goood. One of the best steeps yet.
8 – A rich green taste with a natural sweetness.
9 – Intense sugary sweet taste up front, with the leafy green in the background. Yum.
10 – I did the thing where you flip the gaiwan over so the leaves are balanced on the lid, then put them back in with the bottom ones on top. Actually they ended up going back in kind of sideways… I’m still not very good at this whole gaiwan thing. I’m not sure if it made much difference, this steep tastes similar to 9 but less sweet.
11 – Ah, there’s the sweetness again. Light and sweet like nectar.

Overall I really enjoyed this oolong. It made my day a lot better!

Bonnie

Good job. This sounds so complex and interesting!

Uniquity

I have never done the flip thing you described in 10 – did it help? Very cool!

Erin

I think it did help to refresh it a little bit, but it would have been better to do it earlier on.

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