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drank Maharaja Chai Oolong by Teavana
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This tea is surprisingly spicy. The leaves are green and brown. I have no brain left as I had to get up this morning to temp at 7am.

I like it, although it is a bit over the top with the spice, which isn’t backed up so well with the oolong. If it were an herbal chai blend I’d be more likely to try to keep it stocked, but even as it is I think I’ll occasionally be stopping by a Teavana to replenish.

I had it with milk and sugar. Not much, just enough to try to make it richer/creamier. Didn’t really work.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I got suckered into the $10 off $20 sbux Teavana coupon, and bought 4 teas (spent $20! Super pleased with myself!).

This is the first one I decided to try. It’s OK. Yes, it’s nutty, but I taste the flavouring and there’s very little oolong. It might be contributing to the metallic taste, but I’m going to attribute that to the flavour.

Not one I’d get again, but it’s good enough for a caffeine boost at work tomorrow! Doesn’t need milk and sugar, but is somewhat improved by it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Pink Grapefruit by Steam Tea House
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This one also works well as a DavidsTea Tea Pop! Just FYI.

I was SO thirsty tonight. A caramel rooibos tea while out, then 32 oz of iced teas when I got home. Well. Time to sleep now. Hope I don’t have to get up too often…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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So while I can’t stand this as a hot tea, and cold steeped it’s nothing to write home about either, it works really well following DavidsTea’s Tea Pop recipe!

1.5 tbsp tea, 1/2 cup-ish water. A 16 oz mug half filled with ice. Steep the tea as per the instructions (temp and time), pour over ice, add 1 cup club soda.

I also added about 1 tsp honey to this one, as I know I don’t care for the tea. And… SUCCESS! So happy I can drink this tea up now. It tastes mostly of vanilla, with hints of berry. Yum.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Nice! Sometimes those yucky teas actually work for different purposes. Other times, they don’t. Glad it’s not a total throwaway!

OMGsrsly

It’s still close, but not quite there. :)

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This smells delicious and wonderful this.. uhh.. morning.

Yeah, my sleeping schedule is completely out of whack. And surprise!! Tomorrow I’m working at 7am! Should be interesting. I need to plan my teas, so I don’t get sucked into drinking coffee.

This is a delicious dessert tea to celebrate Real Work. By Real Work I mean work I don’t do sitting around my house in my PJs.

Sadly, I think I understeeped or under leafed it. The tea isn’t coming through so well, although the chocolate, toffee and hazelnut are.

A good cup to absentmindedly drink as I organize for tomorrow. Thanks, CrowKettle!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Lilysmom

I have lapsed into drinking mid morning coffee at work……because, sometimes I need to “wake up and be alert right now!”…..as opposed to……“chill…..sip…..you will wake up eventually….”…..which is the more gentle wake up I get with tea……I really crave tea at night…..black caffeinated tea……(which, probably, is why I need the early morning coffee……)….

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drank Grapefruit Dragon by Butiki Teas
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Hrmm. Maybe this is just getting old. Or maybe the water I used was still too hot. I’m not getting much grapefruit from this at all. Just seaweedy spinachy green tea.

It’s good green tea, for sure. It’s just missing the grapefruit.

CrowKettle

I find the temperature difference in this one strongly affects how much grapefruit I get out of it; I had strong grapefruit sessions as well as cups that mainly tasted of the buttery base.

That being said, I think I got that batch shortly after the mess with Hurricane Sandy (early November?) so the leaves might be getting tired by now. :)

OMGsrsly

Good to know! I’ll have to try it again. The base is really nice, even though it’s getting older. :)

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Today is definitely a caffeine day.

I had some of that Happy Planet smoothie that has Yerba Mate, and now this. After this, probably some breakfast tea. Mmm.

Mostly my asthma is terrible. Allergies are also making things annoying. That means my sleeps aren’t restful and I’m waking up feeling like I’m hungover. I should remember to take some Reactine today! (Ok, did that.)

I do like this one in 50/50 milk/water, to give it that hot chocolate/ovaltine taste. I’ve tossed in a few pieces of Chicory Dickory Dock today, as I’ve found love in After Dark by Steam, which is chicory and chocolate. I won’t go out of my way to get a tonne of this tea, but I do like it and am enjoying what I have, for what it is. Which is a tea that doesn’t work in plain water. :)

Om nom nom.

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drank After Dark by Steam Tea House
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Oh, this is so so so so good. The chocolate essence is deep dark 90% chocolate flavour. There isn’t so much chicory in here that it’s ridiculously bitter like chicory dickory dock (although that might be the vanilla).

I’ve been enjoying this heated on the stove top in 50/50 water and almond milk. I don’t add sugar to this one. I also only use 1 tsp per giant mug (about 20 oz), and steep for 10 or more minutes. This tea is heavy, so you don’t get a lot. I prefer a longer steep to get all the spicey goodness out, as well as conserve the tea.

It’s OK in water, but since the tea tastes like an amazing mix of ovaltine and coffee substitute with a splash of chai spice, I do prefer it with at least 50% milky stuff.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Sil

Mmmmm sounds really nice

OMGsrsly

I love these kinds of drinks. :)

Sil

May have to swap with you sometime for some of these from steam house :)

OMGsrsly

Ooo… a Sil-swap is definitely something to look forward to. You’ve tried so many teas!

Sil

haha OMG but i still haven’t tried ALL THE TEAS! and you have a few that sound delicious! plus..um fellow canuck!

OMGsrsly

Not everything I have is even in my cupboard. I’ve been so lazy recently! Anything at Steam is fair game, though. I will take ANY excuse to go down there!

Sil

Hmmmm…..good to know lol

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drank Earl Grey Special by Tea Centre
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Made cake. With tea. http://www.shutterbean.com/2012/chocolate-earl-grey-cake/

It’s all I can do to not dig into it right this minute, but I have to save it for tomorrow.

It’s so good, people. So. Good. The extra floral of this earl grey really adds to the cake, but I imagine it’d be excellent with pretty much any tea you favour. Jasmine, chai, vanilla, strawberry, rose…

(I just use milk with lemon or vinegar to sour it, since I’m lazy and don’t always have yogourt. I also use 1 1/2 cups sugar as I prefer my baking less sweet.)

(Also, I really dislike this tea for drinking, unless I’m super careful and do a hot brew then pour it over ice. And add some citrus pieces. Too floral for me.)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Kenyan Tinderet by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh, wow. I steeped at about 98C for 3 minutes like I usually do with black teas. The colour is a gorgeous red-brown, and looks like it would be a perfect base for a spiced Thai iced tea recipe.

The tea? Oh geez. Bitter AND astringent. Behind the blech are some lovely malty and floral notes.

I ended up adding a bunch of milk and more honey than I usually do, but I think I’m going to dump this and try brewing with much cooler water for 2 minutes.

Edit: And as I sat here applying for work and eating my stew, the tea is gone. Maybe I don’t dislike it as much as I thought it did? Or maybe I just wasn’t paying attention and would have drank pretty much anything.

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

I had similar initial thoughts, but it has really grown on me. Because it’s a CTC leaf, I find I use about 1/3 the amont of leaf for the perfect cup. but that’s just me.

OMGsrsly

It’s so weird because I have some (admittedly old) CTC Assams that I love. This one is just those times a lot on the astringent/bitter scale. I’ll try using less leaf, as well as a bit cooler temperature. :)

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

No: Spearmint or peppermint, licorice root, gluten (cookie bits, wheat, rye, barley, I’m OK with oats)

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