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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
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So I decided to finish up a sample, and then found a HUGE FULL BAG of it in the cupboard. Which I think is my own fault, actually… The sample was from Kittenna, but the huge bag is from Bonny. Thanks so much, both of you!

This is… not a white tea. Why was it in my white tea box? It’s a carby sweet potato-y, fairly thick, yunnan black. Like so many of the fuzzy black teas Dexter has shared with me. There isn’t really a peppery note to this one, though. It’s just carby and sweet-ish and smooth.

Pretty nice! I don’t know that I’d go out of my way to get this one (and I’m also happy to share what I have!), but it’s tasty!

(There’s one from Han Xiang Ecological that is amazing when I steep it grandpa style. That is my favourite golden fuzzy tea I think, because it stands up to whatever I throw at it. I think it’s this one. My notes are so bad. http://steepster.com/teas/han-xiang-ecological-tea/49946-yunnan-dian-hong-gold-bud )


MMMMmmmmmmmmmmmm Golden Fleece is a really nice fluffy black


It’s definitely good, but its missing a certain je ne sais quois that some of the others I’ve tried have.

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drank Black Pearl Sumatra by Tealux
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An old sample from Dexter.

I have so many black tea samples to drink up.

This one is so good.

Steeped a couple times. I didn’t time it. “Does that look like a good colour? How does it smell? Ok, I’ll drink that…”

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Seriously such an amazing sick tea. Even though I totally should have steeped it in a baggie because holy smokes, this is murky.

Oh well.

Still tasty, especially with some honey added. Sorry to see you go, tea, but I do know where I can get you locally… so that’s OK. :)




It’s just a medicinal herbal tea. Doesn’t have licorice in it, but hyssop tastes licorice-y and the berry leaves make it taste kinda like berries. IDK. I like these kinds of things.

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Steeping this sample from Dexter on my desk today, which means hotter water and shorter steeps.

Mmm. This is tasty. Not sure how to describe it really, quite fruity. Maybe cherry wood. Some citrus. Malt.

Yep, I still like this one. Thanks so much for the sample! :)

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drank Cranberry Hibiscus by Bulk Barn
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Some of this mixed with the last of the Raspberry Balsamico.

With honey.

And still – holy smokes, that is so sour I don’t want to drink it.

Ok, back to the tea kettle.


I tried cold brewing some for 4 hours too. It was TERRIBLE. I got rid of it all. :/ Oh well.

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drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
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Favourite tea. Such a good one to have when I’m sick.

Definitely need to keep my eyes open for this one. If they’re discontinuing it, maybe I can get a 250g bag…

Roswell Strange

I’d be sorely tempted to split a 250g bag with you if you don’t want a full 250g…


You wouldn’t want a full 250g? :) I could probably be persuaded to split one. Maybe! Honestly it would depend on what else I could add to the order to make free shipping.

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drank Raspberry Balsamico by Teavana
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Almost done with this! Of the three teas I got in store that day (the others being limeade twist and peach tranquility), this one was my least favourite. But it’s still not bad.

And at least Teavana is always on the up and up about their ingredients. I’ve never caught mistakes or missing ingredients like what davidstea does.


I want to dislike Teavana for their prices, but gosh darn their teas are just so good.


Sometimes their teas are good. :) There are definitely some that I can’t even bring myself to sniff! (That cucumber and mint one? Ugh no thanks…)

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Yum yum. So orangey. Also with nettle leaves, for the health factor.

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I have a bad bad feeling that I am coming down with The Sick. :( :( :(

So I’m going to drink all the healthy herbal teas I have this evening, in the hopes of giving my body micronutrients it needs, and also hydrating like whoa. I don’t have sick days right now, so if I have to take time off it means my paycheques get a little sad.

I do like this tea. Sweet hay and almost a berry flavour. Yes, it’s medicinal. Yes, it’s a truly herbal tea. Yes, I always add a little honey to it. But I like it. And there’s a local shop that carries it, so I’m totally going to get more.

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Sample of the ~controversial~ Misty Peaks tea, courtesy *shezza*. Thank you. :)

She was lovely and measured out 7g for me, which made it super easy. 7g tea, 145-ish ml water.

This is actually better than I was expecting! Yes, a little bitter, very fresh and green tasting, but it’s a sweet green rather than a spinach/kale green. More like green grape skins, actually. I’m brewing it with the lid off, since it’s such a green tea. I don’t want to overheat it.

I do prefer the ridiculous honey notes of the moonlight cake that I have. So while I can enjoy this sample, it’s not something I’d ever consider buying – and not just because of the terrible marketing tactics. (And shezza, I’m actually drinking most of every cup tonight. :D )

7 g 5 OZ / 140 ML

MP has really decent tea, they don’t need to resort to the craziness to sell it.


I totally agree. But now when I think of “Misty Peak” I just roll my eyes…

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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.

Also: A map of tea places in Vancouver. I’ve been to some of them, but not a lot. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!


Vancouver, BC, Canada



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