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From Dexter3657. Whee!

I steeped it too long. Or used too much tea. 2 rinses, and a 15 second steep and it feels almost like coffee that’s been boiling on the cob for the afternoon. Only it’s tea.

https://twitter.com/omgsrslyfolks/status/399718939967492096/photo/1

Do you SEE how dark that steeped? It’s a total kick in the pants, and I wasn’t expecting it. The tea is very earthy and strong, at this point it would be better (for me) with some sugar or honey added.

Instead, I’m going to dump the rest of the cup and steep again! Maybe this time 10 seconds will work.

Oh, that’s better. I rinsed it quickly again as the leaves had been steeping in the leftover liquid, and as soon as I added the water it looked like soy sauce. Then I steeped for 5 seconds. Heh.

This tea is really nice. It has flavours that I enjoy in a puerh, and once I get my steeping parameters right I can see it being easy and excellent. It’s very foresty, but in a different way than the 1990 puerh I get from Soko.

Thanks, Dexter!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Garret

This tea is amazing using less leaf, too, which is how most of our customers are brewing it up – more of an light brown/amber colored cup. Yes… I can see by the photos that you did use quite a bit of leaf if you got that color with 15 seconds. Oh well, add a little hot water and call it an Ameri"cha"no :) But do try it with lighter colored infusions so you can taste that many subtleties of this nicely processed tea. Thank you!!

OMGsrsly

Thankfully Dexter gave me enough I can try again. :) I drank so much of this last night already, diluting it out, trying it with a little sugar or cinnamon.

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drank Pineberry Honeybush by 52teas
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Whoop! A legit sipdown (as in, it was in my cupboard and I got to take it away!). From Cavocorax.

I did an overnight cold steep, and just took it out a few minutes ago as I noticed tea all over the inside of my fridge. And my fridge is ALL mesh shelves, so that’s gonna be fun to clean up. At least there’s no sugar in it!

So with the 1/2 steeper that’s left, I can say that I probably wouldn’t get this one again. It’s nice, I do like the flavours, but this time it’s just OK. The flavouring feels a little fake to me today. It’s definitely candy strawberry and pineapple. Not bad, just a bit much.

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A lovely sample from Dexter3657.

I didn’t read anything about this tea before I steeped it, I just went with the directions included on the sample packet. :) Sil apparently says it tastes like LB, and I’ll agree. The flavours are not to my taste at all. Not really smoky, more roasty and dark with a tiny bit of smoke. Plain it was better once it cooled, but it was generally much nicer with maple syrup. I guess I’m really not into teas with this flavour profile (yet).

The rest of the sample will go to my brother… maybe he’ll like it better!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This is for a Hazelberry Puerh from Steam Tea House. It’s not out yet, but I spied it on the shelf and got a sample.

The info I could find about a tea of this name was from Adiago. So I have no idea. Yes, it’s hazelnut, but what berry? Beats me.

Last night I had a mug of this with nothing added. It was really sweet, creamy, thick and heavy. I quite liked it although I feel the flavour needs more time to chill as it’s quite strong. I guess it depends on if it’s their own blend or they’re bringing it in from a supplier, what they can do.

Today I had a second steep with some maple whipped cream. Oh my, that was so good. Just rich dessert like flavours.

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

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Sipdown from, uhh, a couple days ago.

Guys, no internet for 2 weeks was HARD. I tried to keep up at work and on my phone, but I’ve used up most of my phone data for the month. :/

Anyways. I liked it, it was refreshing, I won’t buy more. Iced or cold brewed is best. (This time it was cold brewed.)

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This is SO GOOD with maple whipped cream. So good.

Just don’t over-whip your cream. You might end up with a couple chunks of soft butter in your tea.

It was still good.

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

Maple whipped cream?! That sounds amazing.

OMGsrsly

Just use maple syrup to sweeten your shipping cream instead of sugar. :)

OMGsrsly

Whipping. Not shipping. Yeesh, autocorrect!

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drank Chandernagor by Mariage Frères
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I think I may have lost it today. First I got this tea – $24 for 100g. Then I got the new DavidsTea Nordic mug with trees. Then I went to Bayswater and got 100g of each tea rather than the 50g I actually needed. Then I got a sample at Steam Tea House (as well as some tea for a friend).

Oops?

Anyway, I really like this one. Really REALLY like it. This is the masala chai I’ve been looking for. Totally worth it. And I love my mug, too, even though I would rather have multicoloured mountains on a Nordic mug. This is a lovely 2nd choice. :)

(6g tea, 16oz water, a couple spoonfuls of maple whipped cream.)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Dexter

I bought some of this too. Glad to hear that you like it. I will try it soon as part of my chai quest. :))

Sil

there’s a part of me that hopes you hate it dexter, so i don’t feel compelled to buy this one…

OMGsrsly

It’s cloves, then cardamom, then cinnamon-ginger-pepper. For me, at least.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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This isn’t terrible, but I think I prefer the spice blend in the Sugar and Spice tea.

Glad I got this one 2/$5. :) I have 2 cups left, and they’ll be enjoyed but not savoured.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
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This one is really odd this morning due to the few chunks of orange peel that ended up in my scoop. I’m thinking quality control slipped for this batch, as orange peel isn’t listed in the ingredients on the bag…

So it’s more of a citrus-clove tea. Not bad, but not what I was expecting.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
MissLena

The ingredients list on my bag says orange peel, and it’s on their website too, I think it’s just not updated on Steepster :)

OMGsrsly

I’ll check again when I get home, but I have a 25g bag with a black label, and orange peel is not on it. I have exactly the ingredient list as on Steepster right now.

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
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I picked this up 2/$5 today. It’s not bad! I expected way more star anise flavour considering how many pieces were in my cup, but it’s not too in your face for an in your face flavored tea. I like it, but I don’t like it enough to end up with 10oz (Cavo!) worth… :D

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

I kind of regret not taking this deal when I was in store because it is quite great!

OMGsrsly

I had to ask about the fall collection teas, but she brought them out and I got to take my pick. So I also got pumpkin spice, sugar and spice, pistachio cream, and the weird coffee mate.

VariaTEA

you got the fall teas at the 2 25g packs for $5??

OMGsrsly

Yep! :) Just say you heard they were part of the deal, and the sales person can look them up for you! I think it’s in-store only tho.

Nightshifter

I wish I lived near a David’s!

OMGsrsly

Well, the downside is I live in Canada, so I pay out the wazoo for shipping pretty much anything.

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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.

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