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So, out of all the free samples I received from Teavivre I’ve been drinking the
Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong the most. I have both these teas in zip lock bags, and the Anxi Qing is the one I happen to grab the most. xD
As I go back to this one I don’t like it as much. Yes, it’s still floral-y, and buttery. But it’s definitely not as strong as the other.
Didn’t think I’d end up liking that one better…but the tea world never ceases to surprise me.xD
So this one won’t be bought again probably. But still a lovely tea!


Man, someone was on a tea drinking spree! :D


Haha I was! Was an awful weekend so I wanted to try a bunch of stuff to entertain me!

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drank Zhu Rong Yunnan Black by Verdant Tea
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Had this one again yesterday. Oversteeped it a few minutes on accident. xD So wasn’t the best cup, but still could taste the graham cracker and bready-ness.
Next time hopefully I won’t drink it as bitter-haha!

The Cookie Lady

Ooooo graham cracker? That sounds exciting!


I ordered more of this one…well pre-ordered. If it’s a good batch I’ll send ya some (:

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drank Caramel Vanilla Assam by Butiki Teas
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Haven’t been in the tea world for super long….but Butiki’s teas have been some of the best I’ve tried. As the rest of you, I’m pretty sad over Stacy closing shop. But it seemed like Butiki had a good run, even if it wasn’t the longest. Wish I had gotten into the tea world sooner so I’d have had more time trying her teas! But I’m glad I could order more before it’s all gone.
This and Maple Pecan Oolong are probably some of my favorite teas of all time. Glad I could stock up!
Also, wasn’t able to drink much tea yesterday for my birthday. So I’m drinking more today instead! :P
Anyway-this is an awesome tea, and totally love it still.
Thank you, Stacy for giving the tea community so many amazing years of awesome teas! Glad I entered the tea world just in time to try them before you decided to close it up. Wish you the best of luck on your next adventure! (:


I love this tea.

Butiki Teas

Thank you, Ost! :)

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
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This tea. I taste bread. Honey. Sweet Potatoes. Pastries.
Holy Shanghai! This one is a winner! I have been wanting to try this tea for a while now, and Boychik generously sent me a bunch of samples, including this one a couple weeks back. This one is everything I hoped it would be!
Totally makes up for the other two fails of tea I tried today! I am definitely gonna buy this one once it’s available again!
I feel like I’ve tried a few teas that are quite similar to this one, but the touch of honey in this one makes it different than the others. And in some ways a whole lot better than others! Mmm! I’m gonna enjoy the rest of this sample. Need to re-steep already! Thanks for the sample, Boychik!

Also, on a side note. I really wanted to write this today, because I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately.
I tend to be a thinker, and since my birthday is tomorrow, I’ve been reflecting upon this last year a lot lately. While this past year has kinda been awful in most ways, I feel that I’ve grown a lot from it all, which is good. And I’ve finally started picking myself up from last year, and accepted that my health limits me (seems easy to accept, but as someone who just wants to work all the time it’s hard) in more ways than I want it to this early on. What I’ve been trying to do a lot this year is to try and make the most of every day, and to find the good in every day I have, even when I feel horrible. And as weird as it may sound, tea and this website have been so helpful to me. Not only is it relaxing and comforting to drink teas in general. But trying new teas and writing lame tasting notes actually makes me really happy xD It helps me to focus on something more exciting than how miserable I feel most of the time. Tea and this website, and all of you guys have really helped me this year. Which also probably sounds weird-but getting to know you guys and the tea world in general has improved my life in so many ways. And I think that’s freakin’ awesome for times like this!
You guys seriously cheer me up, whether it be by talking through PMs or just trying teas that you guys send me. You guys are so generous and kind. So I wanted you guys to know that you’ve really helped improve my life. Just thank you so so much! These last few months being involved on here have been great. You guys are the awesome, and I hope you never forget that! ^^
You’ve definitely made my life a bit brighter in some of my darkest times. (:

Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Pastries, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes


HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! may you have a very awesome day today! You are equally as awesome :)


Happy Birthday!! :)


Thanks you guys (:


You are awesome!


:hugs: Happy birthday!

I know what you mean about this community. I’ve been having the worst year of my life, and I just couldn’t do Facebook or other social networking at all for a while, because it was just too stressful. Getting involved with this community has been so wonderful and positive for me. I haven’t encountered any interpersonal drama and it’s not a constant stream of all the bad stuff that’s happening in the world, just lots of lovely, generous people sharing and talking about tea. It’s been a fabulous, gentle way to connect with people, and get back in touch with enjoying things.


Happy Birthday! This is a much better place than Facebook. No drama and we all have the tea interest/bug and are in a different world from lots of other people.


Happy Birthday!


Happy birthday. :)


I’m so glad that you’ve had a great experience here too, Anlina! It’s amazing how a simple thing like a website and a few tea-crazy people can brighten up life on so many levels!
And thank you all for the birthday wishes!! Shockingly, I had a pretty good day!! :D

Tea Sipper

Hope you had a great birthday!


I did, Tea Sipper! Thanks! :D


Happy belated birthday, Ost! I’ve only read a few of your teanotes, but none of them have been lame so far. ;)


Hahah well like compared to most peoples’ they are lame. Don’t describe much haha oh well. And thanks!

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drank Honeydew Melon by The Republic of Tea
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Honeydew Melon. Sounds amazing, huh?
That’s what I thought too. xD
So, I doubt any of you guys smoke Hookah ever, but there is this flavor by a company called Haze, and it’s called “Cucumberita”. My bro used to be obsessed with it. We used to smoke it all the time back in the day. Cucumberita tastes like cucumber water mainly.
And you know what? This tea totally tastes like Cucumberita. It’s so weird.
It’s like having that hookah flavor in liquid form. Not sure how I feel about this one. :O It isn’t too strong of a tea, which Is also disappointing for me. But…at least I tried. And I can always give it away/sell it if I decide it’s not for me.
I think that Lupicia’s melon/honeydew teas still stand as the best.

Flavors: Cucumber

The Cookie Lady

This one has been on my RoT wishlist since I first tried their teas!


This sounds pretty amazing.

I haven’t smoked hookah in ages, but I really enjoy it. It’s one of the only things I can smoke without it feeling far too harsh on my throat and lungs.


The Cookie Lady, I can definitely send you some if you want (:
Same with you, Anlina. Just hit me up!

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drank Maple Vanilla Honeybush by 52teas
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So, I don’t generally order from 52Teas because it’s VERY hit or miss with me. I absolutely LOVED their Maple Cheesecake Ti Kwan Yin, and figured that this would be good, or at least worth the try because it is also supposed to be a maple tea. And boy, am I glad they changed their package sizes!
It would have been a good tea…without this base.
I’ve only tried a few flavored teas with the base of Honeybush and each time the flavors could not mask the peppery, woody Honeybush.
This one tasted a bit sweet and maple-y. But man…that base. Wow. No thank you!
Bummed out by this one, to be honest! I have high hopes for maple teas since the Maple Cheesecake Ti Kwan Yin. If only they’d bring that one back again. xD Dying to try it again!

Flavors: Maple, Pepper, Sweet, Wood

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Mmmm this tea! Randomly started craving a bready tea this afternoon. And after like two hours of trying and failing to relax I gave in and decided to finally drink tea. Glad I did. I am beginning to feel a bit calmer….a bit. xD But hopefully I’ll get to relax at some point today. That would be nice…
Anyway, this is the last of the sample that Sarsonator sent me D: And I’ve officially decided that this will be in my next WP order! It’s one of the breadiest teas I’ve ever had. And I love it! :D


This is the second review in a row for a Whispering Pines tea that has a) caught my attention, and b) convinced me that I NEED to try their teas. Had never heard of them before yesterday! And this tea sounds like it’s a cup of heaven.


I’d offer to send you some but that was the last of it. D: If I get more before you place an order I’ll send you some! :P
Definitely worth trying WP teas though, they’re amazing!


No worries! That’s very kind of you, though. :) I went to Whispering Pines’ website last night, btw. Ohhhhhh I had to tear myself away, so many teas that sounded so yummy!


Haha it is indeed a tempting website! :P

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Ya know…
This tea is actually growing on me. It’s like the perfect chai. Or at least close to it.
It’s not too chai-ish, which is why I really like it, and it’s not too pumpkin-y. I just find myself craving it…
I’m finding myself considering buying it since this is the last of the generous sample Boychik sent me. D:

On a side note, I actually wrote up a profile finally on here. xD I hate writing bios on websites. But figured it was about time. xD It kinda still sucks…but…it will get there one day…maybe. xD Unless I forget, which is very possible.
Anyway, this is a delicious and comforting tea.
Might have to buy it before it’s unavailable again :O


It was really good, your bio. I still have nothing to write about myself.


Aw, well thanks! I usually avoid writing those things as long as possible. xD But figured I’d give it a shot finally haha!


Can you do mine cause I’m lazy? Haha


Hah as long as you don’t mind yours looking super unprofessional then sureeee! :P I use too many faces on the internet…but I swear I’m not still 13!

The Cookie Lady

You’ve actually had something that’s TOO pumpkin-y? What is it???? I MUST have it!!!!!


This one totally grew on me too. I was also not impressed at first, but I bought a 3.5oz. tin this year!

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drank Eve by Nina's Paris
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Christiana sent me a really generous sample of this tea in our swap a couple weeks ago! Wasn’t sure I’d like it much, but I was pleasantly surprised!
It tastes similar to H&S’s White Peach. It’s like biting into a fresh, juicy peach. It’s pretty good! Even mixed with the Apricot flavor it’s still good.
Think that’s what makes it not taste like Adagio’s Peach Tea, which just tastes like burnt peaches to me. xD
Glad I got to try this one. Thank you so much, Christina! :D

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Apparently I’m the first one to review this tea! I got this one as a sample with my last Georgia Tea Company order. Figured I’d try it since I do like some fruity teas once in a while.
The leaves looked a whole lot like Teavana’s Youthberry tea, which made it more appealing to me, since that is one of Teavana’s better teas.
This one definitely tastes like Papaya and apple…Well, mostly apple actually. xD
Which I’m not a fan of at all! Apple teas and me DON’T mix! Just like orange teas and me DON’T mix. Just…no.
And I had had more expectations for this one! It smelled really good, and not like apples at all. So yeah….
Honestly, you guys….As much as it’s kinda “taboo” to like Teavana here, they really do make some of the best fruity teas. I have tried lots of other fruity teas from other tea places, but Teavana really does well with some of their fruity teas. Think Lupicia and Teavana make the best fruity teas. Least that I’ve discovered so far. That’s all….you guys can shoot me now xD

Flavors: Apple, Fruity


I really enjoyed Youthberry and my fiance is currently obsessed with Blackberry Mojito. I think you have to look for them, but they do have some solid fruity blends that are very enjoyable. :-)


You are brave :D


I’m not opposed to Teavana but I tried a few of their blends and wasn’t that impressed with what I got for the $$


Teavana is very hit or miss for me, but when they get it right, they really get it right. I am seriously in love with Dragonfruit Devotion and Six Summits Oolong.


Apple and papaya sounds good!! :P I didn’t know that apple and orange fell in the same category with you! :O This should be on your “Notes I hate” list so I can better determine things to send you!:P teheh.


It should be in my notes! XD Thanks for the reminder, Albertocanfly! XD And guess what tea I’m sending your way now hahah

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I’m not too sharp with intros, but I figured it is about time to give it a go.
I started out drinking oolong and green tea that my dad brought home from his China business trips.
Then I discovered Teavana, and fell in love with some of their teas. Eventually I stumbled across Steepster, and a whole ‘nother world opened up.
Have discovered so many different kinds of teas, and have been loving this journey! The tea world is insanely big and amazing! And I’ve met some of the kindest people here who have broadened my horizons in more ways I could have imagined! Happy to be here, and to be drinking so many amazing teas! :D

I don’t have an official rating system yet…but pretty much anything about 85 is amazing in my book, and I’m probably going to keep it on stock at all times if I can.
Anything below 70 is not my cuppa tea….at all. 0_0
But…that’s as far as my rating system really goes. One day I will have an official one! Just too lazy to make one now :P

I like pretty much any kind of tea except green tea. Unless it’s genmaicha or strongly flavored, I don’t like it usually.

My Tea Goals:
To find the Best Caramel Tea
To find the Best Vanilla Tea
To find the Best Da Yu Ling Oolong
To find the Best Malty Assam Tea
To find the Best Genmaicha
To find the Best Maple/Syrup Tea

Notes I like: Fruit(primarily peach, melon/honeydew, Banana, Kiwi, but I’m open to other kinds), Malt, Desserts (Toffee, Cake, Cookie,etc), Vanilla, Caramel, Floral, Sweet potato, Pastry/Bread,Jasmine, Honey, Cocoa, Chocolate, Maple, Nutty, Coconut, Almond.

Notes I’m Picky with: Lemon, Chai, Roasted, Blueberries, Hibiscus, Smoke, Earthiness, Puerhs, White Teas, and Cinnamon

Notes I hate: Citrus/Orange (Everything that I hate in this life that I have to take for my health is orange flavored, and it just makes me gag…so please…just no), Watermelon, Raspberry, Wood, Apple, Bacon, Lavender, Most mints, Pepper, Spicy, Tart/sour.

Yes, I am a picky tea drinker, but I’ll usually try any straight black or oolong tea that I receive. I like most oolongs, and I’m still discovering straight blacks. They always seem to surprise me no matter what!

And Swaps! I’m always down for swapping. Everything in my cupboard is swap-able. So just hit me up and send a message and we can totally do that!

On an unrelated to tea note, my other interests are limited due to health issues. But when I can, I enjoy reading and writing. Watching Netflix and YouTube have also been fantastic when I feel awful (which is most of the time).
I love Rifftrax, Rooster Teeth, Dexter, Hannibal, BBC’s Robin Hood, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Psych, and Parks and Rec.
Love watching all sorts of movies too, but that would be too much to list. :P
I’m definitely more of an internet person and love talking to people on every website I’m on. So if you ever wanna chat, shoot me a message! ^^


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