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90
drank Oh, Canada by American Tea Room
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This has totally become the replacement on my shelf for DavidsTea’s Movie Night. Like I’m totally putting Movie Night on the sale list when I finally put it up, which should be sometime this week. Finally put this tea in a nice green double lid tin from Teavana that Is really pretty. Unless they change how they make this tea, this one is here to stay! Or unless my taste buds radically change. But I pretty much love everything about it. Even the slightly roasty, grassy green tea base flavor. It’s just that good.
After we picked up my boyfriend from the airport like two weeks ago I think it was? Yeah something like that… After that we went to The American Tea Room. Picked up 2oz of this one and a few samples. By far this is still my favorite so far from the other samples I tried. Oy. I don’t get how I adore this one tea but then all the others are all bad tasting to me. Like I really don’t get it. :S Oh well.
I will not question!
This one is always a winner! :D

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99
drank Maple Pecan Oolong by Butiki Teas
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Oh my word, I’m so so behind on my notes!! And on tea drinking. Oy. I need to be better at being on top of things. :/ Life has been just…a lot right now… Too much family drama that makes my health issues even worse than they already are. Which is shockingly possible. :(
Anywho. Trying to review these in order. Ever since I got my amazing Alice in Wonderland teapot from Disneyland that I absolutely adore, I’ve been drinking this tea constantly in it I feel like. xD
Made this one for the boyfriend since he hadn’t tried it last time he visited. We had this and Caramel Vanilla Assam from Butiki Teas the week he came. And he loved both! So Of course I had to send a bunch home with him. XD I have a lot to spare anyway and I just really wanted him to have some since he didn’t last time and both are two of my favorite teas! So yeah. ^^

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65
drank Mint Verbena by Harney & Sons
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Sooo the second time my boyfriend came to visit me, I let him try a Harney & Sons tea-the SoHo Blend, and he loved it. Also this year him and his bro and his bro’s gf came out as a birthday surprise for their mum (my boyfriend and his bro lived in England at the time and his parents live in NY, where he is now), so I sent him a package full of some tea samples I’d wanted him to try for the longest time-I had to get him off of the classic English Breakfast tea with milk. :P He can’t go back anymore! Muahahahahahaha!
Anyway, one of the samples I gave him was Paris, and he loved it too!
So he finally graduated Uni about a month ago and I get to see him on Monday, he’s coming for a short visit-Monday to Saturday since he’s planning to come for this Christmas anyway. Had to place a H&S order for his graduation present. Got him the SoHo blend and The Tower of London-but the 5 satchets little tin. Oh my goodness, When I opened the package I almost missed the tin because it’s so tiny! XD
But anyway, since it’s like Paris I thought he’d like it. (: I just gotta finish a cross stitch for him and then his graduation gift will be complete! :D So excited!
Anyway!
Got three samples with that order. Two were the same old boring teas, like the chai one and the pomegranat one plus an iced tea pouch. This one was the only new one-so I had to try!
And all I really gotta say is that it was minty. Very very minty. Tried really hard to find another flavor or something, but no. It was just a crap load of mint in that mug for both steeps! It wasn’t bad-I mean, I had two cups of it. But it wasn’t amazing either. Was a fine tea, just not something I’d buy or drink again. Kinda a boring tea to be honest :P But hey, better boring than bad!

Flavors: Mint

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73
drank Irish Cream by Tea Gallerie
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Sooo this is the other tea I got in SD from this shop. The lady who was trying to help told me that this tea is a mix between their Irish Breakfast, another Vanilla Black tea, and then this Strawberry tea. Which seemed like an odd combo. But how she described it, it sounded sooo good!
This was one of the only samples I could actually somewhat taste since she couldn’t for the life of her actually brew up tea in the right way. She made me about 5 different samples and they were ALL extremely bitter. It was seriously awful. So so hard to choose when everything is made wrong and tastes horrible.
They had a lot of teas combined with jasmine there that I so wanted to try, but because the samples were all the same bitter/roasted flavor, I had to take a pass. :(
This one I felt safe buying though Since I love Irish Breakfast/Irish Cream teas for the most part anyway. Hate hate hate English Breakfast tea, but Irish…Irish does it right!
So anyway.
Finally got around to trying this tea while putting together some tea swaps.
Brewed right it actually was a quite light Irish Cream. It was kinda creamy and sweet-and had that malty flavor I love in Irish Cream teas! So yeah, I definitely do not regret buying this one! :D
But can’t say that I tasted all the other teas the chick mentioned in it. Especially the strawberry one haha!

Flavors: Creamy, Irish Cream, Malt, Smooth, Vanilla

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1
drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
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So, I’ve been looking for more chamomile teas lately, just because they help with calming my body. But so far I’ve only found a few incredible ones that I just love!
I was sooo hoping that I’d love this one too.
I’ve read a mixture of notes-some mention mango being the main flavor, others mention orange being the main flavor, which is my nemesis in the tea world. D:
When I opened the bag all I smelled was oranges…even as I steeped it That’s all I smelled. But I didn’t let up hope yet!
I still kept thinking it wouldn’t be the dominant flavor.
When I finally went to drink it, it took me a while to know if I actually liked it or not. I could taste the sour chamomile, which is hardly hidden in any chamomile tea so that didn’t bother me. I could taste mango too, which was nice. But yup…the main flavor was, indeed, orange. So so citrus-y. It was horrible. Couldn’t finish the cup. :(
I mean, I think part of me knew it was gonna turn out this way, but it was still very sad for me. :( Without the orange flavoring it would have been fantastic, but no. They had to go screw it up and make it Orange Lassi instead of Mango Lassi. :(
Oh well…I guess that gives me less reason to wanna buy from them, which is good. But stiilll. Off to the selling list it goes!

Flavors: Cannabis, Citrus, Citrusy, Mango, Orange, Pleasantly Sour, Sour

Cwyn

This was tea? O.o

looseTman

The Hall of Shame winner!

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70
drank Strawberry Colada by DAVIDsTEA
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The second new sample I got with that last order was this tea. I originally presented my adorable puppy with these samples and asked him which one I should try. He smelled the peach one and then smelled this one and licked the package twice. Clearly he chose the better of the two! XD
This one tastes like a mix of Hot Tropic and their Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait. Because the Colada part was totally spot on, just like Hot Tropic. The strawberry tasted pretty sour like the sourness in Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait. So that was a bummer. I think I mainly like the Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait is because it has enough flavors to balance out the sourness.
But yeah, the sourness almost over-took the colada part in this tea, but overall it was actually pretty good.
Least the first steep was.
The second steep barely held up at all.
This is an incredibly weak tea. While the first steep is good I wouldn’t waste money on buying it. Maybe the iced tea version would be better, but I’m not really into that…so yeah :S Anywho.
I did enjoy the first steep, just was disappointed by the second :( Oh well.
Guess it gives me more motivation to save money…at least on tea. xD

Flavors: Coconut, Fruity, Sour, Strawberry, Sweet

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7
drank Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA
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So I got two new samples from the DavidsTea order they screwed up and while I’m still a little annoyed at them, I finally decided to try the two new samples of them.
So first off, I LOVE a good peach tea. Best one I’ve found so far was from Lupicia. It’s just ughhh soo good.
But that’s about all I’ve found so far.
So I was kinda curious about this tea. The dry leaf scent was like a super juicy peach, so I kinda had hoped it would be better.
But.
No.
When I began drinking it, I almost spit it out again. Seriously one of the worst DavidsTea teas I’ve ever had, which isn’t really saying much since I don’t like too many of their teas overall, but still!
You wouldn’t think peach flavor would be so hard to do, but it just tasted like I put a bunch of weirdly flavored sugar at the bottom of my mug, put hot water in it, waited for it to disolve, and then I was drinking it.
Didn’t have peaches in it at all! Not juicy or anything-nothing like how it smelled! :(
This tea was a huge fail in my book.
Artificial flavorings don’t usually bug me, as long as the tea tastes good, I don’t really give a crap about what it has it in to be honest. But like…this one was wayyyy too fake.
I can’t believe it has such a high rating on here.
Though…I don’t do iced teas, unless it’s like snapple or I’m drinking the peach iced tea at Olive Garden which is the TOTAL bomb! I did this one hot. I guess if you are into iced tea then this one might be better.
But just don’t steep it hot. Because it’s just awful. Wow XD

Flavors: Artificial

looseTman

Another nominee for the Hall of Shame!

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99
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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Sooo overslept this morning because my mum didn’t set my alarm clock right…it was her’s for the longest time but ever since she gave it to me, it’s like she has forgotten how to set it because she keeps not setting it. Was a horrible night anyway and needed sleep, but still disappointed at the late start of today though :(
I took my second doses of pain killers and have been waiting for them to kick in so I can shower without feeling like I’m gonna collapse. So while I’ve been waiting I’ve been trying to do things off my to-do list today. And I’m still exhausted from not sleeping well at all last night and depressed from just everything that’s happened this last week. Not really in a happy smiley mood today considering everything.
But my mum just walked in and told me that I can’t deal with things like this and I needed to have a counselor because I can’t handle certain things in life.
I kept telling her I was waiting for pain killers to kick in but weren’t at that point. Little did she know I was actually still accomplishing things even in bed.
Ahh living with your parents really sucks sometimes, especially when you don’t have anywhere else to go :( There’s been lots of drama with the boyfriend this weekend, and they don’t know that….But honestly, I don’t feel like trying to fight her on anything today. I’m too tired on all the levels.

Sooo I brewed up some of this tea that always is comforting on really bad days/mornings/afternoons. Don’t think this one will ever get old, it’s just simply delicious. I just need to drink a crap load of tea today and not let my mum get to me because she doesn’t really know how I handle bad days all the time anyway.
GHD will always be such a comforting tea to me.
Might not always have my family or parents on my side but I at least have tea that doesn’t judge me or look down on me or question how I handle things. That’s nice at least!
Well I hear my family getting food ready, this would be agood time to escape to the shower now that I can get out of bed and avoid my mum for right now!

Flavors: Honeydew, Sweet

mrmopar

Keep your head up! Things will get better. It is always darkest before the light comes in.

Ost

Thank you, mrmopar trying too. just harder some days than others (:

tea-sipper

I was thinking of having the Lupicia melon in a few days for my bday that YOU sent me, so thank you for that (bday teas – such a choice)! Hope things get better for you.

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68
drank Kiwi Cheesecake Oolong by 52teas
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Have been really wanted to try this one for a while now! 52Teas is soo hit or miss with me, though more misses than hits. :(
Loved their Maple Cheesecake oolong that they had at one point. And the cheesecake in that was spot on, as well as the maple flavor!
Sooo I had some faith in this one.
Didn’t really live up to expectations, but I’m not surprised. But I mean, it’s not nearly as bad as other teas from this company I’ve had in the past.
I taste some kiwi and creaminess-so that was kinda spot on-but neither of those were the main notes I tasted. There was a really strong banana flavor in it too. Wish kinda tasted odd with the sour kiwi taste. xD So yeah, it’s a really weird banana/kiwi creamy tea to me I guess. xD
Not a bad purchase. I really hate how tiny they made the packages and like it;s such a rip off, but since it’s 50% off and a “closing” sale in a way, I figured why not!
Got a few teas and it was all around cheap! :D

This was my full order, for like 12 bucks in all.

https://instagram.com/p/3GKousKHDy/?taken-by=ostdalost

So so far it’s not that bad considering I like one tea so far. I am excited to try the others. Hopefully sometime this week!
But yeah, drank two full mugs of this tea yesterday. Need to get back into more drinking…and eating. Stupid health issues and depression :( Anyway, the goal for today at least is to drink lots of teas!

Flavors: banana, Creamy, Pleasantly Sour

Sil

looking forward to your other reviews. I’m also REALLY looking forward to 52 teas being taken over by liberteas as i suspect we’ll see a strong increase in customer service and quality tasting teas.

Ost

Oh my goodness Sil! I am super stoked for her to be taking it over!! I seriously think she is going to do such an awesome job! I don’t even really give money to many like fundraisers or anything, but I had to support that kickstarter! I can’t wait to see how the company turns out after like she starts blending things and everything! :D

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77
drank Sweet Dreams by Tea Gallerie
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Sooo this was the first tea place I went to into San Diego, apparently the “number One” tea shop there. xD
I think over-all it was a good experience. Got to smell all the teas which was nice, and they offered samples for whatever. BUT.
But. They kept steeping the teas out of the same freakin’ steeper or tea maker or whatever it was because we tried maybe, what, 5 samples? And the first was a roasted oolong….and I had asked her if it was and she said it wasn’t, so I who had just woken up from our car ride agreed when she offered to make it. Turns out she had NO idea what the difference from a green and like roasted oolong is-I don’t think the other is called “roasted oolong”. But that’s just what I remember it as because only green oolongs have floral notes to me. So like if you know if it’s not called just “roasted oolong”, please tell me so maybe next time I can be more clear xD
Anyway, so first sample tasted all roasty and I didn’t like it of course, and the samples following just kept getting more and more burnt tasting. Like…It’s cool they wanna make samples there, and let you try a lot. But they need to do it right, wouldn’t have minded waiting a while if I could have gotten the real flavor from the teas! XD
So only ended up with two. An Irish Cream one that smelled really good and that was apparently a mix of two other teas I smelled that also smelled amazing and this tea. Haven’t been overly fond of minty chamomile teas for some reason, but this one has worked-don’t know how but it just really really has!
It smelled sooo good in the container-though half the time when I open the pouch at home it tastes like weed, and it grosses me out so much. xD So I like can’t smell the dry leaf. I just gotta brew it up and drink it because then it tastes good! But yeah. Oy.
I liked how it had a really strong like peppermint flavor but also a really strong chamomile flavor; the combo was just really good.
I got 2oz of it, and since I gotta go back up there to see the dr guy again for for a check up in three months so maybe if I really really end up loving it I’ll pick up more!
Even though the chick who I was talking to there didn’t know that much about tea it felt like, and even though she made consistently horrible samples for us, she was quite nice, just like most people in SD, which seemed really odd because CA has like the reputation for “not being friendly” though I definitely consider La to be way friendlier than the city I live in that’s like 20 minutes away from HollyWood. So yeah I dunno.
Anyway, It’s been a super rough week emotionally mainly and my intense pain added to that just makes me want to get shot in the head…so…yeah, this tea has been rather comforting.
I think what would make it even better though is like a hint of licorice. I don’t know why but that just sounds like it would be really good, at least to me!
Anywho, I’d definitely recommend going there if any of you guys are ever in SD!

Flavors: Mint, Peppermint, Smooth, Sour, Sweet

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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

My rating system:
1-59: Really really not a fan. An awful cup of tea for me…Totally undrinkable.

60-69: Not horrible, but not something I’d ever drink again willingly.

70-79: Pretty good. Wouldn’t mind drinking ever so often. But not a keeper.

80-100: FREAKIN’ AMAZING. Always keeping on stock in my home!!

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 floral Oolong
To find the Best Malty Assam Tea
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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