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drank Bai Mu Dan White Tea by Verdant Tea
683 tasting notes

I love that Verdant is having free shipping right now-like it’s just so awesome! Wanted to try a sample of this one and it was only two bucks, so heyy that is helping save tea money xD
I love how soft and furry this tea is-love the look of white teas. For some reason I was expecting a bit more from this tea…so I was a bit disappointed to drink it and find that it was just like all the other white teas.
Very hay-y with a touch of sweetness.
Actually not bad. Won’t mind finishing the sample, but not my favorite either.

Flavors: Hay, Sweet

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Sipdown

Sad sipdown! This was such a lovely, floral-y tea. I would totally buy this again. Glad to have one less tea in my collection…but come a really awesome sale again, I’d totally pick it up xD Have thoroughly enjoyed this one and am a bit sad that I will not be having it anymore. But hey, gotta make room for more tea for later!

Flavors: Floral, Sweet

Kirkoneill1988

i prefer roasted oolongs :D

Ost

haha I’m entirely the opposite :P

Kirkoneill1988

unroasted oolong tastes too floral to me :/

Ost

Hahaa well if we ever swap you can give me your floral oolongs and I’ll give you my roasted ones xD

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This was the first tea I had this morning….I have tried it before. Early last year or so, I believe. Didn’t think it was that great then, and was hoping that since my taste buds have changed I’d like this one better.
I was wrong :(
The lemon flavor was a lot stronger than the creamy flavor, which I didn’t like so much. It didn’t really taste like a pastry or anything. Was more of just a plain lemon tea that isn’t even strong. That’s pretty light. I steeped it for like 6-7 minutes and it wasn’t that strong :( So yeah…disappointed with this one.
Della Terra Teas has been acting rather sketchy and I’m kinda nervous that they won’t re-open again, so trying to find a tea that matches up to their incredible Lemon Chiffon which is everything you’d ever want in a lemony, creamy, pastry-like tea. Ughh just thinking about it makes me smile. Such a good tea. And I’ve yet to find a tea that is good enough.

Flavors: Lemon

Nichole

I have been trying to get a hold of Della Terra Teas too. I tried to chat with them on Facebook but it really didn’t go anywhere. :( Sad this one didn’t live up to what you were hoping it would!

Marzipan

Have you tried Buttermilk Lemon?

yyz

Tealish’s http://www.tealish.com/product-p/lemonm1.htm might make a decent replacement if Lemon Chiffon remains unavailable.

Ost

Yeah they kinda went MIA after selling the last of their teas…Guess we will see by the end of the year, Nichole.

And yes I have tried that one, Marz. Wasn’t much of a fan to be honest. :/

Ost

yyz I’ve tried a few of Tealish’s teas and haven’t been really impressed so far…would you highly recommend this tea? Or you not much of a lemon fan?

yyz

I don’t necessarily love their avtuasl tea, teas but I don’t mind their Rooibos and herbals. Granted I have only hsd fairy dust and this one. The lemon is pretty well done. I would send you some but what I have is very old at this moment as U don’t drink my herbals very often.

Kirkoneill1988

i googled chiffon and it means s type of dress. something must be wrong there

gmathis

Chiffon desserts, at least in my mom’s 1960’s vernacular, were usually a jello and Cool Whip mixture of some kind.

Kirkoneill1988

oh! interesting :)

gmathis

It was OK until she started getting weird and throwing in cottage cheese and other lumpy mix-ins…

Frost (Mags)

I love Tealish teas…at least the ones I’ve had. I have been wanting to try their lemon chiffon…so at least one person likes it.

Kirkoneill1988

eww cottage cheese :/

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drank Oh, Canada by American Tea Room
683 tasting notes

This tea is totally replacing the Movie Night from DavidsTea that has been a staple in my collection. I wish that DavidsTea had never changed that tea, or that my taste buds never changed!But this tea is basically everything Movie Night used to be-sooo this is a win! A staple in my collection…till they change it too xD

Also, if anyone sees this, please just know that my health has been really bad lately and it’s not calming down and this weekend is going to be even worse and I’ve had like tons of family drama over the last two months on top of it all—so I’ve kinda been MIA from Steepster….So to all the people who are waiting for me to reply to your message please please don’t be upset! Things are just really bad right now, and I I’m doing the best I can! I’m planning on being on here more consistently though, like…I’m very determined. I have been rather active on Instagram and FB, but just not really here. Probably because I have been drinking most of the same teas and I’ve not been feeling well enough to drink as much as I used to :(
So yeah, I’m sorry for being a lousy person to talk to lately. :( It has nothing to do with any of you-so far most of the people I’ve met, and at least the ones that are waiting for me to reply to their last message have been great people so far! So please know it’s not to do with you. Things just aren’t the best right now. And I am really behind on everything. And I really am trying to catch up but also trying to pace myself…whiich is rather hard when your bad health makes everything go super slow. xD I’m not usually such a slacker haha! But oy. I just needed to apologize to all of you. Please forgive me if I’ve offended anyone! Those haven’t been my intentions at all! On instagram those of you who follow me are so sweet, the comments you leave on some of my posts. Oh my goodness, some of them really brighten up my day. This is a wonderful community for the most part. And I’m sad I’m not really being in it that much lately. Only really through Instagram. So yeah…Hope I haven’t offended anyone!
I am doing the best I can right now! I hope the rest of you guys are doing okay! And for all those who follow me on Instagram and write sweet comments on there-thank you for helping to brighten my day. (: You guys are awesome! (:

Cwyn

Hey Ost just saying hi and it is nice to see you here when you can!

Sil

i’m TOTALLY offended that you’re taking care of yourself instead of posting tea tasting notes and writing back to things here… totally giggling don’t be silly lady. You do what you need to do. Nice to see you here from time to time but taking care of yourself comes first :)

Fjellrev

No way, you’ve never offended anyone here. I can guarantee that!

Maddy Barone

You’re not a lousy person to talk to. Take care of yourself! Sorry things aren’t good for you right now.

Ost

Hey Cwyn! waves that comment made me smile (:

Sil, your comment definitely made me smile the most. Hey and don’t you worry, I haven’t even opened those two bags of lemon chiffon from DTT yet. So I’m keeping the tea as fresh as I can before sending it to you. :P It’s nice seeing you on instagram though. So many Steepster peeps are on there now I don’t feel totally disconnected! I love your pics, and thank you for all the kind comments you ever post on my pics, Sil. Every little thing means so much to me! (:

Ost

Fjellrev well, I’m pretty sure I’ve offended definitely a few people with a thread I made on here once like what…6 months ago maybe or later? XD Like so many people here were so pissed off, including a tea company that I will never again order from haha! Soo pissing people off is a talent of mine at times. xD Glad that I’ve not done that to you…yet! XD Well hopefully never because you seem to be a great person and I enjoy our short conversations on tasting notes. :P
At some point if you want, we should totally talk through PM, so far you’ve seemed like a fantastic person to interact with. Either that or when I’m well enough again we should set up a swap! :D

Ost

And Maddy Barone, thank you for your kind words….My parents more prepared myself to work myself to the ground and I have the mentality to stay on top of everything. I never really prepared for having health issues that have slowed me down this much and everything! But thank you for being understanding. I need to remember to take care of myself sometimes! Well…a lot of times xD

Ost

Also, since teleportation hasn’t been invented or anything yet can I please just give you 4 all a big virtual hug for being so kind? Seriously, you people are so very kind and thoughtful in your words. Thank you so so much. I love you all in a non-creepy way! XD

Sil

What if I want you to love me in a creepy way? Lol sorry. Overtired in Paris makes me goofy.

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I’m nearly out of my 1oz bag of this tea that I got on their BF sale! D:
Brewed this one up to take to work with me today. My new tea tumbler didn’t keep it hot enough though so kinda had to hurry and drink it fast when I got to work and realized that the tumbler was a failure. xD
But even lukewarm the floral flavor is maintained and still pretty good. Wouldn’t wanna drink it like that all the time or anything but was still nice. Just wish It would have lasted longer :(

Flavors: Floral, Smooth

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Having this one this afternoon as my Victory tea! Got up at 5 and took my drugs, pushed myself to go to work and to stay till 2:30 which is the usual time when I go home. Was a lot more pain today than yesterday but it was still a good day and I got to spend time with my awesome co-workers! So that made me really happy! :D
Haven’t had this tea in a while. But man do I still love it!!

Fjellrev

Glad you had a good day!

Ost

Thanks (:

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Backlog

Had this tea on Easter. It was a really depressing weekend, and it was really really hard to sit around the table with my cousins and younger bro bragging about how much they work and how well they are doing in school and talk about all their grand plans in life.
It wouldn’t be as hard if I still was able to consistently be able to work because then at least I’d have one thing going for me. But I barely have that anymore…So I was feeling super depressed. Also things happened on Saturday that just added to it..
Sucks to listen to people talk about all the great things they get to do in life and remember that you have no life pretty much and you don’t even have the potential to do those kinds of things anymore…
In the middle of the day I finally decided that I should try to drink tea because they always say tea makes everything better.
So I brewed up this one.
The first time I had it it tasted like a lot more butterscotch and honey. But this time I mainly just tasted the hazelnut and mocha in it. Which was fine, but not exactly what I had hoped for. Still good though!
And it cheered me up some! (: Drinking this tea was seriously the best part of my entire Easter. Tea really does make everything better! :D

Flavors: Coffee, Hazelnut, Mocha

mrmopar

Be happy with who you are and what you have. Let no one take your happiness away. There are always bad days but if we look hard enough we can still see the good others miss. :)

Ost

Even though every day is pretty much miserable, I am quite content with my life. And even on the really bad days, it’s not too hard to find some good in them. But it’s still tough to constantly be reminded of all the things you can’t do. And this is why I need to be around adults that are over wanting to do everything in the world. xD

mrmopar

Just do like I did years ago, just set your pace you are comfortable with. You will be able to do things just in time. I had a surgery years ago that put me down a couple of years. It is hard but you have the “inner” strength and you will overcome. I just had to keep thinking about the mustard seed parable. Small but the potential was there. :)

mrmopar

P.S. I am glad you can still enjoy your tea! I like your notes so keep on a drinking!

Dustin

Awwww, I’m sorry to hear that you are down. I have had periods of time where it was hard to be around and be happy for those who were succeeding in areas of life that I had recently failed in. For me, avoiding those family get togethers where I felt like a failure and taking time to heal on my own terms was my lifeline back to feeling normal. I don’t know your circumstances, but I hope you find your lifeline and path back to feeling better soon!

Cwyn

I’m pretty much in this situation too, Ost.

gmathis

Who you are is not where you work. Nor is it where we went on vacation or how successful and admirable my adult children are. (So there, Facebook!) I think all of us fall prey to that mindset from time to time, though. Glad we’re in the company of fellow Steepsters who have learned to count everyday blessings like cups of good tea!

K S

I never wanted to be rich and famous. OK, I’m lying a little, but what I really always wanted was to be invisible. What I mean is I just wanted to blend in and be normal. I used to hate holidays for much the same reasons you mention. As the years have passed I have slowly just learned to run my own race. My joy does not come from my circumstances. It comes from a deeper, more meaningful, place. Sometimes the load I am carrying gets too heavy and I momentarily get overwhelmed. I do not believe we walk alone. When I am in a dark place I may cry out but then I hand my burden over and let it go. Knowing, what I now know makes it easier to be able to rejoice in the good things happening to those around me.

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drank Chamomile Vanilla Bean by Tea Guys
683 tasting notes

Backlog

I love how spot on the vanilla bean flavor in this tea is. You can definitely taste the chamomile but the vanilla bean is still the main flavor.
It’s like the perfect vanilla tea for the evenings or when I’m trying to relax! Still haven’t decided if it’s going to be a staple in my collection yet, but I had gotten like a 3oz bag of it last time I ordered, soo I have lots of time to decide what I think! :P

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Backlog

This tea.
This tea is just so lovely.
How it looks. The aroma of it steeping. The taste.
It’s just such a beautiful oolong. (:

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drank Oh, Canada by American Tea Room
683 tasting notes

Backlog

Ohhh I’m so behind on tasting notes, it’s so bad! XD
Had this earlier this week…Oh my goodness, seriously trumps DavidsTea’s version of Oh Canada. Like this is one of the ultimate maple/syrup teas!
UGHHH!!
Sooo good!
Since the last batch of Oh Canada from DavidsTea tasted really off and not the same at all, I think I am going to kick that one out of my collection to have this one instead. This one is a must try for anyone interested in maple/ syrup-y teas! :D

Maddy Barone

That does sound good!

leaf in hot water

Lol thats sad that AMERICAN tea room does a better Oh Canada than David’s, being Canadian and all.

Ost

Haha I know, right, Leaf in hot water? I was totally shocked. Not a huge fan of ATM but this tea is by far the best I’ve had and absolutely incredible!

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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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