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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
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I thought this tea might taste better iced. It didn’t. In fact, it was like drinking straight artificial sweetener. Ick! Oh well, I tried.

The thought occurred to me that maybe I don’t like super sweet things as much anymore, but that would be contrary to the fact that I drank a Starbucks caramel ribbon crunch frappuccino right before this tea and it was awesome!

whatshesaid

Hahahaha. Yes, somehow I can still drink those crazy Starbucks dessert coffees but with tea it’s somehow different. Like my tastebuds are now trained to expect it from my once a week overpriced latte treat but not from any other drink

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
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I bought this yesterday after being swayed by a steepster review. I love oolong, and I know Lupicia is pretty good with flavoring, so I had to try it. This tea smells just like honeydew when it’s steeped up. Mmmmmmmm!!! The taste is somewhere between honeydew and cantaloupe. The oolong itself is like one of those really light, floral green oolongs, which to tell you the truth gets a little overpowered by the melon flavor. I think I would have preferred an oolong that had a bit of an earthier, more grounded note to even this tea out, but I still enjoyed it. I think this will be awesome iced. I’m definitely going to give that a shot! :)

Courtney

Yum! The reviews are really swaying me too, but I was put off slightly by the fact it was an oolong. I enjoy oolongs, but not really enough to go out of my way to get them.

Sil

courtney….i like this one. a bunch. if that helps lol

whatshesaid

It helps me, I was debating adding it to the Lupicia order that I’m going to make my American relatives smuggle across the border for me

(Not really smuggle, since it’s legal and all)

Sil

if you hate it..i will take it bwahahaha

Courtney

Sil oolongs aren’t generally your thing, right? I’m even more intrigued.

Haha whatshesaid, smuggle. When are your relatives visiting?

whatshesaid

In July :)

Not sure exactly when, but I’ve already put a Harney order in to get sent to them, trying to space it out a bit vs paying all at once. Next is American Tea Room, SteapShoppe and the big Lupicia order! Debating on Adagio for Tardis and a Sherlock tea, but not sure it’s worth such a large quantity in case I’m not a fan

Tealizzy

Courtney- I think you’d like his one, since there is very little oolong flavor…it’s very much a straight up melon tea.

whatshesaid – that sounds like an awesome amount of tea to look forward to. Nice that your relatives don’t mind receiving and bringing it all to you, but I suppose that’s what family is for, right? Haha!

Sil

Courtney….I don’t really like green oolongs, roasty ones are better unless they have that one particular taste I don’t care for.

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Man, I am really liking these Chinese black teas. I thought I was an assam person, but i stand corrected! I ordered this one as a sample and received 2 little packets…enough for multiple cups. After ordering, I saw “leather” as a flavor note on steepster and thought, “oh crap” because I’ve found I don’t like teas that are supposed to taste like leather, like puerh. I’m happy to report I did not get any leather taste in this tea. Yay!

This is a deliciously complex and well-rounded black tea. I got a little malt, a little smoke, a little chocolate, and a little potato all in one tea! Nice! It also resteeps well. I will definitely be considering this one in a future order. :)

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I ordered a sample of this…I guess it was last month, and I don’t think I reviewed it yet. I’ve made it as an iced latte and a hot latte, and honestly, I’m not getting much flavor…maybe a little nuttiness. I really seem to have a hard time discerning the flavor from these matchas. I guess I need to order them at the robust flavor level.

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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
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Wow, this is sweet, REAL sweet, and I like sweet, but this may be way too sweet for even me! As warned by another reviewer and the fact that the ingredients list includes rock sugar, I didn’t sweeten, but added a splash of almond milk, and it’s really freaking sweet! Usually that’s a good thing, but I think I would have preferred to be able to sweeten it to my liking. The sweetness kind of takes away the flavors that you expect from the delicious smell, which is a tragedy.

I think DavidsTea needs to stay away from the rock sugar. Glad I only bought an ounce of this one. It could have been so much better! So bummed!

whatshesaid

Soooooo sweet. :/
I can only imagine how delicious it could have been if they’d let us decide for ourselves how much sugar it needed (if any)

Tealizzy

Ya, no kidding! My coworker said hers wasn’t too sweet, so maybe the portion of leaf she used had less sugar in it? IDK.

whatshesaid

Or maybe she has more of a sweet tooth?

Tealizzy

Maybe, but it’s hard to beat my sweet tooth! Ha!

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drank Milk Caramel by Lupicia
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Of course, when planning a DavidsTea lunch stop, one must also stop by Lupicia. :)

I really wanted to pick up some momo oolong, but they’re still out, and for some reason I got it in my head that I wanted to try the melon oolong (probably steepster’s doing!), but I also saw this tea, remembered something vaguely positive on steepster, and bought it. Heehee!

I really enjoy toasty teas, including genmaicha and roasty oolongs, but I only had houjicha once, and I think it was before I really could appreciate it. This tea totally delivers. It’s sweet, like burnt sugar, and toasty, like a roasted oolong. It actually reminds me of Della Terra’s caramel oolong, which I quite enjoy. And it’s cheaper! Score!! Now, it’s not like an ooey-gooey caramel, so don’t expect that and you’ll be fine. I didn’t add anything, although I think it might be interesting to see what a splash of almond milk might do. I am currently enjoying the second steep, and I’m happy to say it’s resteepable. Nice!

whatshesaid

This one is on my “buy tea and get it shipped to my American relatives so they can bring it to me this summer when they visit” list! :)

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drank Shooting Starfruit by DAVIDsTEA
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So, I couldn’t help myself, and totally planned an outing to DavidsTea at lunch today to check out the summer collection. I actually tried looking it up online this morning (at 5am…yes, I eat breakfast then), but it wasn’t on until like 6am, when I was on public transit going into work. Ha! I’m such a stalker!

My coworker gladly accompanied me and we oohed and ahhed at the new teaware and smelled the new teas and also the tea of the month, which smells awesome! I picked up an ounce of the latter, some teabags for work, and I got a cup of this tea iced to go. Oh, and I’m a frequent steeper now! Woo!

I wasn’t sure about this tea at first. The leaf is really like 98% fruit pieces. To tell you the truth, I’m not even sure I saw white tea leaves in there, unless they were the little flakes stuck to the fruit. I really like tropical flavors so I decided to try it iced with a touch of agave. It actually really grew on me as I sipped it. I’m pretty sure I tasted the star fruit, and some other fruit. It was crisp and refreshing. If you enjoy iced tea, I’d recommend this one. For me, I kinda have a lot of tea I need to ice already, so I’m going to hold off on getting some for now.

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Mmmmm, still drinking some of these samples Angel sent me. So happy to be enjoying this right now, and wondering whether this one should have been included in my last order. It’s so delicious, it’s making me into a green tea drinker!

We just got back from a weekend trip to Salt Lake City to see my sister’s graduation from grad school. Pretty great, and I liked Utah too! Guess we’re going to have to go out there more often. :) I brought a “travel bag” of teas with me…pretty much just Lupicia newsletter samples, which come in handy on travel, since they’re in sachets. I didn’t really drink any tea except for the one full day we were there, and I had Cookie, with some sugar and half and half I grabbed from the hotel complimentary breakfast. Ha! I also had Momoko, which I think I oversteeped, because it was a bit bitter. Despite that, it was really nice to have tea from home…it’s like bringing a little bit of home with you. :)

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drank Genmaicha by DAVIDsTEA
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Before bed tea. So comforting, mmmmmm! It doesn’t always have to be paired with sushi, although it is delicious that way. This is one of those teas I could drink as often as water. :)

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Note to self: Even though you want to enjoy this tea at the office, never ever ever EVER try it again until there is a hot water spout available. Microwaved water will turn this amazing tea into a wimpy sorry mess. So sad! Guess this is a work from home day tea. Until Thursday!!!

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I thought my profile needed a facelift, so here we go:

My obsession with tea really started around October 2012 when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed going out to afternoon tea with my mom. I was really into An Afternoon to Remember’s creme brulee tea, since they had an afternoon tea place at that time, which has since closed…so sad and I haven’t found a good replacement.

So, I kinda went nuts when I discovered both DavidsTea and Lupicia in the SF mall, and I still frequent them, though my tastes have substantially changed over time from wanting to try all the teas to being a bit more particular.

Once I discovered steepster, literally by looking up reviews of a DavidsTea tea, I was hooked! So many tea companies I never heard of and everything sounding so delicious!

I found I still love dessert teas, like flavored black teas, but I also really enjoy oolong (both green and roasted). I occasionally enjoy flavored rooibos and white teas. I’ve had a rough time with puerh, and still think it tastes like leather. Recently, after having some really amazing teas from Teavivre, I can now say I love unflavored Chinese black teas and green teas.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Teavivre, Golden Moon, Butiki, Lupicia, and DavidsTea.

Just a note: I don’t rate my teas numerically because my iPad doesn’t like the scroll bar. Maybe someday that will change…hint hint, steepster! ;)

P.S. My profile picture is of one of my 2 cats, Holly, who is a little princess but very photogenic, and she loves boxes, including those that bring me tea! :)

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