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drank Lanikai by Lupicia
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Sipdown! Man, I’m on a roll lately! This was a good vanilla tea, with a hint of fruit. Making way for new teas, which are on their way!

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drank Cocoberry by DAVIDsTEA
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This was such a weird tea. I’m calling it a sipdown because I drank one last cup, and gave the remaining cup to a coworker. I always feel a little bad giving her my rejects, but she enjoys getting free tea, nonetheless. She sometimes enjoys the ones I don’t, so I guess it’s a win-win situation, and she’s always free to re-home or toss them if she doesn’t.

I think I’m entering a new phase of my tea addiction. I used to want to try them all, but now I’m getting quite particular and just want to have the best ones around to enjoy. Well, we’ll see how long that lasts!

Veronica

I’m currently trying to figure out my top 30 teas. I’ll still sample things and rotate some teas in and out, but I’d rather have a few rally good teas than lots and lots of teas I’m not crazy about.

Tealizzy

30 sounds like a good number…not too much, but enough variety that you aren’t drinking the same thing every day. :)

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I finished this one off this morning. I never really got creme brulee out of it, because there was a very strong presence of black pepper. The last cup of it was a shocker, because it was comprised of all the bottom dust of the bag, and so it was like drinking straight black
pepper! Just a warning! :P

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Another sample sipdown of one of those teas you have to be in the mood for. I like sassafras, but maybe not as a tea. ;) Just weird.

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drank Sencha Berry Fig by Tealux
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Sipdown on my sample, which has been sitting around forever because, honestly, this was a disappointment. Either I’m not a fan of sencha, or this one isn’t particularly good, because it was a pretty generic, scratchy green tea. As for the berry, I guess there was a hint of it. No fig at all, which was a bummer. Ah well, they can’t all be winners. Anyone have a favorite fig-flavored tea?

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drank Chocolate Chai by Chado Tea Room
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Decided to give this chai another chance and made it over the stovetop with almond milk. Boy, does almond milk like to foam up on high heat! This got really dark, and I only steeped it for 3 minutes. I think it’s because of the leaf….almost like a CTC. The taste is kinda burnt. Oops! Maybe I need to watch my heat and steep time next time. Otherwise, it’s okay…there’s maybe some chocolate in there, but overall not a great chai.

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Just finished off the sample that Angel sent me. I must have more of this tea, so I just placed my first official Teavivre order! Woohoo! Can’t wait!!

Stephanie

This one is soooo goooood

TeaVivre

So glad you like this tea, and thanks so much for your supporting on Teavivre:)

Scheherazade

I loved this one too. It’s an amazing tasting tea!

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I’m really digging the hot matcha lattes. Almond milk is so freaking creamy that way! This matcha is nice, but it’s more of a hint of strawberry, rather than a definite strawberry. Maybe I need to up my flavor level to robust from now on. Anyway, it’s still creamy and delicious!

Lariel of Lórien

That sounds delicious!

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drank Chocolate Delight by Tealux
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Sipdown! I just finished off my tin of this tea. Such delicious milk chocolate goodness. Kind of sad, but I need to just bite the bullet and finish some of these little bits of teas, even if they’re my favorites. I would say I’m now more in love with unflavored black teas that taste like chocolate, but those tend toward the dark side (lol!) and it’s good to have milk chocolate once in awhile. I love the well-rounded flavor in this tea. It’s like you could eat it!

I’m leaning towards cutting down the amount of different teas I have so that I can really focus on the great ones. I cleaned out my tea cupboard yesterday, and organized it differently. I think it’s set up better to drink down some of the variety. I have one container of potential sipdowns, one container of teas that are best iced, and other containers of various levels of preference. I also moved my empty tins to another location, so there’s less clutter! Yay! Soon, I will be placing more tea orders!

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Mmmmmm, this tea is so fresh tasting! It’s like tasting Spring! This is another sample Angel sent me. Thanks, Angel! It really makes me rethink green tea. I’ve had a hard time really enjoying green teas, except for toasty genmaicha, but this is really hitting the spot!

It’s so fresh, like the leaves were just plucked from the farm. Amazing! I had a cup directly after another dragon well from another company and this one was noticeably fresher. It could be that the other company’s sample was probably sent to me about a year ago, though, which proves the point that green teas should be enjoyed as soon as you get them. Good to know. ;) I’ll have to make sure of that in the future!

Stephanie

Are you sure it wasn’t the She Qian you were drinking? http://steepster.com/teas/teavivre/45568-organic-nonpareil-she-qian-dragon-well-long-jing-green-tea if so it was literally just plucked from the plant. They picked it march 24th!!!

Tealizzy

No, it’s labeled, but I’m sure that other one is awesome!

Stephanie

Ok just making sure :) you made it sound so fresh!!!

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Another profile facelift! My tastes have changed a lot from when I first discovered loose leaf tea.

I can trace my tea journey back to October 2012, when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed high tea at An Afternoon to Remember, which has since closed.

I went through a period of wanting to try all the teas, and was really into flavored teas, especially dessert blacks, but my tastes have substantially changed over time.

I still enjoy the occasional flavored black or rooibos, but I’m more into unflavored black teas right now and recently, puerh. Chinese black teas are amazing…with their notes of chocolate or sweet potato, who needs a flavored tea? I had a much steeper learning curve when it came to puerh. I used to dump out cups of puerh for tasting like leather. Now, I am really enjoying them. I think it took finding good quality puerh and steeping them gong fu style to really enjoy them.

I also, on occasion, enjoy a good oolong, white, or green tea.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Mandala, Teavivre, Butiki, Golden Moon, Lupicia, and DavidsTea (for teaware mostly).

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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