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drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
517 tasting notes

Man, is it hot outside! Our run this morning was not fun. And hot tea in this weather is a little hard to take. So, I made iced tea! I’ve been meaning to cold brew this one because hot, it’s too coconutty for me. I didn’t have time for cold brew, so I just brewed it hot and then poured it over ice. I didn’t brew it double strength and this turned out to be a good thing. Of course the ice diluted it, but for this tea, that made it more drinkable for me. Yay! I might still try a cold brew, but right now I’m happily sipping my third glass of this tea (third steep iced). The coconut is much more muted, but definitely present. It’s pretty creamy too. Nice! Glad I found a way to enjoy this tea, and cool off too!!

Stephanie

I bet it’s fab iced!

Josie Jade

Running in all this hot, humid weather is definitely a challenge! It’s getting a little easier, but it’s only getting hotter. :) Glad you had this tea to cool off with!

Shmiracles

it was very humid, and all of a sudden too. i swear i missed the breezy weather transition days. i must have blinked or something.
i ran a race this weekend and a handful of people were sitting in the woods with cramps and dehydration all through the last miles. way more people than usual.
but you did it!! yay!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Good for you getting out there! I’m way more tempted to want to run on the treadmill in this kind of weather than in the winter when it’s 15 degrees. So far this summer I’ve avoided the treadmill, but it really has put a damper on trying to get speedier.

Tealizzy

Thanks, All. Treadmills are so boring. I think I’d rather take the heat, but it can get really bad around here (up past 100). Yesterday morning wasn’t horrible…probably around 80 something. There was a breeze though! My husband and I try to run regularly, but the heat can sometimes make us lazy. We’re kinda fair weather runners! Ha!

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drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
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I had this last night. Thanks for the sample, Stephanie! It pretty much delivers. It tastes like piña colada and honeybush! No surprise there! It wasn’t bad, but for some reason I was hoping for something more, something that makes me go “wow.” I didn’t get that.

Stephanie

Yeah, I enjoy it but I probably wouldn’t re-order or anything, it’s good iced!

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Woke up with a pounding headache this morning. Laoshan village chai to the rescue!! :)

Btw, my coworker, who I bought a package of this for, really liked it! Yay! I love sharing tea with others (and getting them hooked!) Haha!

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I just enjoyed three steeps of this. It really reminds me of Butiki’s 1991 aged oolong, but I think I prefer Butiki’s. There was just more distinct and interesting flavors there. Maybe it’s like wine…the older the better?! This one is similar, in that it’s thick and smooth, but roasty. Overall, enjoyable, but nothing stands out to me.

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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I have come to accept the fact that this will not taste like the overly sugary (and delicious!) Nutella, and now can enjoy it for what it is! Yay!

Fjellrev

I expected more Nutella too!

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Thought I would have a cup of this directly after Nina’s Paris Grand Amour and compare them, cuz they do both contain raspberry and vanilla flavors! I’ve been enjoying this tea for awhile now. It was a little disappointing at first, but has grown on me. It is completely different than Grand Amour, though. The raspberry flavor isn’t the same, and neither is the black tea base. If I had to pick one, I think I prefer Grand Amour (since it also contains red currant and caramel, and you know I like complexity!), but it’s like they say, comparing apples and oranges, even though you’d think it isn’t. Still like this one, though! I can make room for two raspberry teas!

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drank Grand Amour by Nina's Paris
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It was a little bit of an unusual morning today. Got up and got dressed for the office. Then I turned on the news while having some toast, as I usually do, and my main mode of transportation was severely delayed. Hmmm. So, fortunately, my boss is flexible, so I decided I would work from home for the morning and maybe go in later. That being the case, I went back to bed for an hour. ;) so tired! Unfortunately, my work laptop was at the office, but I figured I could still log onto my email via the web version on my home laptop, BUT they had stupidly decided to do an update to that last night, and it wasn’t working this morning! Double whammy! I was still able to do work since I had access to some stuff I needed to review, and I was able to phone into a meeting, so it worked out okay. What a morning, though!

Because of all that, I didn’t have my first cup of tea until 8:30am!! Usually I’m on my second cup by then. I decided that I should treat myself with some of this tea, and as usual, it was delicious! Take that, wacko day!!

Sil

mmmm i need to buy some of this one.

ashmanra

This was my favorites of my samples. I intend to buy some soon.

Sil

has anyone heard anything more about their non amazon site?

Tealizzy

Nope. I was trying to wait for their site, but I got impatient and ordered via amazon!

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Sipdown!

This was a really nice tea, once I actually steeped it at a lower temperature. I still think I like Della Terra’s oolong creme de la creme better, and plan to try milk oolongs from other companies, so probably won’t get more of this one.

Fjellrev

Glad to hear you prefer DTT! Have that waiting to be opened and I thought this one was just alright.

Tealizzy

Yep! I like it a lot more! Hope you enjoy it!!

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drank Coconut Grove by DAVIDsTEA
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Went to DavidsTea today during lunch to pick up some loose leaf tea bags to use at work, and ended up leaving with a steeped cup of this tea as well. It smelled like sweet coconut, so I decided to give it a shot. She put a little honey in it too. I was really surprised at how much I liked it. Their coconut oolong is too overwhelmingly coconut for me, but this tea was more my thing, even though it is definitely a coconut tea. Maybe I just don’t really like the combo of coconut and oolong? Maybe white is better, although I’m not sure I really tasted the white tea itself. Looked up the ingredients when I got home and there is some vanilla in there as well…must be why it’s kinda sweet and creamy. Mmmm. Anyway, I’ll probably pick some of this up next time I’m there. :)

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My coworker generously gave me pretty much an entire bag of this tea yesterday. When I asked her why she was giving it away, she said although she likes it, her husband doesn’t, and they typically enjoy tea together. They’re so cute! Honestly, this does not look like it was a cheap tea, so I feel a little bad about taking it all. It was harvested in 2009, though, and it appears that Teance has a recent 2013 harvest available, so not sure how long she’s had it. Ha!

I really enjoyed 3 steeps of this today. It’s yummy! And no worries, it doesn’t taste stale. ;) I got buttery, vegetal, and some floral notes. Very smooth and thick. I think the vegetal note is like an artichoke, although I’m still working at refining my palate. Overall, a very enjoyable oolong that I am happy to add to my cupboard! :)

Stephanie

What a nice gift :)

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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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