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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
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Iced the last of this tea to see what that was like. In this case, the pink color makes me think it’s raspberry lemonade, but the flavor is still Forever Nuts. Still not a fan. Such a weird tea! Happy that this is a sipdown… I won’t be buying more.

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This tea definitely tastes better steeped at a lower temperature. I like it almost as much as Della Terra’s, but it’s still not on par with that one. Today I steeped one cup hot and then iced the second steep. Iced, this one gets a little bitter, so I’ll probably stick to enjoying it hot.

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This morning was a blueberry morning! I had this tea after I had the stronger black blueberry cream cheese danish by 52teas. :) I decided to steep this one at 185 degrees too, to see if that made a difference. After all, there is green tea in this blend. I think the temperature difference was a good change, in that it seemed creamier, smoother, maybe because the green tea isn’t oversteeped.

In other news, we are battling ants in our house…no specific trail, but they just keep appearing in different places. It’s irritating, and I’m really worried they might find my tea stash! So today, I put all the most important teas in plastic containers. These two were included. :)

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by Butiki Teas
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Made this iced for the first time and it’s great! Smooth coconut! I have to say though, I poured one glass over ice and it definitely diluted it. I am letting the rest of it cool and will chill it in the fridge, so that should come out even better! Yay! I am having a little too much fun icing teas!

Chelle

Me too! The local street market here, kind of a farmer’s market but better, has a new tea vendor. Samovar Gardens is just local here in northern Alabama. They sell large mason jars that you can have them filled with their iced teas while you shop the market. I bought three of their tea blends. The smashberry tisane was soooooo yummy. They grow all their own herbs, use their own grown fruits! They are only on Facebook. Can’t wait till Thursday (market day) to see their new blends!

Tealizzy

Nice! Cool to be supporting a local business too!!

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Steeped up some of this tea to see if it was better with a lower temperature, using my new variable temperature kettle (man, that was the best purchase ever!), and it wasn’t. Still super floral. The second steep was more nutty and a little buttery, but it’s just so overpoweringly floral. I didn’t make it to a third steep, but it might have been even better. Only thing is, I don’t want to have to wait until the third steep to get the best cup of tea!

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Pure comfort food…I mean tea! ;)

Stephanie

If you ever want to take pity on me and send me a sample of this in a swap, I’d be your bestest friend :)

Tealizzy

Stephanie – sure, I could send you some. PM me! :)

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drank Jasmin by Nina's Paris
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I think the only time I’ve ever had a jasmine tea was when I went out for dim sum. It definitely goes well with dim sum. This tea smells heavenly. I enjoyed two steeps of it, the second of which was more enjoyable, since I didn’t oversteep it. It seems to like about a one minute steep. I think this is a tea I would like to have now and then. Would probably be delicious paired with a rice dish. Thanks for the sample, Nina’s Paris!!

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Isn’t it funny how the end of a bag of tea can be yummy or gross? This one was the latter. Super astringent, and I didn’t steep it that long. I ended up dumping the last half of my cup. Nevertheless, I call this a definite sipdown! Yay! Room for new teas!

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drank Magicienne by Nina's Paris
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I just enjoyed the sample of this tea that came with my Nina’s order. It smells amazing! Like piña colada, which is what I assume they were going for. I wasn’t sure about the steeping parameters since it didn’t come with any, and I don’t drink that much green tea, but it turned out pretty good at 176 degrees for 2 minutes. The taste is pretty light, but I definitely tasted some pineapple and maybe some creaminess from the coconut. Not overpowering flavor, but pleasant, delicate. I think I would consider getting more of this tea. It would probably be delicious iced, as long as it’s not oversteeped. Thanks, Nina’s, for the sample!! (Btw, I had this with a mango cupcake…great pairing!)

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I’m trying to sipdown more of the teas I have that are just okay. This is one of them. It’s not bad, but it’s not great. Tastes like banana nut, but gets astringent quickly. Now I’m one cup away from a sipdown! So close!

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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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