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I drank this tea in my new color-changing whale mug from DavidsTea this morning. I’ve never owned a color- changing mug before, and it’s AWESOME! It’s like magic, like it shows the color only while you’re drinking the tea, so it’s like tea is the magic element! Ha!

This tea is a solid breakfast tea, but I like the flavor profile of Sinharaja loads more. Honestly, the delicious honeyed smell I get from the dry leaf didn’t really come through in the steeped cup. Maybe I’m killing it by adding soymilk? I don’t know, but I do know the whale mug is AWESOME! :)

Stephanie

That whale mug is so cute!

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LOVE this! Golden Moon, why haven’t I tried you sooner?! I think I might have just died and gone to tea heaven! It’s like they read my mind and made a tea just for me. It’s sweet, it’s carmel-ly, it’s a little toasty, and so absolutely satisfying. Must resteep!!!

gmathis

First time I tried this, I was expecting Milk Duds … but it’s much more elegant and subtle than that.

Stephanie

YAY I’m glad you like it, too :D

Kat_Maria

Haha, another Golden Moon addict! I still have a bunch of samples from them to try…

TeaTiff

So I am a little leery of flavored oolongs, but this one has caught my eye. Is the oolong base a roasted oolong or a more green oolong?

Tealizzy

TeaTiff – it’s kind of in the middle, but I would say the flavor leans more toward the roasted side.

Stephanie

I don’t normally like roasted oolongs, but I totally dig this one with the burnt sugar flavors

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drank Sinharaja by Golden Moon Tea
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Yum, yum, yum!! This is freaking delicious! So smooth, and I can taste the hint of berries and molasses even though my taste buds and sense of smell have been dampened by residual congestion from the last time I was sick. That means, it’ll be even more yummy when I can actually taste it! Ha! Can’t wait! I can see this tea becoming a staple straight black for me. I’m very impressed with Golden Moon Tea so far, and I have 6 more new teas to try! :)

gmathis

Isn’t that molasses thing incredible?

Tealizzy

Yes!! :)

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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I sipped down the rest of my tin of this tea, combined with the last teeny bit of Grand Amour by Nina’s Paris. It was delicious, but now I’m sad, because both of these are difficult to replace. Paris is like the only tea I like from H&S, so it’s hard to justify shipping for one little tea. It’s the same thing for Grand Amour. My mom likes H&S a lot, so maybe I’ll just share an order with her in the future…that would at least get me some more Paris! It’s not like I need more tea right now though. ;) I just got my Golden Moon order, and I’m planning to stop by DavidsTea for some of the spring teas on my lunch tomorrow. I might need an intervention! Haha!!

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Drank 2 pots of this tea today. :) So pretty in my glass teapot, and a perfect afternoon companion for a gloomy, rainy day.

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drank Oriental Beauty by Butiki Teas
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I made more scones. :) Gotta use up that buttermilk! I just ate one, and it was delicious with a cup of this tea. I feel like I haven’t reviewed this tea before. It’s delicious, though! I definitely enjoy those roasty toasty oolongs, and this one is super smooth. Yum!! This is one of my favorite teas to drink in the afternoon.

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drank Marquis de Gris by RiverTea
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I got a sample of this tea in my order. I was intrigued by an earl grey with additional fruity flavor, since I’ve liked mixed earl greys in the past (ex. Paris by H&S). This is pretty good. The mango flavoring isn’t my favorite, but it kind of rounds out the bergamot. It’s kinda sharp though. The black tea base is pretty smooth. I think, if you like citrus flavored teas, this is a good one.

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drank Bananas Foster by 52teas
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This tea just doesn’t quite make it for me. I put off reviewing it because I’ve had residual congestion from a mild flu I had about 2 weeks ago, and thought I wasn’t tasting anything too well. By now, I’ve had quite a few cups of this tea, and it just isn’t quite right. There’s a nice banana flavor, and it’s sweet, but it doesn’t cry bananas foster to me. I even added some brown sugar, but it isn’t really doing anything to accentuate the flavor. Today it turned out a bit bitter/astringent, and I only steeped it for 3 minutes at 185 degrees. I also feel like my mood is turning toward more natural teas…seems to happen occasionally, but it could be messing with the appeal of this tea at this moment. Overall, I think I prefer Frank’s hot, buttered banana bread tea to this one.

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This was a big hit at my tea with friends today. I made it in my new clear teapot, and the color was so beautiful!!! I wish I had taken a picture. Everyone really enjoyed it, and it went great with the little almond cookies my friend brought from her local Italian bakery.

We also enjoyed caramel oolong by DTT, and dolce vita by RiverTea, with our tea sandwiches and scones. I made the favorite Jamaican banana scones. I wanted to try a new recipe from my Tea Time magazines, but my friend specifically requested those. We also enjoyed the usual cucumber cream cheese sandwiches, and a new favorite: goat cheese, onion, and artichoke sandwiches. It was a great way to spend a Sunday!! :)

Nattie

Sounds heavenly (:

Stephanie

Do you have a link for the Jamaican banana scone recipe? :)

Courtney

Sounds like a fun afternoon, and the food sounds divine. :)

Tealizzy

Stephanie – I’ll PM you. :)

Anna

But I also wanted the linkage, please. 0_0

Tealizzy

Hi Anna – I’ll PM you too. It’s not a link. :)

Anna

Thank you!

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drank Caramel Vanilla Chai by 52teas
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Wow, I haven’t posted in 15 days! Seems like forever. I got sick a week ago and felt like crap, so there wasn’t much tea drinking going on. Turns out, I drank more herbals, which is usually my least favorite tea. Overall, though, I didn’t really have the energy or the desire to make tea much. I’m back and feeling better, although it’s taking longer to recover than I expected. I had like a mild flu, which is annoying since I had the flu shot. Oh well.

So, I got this tea before I got sick, and decided to wait until I was better to post about it. This chai kind of confuses me. The dry leaf smells heavenly, like a sweet caramel-y chai. The brewed tea, however, is not as sweet. Actually, some days are better than others, but most of the time, there is a really strong spice overpowering the tea. I think it’s the cardamom. I usually like cardamom in chai, but this one is hitting me wrong.

Today, I’m having some friends over for tea! Woohoo! So excited! And this time, I only have to make the scones! :)

Stephanie

Glad you’re feelin better :)

NofarS

Glad to hear that you’re better now :)

Tealizzy

Thanks, all!

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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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