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drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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OMG, this is SO hitting the spot right now! I think this has to be my favorite tea iced. It’s so coconutty and creamy. Mmmm! Might have to pick up some more of this, even though it’s now formulated a bit different. I remember when I tried the new one, it wasn’t hugely different, so no worries!

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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This turned out particularly delicious this morning as an iced latte with almond milk. I sipped it slowly, so maybe letting it sit a bit is the key. The flavors need time to meld together? Anyway, it was yummy, and perfect for how hot it is today!

Stephanie

Courtney lets her cold lattes steep overnight. I tried it and it seems to help! I just need to get my act together and remember to make my matcha the night before I want to drink it…heh

Tealizzy

I’ll have to try that! :)

Courtney

I enjoy it much more when I let it sit, it’s true. Even a few hours is better than nothing. :)

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drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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I thought I read somewhere on here that this was like vanilla icing when you cold-steeped it. I tried it, and it didn’t work out. It tastes too medicinal, which is such a bummer. I guess I’ll have to stick to enjoying this one hot.

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I’ve enjoyed this tea twice now and it is really delicious! I thought it might taste like fresh banana in cereal, and it does! The banana pudding taste is awesome. I haven’t had the same tea with the black base, but I bet that’s awesome too! The banana is not like a banana runts flavor…it’s more natural…sweet though, like a ripe banana. I’m pretty happy I picked up this pouch! :)

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Wow, what a difference time can make to one’s taste in teas. When I first had this, which was a really really long time ago (I feel so bad because I’ve recently found that drinking green teas is better to do in a shorter timeframe, as they tend to lose their freshness), I really wanted to like it, but just couldn’t get into it. The green base at that time was just too grassy, and my palate was not yet evolved.

Today, I decided to try it again and it’s quite lovely! Very smooth, a little nutty, and yes, grassy, but I can appreciate it so much better now! Yay! Glad I gave this one another shot, I will enjoy the rest of my bag! :)

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Enjoyed 2 steeps of this tea. Soooo delicious! I love the dark chocolate flavor and the thick mouthfeel. It’s almost got a bit of puerh earthiness, but in a good way. Yum!! This one will be a permanent resident in my cupboard!!

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
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Soooo good iced!!!! That is all. :)

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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 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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