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drank Masala Chai by Rishi Tea
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This is a really fabulous chai! My coworker gave me a sample of this chai…it’s her favorite because it’s spicy. I used the stovetop method, as recommended, and it was delicious! It is spicy, but not killer spicy, and the spices seem equally distributed in strength of flavor. Some chai’s taste too much like one spice note, (I.e. cardamom or black pepper, or even cinnamon). This chai is perfectly balanced, but also not boring. Definitely one I’d restock. :)

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This is one of the better vanilla teas I’ve had. Much more vanilla bean-y, which is what I prefer. The black base is smooth too. Definitely a winner. :)

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drank Matcha Matsu by DAVIDsTEA
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Ya, no. Not for me. At least not as it tastes using the traditional method. Maybe if I shake it up with some vanilla soymilk, it’ll be good? I’ve been curious about trying the flavored matchas at Red Leaf, but if I don’t like the unflavored, I’m not sure why I’d like the flavored. Anyone have thoughts about that?

Courtney

I’m not huge on straight matcha. I have David’s Grand Cru in my cupboard but I exclusively drink it as a cold soy latte. I love Red Leaf’s flavoured matchas, but again I drink them with milk (but not in soy milk, which I find has a much stronger and distinct flavour than regular milk) or in smoothies.

Stephanie

Maybe order one of the Red Leaf free samples of the month? You get like 5-10 servings for just the cost of shipping (less than $3) This month’s sample is cheesecake flavored :)

Tealizzy

Courtney – you’re right that soy milk adds a flavor, and I’m glad there’s hope even if you’re not a fan of straight matcha!

Good idea, Stephanie! I think I’ll try that.

pyarkaaloo

i really only drink matcha for the health benefits, as it’s super concentrated chlorophyll, which is great for you. that said, it’s a very acquired taste and a bit harsh without additives. you’ll get a lot of earthy grass.

lately i’ve been adding brown sugar to mine plus soy milk (just plain does the trick, which tastes vanillary as it is! but with vanilla soy milk it will probably be amazing.) for me milk & sugar cancels out the bitterness & even makes it a little decadent…at least as much as possible given this is well, matcha.

i myself am gonna order a sample of Red Leaf’s flavored. i had my eye on their caramel one. i’m sure it’s much better that way.

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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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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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