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drank Diksam, FTGFOP1 by Lupicia
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This tea was purchased at the Lupicia store yesterday. I think Lupicia needs to work on their marketing a bit because this is how they describe it:

“Full-bodied, yet smooth taste with light astringency. A standard Assam tea.”

Hmm, Standard Assam tea doesn’t exactly get you enthusiastic about the product, does it? I happen to like assam teas and I drink them all the time in the morning, so I thought I would pick this up. I usually drink these with milk and that’s what I’ve done here. It is a good assam, though pretty average. It has a nice smoothness, malty flavor as well as some fruitiness too.

I’ve been wondering if I should switch to organic tea, and now this report is out by Greenpeace India that tea contains traces of pesticides including DDT. Definitely food for though but I can’t afford to buy everything organic. :(


Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Every once in a while these pesticide issues pop up online and it always makes me look at my tea sideways. But yeah, organic can be so expensive.


Right? It’s not like I’m about to start buying all organic food all of the time either.

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drank Sweet Autumn Tea by Lupicia
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I was meeting a friend of mine at the Loving Hut today for lunch… I had too much time to kill and unfortunately went into the teashops including Lupicia. I think my challenge for October is to go on a tea buying moratorium, I haven’t been doing too well with that lately. Even though buying has decreased a lot over these past few months, it all adds up and I need to start making money soon.

Anyway here is a tea that I first tried a few years ago. It only comes out in October for one month so if you want it, better act soon. It is sweet and has a nice sweet potato flavor that I enjoy. I remember it was good when I had it before, so I’m glad to see it back. I added sugar this time and that makes it too sweet, I think I’ll go for unsweetened the next time I have it.

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I got my Lupicia order. I placed it because of this tea. I think that flavors are too delicate for me. I barely noticed anything. Do you think I “ruined” my palate with puerh, haha?

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drank Pumpkin Patch by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea is kind of crazy. If you have an aversion to spicy things… DON’T go here!

First of all, like some other David’s Teas I was happy that this doesn’t taste artificial at all. A black tea with pumpkin and spices. Nom. I’ve always liked pumpkin flavored things. When I was a kid I looked forward to the pumpkin flavored ice cream that Baskin & Robbins would put out every year.

This is definitely pumpkin-y, but I felt it was a lot better after sugar and soymilk was added. Then the mystery ingredient… I kept noticing how spicy this was in the finish and how “peppery” it seemed to me. Nobody said anything about pepper when I was at the DT store.

I looked the mystery ingredient up on their website? Garam Masala?!? Whoa. That is a bold choice and definitely not for the meek. So I’d say this really seems like a pumpkin curry tea and is definitely not for wimps. I happen to like garam masala in food but I’m not quite sure what I think of it in the tea. I wasn’t really expecting such a spicy tea. I can see how this would be good for colder weather, or to chase off the gloom. I think I need to try it at least once more before giving it a rating and I might steep it for less than 5 minutes next go around, it seems very intense but I have a turmeric tea that I enjoy a lot.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Does the garam masala make it taste on the savoury side? I’d imagine a pumpkin curry with brown basmati rice would be epic.


It does seem sort of savory in my opinion. I definitely got pepper, also an incredible stomach ache :(


Sorry about the stomach ache. I like garahm masala on fruit salad. I was introduced to this while trying more risky street food in Delhi, ( Chat, and the fruit salad). They were only risky because of the potential of contact with contaminated water. I was OK.


i love Garam Masala. i should check this out.


boychik, let me know if you want a sample ;)


Huh interesting. I just had this, and while I get lots of spices, my cup didn’t have any spicy heat to it at all. I steeped it for four minutes.

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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
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Tea I had this morning at David’s. I thought I had this one before but wanted to try it again. I asked them to put agave in it, and that wasn’t a good idea because all I could taste was agave, it was overwhelmingly sweet. Note to self: drink the Toasted Walnut plain.

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drank Shincha Kunpu by Den's Tea
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First tea of the afternoon. :)

My BF and I are having a very lazy morning so far, had coffee and breakfast and are still trying to get out the door.

This is such a wonderful shincha. It tastes very fresh and sweet, with no real bitterness in sight. The flavor is very vegetal and reminds me of spinach and peas. Den’s shincha is really amazing, I highly recommend you try it at least once. Compared to a lot of senchas I’ve had it’s quite delicate. Somehow you just feel revived after drinking this.

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drank Pineapple Sencha by Den's Tea
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I rarely rate teas so high but this is just such a wonderful sencha and has the most authentic flavor of any pineapple tea I’ve tried. It’s perfect cold brewed or hot…

I should try making a pina colada with this :)

Zack S.

Tried any of their other flavored senchas?

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Pineapple sencha, that sounds delicious!


Zack, unfortunately no. I’d like to try the Apple

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

The grape is really good! It does taste kinda like candy, but in a really good way.


I already have a grape sencha from Lupicia that reminds me of candy.

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I’m uncovering this ancient sample I got from Verdant a while ago. The first cup I tried to steep my sample for 2 minutes and I didn’t like it that much. Normally I’m a fan of yunnans but the 2 minute steeping time had some very bitter/tobacco elements. So anyway I am not rating this today.

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drank Flap Jack Oolong by Tiesta Tea
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Tea of the afternoon here that was part of my big Tiesta order from a few weeks ago. Sorry to write such a brief review, but I’m busy today.

This just sounded so good! Flapjack oolong… maple syrup and nutty with a dark oolong. yummm. Unfortunately I felt the flavor here was pretty light. I was definitely hoping for something for more intense, but in the bright side, at least it wasn’t artificial. You do get notes of maple/nutty/pancake but they are very faint. I think the best idea I had with this was to sweeten it with a tiny bit of maple syrup. Then it was perfect. Not bad but not quite flavorful enough for my personal tastes.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

This one is next on my wish list!


If you want I can send you a sample :D


steepster ate my comment that today is national pancake day in the USA so you must have another cup to celebrate even if it wasn’t quite flavorful enough (add more maple??) its all in fun!

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drank Kangaita OP by Harney & Sons
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This tea is ok but definitely not one of my favorites. I’m really glad to just be finishing this one off. I think I accidentally overleafed it because it is VERY strong and somewhat bitter this morning but that’s ok. I need to wake up since I didn’t sleep too well last night. I think 3 minutes is probably enough steeping time for this one.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Decaf Vanilla by Adagio Teas
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This was a sample I got quite a while back at the same time as Adagio’s
plain decaf ceylon, which I did not really like. I figured I wouldn’t really like this much either but had to try it. The vanilla is very artificial, but at least that adds some life to the base tea underneath which is bland and flavorless even though I added plenty of leaf. Soymilk made this a bit better, but the rest of the package is going into the compost… oh well!

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I have never had a Decaf tea that had good flavor. The process really seems to drain the leaves.


Harney and Sons does them the best, I have found, The Decaf Comoro and Decaf Paris are pretty good in my book.


I agree that Harney’s decafs are the top of the heap. I drink their Decaf Ceylon (aka Orange Pekoe), Decaf Assam and Vanilla Comoro. My fondest wish is that they would offer a Decaf Keemun or other decaf China black, but that will likely remain just a dream.

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I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

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