1672 Tasting Notes

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Mmmm. This is a nice rich start to my day. Not much caramel – more honeyed molasses, but it’s very good.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
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:( This just isn’t hitting the spot for me tonight. Bleh. Hopefully my cup of Zen’s Phoenix Pearls waiting for me in my timolino make up for it.

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50

Sipdown! (93)

This is ok. It’s not great. I drank it, but I don’t want any more.

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drank Bangkok Blend by Harney & Sons
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And another sipdown today! (94)

I think I’ll miss this. It reminds me of that Coco-Lemon Thai from Davids, but I think I preferred this version. I wish I had some for side-by-side comparison but it’s not that big a deal. This is a nice tea, but not for every day – I need to crave it.

Courtney

This is my favourite!

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drank Spiced Fig by DAVIDsTEA
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Yes…. this is my favorite of the Winter Collection (which, isn’t saying much?) The flavour combination makes me think of Christmas festivities. The only downside is the weight. It’s basically 10g per cup so it’s a little expensive..

CrowKettle

This one reminded me of hot apple cider with cloves and some extra fruit. I preferred it to the cake-ish blends too (although DT note says it’s trying to be a cake as well?). :)

Amariel

I agree. I like it best, but the weight this is an issue.

Dinosara

I’m interested to try this one in comparison to Teavana’s Fig Rose… The latter isn’t spiced like this one, but they seem kind of similar otherwise.

Roswell Strange

Urghhh… I just got home from Central Canada Comic Con with extra money from what I’d budgeted. I was looking to spend that on the teas I was interested in from the new DAVIDsTEAs released, but it seems like the general consensus in not favourable for the three I was interested in (this being one of them, and then White Chocolate Frost, and the Gingerbread Rooibos).

Cavocorax

I’d get a little bit of those three – it seems like they were the better ones. I liked the gingerbread, and this was good although it doesn’t give me as many cups as I’d like. White Chocolate Frost was good but it’s a bit oily with weird green drops left on the mug? But it tastes good. So, why not try them? Just don’t buy too much, just in case!

Cavocorax

But Coffee Cake and Choconut are mostly nonononono

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79
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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I figured I’d better have some of this so it will fit in a smaller tin, because when I get my 8.8 oz of Ceylon Star, I’ll want to use my 7 oz RML tin for it.

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80
drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh, what have I done?
Tealizzy told me that this one might get discontinued and then I kept thinking about it, and … well I just bought the 8.8oz thingy online for $18.

/0\

I’ll put it in my 7 oz Read My Lips tin once I drink it down a bit more.

Sil

Oh. My. God.

OMGsrsly

LOL! I was wondering if you’d cave. :)

Fjellrev

Haha way to be.

Cavocorax

LOL. I hope J doesn’t notice.
And OMG. I have no self control.

Sil

i think you need to count that sucker as 5 teas

CHAroma

Those discontinuation sales are dangerous.

Sil

CHAroma….only if you buy into them haha. I look at those sales as a chance to NOT buy the tea that i won’t be able to get every again heh

Tealizzy

You’ll enjoy it! It’ll keep you warm all winter, especially since the winter collection isn’t that great. ;)

Cavocorax

Well, there’s a reason I track my tea collection by weight as well as number! And I was a bit disappointed with the winter teas I tried so far, so I wanted this to make up for it. Like Tealizzy says, it’ll keep me cozy all winter. :)

Cavocorax

Sil, with 8oz, you won’t EVER need to get it again.

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Another sipdown! (96)

I find this one has a mild floral taste, a bit of grassiness and a lot of cream to it. It seems like this milk oolong is stronger some of the other unflavoured milk oolongs I’ve had. It’s funny, because when I had it before I didn’t get much cream, but this time I did. Maybe I’m getting better at detecting notes?

Maybe?

This is surprising to me, but I guess I like oolongs now. That’s what happens when you drink one each day for a few weeks, I guess. :P I still can’t say much about them, and remember exactly which one is which, but I do find myself craving one first thing in the morning as a gentler wake me up.

I even chose this over trying new teas from DAVIDsTEA. :P

So I’ll definitely have to order something from Teavivre. I just don’t know which oolong I’ll want. And then maybe I’ll order a few more samples to help me figure out what I like. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
El Monstro

I had to kind of warm up to oolongs, didn’t like them when I was younger. Flash forward to the past few weeks, it’s almost all I’ve been drinking.

ifjuly

Agreed. I really really didn’t like oolong until very recently, and it started towards the green end and has slowly been creeping over to the roastier side. Oolong drift!

Cavocorax

Oolong drift – I love that term. :)
Glad to see I’m not the only one. Did you guys end up getting the samples from Teavivre when they had them for $8?

Cavocorax

(Because that’s what got me into trying them)

ifjuly

Alas no! (But I do really dig this oolong, think it was one of the ones that really convinced me.) Lately, and I know this isn’t tea snob popular but, I’m finding oolongs make a much better base for additional flavors than black tea. I love coconut and milk oolongs (flavored or natural), and really fruity and tropical flavored ones as well.

I’m trying to wait ‘til I have a huge order ready for Teavivre, ’cause Teavivre packages are guaranteed to be ones I have to go to the post office to pick up and I’m so very lazy about that stuff. I’ve had a handful of their oolongs in sample size though…this was one of my favorites along with, IIRC, a TGY (and man, I used to really dislike all the Wuyi oolongs).

ifjuly

got cut off somehow, huh. I used to really dislike all the Wuyi oolongs but IIRC Teavivre’s was one I didn’t mind too much and I’d be curious about trying it again and seeing if I’ve changed.

Cavocorax

Yeah, I hate how my post office guy doesn’t EVEN TRY to deliver my Teavivre packages. It’s not a huge deal, but if I don’t get a ride it’s a half hour walk and that won’t be fun in the winter. I’d better order soon, or in the spring.

El Monstro

Yeah I bought a bunch of the samples when they were having the oolong sale, still have a couple I need to open and try.

El Monstro

Also, upton has pretty good, inexpensive oolong samples.

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
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Ok, so after the DAVIDsTEA samples, I wanted something that was “cake” in a different way, and this is definitely that. It’s much gentler and smoother. Nice to end the night up with…

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drank Gingerbread by DAVIDsTEA
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I wasn’t able to fully review this before it cooled down, but I’m happy with this. Happy that I have 50g, but not sure that I’ll miss it once it’s gone.

It’s slightly spicy, with a nice cake-y background (yet without the oily aftertaste I got from Coffee Cake and Red Velvet Cake), and the ginger is nicely pronounced. I feel like I should add sugar to this one, or steep it longer to make the flavours pop more. I want MORE spice.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

Reading all your reviews makes me want to go upstairs and make more tea but I decided to soak my timolino to give it a good clean and I feel like if I make a tea now I will fall asleep before it gets cool enough for me to drink. I am just so excited to test out all the new flavors.

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Tea: I just started drinking loose tea in the fall of 2012, and once I started I had to get more and more and try ALL THE TEAS. Joining Steepster made this worse/easier.

So far it seems that I prefer unflavoured black teas, although I still drink a few that are flavoured each day too. Oolongs, greens, puerhs and white teas are all very good, but I just don’t crave them as often.

Yet.

Me: Ok. Random things. I like animals, I have a baby girl and a devoted bf, and … I’m a geek. I like Lord of the Rings, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, pen&paper RPG’s, online RPG’s, video games, silly internet memes, puzzles and a bunch of others things! I taught myself to knit and I’m considering crochet but I need to make time for all these things!

Ratings:
1-50: Bleh.
51-64: It’s ok.
65-75: It’s good.
76-85: It’s very good. (Buy 1oz+)
86-100: Amazing. (ALWAYS re-stock)

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