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Not quite a tea, but: I got my pu’erh knife in the mail last week! Bought it from eBay a few weeks ago, and it’s gorgeous.

Full review and photos at http://booksandtea.ca/2015/07/teaware-review-puerh-knife-from-ebay/




Yay pu’erh knife – makes life so much easier. :))

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I put 10g of this into a gaiwan to steep. That was a bad idea – I should have just stuck to using half that.

Here’s why:


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drank Carrot Cake by Della Terra Teas
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It’s with great sadness that I bid this tea adieu – the first time I tried it, I loved the spice and the tangy hint of cream cheese icing, but that tanginess is gone. Plus, the status of Della Terra teas is still a big question mark – they say they’re coming back soon, but I’m doubtful.

Goodbye, carrot cake. We had a great thing together.

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drank Green Passionfruit by DAVIDsTEA
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I had this one iced to go this afternoon with a bit of agave nectar. It was nice! Good mix of fruit and green tea, with neither overpowering the other, and a lovely clear yellow colour. At the back of my mouth I felt as cooling sensation like mint. Quite refreshing.

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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve never tried goji berries so I have no idea what they taste like, but I got this to-go as a tea pop from David’s Tea today. It was kind of tart, but I tasted melon the most strongly. Not bad, but I’d probably only get it to go, rather than stocking it at home.

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drank Cinnaberry by DAVIDsTEA
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I know I’ve had this once or twice before without bothering to log it.

This smells wonderful when it’s steeping, but it tastes tarter than I expected. Also, I think that in the small sample I asked for from DT, they gave me a whole lot of cinnamon chips and not a lot of rooibos.

This does smell nice, though. I’ll finish it off and may restock it at a later date.

How does this taste iced, by the way?

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drank Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA
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Coldbrewed a pitcher packet of this overnight, and I was very happy with it! I remember someone else (Roswell? Sil?) saying that this tea didn’t really work for them and that it tasted too artificial.

Because of that, I was a bit trepidatious but it turned out that there was nothing to fear. It’s peachy, sweet, and refreshing. Of course, it helps that the hubs likes it – he prefers juice teas over tea-teas anyway (now we just have to finish off that last bit of Black Cherry).

Technically this is a sipdown as I bought only one pitcher pack, but it may be a restock. You never know!

Roswell Strange

Definitely not me; I like this one a lot. I can’t remember if you do tea soda, but it’s quite good that way!

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drank Citron Green by Adagio Teas
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I cold-brewed this once a few weeks ago and had the remaining leaf this morning as a hot cup. Unfortunately, it was nigh undrinkable warm. I’m going to assume that this was a side effect of it sitting in a tea travelling box for over a year before I fished it out to keep – there was a rank fruitiness in the smell and the taste of the tea that made me think it had some cross contamination going on.

Plus, let’s face it, I don’t have a whole lot of sencha in my cupboard anymore and I find I like Chinese greens over Japanese ones. So, yeah, quite literally not my cup of tea anymore.

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Thanks Ubacat for sending me a sample!

Honestly, this is a pretty typcal, non-descript tea for me. I’m not a huge fan of Mao Fengs, I’ve found, and I’ve also found that I’m not a fan of Yunnan greens, so having this tea be both wouldn’t be my ideal. It’s not offensive or awful, but it’s kind of middle-of-the-road green for me. This tea has that sort of smoke/rubber note I get on the back of my tongue a lot when I drink Yunnan greens.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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As it brewed, I smelled that grapelike smell that I assume must be what Darjeeling afficionadoes call “muscatel.” However, I’m fairly new to Darjeelings and I rarely drink wine, so this is something I need to research a bit more.

The brewed tea is a golden brown colour slightly darker than amber, and very clear. Although this tea was picked in the summer, it reminds me of an autumn flush Darjeeling that I used to have. My understanding is that authentic Darjeelings have a second flush that’s characterized by strong fruit flavour and a bit of sparkle. This tea, in contrast, is more muted.

Full review here: http://booksandtea.ca/2015/07/tea-review-jun-chiyabari-second-flush-nepal-by-single-origin-teas/

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Updated February 2014:

I’m a writer and editor who’s fallen for loose-leaf tea hard. Within a year of joining Steepster, I’ve spent at least $500 on tea, and gotten a whole bunch in swaps! At this point I’ve got a better handle on what I like and dislike, but I’m sure that there will always be more to discover.

Likes: Green tea, sobacha, fruit flavours, masala chais, jasmine, mint, citrus, ginger, Ceylons, Chinese blacks.

Dislikes (or at least generally disinclined towards): Hibiscus, rosehip, chamomile, licorice, lavender.

Things I’m on the fence about: Oolong, vanilla (I prefer it mixed with black teas or rooibos rather than green tea), white teas.

Still need to do my research on: pu’er teas.

I rarely score teas anymore, but if I do, here’s the system I follow:

100-85: A winner!
84-70: Pretty good. This is a nice, everyday kind of tea.
69-60: Decent, but not up to snuff.
59-50: Not great. Better treated as an experiment.
49-0: I didn’t like this, and I’m going to avoid it in the future. Blech.


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