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drank Irie by Tea Leaf Co
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When I first opened the package, I immediately smelled the spices and the orange peel, but I didn’t smell much coconut at first. However, I could definitely see big flakes of coconut in the dry leaf, along with flecks of ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and orange peel. The leaf was just lovely to look at. Eventually, I did notice the smell of coconut, but it was light and faint at the back of my nose near my soft palate.

Full review at http://booksandtea.ca/2015/07/tea-leaf-co-tea-reviews/

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drank Soul Good by Tea Leaf Co
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The brewed smell was quite similar to the dried smell: sweet, soft, fruity, powdery. I added a spoonful of agave nectar (too much, I realized in retrospect) to the cup, which helped bring the flavour forward. The apple was gentle and appeared mostly on the back of my tongue. The ginger was there if I squinted, but it wasn’t that strong.

Full review at http://booksandtea.ca/2015/07/tea-leaf-co-tea-reviews/

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drank Jubilee by Tea Leaf Co
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The dry leaf for Jubilee was a mix of rose petals, calendula petals, green rooibos, and mango pieces. The smell was like ripe, juicy mango edging into overripeness. In the back, contributing to that overripe smell was the rose, adding a bit of tartness, and the calendula, adding a bit of floral peachiness.

Full review at http://booksandtea.ca/2015/07/tea-leaf-co-tea-reviews/

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Backlog from this morning. A nice, unobtrusive tea. I probably have enough left for 1 or 2 cups, but I’m glad I got a chance to try this.

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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/

Sil

woohoo!!

Dexter

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:

http://booksandtea.ca/2015/07/tea-review-fengqing-ancient-tree-spring-chun-jian-raw-pu-erh-cake-tea-2012-from-teavivre/

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drank Carrot Cake by Della Terra Teas
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Sipdown

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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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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