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drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
627 tasting notes

Sipdown…love this tea. Need more. Wishing it was not so expensive. See past tasting notes for details…

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Sipdown…had this tonight, and um, I’m not really in love with it. There is nothing really wrong with it, but it just doesn’t wow me. It is kind of a deeper tasting white, but mild at the same time. There is a sort of citrus dryness, I think with this. I would have to say that as far as pu ergs go, I prefer sheng pu erh over this, though I like black best.

I think this came via OMGsrsly with my mega birthday samples swap last summer.

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drank Champagne Cider by Butiki Teas
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Gah! So good! So apple-y! I do get less champagne with this bled than the original. nut I’m honestly ok with this. This tea is super yummy!

Upping my rating!!

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drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
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Sigh…something with the new base is not getting along with me. I feel like I watched how much leaf I used today, and I still got a sour and somewhat astringent taste. I feel like I was also good on the time I let it steep.

I still like it, but I have to add milk to tone it down some, though it is tasty this way too. It just isn’t the tea I fell in love with.

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drank Bamboo Integrity by Zen Tea
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Sipdown! I used a little too much sugar, by accident, so it is a little sweeter than I prefer, but this is so the right tea for me right now. Loving this last cup of it. I had been thinking on saving this to cold brew in the summer, but I think I have enough teas to do that with, or will have. And I can always look at ordering some later anyway. So thanks to OMGsrsly for sending me some. Upped my rating some as it is a nice tea.


I have some of this cold brewing in the fridge right now! Definitely a good one for that. :)


Yeah, it sure seemed like that. I’ll probably do that with A Rabbit’s Garden. I think I ended up having it because I want to sipdown stuff and I also don’t have much in the way of caffeine free teas right now it was handy for that. I can’t wait to cold steep Champagne Cider actually.

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
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Sipdown! Bye Bye Special Dark, you will be missed!

Had the last of this lovely one today…just seemed the time to finish it up. Stacy and I were talking pu erh on Facebook yesterday, so that got me back in the mood for one, and I opted to finish this one off. I have some more pu erh from Teavivre too. And a few shengs. Yum. Pu erh all the time! Read my last note for this one for more detail.

Bamboo Integrity is steeping, so I gotta go grab that one. Yay for two sipdowns today!

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I think I over-leafed this one, as it is a little bitter and sour, but still pretty mild. I measured on my bamboo spoon and seemed like a good amount, but that left less than half of the sample packet left. It is still pretty decent, aside from that, and I am surprised that such a short steep brought out as much flavour as I got. The dry leaf of this one smells so fresh and green, but the brewed tea seems to be a little heartier. Almost roasted? To me, at least. I dunno. It could be me, or maybe the over-leafing.

I’d say that this tea, given the faults in my brewing, is still pretty nice. I am grateful that Angel at Teavivre sent me this one. I hope my follow up steep with the rest of the package will give me a slightly more moderate flavour profile. So far, I think I like Dragonwell greens the best from China. Especially really butter ones.

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Peaches & Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlog…had this one last night. I think I may have used too much of this in brewing, as I got a strange taste. It was kind of a strange dough-y taste, for lack of a better description. Also, I’m gonna have to drop my rating, because this one gives me a bit of grief if using my steeper. It is fine in a bag, or in my perfect mug, but it simply does not steep well in my steeper and I have to swish a spoon around to help it filter, but it still clogs up some.

I do not know if I will refill after this bag is up.

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Made this again today, but more because I was in a hurry and just grabbed the bag and a disposable bag from DAVIDs to steep in when I got to work.

Still tasty, see my original note for more details.

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Like a coffee dessert! The coffee is most definitely the most prominent aspect of this tea, but the chocolate does come out. I sorta wonder how this would be, iced hong kong style with sweetened condensed milk?

This was just my first time having it, though I had two travel mugs worth of it, and I liked it.

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are.

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty, and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Uh, guess that’s it.


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