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This is one of the Harry Potter teas I requested from Dexter and while I like it, I don’t find it is amazing. It’s just nice, pleasant, non-offensive, etc. I can’t really make out that much of the individual flavours much. Maybe it will be better as a cold steep?

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This is nice, but as it cools down, it is starting to get bitter. Like others, I also find an absence of coconut, though there is a little bit of a creamy taste, so maybe the coconut is mixed in there? I tried this brew with only a little organic cane sugar. Maybe next one will be with milk? I wonder if that will draw out the hidden coconut.

Thanks for sending this one to me to try Dexter! :)

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drank Silver Buds Yabao by Verdant Tea
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Sipdown!

Did a cold steep of this last night, and OMG YUCK! I tried to drink it but ultimately tossed it out. I think this was better hot. I think it was too mushroomy for me cold steeped.

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
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Sipdown! Had the last of this today. I had it without milk but I have decided I like it best with. It was a little astringent and I’m not sure if that was the actual tea or me possibly overleafing.

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drank Shooting Starfruit by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! Made this iced, and while I am glad I had a small amount to try, I ultimately don’t think I’ll be getting anymore of this. There is something good, but equally weird about it.

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drank Kirara Rice Tea by Lupicia
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Mmmm. so roasty and nutty and YUMMY!

This is a great genmaicha!

Thanks for sending this to me Dexter!

Dexter

:)) I like this one too. The version with black bean is FANTASTIC too.

Amariel

Oooh, sounds intriguing!

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drank Sakurambo (cherry) by Lupicia
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Oversteeped this by, um…a lot. Ooops. Sorry tea. But you’ve gotten too bitter to drink, so I need to make something else, since I can’t seem to fix you. Better luck next time.

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drank Rhubarb & Strawberry by Lupicia
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Brewed this one up this morning, well, afternoon when I actually woke up…it was a little tart from the rhubarb, and a little floral…it was almost like Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait from DAVIDs, only with a black base. Is rhubarb supposed to have a little floral note? Is something else giving me this taste?

I liked this but ultimately threw it into the pile of tea for my friend’s “this day of the year can suck it and I refuse to get older” pile with a few others.

VariaTEA

I found this one was better cold brewed, though still nothing special either way tbh.

Amariel

Yeah. I had thought about straight cold brewing it.

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drank Milk Caramel by Lupicia
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Sipdown! I decided to make the rest of this sample tonight. It’s yummy, but I do like Nina’s Japon better. As to compare to Bird Pick’s Caramel Houjicha, I maintain it is still milder, but really, they are both equally tasty. I get down to LA once a year and pick the Bird Pick one up because it is easily accessible, but if this was, I’d get this too. I can’t say if I like one over the other. I’d need to have them side by side, but I’d wager that this one is just a bit more demure a flavour. The BP is both more sweet and more roasty. So I think it depends on what I want, really, when I am making it.

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drank Amortentia by Custom-Adagio Teas
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This one is weird. I am getting a strange syrupy note, that I think is supposed to be blueberry, but tastes artificial to me. I get a bit of an oily sheen on top, likely from the coconut, though that isn’t an issue really. I can hardly make out any true flavour notes. I must agree that I am not fond of the base on this one. I have slightly astringent fighting with artificial with flavour trying to be seen. I tried adding milk and it is only weirder.

This is the first of the Harry Potter teas, but I’m not a huge fan of this one. I hope I like the other ones Dexter sent.

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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 (except rose), 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.

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.

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.

Yes, I do trades…usually on request though. See something you want to try in my cupboard? Just shoot me a message and I’ll see what I can do!

Uh, guess that’s it.

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