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drank Orange Oolong by Bulk Barn
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Not a stellar tea, but pretty decent for the cost. I might pick up some small caramel cubes and add them to see if I can replicate Orange Brulee from Della Terra.

The main thing here is the orange note. It’s kind of an orange creamsicle kind or orange…sweet and vanilla cream. Unfortunately, it does overshadow the oolong, but it really isn’t half bad. It’s super cheap, and it might be ok every now and again, and some tweaking by making some additions may help too. I may also look at adding milk to enhance creaminess. I also think this might make a nice cold brew in warmer temps.

I don’t think this is as bad as some people have noted, but I can understand the fake orange being an issue for some. I personally feel that the sweet orange is the best compliment to this kind of oolong. but it could be me.


orange and Oolong seem to pair well, I didn’t think about this combination before. Maybe it didn’t work as much in this tea but I think it may really work.


It does, yes. But the right oolong. I think.

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drank Peaches & Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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Picked up a small amount of this today…about 12-14g of it, and you know, it’s alright.

I’m not getting anything super flavory…I am not getting super peachy or super apple. but that’s ok, actually. I get a little of a juicy peach, and a sort of smooth (perhaps creamy?) note as well. I have heard that this is pretty good as a latte, so I may need to try that.

The only thing I noticed is that my steeper had a hard time straining this one. I’m not sure if it is coincidence or not. I’ll take my steeper apart and give it a super clean in case something got clogged somewhere. But a word to the wise, this one may be a bagged tea kind of tea.

I think I will probably pick up more of this to try (maybe 25g to start?), as I really want to find teas without caffeine that I like, for nights (or after I have had too much caffeine in general), that is tasty hot and cold. I don’t know what this one will be like cold, but I think it is gonna be nice iced or cold brewed.

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drank Campfire Blend by Verdant Tea
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Sipdown #4 today/tonight!

Ok, so I’m really only having this one now for 2 reasons…1) because of the spices and the fact I think I have a sinus infection, so maybe the spices will do me good, and 2) for the sipdown factor.

It’s really not my favourite tea, so I’m not sad to see this one go.

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Sipdown #3 today!

I’m cleaning out my cupboard to make room for new stuffs, so trying to sipdown what I can. Might manage a 4th later.

So, on to this tea. I have not had a straight oolong in some time. I don’t know why, really, because I do traditionally love them. I get so wrapped up in my shiny shiny that I often forget about things I have.

The leaves are quite typically dark green and shriveled and sort of ball like. The brew is still pale, like the first time I made this. There’s a mild floral scent to it, but nothing so overpowering, and you can pick up a little of the roasted flavour. The taste is a little more roasted and less floral.

As I mentioned in my initial tasting note, this is a very basic medium toned oolong, that is a nice starter one. It is not overly complex, which is actually quite fine. Sometimes the simple things are best. Like today, my lunch was spinach linguine tossed in a brown butter sauce, with a little parmesan. Super easy, super tasty. If my lemon half hadn’t gone bad, I’d probably have squeezed a little juice over it all too. Just simple flavours and sooo good.

Anyway, I like this oolong, but it is not amazing. I am thankful to Angel from Teavivre for providing me with this sample to try.

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Made this last serving latte style! I think it is really good! I will definitely look at restocking this tea! Hopefully, I will not be the only person to review it.

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I’m sure I have reviewed this one before. Odd. I think Steepster has eaten some of my notes because there are other teas I have made notes on that didn’t show on later steeps.

Anyway, this is a good tea. It is smooth for a black, with no bitterness or astringency. There are light cocoa and raisin notes to me, with a bit of sweetness. It’s really a nice straight black tea. This is one that I can have without milk…though I did sweeten a little.

Thanks to CrowKettle for letting me try this little bit of gold. It’s really tasty.

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
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Sad to see the last of this go. It’s definitely one I want to get my hands on in larger quantities.

It’s genmai cha, it’s sweet, it’s oh so yummy and amazing. See my other note for more details.

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Still a decent tea, but not a fave. It might be something I’ll pick up on an occasional basis, because it does have body for a white tea, but there’s just so many more teas I love out there.

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Dumped the rest of the sample in my steeper and gave it a good 5 minutes, since last time it seemed weak. This time it was stronger, and better, but a little astringent, which might be due to the steeping parameters, or possibly the coffee part of it.

On the whole, I’m glad I tried it, but it’s not a regular tea for me. It’s tasty enough, but a but finicky.

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drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
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Ok, so I don’t love this tea. It’s just too thin for me. I’ll probably toss the rest into the moose tracks tea.


I read that as ‘mouse trap tea’ at first. Interesting mental imagery there. :p

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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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