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drank Oolong Salima by Sanctuary T
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What a treat!! Thankyou QuiltGuppy for so generously sharing this sample with me. I quite like it.
The Oolong comes through very nicely, but also takes on the accent of tangerine quite well. I’m on my second steep now, and noticing the orange flavour more and more. It’s very delicate and reminds me of a white tea in some ways.
The sweetness is also very round, lasting until long after I’ve taken a sip.
I wouldn’t want this one all the time but when in the mood for a fruity oolong tea, this will definitely be on my “to crave” list.
I think I’m most impressed by the fact that it’s a fruit oolong. Most that I have tried are overpowered by the added ingredients.
Oh and it’s very smooooooth. The consistency (not the taste) of butter!!!

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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agh why does vanilla do me wrong?! I want to like vanilla… and I don’t mind other vanilla flavoured tasty things, but somehow in tea it just turns me off every time pouts
The second steep was better, I have to admit… I didn’t mind it too much. The fact that it was so very smooth made me forget the vanilla hanging in the back after every darn sip. I also felt like the vanilla did something to the black tea base that made it taste “green” to me, which made me wrinkle ma nose even more… gah.
I didn’t mind the sample in the store, and I got mine with milk, but it’s not worth paying for a whole cup just to find out if that makes enough of a difference for me.


Vanilla and I have a love-hate relationship too. It can be wonderful, but when it’s bad… it’s REALLY bad.


yes, I agree!! It’s got a bad rap in my books. Blech!

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drank Yellow Dragon by DAVIDsTEA
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INTENSE Is how I would describe this golden brew. and refreshing!! but certainly not oolongy. Not even on the third steep! At that point, I got bored of searching for the “tea” in my cup. Oh and when it cooled, the minty lemon somehow started tasting like ginger. Ick! which was worse since it was unexpected :/
I’m getting over that cold still, and despite that I still find this overpowering-again, on the third steep!
If this were billed as an herbal tea, I might go for it… but the darn stuff is caffeinated xSighsx
Maybe if they dial down the pep on this one, I could learn to love it…
Oh and besides all of that, they used a “green”-er oolong than I prefer, which is usually kinda meh in my books.

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Tonight, I put down my cat after a 2 yr struggle with Thyroid disease and pancreatic cancer. She was 21.5 yrs old. She fought for life valiantly, coming back time after time even after the vet said she had only weeks left on this world.
Born into a life of extreme poverty and abuse, she was lucky to eventually land in our home. No, actually, we were the lucky ones. That cat stayed with us when we were sick, entertained us to no end, and warmed our hearts when we were sad.
I miss her already. No wonder, since I have known her for just over two thirds of my life.
Somehow, I find it fitting that I am laden with a head cold on this day- a gentle reminder that my mild suffering is a fraction of the pain she put aside for the sake of keeping a brave face. Funny, that my being sick has helped me cope with the guilt of ending another creature’s life.
That is why I find this tea oddly appropriate… soothing of my soul as well as the bug that ails me. A half spoon of honey rounds it off, coating my sore throat caused not by sickness but by crying my eyes out earlier today.
RIP my dear Midnight. I’ll miss you forever.

P.S. If only cats could enjoy tea…


I’m so sorry! I’m glad she found such a loving and long-lasting home.


thanks Jessie :hearts:
It was serendipity if I’ve ever seen it… that she landed in our laps…


So sorry to hear you have lost your wonderful friend.


So sorry for your loss! It’s always so hard to lose such a close companion. Glad you have a soothing tea.


I’m so sorry! Cats and Dogs earn their way into our hearts. We are incredibly lucky to be able to share our love with them, because theirs for us is unconditional. You were lucky to have each other.

Soothing tea in her honor!


me to Cattibrie, me to… thanks for your kind words xx
Dinosara: she is the only one in the house who never chastised my tea love… haha. Thx friend
Ninavampi: we(the fam) certainly were lucky. She earned her place and then some… and yes, tea in her honor! and maybe one day a tattoo :)


: ) I approve of the tattoo idea! I generally am not a fan, but when they are so meaningful, I think that they can totally be worth it.


hehe thx. I’m the same way… tats just for the sake of tats… well I don’t see the point.


So sorry for your loss. It brings tears to my eyes to think of losing a cat so close.(mine is getting on in years too, and that though terrifies me).
Lots of soothing teas, for sure.


sorry to hear… :(


It’s hard to lose our dear pets…my sympathies Indi


Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. I’ve lost a few pets over the years, and it sure feels painful when they go out like that. :( hugs

aisling of tea

hugs super, super tight I’ve been there, and I know the heartbreak well. Feel free to text or call.


I’m so sorry about your loss. I’ve totally been there. If you need anything at all, PM me, OK?


So sorry. We had a similar situation with a dog who lived 19 years and the vet would tell us at every visit that he knew it was the last time he would be seeing her. Six months later we would be right back again and hear the same words! I am now trying to get up the courage to get another dog, but I don’t know if I should…


I’m so sorry, Indigobloom. 21.5 years, though, that’s a highly respectable age! Especially if she was ill. I’m not going to say ‘try not to feel guilty’ because I know from experience that this is just not possible when one has had to make that sort of decision. Over time the pain will lessen, I promise. In the meantime, take comfort in all those many years you got to know her, the vast majority of which was as a healthy cat.


I’m so sorry so hear about your loss. I just hope my own beloved felines will grace me with their presence for as long as your dear Midnight. hugs


Ssajami: well the tea certainly does help. and knowing that she lived more than double the standard life span of a cat in the wild. Cherish your kitty every day! :)


thx Amy xx


Scott: it is indeed hard, but so worth the joys they bring when with us :)


Dorothy: yes it really is tough… one never gets over the loss of their first pet, or so I hear, and I believe it because this certainly does hurt! in time… I will get another and start all over again…


Aisling: you’re such a sweetheart hugs back… I need hugs! and give one to Pekoe for me to k?


KeenTeaThyme: If you didn’t live so darned far away I’d invite ya over for tea and we could trade pet stories. and then tea stories… xx


Ashmanra: wow that is a long time! I’m sorry to hear about your dog :(
If you have the means and time for an animal… I say, go for it! I could never have a dog bc of my work schedule… but one day I will.
thanks for the kind msg xx


Angroboda: It’s true, most of her many years were happy and carefree. I know it will take time… it’s the cycle of life we all go through, right? (begrudgingly in my case!)
I miss her dearly today but atleast it is bearable now. I was a right mess the other day!
thx so much for the kind words, to you Angroboda and everyone who msgd me xxx

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drank Moonlight White by Rishi Tea
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Big thanks to QuiltGuppy for sending me this lovely tea!! I’d been saving it for a special occasion and I don’t know why but today felt right.
It’s very light and refreshing. I think I can taste some of the melon but I’d never be able to pinpoint that on my own. It’s a solid white tea that I look forward to having again.
One thing that puzzles me is that at one point it tasted a tad bleachy, but that quickly disappeared as the cup cooled. I know melon can give me a chemical-ish impression, as does papaya (even more so)…. so perhaps that was why? Hmm.
Anyhow, I really enjoyed this one- esp when it was hot!!

EDIT: Ohhhh my goodness, the second steep was a totally different experience!!!! not so great when hot, but deeeeelicious and delicate and round and fruity and oh oh so good when warm but not yet cool. I am bumping the rating! I wonder what the third steep holds? :)

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Teas like this make me think my senses are back to norm and then I end up dissappointed later… haha. This was pretty decent!! for an oolong. I’ve had better milky type tea before but I like this one more than the standard DT Milky Oolong. The banana is present in the first steep but barely so. It’s a little “malty” or rather as close as I’ve gotten in weeks, so I imagine it will be loads better in time! my standards are a little low these days… but getting higher by the sip! :)
Not sure I’d purchase this. In my memory, the Tea Emporium milky oolong is the best local variety I’ve tried.
I think the third steep was the best btw!


I found a great banana smell but no banana taste. I still liked it but not sure I will go out of my way to get it again since it is an expensive one.


oh, phew! good to know I am not the only one!!

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drank Elf Help by DAVIDsTEA
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OK my buds are seriously messed!! I quite enjoyed this (for a sencha. I hate sencha) but I tasted MINT! fresh, springy, mint! There is no mint in the ingredients… so how is this possible hmm?? Some of the fruitiness came out as well though I can’t be sure what exactly I was tasting. and there was no nuttiness whatsoever :(
agh. Anyhow, I went for a second steeping and the sencha came out more. I was not a fan.
I can’t remember enjoying a green tea more, except dragonwell. No nausea… I guess the “fruit” masked it for me

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drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
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So with my buds being absent has an upside… I can tolerate pu’erhs now! yay :)
This was amaaaazing when hot, not so much as it cools. The chocolate and orange work really well though. Next time I’ll try it with a splash of milk!
It smelled and tasted a tad fishy, which made me a little sad. It could have been so perfect!
and it was why I didn’t bother with a resteep. So… big points for the flavour when hot… but less so when cooled down. Ah well! I’d definitely have this again. In fact I may buy a small sample once I get through the other newbie teas


I’m hoping to try this soon. It smelled way delicious at the store in the tin. Maybe a tea to go tomorrow? Hope I can get there.


good luck! I look forward to seeing your review :P


Had it tonight! YUM!

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So… looks away shamefully
I’ve done something that I never imagined doing, something that six months ago, I would have decried with all of my tea might.
But… well, it’s made me happy, it’s brought me those fleeting sips of heaven that I crave so desperately!!
Yup, I added sugar, and plenty of it, to my oolong. AND milk. Yup, and I stand by it! it’s brought the standard of my tea experiences up to a tolerable level of badness.
It seems to work here because well, since I can’t taste the natural sweetness in teas, adding sugar just brings it back to how it normally tastes, for me anyhow. and the milk, ehhh that was simply an inspired decision. It tastes just like a simple red rose tea this way. Hey, I’ll take what I can get! pretty darn great when compared to nothing at all…
Not so much as the cup cools, it kinda gets gross then… but when hot, holy yummm :)
Anyhow, I hope everyone here is well. Miss you all xx


I routinely add sugar and milk to teas. Not all tolerate milk, but I find they all benefit from a little sugar. Sometimes I add a lot. I’ve got a bit of sweet tooth. ;)


Oh I add milk n sugar to black and rooibos all the time! but an oolong? this is my first time :)
I try to watch my sugar intake, diabetes runs strong in my family *sighs


Oolongs I do both ways…sometimes, just with sugar, sometimes milk and sugar. I think it depends on how dark the brew is. I have definitely got to go easier on the sugar though, as I am having tea a lot more frequently these days, and it adds up fast.


I think milk and sugar thing would work better with a dark oolong like this rather than a green one like a Alishan – which tend to be plenty sweet on their own.


I used to add alot more sugar actually, but over time I got used to adding less and less. Until this tastebudless thing happened lol
I’ve never tried an Alishan, it sounds rare…


Not particularly rare, although higher grades can certainly be harder to get your hands on. Here’s a link to an Alishan on Adagio’s site that’ll tell you a bit more about it: http://www.adagio.com/oolong/ali_shan.html


ohhh I’m afraid to look! I can’t buy anymore til I can taste again. Til then, I’m wasting my tea by drinking it, essentially, so I stick to the cheap stuff :S

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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Wow, I kinda like this one!! with my ‘buds existing in half-life zone(yeah they slipped back a little but I don’t mind because I know it isn’t perm!)… I didn’t expect much of anything from this or any other tea. Moreover, there wasn’t much leaf in the sample – I wonder, is that normal for this one? or did I just get a randomly overly fruit-filled bag?
Anyhow, the pear brings out some natural sweetness, and the cranberry is really nice, not too bitter or sour- kinda mellow (compared to what I expected).
I can taste the tea, which is nice. So many teas that go heavy on the fruit just drown out any camellia! I’m tempted to buy some- it seems to work with my condition :)
There is NO maltiness whatsoever(my curse I suppose), just that something extra that sings of “tea” but the fruityness rounds it out for me and thus for the first time ever since this whole mess started, I don’t mind!
I mean, I’ve enjoyed teas a whole lot more in the past… just not this much since I took my hiatus.
I’m cautiously excited here. Sorta toe-dancing happy. Still, I’m in a great mood!!! xx
P.S. I’ve tried catching up on everyone’s reviews. They really pile up when I don’t come around so often…


I am glad to hear you are enjoying this tea!


hehe thx SimpliciTea, it’s a relief to be sure! :)

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!


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