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drank Caramel Apple Oolong by 52teas
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Tea #3 from the TTB.

I like the apple-y-ness of this one, it goes well with the oolong base for a pretty authentic apple experience. However, the oolong is not really what I like from my oolongs, and I’m not a huge fan of the caramel here. Man, caramel is really disappointing me today, isn’t it? I don’t know why… All in all, it’s okay, but not for me.

Admittedly, I may have underleafed this one. Do 52teas just not come with steeping instructions?

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Tea #2 from the TTB.

The smell is my favorite part. It’s got that wonderful earthy quality that puers have, which reminds me of hiking through the woods without another soul to be seen. The puers I’d tried previously tasted like rainy woods, but this one smells dry and warm and toasty because of the caramel toffee. I am definitely a fan.

I was initially a little disappointed by the taste, because I expected the caramel to be stronger, but it’s pretty subtle. The taste in general is pretty inoffensive, without some of the harshness or earthiness that some puers tend to have.

I should note, however, that my experience with puers is pretty limited. I tried a couple different ones at a friend’s two or three years ago, after which I semi-regularly drank the World Market version and Lupicia’s Strawberry & Chocolate as a dessert tea… But dessert puers really appeal to me, and since this is one of the few I’ve tried it’s definitely in the running!

Does anyone have any good dessert puers to recommend?


Tiramisu puerh isn’t bad from international tea house….and there are some damman freres ones I love… If I think of others I’ll yell :)

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First tea from the “considering” TTB! Super exciting!

I needed something to calm me down from the anxiety of making awkward phone calls, so a hot chocolate tea seemed like just the thing. I used a tablespoon for ~6 oz of water and then added some heavy cream. It was delightful! Chocolatey, with a dash of spice, and that toasty caroby and mate taste. (Have I ever actually tried straight mate? I’m not sure.) I’m also getting a vaguely citrusy note, which is probably from the cinnamon. I’m very glad that I’m not getting the licorice taste that someone else mentioned…

Overall, it’s like hot chocolate, with a little bit of something extra that makes it feel not quite so… empty. I like it. =]

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drank Northern Wilds by Verdant Tea
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This one is weeeird… I can’t decide if I like it or not. Admittedly, I did cold steep it and leave it in my fridge for probably a week… so maybe this isn’t the cleanest trial.

It smells kinda like root beer and kinda like toothpaste. Which, y’know, isn’t really a bad thing, because I kinda like the taste of toothpaste, but those are not two things that I expect to go together, at all…

It kinda tastes like toothpaste, too. But there’s also something autumn-spice-y and something a little bit fruity and something a little woodsy to it… Unfortunately, it also has a hint of whatever that weird taste is that I tend to associate with mold. I get that with rooibos a lot. Dunno what it is….

I dunno. It’s just so… strange.

… more coherent tasting note to follow. Hopefully. >.<

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drank Guanabana by Adagio Teas
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Tried this one tonight, because I’d had it in blends but I’d never had it straight before. … but I sweetened it with swedish fish, just for fun. Because why not?

I think I would enjoy a guanabana lingonberry blend.

It’s not fantastic or anything, but I’m still kinda sad that adagio is discontinuing this one. (Now what are we supposed to use in blends as a shorthand for “quirky”? =P)

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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So this morning I was too lazy to clean out my teapot… but it occurred to me that this tea would actually blend pretty well with a chai, so I threw my pumpkin chai in on top of the used glitter & gold tea leaves, and ta-da! sparkly pumpkin chai. I am quite pleased.

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Stopped by DavidsTea today, mostly for some pumpkin chai. Apparently, the winter collection is in full swing already! I don’t know about you, but in my book it’s still pumpkin season until thanksgiving…

I tried a sample of this one, didn’t pay attention to it much, mostly enjoying having hot tea after walking through the rain… and then I very suddenly realized that the tea in my hand was really good. I don’t usually like peppermint tea, but I think the white chocolate really gives it the something extra it needs, and I love peppercorns in any tea! It was the first tea I made when I got home (although picking one was quite a challenge…). I’ll have to stock up before it goes out of season.

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The combination of having too much work, procrastinating on too much work, and feeling bad about procrastinating on too much work has left me with too little time this week to properly enjoy my tea. =/ I’ve more or less been brewing up a pot of whatever black tea I happen to pick up first. Drinking this one now — it’s far chocolatier that I remembered. I was pleasantly surprised.

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drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
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Well, it was movie night, after all, so I thought this tea was appropriate. =] It was an impulse buy last time I was at Davids. There’s definitely a buttery popcorn smell, which is lovely. The taste is all apple, and then there’s a sweet, buttery popcorny aftertaste. The green tea is barely present — I thought maybe it was all at the bottom of the bag, or something, but I emptied it all into a bowl and yeah, there was very little of it.

It was certainly interesting, although I maybe wish there was something more to tie the apples and the popcorn together. A caramel note would make sense — caramel popcorn, caramel apples… I’ll try this one again later.

(please forgive any incoherency, it’s four in the morning…)

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Hi! I’m a linguistics major at a certain infamous east coast tech school, I write, I rock climb, and I have a mild obsession with Diana Wynne Jones.

I’m also Russian, which means I’ve been drinking tea all my life — always loose leaf, and always black. Black teas are still my favorite, but of course I dabble in a bit of everything. I really like ceylon, I recently discovered puer, and I’m having a lot of fun exploring flavored black teas (and making silly fandom blends on adagio…).

My tea cabinet may or may not be accurate at the moment, as I am transitioning between locations…

Rating system (work in progress):
95 – Wow!
85 – My favorites. Cupboard staple material.
75 – Really good. Debating whether to keep it around…
65 – Quite pleasant, but not for me. I probably won’t (re)purchase.
55 – Just okay.



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