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drank Jin Xuan Oolong Tea by Yezi Tea
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Tea & Cards TTB #6
I’ve had some teas from Yezi before and loved them, so I decided to try this one out from the box as well. Very vegetal with a buttery texture. On one of the steeps, I used water that was a bit cooler than I wanted and ended up getting almost a sweet corn-like taste. Definitely a fun tea to experiment with since it seems to be holding up through resteeping pretty well. I haven’t had a tea from the TTB that has let me down yet!

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drank Green Tea by Unknown
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So yesterday I was at a cafe and ordered some rose green tea, thinking that it would be the perfect choice for Valentine’s Day. There were tea leaves scooped into some sort of disposable t-sac-like pouch and dumped into some hot water. It smelled deliciously rosy, but tasted like rose-flavored soap. Oh, well, at least it kept my hands warm for a bit. I have yet to find a convenient cafe to go to that actually cares about their tea a little more than just offering it on the menu as an alternative to coffee.

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Tea & Cards TTB #5
Backlog from yesterday. I so wanted to try more from the box yesterday, but had enough caffeine, so I snuck this one in, rationalizing that it probably had less caffeine anyway. It had a nice, light melon taste. I couldn’t really distinguish specific melon flavors (cantaloupe, honeydew, etc), but it wasn’t too overly artificial or perfume-y. Because the melon flavor wasn’t too overwhelming, I could also taste the grassy notes from the white tea itself. While I’m not a huge fan of grassy greens & whites, it was nice to see the base white tea flavor come out on its own for once.

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Tea & Cards TTB #4
Ok, so I maybe messed this one up a little by using water that was too hot (it’s hard to get things right at school). Nevertheless, it wasn’t as overly bitter because of the sweetness from the white chocolate flavors. I was nervous about this one tasting overly artificial because I saw that telltale greasiness on the top of the tea, but it was actually quite well done! I also tasted a slight frutiness maybe melon(?) that was tasty. It might be from the white tea- I just haven’t had enough straight white tea to be able to tell. In any case, I’m glad that I finally got to try a Della Terra tea! I’m definitely going to put in an order with them when I decide I can come off my tea-buying hiatus.

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drank Orchid Temple by Golden Moon Tea
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Tea & Cards TTB #3
I have to say that I’m surprised by all the low ratings on Steepster about this tea. Although I did notice that many of them are older, so maybe the tea changed a bit since then? Anyway, I decided to ignore the steeping parameters given by the packet and waited for my boiling water to cool a bit before steeping. I also did a quick rinse before my first steep and did not let the first steep sit as long as 2-3 min as suggested by the packet. All this resulted in a wonderfully floral but not artificially perfume-y oolong. The floral tastes transitioned smoothly into a nuttier, roastier taste toward the end of the sip. The tea also had a buttery feel. I actually really enjoyed this green oolong, and since there is a weirdly small amount left in the sample, I may just pull the rest of it from the TTB.

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drank JavaVana Mate by Teavana
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Tea & Cards TTB #2
Today was a caffeine kind of day, so I gave this one a try. I actually love coffee-flavored things, but can’t drink coffee itself because it is too bitter and the caffeine makes me jittery. I think that this tea helps me with both of my problems with coffee! It has that coffee flavor without being bitter or forcing me to add sweetener. I could definitely tell that it has more caffeine than my other usual teas, but much less than coffee. I may have to buy some of this for when I need a real jump start in the mornings!


You know, I might as well send you the rest of what I have of this because, honestly, I HATED it :D I knew that there would be people out there liking it, though. That’s why I decided to pass it along and see who these people are ;)


Haha, well if you really want to pass it off, I’m wiling to take it off your hands!

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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I’m so so excited to participate in my first TTB! This specific one is the Tea & Cards TTB. Anyway, this tea is the first that I’m trying from the box, and a perfect tea for the morning. I’m a big fan of English Breakfast blends, so this tea was right up my alley. Strong, but with a bit of sweetness, and smooth. I think I also detected a bit of smokiness. There was a slight astringency about it, but I may just be extra sensitive from all the cold weather that we’ve been having. I shared the pot with a friend of mine who is normally a coffee-lover, and she seemed to genuinely enjoy it. I declare my first TTB tea a success!

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I needed more of a gentle wake up tea this morning, so I went for this houjicha. I was also very groggy, so I knew that this tea would not be as finicky to steep. I overleafed a little and it was roastier than usual, but I liked that.

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Amidst the cold weather and crazy classes, I got my swap from Courtney in the mail today! So I celebrated by immediately brewing this tea. I wasn’t quite getting all the intricate flavors that are listed on Verdant’s site for this tea, but then again, it took me a few cups to find the flavors in Laoshan Black in the past as well. What I did get from this tea was a very robust flavor that makes me think that this will be a great tea to wake up in the mornings. I plan on savoring the rest of my sample and hopefully figuring out the right steeping conditions for me!


Yay! Enjoy :)


Yay! Enjoy :)

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I’m a California girl temporarily located in Boston for school (brrr). I only recently got into teas because I’ve never really liked coffee (too bitter), but I have been a daily barley tea drinker since I was little.

Through some timid tastings and exploring, I so far like:
-Japanese green teas (genmaicha, hojicha, sencha, etc)
-Oolongs! (Most kinds except formosa and dan cong so far)
-Straight black teas
-English Breakfast teas
-Fruity teas (peach, apple, strawberry, other berries)

NOT a huge fan of rooibos, matcha, heavily artificial tasting teas, or anything gingery or peppery, but I’m trying to keep an open mind and taste everything that I can!

I’m trying to sample more straight teas and have been having pretty awesome discoveries so far. Thank goodness for sample sizes!

My tentative rating system:
90-100: Woohoo! I’m loving it, and I’m definitely restocking when I get the chance and/or crying when I’m out.

80-90: Yum! I’ll try to restock if it fits in my budget when I run out.

70-80: Probably would not buy again, but it was nice enough to finish the cup.

50-70: Would not choose this tea for myself if given the situation, but would not reject it if someone offered it to me and would gulp down politely.

50 or less: Nope. Don’t care to taste that tea again, sorry!

I’m always down to swap, so send me a message if anything in my cupboard is calling your name!

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