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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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Brought this in my tea tumbler to class today. The candy-apple smell is so strong that I could smell it through the lid (most flavored teas, I can barely smell). Anyway, it has a wonderful candy apple taste that kept me peppy all day. It did get bitter toward the bottom, but nothing too unbearable. I will say that I prefer teas with a cleaner texture, but I think this slightly buttery texture was supposed to be evocative of the crust part of the pie.

Edit: The apple smell/flavor is kind of stuck in my tea tumbler after washing regularly, so I’m going to have to clean it using a stronger method.

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While I do not like getting up early, it does give me the opportunity to drink more (caffeinated) tea. Hooray for silver linings! Anyway, I’m starting off the day with this sample from Yezi Tea. When I opened the packet, I could immediately smell the jasmine. The tea was a nice cup of jasmine green tea. Very fragrant with a clean taste. I have to say, though, it left the back of my throat pretty dry, which was a bit hard to get over. I don’t believe I will be ordering more of this, but if you really love jasmine teas, then this is worth checking out.

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drank Chai (Full-Leaf Tea) by Tazo
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I admit the only times I’ve had chai are at Indian restaurants with tons of sugar. So I ended up killing time at Starbucks again today, and I thought I’d try something new. I ordered the chai latte, and I am pretty disappointed. I don’t like ginger in general and am pretty sensitive to the taste. Unfortunately, this particular chai seems heavy on the ginger to me at least. I won’t rate it because it’s not the tea’s fault that I don’t like ginger, but I guess this note is to remind myself that this one was a no. It also leaves that sticky, sugary aftertaste in your mouth. The kind you get after eating too much candy/chocolate. At least it’s keeping my hands warm on this chilly fall day.

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I’m spending my lunch hour at Starbucks today because I’m just sick of our cafeteria. Anyway, I got this as a latte and they accidentally sweetened it. Starbucks employees today have been a bit off their game. Anyway, it’s a decent black tea that holds up in the latte. I have to admit that I’m spoiled from trying a bunch of different high quality black teas in the last few months, so buying tea at Starbucks has become more of an excuse to take up a table for a while than for the tea itself. So my overall conclusion is that I won’t be buying any of this for myself to steep at home, but I’m perfectly fine buying a cup every now and then to justify hogging tables :)

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drank Sencha Fuka-midori by Den's Tea
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I was in a hurry this morning not to be late for a presentation, and I goofed. I didn’t fully close the basket infuser in my Aladdin tumbler, so most of the leaves fell to the bottom and have been steeping for a while now. Because it’s my first time with this tea, I will refrain from rating until I can steep it properly.

Anyway, it has a very grassy taste and smell. Not sure how thrilled I am about that, but it is a straight green tea after all. To it’s credit, it’s not very bitter even though the tea leaves have been sitting in that water for a couple hours. Good thing the sample size from Den’s Tea has enough leaves for more than one try!

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drank Da Yu Ling Oolong Tea by Yezi Tea
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Another oolong sample from Yezi Tea! When I opened up the packet, it smelled sweet and maybe a little nutty and buttery. I’m still pretty new to oolongs and identifying smells/tastes in tea, so this may be confusing.

First steep: Steeped for 45 seconds as recommended. Has a buttery texture. It’s sweet, but not as sweet as I remember Li Shan being. Also tastes a little nutty. There is also a floral taste toward the end. As it cooled down, I started detecting a slight bitter aftertaste.

Second steep: Tastes pretty much the same except a little less buttery in texture. I’m sure there are nuances that I’m missing out on, but to me, it tastes good and that’s all that matters, haha.

Third steep: The water was definitely not hot enough, so I didn’t get the flavors as strongly. Aaand I don’t have time to steep any more, sad.

Overall, I did enjoy this tea. I think I prefer the Li Shan (also Yezi Tea) over this one because this was a little more bitter if I’m remembering correctly. Yay for exploring oolong!

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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The theme of this morning’s unhealthy breakfast is sweetness overload! I’m sitting here sipping on this deliciously sweet tea and eating cider donuts that I brought home from yesterday’s apple picking. Anyway, the dry leaf immediately hit me with a velvety, sweet smell. Smells the way that cake should! I was worried that this tea might not live up to the hype, but it really does taste like red velvet cake! And it has a creamy texture that tricks me into thinking it’s more solid and filling than it actually is.

Not rating for now because I don’t think I got any chocolate chip pieces in my teaspoon, oops! I’ll rate when I taste again with the full experience.

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Backlog from yesterday. I brought this with me when I went apple picking. At first, I was tempted to bring Mom’s Apple Pie from Davids, but I figured I might have an apple/sweetness overload. I’m glad I realized this ahead of time because this hojicha was the perfect roasted, savory complement to all the sweet apples, cider, and cider donuts I had throughout the day!

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Backlog from yesterday. I went apple picking for the first time, so I had to get up early on a rainy day. With only a few hours under my belt, I opted for this tea because last time, the matcha gave me a nice little energy kick. Same thing happened yesterday. And of course, that comforting roasted goodness from the genmaicha. A perfect way to start off the day!

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drank Blueberry White by Tealuxe
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My first trip to Tealuxe in Harvard Square! I asked the guy working to recommend a good low caffeine tea (it was already late afternoon), and this was one of the ones he showed me. When I smelled the dry leaf, it smelled like sweet blueberries, almost verging on a candy-like smell but not quite. The blueberry smell was still strong after steeping, but not as strong in flavor. Maybe it’s because I’ve been drinking a lot of Davids Tea lately. Anyway, the blueberry flavor was definitely there and tasted more natural than the smell. The white tea also shone through with the grassy, vegetal taste. I’m not always a fan of the grassy taste, so this rating doesn’t quite make it to 80, but it is a pretty good tea nonetheless. Next time I go to Tealuxe, I’m going to make sure I have enough time to really poke my nose into all the teas I can. Plus, they have a whole wall full of cute teaware, too!

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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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