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I wanted something a little more delicate but still comforting this evening, and this is what I came up with. It has that nice roasted houjicha flavor without being completely overwhelming. When my sample runs out, though, I think I will opt to restock on a houjicha with a stronger flavor (like the dark roast). Enjoying it while it lasts, though!

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So far, I have tried the light and basic roast houjicha from Yunomi and enjoyed them. However, I felt like the flavors could have been stronger in those two in particular. When I tried this tea, I felt like I had finally found that intensity of flavor that I had wanted from the previous two. This may sound strange, but the smoky flavor almost reminds me of roasted dried seaweed. My tasting notes on houjichas always make them seem so weird and unappetizing, but I swear that I love them! I think that houjichas have officially taken over genmaichas in my book. Anyway, I have the smoky roast left to try, so I’m thinking I’ll either prefer it to this one or it will be a little too intense for my taste. I’m excited to find out!

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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I was craving something sweet this morning, but I’m weird and don’t like to eat a lot of food in the mornings, so I thought that this would be the perfect solution. I know a lot of people have raved about this tea, but I just don’t get it. First off, the tea is murky and actually looks greasy, which was not very appetizing. Secondly, I feel like it’s trying too hard and what I’m taking away from it is just an overwhelming sweetness. I think I’d rather have a cup of good, straight black tea and eat an actual red velvet cupcake. So sad that this one didn’t work out because I was so excited, but at least I tried!

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drank White Orchard by Mighty Leaf Tea
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Backlogging from Sunday evening. I’ve been disappointed a lot lately with some new flavored teas that I’ve been trying, so I made a cup of this to remind myself that there are flavored teas that can really do it right. I love the juicy fruit flavors from this one. The white tea flavor is not as strong, but rather serves as a nice canvas for the fruitiness to shine. Anyway, this is definitely a staple in my cupboard.

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Thank you to Teavivre for the free sample! I somehow was one of the winners of the oolong giveaway a while ago, but didn’t get around to trying them until now. Anyway, this oolong was a bit less creamy than I expected it to be based on the name and other reviews. To me, it had a little more of a sour and bitter taste to it. It also leans toward the greener, grassier taste than anything else. That being said, I probably could have been a little more careful with the temperature and steeping time, so I won’t give it a rating for now.

Edit: In later steeps with a slightly shorter steep time (because of the bitterness from before), I’m getting a sweeter, more buttery taste.

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I really need to do a side by side of a bunch of oolongs because I feel like my tasting notes are always the same. That being said, I think that this oolong was a little less sweet/creamy than others that I have. It had a sharper taste and a little more .. savory(?) instead. Not sure how to describe it, but it was really delicious! Oh and the dry leaf smelled kinda like dried anchovies to me. I’ve only ever smelled that fishy type smell in hojichas before so that was interesting. Anyway, I was steeping this throughout the day and it resteeped wonderfully. I’m gonna get a lot of tea out of this sample! :)

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Backlog from yesterday. I’ve been trying a bunch of jasmine teas and I tend not to prefer them as much. However, this tea has a perfect balance of jasmine with passion fruit that is really juicy and delicious. Too bad I just missed the Persimmon Tree sale to restock on this. I have one, maybe two, cups left, eek!

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Brought it to school today, but it was not as juicy as the last time that I drank it. Maybe I didn’t get as many peach bits or something. Anyway, it’s a reliable tea that a go to for me when I don’t want to think much in the morning and/or am running low on time.

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drank Black Tea by Ten Ren
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I needed some quick tea and caffeine, so this bagged tea did the trick this morning. It was pretty smooth and not bitter for a tea bag. Not so complex in the flavor department, but gave me what I was looking for.

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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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