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I drank the last of this last night. It really is a nice blend; fruity, slightly sweet, though I do add sweetener. I will be adding it to my shopping list but I do have a bit of tea to tide me over in the meantime.

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Ugh, I couldn’t finish my mug. I used boiling water, steeped for 4 minutes and adding some skim milk (and even added a couple chocolate chips to the mix). Just not good. I don’t know what it is, but the mint is incredibly overpowering. I didn’t get any chocolate even with my add-ins. I dumped the rest of my mug.

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So far I’ve been impressed with The Persimmon Tree’s white tea offerings. This is no exception. When drinking it, it kind of reminds me of frozen coconut bars (well aside from the temperature difference). It’s creamy and just enough coconut to not seem artificial. I added some sweetener to mine and it’s pretty much dessert in a cup. Yum.

(Used approximately 3tsp for my 16oz steeping mug but the leaves are so big, that I think it was more like 2tsp)

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drank Strawberry Splash by Tealux
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When I first found Steepster, I went a little crazy during a Tealux sale and bought 100 grams of this. Now I know for the future, unless I know I love a tea, 50 grams or less is more than sufficient to determine if I like and want to buy it or not (and it’s awful to be stuck with so much tea if I hate it)!

Anyway, back to Strawberry Splash. This is a light green, fruity tea. I added sweetener and I do taste real strawberry, there’s a fullness in my mouth when I drink this which is very pleasant. It also has hibiscus in it which adds a touch of tartness, but not too bad. I used 3 teaspoons in my 16oz steeping mug.

I bet this would also be good iced.

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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
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Another sample sachet from Davidstea. This was ok, but after having The Persimmon Tree’s white butterscotch, this doesn’t even compare. You definitely smell caramel and there’s caramel at the beginning of the sip, but then it sort of goes away. I’m getting a bitter taste at the end of the sip, maybe I steeped too long. It’s not unpleasant, but it’s definitely not as nice compared to the flavor mixed with a white tea base.

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Once again, I took my Davidstea Bai Hao Yin Zhen with some freeze-dried banana. But this time, I added some unsweetened coconut flakes to the mix. It’s still super tasty but I think I prefer it with just the banana. Either way, my creativity is in full force.

I’m actually surprised that more tea blenders don’t use white tea for dessert-type blends. It adds the creaminess that black or green doesn’t give you without more additives. Given the prices, it seems more expensive but it seems to taste so much better than black tea + stuff.

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Oh yum! This to me tastes, smells and looks (sans fizz) like cream soda. Granted, I added sweetener, but when do I not? Unlike some of the other dessert teas I’ve tried, with this you get a more full bodied experience and it’s pleasant during the entire sip. The white tea lends the buttery creamy flavor you would expect. So far I’ve gotten two steepings out of 2 teaspoons in my 16oz steeper mug.

Really nice, I’m almost certainly going to order more as I imagine my sample will run out rather quickly.

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Not sure how I feel about this one and the rooibos seeped through my steeping mug which didn’t make the first few sips pleasant. I added some sweetener and it stil almost tastes a bit sour? It tastes and smells faintly like banana and chocolate, but only at the front of the sip.

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Still enjoying this one (though not quite as much as the Davidstea oolong version). I’m nearly done with my sample packet and it’s nice, light and fruity. My only complaint is the small pieces of green tea which create a small collection at the bottom of my mug.

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I recently discovered loose leaf tea and am already addicted (much to my husband’s dismay)! I prefer fruity teas iced and savory teas hot. Looking forward to drinking and chatting.

Some likes/dislikes I’ve been noticing:

Fruity White Teas
Assam Black
Most Oolongs (especially greener varieties)

Spicy flavors unless in chai
astringent black teas

For my own reference, I’m only placing “full size” teas in my cupboard.



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