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drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
300 tasting notes

Sipdown-ish!

I’m getting closer to sipping down all the teas I bought during my early loose leaf tea drinking days of summer 2013 – my has a year gone by already?!

Anyway, I had tucked this into the back of my cupboard after I bought it… not sure why, but lately, this has been my go-to. Technically sipping down this 50 gram bag doesn’t mean the end of lime gelato in my cupboard, as I have two adorably cute tins, each containing a mere 10.3g/0.36oz that I bought when the Easter set was 50% off. I’ll wait for a bit before drinking those (but I am going to remove it from my e-cupboard just cause 20 grams is pretty pitiful, especially for a blend that requires 2 tsp per each 8oz cup). At least it lasts 2 steeps if you’re careful.

I’d definitely buy it again, but not for awhile. And as an afternoon/early evening drink, I think I’d prefer switching off between this and the Della Terra chiffons so I can get some rooibos in my system.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
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Did my version of “cold brew” with this one. It’s nice. Cold, refreshing, but doesn’t pack as much of a punch as I was expecting. I think next time I make it I’ll add more “leaf”. Drinkable unsweetened though, which is always preferable!

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Sipdown!

I managed to sip through 2oz of this rather quickly because I took it to work and oolongs are the perfect tea for work since I can kind of forget about them and run to a meeting and they don’t tend to get ruined. Though this darker oolong can get a little bitter and astringent like black tea, but there is no way I can do black tea at work since I run around so much.

Anyway, this is a nice oolong tea. Dessert-like, but only with a bit of sweetener added. To be honest, what would make this more awesome, would be using a greener oolong. Because darker oolongs can still irritate my acid reflux and greens less so (especially if I accidentally let them steep too long).

Not sure I’d repurchase right away, but it was nice to have.

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This was received in a swap, but I don’t remember from who, sorry!

So, this is supposed to be orange, right? Because unless my swap buddy accidentally sent lime or lemon chiffon instead of this, I’m only getting lime/lemon, no orange. So I think I might have gotten one of the chiffons and not the orange & cream. Not that I’m complaining or anything. Since the chiffons are some of my favorites, but I am not getting orange at all…. hmmm… mysterious mysteries.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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The sipping all the tisanes continues. I have to say that I much prefer Angel Falls Mist to this one, it’s almost too tart (and I like tart things). I’m not getting any mango, but I am getting notes of various berries. It almost reminds me of Teavana’s Sevenberry Sangria, except it lacks the rooibos (that one also benefited from sweetener). This isn’t bad, but an excellent tisane is one that I don’t have to sweeten, and this one doesn’t quite hit the mark.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
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I can’t believe I haven’t logged this! It’s limey and creamy, but somehow different from the chiffons from Della Terra. It’s slightly more citrus, less cream but still really pleasant. Also, although there isn’t much green tea in the blend, it’s enough to make me feel like I’m getting some benefits without dealing with a grassy cup. It pretty much tastes like candy.

(I very mildly sweeten this)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Great Canadian Traveling Tea Box – Round 3

This is awesome, but what was less awesome was spilling hot tea all over myself as I was reading through tasting notes on Steepster. Thankfully 1) It wasn’t quite boiling by the time this happened and 2) It was only about a 1/4 of my cup till I realized the hot liquid was coming from the mug… anywho. Apparently, my brain is a little foggy. Oh and there’s a number 3! It turns out to be delicious and I will be keeping the rest of it.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I have not been drinking this, but I’ve been adding it to my yogurt – thanks to Variatea’s brilliant idea. So far, I’ve added just a bit to a variety of flavors and it comes out great each time (though I do need to premix and then add back in so it isn’t lumpy and bitter. I’ve tried it in Yoplait Light Boston Cream Pie, Light Banana Cream Pie (which is surprisingly delicious), Light Strawberry, Light Greek Strawberry… anyway, it works in all of them, just adds a bit of an extra oomph in the creamy taste department, which is something these low fat yogurts tend to lack. I’m not sure I’d purchase for the sole use of yogurt adjuster, but it’s been a nice addition!

PS Work has been sucking my soul. If I work one more 50+ hour week, I may very well keel over and no amount of tea will resuscitate me.

Kaylee

Sorry work is so crazy! Hope it gets better!

Meanwhile, this yogurt idea is brilliant.

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drank The New Yorker by CaesarsTea
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Great Canadian Traveling Tea Box – Round 3

Trying to get my few tasting notes in for this box before sending it off to the next recipient (and somehow manage to stuff everything back in plus what I’m adding). I drank this about a week ago so ignore the lack of detail, but I did not enjoy this one, though it was drinkable. I was expecting something similar to the Teavana Spiced Apple Cider (which I adore), but there was a spice in this that didn’t sit well with me. Happy to have tried but would not purchase.

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drank Angels Falls Mist by Tealux
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Life stuff first.

My parents bought a condo in NYC and so this past weekend (really an extended weekend – short vacation), my husband and I went up (actually we just got back today). First of all, I am so behind on steepster it’s ridiculous. Second, NYC is crazy in the summer, third, in 2 days I walked over 8 miles so I’m a wee bit exhausted. I only bought a little bit of tea (Davidstea Hot Tropic and Sangria) since I had a family friend walking with me and I didn’t want to seem like a complete nut-case; next time I will definitely spend over $5 on tea while I’m there. Also, I passed a Kusmi and I know there are several other brands available. And I bought Ladurée macaroons. Yum.
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Anyway, I knew I was going to be dehydrated when I got home so I had a container of this (actually, there’s another blend too) cold brewing in the fridge. It is delightful! I’m mostly getting strawberry. No added sweetener needed.

I really do not want to go to work tomorrow… and I want Steepster to work today since I have a lot to catch up on. But I keep on getting that black screen which makes it seem like they are doing updates or something. All I’m saying is that this note better not get eaten.

Preparation
Iced
Cheri

I’ve been getting a lot of the black screens today as well. I sent an email. Hopefully it’s something that can be sorted out quickly.

Kaylee

Don’t worry, the note didn’t get eaten! Also, NYC is always crazy; that is what makes it awesome.

Kaylee

Don’t worry, the note didn’t get eaten! Also, NYC is always crazy; that is what makes it awesome.

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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:

Likes:
Pineapple
Jasmine
Fruity White Teas
lighters Blacks
Most Oolongs (especially greener varieties)
dessert teas
tisanes iced that don’t require added sweetener

Dislikes:
Spicy flavors unless in chai
astringent black teas
heavy ginger teas
teas with licorice (as primary ingredients – somehow I like some where the licorice is in the back drop)
heavily oxidized oolongs

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

Location

DC/Metro

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