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A sipdown of one of my most favourite black teas! Not too bold, but not bland at all. Just the perfect balance!
Now I just have to phone my cousin so she can get me more!

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drank Aloalo by Lupicia
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Had this the other day as a tea soda and unfortunately I didn’t hear my alarm go off so it was super bitter!
Dude, I just mess this one up tons.
Ahh well, I have a lot of this tea left so I’ve got time for trial and error :)

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drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I feel a cold coming on and this is not okay since I have an 8day work week ahead of me!!
I got this as a free sample from my last DAVIDs order a while ago and I’ve been saving it for a day when I’ll feel under the weather… and today is that day.

Opening up the pack it smells so healthy and it smells like medicine. Gross. BUT AT LEAST AT FIRST SNIFF IT SMELLS LIKE IT’S GOING TO CURE ME IN AN INSTANT. Mint, juniper berries, citrus. Yeah I’ll stick to those ingredients for the next week or so just to make myself feel better.

I like how the orange peel is coming out as it steeps!
Oh gosh. IT TASTES SO HEALTHY. Happy that there’s no ginger in this, and the orange and eucalyptus oils are very strong.
I think… I think I like this? I might get some of this when I go to DAVIDs (in like a year ha) just so I have tea for when I feel all gross and groggy

Flavors: Eucalyptus, Mint, Orange

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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Two people on my dash had this today, and I really needed a caffeine-free tea that tastes lovely over ice so Golden Honew Dew it is!
I should’ve known to bring some of this with me when I met up with keychange at Disneyland today!! I still ended giving her a lot of other teas, but this one. Ahh how could I have forgotten!
But this is an absolutely lovely tea. Just a couple spoonfuls into a jar and sweetner, pour it over ice and it makes a lovely nighttime tea :)

I totally went to the Happiest Place on Earth with keychange today and it was tons of fun! It was a very different experience for me since she and her friend are both blind, but dude, I had a lot of fun. And I’m super happy that they had tons of fun as well! It did take us a while to get started with the passes and everything, but once we got on our first attraction, it was nonstop from there. We had such a fantastic time with Mary Poppins, and I’m actually going back to the parks tomorrow and head over to City Hall and let the people at guest relations know that Mary pretty much made our entire day :)

I do have a headache now though blehhh :/ It’s the whole spending the day at the parks/heat exhaustion thing that gives me these headaches soooo after this cuppa it’s time for bed! Parks for a couple hours tomorrow, and then an 8.5 hour shift that ends at 2am. Oh I’m living the life :))

((I don’t know if that’s supposed to be sarcastic of not…))

Flavors: Honeydew

Boiling 8 min or more 4 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Roswell Strange

Very Jelly that you got to meet the spectacular Keychange! :P


She was lovely!
I say we ship all you lovely Canadians over to Disneyland and we all have a lovely day together :) See if we can get them to pull a couple of strings for us (since we’re pretty dang special. Come on, we’re adorable) so we can have tea with the princesses!
Oh, a girl can dream :)


That sounds like a spectacular day! I know that the only Disney I’ve ever been to is EPCOT as an adult and it was such a fun, wonderful day! Disney may be expensive, but they do do it right.


Epcot is my favourite of all the Disney parks in Florida!! If you do visit another time, make sure to go sometime in the fall when they have the Food and Wine festival. Last year there were 30 countries represented and each country had like 3-5 selections for food and multiple beers/wines to taste as well. It was like $3-$5 per plate and I had TONS of fun! And they always have someone performing each night as well :)

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Thank you VariaTEA for sending this tea my way!

I’ve isolated this tea in a cute tin so it’ll keep it’s flavour and it smells so nice and luscious. I smell caramel and slight hints of chocolate so I’m hoping that the rooibos doesn’t overpower the flavouring!

But alas, the rooibos did overpower the sweet chocolate and caramel notes. it’s okay, but I definitely would have loved to taste the sweetness in this tea. A decent rooibos, something nice to end the night with :)

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This is a tea that I’ve been wanting to try for a while now and thank you tons to Sil for sending this tea my way!
Ahh busy busy life right now with Disney, but I’m glad that I’m slowly adjusting and making time for tea :)

I think it was with December’s Steepster Select box that I fell in love with golden teas so anything golden is just… gold hahah. What makes these golden tipped teas so special? Or golden oolong, or golden curls or GOLDEN EVERYTHING. That’s a thing I’ll need to research soon :)

But this has a very lovely and dark liquor to it as it steeps, and it has that rich, dark, malty smell to it. It’s been a while since I’ve had a really great, straight, black tea, and this definitely is one of my favourites. I still absolutely love the Golden Yunnan from the December box, and my Vanesheh Persian Black tea from this local tea garden back home, but this tea comes as a close third!

This tea just gets better and better as I resteep it :)

I associate every golden tea as like a separate special tea okay. So pls excuse if they’re like… different


glad you liked this one..it’s lovely imo

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drank El Nino by Lupicia
652 tasting notes

I still have no idea what’s in this tea but I’m drinking it and I have just enough of this to make 4oz and it’s pretty perfect since I’m drinking out of my finum baby teacup tonight!

Caramel and chocolate. It was surrounded by a bunch of caffeine-free teas when I got it so I think it’s safe to say this is decaf? Ahh well, it’s a nice tea. Just like before, if it is supposed to have all the flavour, I’m expecting it to be caffeinated. If it’s a decaf tea, then it’s how it’s supposed to taste: slightly watered down. Good tea, glad I was able to try it out :)


Sorry it’s not related to this tea, but have you tried Natsukoi?


Oh don’t apologize!
But enlighten me, what is Natsukoi? I googled it and I got anime, a song, and a game. I’m not familiar with it whatsoever!


It’s Lupicia two versions of lemon teas black and green, limited editions. Since you live near Lupicia I thought you know;)


Oh!! Haha, silly me!
But I used to live near Lupicia. Or at least it was just a quick train ride away. Now that I’m back in Southern California, the nearest one is about a 45 minute drive. And with the traffic, that can be double :/ I pretty much only visit Lupicia whenever I’m home, which is pretty rare. Sad for me, but my wallet is happy ahha


45 min is nothing;). I go for harney or kusmi or David’s and it takes me 1hr to get to manhattan by train.


But I have to drive! Trains are fun. I just hop on and I can read and do whatever. Sitting in traffic? Naww, I can do something else with my time.

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I haven’t had the time to drink tea and I’m kinda sad about that :( BUT I’m trying my best to try to drink whenever I can!
I remember a while ago I would drink too much tea, but now I’m like drinking way too little. Tea tea tea, come back to me!!

But thank you tons to Sil for sending this tea my way! I have so much tea to get through and I’m happy to be slowly going through a lot of my sipdowns :)

This just smells like lovely and sweet maple syrup and it has large pecan pieces in it and I’m just so excited to try this! My water is done boiling now and I’ll just… keep working on my assignment so that the temperature will lower a bit.

It smells nice and sweet, but it does have that slight medicine-y taste to it. Hmm I’ll probably just have to play around with the temperature and steep times! I can tell it’s a great tea, I just have to figure out how I like it :)

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drank Unknown Samples by Various
652 tasting notes

Red Leaf Tea – Sample #13
Side by side comparison with Sample 14, 15 July 2014

Dry: Nice, bright, and lovely! It looks so similiar to #14

Straight: A darker shade of green for the liquor, but it has a nice bright froth. Both froth and liquor are lighter/brighter compared to #14. Hmm grassy. That’s it ahha. Not super gitter, but really grassy! Very matcha-esque haha

Latte: Nice and smooth but hmm… it’s just /okay/ right now. Not the best matcha I’ve had. The good ones don’t need extra sweetener on top of my vanilla almond milk to pull the flavours out, but this one tastes a tad bland. Good, but slightly bland on its own.

Colour: 85
Flavour: 78
Bitterness: 876
Suggested Price: $11

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drank Unknown Samples by Various
652 tasting notes

Red Leaf Tea – Sample #14
Side by side comparison with Sample 13, 15 July 2014

Dry: Nice, bright, and lovely! It looks so similiar to #13

Straight: This one has a darker liquor and a darker froth as compared to #13 as well as others. Now this one does have a bit more bitterness and grassiness to it. Not the best, but still good. #13 is better in this round.

Latte: Oh so this one is just okay. It does taste a bit more bland compared to #13! Huh, maybe it’s me? But the two matcha bases were just okay so that carried onto the latte.

Colour: 83
Flavour: 72
Bitterness: 70
Suggested Price: $9

((and with this, I’m finally done with all the samples!! Dang, that took a long time, but at least I’ve finished!))

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Tea lover.
Chef in training.
Hospitality Management major.
DCP Alumni (WDW Fall 2013 and DLR Fall 2014)
(jump62359 is my everything okay)

Teas in my cupboard are in my personal collection.
I’m always looking forward to reducing my stash so swappable teas are listed here:
(last updated: 11 Apr 2014)
Likes/dislikes here:

Tea rating guide:
100-90: Best thing to ever touch my mouth and I want more. Restocking is a must
89-80: Love this tea. Restock if I can
79-70: Decent tea. Neither love nor hate.
69-60: I won’t be upset when it runs out. I’ll drink it but won’t restock.
59-30: I’ve done whatever I can to like this tea and I’ll finish the cup.
29-10: I’ve done whatever I can to like this tea. It may or may not have gone down the sink…
9-below: Let’s not even hide it. This definitely went down the drain.

I love tea.
I drink it.
I log it.
I have a good time.
Lather, rinse, repeat.

I first discovered my love for tea with Jasmine because that’s all my mother would buy, so for the longest time, I thought that all teas were jasmine! And then in 4th grade, I watched the tea episode of Good Eats and that’s when the education started! I’d like to blame Alton Brown for starting this obsession because now I only like loose leaf tea.
It wasn’t until my second year of college that I actually expanded my tea taste buds. Special shout out to Cara McGee, Queen Tea for her Adagio Fandom blends. Because of Cara, I actually started drinking blacks, herbals and whites and pretty much everything else in between. I still have a special love for my jasmine though :)
I drink tea daily. Usually just straight up, no sugar or milk with the exception of chai. I like chai with just a wee dash of milk and a sprinkle of sugar! This little obsession started young and just… kept going, I guess. I have friends who think I have a problem with tea, but I really don’t. Everything is good in moderation.
I also have a mug buying problem and I’ve got Disney to blame for that. At least all my mugs are being put to good use!

also I apologize in advance for lazy tasting notes and horrible grammar in everything I write. I’m an avid fandom blogger on tumblr we have some weird way of talking to each other and sometimes I forget that this isn’t tumblr oops


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