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Bah. My computer crashed and I lost my note. I’ll attempt to recreate it.

This tea, both dry and steeped, smells absolutely delicious. Like hot blueberries! The smell is quite strong too – when I opened my box from the lovely Azzrian it was definitely what I got my first whiff of :D Yum.

The taste, like DavidsTea’s White Tiger, is true to hot blueberries, and absolutely delicious. I think it’s stronger, though, and of course, they have different bases, so that contributes some differences as well. I love the white tea flavour with the White Tiger, and am getting just a bit of astringency with this one (although I oversteeped by 30s, so maybe that’s why).

This could potentially be a purchase for me if it’s around in the future. It is pretty good :) Won’t replace White Tiger though, because of the aforementioned difference in base teas. Thanks Azzrian!

ETA: Second infusion, same parameters. Still pretty good; some of the blueberry aroma and flavour has disappeared, but not too much. I feel almost like I can taste more of a pastry flavour here. Or wait… why am I tasting metallic?? That’s really odd. Wondering if brushing my teeth half an hour or so ago is impacting anything here… Anyways, I think it’s probably just fine. Hopefully I’ll go for a third tomorrow :)

ETA again: Third infusion (4min, boiling) still had flavour! But not enough. And, it was in half the water. So I took apart the teaball, and ate that big fat blueberry. And boy was it good :D:D

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Lynne-tea

Oh no! Now I may have to add White Tiger to my list tomorrow =0 … it’s already way too long. sigh

Kittenna

I’m not sure; it might be a tea that’s no longer in some stores, and just online. But you should totally try it if you can. Just get a little sample if it’s there – it’s a light tea! 50g barely fit into a tin (and got crunched :( )

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Lynne-tea

Oh no! Now I may have to add White Tiger to my list tomorrow =0 … it’s already way too long. sigh

Kittenna

I’m not sure; it might be a tea that’s no longer in some stores, and just online. But you should totally try it if you can. Just get a little sample if it’s there – it’s a light tea! 50g barely fit into a tin (and got crunched :( )

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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