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Put some of this in to cold-brew on Monday evening (the remainder of my packet, maybe 1.5 tsp, with 8oz. water) and promptly forgot about it, because in the past month, life has dealt me a pretty bad hand, and everything pretty much fell apart on Tuesday. It’s thunderstorming rather wickedly outside right now. Wish it would last a bit longer – we’ve had about 3 minutes of torrential rains, and it’s already tapering off. Disappointing. Kind of matched my mood.

Anyhow, I didn’t have high hopes for this three-days-brewed tea. But to my surprise, it’s pretty delicious. A bit of tea smell, and tea taste, but most of all the aftertaste is deliciously oolong. There’s a bit of astringency/bitterness in the tea (yeah, probably owing to the three days?!), but as I don’t typically savour cold drinks, and instead gulp them down, it’s less of a problem.

I’m not sure I’ll make cold-brewing oolongs a habit, since I feel like I can get more hot cups out of the leaves than I can cold (and it’s kind of expensive), but it was an interesting experiment. I also am not sure how much this would quench my thirst on a hot day, although for sipping purposes it would be lovely.

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Iced 8 min or more
Bonnie

As far as Steepster, your cup runneth over! We cheer you on and wish only good for you!

Yogini Undefined

I really hope things improve for you soon and sending you good energy and luck!

Indigobloom

BIG hugs!!!
Sorry to hear things aren’t going so well. We’re here for you! xx

Missy

Hope things get better!

Kittenna

Thanks guys. Things are going to get a good deal worse before they get better, I think :/ Currently working on a way to deal with it all, sigh.

Dylan Oxford

Awww, I hope things get better!

Lynne-tea

Awh No! I hope you find the silver linings on any dark clouds which have overtaken your life right now! Positive thoughts your way Krystaleyn.

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Bonnie

As far as Steepster, your cup runneth over! We cheer you on and wish only good for you!

Yogini Undefined

I really hope things improve for you soon and sending you good energy and luck!

Indigobloom

BIG hugs!!!
Sorry to hear things aren’t going so well. We’re here for you! xx

Missy

Hope things get better!

Kittenna

Thanks guys. Things are going to get a good deal worse before they get better, I think :/ Currently working on a way to deal with it all, sigh.

Dylan Oxford

Awww, I hope things get better!

Lynne-tea

Awh No! I hope you find the silver linings on any dark clouds which have overtaken your life right now! Positive thoughts your way Krystaleyn.

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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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