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drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
2276 tasting notes

For whatever reason, I’m in a comfort tea mood tonight. Or this morning, whichever you prefer to call it. I had something like a 5 hour nap earlier, so either works. Anyways, I was packaging this tea up to send to Alphakitty last night, and upon opening the bag, I almost died at the delicious smell that I had clearly forgotten about. It nearly broke my heart to send off the remaining one cup of what I had (me=selfish girl), but I just resolved to go to the gym on Friday night and pick some more up (along with June’s TOTM, Blueberry Jam). Sooooo the amazingness that is DavidsTea’s Quangzhou Milk Oolong and I are reunited.

First infusion of 3 min at around 90C was amazing. Second infusion is a bit hot yet, but a little less creamy, and also amazing. I’m obviously in a mood for hot tea tonight too, because I drank the entire first cup while it was still warm (same with two other teas I have sitting here).

Only downside to this tea is that it’s bringing back memories of the ex-boyfriend, because this was the tea we picked out together when he visited a couple months ago :(

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

I was already excited, but now I’m somehow even more excited after reading your review! Hopefully this swap gives you some new tea-memories to attach to this, I know what a total bummer it can be to have something you love remind you of something you really don’t want to think about.

Kittenna

Oh man, I reaaaaally hope you like this one! It’s double bagged with other light ones, so I really hope it doesn’t cross-contaminate. If it does I will have to send more (but the milky flavour is so powerful I’m really hoping it survives!)

Kittenna

Also yeah. Dealing with a lot of that right now and it’s super sucky. Football season is ruined for me this year too. So is some fabulous cold-smoked salmon from a place in Kitchener-Waterloo. This list goes on. Sigh.

Alphakitty

I feel your pain! I had several months where I couldn’t eat takeout Chinese or play Mario Kart due to sucky memories attached to them. I think the best way to deal with it is to attach new better memories to it! Eat chinese while watching your favorite movie, play a game with your little brother and watch his face light up when you let him win for the first time ever. Of course it’s easier said than done, some memories don’t fade that easily. I hope you can rekindle your love affair fully with this tea, it sounds soooo good.

Kittenna

I think it’s a positive sign that I can at least bear to drink this :) Of course, drinking it in the middle of the night, sitting alone in a dark, quiet house is probably not the best way to attach new memories to it. Perhaps I’ll share it with a friend while watching an awesome movie (that sounds like a good suggestion!)

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Alphakitty

I was already excited, but now I’m somehow even more excited after reading your review! Hopefully this swap gives you some new tea-memories to attach to this, I know what a total bummer it can be to have something you love remind you of something you really don’t want to think about.

Kittenna

Oh man, I reaaaaally hope you like this one! It’s double bagged with other light ones, so I really hope it doesn’t cross-contaminate. If it does I will have to send more (but the milky flavour is so powerful I’m really hoping it survives!)

Kittenna

Also yeah. Dealing with a lot of that right now and it’s super sucky. Football season is ruined for me this year too. So is some fabulous cold-smoked salmon from a place in Kitchener-Waterloo. This list goes on. Sigh.

Alphakitty

I feel your pain! I had several months where I couldn’t eat takeout Chinese or play Mario Kart due to sucky memories attached to them. I think the best way to deal with it is to attach new better memories to it! Eat chinese while watching your favorite movie, play a game with your little brother and watch his face light up when you let him win for the first time ever. Of course it’s easier said than done, some memories don’t fade that easily. I hope you can rekindle your love affair fully with this tea, it sounds soooo good.

Kittenna

I think it’s a positive sign that I can at least bear to drink this :) Of course, drinking it in the middle of the night, sitting alone in a dark, quiet house is probably not the best way to attach new memories to it. Perhaps I’ll share it with a friend while watching an awesome movie (that sounds like a good suggestion!)

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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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