92
drank Lemon Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
2245 tasting notes

Travel-mugged this one as well. Definitely more creamy today, so I’ll really have to repeat my comparison, and add Lemon-Lime Cream Tart in there too. Quite tasty though. I think that keeping one of these delicious citrusy-cream teas in my cupboard may be a necessity. Luckily(?) it will be a long time before I run out….

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Pia M

Ooooo ooo ooo sounds so delish right now!

OMGsrsly

I’m looking forward to this one! Can hardly wait till my order arrives. Good to know it works well in a mug. :) Which reminds me. How do you brew your teas in your Contigo mugs? My strainers don’t fit the smaller opening of the locking style, so I’m having to use a pot, and transfer the tea into the mug. Easier to just line up mugs with strainers, really.

Kittenna

Honestly, I don’t bother brewing teas directly in-mug, even though I do have infusers that fit the Contigo mugs. I find that sometimes the flavour seems to be altered when the water doesn’t cool as the tea steeps, so I just brew in a normal mug and transfer. I am pretty sure, though, that my mom brews in-mug because she likes her tea to stay hotter. The DT perfect infuser fits into the opening of the locking Contigos (which are what I have), and I also have Finum baskets (medium size, I think), and IIRC they fit great as well.

OMGsrsly

Good to know! I’ll have to pick up a couple extra mugs or thrift store tea pots, as that’s definitely a cheaper option than the Finum baskets or perfect infusers.

Kittenna

Hahaha, yes, yes it is. I didn’t buy the infusers specifically for the mugs; they just happened to fit :)

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Pia M

Ooooo ooo ooo sounds so delish right now!

OMGsrsly

I’m looking forward to this one! Can hardly wait till my order arrives. Good to know it works well in a mug. :) Which reminds me. How do you brew your teas in your Contigo mugs? My strainers don’t fit the smaller opening of the locking style, so I’m having to use a pot, and transfer the tea into the mug. Easier to just line up mugs with strainers, really.

Kittenna

Honestly, I don’t bother brewing teas directly in-mug, even though I do have infusers that fit the Contigo mugs. I find that sometimes the flavour seems to be altered when the water doesn’t cool as the tea steeps, so I just brew in a normal mug and transfer. I am pretty sure, though, that my mom brews in-mug because she likes her tea to stay hotter. The DT perfect infuser fits into the opening of the locking Contigos (which are what I have), and I also have Finum baskets (medium size, I think), and IIRC they fit great as well.

OMGsrsly

Good to know! I’ll have to pick up a couple extra mugs or thrift store tea pots, as that’s definitely a cheaper option than the Finum baskets or perfect infusers.

Kittenna

Hahaha, yes, yes it is. I didn’t buy the infusers specifically for the mugs; they just happened to fit :)

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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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