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drank Orzo Strawberry by Lupicia
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Ok, the orzo teas are definitely way, way better than the barley teas. This one is seriously delicious. It’s like a thick, rich, roasty strawberry milkshake. Naturally sweet, no bitterness, no fishiness, just roasty+strawberry (I was going to write roasty strawberry, but that makes me think of hot strawberries, and that actually doesn’t sound overly appetizing). As with Caramel+Honey (or whatever the other orzo tea was that I tried), I think it would be amazing with milk and a touch of additional sweetener. Probably will try it that way eventually. (Also, I can’t believe how dark/inky it brews up! Makes me nervous that it will be bitter, but it’s not at all!)

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Amariel

This is one I have been wanting to try; it sounds so intriguing! Maybe I’ll put together a Lupicia order at some point…it seems like there are a few I could get.

Kittenna

I’d certainly recommend this over any of their “barley” teas.

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So, this tea actually smells like seabuckthorn. Not like one other tea I had, where it just tasted like rooibos/medicinal. It’s actual seabuckthorn. Which I’m familiar with, because there’s a vendor at the Saskatoon Farmer’s Market who sells seabuckthorn products, so I’ve had juice, ice cream (or sorbet/gelato, I don’t recall), and possibly other things. Either way, I recognize the flavour. And I’m stoked to see an absence of purpleish colouring – so no hibiscus! Yay! Instead, it’s kind of an orangey colour, which again fits with the colour of the fruit. Flavourwise, it’s interesting. Kind of tangy (not unexpected), and fruity, with almost a bit of drying astringency. Certainly interesting, though probably not a tea I’d drink overly often.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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My roommate acquired a whole box of these from Costco, and gave me a few to try. It appears to be a combination of green tea + matcha – the packet specifically instructs the user to dump any remaining matcha into the tea after brewing, and it was definitely quite dusty inside the packet. I brewed this at work, so have no idea what temperature the water actually was (but I did let it cool for a while first). The tea is quite green, and smells like kind of seaweedy (in that really pleasant way, not fishy like pu’erh) and green. The flavour is similar – a light, fresh, seaweedy flavour, with a bit of a brothy, umami flavour to it. I kind of wish it was a bit stronger (but it also might be the “spring water” I used – I swear it strips flavour out of things. Blech.) but it’s ok as is. Other than being finicky for brewing (30s/not boiling water), this would be a great tasty work tea. I’m reasonably impressed, and will happily finish off my remaining bags (and depending on how I long I keep this work schedule up – possibly some of hers too! I may run out of teabags!)

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0 min, 30 sec
Amariel

I’ve had this before…iirc, the instructions also say to dunk it for 60 seconds or something. At one of the locations of a previous job, one of the guys there had a box of this. It wasn’t amazing, but it was decent for a bag. Let alone from Costco.

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drank Tropical Island Black by Kally Tea
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I have little recollection of drinking this one, except that it tasted as expected – a tropical/fruity black. Not bad, but not a flavour combination I care for. Thanks Sil :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

lol drink them sooner than 2 yrs later! :P

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Delicious tea, but I’m sad I didn’t re-steep it. I wish green tea leaves had more longevity when left in an infuser.

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drank Jasmine Earl Grey by Twinings
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Hahaha, this sounds like Sil’s nightmare tea! Thanks for this one, MissB! I’m not a huge fan of either jasmine or bergamot, but don’t mind either in most circumstances, and often enjoy them separately, so it was interesting to try them out in combination! Sadly, I mostly tasted bergamot – the jasmine either blended in so well that I didn’t notice it, or the bergamot was too overpowering for it. It wasn’t bad, but was fairly strong – milk and sugar would have been ideal additions, though I drank it plain.

OMGsrsly

How about adding some lavender and rose to that combo. ;)

Kittenna

Hahaha. And make it an oolong ;)

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So smooth and chocolatey – even though this is a few years old, now! Definitely highly recommend this tea to anyone who loves malty, chocolatey blacks (though it’s not quite as chocolatey as Laoshan Black).

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drank Prince Vladimir by Kusmi Tea
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I’m annoyed because I can’t remember what this tasted like the other day – but wow, it was delicious! Again, no internet access right now while I’m typing this note, so I can’t see my previous thoughts on it, nor can I see an ingredient list, but I believe there was some citrus, and I found it to be quite enjoyable. Thanks again Sil!

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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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I guess I still have a few cups of this one left – it’s not really my thing anymore, but it really hit the spot the other day. Smelled exactly like apple pie filling, with the perfect amount of cinnamon/spice. Delicious. Probably would have been optimal not to have consumed it from a travel mug, but oh well. It was a nice change from some of the other teas I’ve been having lately!

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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I don’t know exactly how much of this tea I have left, and that’s making me oddly panicky. Has anyone found a replacement yet??? I think I’ll hoard this until I die if I can’t find something comparable. Anyways, delicious as always. So delicious.

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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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