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drank Lime Bang by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! I regret not finishing this sooner, because I think it picked up some strange herbal flavours while sitting around, but the underlying creamy lime is still good. Wish I had been able to try this one back when it first came out.

Indigobloom

ugh I get that with herbals too. and mate as well. almost spicy in a weird way

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drank Apricot Fusion by 52teas
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Sipdown! Well darn… I actually like this one. Apricot flavouring is another one that 52teas does well (I also like my Apricot Shou Mei Cheesecake), and this tea is no exception. Juicy apricot flavour and a bit of creaminess as well – the apricot flavour lingers on the palate long after I finish a sip, too. I did mess up the base a bit – I assumed this was a white and brewed it as such; it probably should have been brewed as a green due to the long jing, but oh well, it didn’t suffer too much, just a bit of bitterness (and to be honest, I probably could have added a bit more water and eliminated that).

Anyhow, it’s too bad this tea is gone, because I probably would have like to have some around. Thanks for sharing some, Sil!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

i don’t even remember giving you this hahaha

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drank Amaretto by Culinary Teas
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Strange that there are so few notes about this tea…

Anyhow, an extremely, 2+-years belated thanks to Alphakitty for the generous sample of this tea! I’m not sure why I hadn’t tried it prior; possibly because it got lost in the swap shuffle, but I have tried it now, and it’s pretty decent! I’m sure it has lost some flavour, but it’s still a nice, nutty black, with hints of caramel. I didn’t really pick up any cherry, but that’s probably an age thing. One big bonus here is that it fared quite well with a 2-minute infusion (prevented most astringency). I wish I had tried this back when it was newer, but I’m happy to drink it up now!

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Drinking some of the Spring 2014 version of this tea… and it’s glorious. It was even more glorious when I drank it when it was fresher, but it’s still quite good. Sweet, vegetal, rock sugary, beany goodness. A perfect dragonwell, and you can get multiple infusions from it too, which is great! I drank three total over the weekend (and am currently using the second half of the packet for a new set of infusions!)

Previous comments about this tea stand – although fresher is definitely better!

Thanks so much to Teavivre for this delicious sample!

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
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Are you kidding me? I hadn’t reviewed this before either?? UGGH. Anyhow, Birthday Cake. Fun concept, but by far not my favourite Butiki blend. Perhaps I don’t care overly for marshmallow leaf? Either way, I found this tea to be ok if one overleafs quite a bit, but rather baseless if not – the marshmallow leaf just doesn’t provide enough base for the flavours, I guess. The tea does develop quite a thick mouthfeel if you use a lot of leaf, which is interesting… Anyways, flavourwise this is mostly just sweet and creamy, which is perfect given the name, but I prefer the flavourings with Creamy Eggnog.

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Sipdown! And thanks to Terri HarpLady for a sample of this tea, way long ago! Of course, my boyfriend and I burned through most of the episodes featuring River, so I ended up drinking it while watching Heroes. Ah well. Anyways, it was an intriguing blend. The brewed aroma was strongly earl grey/bergamot, but the flavour was more nuanced – I could taste the lemon (it reminded me of DavidsTea’s Earl of Lemon), and the rooibos (also, it gave me a scratchy throat), but didn’t notice the coconut. Perhaps it added a bit of creaminess, but not much else. I’m sure this would have been a bit tastier had I drank it sooner, but it was still a good cup (and I have a re-steep coming up later tonight, I think). Probably not a tea I would care to have again though, mostly because I didn’t care for the inclusion of rooibos here, and I’m not the hugest fan of earl greys (unless there’s loads of creaminess, which there wasn’t quite here).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown! Yay progress! This tea tasted a bit old to me, but I still got the lovely milk oolong flavour. Probably not worth picking up again as it’s just too inaccessible for me, but if you like creamy milk oolongs and happen to be near a Bird Pick Tea & Herb, it’s a great choice.

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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
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Obligatory note for one of the previous cups I had of this tea… oh great unlogged period, you plague me so. But this one I caught, and I know I had two cups from that sample bag. Two delicious, delicious cups.

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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
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Love this tea. I suppose it will be my replacement for Checkmate, since that one disappeared and I didn’t even know about it :( But anyhow, this tea is wonderful. Chocolatey, coconutty, and very nutty makes for quite a decadent cup. It’s so much better than Choconut Oolong because there’s no liquorice flavour, which turned me off that blend. Hoping this one stays on the wall, because it’s a favourite!

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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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