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Backlog from Saturday. Brewed this up in the office, in a travel mug. It really suffered because of it. Of course, it also didn’t cool until I left for the night (er, morning), so I drank it the next day. It was very mediocre. I’m going to have to try this again at home… but I’m pretty sure the at-work-brewing and travel-mug-brewing caused some problems. Sigh.

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94
drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
2756 tasting notes

Backlog from Saturday: Sometimes, I forget how delicious this tea is. And then I have some, and it’s pretty much the best chai ever, with milk and sugar. Mmmm. Lasted for three infusions this time!!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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91

Backlog from Saturday. Deeeeelicious. Fluffy limey goodness. Thanks again for this, silvermage2000!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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94

Backlog from Saturday. I rediscovered how much this tea really needs to be consumed at a cooler temperature (not cold, just warm) – hot it really isn’t that great, but after it cools, it really does taste like apricots, and there’s a cheesecakey tang in there too. Delicious. But hot? Bleh, not great. Unfortunately I destroyed the re-infusion last night as I was distracted by playing Pandemic with my boyfriend & roommate. Whoops. :(

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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91

Backlog from Friday. I’ve been throwing this one in the Timolino a fair bit lately too. Seems to work ok, and an oolong is so refreshing next to a black tea, which is what I usually bring (I have been borrowing a travel mug from my roommate so I can bring two teas at once… need to purchase/ask for a second Timolino or other leakproof mug for Christmas!) The only bad thing about this tea is that I feel guilty for not following the appropriate infusion parameters… I just want oolong flavour, so the first infusion is definitely longer than it would be if I wasn’t taking it on the go, as the light, nuanced flavour doesn’t hold up well for me. Ah well. I still have a fair bit of this one…

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drank Chai Apricot by Tea Desire
2756 tasting notes

Backlog from Friday. Still a great twist on the classic chai! Kind of fruity, and pretty spicy. Hopefully it retains this flavour for another couple years, because I still probably have 175/250g of this one to get through. (Not a purchase I made!) Definitely good for a reinfusion or two as well, although the pepper really starts to make it spicy if infused too long!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Backlog from Friday. I am absolutely burning through this tea. Ever since I discovered it tastes great from my thermos, it’s been a go-to in the mornings. I should have ordered more than one ounce, but I don’t imagine it will be going away anytime soon (fingers crossed???) so will wait until I actually run out to pick up more!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Backlog from Thursday. So I went to make a thermos-ful of Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie from Della Terra, but discovered that I only had enough tea left for a regular cup, not a thermos! At which point creativity (not really) struck, and I dug through my billions of boxes of tea and found my sample of Creamy Pumpkin Spice from iHeartTeas, and threw in about a teaspoon’s worth of it as well, since I seemed to recall liking the black base of it, but preferring the spicing of DavidsTea/Della Terra’s pumpkin teas. I must say, it tasted pretty darn good! Left me craving more pumpkin tea, that’s for sure (and I just discovered tonight that I only have a single cup of Pumpkin Chai from DavidsTea left! Oh noes!)

I think this one also survived a second infusion before I had to throw it out, so I was quite pleased :D Would probably rate this a touch higher than Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie, so close to 90??

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Backlog from Thursday. Mmmmm. Made the boyfriend heat me up some water before I left his house quite late in the evening so I could nurse this tea on the way home. I think living in Ontario is turning me into a wimp! Or maybe it’s just the fact that last year was a super mild winter. Either way, it feels super cold outside and it’s barely below freezing, and that’s lame. So yeah. Needed tea for the 30-minute drive home. It was delicious (and still warm/delicious the next morning!)

Also, I am now under order by my roommate to buy at least a pouch of this one for her when it’s reblended. So pretty much, if I miss out on the next reblend, we’ll be getting a pound of tea, haha (and then I can fork some of it out to others who missed out too! :P) Yummmmmmmm.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
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A pound, yes!!! I’d sneak some :P

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91
drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
2756 tasting notes

Backlog and sipdown from Thursday. I really, really adore this tea. It’s definitely on my list to purchase when I actually have room in my cupboard to purchase it (although I might make an exception and buy 10-20g because it’s so darn delicious). I was happy to empty another packet though!! I infused this one twice, and it might still be sitting in an infuser for a third, but I currently have about 9 infusers on the go, and can’t tell the black tea ones apart anymore…)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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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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