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12 Days of Tea #7! I shamefully admit that I did not drink #6, as it was Graveyard Mist, and I truly dislike that tea.

Anyhow! I only had a sip of this before I stupidly brushed my teeth. It tasted much more pineappley than the previous batch, which was much more just the lime jello flavour, but it was still good! I’ll properly review it later :)

In other news: I’m home for Christmas! Woooo, relaxation… not! Christmas shopping tomorrow, baking Saturday, decorating the tree/house tomorrow and Saturday… trying to cram a whole month into four days, here!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

The holidays can be so hectic but I always end up enjoying the bustle!

Kittenna

Yeah, I usually enjoy it to some degree as well, but it’s really not helping that I now also have a cold. Sigh. If I can’t taste Christmas dinner, I am going to be tiiiiiicked…

Alphakitty

Aw, I hope you feel better once the actual day rolls around! I’ve been sick before on xmas, definitely not fun.

Kittenna

I hope so too! It’s really hurting my motivation to decorate though. That and the fact that a) I pretty much have to do it alone, b) I hate putting lights on the tree, and c) my dad just wants to watch stupid history shows but I’d like to have Christmas music and/or a movie on while I decorate. Grrrrr, arrrgh! I haven’t ever been sick on Christmas day, and I hope this won’t be the year that changes!

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drank Snow Fairy by Della Terra Teas
2938 tasting notes

Backlog. Light, fruity pineapple is emerging first, followed by a delicious creaminess.

By far the most pineappley tea I have ever tasted! And the creaminess makes me think a mature, sophisticated version of a pina colada, but without the calories. This may be a tea I pick up more of (even if it’s only another Try Me size, just to have some around).

Second infusion in half the water was also quite tasty.

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

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Backlog. It’s sparkly, a la DavidsTea’s Glitter & Gold! Awesome :) There’s a bit of a fishy aroma once brewed (I seem to be quite sensitive to that with pu’erhs), but it also smells like sweet artificial strawberry. Delicious, haha.

This is actually quite a good flavoured pu’erh, in my opinion! A nice fruity strawberry flavor overlaying a mild but present pu’erh base. There’s a hint of fishiness, but it’s not really all that bothersome. As I mentioned about the aroma, I am finding the strawberry to be artificial, however I adore that candy strawberry flavor, so it’s not a negative for me in the slightest. This is the first fruity flavoured pu’erh (that’s not citrus) that I have had, and I’m really quite enjoying it. I definitely understand the rave reviews!

Second infusion in half the water for far too long was quite tasty as well.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Backlog. I really enjoyed this one! Brewed in my Timolino for maybe 3 minutes, at a bit less than boiling, it definitely made me think white chocolate when I drank it. I really seem to be enjoying white tea blends where the natural flavours of the tea are prominently featured. Unfortunately, I can’t remember a great deal more about this one, therefore will have to write a proper tasting note in the future. Glad I picked it up though!

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Backlog. Strangely, I got zero ginger out of this one, but it tasted almost exactly to me like the spicing of an Indian rice pudding that I really like! Green cardamom pods and nutmeg, primarily, are what I was picking out. So, gingerbread tea it definitely was not, but it is quite tasty regardless!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
LiberTEAS

I felt the same way … so very little ginger in this one, it certainly did not taste like gingerbread to me. It was still very good, and I loved the creaminess. But, I wouldn’t call it gingerbread.

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drank Bubbly by DAVIDsTEA
2938 tasting notes

Backlog. This one definitely does smell like champagne or some kind of fruity alcohol. Unfortunately, I really don’t recall how it actually tasted. It was good and flavourful, fruity, perhaps tasting like champagne.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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12 Days of Tea #5!

Ahh, Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake. Yep, opened this packet and immediately knew what it was! And it definitely did not fail to impress. SO delicious. So very, very delicious. Made me want to pick up a packet of the inevitable re-blend, but no more tea…. no more tea…

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Earl Black by 52teas
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12 Days of Tea #4! And the first one I had yet to previously sample!

This was one of the teas that I had been wavering on so much about purchasing. However… I’m glad I didn’t. All I got from this was a black currant flavoured white tea. And given that I dislike Black Currant Bai Mu Dan…. I was not impressed. Couldn’t taste bergamot, but the black currant flavour that comes off quite fakey to me would have ruined it anyways. My roommate thought about the same (I noticed it was one she didn’t end up re-steeping).

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

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drank Milk Oolong by Bon The Place
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My roommate picked some of this up for me for Christmas, since I’m running low on the DavidsTea version and Bon Thé Place in downtown Guelph was having a sale!

I took this to work in a travel mug, so it’s tough to say too much, except that it was pretty tasty. I’m not sure how the milkiness compares to other milk oolongs, but it was quite satisfying. I guess I didn’t wash out my mug very well though, as when I reached the bottom, it tasted much like Banana Oolong… which was in the mug yesterday. Thankfully no lingering stevia, so it was ok with me! I will, however, use the bottle brush on the mug tonight. Haha.

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

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drank Genmaicha by Butiki Teas
2938 tasting notes

Brewed up for a travel mug…. and tragically had a good portion spill out into my backpack, all over EVERYTHING. In addition to giving my tea funky flavours, my roommate’s Bodum travel mug really sucks. The Timolinos are infinitely superior.

Anyways, what I managed to drink at work was still good. The rest, sitting cold in the mug for about 13 hours, is… not great. I think genmaicha is best served hot, or at least warm.

The re-steep is ok, aside from being a bit bitter. Sigh.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 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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