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95
drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Aztecs Gold by Teaopia
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Cold-brewed 1 tbsp in 1.5 cups water overnight, and it tastes like bubblegum! Not unpleasant, but not a favourite flavour.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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82
drank Strawberry Fields by Teaopia
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I’m trying to cold-brew a different 2-3 teas each day, not only to have something on hand for when I need something thirst-quenching, but also as an integral part of my tea-stash-reduction plan (ok, there’s no real plan, I just thought it was a good idea!)

Anyhow, since I ordered so much fruity stuff from Teaopia last week, I figured I had better get started on some of them! Cold-brewed 2 tbsps of this one in two cups of water overnight. I was thinking to myself later that 1 tbsp/cup is not a sustainable amount, and could get very pricey, so it’s probably a bit overdone, but oh well.

This one smelled deliciously strawberry-like in the bag, and even cold-brewed, I’m still getting that aroma. It’s much like the 52teas Strawberry Pancake sort of candy strawberry aroma/flavour, which I’m partial to.

Aside from a bit of astringency (maybe I shouldn’t have cold brewed a white tea quite so long), this is one of the best iced teas I’ve had! Yum! Nice fruity strawberry flavour, which improves if I let the tea warm up in my mouth a bit. As usual, the flavour of the white tea is lost – I’ll have to check with this one whether it’s a cold-brewing thing or like DavidsTea, the white tea is just overwhelmed. Either way, it’s tasty. I’d buy this again at a significant discount (but the 30% off is not enough, given the much cheaper prices of Teaopia’s fruit blends).

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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83
drank Honey Bush Choco Caramel by ZenTea
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Finishing off the last of my sample of this one from Amanda. Yum, thanks! A pretty good honeybush blend. Honeybush is a lot better than rooibos, imo.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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97

Mmmmmmmmm so tasty. Used a random amount of leaf (maybe a tbsp?) and used my nose to figure out when I should pour it out, and my nose indicated I should start at 20 seconds, so a 30-second steep it was! Just love the light sweetness of this one and complete absence of astringeny and bitterness. I think finding the best dragonwell tea may become a goal of mine, although I’ve probably started at the wrong end of the spectrum, with the two from Verdant!! Upping the rating because this tea is remarkably consistent in its amazingness.

ETA: Second infusion (168F/1min) also great.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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84

Definitely a happy accident that I was sent this tea instead of Strawberry Pie Honeybush. Seriously one of the best flavoured greens I’ve tried. I think I used too much leaf today so it’s heading a bit toward astringency when it shouldn’t be, but I also feel like it’s tasting a bit more pancakey today. Either way, yum :)

ETA: Second infusion (82C/3:30min), I added some gasp rock sugar! Oooooh delicious! However, I think this tea is just fine without, I only added some for kicks :D Still can taste the strawberry and green tea, and a bit of pancakeyness. Also seaweed. But that last one’s because I just discovered a bag of seaweed “condiment” in my cupboard and have been snacking. Diets are sucky.

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

oh jeez! Try taking a nori sheet and putting a little sesame oil and salt on it. Then you run both sides of the sheet over a hot pan to crisp up the seaweed. So good. It’s better than chips in my opinion and WAY better for you…. maybe I will make some right now >.<

Kittenna

That sounds delicious. I’m going to write that down somewhere and try it! The seaweed I was eating was a mix of small assorted stuff. Tasty, but I also have packaged strips of nori which are actually meant for snacking, and are probably similar to what you’re suggesting (but the addition of sesame oil sounds intriguing!)

CHAroma

Sesame oil is delicious! But a little goes a long way.

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84

Yay, trying out another sample from Missy & Dylan tonight! Thanks guys! Have definitely been missing you on Steepster…. :(

Sweet and genmaicha-like are the associations I’m getting from the steeped cup, which isn’t surprising given that the flavour is roasty and sweet like genmaicha, although short on toasted rice flavour. This is definitely a different take on green tea, in my mind, being so far from the vegetal teas I’m more used to, but it’s nice and calming. I’d probably choose to drink a genmaicha of some variety over this one though if I was looking for a quieting tea, as there’s considerably less caffeine in them (or at least there is in the tea I have, which I swear is 80% rice!)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

My granddaughters like this with sugar. Reminds them of the salty, sweet rice cookies from the Asian foods store close by. So good! Love the toasty taste.

Dylan Oxford

Looks like things are picking up again, so you’ll probably be seeing us around! Hope you’ve been well, and glad you enjoyed the sample :)

Missy

This is a green I love. It’s not finicky at all and it has a wholesome goodness to it that makes me feel hugged by my grandma.

Kittenna

Not finicky (I agree, unlike teas that go bitter if you steep them 2 seconds too long or at the wrong temp), but I somehow managed to ruin the next two infusions of it by not using enough water/steeping it for WAY too long. Sigh. I still have more to try later though!

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80
drank Jiaogulan by Teaopia
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This one was just too interesting to pass up. Little balls of herbs held together with a light coating of sucrose?? Sure, why not! And at 30%, I think each ball only ended up being a bit less than $1, so that’s not too bad. I used one ball for about 8 oz. of water.

The smell is very boiled veggie-like, moreso than I usually get from green teas. The taste is similar in that sense – I wish I could tell which veggie I was tasting! It’s quite strong and distinct, and tasty with the small hit of sugary sweetness. I want to say perhaps asparagus? It’s a veggie with sulfurous notes, for sure. Almost boiled spinachy? It reminds me of asian rice snacks with seaweed that have a sugary coating, so maybe I’m getting a seaweedy sort of taste too. Either way, it’s interesting and tasty, although I think I have enough that I won’t feel the need to buy it again.

That was a fun little experiment :D

ETA: Re-steep (175F/5.5min) is very similar. So vegetal! Still sweet! I do think asparagus might be the closest I can get to what it actually tastes like.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Mercuryhime

This sounds so intriguing! I totally want to try some!

Bonnie

Um sounds good to me too!

Kittenna

Definitely have enough to send a ball or two off if either of you are interested in a swap :)

Mercuryhime

Yay! A swap! I’ll PM you! I should be sleeping but I’m all hyped for no reason! I could have sworn I had a honeybush this evening!

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88
drank Creamy Nut Oolong by Teaopia
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Picked up my Teaopia order from Purolator today because apparently they wanted a signature (boo!) But…. I got it! Yay! Starting off with the tea I was most excited about, based on Steepster reviews. The other teas are mostly herbals for icing.

In the bag, this one smells quite caramelly and nutty. Just like dessert! Mmmmmm… It’s pretty similar when steeped, with a bit of a woody aroma (bark, stick-like??). Maybe that’s the oolong? The flavour is pretty bang on though, nutty and creamy, with a lovely aftertaste of oolong. I know this one’s loaded with artificial flavour, but I’m really liking it! Yay Steepsterites for good reviews that convinced me to buy this tea! Yum… definitely want another cup of this tonight. I feel like this is a good one to curb those dessert cravings.

ETA: Oh creamy nut oolong, there is just something about you that is so freaking delicious. Second infusion loses a bit, but is still hitting the mark for me. 2 minute infusion at 90C this time. Yum. I’m not sure the creamy nut flavour will last for a third, just the woody oolong base, I’m suspecting. (Got a good half third infusion and fourth infusion.)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

this was one of my gateway teas!! <3

Kittenna

:/ I’m so addicted – I’m drinking these other teas and all I want is this one!! Hahahaha. I wonder if it’s good with sugar… picked up some rock sugar from Teaopia as well (and cracked it open… it’s tasty! Ack!)

tigress_al

I find this one very comforting

Indigobloom

I imagine sugar would enhance the caramel. Yumm!

Kittenna

Struggling with the desire to buy more of this one ASAP since I suspect it won’t be around for much longer… but at the same time I DO NOT need more tea!! Such a dilemma…. :(

Indigobloom

LOL I feel ya girl!

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55
drank Strawberry Lemonade by iHeartTeas
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I cold brewed about 2 tbsp of this in 2 cups of water in the fridge overnight.

The taste is somewhat tart and berry-like. The tartness is definitely moreso of the lemony variety and not hibiscus, which would probably make a lot of people happy! Unfortunately though, I’m tasting the medicinal rooibos flavour that I’m not a big fan of, and that’s kind of ruining it for me. It’s still drinkable though, so anyone who doesn’t have that same association with rooibos would probably love it! Still need to try it hot before completely giving up though.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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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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