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94
drank Almond Cookie by Joy's Teaspoon
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Another generous sample from Azzrian… and another new tea company for me to try!

Now, initially when seeing this tea, I had a suspicion that it would be similar to DavidsTea’s Forever Nuts. I am not wrong in the slightest. I’m not sure the two would be distinguishable based on aroma, at least. It’s hard to say if the flavour is much different, since I don’t have any Forever Nuts on hand, but I feel like there’s a bit more apple flavour coming out here, which combines wonderfully with the bready, slightly nutty cinnamon flavours. The blends are extremely similar though, but luckily, I absolutely ADORE Forever Nuts, therefore the same goes for this tea! It just won’t be one I need to purchase, since I have a local DT. [My rating should be 1 point lower than Forever Nuts, simply due to availability, but I don’t know what that rating is right now. Will change later.]

ETA: Two fabulous additional infusion (both in less water).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
Azzrian

This is my nummy night tea. I love this stuff to pieces!

Kittenna

Then it should be comforting to know that DT’s blend is so similar; you have a backup! I adore it too. I really should pick some up tomorrow (today!?)

Azzrian

:) so did you make an order during your overnight spree? LOL

Kittenna

Haha, no online ordering. I just need to head to DavidsTea today to pick up some tea for Amanda (and myself).

Azzrian

Haha good girl

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Wow! This was way better (and different) from what I expected! Thanks for sending me a sample, Azzrian!

The coconut flavour in this blend is definitely different from the typical coconut you get in many teas – it smelled and tasted much like fresh coconut water or milk, which I adore. But it didn’t just taste coconutty – I tasted the white tea underneath as well! Delicious! Unfortunately, I put it in a travel mug after the first sip, and I guess I hadn’t washed the mug out well, because it tasted soapy :( And this time, I definitely don’t blame the tea, because I sampled it pre-mug and it was amazing. Second infusion (180/5.5 min) loses flavour but is still delicious. It’s also a little teeny bit bitter, but I did kind of oversteep it…. (also, just noticed there’s a wonderful creamy aftertaste. Heaven!)

I must say, I’m very, very impressed with the first blend I’ve tried from The Persimmon Tree!! That order is probably going to happen sooner rather than later…. (I want more of this!)

ETA: Third infusion was alright. That was enough, though.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec
tigress_al

Hmm….coconut white hey…2 of my favourite things for tea. I guess I will “have” to look into this company!

Kittenna

Their Canadian shipping looks awful, so if I order, I’ll be sending it to one of the lovely American Steepsters to re-send to me. If you end up wanting to sign up, get some to refer you, because we get points that way (=free tea!)

tigress_al

Grrr it is frustrating some of these amazing looking tea sites and they have atrocious Canadian shipping :(

Kittenna

Yeah, 20-odd dollars for anything. Absurd. Luckily there are kind Steepies :D

Emilie

You should look into trying out their Mandarin Silk Oolong, it’s really good

Azzrian

Emille yes it absolutely IS amazing! I love Mandarin Silk !!!

Kittenna

Azzrian sent me some!! :D It’s upcoming.

Bonnie

You guys up late again?!

Kittenna

It’s only just before 3am… hardly late! :P I’m watching the re-run of the Riders vs. Eskimos game (CFL football). And I’m folding laundry. :D

Azzrian

I went to bed early Bonnie :) Im a good girl hahaha yeah right I shut down my computer and played games on my phone until I could fall asleep around 5am! Eek!

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87
drank Green Apple Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Ok, so I clearly enjoyed my first matcha from Red Leaf Tea, the Madagascar Vanilla. But vanilla is not a terribly adventurous flavour, so for my second, I decided to branch out a little, and bought this one (found at http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/green-apple-matcha.html)! I was spurred to pick this one mostly because of aisling of tea’s idea (& successful attempt) at making a caramel apple blend, which sounds heavenly to me. Of course, I don’t have the caramel yet, but it’s next on the list!

Anyways, sniffing the bag’s contents, I got pretty excited because there was a distinct green apple aroma coming from the bag. Unmistakeable. I can’t tell you whether it was a “real” green apple or green apple flavouring sort of aroma because I enjoy both, but it was delicious. So I heated up some milk, dumped some matcha in… and whisked it. Yes, that’s right! I actually did it properly this time, thanks to Azzrian’s immense generosity in sending off her travel whisk to me! (So, this was by far the highest quality latte with the fewest chunks of matcha I have ever consumed!) Anyways, I didn’t really measure out the matcha (I was going for “strong”, since it was midnight and I was headed to the lab to do some things I neglected earlier, thanks to an ill-placed nap), but had thought I’d used at least a good teaspoon or so. However, when I mixed it with the almond milk, I literally could not taste the green apple – it was completely overpowered by the almond. Easy fix – heat up a bit more milk and mix a bunch more matcha into it! This time: success!! And by success, I mean I created one of the most delicious drinks EVER! I swear they accidentally gave me the “there’s matcha in this?!” grade of flavouring… because that is exactly what I was thinking the entire time I was drinking my latte! All I could taste was delicious green apple, and creamy almondy sweetness. Zero matcha. Zero bitterness. (I did taste the matcha-mixed milk prior to mixing with the almond milk, and it tasted bitter, so clearly there was some flavour masking going on.) And… did I mention that I didn’t add a single drop of sweetener? So my delicious latte was only about 120 calories worth of amazing, assuming matcha is essentially calorie-free.

The only somewhat concern I have is the amount of matcha I felt I had to use to get a drink that tasted like green apple. I didn’t measure it (I will next time) but it felt like more than I had to use with the other matcha I’ve tried. I could be wrong though. Another thing as well (ok, I guess I have two concerns) – I do almost get the impression that because of the flavouring in this matcha, there is less actual matcha, and that’s contributing to the fact that I can’t taste “matcha” in spite of how much powder I felt I used. I don’t know how it’s flavoured, or what the matcha:flavouring ratio might be if the flavouring comes in powder form, but I have to wonder about that. But all that said…. this was absolutely delicious and gave me a much needed treat (and presumably caffeine boost) to get through my work this evening!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
Indigobloom

wow you were up late!

Anny Oxidant & the Tea Bullie

My gosh that sounds delish!

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92
drank Dulce & Banana by DAVIDsTEA
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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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84
drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
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93
drank Fruity Ginger by Teaopia
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Went on a not-date last night with the guy I had asked out, and it was fabulous. Only thing that would have made it better was if it had been a date. Siiiiiiigh. I can’t get it all out of my head; my roommates are all subject to my incessant babbling about it, so I figured you all could hear about it too!! :D

Anyhow, set this one up to cold-brew the other day, and it turned out marvellously, as expected. I’m actually thinking about trying to phone some Teaopia locations in the area to see if they have any left in stock, because I would really like more and it seems that it didn’t make it onto the ‘top 20’ list that are being kept around. It’s just the perfect amount of sweet and ginger, and no hibiscus (I don’t think, anyway).

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Bonnie

Sigh! Happy not date!

Indigobloom

I second the sigh!! fingers crossed that the stars align and you end up together :P

ashmanra

My hubby and I never once went out on a date until we had kids…just sayin’! :)

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68
drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
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Steeped ~3 tsp in hot water for a minute or two, then topped up to two cups with cold water.

I love the smell of this one dry, but it’s just been a bit too weird for me. Pretty much the same deal cold-brewed, unfortunately. It’s not bad, and a nice (gross) dark green, and there’s a bit of that delicious fruitiness, but it’s not really strong enough for me. Also, I find little candies in my tea (and sprinkles) to typically be a bit off-putting. The purpose of the hot water was to melt them, so at least that happened, but yeah.

Bleh, after Alpine Punch and The Earl of Lemon, this one is really not meshing with me right now. I think it might get to go back into the fridge for tomorrow. Too bad :(

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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89
drank The Earl of Lemon by DAVIDsTEA
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Another tea subjected to cold-brewing/icing!

This one got the 30 seconds in 82 degree water treatment, then made up to 2 cups with cold water.

It ended up being pretty tasty, but there was too much bergamot for me. I seem to recall thinking this more than once with my new packet of this tea (I purchased just a small sample initially, then went back for a bit more), and that’s a bit of a turnoff. I’m really wishing 52teas’ Ginger Ale Bai Mu Dan was still around, because it was definitely lighter on the bergamot and I think I’d enjoy it more. I still have about a cup’s worth left thanks to Missy & Dylan’s generosity, but I don’t think I want to waste it by cold-brewing.

Anyhow, in addition to the strong bergamot flavour, this was mild and a little creamy. So I did very much enjoy it cold-brewed, I just wish the bergamot was a little more in the background, and less inyourface.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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84
drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
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Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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85
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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After buying 100g of this one (because I thought it was going away forever, lies), I ended up becoming less and less fond of it as time passed. Although the 50g bag I have at home is nearly empty, that’s only because I keep sending it off in swaps! The bag at work is unopened.

Anyways, I was poking around for teas to ice the other day, and found this and Swampwater and figured it was worth a shot. Turns out I made a great decision (at least with this one!) I suppose technically it wasn’t cold-brewed, as I did mix a generous 3 tsp of tea with hot (boiling-ish) water and let it sit for a little while (between 1-2 minutes) before mixing topping it up to a bit less than 2 cups of water and sticking it in the fridge overnight. The result is pretty delicious and reminds me why I enjoyed this tea in the first place.

First off, the flavour is strong, and I suspect I could even dilute the tea a bit and still enjoy it, but rooibos is still lighter than herbals, so I’m not too worried. It’s creamy and almondy and sweet enough that I wouldn’t want sugar in it, and… just so good. It’s going well with my post-run supper of steamed beans and tomatoes in lime/garlic. (Which is impressive because the lime and garlic, as I have mentioned previously, kind of kill my tastebuds!)

I hadn’t remembered my rating being quite so high for this one, but I’ll let it stand because iced, this is wicked!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
tigress_al

I never really thought to cold brew this before, but I am definitely gonna try that now!

noordelijk

I had this tea as a sample in the davidstea winter giftbox. It was so tasty and went perfectly with christmas stollen! I would always make it in my glass tumbler too so I could see the leaves floating around it was so pretty.

Lynne-tea

I made this up for my mom iced and she absolutely loved it! Carried the cup with her all night and drank my whole thing of iced tea. I was so happy =)

Kittenna

Ahhhh, that is so cute!! I’m looking forward to brewing tea for my parents (aka mom), sister, and aunt/uncle while I’m on vacation. I hope I find a winner for someone!!

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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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