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Aiming to get through a few samples today, since it looks like I’ll be going through my larger quantities at work! Anyhow, thanks to Janelle for a sample of this tea! It’s been so long since I last read about it that I couldn’t even remember if I thought I’d enjoy it… but I do! It does taste like a lemony dessert. I was pretty worried about the hibiscus being overwhelming (since it looked pretty pinkish after brewing), but it was perfect. Quite tasty, and an herbal I think I’d be happy to have around. Definitely a different flavour from the Lemon/Lime Chiffon rooibos. Less creamy (but still not sharply lemony), and quite desserty.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Sun and Cloud Mist by 52teas
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Hadn’t had this in aaaaages, but did last weekend. Pretty tasty – I kept it to a short infusion so there wasn’t astringency, just a nice, creamy/cloudy lemony flavour with a bit of a smoky green base. I think some of the nuances are missed in a travel mug, but it was good nonetheless (and I think I had a great re-steep too).

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drank Cool Cucumber by DAVIDsTEA
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An interesting tea… definitely tastes like cucumber, along with spearmint. I approve of it in the sense that at least to me, it’s a very unique tea, which I’m all for, whether or not I like it. If I enjoyed mint in teas more, I think I’d actually quite enjoy it… but I’m not a huuuuge fan. I feel like it would make a really good iced drink in the summer, though!

(Why do I not seem to have a previous note on this tea? So weird… I definitely had it as a TOTD from DT and remember writing a note…)

Also, the flavour really lingered in my travel mug, which was annoying.

Preparation
3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Amariel

I feel much the same way.

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I’ve completely lost track of which harvest this was from, but it was absolutely divine today. Sweet, rock sugary, a bit vegetal – even though I’ve apparently managed to crunch up some of the leaves by transporting it around. I still have bags of this from other harvests, but it’s a definite restock once I’m out.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Caramel Apple Oolong by 52teas
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Surprisingly delicious in a travel mug today. Just like a caramel apple, and a great contrast to the straight teas I brought to work today.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Yu Lu Yan Cha Black by Verdant Tea
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I was desperate for a straight black tea – how my preferences have changed! Anyhow, this was absolutely perfect at work – malty, bread, chocolatey… rich and delicious. I’ve had a second infusion since, and unless I locate another straight black, I’ll probably just have this again tomorrow, because it’s so delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

…“unless i can locate another straight black…” i can see how in YOUR cupboard that might actually be quite literal giggling

Kittenna

Haha, it’s definitely mores because I have limited time to sort through teas since I am no longer jobless :P (Also, I can’t find Laoshan Black/Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha). But… my cupboard is still very full. Lol.

Sil

your steepster cupboard..is a LIE!

Kittenna

Yes, it most certainly is. I really need to go through my teas soon, to offload more tea on Raritea! I mean, uh…. donate tea to my awesome friend :D

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81

Almost gone :( Going to have to find a replacement soon.

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drank Gui Fei Oolong by Butiki Teas
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drank Winter Walnut by Bayswater Tea Co.
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Tea for my first day of work! Nom nom.

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Thanks to Raritea for letting me have the rest of her sample! I haven’t tried all that many straight white teas, but I wasn’t too impressed with this one – the flavour was very light, a bit on the hay-y side, and that’s about it. It’s possible that my tasting/smelling abilities are still compromised, but I expected a bit more flavour. Ah well, it’s not as if I needed to fall in love with another category of teas anyhow!

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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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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