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drank Zen by Tazo
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More of this today. Not a favourite, but nice and refreshing when sweetened (but irritating as a teabag since it’s a green, and I like my teabags to be no-fuss).

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Blech. Of course, as I was writing “blech”, I actually looked at the teabag wrapper, and apparently this is a green tea…… whoops. So perhaps I shouldn’t be so quick to judge, since the boiling water I poured on it yesterday might have been a touch harsh. My recollection is of astringent vague-berriness… so perhaps I wouldn’t like it even if brewed correctly, but hopefully I have another one of these somewhere to give it a second chance. I feel like I may have done this to the tea previously as well…

teataku

You’re not alone. I’ve definitely ruined a few cups for myself that way…

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drank Zen by Tazo
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Once upon a time, I used to rather like this tea. I think that’s because I sweetened it, because I really wasn’t keen on the bag I brewed up yesterday, until I added sugar. Then, it was delicious – all minty, fresh, and sweet. I’ll probably get through the remaining few bags of this that way (maybe brewing some up to make sweetened iced tea once it finally warms up???)

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drank Ginger Ginseng by Higgins & Burke
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Noooope. Not a fan. Not gingery enough, and there’s a licorice sweetness (for all I know, that’s ginseng). Anyways, not really my thing. Hopefully it doesn’t contaminate my Timolino too much… (I hate putting herbals into them because they always cause funky smells… e.g. I had some Apple Custard in a Timolino a while ago, and that particular mug has now been out of commission for a week, because the tea permeated into the rubber and then went funky. Sigh.)

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drank Fortmason by Fortnum & Mason
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I’ve developed a bad habit of drinking some bagged teas at work with milk/cream and sugar. Plus side? I’m getting through all sorts of teabags. Downside? Milk and sugar… Anyways, I had forgotten that this tea was kind of floral, which I don’t usually appreciate, so it has accordingly been creamed and sweetened. Which actually is kind of delicious, all floral and sweet. Maybe that’s what I need to do with floral teas… (although they’d have to be blacks, because I can’t fathom putting cream and sugar in a green tea whether or not it’s floral!)

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Quite delicious – thanks MissB (and Sil for packaging everything up)! This was a sipdown, as I only had one cup of it, but man was it delicious, and I definitely resteeped it at least twice. It did remind me of a tea from Della Terra, I believe – their version of White Chocolate. It also looked quite similar, if my recollection is accurate, with little squarish thin chocolate pieces. Quite tasty though – lightly sweet/chocolatey, with a great, flavourful white base. I had quite enjoyed it from DTT as well, but at least now I know of a second, although very inconvenient, place to get it.

Kristal

Does a sipdown refer to using up a bunch of different kinds of teas in a short period of time, or simply just drinking a bunch of different kinds and adding tasting notes in a short period of time, lol?

Kittenna

Sipdown is finishing off a specific tea! A bunch of us on here use it pretty frequently. It means our “cupboard number” goes down, haha.

Kristal

I see! I used the term once but incorrectly- I just thought it meant drinking a whole bunch of different kinds in one sitting :)

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drank Orzo Strawberry by Lupicia
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Didn’t have this with milk. Still need to try that. I think I prefer the Caramel&Honey blend to strawberry, though. Only because I get bored of fruit flavours sometimes.

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
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Another almost-sipdown! Although it’s still okay, and I’d probably pick it up again if I had little enough tea, I’m happy we’re reaching the end, because it’s awfully old!

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drank Four Seasons Oolong by Teavana
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Almost gone! :( A solid oolong that’s good for a travel mug. Probably not a tea I’d drink to sit and enjoy, though, mostly because I have nicer, more nuanced oolongs for that purpose, but in a travel mug, it’s pretty great since it’s quite flavourful.

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Oh, this tea. So good. Definitely one of my 52teas favourites, and pretty much one of the best fruity whites. The cheesecake isn’t overly apparently, but it adds a creaminess, which is perhaps one of the features that makes this tea stand out.

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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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