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Backlog. This is such a dark, roasty, chocolaty, almost burnt-tasting tea. It’s wonderful. Like an extra toasted Laoshan Black, or something. Love it. I still have a few packets of this one left, but I’m running out! :(

Sil

i finished all of this that i had saved… so sad..

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86

Just, delicious. A must-buy when I make a Teavivre order. So roasty and oolongy. A perfect combination.

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85

I seriously don’t even understand why I have no note for this. I’m 100% positive I drank it… a couple years ago, for the first time. Anyways, I enjoyed this, and it was nice and creamy, less heavy on the bergamot that some other EG creams. Sadly though, a company that is no longer around, I believe.

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Thanks again to Teavivre for this delicious sample! Another 2014 Spring tea, that I brewed up quite soon after receiving, and neglected to log. Again, I didn’t take detailed notes, but what I remember is a delicate, light sweetness and matching aroma. There was a bit of the vegetal green bean flavour that I find in most greens that I enjoy, but it was not as prominent as other teas, leaning more towards rock sugar sweetness. Delicious.

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Thank you to Teavivre for letting me sample this tea! I unfortunately didn’t take great notes the first time around, but do have another packet that I intend to get to as soon as possible. What I do recall, is that the flavour was fairly tasty (sweet and hay-like), but rather light, considering I used the entire packet for an 8 oz. mug (and did infuse for the instructed time, somewhere between 6 and 10 minutes). I’m not used to white teas, for the most part, so I expect that might be part of it (also, unfiltered work water and/or drinking other more-flavoured teas around the same time). Perhaps I’ll do more of a white tea tasting one day, where I am sure not to eat strongly flavoured foods, or drink other strongly flavoured teas.

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Backlog of a packet of the Spring 2014 version – so incredibly delicious. I drank this one up shortly after receiving it, and the flavour and aroma were unbelievable. I definitely understand why green teas are considered best when they are ultra fresh, because their potency clearly diminishes after a while (it’s a bonus that Teavivre sent the samples in individual packets, because that helps maintain a lot of the freshness). Anyways, delicious. Once the tea cupboard situation is under control (if?), I will probably treat myself to a small batch of fresh spring greens every year, including dragonwell and maybe a random other one.

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drank Strawberry Oolong Tea by Teavivre
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Backlog. I picked some of this up in a joint Teavivre order to see how it compared to Butiki’s version. Sadly, I never did compare the two, but this one’s still available, and Butiki’s is not, so it no longer really matters! I honestly don’t have a great recollection of how this was, except that it was tasty. I don’t think the strawberry was as strong as I would have liked, though. I believe I still have another packet of this to test out (I’ll have to double check that, though). If not, I might throw some more into a future order for a better review!

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drank Eggnog & Pralines by Butiki Teas
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Backlog of a sipdown of this one from a while ago, when I just had the sample from Sil (via Dexter?) Anyways, delicious, and I have my own 2 oz. or so :D

whatshesaid

I’ve never even heard of this one!

Cheri

I love this one. I special ordered 4oz of this. whatshesaid if you want some, let me know.

whatshesaid

Wow, you must love it for 4oz! I would love to try a cup :)

Cheri

Send me your info, and I’ll send some out next time I go to the post office.

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drank Caramel Toffee by Octavia Tea
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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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