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Sipdown! 831.

This is quite a tasty cream earl grey. Light bergamot, very creamy. I think it’s one of my favourites, although that means nothing since it can no longer be purchased. Oh well! Thanks LiberTEAS

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Tea Sipper

Oh no! You drank the last of this one! This is the tea I’m holding onto the most.. my little ounce pouch that is pretty old yet still has the most amazing flavor. I will be so sad when it is gone!

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Sipdown, 832.

Thanks to Indigobloom for letting me sample this one. It just tastes like a plain oolong this time. Tasty in that sense, but no pomegranate flavour whatsoever. I did snip open the teabag and put the contents into an infuser this time, but it didn’t really help.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown, 833.

Bleh, this one isn’t particularly good, but I suspect that it’s mostly because the tea was practically powdered. I’m not sure if that’s because I was the last of the three of us who split the packet to get it, or if that’s how it was the whole time, but either way, it resulted in astringency/bitterness that does not mix well at all with the tartness of what is presumably hibiscus mimicking the tartness of raspberries. (Now that I’m actually on Steepster, I see that it looks powdered in the picture as well…. not a fan.)

I actually think that were it not for the bitterness, this could be a decent tea – it tastes rather fruit punchy; the hibiscus (or raspberry flavouring) is well-done, and I can envision it being quite tasty iced. However, I only infused it for about 1.5 minutes, and even with that infusion, it’s unpleasant to drink. Perhaps it would be half-decent sweetened.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Strawberry Island by iHeartTeas
2229 tasting notes

Sipdown! 834.

Not bad, but I’ve had better strawberry blacks. Similar “candy strawberry” flavouring that I enjoy, though!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Dragonwell by Unknown from China
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Sipdown! 835. Apparently I tried this one previous, but had forgotten. Similar impressions to last time; tastes like a nice, light, vegetal dragonwell. Pretty delicious.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Creamy Pumpkin Spice by iHeartTeas
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Sipdown! 836 (and still counting tea inventory… oyyyy… That 800 goal is a long ways off.)

Anyhow, this tea has lost some flavour since the first time I had it, and so I’m still not a huge fan – I’ve since discovered that Butiki’s pumpkin tea is quite good when it’s not in a sample packet, and I think this tea was similar, although to be honest, if I’m going to have a pumpkiny tea, I want it spiced like pumpkin pie, so the Della Terra ones are still my favourites in that regard.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

psssst..if you drink them faster, their flavour doesn’t go away :)

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drank Gooey Butter Cake by 52teas
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Still tastes mostly just like a creamy, lemony black (I’ve never had butter cake), but it’s pretty enjoyable in that respect. Still have a bit of it left to enjoy thanks to KittyLovesTea :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
gmathis

http://www.pauladeen.com/recipes/view2/gooey_butter_cake

Very easy to make—I’m a kitchen incompetent and can pull this one off.

Kittenna

There’s no lemon in butter cake???

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drank White Pear by Teaopia
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Tried, can’t really recall flavours, but have enough for another cup. Ugh, I suck at this, haha. Anyhow, thanks Indigobloom!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Opposites Attract by DAVIDsTEA
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Again, drank, backlogging, forget how it tasted, except I do recall the mint, and the fact that I don’t think I much cared for it. I see that there’s pu’erh in it; that may have something to do with it! Anyhow, thanks for letting me sample it Janelle!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Aperitif (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Hmmm, again another tea I forgot to log, and don’t recall recall the flavour of. Thanks for sending me some Janelle – at least I have enough for another cup! I seem to recall it being reasonably tasty though.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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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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