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drank Kabusecha by DAVIDsTEA
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Ok… tried this a couple weeks ago, but have no recollection whatsoever of how it tasted! Boo! Luckily Janelle sent me plenty, so I can give it another few attempts and write about them then :)

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170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
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Still so, so good. Another backlog :)

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Oh, I need to try this one too! Unless it’s an old out of stock one.

Roswell Strange

It’s part of the permanent collection so you should be able to get your hands on some!

Fjellrev

Coincidentally, I’m brewing some of this up right now!

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drank Strawberry Lemonade by iHeartTeas
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Sipdown! 828. Another remembered backlog from a while ago. It wasn’t bad, but I’m glad I sent the rest off to momo. A bit tart, a bit lemony, and a bit weird because of the rooibos, is basically my assessment of it.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Another backlog of a tea I had a while back (and just remembered). It was just as delicious as I recalled, and my boyfriend even noticed its delicious, delicious aroma. Mmmm. I taste less blueberry and more cake/sugary sweetness, but it’s really quite good.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown! 829.

This one has definitely lost flavour over time, but I’m not sure it’s really a bad thing, haha. It was pretty darn potent before! Anyhow, I should have sweetened this, but it’s perfectly smooth to drink straight, therefore fairly enjoyable.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown! 830.

Finally trying this one again, a year later. Thankfully, it no longer tastes quite so tomatey/brothy (though I can sense similar notes, so it’s probably just that flavours have muted over time). Anyhow, it’s not bad, although I’m not particularly fond of it. There’s a nice light, sweet cinnamon, but I can’t really pick out the other flavours. They are verging on savoury, which is a little odd for me.

Anyhow, perhaps sometime in the future when I’ve sipped down a few more things, I’ll try Whispering Pines again :) There are some blends I’m dying of curiousity about, haha!

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Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Whispering Pines Tea Company

A lot has changed in a year :) you should definitely check out my house black and apple cinnamon oolong…i think youd enjoy those :)

Kittenna

Apple Cinnamon Oolong is definitely on my list :)

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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Grrr, Steepster ate my note. Something about delicious vanilla creaminess, and mixing it in the future with milk oolong. Thankfully this wasn’t a note I had spent a bunch of time on!

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Faith

Steepster keeps eating my notes too! And I’m going to have to try this mixed with milk oolong since I love both!

ifjuly

i don’t know if it works with other browsers, but just a heads up since so many Steepsters mention note-eating frustration: there’s a browser plug-in for mozilla at least called textarea cache; when installed, it will save any text you type into boxes while browsing the internet (you can specify which sites you want it to work or not work on, and for how many days, etc.). it’s saved my hide a bunch of times.

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Hmmm, whoops! I brewed this like a black, because it definitely looked like one. Luckily, it seems to have fared ok. This pretty much tastes like a jasmine green to me… nothing overly special, although there’s perhaps a bit of additional flavour and body compared to typical jasmine greens, and it may be a bit less floral. Not a huge fan of it, though, but I’ll finish off my sample, which is definitely over a year old.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Another tasty one. Kind of like a tempered version of Strawberry Pie HB. I still don’t get much rhubarb, but I like this blend anyhow.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
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Also had a cup of this one. Delicious. Ever since I figured out to brew greens for only 2 min, it’s been quite tasty, very nutty and coconutty, with a nice green base (almost verging on seaweedy).

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180 °F / 82 °C 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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