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drank Genmaicha by Butiki Teas
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drank SBT: Razzleberry by 52teas
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Sipdown! Yum! This one was great, and I am debating picking more up (although I really need to not buy more tea… Oh well!) Anyhow, I seemed to remember hearing good things about this flavour previously, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed. Sweet candy raspberry, tasty black base that wasn’t too astringent with a 2-min infusion. Made a great iced tea to keep in the fridge and pour into a Timolino every morning. Sadly though, I live in a basement which is super humid, and the stupid tea bag went moldy before I got a second infusion :(

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drank SBT: Monkey Fart by 52teas
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Sipdown! Yum; I did enjoy this one. Definitely candy banana flavour, with a nice solid base. Not a tea I would want again, but I’d certainly recommend it for anyone looking for a good banana flavoured iced tea.

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Sipdown! Not a big fan, sadly. I preferred the other two SBTs I’ve drank recently (Monkey Fart and Razzleberry). This one just tastes kind of like a sweetish, flavoured black. Nothing special. I prefer the honeybush version; the flavour nuances of vanilla/chocolate/strawberry worked better with that base.

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Mmmmmm, so delicious. Craving a straight black apparently; so much so that I even drank all 3 infusions today. Looking forward to a Butiki order eventually for some much-needed restocking… (haha, like I need more tea!)


nice to see you back Kittenna !


Hi! Hi Kittenna!

Thomas Edward(Toad)

This one is delicious


Thanks guys! Going to try and make more of an effort to log teas. I have a huuuuge backlog of teas I’ve drank but not logged. Haha.


hahahahaha and a huge number of teas still to drink ;)


Don’t remind me! :’(

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Sipdown! And another tea from Janelle :)

Not great, IMO. A bit of blueberry flavour, no chocolate, and a bland black base. Pretty substandard, and not what I expected from Della Terra, but oh well. I don’t think I needed a chocolate/blueberry tea anyhow; I like blueberry cream teas better.

Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Haven’t seen you round in awhile. Hope things are ok!!

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drank Cherry Iced by Della Terra Teas
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Another tea from Janelle! Again, don’t really recall anything I’ve read about this tea… definitely thought it was just a herbal, but it sure looks to me like there’s black tea in here!

Anyhow, first impression: omg, hibiscus. Definitely purplish hue to the cup, which had me pretty worried. And the hibiscus is certainly noticeable, although I found it fairly tolerable (also, I kept the infusion short). Once I got past the hibiscus, though, I noticed two things: 1 – awesome cherry flavour, 2 – a stale tea sort of taste. The cherry flavour (totally sour cherry-esque, no cough syrup here!) was perfect, but I wish it wasn’t so covered up by the hibiscus. And, unfortunately, I’m thinking that the black base was contributing the stale, old teabag flavour. It wasn’t unpleasant enough to dump the cup, but made it such that I’ve never purchase this, despite loving that cherry. Oh well. A better cup than I expected, since for whatever reason I had been anticipating a hibiscus nightmare, so there’s something to be said for that! (Also, I doubt that freshness is an issue here, as in, I don’t think Janelle had it overly long, though the company could have used old tea for it. Or, it’s just a wierd flavour that I’m perceiving as stale.)

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

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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.

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.

3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

I feel much the same way.

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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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