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drank Boo-Berry Cotton Candy by 52teas
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drank Sweet Caramel o'Mine by 52teas
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drank Pumpkin Butter Cookie by 52teas
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The first tea I’m trying from Verdant’s June Tea Box.

This is an oolong unlike any I’ve tasted before; I’m of mixed feelings about it. In the aroma, it appears like a roasted oolong, minerally and toasty. Nothing overly unique there. The flavour begins like a roasted oolong (medium), and has a certain creaminess to it, but the finish is very different. I can’t pinpoint what it is – ‘chlorine’ is the closest I can come to a descriptor, but it’s really not that at all… my vocabulary is really escaping me. It’s this odd finish that throws me – it’s not bad, but I’m not sure I like it.

I’ll try a second infusion today and see what comes of it.

I used an entire 5g sample in a 10oz mug, brewed Western-style with just below boiling water. Didn’t time it but brewed for probably 2, maybe 3 minutes (it was strong, for sure).

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drank Maple Almond Cream by 52teas
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I haven’t ever had a tea smell so incredibly accurately like maple! Never ever! Thankfully, I’m also not disappointed in the flavour; this is the most mapley tea I have ever had, by far. Actually – it both tastes and smells like maple walnut fudge (minus the intense sweetness in the flavour, those this is definitely a sweeter tea). I’m also really enjoying the nuttiness here; I can almost taste the walnuts (yes, I know it’s supposed to be almonds, but this tastes nothing like almond to me. Which is ok, because most “almond flavouring” tastes like marzipan anyhow, which would have ruined this tea for me.

VariaTEA

You are making it harder and harder to resist a 52 Teas order with all these tasty sounding reviews today

Sil

VariaTEA if you think about it make sure you talk to me lol

Kittenna

FWIW I had another $40 cart made up already, hahahahahaha.

VariaTEA

52 Teas group order? :P

Indigobloom

I’m not a huge maple tea fan but you make this sound so good

Fjellrev

These reviews are making it difficult for me too haha.

Kittenna

I tried the teas I was most interested in first! And all but one were pretty darn good :) If anyone wants to make a group order, I have up to $45.50 worth of stuff in a cart, haha.

Kittenna

Also Indigobloom – I haven’t had a maple tea I’ve actually liked before. The closest I’ve ever had was a Butiki tea that I’m distractedly not remembering the name of.

Sil

lol kittenna…of COURSE you did

Sil

(my cart was about 48….but i REALLY shouldn’t buy anything….)

Indigobloom

I may have purchased maple butter recently, in part because of this review! :P
I miss Butiki

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I think I was expecting more of a creamsicle flavour with this tea, which it isn’t quite, but it’s still pretty tasty. The tangerine is prominent and reminds me a lot of tangerine pu’erh, without the pu’erh flavour (obviously). And I can actually imagine that the creaminess I can taste is marshmallow fluff. The black base also works well here (solid, not astringent at all). This won’t be a favourite tea for me (orange citrus just isn’t a flavour I tend to go for), but it’s pretty accurate for what it’s supposed to be!

Sil

Mmmmmmmm

Kittenna

I’m sure I could share a sample of this one if you reminded me that I made this offer – I’m still not organized enough to put things in appropriate piles (also, I’m in Kitchener and the tea is at work).

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drank When Doves Cry by 52teas
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I admit… I’m not a Prince fan and really only wanted this tea because it sounded really tasty. :D

Before steeping, I did try a candied violet straight – it was interesting, for sure, but as I’m not a person who likes to eat flowers, it wasn’t amazing for me. I did make sure there was also one in my infuser, as I felt that the tea would not taste as intended without one.

Anyways, the tea – I’m just drinking the second (or third) infusion now, and unfortunately, the flavour is enough different from the first cup that I’m not sure I can adequately write about it. The first cup was sweet (from the sugared violet), had a nice base, and was creamy from the vanilla bean – I believe there was some apricot, but maybe not as much as I would have liked. I recall liking it, though I am not liking this infusion quite so much.

Looks like I will have to write more details in the future! Generally, though, I found this tea enjoyable.

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Another tea nobody has reviewed! (Or I’m bad at searching, hard to say.)

I love lime, and cookies, and oolong… how could this tea go wrong? That’s right, it can’t, and didn’t. First off – the base of this tea is AMAZING. It’s a fruity, somewhat floral, creamy oolong, and tastes fresh and high quality. I can taste the base tea despite the strong (delicious) ingredients, and that’s a wonderful thing. It reminds me of Butiki(!!)

The citrus is not your run-of-the-mill lemon balm/citron oolong sort, and instead is clearly limey (there are actual lime pieces! I just ate a steeped one and it was sour and limey!!!) It’s worth noting that it doesn’t taste like typical “lime flavouring” either, and is not overpowering. The citrus comes out best in earlier infusions (I’m on #3 I believe, and it’s only lightly citrus-flavoured now).

Cookie-wise, I’m not so sure… but the tea is creamy and luscious, and that’s good enough for me.

Also, I forgot about the edible vegan glitter. I didn’t shake the package before measuring out tea (ok, I poured it out, I think someone stole my work teaspoon), and definitely didn’t even look in the first infusion to see if there was glitter. Next time.

To sum things up, this was a really tasty creamy lime-citrus oolong tea. I wish I had more; maybe it will come back in the future.

Sil

mmm sounds good

Kittenna

It might be too oolongy for you, because it is a green oolong and the oolong flavour is noticeable. Hard to say, though, I was never able to actually pinpoint the flavour you disliked.

Sil

haha no worries..you’re making me build shopping carts though… hoping i can resist…stupid dollar.

LiberTEAS

The glitter is very hard to see – I bought two containers of glitter, one for this tea and one for the Sparkle Pony and after I sprinkled it over the tea, I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t see it very well even though I had the entire batch of tea right in front of me and I had sprinkled the glitter on top of it. But since it IS in there, I needed to mention that it is in there because if someone comes across a glittery flake I didn’t want people to think it wasn’t part of the blend and that somehow unintended glitter ended up in the tea. I won’t be adding glitter to future blends. It’s pretty in the jar but not real evident in the 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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