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drank Strawberry Orange Scone by 52teas
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Sipdown! 939. Ancient tea, here – one of the first I got, from LiberTEAS. Anyways, it still has plenty of flavour – prominent orange, strawberry undertones, and a malty and STRONG black base. (I think I oversteeped a bit). A pretty tasty flavoured black, although the orange flavour here (kind of tangerine/fruit punch-ish) is not my most favourite type of citrus, and I’d like to be able to taste a touch more strawberry. Regardless, yummy.

Steven Cook

So, as awkward as this may be… Your collection is rather amazing.

Kittenna

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Steven Cook

Sorry =) I was bored and saw you on the mail chat so I followed you. Hope that’s alright.

Kittenna

No worries, I love new followers/meeting new people! I was away for a while and am behind on who the active people on here are now. Followed you back :)

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Sipdown! 940…. (apparently Turtle Cheesecake was not in my spreadsheet… dammit.) Thanks Sil for a sample many, many moons ago.

Anyways, this is definitely a potent black – a bit toooo potent for me, honestly, although it’s still tasty. I imagine it would be especially good with milk and sugar to tone down the slight astringency I’m picking up. I’m not catching any irish cream/whiskey notes, which I was hoping for – perhaps they aren’t all that apparent, or perhaps they faded over time, it’s tough to say. Overall, a strong, bold breakfast tea, primarily malty, and hay-y, with a sweet finish. No chocolate notes.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Turtle Cheesecake by 52teas
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(At this moment) NOTHING is more frustrating than knowing you’ve tried a tea, and not having a note on it, most likely due to a lengthy period of not logging teas, even though I swore I tried to avoid drinking samples. Ugh.

So this tea, is a sipdown. And I’ve had it before. And I can’t remember what I thought of it (I have to assume at least decent?). Also, it’s from Courtney (thanks Courtney!) Tasting it now, well, I believe it has likely lost some flavour. But, there’s still some tastiness to it. So I feel like it was probably tasty, but not as tasty as Cashew Turtle. There’s also a different base – I loved the Cashew Turtle base, it just fit so well. This one’s different. Not bad, just different. Maybe less… heavy, or something. Anyways, I like what’s left of the flavour of this tea. I don’t get cheesecake, but to be fair, I rarely do. I just wanted turtle. And I get kind of a nutty/caramel flavour. It’s satisfying. A touch of scratchy throat too (bleh), but oh well. I assume this would get a rating of about 80 for me, fresh, but I won’t be presumptuous and will just leave it off and cross my fingers for more turtle-flavoured things in the future.

Also, I have attempted to update my tea spreadsheet. It currently reads 939 teas. I am quite aware that this is an incorrect number, because I had a bunch of swaps that are only partially recorded, and I also have teas incoming. Oh, and I bought two more today. So I guess that’s 941, down to 940 with this sipdown. (I think I’m actually around 1000, but we’ll go with the “official” count right now).

tl;dr I have too much tea.

Sil

not to mention the 12038201398 teas at my house

Kittenna

And soon they will be here and added. Sooooooooon.

Sil

haha

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drank Turtle Cheesecake by 52teas
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drank Caramel Toffee by Octavia Tea
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Another unlogged yet consumed tea (in fact, I may have drank all of this, and yet have no notes to show for it. Sigh.) I do recall enjoying this one, though not as much as DavidsTea’s Salted Caramel. The oolong base was great, though – I wouldn’t mind more flavoured dark oolongs instead of blacks!

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drank Rooibos Kalahari by Tea Affair
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Drank this quiiiiite a while ago, when I first got it from Amoda. Was not a fan of the citrus/rooibos combo. I’ll write a more detailed note when I give it another shot.

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Oops, didn’t follow brewing recommendations… but thoroughly enjoying the tea regardless. Obviously has lost some flavour due to age, but it still has that beany umami flavour that I love in greens, and it’s utterly smooth and delicious.

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
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Sipdown! But another fake one, because it’s really just a sipdown of my 2 oz. bag, and I’ve already even opened the 4 oz. one. The leaves were pretty broken for this cup, given that it was the bottom of the bag, so it’s verging towards astringent (I also probably overleafed because of that), but it’s still chocolatey orange goodness. Apparently, like many other people, I have a strong preference for autumn/winter-themed teas…. yum.

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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
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Apparently I had more than a serving’s worth left from my last bag! Excellent! So one more cup before a sipdown and the Final Two Ounces. This is as good as always, so creamy and sweet and glorious.

Cheri

Stacy does such a great job with eggnog flavor….

Kittenna

I can’t wait to try Spiced Nog.

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drank Red Queen Cupcake by Butiki Teas
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Yup…. not regretting buying 1/4 pound of this one. Love it. The richest chocolatey strawberry black I’ve ever had. So, so good. Love.

Stephanie

I love it so much, too!

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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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