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drank White Christmas by Lupicia
2661 tasting notes

Made an eggnog latte with this last night, and I think I maybe used a bit too much eggnog, or a bit too little tea. It was definitely tasty, and didn’t taste like straight eggnog, but I really couldn’t taste much of the tea either (which from my recollection, was kind of like their ‘Cookie’ tea, but a bit sweeter). I really wish I had something fruitier here for my eggnog lattes :(

donkeytiara

i had this last night too….what ARE those little white things that cling desperately to the inside of my metal steeping basket?? mysterious!

Kittenna

I am really not sure. I thought it was white chocolate… but I don’t think they melted…

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My other NYE tea (but it was all gone by the time midnight rolled around). Figured I’d start the new year off right by drinking some of my favourites. Butiki’s Creamy Eggnog was also on the shortlist, but I didn’t want to risk it in a Timolino, so perhaps I’ll have some of that tonight. Less oolong in this round, but amazingly roasty and delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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100

Happy New Year Steepsters!! I ushered in 2015 last night with a Timolino of this tea, toasting everyone else with their silly icky champagne. :D The tea was amazing, as usual/expected. Mmmmmmm.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown. I’m mad because my spreadsheet seems to have somehow reverted to an older version. Like, two months ago. And now everything is wrong and I’ll have to redo it all. SO FRUSTRATING.

Anyways. Drank this at my boyfriend’s mom’s place and it was pretty good. Had one re-steep. Apparently I didn’t like it much before?? Odd. Well, I liked it this time, not that I am too sad it’s gone. I’m just really mad about my spreadsheet right now.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Ok…. the dry leaf of this tea, and the brewed scent, are really strongly hay-ish, and weird. Almost pungent? Quite off-putting. I’m actually really surprised that nobody else has mentioned it… so I am wondering if it’s just something with this baggie (though that seems odd). Does seem a bit like an aroma I’ve smelled before with white tea, although I can’t place exactly where.

In regards to the flavouring though, I can definitely taste the irish cream beneath the strange presumably white tea flavour, and it’s actually really good. Not particularly a cookie or anything, but a tasty tea – I just wish that weirdness was less noticeable (but I’ll probably still drink it). No rating because of that (I’d go for mid-60s with the weird flavour).

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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Butiki Teas

Huh, maybe it’s the flavoring? This is the exact same Bai Mu Dan that we use for our Cantaloupe & Cream.

Cameron B.

I usually associate Bai Mudan (and sometimes Bai Hao Yin Zhen) with a hay-like flavor. Dunno about pungent though…

Kittenna

It’s really strong – my mom wrinkled her nose at it too. I’ll compare it to my Cantaloupe & Cream when I’m back at home, but since that tea’s pretty old, it’s probably lost some flavour. It’s possible that it’s just an aspect of the flavour that’s amplifying the tea or something. I’ll have to give it a second shot, maybe in a couple days. I wish I could sent scent-mail or something so people could smell what I’m talking about! :P

Butiki Teas

Our Bai Mu Dan definitely has hay notes but I wouldn’t say pungent. The flowers could add to that too and maybe the flavorings are meshing with it in a way that makes it seem stronger.

Cheri

I love the way this tea smells. I don’t think pungent, though.

Kittenna

Maybe pungent isn’t quite the right word, but I can’t quite settle on what it would be. It’s a very strong dry hay-y aroma. But not sweet hay. Like, old hay.

Cameron B.

Musty? :P

Butiki Teas

Kittenna-I know what old hay smells like. I think that is probably the flavoring mixed with the tea. I think the flavorings that we used to give it a more buttery flavor (not the Irish Cream).

Kittenna

Ah! You might be right, Stacy. I was thinking that there’s no way it could be the flavouring, since I can definitely taste Irish Cream and it’s lovely, but I wasn’t considering that other flavours were also added. It’s probably the butter flavouring, you’re right. Mystery solved! I will endeavour to try it again sooner rather than later keeping this in mind. I also think I may have overleafed, which would have contributed to the flavour being overly strong.

Butiki Teas

I hope your next session is better. :)

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drank Coffee Ice Cream by Butiki Teas
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This is a surprising-not-surprising winner for me. Surprising because it’s a honey bush base, and I didn’t expect coffee flavour to translate terribly well, but not surprising, because I would expect to enjoy a creamy coffee flavour and well, this is Stacy we’re talking about, not some junky company.

It’s actually quite tasty. Bang-on coffee ice cream. I went through a phase of always getting coffee ice cream when I had the chance (cones in the summer, etc.), and this is exactly how it tastes. Not as sweet (though I almost feel like sugar would ruin it), but otherwise practically identical.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Skulleigh

Ok, that sounds like a confusing drink. I like coffee in stuff like ice cream, but I don’t like coffee as a drink. To have a drink that’s coffee flavored but not coffee makes me wonder if it tastes like coffee-as-desert or coffee-like-the-drink. That makes my brain hurt.

Sil

this was one of the few i was annoyed i wasn’t able to stock up on

Kittenna

Skulleigh – it tasted more or less like liquified coffee ice cream. Not really like actual coffee.

Sil – I now wish I could have stocked up on it too :(

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drank Jingle Bells by Lupicia
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Holy grape. I can see why this managed to contaminate VariaTEA’s other Lupicia teas, because it is POTENT. However, it’s also pretty good (though won’t make it into my top teas… just not that big of a fan of grape). Anyhow, I found it to be quite a juice tea – the black base was pretty tame, so the grape was all that I really perceived. And it was a pretty nice, true version of grape, not that bubblegum clone that sometimes is passed off as grape. Overall, happy enough with this, but I’m glad I only have 25g :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
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Thank you so much to VariaTEA for gifting me the rest of her packet of Cookie, because I looooove this tea, and it’s so deliciously rich and perfect for winter. I still don’t get “cookie” but it’s rich and malty and bakey and yum. 3 infusions overall.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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Another DT eggnog latte – this time while shopping for a few more half price Christmas tree ornaments (and getting a tea sample for my mom). It was delicious, and she enjoyed tasting it as well.

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This tea. Yessssssssss. Quite sad I only have the tiny half ounce of this one and it’s all gone, because it is a very delicious white tea. Perfect light cinnamon/vanilla spice, yummy squash flavour, and since I’m doing this from memory, I can’t remember the other flavour association I made….. oh! Nuts – it tasted quite nutty to me. Perhaps that was the base?? But I like nuttiness in tea, and it really worked. This would have been a 1-2 oz. purchase for me.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 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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