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Sipdown! 972.

I’m banking that this is the one they bring back, haha, so I am finishing it off since I was craving more pear (spoilers, lol), and it was just sitting in the Tea Infusion Zone. Dry, the aroma was a bit lacking today, but all was fixed when steeped. So much heavenly baked pear goodness.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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92

Good job, self. You made a Good Decision in purchasing an extra half ounce of this one, because it’s pretty yummy (first time not in a travel mug). Creamy plummy aroma, creamy plummy flavour. I’m really quite pleased with this one and regretting that I wasted some in a travel mug. Oh well! Still on bag #1, so there’s a fair bit left to savour.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
QueenOfTarts

I love this one!

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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Had an eggnog tea latte of this tonight… and boy was it delicious :D It’s a good thing I’m not always near a DT, or I’d have trouble resisting the lure of eggnog lattes every day. Not sure I could taste a ton of cranberry or pear, but it may just be that it blended in really well… IDK. Just yum. I think I’ll try Chocolate Macaroon next, if I let myself get another. Haha.

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52teas’ 12 Teas of Christmas Day 4! (Drank Dec. 4)
Thought this was a green before I opened it, but have reconsidered, and now think it’s a white. A very fluffy white. And I’m not at all sure what it is based on the smell – both my roommate and I agree that it smells like white wine, plus a mishmash of fruity aromas, including banana and possibly orange (but orange juice was being consumed at that time, so we’re not 100% on that one).

I accidentally oversteeped it, so the base is a bit strong, but there’s also not really much flavour. Not really a fan. I’d guess that this was maybe a champagne white or something, but I don’t know if anything like that was released this year.

Uh, Apple Jack’s Apple Harvest Shou Mei? Never would have guessed. I guess the apple is what’s coming off as winey? Either way, not fond of this blend at all.

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drank Peppermint Bark by 52teas
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52teas’ 12 Teas of Christmas Day 3! (Drank Dec. 3)

Decided to “catch up” today – since I got my parcel on the 2nd, and have both the hot and iced teas to go through, I figured that catching up one day would allow me to get through everything without having to pack any of them home. Unless, of course, Roswell Strange is interested in trying some. Because between her and my mom, I’m bringing back quite enough teas already! :D

Anyhow, first impressions of this one: it’s a black, and has little green leaf flecks. Therefore, I guess it’s a minty black of some variety. Scent confirms this. I don’t know which one(s) were released this year, though, so again I won’t be able to come up with the actual tea.

Brewed up, I’m getting a lovely malty aroma combined with much less mint than I expected. I’m ok with that – I don’t need in-your-face mint. I actually am thinking this might be the Peppermint Patty Black, or whatever the name was of that tea. it’s creamy, minty, and malty – hinting on chocolatey. Quite pleasant. Actually, on another large sip, I am getting chocolate. Delish. I’m pretty happy with this one too.

Peppermint Bark! Yep, I am right, just wasn’t 100% on the name. Anyways, I’m impressed. It’s a great level of mint, and a lovely winter tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Roswell Strange

Oh man; no clue whether I want to try any. What’ve they been so far? I’ve been loosely paying attention to your notes. But, I think you’re probably bringing up (down?) enough to keep me busy for a while anyway…

Kittenna

There’s a list on FB :P You may or may not have interest in any.

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90

Sipdown! 973.

Yum. Yum. Yumyumyum. That’s about it. Really enjoying this one, though my tastebuds aren’t quite as sharp right now as they were for the first cup. Still incredibly sweet and smooth.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Toffee and Cream by Kally Tea
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Shared some of this with my boyfriend’s mom yesterday, and she quite liked it. I got more of a rich fruitiness out of it this time, instead of sugary toffee/cream, but it was quite enjoyable. I have about a pot left that I’ll reserve for sharing with her. This seems to be an excellent way to reduce my stash of herbals :D

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drank Tiramisu Oolong by 52teas
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52teas’ 12 Teas of Christmas Day 2! (Drank Dec. 3)

I’ve decided to keep all the 12 teas a mystery to me as much as possible – guessing games are most excellent. So! This is a green oolong, with marshmallow root. My initial thought was Kiwi Cheesecake Oolong, but once I opened the bag, I opted to retract that guess – not only can I also now see cacao nibs, it smells quite creamy and delicious… like eggnog, actually! I know there was an eggnog blend at one point, but I thought it was a honeybush/rooibos, so I won’t be able to assign a name to this one, I don’t think, I’ll just have to describe the flavours and see how close I can get.

Steeped, it smells kind of like eggnoggy oolong. Creamy oolong. Not quite milk oolong. Flavour is similar. Definitely eggnog oolong in my mind. Oh yes, there’s the lovely oolong buttery aftertaste, too. This would be an eggnog light on the nutmeg, just for reference – there’s maybe a suggestion of some, but it’s mostly just creaminess. I’d say I’m reasonably satisfied with this one, though the flavour is fairly light.

Ok, so apparently it’s Tiramisu Oolong! That explains the cacao nibs – they didn’t totally fit in with “eggnog”, and also the absence of nutmeg. I don’t really know what tiramisu tastes like, but as I said, this is definitely creamy. Knowing it’s not eggnog, I can taste a hint of chocolate, and now the creaminess is screaming “ice cream”. So, I don’t know. Either way, I think this one’s quite alright. Giving it a rating of 78 – it doesn’t make 80 only because it’s not a tea I’d likely keep in my cupboard. Butiki’s Eggnog/Nutmeg-Dusted Custard/Spiced Nog fill that niche for now, and hopefully for another couple years (haha. I am of course referring to my lovely sizeable stash).

OMGsrsly

The eggnog honeybush was mostly just honeybush. :(

Veronica

I love the guessing game review! It was interesting to read your thoughts on the tea before you knew the tea’s name.

Cameron B.

Odd that there’s no coffee is it’s supposed to be tiramisu.

Kittenna

Veronica – I’m having fun with it! :D

OMGsrsly – that’s sad… I probably would have been quite satisfied if this had been “Eggnog Oolong”, so the flavour is achievable.

Cameron – Definitely didn’t pick up on coffee (I forgot that tiramisu had coffee in it… it’s not a dessert I’m overly familiar with).

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72

52teas’ 12 Teas of Christmas Day 1! (Drank Dec. 2)

[Backlogged because I didn’t want to spoil this for anyone, and am hoping I don’t!]

Doing this review pretty much blind, because I don’t want to scratch the sticker for fear of completely crushing the tea in the packet. So from the outside, all I can tell is that it’s a green. Sencha, specifically. With marigold petals. Upon opening the bag, there’s a delicious wave of scents – creamy, tangy, spicy… I’ve never had the tea, but I’m reasonably certain that this is the green-based Pumpkin Cheesecake, based on my rather dim recollection of the black-based version. Though this one smells far more cream cheesy than the other ever did, complete with the tanginess.

Flavourwise, I can taste… pumpkin? And spices, though they are fairly light. Not really tasting that cheesecake flavour that I could smell. I’m still pretty sure about my guess (although it’s possible I’m wrong)

And, it turns out I am wrong. Apparently it’s Pumpkin Toffee Dragonwell. Which is pretty surprising to me, because this tea decidedly does not look like a dragonwell, nor did I get any of the characteristic dragonwell flavours (savory/umami), which I definitely got in both of Butiki’s dragonwell blend attempts. I guess it does explain the lack of cheesecake flavouring, though why I distinctly smelled the tanginess in the aroma, I’m not sure. I also didn’t get nearly as much toffee as I would have hoped for.

Unfortunate that I was wrong, because had this been Punmpkin Cheesecake on green, I probably would have rated it a 78. As Pumpkin Toffee Dragonwell, it only garners a 72, losing marks for the base tea (and lack of toffee). I still enjoy it though, and definitely wanted to try this blend, so I’m happy it was included!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

You were definitely very close! This is a cool way of testing out your senses.

Kittenna

It’s entertaining. Of course, getting the emails, I am aware of what blends things may possibly be… and I can see the tea type, etc. as well. But as I’ve found… (spoilers!) I’ve been correct once out of 8 teas, despite being certain of a few of them. Haha.

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drank Laoshan Genmaicha by Verdant Tea
2606 tasting notes

Gotta stop putting this in travel mugs. Killed the flavour again. Or perhaps the tea’s just getting old (but I think it’s the mug). Taking the time to sip carefully now, I am getting a bit more flavour (nice beaniness from the green), but I know this tea can be better.

Preparation
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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