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drank Pumpkin Pie Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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This was weird. The aroma did not jive with my idea of pumpkin spice/pie, and had a distinctly grassy matcha-ness to it, which was kind of offputting next to the varying spice aromas I sometimes caught. I didn’t have high hopes, but blended it with some original almond milk and took it to work. I ended up being pleasantly surprised – wouldn’t have it again, but the spicing was better than I initially smelled (more like pumpkin pie than plain cloves or whatever it was I smelled), and the grassiness was masked by either the sweetness in the matcha itself, or the almond milk. So it was quite palatable, but I kind of wish I had tried the Blueberry instead (eventually I’ll get to it…)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Kristal

I have the blueberry, and I personally found it pretty artificial and overly sweet :/ . Of course it’s up to you if you wanna try it though! :)

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83
drank Boo-Berry Cotton Candy by 52teas
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Ok, it’s time to get some teas logged. This will barely dent the list, but the list is very much in my head right now, so things are going to be forgotten. Sigh.

Anyhow! Had some of this Monday since I was all excited about the reblend. I’m really hoping it’s as good as the original. So much blueberry cotton candy goodness :)

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

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80

Looks like I acquired this tea courtesy of MissB – thanks!

It smells absolutely divine, like a creamy milk chocolate; the flavour is perhaps not quite as good, but at least it doesn’t taste fake! That’s always a plus in my books. It just seems to be missing some of the deliciousness of the aroma in the flavour. I might try brewing a few different ways to test it out (I wasn’t overly careful with it tonight). Either way, I appreciate the uniqueness of this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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87
drank Thé Jardin Bleu Royal by Ladurée
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Another sample from Sil :) I’m very impressed with this one; it pretty much tastes like the most satisfying fruity black ever. Juicy and fruity (as Sil said, like a red fruits-type tea), with a bit of sweet-tartness to give it an edge. Not perfumey or overly floral. It’s really quite enjoyable, with a lovely fruity/creamy aftertaste.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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86
drank Vanille by Ladurée
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Grabbed a delicious-smelling sample of this from Sil, and am not regretting it in the least. It’s a lovely vanilla tea (though more of a flavoured vanilla than vanilla bean), and I only discovered that it was not a standard black tea base when reading her notes tonight. Oh well, don’t think it affected anything! I think it tastes a bit too “flavoured” for it to be a tea I’d drink overly often (whereas something like Golden Orchid, I could drink almost daily), but would serve as a great treat tea.

Also, I drank this despite the fact that WHILE BREWING, I noticed that apparently there was a spiderweb in my infuser. AKA I live in a basement, and while the infuser was drying in the drying rack (maybe it had been there 1-2 days?), a spider decided to build a web in it. This is not the first time this has happened (although previously it has been in tea-filled infusers that have been sitting for a while, and I’ve noticed before re-steeping, and opted to toss the tea and thoroughly clean the infuser). Anyhow… here’s hoping I did not get extra flavour from well-boiled spider in this tea. :(

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec
Kristal

Oh no! I have problems with spiders in my apt too but I live on the top (3rd) floor. The spiders like to hang out around my windows and, if they are small enough, crawl in.

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88

Um…. yes. Very yes. Maybe not quite as tasty as I was hoping, but it’s pretty darn good. Excited to compare it to the other version, which I believe Sil prefers.

Without being sweet, it is very… sweet, and full, and tastes rather like a salted caramel. The oolong base is not overly noticeable, though this would be a significantly different tea without it, I’m sure. I can see myself getting a bit tired of this though, because it is very rich. Definitely will have to treat it as a “treat” tea.

Thank you so much to Sil for passing this along, which was originally from MissB, I believe!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec
Sil

it’s also a little “old” now at least as far as i treat oolongs lol

Kittenna

I don’t feel like it’s lost much. I just had a slightly different expectation. But it’s good.

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95
drank Soba Buckwheat by Tsaa
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Thanks to Indigobloom for a generous sample of this tea!

It does not disappoint. SO GOOD. Tastes like liquified delicious toasty cereal. I need more, but must exercise restraint. At least for now.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Christina / BooksandTea

Yunomi and Yunnan Sourcing both sell buckwheat teas. Give in! Giiiive iiiin. :-P

Kittenna

Hahaha. Eventually I’m sure I will. It’s so good.

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48

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Well. You can’t get much more accurate than the title of this tea. That’s pretty much exactly what it is. And exactly how it tastes. Floral/in-your-face tropical. Too much for me, personally. This is also a tea I fed to my sick boyfriend, though I don’t think I added honey. He just wanted something hot. I had a re-steep, and it was so very floral…

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84

Backlog.

Plain greens kind of bore me. Haha. So that’s about where this ended up. I think it was ok, but… yeah. I’m pretty ambivalent about it.

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70
drank Pink Lemonade by Southern Boy Teas
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Actually made up the full pitcher of this the other day, but I find that it’s far too weak if I used the recommended amount of water, so it got about half instead. It wasn’t bad, but mostly just tasted like an unsweetened Nestea (lemon black). Can’t really say what would make it “pink” in the first place, so I’m not sure what I was expecting, haha.

Decent, overall, but the iced tea sachets are generally not convenient for me.

Preparation
Boiling 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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