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Backlog.

Drank this last week… it was okay (no rinse, so it was creamier than last time, I think), but I really would have preferred these flavours on maybe an oolong base. I’m just not super fond of pu’erh, even though it wasn’t overly fishy, or anything “pu’erh-like”. I have a couple oz. of this, so will be giving some to my mom, who likes mint + pu’erh (and hopefully will like this combination!)

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drank Muscat by Lupicia
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Book of Tea #2/100

I’ve had Lupicia’s Muscat a couple times now, so thought I’d experiment a bit with this tea. Sadly, I discovered that it’s not nearly as tasty with milk and sugar as one might expect. I guess it’s just not bold enough. It was okay, and still pretty grapey in aroma, but the flavour was kind of muddled. Oh well! Had to be tried (stupid work and their easy availability of tea add-ins).

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Good Morning by Lupicia
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Book of Tea #1/100

My first tea from my Tea Book! I’ve been so hesitant to start trying the teas since I want to actually be able to taste them properly, but I’ve decided that running through them at work, where I at least no longer have to use travel mugs, will be okay, at least until I want to do side-by-side comparison. So, I drank this one and one other last Friday at work.

Assessment? This was a pretty decent standard black tea, and it was fabulous with milk and sugar. The small sip I had before adding the milk/sugar was okay (but too hot), but doesn’t really have the profile I look for in teas that I drink plain, so it was probably best enjoyed as it was. Would recommend this as a robust morning tea.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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93

Backlog (from this past week). The tea I have is actually labelled “Taiwai Dong Ding”, and I swear I’ve reviewed this before, because I had either 3 or 5 packets of it… but I can’t find a tea by that name anywhere on here. Sigh. I know I wrote a note because I way oversteeped it the first time and didn’t like it, therefore thought I didn’t like Dong Dings (I was very, very wrong). Anyhow, this was delicious, and almost creamier than the Jin Xuan I had from Tea Ave earlier in the week. I really quite enjoyed it, actually. I’m hesitant to rate this tea because I’m uncertain that it’s the same tea others have reviewed, but it’s definitely deserving of a 93. Delicious.

ETA: Well, it turns out my other note is under this heading too, so I opted to rate this tea as I stated. And what has annoyed me for the past while as a bug – when, after posting a tasting note, the system actually shows you the first tasting note you posted on this tea instead of the one you just posted – actually worked in my favour here, since it brought up a note I hadn’t thought existed (because I had no rating for this tea and didn’t bother to scroll through the ratings to look for a note). Anyhow, happy day :)

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
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Backlog (from this past week). I’ve been craving straight blacks lately, and this one made its way to work for me to drink there. Reasonably tasty, particularly for the first infusion, but it doesn’t last much beyond that.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank White Nectarine by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlog (from this past week). Really meh. Basically just a white tea with some peachy flavour, and not even a white tea that has much flavour by itself. Not really a fan.

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Backlog (from this past week). Ohhhhhh dear. This was not pleasant at all. From the moment I opened the bag, something smelled really off and really terrible. Basically, it smelled like the inside of one of my travel mugs when something has gone bad in it. YUCK. Up close, and once steeped, it smelled like that smell mixed with… smoked meat?! Flavourwise it actually wasn’t too terrible (herbaceous, pu’erh, blah blah), but I just couldn’t get over the smell, which starting making me nauseous while at my desk. Won’t be drinking more of this one, sadly.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Backlog (from this past week). Much better than I remember this being. Actually quite deliciously butterscotchy and tasty – it smelled absolutely divine while I was sitting at my desk, working away. Had three great infusions before I decided it was time to move to something new. Upping the rating, and wishing I had bought more :(

Sil

I can probably give you the rest of mine when I get back if you’re that fond of it….enough for 1-2cups if I remember….

Kittenna

I feel like someone like VariaTEA would be more deserving of it, if you have some. I do wish I had more, but I’ll be ok without :)

Kittenna

Definitely appreciate the offer though!!!

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drank Pony Goal by The Teaologist
2931 tasting notes

Backlog (from this past week). Yum, yum yum. Creamy, butterscotch/vanilla strawberry tea. I’d like more of this one, please. :D

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drank The Road To Hana by Indie Tea
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Backlog (from this past week). I had a recollection of enjoying this tea, which apparently was incorrect, according to my previous note…. but that also fits with how I felt about this tea when I drank it this week – kind of metallic and flavourless, with a bit of soapiness possibly from the coconut flakes. Oh well.

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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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