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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
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Travel mug! Tastes delicious, as expected. I think I may prefer it in a regular mug though (but most teas taste better that way).

ETA: Yum. This lasts for one amazing second infusion, and a decent third.

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drank White Christmas by 52teas
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Second-last cup of this one. Of course, it never made it into my spreadsheet, so it won’t even count as an official sipdown D:

Anyways, it’s a little too peppermint-heavy for me tonight. I need more black tea and/or chocolate flavour, personally. I like the minty-fresh taste, but I’m getting some gag-inducing peppermint leaf flavour as well. Perhaps sweetener would fix it, but it’s bedtime, so perhaps I’ll try that in the morning. Perhaps not. We’ll see!

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Uhhhh. So, I’m drinking the “newer” version of this, which includes goji berries. I’m not really sure where this entry belongs… there are two Laoshan Village Chai listings, but neither is the version currently being offered…

Anyhow, I just got a sampler packet of this, and haven’t had the older (summer??) version in a while, so I can’t compare the two, but this one’s not bad. Unfortunately, I think I underleafed as I wanted my packet to last for two sessions… and I think the cup needed closer to a full tbsp of tea. However, it’s still okay with milk and syrup, just a bit difficult to pick out the spices. I think I prefer Chocolate Phoenix Chai though; this isn’t my perfect blend of chai spices, even though the blend is heavy on cardamom pods. Perhaps I need to try a longer infusion/infusing in milk… plans for another day!

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I wonder if someone should go in & update the tea info to include the newer blend?


Oh no :( I have an older blend, and loved it. I wanted more of the same, not something else. I don’t need berries in my chai! pout


I was thinking about it… but the reviews must be so mixed up by now. I kind of wish there was some sort of system to note different versions of a tea. So much confusion about altered blends, and a whole different issue with different harvests of a tea.

Skulleigh – it may taste fairly similar. I wasn’t the biggest fan of LVC to begin with; it just wasn’t quite right for me. I’m not honestly sure that the goji berries add a great deal. Hopefully I can compare the two at some point, but I seem to be pretty bad at actually remembering to do such things (and even then, the ingredient distribution may make them taste differently anyhow).

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Sipdown! 796. Sigh… it’s never-ending!

This is a touch strong tonight, probably because I forgot and didn’t brew it in an extra-large mug. Oops. It’s still pretty tasty though. Kind of a fruity EGC, although only just a bit of creaminess, which I assume is actually honey. This is certainly not a tea I’d turn down if offered; it’s a great example of a good flavoured black, especially for a bagged tea.

Thanks again for sharing this, whatshesaid :)

ETA: A bagged tea that lasts for 3 good infusions? Colour me impressed.

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Mmmm, a random pick from the tea I have downstairs. Delicious!

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drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
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Mmmmmmmmm. I have missed the deliciousness of this one!!

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Sipdown! 797. This tastes a bit funky tonight… I think it’s due to the baggie-storage. Still has the tasty bakey notes, but almost a bit of a stale-ish flavour. Sigh. Oh well. I’d still order this again, just be a bit more careful in terms of storage.

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I’ve decided to tackle my Den’s sampler, that I’ve now had for over a year and barely made a dent in! Shouldn’t take long to get through most things :D

Anyhow, I hadn’t previously tried this one, but thankfully, it seems that age has not hurt it too badly. The flavour is roasty and sweet, and definitely kind of seaweedy. So not quite like genmaicha, especially as the toastiness is coming from the tea itself, not toasted rice. It’s certainly pretty tasty, however! I’d definitely be happy to add this into my “comforting evening teas” rotation. I suspect it would also suit a travel mug well, though I don’t think I have enough to try that.

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drank Fukamushi-Sencha Yame by Den's Tea
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Sipdown! This tea makes an excellent case for drinking greens when they are fresh, because, uh… it kind of tastes juuuuuuust a bit like cat pee :P Not that I know what it tastes like, but just the smell… you know? So now I get why my dad made the same comment about a green tea I once gave him :)

Anyhow, I will hopefully try more teas of this type in the future, as my previous note indicates that I was pretty impressed, and for the most part, I’m enjoying the chewy, vegetal flavour. It just goes a teensy bit too far into a funny flavour, for me.

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Yeah…. I don’t quite understand how people can’t tell a difference between this and straight Laoshan Black. To me, they are quite different, and both delicious. Oh well! Finally got my cup of this today… this is another bag of tea that ended up very misplaced during the move. Also, I’m sad because I think there’s only about a cup’s worth of this left. I’ll definitely be restocking this at some point, but I think I’ll hold off until fall, as it’s really a cold day sort of beverage for me.

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I’ve got a sample of this on the way…can’t wait to try!

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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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