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drank Peach Melba by Lupicia
2353 tasting notes

I’m still not quite fully moved in to my new place, so I’m drinking whichever teas I can find… ok, that’s most of them. Haha. At least now I have a shelf to house my teas! Tea stash photo coming soon :P Anyways, I happened across the Lupicia box, which is the reason for these two teas. This one’s in a plastic baggie, so best to drink up if possible.

Anyhow, the aroma is actually rather peachy – I was surprised! I wasn’t expecting too much, to be honest. It also smells a bit floral, which is not surprising given the rose petals. Flavourwise it’s unmistakably a rooibos, though not too bad as they come. If I use a bit of imagination, I can imagine this to be a cup of hot peaches.

However, I think this will be destined for the swap pile. Someone who likes rooibos blends and/or floral blends would probably appreciate it more than me!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Fantasy by Lupicia
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Yum, this is decent not in a travel mug as well, although I think it will be shoved into that box to be finished off, as there are others teas I’d prefer to drink hot. I think the tea pretty much fits the description – it’s a slightly fruity, caramelly black. Easy and enjoyable to drink straight, and at a 3 minute infusion, pretty much free from astringency. Definitely don’t regret having received this one in the 2012 Happy Bag!

ETA: Second infusion pretty tasty! Something about this tea really works for me. Bumping the rating a bit.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Bangkok Blend by Harney & Sons
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Ok…. either my sample is too old, or my mouth tastes too much like cardamom, but I cold-brewed a bunch of this last night and I can’t taste anything :( I really liked this one the last time I had it cold, so this sucks. I guess I’ll let my tastebuds sit a while and then see how it goes… (Note: sample has been in a plastic baggie for pretty much an entire year…)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Peach Fuzz Chai by 52teas
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Cold-brewed last night. Honestly? All I’m really tasting here is cardamom, and since I seem to adore cardamom, this is working quite well. I’m not sure that I ever honestly tasted much of anything else, but enjoyed the cardamom so much that I rated this quite highly! Either way, I’m tempted to simply steep some cardamom pods in the fridge and see how it turns out…

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
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Tried a bit of this one last night. Honestly, I drank it pretty quickly so can’t really write the best review, but it was certainly both chocolatey and minty, and I did enjoy it. I can’t believe how many little chocolate chips are in there! Anyhow, I have enough left of my share for at least another few cups, I’m thinking, so will have to properly review it later when I’m less distracted (e.g. not playing guitar/watching Dr. Who).

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

Definitely let us know how the next tasting goes! I almost bought this one this week.

Sil

i had a version of this while stacy was working on it and really enjoyed it as a herbal mint chocolate blend. I’ve got the final version on it’s way to me eventually but if it’s like the sample i had it should be really tasty and not overly expensive too!

Kittenna

LOL Sil, I thought you were making that comment just to me, and was like, um, duh, have I been away so long that you’ve forgotten who I am? Because your final version is en route to you via me :P And therefore, this very bag from which I had my cup’s worth.

Anyhow, CHAroma, if you like chocolate mint, and are looking for it to be caffeine-free, this is great. I would recommend it, and I’m not the biggest peppermint or chocolate/mint fan. And it seems to be quite cheap as well!

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So I guess when you deprive yourself of tea long enough, it tastes utterly amazing when you get back to it! First cup of milk oolong in a long while, and it was absolutely heavenly. This packet resides at the boyfriend’s house for the time being, which was a great thing to have remembered last night :D

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Black Currant Bai Mu Dan by 52teas
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Cold-brewed some of this up today as well; it was just fine to have in place of plain, ice-cold water, and I think that’s how I’ll finish this one, but it’s definitely not a favourite. I just don’t get the berry flavour I’m looking for here, and the white tea comes off a bit play-doughy or chemically.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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Put some of this in the fridge to cold-brew earlier this evening (~4tsp in 2 cups water) and I’m rather enjoying it, although I preferred it ice cold as opposed to the closer-to-room-temp it is right now (my room is quite warm!)

I brewed up some of my Black Currant Bai Mu Dan the same way, and definitely prefer this one, although it could easily be in part due to freshness. I don’t get a ton of flavour with either, but there’s more white tea flavour in this blend, and therefore it’s a more enjoyable iced tea. I probably should avoid buying more white tea blends though… don’t appear to be a huge fan of them.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Apple Cinnamon by Higgins & Burke
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Tried a cup of this at the reception. Blech. I suppose it mostly tasted kind of apple cidery, but I was unimpressed and barely drank any (and then my cup disappeared, aka I went and sat somewhere else). It probably isn’t a terrible tea, really, but it wasn’t what I wanted right then! I’ll refrain from rating, as a result.

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Thanks to Stacy at Butiki for a generous sample of this one, that came with my last order :)

This is possibly the best banana tea I think I’ve had. Ok, maybe second best, after Banana Oolong from DavidsTea. The banana flavour in here is so real and perfect (no banana runts here!) and I’m just getting a bit of nuttiness, which is hard to separate from the base, which is great and not astringent at all with the recommended brewing parameters. It reminds me in a way of Apres Ski (DavidsTea), except lacking in astringency in the base, and with more banana flavour and less dry, astringent walnut flavour. (Ok, so it’s not so much the same, but more along the lines of what I expected Apres Ski to taste like). Anyhow, again, this is another tea I probably wouldn’t order a bunch of for myself, but it’s a must-try for any banana lovers out there! (Unless you hate walnut. Or black tea. Although both are done marvellously here, so I’d recommend trying it anyhow.)

I feel like my tasting notes are a bit off tonight.. apologies, it’s the sleepiness and lack of focus :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

oooh, I love banana, I may need this!

Chizakura

@Amy,

If you love banana, then you DO need this! :) It’s so very present and so delicious and so … Oh how I miss it. :( So sad that I just had a sample.

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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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