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drank Caramel Almond Amaretti by Teavana
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Backlog. So a bit out of order, being logged after I already logged the sipdown for this tea, but I drank it at work prior to sipping it down. Felt like a good choice for some cold days (and it was).

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Backlog. I have a pouch of this sitting at work right now… perhaps I’ll have more tomorrow. I really like this plum flavouring + creaminess + oolong. Very unique and delicious.

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Backlog. I hadn’t remembered liking this tea, so had avoided drinking it for quite a while… which was apparently kind of stupid, since it’s actually pretty tasty. Had it at work the other day, and again, renewed my love for flavoured oolongs. Yum.

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drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! Don’t really remember what I thought of this most recently, except that I think I tried to resteep everything out of it, which meant that I was enjoying it. I really do enjoy flavoured dark oolongs, though I’ve since learned that I’m not fond of actual kombucha – mostly because it tastes like yeast/alcohol and that’s gross.

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Sipdown! Process of elimination makes me think that this was from Roswell Strange, so thanks! I had to add it to my spreadsheet just now, because I apparently missed writing down a bunch of teas from before… sigh…

Anyhow! This is really interesting. Pineapple + mint? I swear I’ve seen pineapple mint at the garden centres before, but haven’t ever tried it, nor do I know if it actually tastes like pineapple + mint, or whether it’s called that for a different reason. Either way, it kind of works in this tea. The mint is subtle and tastes like fresh mint as opposed to peppermint (which is good!), and the pineapple is light and fruity. The green rooibos is not particularly distinguishable, which makes it work well here. Red rooibos or honeybush probably would have ruined this for me.

Overall, not a tea that would fall into my favourites, but a very interesting try, and not a tea I’ve had anything remotely like previously! Thanks Roswell!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown! Of one of the baggies I got from Sil way, way long ago when we first met.

Definitely is showing its age, as it’s just not as tasty as it used to be (I find oolongs seem to go a bit metallic with age, sometimes, and this one has done that), but still drinkable and thus I have done so tonight. It’s nice to have a bit of time to actually finish a few things off…

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drank Minted Monkey by Tippy's Tea
2936 tasting notes

Perhaps my palate is a bit cleaner tonight (which is weird, because I’ve had some very garlicky tomato salad), but I’m picking up the hints of mint here, along with some vanilla on a nice, just slightly astringent, malty/chocolatey base. Pretty enjoyable, other than that twinge of astringency on my mouth, but I do still wish the flavours were stronger. Still delicious though.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Maybe the extreme difference in the flavors highlighted the mint!

Kittenna

Maybe! It was definitely more apparent this time than last, either way.

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drank Vega Reál by Crio Bru
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Sipdown!

Yum yum. I did quite enjoy this cup of hot chocolate/pretend tea. Thanks again VariaTea!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Tie Kwan Yin Oolong by Tea Ave
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Backlog from last weekend.

I believe this is the second of Tea Ave’s wonderful samples that I have tried – and another stellar tea! Roasty, savoury, with a strong oolong flavour – I drank at least 3 solid western-style infusions of this until it started to lose flavour. I wish I could write a more detailed note, but I’ve been lacking in writing down info lately (although I’m trying to make more of an effort now when I can!) Hopefully I’ll have a bit more spare time when I drink the rest.

Thanks again to Tea Ave for the teas and wonderful teacup set – my roommate and her boyfriend were a big fan of this and the Ali Shan I got (though not so much the Magnolia Oolong, which I haven’t yet tried) – and she’s been bugging me because she wants to place an order with the gift card we were generously sent.

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

The variety of reactions the Magnolia Oolong gets is very interesting. It was definitely my favorite of the 5 that I have tried. This tea was my second favorite, because it is the strongest/sweetest TKY I think I’ve ever had.

Kittenna

I haven’t read any of the notes on the Magnolia one yet (been too busy), but they commented that it was too floral. This tea would definitely rank quite highly among the TGYs I’ve tried previously, perhaps because of its quality and freshness.

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drank Warm Cinnamon Bread by Butiki Teas
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Backlog from last weekend.

I enjoyed this, in spite of being ‘off’ most cinnamon teas lately. I guess it was just that right sort of cinnamon that tasted good, instead of whatever is used in most DavidsTea cinnamon teas. Not sure I caught the “bread” aspect here; I didn’t really taste anything other than a warm cinnamon. It isn’t a tea I’m upset to have unavailable; I may end up passing some of this off to a new home if someone enjoys it more than me, but I am glad I ended up caving and picking it up in one of my ridiculously many Butiki orders.

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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