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Thanks Sil for a sample of this tea (that I’ve held onto for quite a while, yes). I’m finding it fairly enjoyable though, even if it is old – I can pick up hints of cinnamon, a lovely vanilla, on a reasonable black base. Somewhat “cakey” but not overly so. For some reason, I had it in my head that this was a pu’erh, so that is one reason I’ve been tardy in trying it, but I really should have just looked it up. Yum. I wouldn’t have been averse to 50g of this for travel mug purposes, but I see that the company closed quite a while back now. Oh well.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Backlog from last Monday.

Man, I love this tea. I really should have picked up more. Such a great vanilla flavour, and the guayusa works so well, even paired with lavender, which I’m touchy about sometimes. Overall, a great tea. I have one cup’s worth left now, I believe. Sad times.

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drank Apple Barley by Lupicia
2970 tasting notes

Backlog from last Monday.

Bleh, I don’t like the fishiness of the barley teas. I ended up adding sugar and milk to the second infusion and that was better, but I just don’t like that weird smell. It really overwhelms any apple flavouring otherwise present here. Kind of disappointing, but not entirely unexpected.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Backlog from last Monday.

Deliciously light and cinnamony, with a very noticeably squashy second infusion. I definitely prefer the inclusion of squash chunks in a tea over potato chunks.

Plunkybug

I agree with everything you’ve said. :)

Kittenna

Haha :)

Plunkybug

It was super tasty. I liked it better than potato pancakes and applesauce.

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Tasty first infusion… in the future, I will endeavour not to accumulate so much green tea and then not drink it quickly, because it’s definitely much tastier when it’s fresh.

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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
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Another treat tea I let myself have last week. So good. I love desserty blacks with sugary flavours :D

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drank Earl Grey Cheesecake by 52teas
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Yeah, the version I have of this is a reblend (I believe) or it’s reasonably old, and it really doesn’t taste like much more than a plain EG anymore. Sigh.

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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Ahhhh, so good. I ended up caving and buying 50g of this a couple months ago… and then bought another 50g recently (to hit $40 and get some free filters). Yum. I just love vanilla + fruit teas, and the black base is just enough here.

Rosehips

I really like this one, too.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Opened my new bag of this a couple weeks ago. Ahhhhh, I had missed it. So deliciously roasty and chocolatey. Quite a treat to have in my mug (and of course, I got a few more infusions from it too).

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drank Velvety Vanilla by Tea Desire
2970 tasting notes

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Thanks for giving me the last of your bag of this, Roswell Strange! Only taken me about a year and a half to write a note about it… I enjoyed my mug of this a couple weeks ago – more than I remember liking it previously (heh, no previous note, but I’ve tried it at least once before). Anyways, it’s a bit old now, so probably not as vanilla-y as it once was, but it served its purpose in my travel mug, and I don’t recall any issues with astringency.

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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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