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It’s taking me a while to get to like this tea.. but I’m finding its growing on me slowly but surely. I’ve been steeping these nuggets for about a week now and they’ve only just broken apart today. Crazy business!
One rinse was done for these nuggets. First steeps brought a nice unsweetened angel food cake taste with vanilla and definite white starchy spongy cake taste (though again, unsweetened so it throws you off a bit)
Mid steeps introduce a nice maple syrup caramel aspect which is delightful and surprising… it accompanies the angel food cake. Definitely my favourite steepings.
Later steeps (current) bring about more of the angel food cake flavour, with the maple, and a nice silky mouthfeel.

I’ve probably done about 25+ steeps on these leaves and they’re still giving. Definitely was a delicious investment..
Boiling filtered water, short steeps initially (10s)… midsteeps were approximately 20-30s, late steeps 1-2 minutes

Terri HarpLady

I love Yanxins, it is so tasty. I also love Sichuan Caravan, with Yanxin’s in it!


I definitely got a sample of the Sichuan Caravan! I need to test it out though… I wanted to become familiar with the tastes of the Yanxin first before I occluded the taste of the tea with flavours. I can’t wait to try it though =)

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I haven’t had this in a while, and I don’t know why. It smells beautifully of butter and rum. Go figure.
Steeps up as a rather mellow black tea, but the buttery rum flavours definitely shine through with a hint of vanilla.

Now on a side note- I have 7000 words to write for my research paper by 1 pm tomorrow (23.5 hrs). Expect a lot of tea notes and a lot of tea being drank.

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I love this tea every time I drink it! Sweet malt with a touch of smoke. What’s not to love?

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drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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My first official logged sipdown!
I’m going to try and drink as much tea as possible tonight and wash this lurking sickness out of me.

Initial dry notes: vanilla citrus with a touch of cream
Liquor: creamy custard vanilla with a nice citrus. Not a very strong ‘oolong’ flavour coming through.. Which is okay sometimes.

Overall it’s not too bad. I would buy this again possibly if my entire stocks of tea get low.. but I also would like to try the new Vanilla oolong DT has before I’d commit to a 50g bag of this (judging by the rate at which I drank my 15g sample…)

200 °F / 93 °C

I think Vanilla Orchid is definitely superior to this one, it has a more natural vanilla taste and the oolong shines through a lot more.


I prefer Vanilla Orchid, although I’ll admit that overall I’m not a fan of either. Hope you get better soon!

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Tea Desire Chai mix with Tea Desire Chocolate Christmas Loops black tea…

I added extra star anise, cloves, candied ginger, cinnamon sticks, cardamon, and peppercorns.
Made with almond milk (unsweetened) and 1 tsp of honey.

The result is a delicious, sweet cinnamon/clove/cardamon/chocolate brew that’s perfect for the morning!

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drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
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What the heck?
I definitely wrote a note for this. But where did it go?!
This has been a love of mine since discovering DT… why? Here are my reasons:
1. I love popcorn
2. I love caramel
3. I love caramel popcorn
4. I love caramel apples
This tea features all of these delightful flavours and more! .. such as maple syrup. Let’s not get sidetracked by that though.
I iced mine, added a bit of raw sugar and some salt. This beats any juice I’ve ever had, and hence why I love tea.

Iced 8 min or more

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drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
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Chocolate, caramel, wuyi mineral notes, and malt.

I’m In LOVE.

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I do enjoy this one… but It’s not my favourite varietal of black tea that’s for sure.
I crave maltiness in my black teas, and this is not strong in the malt factor.
I get notes of raisins, orange and almost a candied ginger note?
A sweetness develops on the second cup for me (gongfu style with ~86˚C, 30s).. it’s nice and accompanied by a slight drying at the back of the throat.

I like it.. I don’t love it.
Thank you Angel for the sample.


I love malty blacks too, but you still make this sound delicious.


. haha good!

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I am very excited to delve into as many different types of tea as possible… so this should be interesting. I am really looking forwards to tasting all the wide array of flavours that can come from pure tea leaves.

Currently, I am having a love affair with oolongs. Mostly green, though I am stretching out into more oxidized oolongs. Black teas are also in my love fest as they can be so surprising sometimes (I used to drink bagged red rose x.x)
I would really love to get to know green tea a lot more and white tea.. all tea to be honest. I want to know them all.

Tea rating system:

0-50: Do people actually enjoy this?
50-60: Slight improvement, not recommendable.
60-70: Alright, though easily forgettable.
70-80: Good flavour, though not a ‘go to’ tea.
80-90: Great tea – complex and memorable.
90-100: Extremely delicious and complex teas that leave me craving more.

On top of tea, I have a love for music. Generally all music, though I am partial to indie rock/folk/pop/electronic. Follow me if you also enjoy indie music and would like to trade some artists!

I’m always open to new tea and music suggestions. Happy tea drinking to you all.


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