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823 Tasting Notes

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
823 tasting notes

My one cup of black tea of the day, I’ve been doing well with cutting back on caffeine, but when I have really good black teas like this, I want to have more! This is creamy and amazing tonight, so much coconut, but the black base still shines through and it really tastes like coconut cream pie tonight! Ahh soo good! I’ve had a good day too, nothing special happened, I just have had a good feeling all day, kind of weird but nice haha. See previous notes on this tea!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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97

Sad sipdown :( this is my favorite herbal tea of all time. As soon as it’s back in stock at Verdant I am ordering another bag, maybe even 4 oz! I love this. Perfect for anytime, especially for nerves, upset stomachs and general blah days. I have a meeting this afternoon, so finishing it off before that. Love this tea so so much! See previous notes!

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86
drank Currant Affair by DAVIDsTEA
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Onto caffeine free teas for the evening. I forget how nice this rooibos is until I have it again lol, very fruity and a touch of cream. The red rooibos is a good base as it adds to the rich currant flavor. A nice evening tea. See previous notes.

VariaTEA

If you like the flavor of currant, you should try Grand Amour by Nina’s Paris if you ever get a chance. I had it earlier and it was a really nice tea but currant is just not for me.

MissLena

I’ve just recently been emailing them about their teas :) so I will definitely keep it in mind for when I place an order, thanks!

VariaTEA

No problem. I recently met with them and they were so amazingly sweet. I got to try a bunch of their teas and so many have been really good.

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75

So finally am having this tea back at my place with filtered water rather than at my parents without filters haha. It is a bit better, but still kind of an odd blend. I feel like I’m missing the main points of the tea lol, to me it still tastes like yabao with a bit of sweetness (probably from the honey I added) and maybe some spice, like ginger? I don’t know. I steeped for 4 minutes with lots of leaf, but still to no avail. It’s tasty, but yeah, not very exciting and I’m pretty sure I’m missing the cookie part. Oh well, I will finish off this bag no prob, and it was a good one to try! For a yabao blend, I will stick with Eight Treasures though, LOVE that tea (summer version). See previous notes on this one! Decreased rating a bit as well since it’s just, well, generic to me.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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97

Mmmmm, first cup of the day. So tasty, I used a bit less leaf and it’s not quite as strong today, steeped 2 minutes in my giant mug. Warming, cozy, awesome. I just love this tea. I don’t drink it too often as there is quite a caffeine punch I find lol. Almost finished up my BOMC bag, and will soon start on my 2 oz bag haha :D Happy Sunday! See previous notes on this tea!

Helena

Yep definitely helps to wake you up! And it’s a nice change in my chai lineup :D

MissLena

It’s my favorite chai, and one of the few actual chais I have in my cupboard right now lol

Helena

If it isn’t permanent, I think there will be a petition to make it so. I really love it.

MissLena

It might be a seasonal one, like Eight Treasures, which I can probably live with as long as I stock up before it leaves haha, but permanent would be ideal :)

Helena

I didn’t buy much as I was just trying it… and now I don’t think I can live without it. Damn Verdant Tea and their yumminess!

MissLena

Haha that happens quite often with their teas I find :P well it looks like it’s in stock for you to order more at least :D

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84

Having a cup of this tonight trying to stay warm inside with the cat…brrr to outside. This tea is totally hitting the spot. I got this amazing cinnamon, buttery crust taste a few sips ago. Delicious! Hmm have I not logged this one before? It’s about my third cup of the sample from the Bestseller’s pack! Well I’m not in the mood for a technical, thorough review tonight, so I’ll keep it short..lovely strawberry flavor, with a pie crust aftertaste, the honeybush is a very good base for this, oh and I steeped it around 10 mins with boiling water. Love trying new honeybush teas, as they are perfect before bed!

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78

Yum this made for a good cup today. It doesn’t seem as waxy, just sweet with heat in the aftertaste from the chilis. Warm on this frigid day. I wanted to go to the gym, but I really don’t want to step foot outside in -36 C windchill weather haha. I will just sit and have more tea I guess :P at least it’s not bad for me! See previous notes on this one :) oh and decreased rating a little bit, just due to the slight waxiness.

Fjellrev

Gross, yeah, it’s -37 with windchill (I’m about 100km from there right now) and the weather has been making me too lazy to go outside or do anything.

MissLena

Ouch! Yeah there’s tons of warnings to the east of here, I hope it warms up by tomorrow! Oh well, cold weather=more tea lol.

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77
drank Guayusa (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
823 tasting notes

And another sipdown. The last few times I’ve had this tea it’s been mixed with a rooibos or herbal, but for the final cup I’m having it just by itself. I like the jungle like flavor in this, it’s warming and invigorating, but definitely rather caffeinated to become an every day tea for me. It was nice to experiment with though, and helped me through some tougher work days! See previous notes on this tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Splash! by DAVIDsTEA
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This one will also be a sipdown..haha man this tea is old! It was part of my first online DT order back in September 2012. Longgg time ago! I made this in my iced tea jug, the rest of the bag (probably..15-20g?) steeped in 195 degree water (half the jug full) for 3 mins then topped up with cold water and put in the fridge. It’s now chilling for a few hours. We will see how it tastes, it smells pretty good so I think it will be quite refreshing. This tea served me well, I just had too much of it (50g) to be able to get through it quickly. When I eventually restock, I will get about 20g just to have on hand. It is more of a summery tea to me, but today looks warm out, although it’s like – 30C lol. It’s all sunny and there’s a breeze..I can pretend lol. I will try to update about the flavor, but if I forget, here’s to you old tea, it’s been a splash! Lol, see previous notes.

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86
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
823 tasting notes

Sipdown! As much as I like this tea, I finished off the last cup today, because I received a lovely present of tea from a co-worker for Christmas, and it smells very very similar to this, and has all the same ingredients minus the rose petals and flavorings!! Huzzah I can’t wait to try it! It’s the 100 Mysteries blend by Sahara Tea. My workplace is really getting quite into tea :)

So yes, this final cup is smooth and delicious as always. I just love that smell. I’m so happy I discovered I can eat almonds, because some of the almond teas I’ve tried are so darn good! Yum! Oh, and speaking of sipdowns, my boyfriend also did one today, he finished up the packet of Campfire Blend by Whispering Pines, he actually drank pretty much my whole bag of it and really likes it! I’m sure that one will be a reorder in the future for him and myself! Yay for tea! See previous notes on these teas :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Hello all, I’m a newly graduated electrical engineer as of 2013 (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it’s excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte haha)

I enjoy a variety of herbal, white, green, oolong and black teas. I have also tried a few pu’erhs and matcha I am a bit sensitive to caffeine, but I find that in moderation I can still indulge in black teas and matcha.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I recently tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

MissLena’s rating system
(as of 04/19/13)

95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
90-94: Awesome teas, will probably purchase again a few times
80-89: Very good tea, may restock at some point
70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
50-59: not a favorite, probably will have a tough time finishing the bag
-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.

I am happy to say that my caffeine intolerance seems to be subsiding! This is allowing me to try a wider variety of teas :)

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Canada

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