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reviewed Smart Soak by Mandala Tea
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The amazing Garret at Mandala kindly sent me a small packet of this in place of my free sample with my last tea order!! I had meant to add it to my order and completely forgot to, and mentioned it on a thread on this site, and it shows up with my order!!! I am so thankful and CANNOT SPEAK HIGHLY enough of this superb act of customer service! Thank you thank you thank you!!!

Now, this product. WOWZA. I cannot believe what this does to my teaware! It is literally like brand new. Brand. Spanking. New. If you have ever used baking soda or vinegar or other methods of cleaning, STOP. Buy this! I should post before and after pics, seriously. I took them too haha. My old timolino was so horribly stained I actually bought a new one to replace it, it was far too stained it looked black inside. Now I have cleaned them both, and they both look like new!!! The old one actually looks better than the new! OMG. This stuff. My gravity steeper is squeaky clean, was going to replace it as well. THIS STUFF WILL SAVE YOU MONEY. Lol, now, like a madwoman, I am cleaning ALL THE TEAWARES. Haha, unfortunately, I am going through my packet pretty quickly. But you can guarantee I will be reorder this. In a very large quantity. Thank you a million million times Garret for this as my sample!!

Nicole

Doh. I totally forgot about wanting to try this with my last order. There’s always the next! :)

Kittenna

NEED. My older Timolinos are pretty black inside.

MissLena

This stuff is the best. I might even order a pound with my next order lol. It is just that good!! @ Nicole, hopefully you remember it, or get a sample of it :)

@ Kittenna – It is like a super cleaner for timolinos! I can never reach the bottom to clean mine ever, but with this no scrubbing, no angry baking soda mess, I even bought those test tube-like scrubbers and it also failed but I should have just bought this lol. It works wonders!

Garret

YAHOOOOOOOO!!!!! This review has us grinning from ear to ear here in the tea shop! Clean tea gear is the best!

MissLena

Happy it made you smile :) thank you for such an amazing product!!

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First snow that is sticking to the ground here today! I guess autumn had to end at some point (this is the longest one we’ve had in AGES) and it abruptly ended with about 5 cm of snow already, about -5 C outside, and still snowing haha. I have shovelled for the firs time thisi season, vacuumed upstairs this morning, finished off a few more cups of the sheng from last night, tried a chamomile tea and started coughing, so now I am having a session with the dark, woody shu. And dark and woody it is, nice to hibernate inside with on this snowy day. The best tea drinking days are now here!! I will be having various shu’s today I think :) see previous notes on this one!

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I’d like to thank this tea for it’s lovely flavor and sinus clearing effects tonight. I am cat sitting a regular cat (not hypoallergenic like mine) and it is definitely getting a bit rough lol. Might have to vacuum daily for allergies. At least this tea, my inhaler, and an allergy pill are helping lol. And this tea is by far the most pleasant of the three. See previous notes on this lovely tea!

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drank Sichuan Caravan by Verdant Tea
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I’m so exhausted tonight. It’s been a ridiculous week at work, with working late and so much to do..luckily a deadline got shifted a week, so I didn’t have to stay until midnight tonight :) but staying a few hours late this week has really tuckered me out. On top of that, everyone in my office is getting sick, and I really do not want to get it too. Thus, the need for a ginger blend tonight.

I wanted ginger, but not straight ginger. I’ve been doing not bad with my reduced caffeine intake, about 1 cup a day of caffeinated tea, if any, and tonight I once again was craving shu, so this seemed like the perfect solution. Ginger AND shu. Huzzah!

After 2 rinses and a steep of 2 minutes, yes, this is hitting the spot. The peppercorns make me cough a bit, but it’s still quite good. I enjoy this tea, and it is warming and soothing on a tired night. I am falling asleep writing this though lol, so I will head off to bed! See previous notes on this tea :)

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86
drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
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Having a cup of this before bed to compare to the Apple Custard in terms of creaminess..I think Apple Custard wins, although I still really enjoy the melding of flavors in this one. It’s mellow and smooth tonight, a nice blend of mango, chamomile and cream flavors. Yum. And now I am falling asleep haha, so last note for the evening! See previous notes on this tea :)

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drank Apple Custard by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Apple Custard by DAVIDsTEA
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Having this again tonight lol. I am once again trying to limit my caffeine consumption, moreso in helping adjust to daylight savings time (the extra sleep is nice, but still messes with the circadian rhythm lol) and dealing with stress at work lol.

I tried a longer steeping time tonight and it is a bit better, although it mostly served to make the chamomile more noticeable in my opinion, yet also increase the creaminess a bit more. Now the vanilla is reminding me of Mango Lassi also by DavidsTea. Hmm, might have a cup of that after this actually haha. Happy I am enjoying this one, and definitely considering stocking up, if I remember to before it sells out for the season! See previous notes :)

Fjellrev

Haha DST messed me up too.

MissLena

Ugh yes, throw the busiest week EVER on top of it…i am sooo exhausted. Lol

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82
drank Apple Custard by DAVIDsTEA
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I tried a sample of this in store and it was not bad, a bit weak for my tastes, so I picked up 25g to try it out at home, and have brewed a cup now. The dry smell is FANTASTIC – so creamy and appley, it just smells delicious. So much like a tasty dessert lol. I don’t think I’ve had apple custard ever, but I could see it smelling like this!

I steeped this for around 5 minutes with boiling water. The resulting liquor is a cloudy yellow color. And oh my gosh – the steeped smell is even better than the dry! Cream and apple, with some spiciness and a definite raisin smell too. Mmmm the kitchen smells good now too :)

As for the flavor, hmm…yeah, it is too light for me right now. The amazing aroma does not fully translate to the flavor. Don’t get me wrong, it is good..there is definitely chamomile, which almost seems weird in this blend since I don’t find it much in the scent, and there is the creamy aftertaste..but where is the depth that the smell has? I would like a bit more apple and raisins haha. Can’t really taste the coriander, maybe it will come out as the cup cools. But nonetheless, this is still quite tasty, just lighter than I expected.

Overall, a pretty darn tasty tea. I am unsure if I prefer this to Sweet Apple Cider, which I sadly did not get a chance to restock. This one is much creamier, but less apple. It is good, but I just want a bit more from it lol. Maybe with a longer steep time, or more leaf…darn these heavy fruit blends, makes it hard to know how much leaf to put in! But a nice chamomile blend :) as it cools, more creaminess is coming out, so maybe it just needs to cool off more…at least the chamomile and apple go well together!

Flavors: Apple Candy, Cream

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80
drank Vanilla Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I am back from picking up the new winter teas (minus the baklava one, as it has walnuts and pistachios) and am having this one first to help with raking leaves! In short, it’s a basic chai with lots of cinnamon until the aftertaste, which is lots of vanilla! Quite yummy, although the cinnamon /licorice make it a kind of weird combo mid sip. But i am pleased i can taste the vanilla! I steeped about 5 mins and added a bit of milk since it’s so dark lol. So far not bad, withholding rating until i try a few more cups. Now back to raking leaves!

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First of all, a huge thank you to Angel at Teavivre for this free sample!! I am finally getting around to trying it. Today is a grey, kind of dull looking day here, so I wanted a tea that will give me some happy cha qi, so hopefully this hits the spot!!

I am brewing this in my gaiwan, and I don’t really know what parameters to use. I covered the bottom of my gaiwan (probably a few grams of tea? I don’t know) and did a 15s rinse with boiling water, then did a 15s steeping for the first one. Oh, the dry smell is quite green and nice, with that honey-hay note that I find in some white teas, particularly aged white tea cakes. The steeped aroma is quite light for the first one, a slight honey note and some fresh green scent.

As for the flavor, it is starting out quite light. Very much like an aged white to me, there is a bit of grassiness, a chewy hay-like note, and yes, a lingering sweetness. Mostly hay so far.

I made the second steep and when I opened the gaiwan, this amazing honey scent wafted out. I absolutely love that smell, it reminds me of the first aged white tea I had, sooo good. So after a 20s steep, the flavor is becoming more pronounced and green. There is a fresh, almost cooling sensation near the end of the sip. The honey aftertaste is still there, but I am having a tougher time tasting it due to the fact I am eating lunch with it haha (leftover vietnamese, actually goes quite well with this tea, but mutes some of the sweetness).

Overall, I am enjoying this tea so far. It is an inoffensive raw pu’erh, not too crazy, not many crazy flavors that some sheng can have, just enjoyable. Not a whole lot of that fuzzy tea drunk feeling (yet haha) but more of a slightly energizing, sinus opening experience. This one feels great for my allergies so far! One of the best ones yet! I feel a warm sense of energy, but am still relaxed. Kind of weird, but I’ll roll with it haha. My mood is also improving, and the sun is starting to come out, so it’s a good combo for feeling cheerier. I plan to drink a few more steeps of this tea, then toddle down to the nearby DavidsTea and try to snag some winter blends. Hoping the lineups aren’t horrendous, my mom has already asked me to get a tin of Cocomint Cream for her (her all time favorite tea, she has been looking for a substitue for ages lol). So this tea should provide some energy to tackle that today, as well as laundry haha, as long as it doesn’t make me too tea drunk ;). Thanks again Teavivre for the opportunity to sample this lovely raw pu’erh!!

Flavors: Grass, Hay, Honey, Sweet, warm grass

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Hello all, I am an electrical engineer (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 was excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte, or decent decaf haha)

I enjoy a variety of teas – current favorites being ripe and raw pu’erhs, chinese black teas and herbal/green rooibos blends. I also enjoy white, green, and oolong teas, although I tend to drink them more in the warmer months. I have also tried matcha and guayusa, but I don’t drink them too often as I am a bit sensitive to caffeine. As a result I don’t drink black teas as often as I used to, but in moderation I can still enjoy a wide variety of teas.

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 have 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.

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