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Happy Valentine’s Day! What better tea to have than a rose, long lasting shu puerh to celebrate the day of love? :) I’m not going to write a detailed review tonight as I’ve been drinking this tea western brewed all day, but it’s a nice shu, pretty smooth, dark, tasty. Unfortunately not much rose, but on the third steep (first two of 30s, 3rd of 45s) the tuocha is still not broken apart, so maybe it will come? I recall when I had this gongfu that the rose was more present though. Still delicious, easy on the stomach, and has awesome staying power. Perfect for today!

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I’m having a cup of this right now and it’s amazing. Exactly what I need right now. Light, sugary vanilla, rich floral oolong, smooth, relaxing, beautiful. Perfection! See previous notes on this stellar tea!

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Unfortunately I barely had any of this tea that I made in my travel mug today lol, it was a super busy day but good! It’s also my birthday :) so had to get at least one birthday tea log in lol. See previous notes on this tea :)


Happy Birthday!


Happy Birthday! :)


Happy Birthday! :)

Maddy Barone

Happy Birthday, MissLena!


Happy Birthday!


Happy Birthday!


Do you get to do some celebrating on a not so busy day? I hope so! Happy birthday!


Happy birthday!!


Happy birthday!


Happy Birthday! I am a little late……:(


Thanks for the birthday wishes everyone! I had a fairly busy but exciting day at work to celebrate, and a nice evening with the bf and some tea, a cup of Cherry Blossom! :)

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drank Mint Earl Grey by Thay Tea
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Today was such a good mail day! I received my new teaware, my coveted puerh cake I broke my hiatus for, as well as free samples with both! Here are some pics, the tea pet is a gift (that I picked out lol) from the boyfriend for my bday tomo :)


Anyways lol it was a good day! I am having this tea before bed, haven’t drank it yet because it’s too hot but it smells amazing and soothing as usual :) and I’m off to bed with the cup, hopefully I don’t fall asleep before drinking it! See previous notes :)


This is all so awesome! That is the coolest tea pet I have ever seen. I would definitely buy that if I saw it somewhere.


Love the tea pet!

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A huge thank you to Angel at Teavivre for this free sample! I received them earlier this week and am diving into this one tonight. Yes it is a bit late for pu’erh, but it’s shu, which is warming, cozy and sometimes very relaxing for me. So we will give it a go this late! :D

The dry leaves smell oh so good, musty, damp wood, a log in the forest. I love that smell, and immediately said to my bf’s brother “I will like this tea, it smells like a damp, musty log!” LOL, you know you like tea too much when…anyways, I was a bit unsure of parameters for brewing this one, so I did 2 short 15s rinses and then a first steep of 30s. I am using about 1.25 tsp in approx 9-12oz water (not sure on the cup’s capacity, it’s one of my smaller mugs though). The steeped scent was heady and rich in the rinses, and has now given way to an actual sweet aroma! Sweet, with hints of must and chocolate. Interesting, haven’t had a noticeably sweet aroma in many shu puerhs yet!

As for the flavor, mmmm this is mellow, lightly earthy and a bit sweet in flavor. Yum, it is like my beloved Noble Mark, but with a bit less mushroom flavor and more sweetness. There is a noticeable sweet aftertaste. It is rich and full bodied, but not harsh and not overly strong either. Just yummy! I am feeling a tiny bit of cha-qi from this, a slight alertness, but hoping this fades into that pu’erh calm that I enjoy immensely.

Overall, this is a rich, satisfying brew. Notes of caramel, earth, mushrooms and a bit of chocolate prevail. Tasty, with a slight tea buzz coming on, but nothing crazy yet. Happy to have tried this, and as I taste this tea more, it might be a contender for my top shu. It has a lot of notes that I am enjoying! Thanks again to the lovely Angel for sending me this tea to try!

ETA – the energizing cha-qi did drop off and lead into a more relaxed feeling, I am very happy about that as I will be able to sleep good tonight! :D

Flavors: Caramel, Earth, Mushrooms, Wood

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drank Cherry Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
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I got this a a tea-to-go at my local DAVIDsTEA today, as I decided back at the start of the year that I am not allowed to impulse-buy the new teas that come out there unless I try a to-go cup first and can see myself drinking more than 1 cup haha. I have had far too many 25g bags of teas I bought just because they were new, and had a cup and didn’t drink the rest of the bag haha. Not going to happen this year I hope!

So yes, I have been wanting to try this since FOREVER, I missed out last year as it sold out so quickly, so I picked a cup up today. Oh, and btw, I COULD NOT for the life of me find this tea in the database! It didn’t come up searching cherry blossom..not sure what’s up with that. I tried to add it to the database eventually and it finally said there is already a tea called that, and had a link to the page. Weird!

So this tea, I steeped it roughly 3 minutes, not sure what the water temp. was, but the tea was decent so it must have been low enough. The smell was nicely fruity and aromatic. As for the flavor, this is quite tasty! It has very strong fruit notes, some tart floral notes from the cherry and roses, and there is also a creaminess that I was not expecting. It is light and tasty. It also reminds me of strawberry rhubarb parfait by DT a bit, haha not sure as there is no overlap in ingredients, maybe the tart cherry flavor is reminding me of rhubarb?

Overall, this is quite a tasty tea, and it was exactly what I wanted today at the mall. Unrelated note, I found a beautiful dress that has cherry-blossom like flowers on it that I want to buy, but am having trouble justifying. It matched this tea well enough! Maybe I’ll pick up 25g of this tomorrow, with that dress :P it is tasty enough that I could see myself restocking a bit of this for a light, happy spring tea.


I had the same trouble with the search bar earlier this week! After it happened a couple of times I started looking through the tea companies to be sure my tea wasn’t already there. Hopefully it’s just a temporary glitch.


Yeah I saw it has been mentioned in the bug thread, so hoping they get it sorted out soon! :)

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drank Ginger Pear (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I haven’t reviewed this yet and I’ve had it since the summer haha. I recall having 1 cup and not being impressed so I’m trying one tonight to see if my tastes are different in the winter. The dry smell is weird… it reminds me of grandma-like perfume unfortunately. The spice and floral pear do not smell good to me, especially the cinnamon, as I’m not a fan of cinnamon in tea.

The flavor luckily is much milder. I honestly have not found my pear tea yet, and this isn’t it either. A bit too floral and perfumed as I’ve found another pear tea I tried ages ago to be. It’s not the worst, it is juicy, but I would love more ginger and a different pear flavor in here.

Overall, not a favorite, but it isn’t too bad. I am going to work through my bag and hopefully finish it off. It feels light on the caffeine which I’m pleased about. Not bad, but I had ridiculously high expectations for a ginger pear tea, and this fell a bit flat for me. But still very drinkable!

ETA – the juiciness is growing on me, and I am enjoying this tea more. Maybe I will grow to love it?! :)

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drank Sichuan Caravan by Verdant Tea
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Uh oh…I am at a sipdown for this one! I finally made it through my 2 oz bag and it was great while it lasted! I should pick up more of this at some point, as it is an excellent go-to tea for when sick, when allergies are bad, or just for darn good flavor. Today, allergies are acting up, so I steeped this up for the morning and added some honey..sadly, for some reason it tastes quite off today. Not sure if it’s my work mug is contaminated with a weird flavor/didn’t fully wash the soap out, or if the honey is adding a weird note, or if it is bottom-of-the-bag syndrome. Whatever it is, I am a bit disappointed with it today. Weird! Might just be the remaining bits steeped up weird. Ah well, at least I got an unexpected sipdown in today! See previous notes on this awesome tea :)


they changed it a little…from the very first blending..


I can’t remember if my first sample was the first blending or second, I know this last bag was second and I still thought it was decent :) it’s not in stock right now so I have to wait anyways haha

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Ah another Super Ginger morning…my stomach has been quite upset the past few days, my body is probably still trying to prevent the flu from attacking me, as the bf and his brother were both extremely sick on Friday and I looked after both of them lol. And have somehow still not caught it…even though it appear to be trying hard. So out comes another stomach soothing tea (+lots of good things in ginger to keep my immunity at its finest). This tea is also a favorite of mine as most people on here know already lol. TG for Super Ginger! Oh and happy Monday! See previous notes on this tea :)

Cameron B.

I’ve been having weird stomach issues, too! I wonder if it’s for the same reason, I know a lot of my boyfriend’s coworkers have been sick. :(


I know mine is partially from drinking a lot of black tea lately, the tannins and caffeine are not nice on my tummy :( but this weekend was particularly bad, so I think it’s also my immune system working in high gear to keep the germs out! I hope you feel better soon!


I do like this blend…


Such a good blend :D I suggest having a cup if you have one TeaBrat just because it is delicious :)


okay, I’ll have one today :)


You should try some homemade ginger tea! Just peel a big knuckle of ginger, blend it with some water, then boil it in more water on the stove until it reduces by half. It will be pretty strong and spicey, so just check it and when the flavour is good for you take it off. You can also add in some cinnamon bark, cloves, cardamon, fennel seeds… lemon.. anything really.. and boil it all together.

Definitely helps with chest colds (not that you have one) and ginger is a natural anti-nauseant :)
(it also tastes super delicious)


Ooh that sounds good! I have made a different version of homemade ginger before, just chopped some up and steeped in boiling water with fresh lemon slices and honey, but boiling it would definitely make it very potent! I will keep that in mind for the next time I am feeling under the weather, or want an even more potent ginger hit than this tea :) thanks @Lynne-tea!


Weird, I’ve been experiencing the exact same symptoms over the past few days, and just happened to fly over to E-town last week so perhaps we have the same thing. Hope you feel better soon!


No problemo! :) Hope you feel better soon ladies

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Thanks to Brenden at Whispering Pines for this free sample!! I have had this sample for a while, but it hasn’t felt like the day to have it yet. Today, though, feels like the day! Time for the Jabberwocky!

I read the poem, which I actually didn’t know before having this tea, right before making it. I love it! (forgive me for not having read it sooner!) It made me even more excited to try this tea :)

The dry smell is super chocolatey and malty, strong, usually the dry leaf of black teas doesn’t have much scent to me, but this one definitely has a good one! I followed Brenden’s steeping suggestions of 3 mins with 205 degree water. The steeped smell is grainy, malty, a hint of dark chocolate.

As for the flavor, wow, this is a great black tea. The inital flavor is very bready and grainy, some malt, then the honey notes hit!! Wow they are strong and delicious! There is also some fruitiness that I found in Second Breakfast, probably from the Ailaoshan black tea that is in both of them. As it cools, this fruitiness leads into the aftertaste, and it’s definitely cherries. I love cherries! There are also some deep dark chocolate notes at the start of the taste before the honey notes hit. I am not getting too much eucalyptus yet, but there is a faint cooling sensation when I breathe in after the sip, so I think that is it. Wow this is delicious, so comforting. And I definitely feel the caffeine in this lol! Edit – I feel the caffeine alertness, but also an immense sense of relaxation and happy feelings. :D oh and I didn’t mention this tea is smooth smooth smooth. Soft and caressing. So freaking good.

Overall, this is a superb tea. It’s so good. Man, if I could drink black teas more regularly I would order this forever. Oh and also if I wasn’t on a self-imposed tea buying ban. Ugh I just tried to reason with myself and the boyfriend to allow me to order this…no dice. :(. I will be ordering this in the future though. Like, 99% sure. Brenden, please re-blend this after the last bag is purchased. I need it in a month or so! Also, thank you again to Brenden for this free sample! I have found the magic in this tea too!

Flavors: Cherry, Dark Chocolate, Grain, Honey, Malt


Sounds Awesome!


It is so delicious!

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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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