903 Tasting Notes

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Aside

A day of changes today was – I was feeling rather down yesterday (probably mostly due to mood swing hormone things, stupid time of month) and decided I need to make some lifestyle changes to improve my mood and general outlook on things. So I signed up for 2 summer art classes and went to the gym for the first time since we moved. Feeling much better tonight!

Tea note starts
So I am keeping with the chill out, enjoy life theme with this tea tonight. Relaxing, calming, and my favorite sleepytime tea, this can make a bad day just melt away. I have reviewed this so many times, I don’t need to again. It’s just a good ol standby. I am almost out of my first 100g, will need to stock up on more of it soon! See previous notes :)

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drank Qing Pin by Yezi Tea
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I had a lovely visit with my friend last night, went for an excellent dinner, watched Disney movies and caught up on life :) I gave her a bunch of my teas to try and also helped her make a Steepster account, NerdLor :D all in all an excellent visit and hope I can see her more often this summer!

I had a cup of a new tea this morning but didn’t take any notes lol so I’ll save that one for later, this is the second cup of the day and man oh man, there are creamy chocolate notes and fruit today! Like actual cream in here, a honeyed type of cream..it just turned out wonderfully on this fine first day of summer! See previous notes!

TheTeaFairy

Welcome to your friend Nerdlor, I’m now following her then :-)

MissLena

Awesome! I don’t know how much she will post, but she will probably read lots of notes :) I’m so excited she’s on steepster now!

Sil

Woohoo! I got a follow from her lol hope I don’t bore her to death lol

TheTeaFairy

Sil the only person you could possibly bore would have to be a blind person who can’t read braille :-)

MissLena

Haha I am sure she won’t be bored! Your notes are great :) so many teas I have not tried! Lol :D

Sil

Yes but I’ve been soooo busy lately that my tasting notes are all like.zomg so tired. TEa. good. Yay night.

Lol

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This tea and me
We’re ‘Mint to be’
fresh and free
and coconutty.

Haha, I don’t feel like writing an in depth note on this one tonight. The poem says it all! See previous notes for more details lol.

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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Having a deliciously caramel and fruit laden cup of this tonight. It’s sooo sugary and plums and cherries and apricots I can’t even…I really need to place a Harneys order at some point too. Working my way down to my last bags of this. Such a good tea, and so smooth tonight, with a 2 min steep! See previous notes, much needed tea tonight :D

ETA – Just read on some other notes that Mr. Harney passed away this week. Well, this can also be a tribute cup to him, here’s to hoping I try many more of his fabulous teas in the future! May a great tea maker rest in peace.

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This tea has tons of caffeine in it, but something called ‘Zen Master’ always seems like a good evening tea to me. And it has focused and calmed my mind very nicely from the chaos that has been work the past two weeks..can’t wait for it to be over. Crazy project, workplace people problems, etc etc…not a fun time. But I finally have a break and this tea is helping to calm me and relax me for a good, hopefully stress free sleep, after my nightly yoga that is lol. Fresh, piney, like the breeze off a lake..a lovely tea. I can’t wait to place my WP order and find a replacement for this one! See previous notes :)

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drank Golden Earl by Verdant Tea
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Hooray for new tea! This is the first one I tried out of the BOMC box this month, and it could not have come on a better day. I finally finished this insane project at work that had me working extra hours all last week, and the one week the bf was home too :( and it finally went out today!! Thank goodness! So tea to celebrate! And destroy this headache from my contacts lol.

Of the three teas this month, this one and the Gardens of Anxi smelled VERY good. The herbal, we will see haha it’s very minty smelling. This one is bready and Zhu Rong and citrus. It reminds me of that lovely Jolly Earl I just finished up and was sad about using up haha.

I steeped this for between 2 and 3 mins with 200 degree water. The steeped cup smells soo lemony and chocolatey at the same time..mmm! As for the flavor..yes, this does NOT disappoint! It is SO YUM RIGHT NOW. A bright tea, cheering me up with all the citusy flavor, and the Zhu Rong makes for a cozy chocolatey hug of a flavor. Like, this is seriously good. As the cup cools it goes away from EG tasting into a lemony cream taste, I am getting notes of lemon cream pie, it actually is reminiscent of my other lemon black tea, but this one is much brighter and has a way better base tea!

Overall, I am really enjoying this tonight. It has a similar pick me up feeling to the Earl of Anxi, must be all the citrus and orange peel in it. Loving this and can’t wait to try it both iced and possibly as a hot toddy :)

Oh, and Happy Belated Father’s Day!!

Flavors: Cocoa, Cream, Lemon

Dinosara

This was another of my favorites from days past! I am so mad at myself for cancelling my Verdant subscription just before this box. Glad to hear this one was really tasty!

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And a sad sipdown here, but I will wait and maybe request this one next year..it was definitely a winner of the blends club for me! And yes, I made it as a real “blueberry” tea tonight (aka Grand Marnier and Disaronno added plus stirred with a cinnamon stick) and it is delicious! This tea made the best hot toddys and now the best blueberry tea! Haha much better experience tonight that when I had an allergic reaction to either the one beer I had to celebrate the bf being home, or something weird in my A&W burger. Puffy face, itchy eyes, Reactine needed..weird, don’t have those that often. Anyways, this is not making me allergic at least. A much needed unwinding, it’s only Tuesday and I’ve had to stay late at work two days..and more to come. Gahhhhhhh going to be one of those weeks! At least the bf is home and I have good tea! ANYWAYS, I’m getting off topic again lol, see previous notes on this delicious EG variation!

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Andd last tea of the day right here. The weather went from bright, beautiful and sunny with clear blue skies to cloudy, dark and grey in a few hours..and it’s right at that point where it’s not raining, it’s just grey and miserable looking outside. My mood dipped right with the weather, and probably the fact that I’m trying to finish up the second online course for work (doing work related things on the weekend = sadface). So I needed a pick me up, and this tea, brewed up with some honey added, is hitting the spot. I will also be doing my nightly yoga soon, and that’s always a mood lifter :) anyways, this tea is spicy and lovely as usual, and love that it’s decaf. I might actually have to always have this in my cupboard lol. See previous notes!

Oh, and I’m probably also feeling down as it’s day 13/14 of the bf being away for work (2 weeks on, 1 week off) and I found out this pattern is lasting until at least Sept. It’s not the worst as I actually know his schedule now and we can plan things for his week off, but 2 weeks is a long time to be at home with just the cat. Lol :( but at least he’s back tomorrow! I will have someone to drink tea with every day for a week! :D

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drank Shooting Starfruit by DAVIDsTEA
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This is the final tea I tried of the DT summer collection, no Mango fruit punch this year as I tried it last year, oh and I tried Watermelon Mint this afternoon but didn’t pay enough attention to write a tasting note yet lol ( I was reading a good book haha), and I made this one tonight. It smells SO TROPICAL in the bag. Like, sooo good and juicy and fresh!

I steeped this for 4 mins with 185 degree water. In the scoop I put in the mug, it looked like there was actually quite a lot of white tea, although it was all chopped into bits and not much whole leaf at all. The tea smells tropical and mango/starfruit like when brewed, quite a delicious scent actually! As for the flavor, there definitely is white tea in my cup, it has that characteristic mild bitterness of a DavidsTea white tea base in a blend, probably because it was brewed for 4 minutes, in my opinion a long time to brew a white tea. But other than that, it’s juicy and sweet and tastes like starfruit with mango! Quite tasty, although I need to tweak my parameters to get rid of that bitter flavor from the white tea, maybe I’ll steep 2-3 minutes next time. Another one that I bet is awesome cold!

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Haha really this wasn’t added to my cupboard? I have had this kicking around since last summer and just finished it off this morning haha. It was a tea I waited all through the winter to drink, as it’s definitely not a wintery tea. The main flavors in it today were mint and lavender, and maybe a bit of orange. I just looked up the ingredients on Verdant’s page, completely forgot there was oolong in here, dandelion root, licorice root…they all blend so well that I can’t pick them out at all! It was a good run while it lasted, and this made for some good cold brews last summer, but it’s not a favorit eof mine, I have other minty teas that I prefer. Farewell light, minty tea. See previous notes :)

Flavors: Grass, Lavender, Mint, Orange

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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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