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drank Silver Buds Yabao by Verdant Tea
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Eeeppp!!! I got my new mug in the mail!! I made my avatar pic it with my cat napping on the table behind it if anyone would like to see it, I don’t feel like uploading it to a site and linking tonight haha too tired..but it’s soooo pretty. I love it, it is a bit smaller than I expected, but it actually brews a very lovely sized cup of tea, not too much, not too little!

So I was so undecided on which tea to brew in it first! I wanted it to be special and fit the theme of the mug – artistic, nerdy, and a little bit sad. Oh and lovely. So I almost picked Jasmine Bouquet, but then I saw my Silver Buds and thought YES. It’s a light grey, delicate tea full of unique character, soft, sweet flavor, and it is beautiful in the cup. A perfect match for the mug. So in it went after a 25s rinse, and this tea is not disappointing, as usual. I haven’t had it in a while and missed the woody, brown sugar flavor. So tasty, and yes indeed, it fits this mug perfectly. A lovely end to a pretty good day, about time work stops eating away at my soul! See previous notes on this tea :)

ETA – the mug is called Digital Lace…haha it has circuiting lines on it :D the nerd in me (most of me) loves it.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Wood


I adore silver buds. Hot is wonderful, but so is icing the left over leaves. Now I’m craving some! :)


It’s an awesome looking mug! And your cat is awesome too haha :)


Silver buds is soo yummy! I haven’t tried icing it yet but I will have to in the near future :D and thanks about the mug and my cat haha he is quite a character

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drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
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A sipdown this morning on this one! And a better day today than yesterday’s craziness, still was a busy morning but the thing I was working on is finally out and hopefully all corrected, the sun is shining, my new tea mug was delivered apparently (!!! my first etsy mug, SO EXCITED) and I am going to go for another run tonight and feel excellent. And yes drink more tea haha. Life is good. And it’s almost the weekend! 9.5 more hours of work before I’m off tomorrow :) anyways back to work now haha see previous notes on this tea! It will probably be a restock at some point again.

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What a day..started out bad, 20 mins late for work from the cat getting out and causing me to leave late and get stuck in traffic, non-stop work, site visit, and an hr extra of work. Sushi with friends after which cheered me up, but now that I’m home I’m utterly exhausted. And yes this is a strong black tea, but I wanted a familiar cozy comfy tea to wrap up in tonight. It’s also been a rainy day, so double knit fits the bill. Malty, slightly sweet, I think this is even better than the last time I had it lol. Sooo good. See previous notes on this awesome tea.

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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!

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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!


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


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!


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


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


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


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


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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


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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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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