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84

A break from sipdowns to have a minty cup of this. I was scared off of this tea for a while because the last cup I had I really did not enjoy at all, it was so sweet and thick it was cloying and I felt sick after having it lol. Today I shook up the bag better so there wasn’t as much white chocolate at the top and that seemed to help. Today’s cup is a lot better, minty with a creaminess from the white chocolate as well as sweetness. Still not as good as my first bag, but that one had barely any white chocolate so that might be the difference. Yes, I could have had straight peppermint today if I want more pure mint, but I wanted a bit of creaminess. Luckily it’s working today, phew, I should be able to drink most of the bag! Decreasing rating a tad as if there’s too much chocolate, it’s not nearly as drinkable. See previous notes.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cream

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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75

And second sipdown of the day! This blend just wasn’t for me I think. I couldn’t get the cookie flavor anywhere, mostly just yabao and sweetness. Again I added some honey, and it doesn’t add much except a honey flavor lol. It’s foresty and tasty but I’d rather just drink straight Yabao if I want to have that flavor in a tea lol. Ah well, a good one to try, and it is warm and light this Saturday morning :) see previous notes!

Flavors: Honey, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

agreed!

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78

Haha oops, another tea I am reviewing as I sip it down lol :P I ordered this sample in my last HI order as I need to find more herbals, my cupboard is seriously dwindling in that department. And I love blends with eucalyptus, so I thought I’d give this a go.

Dry, it smells very citrusy with a fresh hint of eucalyptus. I got 3 cups out of my sample and would have loved to try this iced, but I was craving this this morning so I didn’t feel like saving it haha. Today I steeped for 5 minutes, and the liquor is its characteristic bright pink, probably from the hibiscus and beetroot. It has a rather tart scent when steeped, and a hint of that metallic hibiscus smell lol.

As for the flavor, this one is very herby and tart, definitely hibiscus in this. Today I can actually taste some carrot I think, interesting. The eucalyptus is not overly present, maybe it provides a slight freshness to the blend, but it’s mostly a sour citrusy tea. A lot of fruits and veggies in this one and it makes for quite a fruity cup.

Overall, this one is not bad for a change in routine every once in a while, and I do crave it at times as it is super bright, but I imagine this would really be SPLENDID iced or cold brewed. Closer to summer I might pick up some more of this to try iced tea, it’s much too cold out to have that at this time of year haha. Happy to have tried this, but be a bit wary if you aren’t a fan of tart teas. Sweetener would probably tone that down, or a shorter steep time, but I am enjoying it as is this morning, and have also enjoyed the previous cups prepared the same way :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Courtney

My cupboard is also not so great in the herbal department.

Sil

yeah i’ve started trying to pick more up here and there

MissLena

I need a lot more! If I drink too much caffeine I get feeling terrible, so I am always on the look out for new ones. Sitting on a Verdant cart full of my favorite herbals as we speak though lol…must not order yet…lol

Sil

heh caffeine doesn’t bother me but it’s nice to have options that i really like as cold brews in the summer.

Courtney

I just discovered Vanilla Citrus and I now have to wait because I just ordered from Verdant.

MissLena

Ooh yes herbals are the best for cold brews, my favorite so far is Midsummer Night’s Dream by DavidsTea haha it’s so orangey and good when cold brewed :D

MissLena

@Courtney – Haha awe darn that’s the worst, when you find an epic tea and want to order it but you’ve just made an order lol..that’s why I’m hesitant to go through with my Verdant cart lol, I have the blend of the month club on its way to me right now and if I find one I like I might have to add it lol

Courtney

It looks like the Vanilla Citrus is out of stock right now, phew. It’s really quite the balance with waiting on orders – on the one hand, I don’t want to have to do multiple orders, but on the other I don’t want to miss out on things that may disappear before I place an order haha.

MissLena

Haha agreed! I am holding off on my Verdant order because I just remembered I have two other orders coming, I didn’t place them online so I forgot about them lol, and also some free Teavivre samples. Eeek too much tea again lol

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87

First of all, let me say this – I haven’t actually had a straight oolong in AGES. I make them all the time for my boyfriend (his favorite type of tea) but I haven’t had one in a longgg time. Come to think of it, I haven’t had a gongfu session in a while either! I got all caught up in my flavored teas that my poor straight greens and oolongs and gaiwan have been left to the back of the cupboard :( well, time to remedy that!

This came to me as a free sample from Verdant, thank you! I The dry leaves smelled fresh and green, like buttery greens, as do most oolongs to me. This one in particular reminds me of fall.

I did a quick rinse, then steeped for about 5-6 seconds before pouring into my double wall glass cups. The aroma is delicate and mildly sweet, at first I thought it was cinnamon, but I think it’s the incense coming out. Haha, I just looked at the description and cinnamon is listed, happy I could pick that out!

As for the taste, mmm very nice. At first I honestly couldn’t taste very much lol, my poor tastebuds are used to POW flavored tea POW sweet POW chocolate as of late, but now that it is cooling I am tasting a beautifully refined, delicate oolong. The first steep doesn’t have as much mineral quality as a few other oolongs, or that really strong green oolong flavor, but it’s only the first steeping. It’s mildly buttery and floral, with a trickle of spices somewhere in there too. Not much kettle corn yet, but I imagine it will come. I like it! Hopefully I don’t get too waterlogged tonight having a few more cups of this :) thanks again Verdant for another solid sample tea!

ETA – Yes, there is the kettle corn in later steepings and also the smell! I cannot get over how much a tea can change in flavors throughout multiple steepings :)

Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Orchids, Plants

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML
Courtney

I go through those phases too. Straight teas all the time, or flavoured teas all the time it seems.

MissLena

Me it’s more focused on types of tea – chais, black teas, oolongs, etc..I guess lately has been rich, flavored blacks lol..oolongs are normally a spring tea for me, but this one is buttery enough to be good on this cold night :)

Courtney

Actually oolongs strike me as spring-like too now that you mention it. I steeped Gui Fei last night, but it didn’t work out so well, and it was back to my black teas this morning hah.

MissLena

It might also be that I love the spring tieguanyins haha so fresh and floral! Awe it’s no fun when a tea doesn’t work out and you end up going back to the staples and never drinking it again :( I’ve had that happen with a few as well

__Morgana__

Sounds yummy.

MissLena

It is quite good :) flavor is still going strong after 6 steeps between myself and the bf :)

cryptickoi

yummy stuff..

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85
drank Pu-erh Vanilla Mint by Zen Tea
823 tasting notes

Lol well since I only have enough left for one more cup of this tea, I should finally review it :P this is a very good flavored pu’erh. If you are wanting to delve into the world of pu’erh I highly recommend this one as a starter as it is really tasty! The dry smell is minty with a hint of cinnamon, no pu’erh scariness for me!

I steeped this for 5 minutes today, I think the rest of the cups have also been that long. It brews up a dark deep reddish brown, almost coffee-like, but nothing like coffee. The aroma is creamy vanilla with mint, and again that hint of cinnamon.

As for the flavor, this is a comforting hug on a warm day and is awesome for the stomach! The pu’erh and mint do a great job evoking a sense of calm, while the vanilla and cinnamon add a richness and a cozy sensation. The 5 minute infusion really makes for a satisfying cup, it’s hearty but not too harsh. I don’t remember if I’ve tried this with milk, but it definitely would take it nicely. Oh, and as for the pu’erh, it adds a pleasant earthiness and to the full body of the tea!

Overall, I should order more of this haha, I forget how enjoyable it is until I’m down to the last few cups. Very tasty, and a great starter pu’erh tea in my opinion!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Earth, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Courtney

Good to know :)

MissLena

:D yes it’s a very non-scary pu’erh in my opinion, and definitely one of the better flavored ones I’ve had.

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93

Omg omg omg….ok. This is SO GOOD RIGHT NOW. Like wow. At first I was like hmm strong bergamot..but then it was all like BAM MARSHMALLOW. And fluffy. And creamy. And toned down just enough by the bergamot and black tea. Very good base for this tea too, not overpowering or too weak. I am just enjoying this to the max on this Monday afternoon at work. Not even sure how long I steeped it for lol, probably around 2 minutes. Yes, I really like this, not even filtered water used! Rating now added, although if I come to my senses and this one isn’t as epic, it might go down haha.

Flavors: Cream, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling
Courtney

All the reviews for this one were so intriguing, but bergamot is a deal breaker. Sigh.

VariaTEA

Courtney, if you want to try it I can send you a sample in one of our swaps. I am not a huge EG fan but I love this.

Courtney

Hmm. Alright, maybe just one cup VariaTEA. :)

VariaTEA

Haha. Remind me next time we swap and I will throw in a sample.

MissLena

You have to try it @Courtney! The marshmallow is truly perfect in it, just like a pillow :)

Courtney

Haha a pillow. :P That is awesome. Perhaps that will help with disguise/drown out the bergamot.

MissLena

I think it did, it helps a lot when the tea is a bit cooler, I noticed the bergamot the most when it was pretty hot

Courtney

Excellent, thanks for the heads up. :)

MissLena

No problem :)

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84
drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
823 tasting notes

Sipdown! This was a very tasty tea while it lasted, might have to pick up some more, very comforting on chilly days. As I’ve said before, the caramel and black tea base go quite well together! See previous notes :)

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
823 tasting notes

Ah first note with the new layout! Exciting! I am out at my parents this weekend and this tea was one I gave my mom and I found a bit of it left in the cupboard :D perfect thing for my migraine that has been plaguing me all day..I already had some Mint Cacao before this, but the mint and eucalyptus in this tea will hopefully be just the thing to kick my headache to the curb. Smells and tastes just as good as the last time I had it, I really should pick up more of this to have on hand. There’s even a bit more orange flavor in this tonight I think! Very nice before bed. See previous notes :)

Flavors: Orange Zest

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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88

Happy Friday! Man I love weekends, only 4 more hours to go at work! Hehe, it’s snowy and cold here again, I knew the warm weather wouldn’t last, but I hoped it would lol. Ah well, out come my rich, warming teas again! Ok this one is really really growing on me..it’s just so rich and almost savory…warming and delicious, even in the travel mug! This is starting my day off right. Loving it! See previous notes.

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88

Ohh my goodness is this ever good. Haha, the dry smell in the bag was very minty chocolate, reminding me of an After Eight..chocolates that I really enjoy. I steeped for 5 and a half minutes again, and was a bit worried, as the initial smell of the water on the leaves was kind of weird, a strange vegetal mint scent..not very nice. But after steeping, it smells like milky, buttery chocolate with mint, very happy it straightened out!

As for the flavor, yeah, this one is just so buttery milk chocolate tasting. And I love mint, so the mint is wonderful in here! Not quite an After Eight, as it’s more herbal tasting, but the peppermint is good and the cacao shines in this blend. I almost like this one a bit more than the original..haha I will have to compare them! Not tonight though, can’t have that much cacao in one day!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Courtney

Cacao is so delish. The Strawberry Cream one is tasty too. :)

MissLena

I had such a hard time choosing which two to get 50g of! That one was very close to making it haha, but I picked the mint instead. I’m sure I will end up ordering some of that one in the future too, I also got a free sample of the vanilla, I imagine it will be just as awesome :D

Courtney

There are pretty amazing. Now I want a cup!

MissB

The vanilla is by far my favorite – just know that it’s a traditional vanilla cacao, which is more spice (like what we know as a mexican hot chocolate here) than vanilla, per say.

Yvonne

I’m considering placing an order eventually for the entire line.

VariaTEA

Yvonne, samples are pretty affordable at just $2.50 so when you do eventually place an order it shouldn’t be TOO costly for you to try them :)

Sil

excited that i can pick some of the original up this weekend without having to buy other stuff to get to the free shipping threshold haha

Yvonne

Wow, that’s quite affordable! Definitely something I’ll consider when I can load up the ol’ Paypal. Heck, not consider…I’ll be doing it :P

Courtney

HI has a shipping threshold Sil?!

Sil

courtney..yeah it’s 5$ flat rate OR free above 50$

Courtney

Well shoot. How did I miss this? Gasp. I just placed an order with them, and I really should’ve just added a few more teas. Ah well, at least now I know.

Sil

Their website isn’t exactly….well designed for news. Haha though this particular item is on the front page lol

Courtney

Ahh yes. When I start to type “herbal…” into my address bar is goes directly to my cart page. I clearly spend far too long contemplating carts on HI.

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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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