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drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
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The weather has been nuts here today! Super crazy windy, then it has been snowing/raining on and off, cloudy, sunny, blizzardy..I hope it settles down! Anyways, the cold, blustery days always make me crave my yummy black teas, so I had to have a cup of this one. Steeped for 2 minutes, and I also shook the bag to get more cream pieces. This is good, but I don’t know, it seems to be lacking a bit of flavor from the first steeps? Maybe I’m just being fussy, or am not as focused as I’ve been studying all day. Regardless, I love this tea, and hope Zen Tea Life doesn’t discontinue it!! See previous notes!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Seeing the new teawares on Verdant’s site reminded me I haven’t had a Yixing session in a few weeks, I need to use my lovely little pot more often! I also hadn’t had this tea in it in ages, and since I think the TOMC includes this tea and the other oolong I brew in my Yixing, I figured I should probably start drinking this, as I will have oolongs galore! So I made a few cups of this for myself and the bf. I did really short steeps, they probably could have been a bit longer, but still were flavorful. Very creamy and roasty today, not as much honey as I normally find, that could be due to short steeps though. A nice change from the Mi Lan Dancong. See previous notes on this tea :)

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83
drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlog from this morning – now that Steepster is back, I am going to try to log the teas I’ve had today. I finally restocked this tea, it is a favorite of mine in the morning! Unfortunately today it didn’t taste quite the same as it used to, it was a bit more mango and tropical than peachy. Might just be the mix in the bag though, still a very yummy tea! Happy to have it back in my cupboard :) see previous notes.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Raspberry Vanilla by Zen Tea
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Now I have made this tea into a Raspberry Vanilla rooibos! I added about half a tsp of Della Terra’s Vanilla Cream rooibos to just under a tsp of this and voila! Raspberry rooibos with a cream soda aftertaste :D next time though, I might put in a full tsp of the raspberry one, as the vanilla is almost stronger than it haha. I also might steep longer than 5 minutes, maybe 6, as Zen Tea Life’s is very good at 6 minutes. Pleased with my experiment though! See previous notes on these teas :)

Oh, and I am getting a sore throat, which is definitely not good. I have two more finals, I can’t get sick yet! D:

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I could have sworn I made a note on this before..oh well, I guess not. Anyways, this is a mini sipdown! As I still have a sample of it from the TOMC last month. Now, I love the aged yunnan white from Verdant, which is sadly sold out, but this tea has many notes that remind me of it!

As I thought I logged this before, I didn’t take note of the dry smell. Today, I did all the steps for this tea, the whole nine yards..I heated my little gongfu pot (my replacement of the old one which broke a few weeks ago) with boiling water before putting in the remainder of my sample package (3.5 – 4 g) and then I did a fast rinse and then poured water in and pretty much poured it into the cup as fast as I could. The smell is very Yunnan and delicious, with honey notes and a nice crisp scent in there as well, maybe the grapes, as there’s a hint of dry fruitness and a wildness that I really like.

As for flavor, I really like this tea. I remember the first time I had it, I was ready to buy 2 oz of it haha. I still would like that, but as I have this month’s TOMC coming with 3 oolongs I think, I can’t buy anymore tea from Verdant for a bit haha. I can definitely taste the likeness to the yunnan white, but this one is more roasty and deeper. The olive oil note is definitely there, with that dry fruit as well. I imagine if I was in Greece, this tea would be spot on, because I haven’t even been there and this tea is making me think of it! The sweetness is also there, which I really like. I don’t get any scotch like flavor I don’t think, or the coconut, but it is still very nice.

Overall, this is another delicious tea from Verdant. If there is some of this in stock when I decide to place another order, I might have to get some more. I will enjoy a few steeps of this on this dreary, snowing day (it’s always snowing here sigh). Thanks again for a delicious tea, Verdant! Happy I have another sample pack of this!

Preparation
Boiling
Bonnie

Yes Greece.

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83
drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Finally, an untainted tea! Lol, this is delicious as always, creamy, luxurious..this tea is still my LOTR tea, just the taste reminds me of going on an adventure in New Zealand or something LOL. I only have enough for one more cup :( then will eventually stock up on more! See previous notes on this delicious tea!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Hmm, today this is really perfumy. The vanilla is present in the aftertaste, but it has almost a soapiness…either I didn’t rinse my steeper well enough from soaking it in soap overnight to remove the LS flavor, or this cup has bottom-of-the-bag syndrome and a lot of bergamot accumulated there. I preferred it the last time I had it a lot more, but it’s still decent, so I won’t change the rating. Anyways, I have enough for one more cup. I would like to have a cup of Zen Tea Life’s EGC to compare these, maybe I will after this cup! See previous notes on this tea :)

ETA – I dumped the latter half of the cup, it just got too soapy. :( ah well probably an excess of bergamot in the bottom of the bag.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Oooh this tea, I’m quite surprised I haven’t tried it sooner! Maybe it’s because I’m usually not the biggest fan of overly citrus smelling teas, and this one was pretty strong in that department. In the store, the leaves smelled very mint and citrus, quite intriguing and yummy. However, at home it mostly just smells citrus. I did only get 15 g of this, so there might not be as much mint in it. There are a bunch of very large gooseberries in the bag though, might have to eat one later!

I steeped this for about 6 minutes. The resulting liquor is a bright sunny yellow that smells like a Creamsicle, but a bit more citrusy. Yumm. The taste is very citrus, with a creamy aftertaste that is like a Creamsicle again. I think the gooseberries add a bit of tartness that I am enjoying. Unfortunately I don’t think I taste any mint, maybe it is adding to the refreshing flavor though? It also might come out more if cold brewed or iced. Regardless, I am enjoying the flavor :)

Overall, this is a fairly nice herbal, and it seems like I’ve been lacking in herbals lately. It tastes a bit watery at times, so I might try steeping it the full 7 minutes next time. I will drink down this bag and decide if it will be added to the cupboard permanently, but I’m happy I tried this tea! Oh, and my LS I had earlier has definitely contaminated my infuser, as I was brewing this, it smelled a bit like citrus smoke. Blegh, will have to soak it a bit to try to get that out!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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So I was feeling adventurous today when I bought this, because I’ve always wondered about smoky teas. I found a smoky beer that I absolutely fell in love with at a local brewery, but they aren’t brewing it anymore, so I’d like to see if I appreciate a smoky tea as much.

I smelled it in the store, and intense wood smoke scent hit me in the face. The clerk said that lots of people use it for cooking, I was like yeah so will I if I don’t like it haha! I only got 15 g of it though, so we’ll see how it goes.

I brewed it for 4 minutes, as that seemed to be a sweet spot on Steepster for the good reviews. The steeped smell is not quite as smoky I don’t think, and there’s a stronger pine note. I am totally picturing camping amongst the spruce trees with a fire crackling and cooking smokies on the fire :) at least this is so far taking me to my favorite activity to do in the summer, camping!

So now the taste, and the verdict is…this actually is not too bad. It is definitely a more savoury tea haha. The first taste is a bold, rich flavor, then tapers off into the smoky aftertaste. The pine flavor is also present, moreso in the breathing in of the scent when you take a sip. I definitely would liken this to beef jerky, a heavily smoked beef jerky. Haha, my boyfriend had the first sip and I was like so what do you think? Is it like whiskey or smoke or beef jerky? and he said like eating a piece of charcoal haha. I can see where he gets that from, though.

Overall, I am happy I have tried this. It’s not something I will drink frequently, but it will satisfy those savoury salty tea cravings I sometimes get. I don’t think I will be running out to get anymore, but I would be open to trying other LS from different companies too, so I’m not scared off! I also might have to try adding some of this to salmon, I imagine it would be excellent. Yay for exciting tea experiences!

ETA – Yes. I have found a very tasty way to enjoy this tea. By eating cheese while drinking it! The salty cheese complements the smoke and tones it down nicely, and the illusion of eating applewood smoked cheddar is also created. Happy I found that this pairs nicely with one of my favorite foods :D

ETA again – so while this was ok when I had it, I’ve unfortunately had a lingering smoke smell/taste in my nose and mouth all night, and I’m quite tired of it now. Blarg. Removing rating as maybe I just am not a fan of this type of tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

not sure how it would fare with this one, since i haven’t tried it but man i put a little maple syrup into my smokey tea this morning and man that was delicious!

MissLena

Hmmm that is definitely an idea! I hope I kind of like this one, I’ve had a sip so far and am kinda ehh..will update the note soon. Oh, and also, I totally forgot about swapping at some point for Berry Good haha, in my crazed tea buying state I got 50 g when the clerk brought it over I was like “OMG yess that oneee” lol, so we will have to swap for different ones :D

Sil

NP at all lol i know the feeling :) If you’re looking for good smokey teas that aren’t OMG IN YOUR FACE, there are a few that i’ve tried. Nice to have occasionally for a change

MissLena

Awesome :D yeah I want Verdant to come out with one, maybe when they return from China they will have something interesting and smoky, I can’t wait to see the Laoshan oolong they are working on!

El Monstro

Stone and Alaska brewing both make pretty good smoked style beer, not sure if either are available in Canada though.

MissLena

Hmm I’ll have to look into those!

Kittenna

I think I’ve heard that this tea is pretty harsh, as smoky teas go. They’re not all this bad!

MissLena

Yeah I’ve definitely heard that, I will still try new ones, maybe that will be my next goal, find the best smoky tea lol :) this one I will have sparingly just because it has such a lasting aftertaste, other than that it was not bad, just really smoky lol

Cavocorax

Thanks for the cheese idea!

MissLena

It definitely helped tone it down a bit :) still definitely not a favorite though haha, although I do enjoy eating cheese, so that’s a plus

Bonnie

Grind to a powder and mix with chili and garlic for a rub or sprinkle alone over broccoli before steaming and the house will smell like bbq.

MissLena

Mmm that sounds quite delicious, i will have to try those out, thanks!

CrowKettle

I have a hard time drinking this tea too because of the lingering aftertaste, but it is a really great cooking rub with some surprising flavours. I like the broccoli idea!

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75
drank Pom Tango by DAVIDsTEA
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So it’s almost 6 here and I am having my first cup of tea of the day O.o..but I did have a tea related day! Went to my local Davids to get a new gongfu pot and of course some tea..oops got a bit too much, but I got some new ones that I hadn’t really planned on getting but might as well! And some old standbys that I have been missing :D and now my boyfriend has a potential plan to get my tea buying under control..I am not allowed to get new tea until I sip down old ones! Gahh so I better get going lol, as I have 2 orders in transit currently!

Anyways, onto this tea, it is one that I am now one cup away from a sipdown on. It smells pleasant and fruity, but the taste is almost too much mango for me, and a bit artificial. But I do think there’s a bit more pom flavor in here which is nice! Ah well, one cup left that will gladly get drank :D see previous notes on this tea!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

It sure does feel weird when almost the entire day goes by and you realize, hey, no tea yet? What gives?

MissLena

Haha yeah I don’t have too many days like that but when I do they surprise me! I did notice that I was very thirsty throughout the day, particularly at lunch, so I must stay a lot more hydrated with all the tea I drink, because my body was in great need of water haha.

Fjellrev

I sometimes have that problem too. I get so carried away with tea that I’ll drink like eight cups of tea and realize that I haven’t had any plain water that day. Ugh. At least we’re not drinking pop/soda though!

MissLena

Yeah pop is the worst! I usually try to alternate my caffeinated teas with herbals or rooibos so that it’s not quite as dehydrating, also if I have a ton of caffeine I usually need to drink lots of water or my stomach gets pretty angry lol.

Fjellrev

Aye, I’d drink more rooibos if it didn’t taste like wood to me. But yeah, if I drink too much caffeinated tea and not enough water, it’s headache city for me. Stupid tea addiction.

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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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