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drank Cream Caramel Rooibos by Zen Tea
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So I received this as a free sample from Zen Tea Life, and I was pleased to try a new rooibos and also to compare it to DavidsTea’s cream caramel rooibos. Dry, it smelled nice and caramelly, a good start. I was wary of brewing it so long, but the package said 5+ minutes, so I did 7. The steeped smell is still caramel, but I used the wrong steeper haha and there are bits floating all in my tea, didn’t use the fine enough strainer. Ah well, they’ve settled at the bottom to not bother me :)

Wow, this is caramel. This is super sweet, I actually am surprised it’s so darn sweet! This flavor goes very good with the rooibos, the caramel is definitely the strongest, but the rooibos is an excellent base. When compared to Davids, I think this one is doing the caramel much better, it’s stronger and sweeter!

Overall, this is quite nice! Definitely sweet, definitely desserty! A nice before bed tea, especially when I’m craving sugar. Haha, I currently am having Tostitos though, which is kind of offsetting the sweetness, oops my bad! Anyways, this is a very tasty rooibos, and I might have to order a bit of this in the future!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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86

SIPDOWN! I’m on a roll today haha, actually the boyfriend requested I make him tea, and he wanted a white tea but I said no, we are having this to sip it down, and because it is awesome! He protested a bit, but then he had a cup and said it was really good. This is a nice, subtle change from the savory original Laoshan Green, this one adds lovely sweet notes. I like it a lot, and am very pleased I had a sample of it! See previous notes :)

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84

SIPDOWN! I only steeped this 2 minutes today, because there were soo much dust in the bottom. I also filtered it after with my gravity infuser to remove all the bits that made it in the cup. Hoping it doesn’t taste as soapy as the last cup I had, it’s still too hot to tell.

So this was pretty darn bitter haha, darn those last cups in the bag! I had a few sips and poured it out, I don’t want to mar my memories of this tea, which are very good! I might pick some of this up again, but I have a big bag of Zen Tea Life’s EGC that I should drink through first. See previous notes on this tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
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Momentous occasions call for the best tea..and today is definitely the day. I wrote my last final of my undergraduate university engineering degree this morning! I am done! (providing I pass everything, but that is very likely haha) So to celebrate this excellent day, I decided to try this tea. I’ve had a sample of this tea for ages, from one of my first Verdant orders last year. I have been waiting for the right time, and it is here.

The dry smell is excellent, it reminds me of Master Han’s Yunnan black, a light hay scent with a hint of honey. I decided to do this tea gongfu, so I put in a bunch of it, almost half the sample bag, and did a short rinse. Good lord, the rinse smelled so good!! I was like why am I pouring this away! Lol, and then I steeped for just a few seconds and poured it out. The resulting liquor is the most beautiful golden color, and it smells like sweet potatoes dipped in honey. Mmmm. A sweet, delicious scent.

My goodness.

The taste is so. good. The sweet honey flavor, the sweet potato richness, vanilla, sparkles, sugar. Like a yunnan white but so much richer and smooth. I have decided, I really enjoy yunnan teas. This one is the king though. I just love that honey aftertaste. So good.

Overall, this is one heck of a treat. So happy I finally opened up this sample. Might have to get more of this, but this is definitely a savoring tea, one I want to save for special occasions. I cannot say anything else about it without repeating other reviews haha. I know my tasting note isn’t very in depth with flavors or anything, but this is just a tea that is so tasty I don’t even know how to say it enough. If that makes sense. I will enjoy many steeps of this this afternoon. I should probably eat something first, though, as I will be tea drunk in no time if I don’t!

Rachel J

Let me be the first to say CONGRATULATIONS!!! There is nothing like the feeling of finishing a degree. The RELIEF is amazing.

OMGsrsly

YAY!!! Congratulations!!! :D :D kermit arms

MissLena

Haha thanks you guys!! It’s pretty surreal at the moment, definitely hasn’t fully sunk in that I don’t have anymore exams! :D

Cavocorax

Congrats! :) Glad the tea was worth the wait!

MissLena

Thanks Cavo! Yeah I’ve been drinking it all day haha will have to save the leaves for tomorrow as well, can’t believe how much flavor is still left in the leaves! Just might have to order…..lol

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70
drank The Immunizer by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve had a steadily building headache all day, and saw the migraine thread in the discussion. So I decided to bust out my most minty tea..which is this one. I haven’t had this since January when the boyfriend and I were ridiculously sick haha. This is not a bad tea, minty with a sweet edge to it as well, but it still is a tea I will keep reserved for when sick. However, if it helps my headache, it might be used for that too! Also, this reminds me that I need to pick up some straight peppermint tea or spearmint at some point. See previous notes on this tea!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Honeydew Mate by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh yeah, I picked up 50 g of this last week :D so I combined my little 1 serving into the big bag and am having a cup now, normally I try to stay away from caffeine during exams but I had a 2 hr nap today, so I need to get cracking for my last exam tomorrow! I absolutely loveee this tea. It’s fresh, it’s sweet, it’s smooth, it has green roobios, all the good things! I love green rooibos, btw. Anyways, I will stop babbling and get back to work. See previous notes on this tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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So I have had a bit left in my sample pack of this, so I decided to cold brew it. Did it for about 24 hours, and it is pretty good! The veggie flavors definitely come out a lot more in the cold brew, particularly the peas and corn. This is actually super satisfying and refreshing, it’s a bit heavier it seems, so a bit more staying power, but refreshing enough with the light peach flavor and fresh vegetables. This was a nice experiment, and I will probably cold brew the rest of my sample as well! See previous notes on this tea, brewed hot :)

Preparation
8 min or more
Rachel J

Honestly, I cannot imagine vegetable flavored tea!

MissLena

Lol yeah it does seem strange, I was definitely picturing something salty, but it’s more like fresh garden peas than a soup..the peach flavor is also the most prominent when hot brewed, so that takes away from the veggie-ness. Definitely a different mix of ingredients though!

Rachel J

Interesting!

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83
drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
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Going to try to be a bit easier on my stomach in terms of caffeine today lol had wayyy toooo much yesterday. Starting off my day with this, 48.5 hours until I am finished university! Time to get studying :) see previous notes on this tea!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Go you! That is an awesome countdown. :)

MissLena

Thanks! Yeah it’s exciting :D but im superr tired of studying :( maybe ill make more tea.. Lol

OMGsrsly

More tea to the rescue, for sure! I’m so glad I only had one sit-down final.

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94
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I am spoiling myself today with awesome teas :D and holy hannah, is this ever AMAZING tonight. I probably shouldn’t be having caffeine this late, but meh, I’ll be up studying anyways. This is like so good today. I did it Western for 3 minutes, and I have this caramel soaked brownie in my cup. This is the most caramelly I have ever gotten Laoshan Black to taste. No idea what I did differently lol, but it is awesome! I actually feel like I’m eating dessert. Rich and excellent. Maybe another steep or two tonight as well. See previous notes!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Rachel J

How much leaf and how much water? Still on the fence about whether I like this tea and am trying it different ways.

MissLena

It was probably about a teaspoon and a half, maybe a little bit less, I did a heaping one with a bit extra, and as for water, approximately 10 oz. Boiling water as well, hopefully you can find a way that works for you! :)

El Monstro

Rachel – I had some tonight: 1 teaspoon and water around 190F in a half cup of water for 2-3 minutes, and it was so good I raised my score a little bit.

Rachel J

Thanks, guys! Will try some later.

TheTeaFairy

Love the new pic MissLena :-)

MissLena

Thanks TeaFairy! It’s my verdant yixing pot, i thought it was about time I have it as my pic :)

TheTeaFairy

Looks fabulous! Using it for pu’erh?

Sil

new pic?

MissLena

My profile pic Sil, i just changed it from one of myself to my yixing :)

And I actually use it for dark roasted oolongs TeaFairy, namely mi lan dancong and the shui xian teas from Verdant, i love how it pours :) next one i get will probably be dedicated to some type of puerh though!

Sil

weird. still showing your lovely picture for me :)

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I’m still seeing the photo of you too…

TheTeaFairy

pretty sure it has to do with your computer cache, try to empty it, might work…

MissLena

Oh weird! It might be a steepster bug then, haha hopefully the new one shows up soon!

Sil

it’s likely what the teafairy mentioned – looked and saw it using my other half’s computer. I’m just not up for clearing my cache yet…too many things in there make my life easier atm lol

Terri HarpLady

AHA! I’m seeing your photo on each line you post, but at the top of the page I see the photo of your yixing! It’s adorable!

Angrboda

Alternatively, try ctrl+F5 for a hard refresh of the page without paying attention to the cache. :)

MissLena

Thanks Terri, i love it :D

And thanks for the page tip, angrbroda! I’ll try to remember that one :)

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93
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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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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