1073 Tasting Notes

80
drank Snow Fairy by Della Terra Teas
1073 tasting notes

Second cup of the day, heading to the mall once I can pull my boyfriend away from working on our design project lol. I only have one cup left of this one, I was going to put it all in and do a sipdown, but it would be a lot all at once haha. So an almost sipdown lol. Light and sweet, I will probably miss this one more than I think once it’s gone. See previous notes :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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95

Had a cup of this in the morning for energy. Going to try to get to the mall today to get some new clothes, as I desperately need some new work-like attire! So this was my choice for some thirst quenching energy, sans caffeine. I didn’t even add honey today and it was awesome. I love ginger teas, especially this one! See previous notes :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Sil

Oh man I hope shopping went well. I despise shopping so I’m glad the other half works at banaa republic. Makes work wear shopping easy and cheap lol

MissLena

Haha I’m hoping it goes well (if I ever get there, boyfriend is distracted doing school stuff lol) I don’t mind shopping if I’m in the mood, and I also have a giftcard so I should be able to go to one place and get mostly everything I need. I will also stop by DAVIDsTEA probably and get a matcha whisk and maybe some more tea…hehh, but we won’t tell the bf that. :P

Terri HarpLady

I need to completely replace my work wardrobe, which is basically all black: pants, shirts, skirts, maybe a fancy gown. I lost 30 lbs this past year, & everything is too big, except my shoes. I hate shopping, so I’m still wearing oversized stuff, with strategically places safety pins.

MissLena

At least you can pin them :) much better than going the other way and having gained weight hehe :P hooray for losing weight!! Yeah I’m not a huge fan of shopping, especially today, it was just too busy, although I found out I lost a bit of weight too, must be from all the tea I drink! :) I mostly needed clothes for my engineering ceremony next weekend, but they will also double as work clothes once I start my job, didn’t get as many as I would have liked, but I will go back eventually (on a not as busy day)

Terri HarpLady

Yay for starting a new job!
I bought one of those lacy under-thingies that’s supposed to show because my shirts are all too big.

MissLena

Ah nice, good to have a work around, saves on buying all new things all at once! Yeah I’m nervous and excited about starting work, it will be my first ‘real’, you-aren’t-in-school-anymore job, full time..eek! As much as I’m hating school now, I know I will probably miss it a bit when I start working.

Terri HarpLady

I’m sure if you miss it too much you can take night classes or something ;)

MissLena

Yeah I definitely could, I’d love to learn a language at some point! :) and this job also is going to get me to take some courses as part of training for them at a different school, so that will be kind of fun too!

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93
drank Laoshan White by Verdant Tea
1073 tasting notes

Another tea I haven’t had in ages! This is so tasty and I am definitely getting sugar snap pea flavor tonight. The mouthfeel is also super silky. I did the first steep for 20 seconds in my little glass walled teacup with a brew basket, probably 4 g of tea. Absolutely delicious! Going to have a few more tonight. See previous notes on this tea!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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87
drank Lemon Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
1073 tasting notes

Sipdown – my second most logged tea! :( this is delicious, and will probably get re-ordered at some point..but I have Lime Chiffon and Lemon Lime Cream Tart to drink down first! A smooth cup of lemon cake right here, see previous notes on this awesome tea :)

Oh, and this is my 300th tasting note! One of my favorite teas for it too :D

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

grats on 300!!!

Sweet Canadian

Ladies, should I get this, Lime, or Lemon Lime in my order this weekend?

MissLena

Haha to be honest, I can’t pick a favorite! This one is more cake like to me, the lime is more pie-like, and the Lemon Lime is a mix of both. I love them all! Haha, get them all :P

And thanks Sil!

Sweet Canadian

I’m leaning towards Lemon Lime as a happy medium.

MissLena

I also find that one a bit sweeter due to the vanilla, although it is more similar to the lime than lemon to me. The lime makes for a better citrus taste than lemon as well.

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96

I was going to open a new Verdant oolong today, but I looked at my Yixing and realized, man, I haven’t used you in forever! So I had to have a session :) I did two rinses for my Yixing pot to soak up as much tea as it could! This is divine. Still my favorite oolong ever I think. So much honey sweetness, burst of fruit, just lovely. I remember why I like Mi Lan Dancong black now as well, the flavor profile has similarities to this one, particularly the bursting honey flavor. I will continue steeping this for a while, and continue debugging code with the boy. Happy Good Friday as well everyone! :) See previous notes on this tea too.

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79
drank Jasmint by Della Terra Teas
1073 tasting notes

I’m getting close to a sipdown of this, about 2 cups left! This one is nice and light and fresh, a good contrast to the sweet carmamel banana tea I had before it. It’s actually quite thirst quenching to me as well, but I think I would prefer a bit more mint and jasmine than green tea for flavor, it still has that grassiness that is ok, but not my favorite. But it’s still yummy, and I will gladly finish my cup. See previous notes on this tea :)

ETA – this gets much tastier as it cools, the mint and jasmine become more pronounced. I like it :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Dulce & Banana by DAVIDsTEA
1073 tasting notes

Second cup of the day, I think I might try altering caffeinated cups and non caffeinated today lol. I love this tea and have been hoarding it, but I need to drink it down eventually, so I am having a cup. Lovely caramel banana, I might try adding some honey partway through the cup, I wish DavidsTea didn’t discontinue this :( but at least it’s still good! :D see previous notes!

ETA – I forgot, instead of adding honey, this tea was amazing with brown sugar. So I added some. Mmmmmmmmm.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Marcel Duchamp

brown sugar! I always forget to use it in tea.

MissLena

Me too! I think this is the only one I remember to use it in consistently, must be the caramel flavor that jogs my memory..I should try it in some other teas too though!

Cavocorax

I’ve been trying to do that! I make two timolinos at a time, and usually one is black, and the other is herbal or something with lower caffeine!

That sounds really good. :| DavidsTea better replace it with something better! #shakesfist

MissLena

Yeah I find if I alternate caffeine and no caffeine, I can drink a lott more tea in a day :)

And yes they better replace it with something outstanding! I am so sad I only got a sample of this from my friend, I should have stocked up while I had the chance lol

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84

I just needed a cup of this this morning. My headache is still slightly persisting, so hoping a bit of caffeine will do it good. And this is just so creamy vanilla and delicious, I had to have it. I’m debating if I should do sipdowns today or try new samples…hmmm…will have to think about it more haha. See previous notes on this tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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82

I could vent about how horribly our final project is going, but I will spare all you steepsterites from my misery. Sigh. I needed this tonight because a) it’s been another trying day b) this is sweet and soothing and delicious c) I had too much salt at dinner and need a sweet balance. The smell itself is wonderfully comforting in this tea, it’s still too hot to drink. Toying with the idea of using the DT Easter code and getting a bit more of this, but ehh, I already placed a tea order tonight (I like to order tea to make myself happy when I’m down hehe). Maybe later this weekend. Anyways, see previous notes on this tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Cactus Flower by Della Terra Teas
1073 tasting notes

This is in my mug today. Love it!! So fruity and fresh and tasty and i just really like green rooibos lol. I currently have a nice full shopping cart including 2 oz of this tea sitting, waiting for me to break down. Sigh. Della terra has such good deals! Must. Resist. Lol, see previous notes on this tea :)

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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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