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79
drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
1099 tasting notes

I have been falling asleep while attempting to study all afternoon, so I had a cup of this with a spoonful of guayusa in it, and unfortunately it didn’t help haha I fell asleep for half an hr..ah well, it was tasty anyways! I was going to try to limit my caffeine consumption due to finals on Wednesday but I don’t think that is going to happen. See previous notes on this tea as well as it blended with guayusa!

And thoughts and prayers out to those in Boston, I can’t even imagine the horror, it just makes me sick. Hoping any steepsterites who may have been there are ok!!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85

After drinking flavored teas all day and eating a giant chocolate thing my friend got me for Easter, my stomach needed a break from sugar and a bit of straightening out. So I am having a cup of this tea. Ahh, it is working so far, a nice earthy brew, clean and refreshing, some hints of caramel and quite smooth. Tonight I did 2 rinses and steeped Western-style for 2 minutes, as last week I accidentely broke my little glass gong fu pot from DavidsTea, will have to go pick up another after my exams on Wednesday. Luckily it is not very expensive at least! I will probably have another cup or two this evening. I need to start studying, so maybe this will give me the push that I need. See previous notes on this tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
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Backlog from yesterday – this was my celebration cup from being finished my 4th year project/presentation for my degree and coming out of it with an award! Woot, totally unexpected haha but a nice surprise! So my friend, also in my group, came over and I needed to try this tea so we each had a cup. I snagged the first steeping though hehe.

The dry smell is soo interesting! It is like very strong spearmint but with a noticable marshmallow scent at the end of smelling! It is reminiscent of toothpaste or mint gum, but I love mint gum so that was ok. I steeped for 2 minutes with 175 degree water.

Wow, this is a unique tea, and I really like it! The smell is very marshmallowy when steeped, but the mint is still there too. But the flavor surprised me a lot!! It has a lovely green tea flavor, and the aftertaste is light, delicious marshmallow! The mint is also there, very well blended so as to not be overpowering, which is very impressive as spearmint can sometimes be strong. It more adds a coolness to the sip. This tea is light and just as delicious when it cools too! My friend also enjoyed it immensely, so it must resteep fairly good!

Overall, I really enjoy how different yet awesome this tea is. It’s light and sweet at the same time, and I love mint, so this is a winner in my books! Now I really want to try a marshmallow genmaicha from 52 teas, as I bet it would also be stunning!

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

CONGRATS!!

MissLena

Thank you! I’m soo happy to be done it finally!! And very happy I had good tea to celebrate with :)

Lala

r u officially done now?

MissLena

Just about lol, I have 4 finals to write then I am finished with the school part, and my official grad is in June, but after these finals it should be a done deal, providing I pass them all lol

jessiwrites

I have the S’mores and Marshmallow Treat, and I could send you samples if you want! I have this one coming this week, I can’t wait to try it.

MissLena

Ooh I hope you enjoy graveyard mist! I will keep you posted about swapping, I’m going to wait until I’m finished finals until I start swapping, I’ve never done it before and want to make sure I can send something back! :)

TheTeaFairy

Quite an accomplishment, congrats!

MissLena

Thanks TeaFairy! :D

Fjellrev

Yay, congratulations!

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85

So I got a chance to try this tea today! I was a bit nervous about it as the bag smelled pretty strong, a blueberry scent but with something strong added, not the best..but I need not have worried! I steeped with boiling water for around 2 minutes, and the resulting scent is much lighter and more blueberry.

As for the taste, when I first tried it, there was mostly blueberry flavor, slightly reminding me of White Tiger from DavidsTea. However, as it cooled, a more bakey taste came out, some cinnamon, and the aftertaste turned into cream cheese goodness! Yummy! I am pleased I managed to find the danish flavor and the cream cheese, the danish mainly from the aftertaste :) I can also taste a glazed donut in there, but it almost reminds me of a blueberry muffin rather than glazed. Oh, and I also did a re-steep, and it was not quite as flavorful in terms of blueberry, but more of a baked goods flavor comes out.

Overall, this is pretty good! I am happy I got a pouch of it, and am excited to see how it gets after a bit of time, as it seems like 52 teas flavors improve after a few weeks, according to other reviews. It’s already pretty darn good though!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Cactus Flower by Della Terra Teas
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Last day of my undergrad degree today! Whoop! Unfortunately I am in super freak out mode, our big presentation is tomo and we haven’t rehearsed/finished it yet… Gahhhh. Hope we get it done! Anyways, i oversteeped this tea today by 2 minutes, but it’s not bad. Comfort teas will be in order tonight to attempt to relax for tomorrow. See previous notes on this tea.

ETA – speaking of comfort teas, i see that my 52 teas was out for delivery today!! That also means my whispering Pines shouldn’t be too far behind, as I ordered it before the other. Hope it’s there when I get home!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Serenity

Congratulations!!

OMGsrsly

You can do it! :D Good feeling, huh? I have my last exam next Friday…

Anyanka

That’s one of the best feelings ever. Congratulations!

MissLena

Thanks everyone! It does feel pretty good,but will feel even better when i’m done the presentation and my exams :)

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75
drank Teardrop of Peony by Zen Tea
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The description of this tea looked intriguing, so I had to order 20 g in my latest Zen Tea order. The dry smell is very fresh and lovely, the peony is present mainly but very light, reminding me of rain in a garden, a garden with peonies of course. I should mention that at my parents acreage, the peonies bloom profusely sometime in June, and they are big and beautiful. The petals in this tea are red, so I am assuming they are some sort of pink peony?

Anyways, onto steeping..I steeped for 2 minutes with 185 degree water. The resulting tea is a very pale yellow, definitely a white tea. And man, does this smell floral!! It’s like a bouquet of flowers is in my cup! Peonies, that is :) I don’t smell any lychee that I can tell, although it is sort of floral too, so it might be blending in with it.

The flavor is also very floral, although as it cools it is not as strong. It has a very clean finish as well. I am not sure of the flavor of the white tea yet, but it is supporting the floral burst quite nicely. Next time I might try brewing without a giant petal in my infuser lol, and see how that is.

Overall, this is a nice change from other floral teas such as jasmine. It is a bit strong on the flower scent, but makes for not a bad cup. I love how the cup invokes images of spring and rain-soaked flowers on an overcast day. I will have a few more cups before deciding on a rating.

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

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93
drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
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Oh man, this is so good. I may have found a runner up for favorite flavored black tea right here! So my zen tea order came yesterday, and I had a cup of this yesterday, and it was AWESOME. I was too busy studying to log a note, so I made another cup today and I will log it now.

The dry smell is very nice and strawberry smelling, with a hint of creaminess. I steeped for 2 minutes yesterday and 3 today to see if there is any difference. The steeped smell is SO GOOD. Lots and lots of strawberries, a very sweet smelling strawberry, and a hint of cream. Might try shaking up my bag like yyz suggested to get a few more cream pieces, but it still smells heavenly!

As for taste, I think I prefer it brewed closer to 2 minutes than 3, at 3 there isn’t quite as much strawberry flavor, or cream. But it is still wonderfully delicious. The strawberry flavor is a bit more realistic in this cup than the one yesterday, that one was sweeter, this one is a little more tangy. I am so happy I went with a 50 g bag of this right off the bat, because I can see myself drinking this quite often, it’s cozy enough for rainy, cold days (like today) but fresh enough for summer sunshine. As it cools, it turns into more of a black tea taste, but the fresh strawberry is still at the back of the throat, must be the strawberry leaves that cause the authentic strawberry flavor in the aftertaste!

Overall, this is awesome! It actually reminds me of that strawberry cream tea I got at a local tea store, I will have to look into that one, it might even be the same as this one, since it’s in Canada! This one is giving Paris a run for it’s money for my favorite flavored black, and it’s not quite as sweet either! Yay for tea!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

(I’m copying you, but mine is from Zen Tea Life!)

MissLena

Oh mine is from them as well! Oops, did I put it under the wrong tea I wonder..lol my bad!

MissLena

Actually hmm it looks like it’s the same tea!

OMGsrsly

And… upon searching Steepster, apparently “Zen Tea” and “Zen Tea Life” are the same company? I’m confused.

MissLena

Me as well! Ah well, I think it is the same tea? Lol I think there was a mess with two companies named Zen Tea a while back but I’m not sure, regardless, this one by Zen Tea Life is perfect :D

OMGsrsly

Yeah, I think they’re the same. Oh well! I’ll post a note to the people who run this joint and see if they can combine/rename.

OMGsrsly

I do like it, but I need to try a shorter steep without overleafing it… :)

MissLena

Yeah that’d be awesome if they could rename them! There’s quite a few that are called just Zen Tea, not the full name. Yeah I noticed 3 minutes was a bit too much for me as well, 2 is SO GOOD though.

Cavocorax

I think there are a lot of zen tea notes that are mixed between Zen Tea and Zen Tea Life. And then there’s eZenTea too. I’m afraid those notes are all a mess. :| (and it makes me crazy)

OMGsrsly

I’m trying to fix it, even though I made it worse by adding the Strawberry Tea. Sorry! :/

MissLena

No worries! Everyone who sees the note will know its for zen tea life anyways, as you mentioned it in the actual note :) don’t feel too bad about it!

OMGsrsly

Yay for editing!

MissLena

^ like :) steepster needs a like or +1 button!

Cavocorax

Hmm, to make it more confusing, Zen Tea Life goes by Zen Tea on Steepster, (which is why I used that name for my reviews): http://steepster.com/discuss/3408-get-free-tea-samples-at-zen-tea

yyz

The companies business name is Zen Tea. I think what probably happened is that when they were setting up a website most variations of zentea were taken so they went with zentealife for the URL. Glad your having fun exploring their teas!

MissLena

Ah thanks for the clarifications! So far I am pleased with their teas :)

Kittenna

Yes, there are at least two different companies on here called Zen Tea. The one in BC, and the one based in Atlanta. I tried having some merged once by Jason, but people kept creating new versions of things… drove me crazy!! :P Anyways, I’d probably go with Zen Tea Life for this company on here for easier differentiation? And just email Jason and tell him which teas should be merged, and he’ll get it done in fairly short order.

yyz

The ironic part of the one in Atlanta is the tea room is called ZenTea no spaces vs Zen Tea for the Vancouver operation. The Atlanta online shop goes by ezentea which their is a listing for here but no one seems to use they also are under ZenTea under the tea companies whereas the Vancouver shop has most of their stuff under Zen Tea ( only a few items that wer ZenTea’s are there) maybe they should specify location either country or city after the name:).

Kittenna

I think there is also Zen Tara Teas, which just adds to the confusion (not that it should be confused with others, but some people who poke around at things on here just don’t get it, which is frustrating. I think momo has added/poked at the listings of most teas by ZenTea, so they are more or less correct, it’s just this influx of people buying from Zen Tea Life that’s causing confusion. Anyhow! Perhaps someone should start a discussion topic to come up with a name consensus? I like your idea of putting the city in brackets (or one could put ZenTea (eZenTea) and Zen Tea (Zen Tea Life) as the company names.

Cavocorax

Yeah I like your idea of putting the name in brackets beside it – I hope that would be clear enough for people looking for teas…

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77
drank Guayusa (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1099 tasting notes

Today I decided to try mixing 1 tsp of this with 1 tsp of cocomint cream, as I saw that jessiwrites did this last week or so with excellent results. And I must say, this is really awesome! It produces just the right flavor that cocomint cream needed to not be as sugary sweet, instead, it is fresher and i much prefer it. I’m going to have to mix guayusa with a few more uncaffeinated teas! :)

El Monstro

I have some guayasa from another company and am kind of dragging my heels on trying it…I’m kind of intimidated by the caffeine content :O

MissLena

I’d try mixing it with something first if you are apprehensive, although I find it doesn’t actually bother me much at all, and i am pretty sensitive to it. I find Yerba mate much stronger, guayusa is a nice cozy awake feeling :)

jessiwrites

I love guayusa! And this is such a great combination. If you have any Copabanana, it is also quite amazing. Or Santa’s Secret, but that’s a lot of caffeine. :P

MissLena

I’ll maybe try it, I have a peanut allergy so I’m a bit leery to try almonds but id love to! I also want to try guayusa with rooibos at some point

jessiwrites

I’ve mixed guayusa with Della Terra’s Lemon Lime Cream Tart, and it was lovely.

MissLena

I’ll definitely have to try that, I have both of those :D

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79
drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Gah! My Zen Tea order is apparently in the city, and they supposedly left notice card here, but I don’t have it :( so I hope they did not attempt to deliver it to the wrong place..going to the post office tomorrow to try to snag it. Anyways, since I can’t have my new coconut oolong from them tonight, I am having a cup of this. I am enjoying the immense coconut hit so far in the first steep, will maybe have another cup if I’m not coconutted out by that time, but for now, very sweet and coconut POW. I hope this helps me write my paper, my only paper of the term, so close to finishing it too! :) see previous notes on this tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Chai Spice by Verdant Tea
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I was up til 3:30 doing our project and an assignment, and still managed to shower and come to my 10 AM class. Caffeine required. So I decided to try mixing 1.5 tsp of this with a little over a tsp of laoshan black. It tastes pretty good, almost as tasty as laoshan village chai but not as much chocolate. That might come out more when it cools though. I’m still enjoying this, very cozy, it’s really cold here today so this is the perfect tea. I’ll definitely play with mixing these teas again! :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

I’m planning the same thing with big snow coming tonight.

MissLena

Good plan, I love those teas for wintery days!

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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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