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drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
596 tasting notes

Short Sorceress was nice enough to send me enough of this to steep up a cup, and then CrowKettle awesomely put some in the package that got sent my way. Thank you both so much!

This cup is both juicy and clean, with hints of honey and apricot. It has that smooth, cooling effect (the one reminiscent of sucking on a cool wet stone while trekking through the desert) on my mouth that I really enjoy from the Shui Jin Gui Wuyi Oolong. In other ways (the fruity notes and florals) this reminds me very slightly of a Darjeeling, but it’s creamier and has more body. There’s also no astringency in my cup at all.

This is definitely going onto the inevitable post tax-season order early next year.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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86
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
596 tasting notes

Eeeeeeeeeeee! I made this same as I did last time, but I topped it with a spritz of Rediwhip and I’m in pumpkin pie heaven. What a treat!

Thanks again jeweledthumb!

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79
drank Black Currant by Harney & Sons
596 tasting notes

Fiance and I went and saw Desolation of Smaug last night, and while the Tolkien purist in me wanted to weep, it was an excellent film in it’s own right and I’m sad I have to wait until next year for the next one. It’s a really quite long movie, and we didn’t get out of the theatre until 10:30 from our 7:30 showing. Of course this meant I was up way later than I intended (because who can come home from a movie and just sleep, I mean, really?) and up early to get some things done before next week.

I never did get around to making this one iced, (as this is my last bit of it) but I needed something solidly good but not terribly exciting on this groggy morning and this fit the bill perfectly.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Shmiracles

i have been surprised at how it’s possible to simultaneously be annoyed and also still love a movie like i do this one. i could go on and on, but for starters, i wanted WAY more Beorn. (can’t wait for the extended version hah)
on the yay side of my movie fun, i brought 3 timolinos holding “bilbo brew” (green), “thorin” (mauve), and “smaug” (black) fandom blends. i’d been waiting all year for that!! cheers bilbo!

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Yay! I can finally review this! For the longest time, Steepster kept sending me back to the dashboard whenever I tried to log this. So woo!

This tea is fabulous. The flavors are balanced with the white base so I get both (which I really appreciate). And the fruity flavors are lovely! Apricot (and very much apricot and not peach) is in the forefront, but honeysuckle and jasmine also seep through. It’s a very bright combination of flavors, while still being mellow enough to remind me of drinking wine. I definitely get their ‘light and playful’ tag on this one though! In the aftertaste, there the apricot again and then a creamy lemony flavor.

I really like this one, but the price point is mildly offputting. Thanks so much for the chance to taste this, though, momo!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec
ifjuly

ooh, does it work now? that was bugging me too!

and i’m excited to hear that, because i have some of this i haven’t tried yet! whee.

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82
drank Cranberry Acai - herb by Zen Tea
596 tasting notes

My brain totally registered this as a white tea for some reason, so my steeping parameters for the first cup were all wrong and then some. And while the cup still tasted pretty decent (phew), it’s definitely better when done right.

Once I did this right, it’s a very nice tea. Lemony with earthy pine-like notes from the stinging nettle (which is an ingredient that is totally growing on me). I was fearing (and expecting) something more tart, and was pleased it was a more subtle cranberry tartness that didn’t make me pucker up. There’s a salty savoriness to the cup that works well, too.

Thank you so much KallieBoo!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Ripe For Romance by Adagio Teas
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Backlog

This is the last backlogged tea I took notes on.

This brewed up very light golden brown. I had to double check my steeping parameters. The strawberry is an inoffensive strawberry flavor that doesn’t cross into plastic tasting (as some can). Dry it almost smelled like there was a chocolate element, but steeped, it’s very clear that’s not the case. Really light strawberry vanilla cream tea. Slightly smoother mouthfeel than a normal black, from the vanilla as well. Thanks Shelley_Lorraine!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Backlog

The fruit flavors brewed up lighter than I remembered. So much so that I could almost write off the gentle jammy peach notes to the base itself, if I didn’t know better. The delicate floral quality is still present. As it cools the fruit becomes more prominent and I can pick out the watermelon again. There’s still no kiwi anywhere in this cup.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Coconut Grove by DAVIDsTEA
596 tasting notes

Backlog

This was the last of this I had floating around, which is a little sad because I really think this is one of the better just coconut teas I’ve had. It was still buttery and creamy, and the mouthfeel falls somewhere between coconut water and light coconut milk. Drinking this also has has that little surge of juiciness that you get when you eat coconut shreds from the bag, and they almost seem to pop. I hope this finds its way back next summer.

tigress_al

I agree, I would love to see this one return

Roswell Strange

Definitely agree, as well :)

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Intro:

Name: Lauren
Location: Wisconsin (previously a Chicago girl)
Occupation: Student by day and super hero by night
Super Hero? Yep!
Which One? I can’t tell you that! Secret identities and such. Just know I’m not the hero they want, but the hero they need.
Sidekicks: Fiance and two budgies, Skitter and Gandalf

Hobbies:

Reading, writing, cooking, video games, computers, drawing, crafting, papercraft. Oh and tea.

A brief history:

I grew up in a family where the only working coffee maker was in my dad’s office. So the name of the game for my mother and I quickly became (bagged) tea. In 2004/2005, I discovered Adagio Teas. I don’t remember how it happened, or why I decided to pursue a purchase but here we are. I haven’t looked back.

My tea tastes have changed over time and I’ve moved from liking solely flavored teas (mostly black and white) to enjoying Darjeelings primarily, though malty unflavored blacks, fresh tasting greens, and lightly oxidized oolongs come in pretty high on my list, too. Of course, I still enjoy a good cup of flavored tea. I prefer caffeinated teas, as I have a horrible caffeine addiction that I don’t plan on kicking any time soon.

Red rooibos and lapsang souchong (or other strongly smoky teas) are my arch nemeses and I will see them defeated and removed by force from my cupboard. Like all thing, there are exceptions, but I assume they’re guilty until proven innocent.

I really don’t like negatively rating things, because I feel like if you don’t have something nice to say, you probably shouldn’t say it. But in the interest of non-biased tea reviews I’m going to give it a shot. I view every tea as a potential adventure so I’ll try most things at least once.

I love trading and swaps are always welcome! Please note, though, what it in my cupboard includes amounts ranging from a couple cups to 4 ounces or more, so please PM me to find out if what you’re seeking is available in that trade amount.

According to my spreadsheet, I also have about 100 other 1-4 cup samples that are not in my cupboard.. Feel free to message if you’re interested in see the spreadsheet for possible swap options as well.

Tea Ratings:

100-95 Nectar of the teagods that has been bestowed upon my unworthy tongue. I will never let this tin run empty.

86-94 These are the teas I would like to keep regularly stocked, but sometimes life gets in the way. Lovely teas, but not quite god tier. I still get cravings for these.

74-85 Good teas, but not amazing. I enjoy these, but may or may not restock once they run out. I would still recommend these to others.

60-73 Not bad. I’ll gladly keep drinking my cup, and wouldn’t say no if someone offered me this tea. I probably won’t rebuy these as there is likely something else that is comparable and better.

47-59 Certainly drinkable and might even have some characteristics that I enjoy, but I won’t pick it up again

30-46 I’ll probably finish my cup, but this tea isn’t to my taste OR it’s just overwhemingly mediocre. Life’s too short for bad tea.

11-29 This cup is in the sink now and I will never willingly consume this again. If you see a tea rated this way, I probably followed it with mouthwash.

0-10 Please say a prayer for the cup I destroyed in the process of disposing of this tea in the quickest manner possible. I may need tea therapy before I drink a similar tea again.

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