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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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When I was taking the infuser out of the teapot, I was hit with the smell…it took me back to when I got a mint chocolate chip Lipsmackers lip balm…wow. That is exactly what this tea smells like.

And it’s kind of not a good thing, because the chocolate scent in that lip balm was so clearly artificial. It smells like chocolate but it’s just not enough like chocolate, you know? That’s how this tea tastes, at least when it cools. Straight out of the pot though it’s not bad.

I do love the cooling of the mint, and every so often I feel a little pinch of the pepper.

I’m not gonna give up on it just because it cools into what tastes like liquid lip balm. It’s too cute for that.

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drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Ok so awhile back I said I got a panda gaiwan on eBay. Here it is with 2 of the cute little cups that came with it! http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lxnvzmGPU81qz5e5oo1_500.jpg

Since I somehow had yet to drink this tea I decided to play with the gaiwan finally..man I am glad burning my fingers doesn’t phase me.

I put three steepings of it in my mug and I am melting away in deliciousness. Butter, cream, subtly sweet, you know what, I think frosting should taste like milk oolong.

I can’t say anymore, I’m too busy drinking.

TeaBrat

Burnt your fingers? It takes some practice. Are you using it like this? http://www.teanerd.com/2007/03/beginners-guide-to-gaiwans.html

momo

yes, but I keep clumsily touching everywhere obviously hot EVERY time like I’m up against the timer.

momo

that guide though is cracking me up with the “I would suggest pouring into a small pitcher or cup, rather than onto a desk.”

ScottTeaMan

Do you pick up your gai wan with the saucer or without? I’ve seen it done both ways.

momo

I picked it up with it because I figured it’d help direct any spills away from me entirely, plus it wouldn’t be as hot on it. It was easier to hold that way than to try to grip the outer lip in a not-so-awkward manner.

ScottTeaMan

Sometimes I will brew a second time, but I usually add more leaf to the 2nd cup.

ScottTeaMan

I don’y use mine too often because i usually end up spilling tea. I know it requires more practice, but I don’t like to spill even more tea. Of course I could practice with cheap teabags. Scott, you’re a genius! Thanks man. :)) Hahahaha

momo

haha, or just plain water! that was what I was going to do but I got too excited to drink tea.

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hopefully today is the last day I take iced tea with me until like, March. This is soooo good though, it tastes like candy.

I cold brewed it so it really just tastes like lemonade. I don’t get much of the white tea, which is what always led me to think white tea has no flavor. (Except I know that is not true now!) But so tart and good, when I get home I am making more.

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drank Cranberry Black Tea by 52teas
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When this tea was released, I was totally on a cranberry kick. Thankfully I am still riding the waves of it now that my first month of my subscription has arrived and I tore into this one first!

I kind of got distracted making dinner while drinking it. First I thought I may have steeped it too short because I got distracted by a bell pepper. I thought I was just going to do the prepwork and hold off on eating for another hour but my stomach disagreed, so an hour later the tea was not very warm.

And that’s okay, because at first I was not tasting cranberry. And now, I do. It really sneaks up on you, and it’s more prevalent now that it’s cooled. Yep, definitely still loving its sweet, tarty flavor.

I had to drink some sort of cranberry cocktail drink this weekend when thirsty at my boyfriend’s, and I would take this over that stuff hands down. It doesn’t have that nasty sugary flavor of those juices, making it way better. I like it.

And I believe this is my 100th tasting note, hooray!

JoonSusanna

Congrats for reaching 100!

Ninavampi

Yay! 100! Congrats! : )

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It’s tart, but it tastes more like it’s yogurt tart instead of rhubarb tart. It’s kind of weird, coming from a tea. (Probably like DavidsTea lime gelato, I’ll have to try a cold brew of it.)

I thought this smelled awesome but I’m not so sure about it. Something just smells weird about it now and I’m like second guessing taking a sip. Maybe there’s a reason you don’t see rhubarb yogurt in the grocery store?

On the plus side, I don’t think it’s got that rooibos-y taste. It’s creamy and tart, but the rhubarb seems more like a vague mixture of fruits. I’m having a hard time figuring it out.

If anyone wants some of this, I’d gladly share. I don’t think I can make it through 100g of it alone.

TeaBrat

lol. do you want to swap for a green coconut tea (also from TeaGshwender) or something else? If so PM me. :)

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drank Ginger Ale Bai Mu Dan by 52teas
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drank Raspberry Banana Honeybush by 52teas
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Tasting note thing does not like my laptop lately…it’s probably my terrible internet. Yesterday I was chatting w/some hockey friends (actually it was more like insulting another team in a chatroom for hours) and I was like I really want tea but I don’t know which one to make.
Little did they know when I cant decide it’s not because I can’t pick “green or black” or something…and when I said how many teas I have one of them told me I am their hero lol, so some of you with 100+ on here are legendary status then.

Tonight I decided to go with something new (though I did that last night too). My mom got me this for Christmas , I probably asked her to get it and I don’t even remember.

I like to leave honeybush steeping forever so the flavors get really strong. That’s like one of my favorite things about herbals, especially if they have something I love…so you can probably tell I love raspberry. This is like drinking raspberry juice. This could be strange hot, but it doesn’t seem weird at all to me.

I am really not a banana person, but the banana tastes like an afternote to me. This is really fruity, but not cloyingly so. I think that’s the honeybush part making its appearance. I think it really pulls this together, I can’t imagine this flavor with anything else but honeybush.

I bet it’s really good iced. I will give that a try sometime to take with me to school. I feel like the only motivator for my terribly boring semester is going to be taking tea with me in my tumbler. (Intro to landforms, can I introduce you to a cliff?)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
LiberTEAS

This one is on my list to try soon … probably will do on Wednesday.

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drank Ginger Ale Bai Mu Dan by 52teas
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Cold brewed this overnight…I’m waiting for my first boring class of the day to begin…microeconomics, can you feel the excitement?

This tastes better than ginger ale. I normally don’t even like ginger flavored drinks but I’m enjoying this. Not enough to buy a package though, but I’m definitely going to finish this up soon!

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drank Raspberry Chocolate by TeaGschwendner
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Now this is a chocolate tea. As soon as I smelled this tea, I knew I was getting some, especially since it was only $6.80 for 100g.

It smells very much like chocolate, and just a bit fruity. It actually tastes like chocolate, and the raspberry isn’t artificial or overpowering. It tastes just like raspberry chocolate…just a bit of juicy raspberry followed by smooth chocolate. This was a good choice.

I almost feel like I’m drinking hot chocolate instead of tea!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Love raspberry chocolate anything!

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drank Prosperous Peach Oolong by Teavana
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Hmm…is it because I burned my tongue trying to drink this from my new tea tumbler? I don’t think this tastes as terrible as the other tasting notes make it sound. I bought it because it was like $10 for 7 ounces of it and the tin when I went to get the 1/2 price tumbler…oh man, I wish you all could come to the original Teavana store. It’s in this super fancy mall that is never crowded. NOBODY ever bothers you if you point out that you’ve found what you were looking for..ahhh. (Also nothing is as awesome there as seeing subtotal: $24.66 and savings: $42.01 hahaha)

Anyway. Peach and oolong together is one of my favorite combinations. This has strawberry and papaya too so it’s a bit sweeter, but I still definitely taste oolong. I like it. Of course, maybe I damaged the taste buds that pick up fruity, sweet flavors more. I like it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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