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drank Laoshan Genmaicha by Verdant Tea
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Oh man this is so good. I shouldn’t buy more tea for like 8 months but I need to have this around because it is a great warming up tea. It just makes you feel all warm and because it’s so hearty, it feels extra good.

Sweet, vegetal, and roasty! It does remind me of kettle corn! It’s hard to go wrong with genmaicha. I love the local flair of the MN wild rice for something different.

Bonnie

I know how creative you are. I use this tea with a little butter melted in it as a drizzle on rice, spaghetti squash and anything else I want. I took a picture on my blog. I love how savory yummy it is too.

momo

Love the idea of it with spaghetti squash, I am definitely getting one next time I go grocery shopping and trying that out! It’s been ages since I’ve had it and that sounds like a delicious way to have it again.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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[blend of chais – oolong and mate – from place that doesn’t deserve to be named]

Someone returned it and I got to keep some of it. As I found it absolutely vile when sweetened, I figured I’d try it by itself while I waited in line to vote.

Hahahaha I didn’t wait in line to vote, it took me 10 minutes max, and that’s only because I had to be all chatty with one of the poll workers.

Also I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Georgia for making it difficult to vote for third party candidates, I actually gave up trying to vote for Jill Stein because I had so much trouble writing myself in for state representative. In fact I gave up writing myself in there and put “Bruno.”

Sadly I don’t think he’s qualified but nobody was running against this guy, and it was a valiant effort.

Anyway. I do not like this really. It was gross by itself, it did taste better for a bit after I added some coconut milk…but now it just tastes grossly sweet for some reason.

Yep, don’t get the hype. Disagree with the kid who told me it tastes like tea because it doesn’t in the end. But he was a smart cookie, I gave him some tisane and he asked me if it was from China. I thought it was pretty cool he associated tea with China, cause when I was his age I’d probably been like WHAT IS A CHINA.

But yeah, I know other people like this stuff so into the swap thread it’ll go later.

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Well to finish the disappointing trifecta of a night, of course I taste nothing but honeybush in this tea.

I bought a set of 5 James Bond movies, used for like $30 on Amazon, THROUGH Amazon at that, not another seller. Here I am looking forward to watching Tomorrow Never Dies…and the menu is skipping. I take it out and clean it…only for it to not be able to read the disc completely.

I made popcorn to go with this and it tastes like stale olive oil. I JUST used this same olive oil days ago in cooking so what gives.

And then finally, this tea. I know, maybe it’s just in need of a bit more time, but I made an entire teapot for movie watching, and all I can taste is honeybush. I tried sweetening it, and it improved nothing. So I stuck the infuser basket back in. It steeped for a long time while I was busy making terrible popcorn.

I’m guessing maybe this bag was actually from a reblend and not from when it first came out? Didn’t bother to think of that. Well, in that case, I wish I had only made a cup first :/

I even tried putting the basket back in the tea pot and letting it sit for nearly 20 minutes more and there’s a little chocolatey taste now, but I will have to try again far later I think.

And now I’m going to go sulk some more.

52teas

Can I ask how much tea you used and how much water? This makes me sad.

momo

I used about 4 tsp and I’m not sure on the water, I just measured 14 oz left in it so maybe 18 oz? At most 20, so 4.5 – 5 oz per tsp of tea roughly. It smells good though so I will try more patience…kind of hard with the picture on the bag though. Don’t be sad, now I feel worse and I’m going to have to go spill a shaken martini on that DVD.

52teas

I prefer mine dirty and neat. Did you get the water up to a full rolling boil?

MegWesley

Sounds like you are having a rough night. Don’t worry. It will get better and you will have a better relaxing night.

momo

Yep, water was boiling for a good 30 seconds too because I was still getting everything ready.

Thanks, Meg, I am feeling better because returning the DVD set = $30 back so at least that’s a decent positive haha.

QueenOfTarts

Sorry about your night!

I also bought some of this tea and couldn’t taste any of the flavors.

Kittenna

I’m fairly certain that the bag I ordered was also from a re-blend, as I wavered on it for a while :( Here’s hoping you have tired tastebuds or something, although I’m worried that QueenOfTarts felt the same way…

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I bought this sample awhile ago but hadn’t gotten around to drinking it.

It’s really, really light. I laughed that this is darker hued than a higher grade tea, because there is so little color to it I can’t even imagine.

The taste is light, but full of apricots and a hint of cherry. I like light teas but this is a bit too light for me.

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drank Caramel Apple Oolong by 52teas
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I should probably give this more time to meld but I don’t care, caramel apple! I have been waiting for this since it was posted!

It probably does need more time, this is one dark oolong. Definitely not something I would normally drink. When I saw Fujian, I was thinking a regular tie guan yin but this has a pretty dark brew…actually it resembles caramel very much.

I can taste the caramel apple underneath the oolong though, but the oolong is pretty woody with some honey. As much as I wouldn’t like it normally, it seriously works with caramel apple.

Even with just 2 weeks since this was probably blended the apple flavor just tastes so good. It really lingers after each sip too. I can’t wait to try it again in a few weeks…it may change my mind about roasted oolongs!

Sil

Bah! You’re going to make me regret not getting this….I didn’t cause its an oolong….

MegWesley

That sounds delicious.

KallieBoo!

Gah! I was so mad I missed this. I even tried to order it half asleep at 5 in the morning. It obviously didn’t work so well…

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Still craving mint, and feeling like pizza later (Hey, when you just found out you missed 7 weeks of 50% off pizza due to the football team winning, you better believe you’d take advantage for 8 in a row. And that is the extent of care I have for the undefeated local team LOL), I figured I’d open my big fluffy bag of spearmint.

I have no idea how long I steeped this because it suggests 7-12 on the bag but I can’t possibly handle that right now. I’d guess somewhere in the 3-5 range is where mine ended up.

And…it tastes like mint. There’s not much to say, I guess I’m glad they have a good spearmint tea. I actually don’t even want to know how a company could mess up mint.

It has just the right amount of mintiness to it, so it’s not like drinking toothpaste, but it still has that nice tingling feel on my gums. It still has that green herb taste to it just slightly.

I feel like 2 oz of this stuff is going to last foooooooorever.

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Thanks Mahamosa for including this sample in my order!

I was supposed to go eat lunch downtown with some Yelp people but seeing my bank account changed that. So I ate something here and I wanted to finish up trying to decide on what jobs to bring in for my second class…and I still cannot decide. Might as well bring in four right?

The worst part of the entire project was the realization nothing I want to do can likely be done in Atlanta. The only one in Atlanta is the one with 15-95% travel. And uh that’s okay.

I wasn’t sure I was going to like this, because it sounded heavy on flower petals and orange. I like flower petals but I’m pretty meh on orange. I have also never actually had a jackfruit. I have seen them, and I’ve probably had something jackfruit flavored, but I have no idea what they really taste like.

This tastes pretty close to the jackfruit flavored drink I had…I want to say it was a Vitamin Water flavor but I’m not sure. It has notes of those flower hard candies, and I really can’t taste orange by itself. This is pretty good!

The base tea is a mix of black and green. It’s pretty light so it doesn’t interfere with the flavor. To me it’s really just exotic fruit, that vague term to use when you have no idea what it is because you haven’t had it. But it really has that tropical taste to it. It’s kind of reminding me of strawberries and mango with some other unidentifiable flavors.

Like I said though, tasty, and pretty light. It’d probably make a fantastic iced tea too.

I didn’t finish the cup before I left for class, so I’m finishing it now. It is indeed awesome cold. I think the tea base comes out a bit more this way, but it still has the awesome fruity flavor that is loud and clear!

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So much tea. So little money in my bank account. Can you say, shouldn’t have bought enough stuff to make lip balm forever? Cries.

But at least I can just live off tea I guess until I get the rest of my money in two months. Or maybe this sampler box that goes on sale tomorrow will bring something in, because it is now slooooooow online at least.

I am so so so so so so glad I got up this morning for Formula 1. IT WAS THE BEST RACE. I just have to gush somewhere. My favorite driver had to start from the pit lane, and he worked his way up the field not once but TWICE and managed to take third place and keep his lead in the championship.

My second favorite driver won, the two of them are best buddies, so it was awesome. The only thing is, the race was in Abu Dhabi so there was no champagne on the podium…instead there was fizzy rosewater. Here is a priceless reaction from the guy who got second place: http://www.abload.de/img/untitled-1o2qfr.gif

Now this tea!

Being that this is the kind of tea I got a yixing pot for, I decided to make it in there. I had to modify the brewing instructions a bit. I used 7 grams of leaf.

First steep, about a minute: I could probably have gone just a slight bit longer on this one, but it’s delicious as is. It’s smooth, sweet, and a little fruity and floral, with just the right touch of cream and pepper. It’s not as creamy as a milk oolong, but it’s not too far off. It’s like one with added fruit.

At this point I’m not getting peach but we’ve only just begun.

Second steep: Now I am getting peach, but I think my choice of steeping this tea gives me far more floral notes than peach notes. And that is okay, because this is a super tasty oolong. And given it’s $2 an ounce, you SERIOUSLY cannot do much better than this, I’d think.

Third steep: I think I like this one the most! It tastes pretty similar to the second, but it seems to have more fruitiness to it.

Azzrian

I love this tea – great choice for your yixing!

ashmanra

Have you read “The Art of Racing in the Rain”? Excellent book!

momo

Oh gosh yes! My mom gave me it to read one time when I was visiting and I stayed up until 4am to read it entirely that night.

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I may have let this cool off too long, so I’ll definitely try it again, but for right now I am leaning towards not for me.

I made $55 at an elementary school fall festival, selling my lip balms and wax tarts. Really I only made like $10 after the table fee and lunch. Whatever, it was nice to be able to sell to people physically because you can’t smell stuff over the internet. It just annoyed me that just like the evil tea place, people were very good at freaking out over how good something was, told me they’d come back, and were never to be seen again.

I’m actually kind of disappointed in how expensive most of the shows/festivals and the like around here are. I’m sure a $200 fee is all fine and dandy when you don’t sell things that average $2 a pop. And for the most part they all seem far more art focused and it’s just irritating. It doesn’t seem like craft shows are a big thing down here at all, and the festivals like I said are all super pricey.

I was hoping to have tea earlier but it was SO warm I just didn’t even want to look at tea. So now it feels completely unseasonal to have this one.

It’s very different from the normal Eight Treasures Yabao. I love that one because of the goji berry especially. This one is a bit heavier on the pine than the berry. I can’t even really taste the elderberry. I’m also surprised the juniper berry isn’t the strongest note because I got a lot of them in the cup. Instead I think I can really taste the holy basil more than anything else. The jasmine and berries are in there too, but it’s just mostly that.

I may have to follow Bonnie’s lead here and try a rinse first. This would be right up my alley but I’d love to taste more than just the earthy, pine flavors. I’ve got an ounce so that can be done.

Azzrian

Still a great experience for you and I am glad you at least broke even and got your products out there because you have EXCELLENT products!!!

Bonnie

I noticed that the second steep was better which led me to believe that a rinse would have been appropriate to wake up the ingredients, especially the juniper and elderberry.

Babble

What about farmer’s markets?

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Thank you, darby, for saving me the time on this one, hahaha.

So admittedly I am all about the red velvet craze. I wanted to buy this just because of the name, not knowing what it actually tasted like. And thankfully darby sent me some to try and now I will not have to regret buying any amount of it, because it is a real bummer.

When I first tasted it, all I could taste was 52Teas’ Pancake Breakfast, but not as good. Not much chocolate, but at least it had that cakey taste to it, although then there was also a maple taste. I know you guys have tons of maple syrup up there in Quebec, DavidsTea, but it doesn’t go in Red Velvet.

Now, the only reason I can get down with immediate Christmas is this magnificent creation from Target. http://instagr.am/p/Rg5XZ8Ja4a/ Needless to say, I figured it’d be perfect to perk this tea up. There’s still a lot of maple notes, but at least now I’ve got chocolate.

Not impressed with this one, it is definitely not a substitute for a delicious slice of southern red velvet cake. And now I want to go to the place with the best kind…

DaisyChubb

WHAT IS THAT HOLIDAY MILK OH MY GOD WHY ARE THERE NO TARGETS HERE AHHH flail

momo

Aren’t they supposed to start infiltrating Canada? They better bring you this stuff. There’s chocolate mint too but I can’t ever get it instead of this one. No way.

Nik

I couldn’t live in a place with no Tar-zhay. =P

Someone told me once (not that I bothered to look it up myself or anything) that red velvet is just chocolate. So now the flavour really confuses me, because to be honest when I eat red velvet cake, I don’t really taste chocolate, and now I’m wondering if that’s a psychological thing: that because I’m not seeing chocolate, I’m not tasting it either. And then, if it is chocolate, then how is red velvet chocolate holiday milk any different from year-round regular chocolate milk? Now I want to go to Target and get some to try it.

momo

It really isn’t that chocolatey but I still find it so good. I haven’t had any in awhile so I desperately want it. And the milk is different! It’s a bit thicker, and it doesn’t taste just like chocolate milk. I don’t know how to describe it because I try to limit myself to 6 oz a day max.

Nik

Thanks for trying, anyway. :D I will need to get some and try it (and make tea-ful concoctions with it).

Thomas Edward(Toad)

I want Holiday Milk now too lol

DaisyChubb

I know Target is buying up some Zellers, but it’s a slow process sadly. When I was in the states a few years ago I almost bought up the whole place – at least that’s what it felt like. Couldn’t buy any food of course, arguably the best part ;)

Nik

Time for another visit? :D

DaisyChubb

I have a passport! Oh man I would love to! visit every Steepster’s state haha

Babble

@Nik – Haha, I love when people call it “Tar-Zhay”. I wonder where that originated from..

Nik

Rachel, I really didn’t think I’d find anything, but check it out, an explanation from their marketing officer himself! http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=1719878893

Babble

That’s awesome! I have to share that. Thank you so much!!

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