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80
drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
621 tasting notes

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85
drank China Breakfast by Rishi Tea
671 tasting notes

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50
drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
9 tasting notes

Ok, I’m on the 2nd steep for this one. A few more notes, it seems to have an oil slick that sits on top of the steeped tea. It’s also quite cloudy. The scent is pretty green. I guess if you have in mind that you should be smelling pineapple and walnut, you can will your mind to smell them. I don’t.
The taste is ok, like a nutty green tea. But it still isn’t my favourite as nut teas go.

Flavors: Green, Nutty

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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90
drank Tomo Sencha by Wegmans
28 tasting notes

I love the variety available in the World of Tea…but, at this point, I’d have to say that sencha is my go-to tea. Inexpensive, good taste…nice mixture of grassiness and sweetness. This one is great for a store brand…I actually think I prefer it to the Yamamotoyama sencha. I’ll have to venture out more and try more senchas…this one is definitely doing the trick for now though.

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90

On my break at work I checked my email and saw that Davids had all their cute Valentines stuff in! So I hurried over and stocked up on some new tea and some cute new tea mugs! This one is DELICIOUS! I’m not usually a fan of floral teas, but the rose taste is very light and mixes so nicely with the chocolate! It’s creamy and smooth. I love it! Just opening the tin makes the whole room smell like a chocolate bar. Definitely stocking up on this one before it’s gone!

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Creamy, Rose

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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1.5 tsp for 300mL water @90C, stepped 3 minutes, drunk bare.

I could not find a single tea leaf in this beautiful mix. Plenty of ginger and dried fruit, but not a speck of tea.
The ginger is not hot. The pear is a bit fake. The quince flavouring, though, is a delight. I am a bit irked at how little white tea appears to be in this blend, as it’s quite expensive.

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50
drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
9 tasting notes

My coworker gave me a sample of this one. It’s not as good as Forever Nutty. I was reading reviews on this one and someone mentioned it smelling more like almonds, I certainly wouldn’t say that. But at the same time I don’t think it smells or tastes like toasted walnuts either. I could really go either way on this one. The smell is a tad bit stronger than the flavour which I found to be weak.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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92

I’m so sleepy. I thought this tea would give me a nice boost. It did, nice and gently. It’s very smooth, not bitter or doesn’t need any additions if you make it @200F for 3min

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Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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48
drank SBT: Grape by 52teas
1574 tasting notes

Thank you for the sale a while back, CHAroma! There is plenty grape here, if you’re thinking the artificial candy grape. Do grapes even really taste like this? I steeped a teaspoon of this hot, rather than iced, so I’m not really judging it fairly. But there is actually a lot of the grape flavor. Almost too much! It might be tolerable to me if it didn’t remind me of those older jelly dark purple fishing lures. I say “jelly” and “purple” and those fishing lures probably remind me of grape flavoring. I don’t really like the idea of drinking fishing lures though! It really infused my infuser too… the next couple of steeps were grapey. Not having this one again…
Steep #1 // few minutes after boiling // less than a minute steep

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71
drank English Breakfast by DAVIDsTEA
9 tasting notes

This one tastes very similar to the London Tea Company version of English Breakfast. I always drink it with milk and sugar. To be honest, I can’t really tell a difference in flavour much. It might taste a bit fresher? Bolder?
All I know, is the tea leaf pieces are bigger and more recognizable as tea leaves than the London Tea Co. which are little brown bits by the look of it. So I like that.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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92

I found this in my stash and I feel terrible as Just Organic sent it for review ages ago! So sorry! Tulsi is definitely my thing and this was definitely still delicious despite not being as fresh as it should have been when I steeped it up. I love the flavors of tulsi, this holy basil- it’s definitely a change of pace, something unique, especially when I’m a tea addict and have at least a couple types of tea in every day. The flavor is sometimes citrus, spicy, vegetal, sweet, minty, savory, refreshing, really an odd mix of tastes and yet somehow it always works. Very full of unique lingering flavor. It might have been a while back that I tried this one, but this one might be my favorite from Just Organic! To the shopping list this will go, but I don’t see it on their site… that’s too bad.
Steep #1 // 15-20 minutes after boiling // 3-4 min steep
Steep #2 // few min after boiling // few min steep
Justorganictea.com

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So far on my Amazon order of decaf teas I am one for three. I have tried three of the four decaf teas I bought with my gift card and this is pretty good tasting. It doesn’t taste artificial like their raspberry and its better than their strawberry. I wouldn’t compare this to a major brand of tea but it is not at all bad. I would actually buy this again for those times when decaf is a must for me. Despite the fact that it is not at all bad I would rather be starting in on my Mandala order, but all of that is high caffeine black and puerh and I will have to wait until tomorrow morning.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 185 degree water for 2 min.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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99
drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
9 tasting notes

I find pit fruit flavours go well with white teas. Some find they either love it or hate it, my palate LOVES it. Peaches n Cream by Sloane is another good one, but it’s harder to find I think because it’s an Indigo/Chapters exclusive.
This one is a bit more floral that the Sloane one and you can’t over steep it or it gets bitter, so keep an eye on it when brewing!! ;)

Flavors: Floral, Green, Hibiscus, Jasmine, Peach

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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Dry this is sweet and fruity. Its kind of pipe tobacco like. Steeped the dark caramel cup scent remains sweet and fruity but now reminds me of Darjeeling. The taste begins light with a slight maltiness. Then the tannins kick in and flood your tongue. It is refreshing and passes quickly leaving a slight toffee note that just as quickly turns into a fruity aftertaste.

Between the first and second cup I took my wife out for lunch. We went to BBQ place in town. I had 1/4 rack of ribs, baked beans, and smashed potatoes. My wife had tenderloin and fries. It was so extremely good. While eating, I was treated to watching a bald eagle soar outside my window. Such a beautiful site.

Came home and prepared a second cup of this one. It had a maltier scent than the first. The taste was very much like the first. This is a solid cup of black tea. I highly recommend a repeat of my entire day.

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73
drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
9 tasting notes

I always worry about mint teas (or even mixed drinks with mint flavours in it) because the mint always overpowers everything else. Not in this case!
Even when you smell it, it smells like its going to be too much, but the balance is quite nice actually. A very clean taste, palate-cleansing, but with some coconut flavour behind it.
The flakes are super fine in this though, so I always have to make sure to use my fine-mesh filter as I hate floaty bits in my tea. ;)

Flavors: Coconut, Mint

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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79

Oh my word, this smells fantastic. You frequently hear people comparing the aroma of chocolate mint teas to After Eight/Andes mints, and I’m famous for that, but this is seriously like an amped up version of the After Eight filling. The filling. That is just it. The cocoa takes a major backseat here, in both aroma and flavour. The icy cool peppermint candy cane-like note is by far the most prominent, followed by a whisper of cocoa. Smelling this instantly makes me crave a York peppermint patty or After Eight.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s yummy. Very refreshing and soothing, but I was hoping for more chocolate. The base here also appears to be a roastier green, which I love, but those roasty notes, that I’m positive the base has, are buried far underneath.

Too bad I don’t have my cacao husks with me, because I’m sure adding some to this would be awesomesauce. Maybe I’ll be brave next time and mix in a bit of Fry’s cocoa.

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98
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
9 tasting notes

I thought it was pretty crazy putting nuts in tea. Then I tried this. HOLY CRAP. It’s really, REALLY good. I’ve had a few nut teas since and this is still my favourite.

The pink tint to the tea from the beetroot is a bit odd at first, but the flavour will blast away any odd thoughts.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Nuts

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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85

So good! I love the flavour that the rice adds, and it looks so interesting in a jar on my shelf. I get a lot of questions about this tea when people see me making it.

I usually drink it at lunchtime.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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98
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
9 tasting notes

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90

This is really delicious. I wasn’t sure about the floral notes combined with chocolate but this is a winner. It does not need sweetener or milk. The milk and sugar in the chocolate is enough.

Flavors: Chocolate, Milk

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92

I am almost done with this. Eeep! And then I must wait a long time before it returns to me. Ah well.
Perfect start to Friday, rich, pepperminty, with the smooth vanilla taste. So good.

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Part of a beeng sample I got from Dragon tea house…

I happen to be quite fond of Xiaguan teas for raw puerh, though I don’t think they are for everyone. They can be quite smoky and bitter, but this tea is from 2006 so I was hoping it would not be too rough.

This has a wonderful exhilarating aroma that just reminds me of walking through a forest of pine trees. The tea liquor itself has a honey like sweetness with a definite bitter finish and lingering smoke flavor. I wonder what this would be like with another 15 years of aging! It is starting to mellow out nicely, but still kind of aggressive with a big energy kick. I do like these traditional shengs a lot but sometimes a more mellow tea is nice too, especially if bitter and smoky is not really your thing ;)

At least I don’t have to worry about breaking the cake: http://instagram.com/p/yfTiEgoLWe

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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Oh my GOODNESS is this going so well with my red cabbage and weisswurst for lunch! The bite of this tea is just utterly fantastic with food… nomnomnom…
Baked some brownies (David Lebovitz posted an incredibly gooey looking recipe on his facebook page today) for my husband, and already have two loads of laundry done.
I’m sitting here, drinking this fantastically malty tea, listening to some podcasts and just really liking this Friday. :D Cheers, everyone!

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I was just drinking it, I swear .

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84
drank Dian Hong by Nannuoshan
397 tasting notes

No suspense, I say it right now: I love this black Yunnan tea.

It smells very good : dried fruit and it looks beautiful with its golden tips.
Let’s go for 5 minutes into a boiling water.

The taste is very malty with very present earthy notes, really strong. The nice points with this Dian Hong is its soft, mellow texture and its fruity peach and apricot notes, which downplay the earthy and rocky side.

The fruit soften all the beverage and make this tea almost greedy.

The first steep was a very pleasant one but the second was much lambda without real interest imo and with a lack of body compared to the first one.

I really enjoyed the first steep, this is the main information. I’ll probably buy some of this one.

Pic are available here : https://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/jin-si-dian-hong-nannuoshan/

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