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Haven’t posted anything on here in a while. The summer’s been a little rough, what with my depression poking its head back up and starting on new meds etc. Anyway, things have been getting better, mostly, and I’ve been having these long sun-dappled sheng sessions in the backyard. Most people would give me weird looks if I explained how much just enjoying tea can give life back its color, especially on the worst days. But I’m guessing you guys on here can relate :)

So yeah, about the tea itself—I drank this for a couple hours after work. Started off very sweet, like a honey sweetness. This moved into more musty sour-sweet territory, with a hint of bitterness. I didn’t get any of the apricot notes I had before—might be a difference in water temperature? Anyway, it was still lovely. For the last steep (probably number 18? 20?) I let the tea steep for 30 minutes with warm water, and ended up with a super-thick, sweet brew. It was like thin syrup consistency, with a tiny bit of a bitter kick. I’ve never really had tea this thick before—didn’t think it was possible. I love having these new discoveries, especially on a summer afternoon

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Flavors: Apricot, Butter, Creamy, Floral, Fruity, Milk, Stonefruits

205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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Steeped a teabag on this in 250 mL ginger ale. It was amazing and I highly recommend it with ice. Ginger + rooibos + pear + vanilla = delicious!

Flavors: Fruity, Pear, Rooibos, Sweet

Iced 4 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Strawberry Sundae by TeaTaxi
2677 tasting notes

I cold brewed this for at least 15 hours overnight and the end result tastes just like a strawberry milkshake…if a bit of grass fell into the blender. The forefront of the sip is all creamy strawberry sweetness but then a vegetal flavor creeps up from beneath the dessert-y element of the drink. I’m thinking this may do better steeped for a shorter period or perhaps iced. Luckily I have more leaf to experiment with since this definitely has potential.

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drank Penzi by Custom-Adagio Teas
1618 tasting notes

I finally repurchased a large tin of this tea from Adagio for my husband’s birthday. I did dedicate this to him years ago. We have known each other for 9 years! I love the large tin, though I am not sure how air tight the container is.

This tea is very fragrant and creamy and fruity. This brings back a lot of memories. I love this tea. Its a perfect blend of blueberry, vanilla, and cream. Delicious especially with some coconut sugar and skim milk. YUM!

Flavors: Blueberry, Cream, Vanilla

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Leaves are fragrant of sweet hay, honey and spice. Brews a clear golden yellow – amber.
Tastes smooth, mild, sweet and slightly spicy floral. Pleasant soft/slippery mouthfeel.
Very enjoyable and easy to drink. Re-steeps many times.
5g, 110ml, 185F, 60 sec
Thank you for sending this, Angel!

185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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drank Hot Tropic by DAVIDsTEA
46 tasting notes

A delicious piña colada iced tea! I got this as part of a clearance sale over the winter and saved it up for the summer. Sadly, I don’t think they have this flavor anymore… 10 oz boiling water poured over ice.

Flavors: Coconut, Pineapple

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 8 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Spring 2016
Dry leaf has the scent of sweet and salty dry-roasted green peas which carries over into the wet leaf and brewed tea. Leaf is moss green and fluffy.
Brewed tea color is yellow. Taste is salty, vegetal and slightly nutty. Extremely tasty and flavorful, although it isn’t my favorite.

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Sun and Cloud Mist by 52teas
1827 tasting notes

GCTTB v2.0
I felt like a complete weirdo for not liking the original version of this tea while everyone was raving about it, but the combination of flavour just…didn’t appeal to me. Somehow I like this iteration better, even though it’s the same recipe. It might have something to do with the quality or variations in the individual ingredients. Here the lemon/green tea combo isn’t too harsh and the marshmallow root helps soften the tea. I don’t love it, and that maybe just be my preferences, but I’m liking it much more this time around so I’m bumping up my rating.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Coco Colada by DAVIDsTEA
1 tasting notes

i personally love coconut and pineapple so i really like this tea. I have only drank it as an iced tea with no sweetner added and i absolutly love it. when i use about 2 tbs it is still a pretty light taste so if you wanna strong cup you might have to double that.

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Pineapple

2 tsp

it is also already pretty sweet

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Cheap black tea with long leaf that has dry chocolate and malt notes, how can you go wrong?

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So… catch 20/20 here… this was in the TTB so I should review it, but it was so ‘eh’ that I have had nothing to say for the last week about it. I thought to myself, ‘just let it pass and don’t review’ but then I realized I got to do what I got to do.

With so many different sheng out there and what not, and being that I’ve had a ton: Either this is something that isn’t very noteworthy or it needs time?

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drank Kiwi's Big Adventure by DAVIDsTEA
276 tasting notes

Made this iced today using the traditional method as opposed to a cold brew (my first time doing so with this tea). This definitely intensifies the green tea and kiwi notes, reducing some of the lemon ones. I really like how this really brings out the kiwi, so I would do it this way in the future, but the green tea is a little bitter in this batch (which I’ve never found before, even when I’ve made it hot), so I might try tweaking times/leaf a bit to get it just right.

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This is actually a really nice (but strong) peach tea. It is very sweet (but also a bit tart in a fruit-sort-of-way ) and peachy. this is great with ice but I also like it hot. The reason I would recommend this tea is the intense pastry flavour I get from this, similar to a custard tart or a croissant: creamy and buttery. If you like fruity and dessert-like teas, I would recommend this for you. Note it does get sour if you over steep it. Try 1 minute and taste it before steeping longer.

Smell: fruity, peach, warm, sweet
Steep colour: a moderate amber colour
Tastes: buttery, sweet, slightly sour, pie crust, custard tart, peach, fruity, nectarine
Mouth feel: like eating fruit (the slightly acidity makes your mouth feel odd) but also very buttery in the after taste

Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Custard, Fruity, Nectar, Pastries, Peach, Pleasantly Sour, Stonefruits, Sweet

Boiling 1 min, 15 sec 22 OZ / 650 ML

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Friday night and I’m Netflix’n and backlogging, but while I do that I’m drinking this raw :)

Hands down a beautiful tea. Clear. Light with tangy vegetable notes.

This is the better of Bana’s raw offerings I’ve had out of four. Highly recommending this for anyone who likes Bang Dong but wants something just a little lighter.

Literally, I might just buy this just because the brewed color is so light and makes me feel as if I am tasting spring.

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Boiling 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Here I am finally catching up on my reviews. Yay! This time I bring the Steepster world something just a little bit different. This is a unique Japanese green tea currently offered by the good folks at Simpson & Vail. In terms of aroma and taste, I think it falls somewhere between a gyokuro and a traditional Japanese sencha, as it reminds me of both. It does, however, display a few characteristics that I would not normally associate with either of the aforementioned types of tea.

To brew this tea, I settled on a multi-step Western infusion. For those of you who read my reviews, that should come as no surprise, though I should note that I have been brewing a lot more tea gongfu style lately. Anyway, I brewed this tea at 165 F with an initial steep time of 1 minute. Subsequent infusions were steeped for 1.5 and 2 minutes respectively.

First infusion: The infused liquor was a clear, pale green. I got pronounced aromas of edamame, grass, hay, and oddly enough, radish on the nose. In the mouth, I detected robust notes of edamame, radish, grass, hay, sea salt, kale, chestnut, and perhaps just a touch of walnut. There was also a subtle maltiness and corn husk sweetness that became especially evident on the finish.

Second Infusion: The infused liquor was again a light, pale green. Milder aromas of grass, hay, and vegetables were joined by slight mineral, malt, and nut aromas. In the mouth, slightly milder notes of grass, hay, kale, edamame, nuts, and radish were joined by fleeting impressions of earth, seaweed, spinach, and minerals. The finish displayed a pronounced minerality, as well as a pleasant and unexpected swell of grass, earth, hay, and leaf vegetable notes. I did not really pick up any of the corn husk flavor I found in the first infusion.

Third Infusion: Again, the color of the infused liquor was a pale, clear green. I did not detect a ton of aroma. There were fleeting scents of minerals, malt, grass, hay, seaweed, and corn husk, but I had to really struggle to identify them. In the mouth, I picked up a mixture of grass, kale, and seaweed, as well as more than a touch of minerals, but then something interesting happened. The sweetness returned! Around mid-palate I was hit with delicate flavors of chestnut, malt, and corn husk, that continued through a clipped finish with some grassiness and minerality.

Honestly, I could have probably stopped after the second infusion, but I was just so interested to see what else would happen with this tea that I pressed forward. I had hoped the aromas and flavors would not wash out quite as much after one infusion (like you would expect from a really good gyokuro), but that was not really the case. Still, there was enough going on in the second and third infusions to satisfy me, and because the overall flavor profile of this tea really is so unique and interesting, it is impossible for me to give it a poor review. To me, this tea tastes like a cross between a standard Japanese sencha and strong gyokuro with just a bit of the malty, nutty sweetness that I would typically expect from my beloved dragonwell. In the end, this may not be the best Japanese green tea that I have ever tasted, but I really dig it and would not be embarrassed to recommend it to fans of Japanese green teas.

Flavors: Chestnut, Corn Husk, Earth, Grass, Hay, Kale, Malt, Mineral, Seaweed, Soybean, Spinach, Vegetables, Walnut

165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Kenya Purple Tea is Fantastic, you can order Kenya Purple Tea Leaf from

Benefits from Kenya Purple Tea

Fat Burner
Boosts fat loss through accelerating apoptosis (cell death) of fat cells through the catechins contained in the tea.

Mops up free radicals in the body that may cause lifestyle diseases e.g gout, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer etc.

Prevents degeneration of body tissue and cells.

Induces death of carcinogenic (cancer) cells.

Heart Health
Reduces the risk of coronary heart disease.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Thank you again Evol! I actually really liked this one. The smell is like cookies, and the taste is very walnut thick, and quite sweet. Coconut, nuts, and pineapples are what I get the most. I like all of those things, so I’m quite happy.

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Brewing in my new Crimson Lotus Jian Shui pot!
Spicy and bittersweet , notes of green wood, honey, tobacco, wet earth, and a unique cocoa powder note. It’s not cocoa in a “chocolate” sort of way, but it reminds me distinctly of baking with my mom. Not as green as you would expect for a 2013 tea. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but I like the strong bitter character and the uniqueness of the flavor.

Flavors: Cocoa, Floral, Green Wood, Honey, petrichor, Tobacco

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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drank Pom Diggety by DAVIDsTEA
11 tasting notes

I’m having this as a tea pop and I feel kind of ‘meh’ about it. It’s not that this is a bad tea at all, I just bought 250g of it and have been having it very often so I’m totally getting sick of it. I feel like once I try some new teas and leave this one alone for a while I’ll fall back in love with it. When I first tried it I was a bit blown away. For now I’m finding it a bit too sweet, and possibly having a bit of a weird stevia aftertaste. Only a bit, though.

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drank Black Bud by TeaSource
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190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Maracuja Mango by DAVIDsTEA
2677 tasting notes

I got this and I don’t know why but I was worried about drinking it. Nonetheless, today I decided to make it iced to take with me when I drove to my sister’s place in Mimico. I was actually pleasantly surprised by this one. I am getting a nice top layer of passionfruit, sweet not tart, with notes of sweet mango popping up throughout and in the aftertaste. I’m detecting candied pineapple at the end of the sip while the whole flavor is sitting on a solid black tea foundation, which has body to it to make the drink feel full without imparting flavor (I hope that makes sense to people other than me). All in all, I am enjoying this tea quite a deal more than I thought. I will try experimenting in the future to see if my enjoyment is real or simply excitement over trying a new tea but for now I’m pleased.

Flavors: Mango, Passion Fruits, Pineapple

Iced 3 min, 15 sec

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