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My cupboard is currently heavy on flavored honeybush and chai, and I’ve really been craving floral tea, so I grabbed this to try. Unfortunately, one teaspoon of these really don’t give a lot of flavor. I’ve definitely had more flavorful rose petals in the past so that’s a bit disappointing. I’ll have to try again with a tablespoonful, but I probably won’t buy rose petals from this company again. Do any of you have a favorite company to buy rose petals from?

Flavors: Rose

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Hello Steepster, haven’t been posting in a while! I’ve still been drinking tea, but nothing noteworthy until now. I’m trying yet another new tea from Rishi, a company that is quickly garnering more and more of my appreciation with their quality teas. This time it is dun, dun, duuuuun a pu-erh blend. I was, for obvious reasons, wary of trying this one, but because Rishi has convinced me that their teas are usually really good, I decided to give it a go.

The first time I opened the bag, I got a hefty waft of ginger (and a subtle earthy smell of the pu-erh). It felt like a kick in the nostrils, so I was expecting the ginger to be quite strong in this blend. And it is, as we will get to in a bit. The instructions said to brew this with boiling water for 4 minutes, adding a minute per each additional steep. I was doubtful, because 4 minutes for a pu-erh seems to be quite a long time. And I think I was right, because after just 1.5-2 minutes the tea was already dark and has a strong aroma. These two signs I usually take to mean that the tea is strong enough for me to drink, and I decided to pull the plug on the steeper.

The tea was just right in strength: not over-brewed but strong enough for me to be satisfied with enough flavour. The ginger is quite strong in the blend – in fact it is the dominant flavour note – but the pu-erh also comes through, though rather sneakily, almost as if it knows I am waiting for it like an intruder in the night and it doesn’t want to get caught. It’s not bad though. To be honest, it is a bit hard to separate from the powerful ginger flavour and aroma, but I do get the slight earthiness (?) in the background. I think this was a good way to ease into becoming acquainted with the taste of pu-erh, but because this tea is predominantly ginger-flavoured (which is not bad, I like ginger), I will have to try some of LP’s sample pu-erh packets to really delve into the pu-erh world.

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It’s been too long since I had peppermint in my cupboard. It gives me heartburn during the second half of pregnancy, so it’s been somewhere between six months and a year that I last had it stocked. It’s one of my favorite herbals, so it’s good to have it back in stock again. This particular blend seems to be a fairly mild peppermint. Tasty, but it could stand to be a little stronger. Still, it makes a nice cool drink on a hot day. Something is currently wrong with our air conditioner, it is cooling the air but not as much as normal. It’s really hot out right now, so even though it’s about ten degrees cooler in the house as outside, it’s still quite hot in here. That makes peppermint doubly appealing.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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The looseleaf is GORGEOUS to look at. There are tiny marshmellows and all different colours of flower petals! The look alone made me want to make this tea this morning.

This is a lovely blend of rooibos, chocolate chips, tiny marshmallows, and herbs. I find it a bit plain, but I enjoy the floral taste and the hints of creamy cocoa and sweet marshmallow.

I would recommend this blend to anyone who enjoy rooibos and can handle floral flavours. The sweetness is not overpowering, but there are hints of mallow and cocoa. You have to really like rooibos, though,because that is the main flavour present.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Cream, Creamy, Floral, Flowers, Herbs, Marshmallow, Milk, Rooibos, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
VariaTEA

Pretty leaf always makes tea that much more exciting.

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So after trying this gongfu yesterday and finding the flavors rather light, I decided I’d try it western style using some longer steep times. I used 5.2g in an 8oz teapot with steep times of 2m, 4m, 10m. If anything, all three steeps were even weaker than my gongfu session! So, I must conclude that this is just a very light tea. Nothing wrong with that – it’s also smooth and quite easy to drink. It never got bitter, even when steeped for ten minutes. Just a little light and a touch boring to my palate. Glad I got to try it though :)

Flavors: Malt, Plums, Smooth

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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drank 2015 Poundcake by White 2 Tea
11 tasting notes

Using 8g of a 25g sample. I heard this described as a dessert tea and have to agree. The first few steepings had strong flavors of peach and stone fruit with a nice creamy texture. The cup smelled of overly sweet berries. By the 3rd or 4th steeping I started to get a slight bitter note and a grassy taste. Overall a very sweet and mellow tea.

I tasted a sample of the 2016 right after. 2016 is much more bitter right now and a bit less creamy. I would have trouble picking a favorite as each was good but a bit different at this point.

Flavors: Berries, Cream, Grass, Peach

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 120 OZ / 3548 ML

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drank Dragonwell by DAVIDsTEA
3 tasting notes

The dried leaves are flat from being pressed in a wok and are mostly intact. I grimaced a little when the David’s tea employee tried to squash them down to fit in the can. You get a lot of green leaf colour in the leaves after brewing. These are not the hand rolled type of leaves with the entire leaf, but a smaller section.

If you brew this as recommended, with 500 mL of water, the result is a very light green tea. There’s nothing really strong in the flavour or smell like some Chinese green teas. Just a refreshing drink. A good starting point for new green tea drinkers.

However, if you brew it with 4g and 200 mL doing multiple steepings, you get something stronger and more interesting.

The brewed colour is yellow. There is a light fresh scent of hay or something.

If I was just looking for something light and refreshing, I would drink this. When brewed weak, it’s a change from other green teas.

You can definitely tell the difference between this and a $3 box of fresh green tea bags. At $20 / 100 g, there are a lot of other green teas though. Japanese Sencha being one of them.

Dried Leaves
https://www.instagram.com/p/BISvjNEhTUg/

Brewed Leaf
https://www.instagram.com/p/BISvUQXBUtp/

Preparation
4 g 200 OZ / 5914 ML
MrQuackers

I forgot to mention, you can eat these tea leaves too. Throw a little salad dressing on them, or mix them in with some rice and flavouring.

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Got a sample of this thanks to Liquid Proust. I found it very smooth and enjoyable. Another reviewer has it pegged when they said topsoil. The longer you steep this, the more earthy flavors come out. I was able to get about 12 infusions before the flavors faded. For the price this seems like a good value.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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A tasty, nutty chai. The flavor’s not especially powerful, unlike the more in-your-face flavors of Dyad’s other work, but it’s still a great Monday morning power-through staple. Grit teeth. Chug tea. Design powerful things. Dominate the universe. I mean, uh, stay in line and obey all the rules.

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A re-review of this tea.

I bagged the rest of this tea I have into paper filters for work (mixed w/a little lemon myrtle). Accidentally steeped a bag for more than 10 min and I was fearful of the ginger, but only to be surprised when I took a sip and it was sweet. I don’t add anything to my teas and had to double check the ingredients. Turned out DAVIDs re-blended the tea to include stevia. It never had any before (I double checked the description here on steepster that was posted 3 years ago) and I’m really disappointed cause I’m not into that. So I will use up this tea but I’m going to watch the steeping time, and otherwise not repurchase. Dropped the rating from 95 (the rating is at a 75- still relatively high cause I do like this tea when it’s not overstepped and sugary). Otherwise, yet ANOTHER tea from DAVIDs I’ve been forced to give up. I guess iHOT gets yet more of my business.

Flavors: Ginger, Sweet

Preparation
8 min or more 12 OZ / 354 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Why the hell do they do that?

Kristal

I think it’s promoting the sugary tea to individuals who normally don’t don’t drink tea. On the flip side it’s getting rid of long time customers like myself. I’ve spent less than $100 on them all year and I used to spent SEVERAL hundred at DAVIDs per year. The only teas I’m interested in buying from them are pretty much a few green teas and that’s it. They need to get rid of the sugar crap.

Evol Ving Ness

Between the imitation flavouring and sweetening to excess, they’ve lost me too. I also used to spend A LOT at DTs. I am done now unless there is a massive revolution in their tea selection.

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Captain’s Personal Log-

I’ve sent the crew to a planet with nice beaches for shore leave. Most of them have been playing this farming game (Stardew Valley) on the Holodeck. So I decided we needed to get off the ship for a while. The engineering team built an impressive sandcastle, with a working drawbridge. Based on an old French castle.

One of the locals offered me this tea. There is a stronger bergamot scent than I usually have in this blend. In fact, the flavour is like that too. Comes across as slightly on the smoky side. Especially towards the end of the cup.

As we ended up with a large amount, I hope the mess hall can use it to make something.

-End Log

Flavors: Bergamot, Burnt Sugar, Citrus, Smoked

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90

Taste on this tea (or my taste buds) continues to evolve.

In addition to the flavors I already expected, getting a bit of a citrus note this morning.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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I got this as part of the Bana Tea puerh variety pack.

This puerh started off like a typical shou – a bit musty, but 2 rinses took care of that. The resulting tea was rich, earthy and smooth. There was a hint of ginseng taste. Later infusions became quite mild and sweet. Like the description states, it causes a refreshing cooling feeling in the mouth after a sip.

While good, it also didn’t really stand out to me. It was what I’m coming to see as a “typical” quality shou.

Flavors: Earth, Nutty, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
106 tasting notes

Last of the Mate Sunday, and I wasn’t a fan of this one.

Dominant flavors were chocolate, nuts, and some kind of fruity flavor mixed together in a way that was overwhelmingly artificial. There was also something a little alcohol-tasting about the brew.

I just couldn’t drink it. Had to dump it out.

Flavors: Alcohol, Artificial, Berry, Chocolate, Nuts, Roast nuts, Roasted

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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This is surprisingly good overall. I only steeped it western style this morning because I am in a hurry. It has a fair amount of fermentation flavor to it. It has a nice semi sweet taste to it. It’s hardly a perfect loose ripe but I like it.

I steeped this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 30 seconds after a 20 second rinse.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Jade Mountain by T2
4 tasting notes

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Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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Flavors: Citrusy, Earl Grey

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp

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Flavors: Fruity, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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Opened this one today. On first sip, it actually reminds me quite of lot of French Toast Dianhong, in as much as the creamy vanilla flavour is very similar, and the black tea base is quite light and definitely chocolatey. I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 3 minutes in boiling water. I wasn’t sure whether to go with boiling at first because of the oolong, but I figured it was worth a try – I mean, what’s the worst that could happen?

I almost get vanilla chocolate brownie from this one, except the flavour isn’t quite as full or rich as that would suggest. All the elements are there, though, and I might try a longer brew time for my next cup to see how that impacts things.

The oolong is a lot less prominent than I thought it might be. Mostly, I can taste the Fujian black and the vanilla, with only a little woodiness/mineral from the oolong. Also, something that’s putting me in mind of coconut. It works, though, somehow! A delicious start to the morning, and the work week.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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Sipdown! Finishing off the last of this as a cold brew at work today. Strawberries andcream in a cup = yum!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 68 OZ / 2000 ML

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drank Caramel Apple Oolong by 52teas
1620 tasting notes

Sipdown! Finished off the last of this as a cold brew over the weekend. I’ve nothing new to add, but it was sweet, toffee-like, slightly appley amazingness. I think I can call my first oolong cold brew experiment a definite success!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 68 OZ / 2000 ML

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