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This tea was part of the “Lotus, a curated collection of relaxing teas for mind, body & spirit” from Tea Forte. I wanted to try one of the higher caffeine teas as I’d been napping all day (thanks to the hubs melting tupperware in the bread machine – the smell caused a migraine….long story). Anyway I’m not worried about not sleeping at my regular bed time tonight. The dry leaf smells like this darjeeling should turn out like an earl grey. The citrus notes are really pronounced.

Steeped the orange and grapefruit flavors are muted a little. But still present throughout the sipping. Really nice here is I don’t get the usual bitterness that usually comes with darjeeling teas. I really liked this one quite a bit. I didn’t bother with the suggested addition of milk this time around. Maybe when I try the second sachet.

Flavors: Citrus, Grapefruit, Orange

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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OK, take number two for this one. I tried using more leaves to see if the weak flavor improved at all without being over the top. It did taste better, less weak, the coconut came through much better, although it was the kind of coconut that almost felt more like it belonged in a sunscreen than in tea. And the chocolate? Yeah, not so much. It’s just not there. As I said when I first tried it, the aroma of the dry leaf and the brew is really awesome, but the taste doesn’t come close to living up to my expectations, although it’s a pleasant enough drink. That being said, my best friend’s husband LOVES the stuff. So, to each his own, I guess. I won’t be getting more of it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Decided to continue with sheng today…
Wow, is this one fantastic…
That hint of smoke is really interesting…and the flavours here are so layered and complex. This is one special tea.
Tobacco is present, but in this mellow sort of way that is completely in harmony with everything else going on… it’s really amazing.
It would be very interesting to taste the 2014 compared to this one….
Thanks for this one, Dexter!

masked185

Tobacco huh? Hmm interesting.

Dexter

Sounds like Mandala sheng was a winner…. :))

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drank Pineapple Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
836 tasting notes

I got this as a to go cup, since I was told it’s being discontinued, and I figured I might as well try it while I still can (and stock up if it’s amazing.)

This tea started off really nice – floral oolong, very authentic pineapple flavour (maybe the best I’ve experienced in a tea yet), but there’s also a very strong medicinal note that gives this a kind of cough syrup quality that I’m just not enjoying.

I thought maybe I oversteeped it (probably), but adding more water and resteeping the leaves didn’t help.

Ah well, pineapple oolong, I will not be sad to see you go.

Flavors: Floral, Medicinal, Pineapple

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drank Melon Drop by DAVIDsTEA
16 tasting notes

I went into Davids today to see if I could score a free cup of tea from their Easter egg hunt. There was one stuck right on the sign at the front of store, which sort of bummed me out. I expected a challenge!

As soon as I was handed my tea I sniffed it. It was kind of weird smelling, but as it steeped it turned into a beautiful yummy candy scent.

Tasting….JUST like honey dew melon. I can’t wait to go back and grab a bag of this.

Flavors: Candy, Fruity, Honeydew

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drank Noël à Pékin by Dammann Freres
2098 tasting notes

This tea (#31) is definitely out of place, but I didn’t realize it until too late to put in order in my sip-through. It’s because I had an old stock of this, then restocked it (back with my last batch of DF teas). When I finally got through the old stock, I took it out of my cupboard and readded it so it would be closer to its actual place. I do wish we could edit the “date added” field so things could sort properly.

Anyway, it’s being drunk now. Love this blend, even though it is a black/green. All of the passion fruits and florals! I also secretly love this tea because every word in its name has an accent mark. :D

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
409 tasting notes

Ayup, just as I suspected… A splash of milk and a spoonful of sugar and I’m in sweet, chocolatey, minty heaven.

No reason for me to ever take this tea any other way. Divine.

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drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
836 tasting notes

A hot sample in store. I was expecting coconut and orchid oolong flavours, but I couldn’t taste the oolong at all actually. The dominant note was ginger, with a hint of creamy coconut under it. Very odd.

Flavors: Coconut, Ginger

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drank Earl Grey Tea Time by Fauchon
2098 tasting notes

I had been disappointed with this tea (#32) in the past. I think it’s because I was hoping it would be like YAY COOKIES with Earl Grey, when in fact is more like maybe you ate a cookie 10 minutes ago and now you are drinking a very bold cup of Earl. I used 2 tsp again this time and didn’t have any issues with it being weak, so I’m not sure what happened with my first cup of this. Overall, it was a tasty Earl, and I did get a hint of shortbread from it especially as it cooled. So yeah, I still wish it could have had more cookie flavor, but I’m still happy with it as is.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
836 tasting notes

Sampled this as a latte in store. I’ve had this before and was very unimpressed. It’s definitely better as a latte, but it still doesn’t have the flavours that I would hope for from a salted caramel tea. Ah well.

Flavors: Sweet

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drank Berry Poppins by DAVIDsTEA
836 tasting notes

Sampled this iced in store today, and all I really remember is that it was a bit tart and a bit berryish, but nothing really stood out for me.

Glad I got a chance to try it but I won’t be buying any.

Flavors: Berry, Tart

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This is excellent but not spectacular tea. Is was sweet and thick with fermentation flavor in the first couple of steeps. It mellowed significantly over ten steeps. It was not weak even after ten steeps. I used a lot of tea so I am sure I could have gotten a few more steeps out of it. I liked this tea but I wonder if it is really ancient tree as claimed. So many teas make the claim to be something they are not.

I steeped this ten times in a 170ml teapot with 14g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, and 45 sec.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 14 g 6 OZ / 170 ML

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Sipdown of this sample, which I have really enjoyed. If brewed improperly (too hot of water), it’s a bit too roasty (at least that’s what I remember from months ago).
This is a slightly roasted green and tightly-rolled oolong with a sweetish osmathus scent that tends more towards jasmine than did the Osmanthus Tea. The base is much better, though: a decent oolong with a nice long aftertaste that is minerally, like cucumber. A very pleasant cup.
I got two steeps out of it, just so the leaves would unfurl all the way, but the second wasn’t as sweet.

Flavors: Mineral, Osmanthus, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Had this as my dessert latte last night and it really was quite nice. It was like a delicious poached pear a la mode. Rich cinnamon warmth, juicy pear sweetness, and a dash of creaminess from the milk. Yum!

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drank Organic Bramblewine by Tazo
409 tasting notes

The green rooibos was the appealing part for me. I’ve never tried it before.

I sniffed the dry bag and had a mini panic attack— surely they wouldn’t DARE put stevia in this tea! I reread the ingredients and breathed a sigh of relief. It’s just naturally sweet from all the fruit.

The hibiscus somehow doesn’t make my lips pucker with disgust! It’s a miracle. I taste lots of cherries and jam, and even a echo of wine in the aftertaste. Not bad! I’m starting to reconsider Tazo.

masked185

Geen rooibos is on my list to try. I love the regular rooibos, how would you say green differs?

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I wish I had more time to write, but I’m in the midst of unclogging drains, doing laundry, cleaning dishes, and sundry other tasks… Ahhh!
But, at least there is tea… and there is THIS tea!
I really did not know I would love sheng so much….
And the way it changes with steeps! (fruity, to buttery and rich…) and the tiniest little bite at the end… it’s so fantastic.
Thank you, Dexter, for sending this my way… another favourite that I didn’t know was a favourite. ;)

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drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
637 tasting notes

This is such a weird tea!
I have gone back and forth thinking that I will like it.
And that’s kinda how I feel now that I’ve tried it. xD
I taste berries. Honey. Maple. Coconut. I feel like if it were just the honey, maple and coconut I’d love it without a doubt, but the berries kinda throws me off. It’s just a weird combo xD But I actually kinda really like it. Like I can see this one growing on me and me getting past the weird berry flavor.
This one might have to be in my collection :O
Thank you soooo much for the sample, Megan Low!! I’ve wanted to try it for forever!!

Flavors: Berries, Coconut, Fruity, Honey, Maple, Smooth, Sweet

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Sipdown!

I finally finished off the last of the tea I won at my friend’s bridal shower. Despite the mixed reviews, I still love it, even after finishing all 100g. I really want to go buy more, but am trying to resist because a) we’re moving and b) Teavana is crazy expensive. I do intend on revisiting this one at some point in the future, though. Maybe after I’ve had some of that Scarlet Jasmine I tried last week.

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i seriously don’t want to write a tasting note for this one. Not until i have more in my hands. There are 2 strains? of tea that TTC carries that always seem to appeal to me out of their whole selection. the others i enjoy, but not enough to NEED them in my cupboard. Courtney was awesome enough to send me a sample of this one in our swap. i bought 50g of this last night after drinking it. I’ve had it several times, resteeping etc. it tastes like an apple pie….sweet, cinnamon, appley, baked good, delicious….incredible. even my other half was like omg wtf that is NOT a straight tea. i am blown away by this one. really. it’s a happy tea. I may need to order more once my order gets here before the lot is gone because even now i can still remember the incredibleness of the taste.

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Sipdown!

The tin is officially empty. I’ll be back for more, though. Probably even today, since they’re having the tin + perfect mug promotion.

There’s not much to say about this tea that I haven’t before. It’s a staple of mine. In a perfect world, I would probably prefer to have a never ending supply of Golden Orchid from Whispering Pines instead of this one, but at more than double the price I can’t justify it.

Cream of Earl Grey, I will never tire of you. 100% simply because I drink you more frequently than anything else in the cupboard.

Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Smooth, Vanilla

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drank Melon Drop by DAVIDsTEA
57 tasting notes

Sipdown!

I used up the last of this to make some iced tea while packing for our big move yesterday. I mixed in a few of the Dragon Pearls, hoping it would make some kind of heavenly cold concoction. To be honest, I think the dragon pearls were wasted on this super sweet fruity thing. After having a few cups, I actually think I may have rated this too high initially. It’s fun and new, but I tire of it quickly. It was nice to have around, but I won’t be buying more.

Preparation
Iced
masked185

I find my second reviews are often lower than my first interestingly.

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drank Assam Banaspaty by DAVIDsTEA
637 tasting notes

This one has a pretty inky and malty flavor. It’s not bad. Not something I would buy either. Kinda expected it to taste like wood though xD So glad it didn’t!
I think I’d like this if it were more malty, but it’s not! Oh well.
Glad it was only a sample!

Flavors: Malt

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drank Strawberry Fields by DAVIDsTEA
637 tasting notes

This has a super strong smell and taste….definitely strawberries. Not even like a fake strawberry taste even. The strawberry is pretty spot on.
I just hate that they made this tea with a black tea base!
Fruity teas with a black tea bases just don’t taste right to me. No matter how strong the fruity flavors are, the black tea base just overwhelms it every time. :(
Sad times…
But glad I gave this one a try.
Thank you Megan Low for the sample! :D

Flavors: Bitter, Strawberry, Sweet

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drank Tie Guan Yin 1993 by Nannuoshan
432 tasting notes

this tea is a part of the samples for review . thank you so much NanNuoShan tea for the great opportunity to taste such wonderful tea.
i used the whole sample.
6g 100ml porcelain gaiwan 195 F
rinse/pause/10/7/5/5/7/10/15sec etc
I brewed this tea for 2 days,increasing temp to 200F and steeping time. Its very giving.
The roast done beautifully. its not stale, overly charcoal. Just right. Sometimes aged oolong leaves some scratchy aftertaste on my throat. this is not the case.

It is very smooth and fruity. So juicy, peachy, maybe even nectarines and some raw nuts. later steeps reveal some citrus notes.

i was very happy with this tea and would consider ordering it.

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

Gorgeous photos and really lovely sounding tea. :)

boychik

Thank you * DeliriumsFrogs* ;-)

TheLastDodo

This was my favorite sample from Nannuoshan! I am so glad I got more.

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