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drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
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185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Love this tea!

First steep was grassy & vegetal, and with further steeping the tea opened up with floral and citrus flavours.

Overall a really nice green tea.

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175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Tung Ting Vietnam by DAVIDsTEA
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Trying another one of the new straight teas from DAVIDsTEA – Tung Ting Vietnam today. I also used this tea to try out my new Gung Fu teapot for the first time. So many new experiences!

After three infusions, I’m loving this tea. I was smelling the leaves after brewing and I think the best way to describe it – is just very intense oolong flavour and scent. I picked up a bit of pine on the first infusion, and a really nice sweetness on the second, but the overall experience is one of a really well flavoured oolong that doesn’t have any extraneous notes. It’s just oolong all the way.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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drank White Peony by DAVIDsTEA
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I picked up a sample of each of the new straight teas at DAVIDsTEA yesterday – which I think is a fantastic marketing strategy. I love being able to try a new tea in my house, where I can brew it exactly how I want to… Yep – I pulled out my thermometer for this one.

Onto the tea!

I am a big fan of white & green teas, and I know that I prefer lighter more delicately flavoured teas so I was fairly certain that I would like the White Peony tea.

And I do! It’s light, slightly floral and the corn silk notes add a really delicate texture that is very subtle but great.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Dragon Pearls by DAVIDsTEA
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Love this tea!

Light, floral and with the perfect amount of jasmine flavour. So perfect.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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73

I found this tea lurking in the back of my cupboard, and it felt so appropriate for one of the first days of October. It’s a strong black tea, perfect for afternoon tea & cookies.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I’m not sure what to make of this tea. I think the earl grey flavour combined with the green tea flavour is just not for me. I wish it was just a straight earl grey with bergamot and orange flavours.

Aside from how the mixed green & earl grey bothers me, I felt like the bergamot overwhelmed the orange flavours.

Despite my piles of criticism, I would like to try it again with a bit of lemon to bump up the citrus flavours.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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81

Good lemongrass notes and with a really nice sweetness to it. It’s a tiny bit murky & the tangerine flavours are a teeny bit bitter (from the peel possibly?) – but overall a very serviceable green tea. Definitely worth trying.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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