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drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
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TheTeaFairy sent this one my way and I’ve been saving it for a day when I crave a juice iced tea. Although it’s Rooibos, the tea gods gave us the green kind for those of us folks who don’t care for the red. This has tropical fruit and it’s good but I have to say I will not be rushing out to add this to my cupboard no matter how good. It’s not fruity enough for me. It seems from other tasting notes that cold steeped is better but I made the entire sample with boiling water and iced so there’s none left to try cold brewing. No matter. It’s good but not enough to go to all the trouble and jump through all the lupicia hoops to get it in my cupboard.

Thank you to TheTeaFairy for satisfying my Lupicia curiosity.

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drank Pu-Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
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I have only ever bought one pu’erh for myself. Everything else I’ve tried has been courtesy of generous, kind folks like Dexter3657 and TheTeaFairy and one other. These opportunities to try the bizarreness that is pu’erh I will forever be thankful for.

This one I find tolerable. I can taste pu’erh so I had to add caramel creamer some stuff to it to actually enjoy it. I do recognize that to others might taste good. If it’s tolerable to me that’s saying a lot! I can see how one day if I persevere I could like this.

Thank you to TheTeaFairy but … This is far from gourmand for me. Or maybe I’m not gourmand enough for it. That’s probably it.


‘Some stuff’. Hehehe.


Caramel creamer is not a crime with this, you can scream it loud and clear!!!
Bravo for trying, mon amie, you are the brave one :-)

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drank Cherry Fantasy by Tealux
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Thanks to TheTeaFairy again for this one. It’s actually pretty good. Tastes a lot like cherry candy and I have a feeling the cherry will pop even more when cold brewed so I will do that with the rest of the sample. I did like this cup though. Enough to consider buying it for myself. I kinda like it warm though… There’s something soothing about it.

I do not get any fig whatsoever but who cares, I like this tea. It’s nice to not be disappointed. Of course that also means you’re going to order stuff…

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
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This is again from TheTeaFairy who generously shared this with me from her first Lupicia order. I put it off until I was in the right mood for it. Had it first last week but forgot to write.

It is very flavourful. Tastes like cantaloupe to me but you also get the oolong base, it is not covered up. I used a pinch of sugar to bring out the melon a bit more. The color is pale yellow and clear. It is indeed tasty, I can see why it is so popular. It’s almost like candy. BUT you have to like green oolong because you can taste it quite a bit. Reminds me of the banana oolong from DAVIDs in that there is oolong alongside the fruit and sometimes you have just a bit too much oolong.

If this was anything other than melon I might not like it but the flavour here works for me. Had it cold both times to finish off the sample. Thank you, TheTeaFairy !


I love this one!

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drank Boatsman by RiverTea
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TheTeaFairy sent me a sample of this one and I have to say I was quite skeptical. Giant pieces of Cinammon sticks in there, and then I read about chamomile which I most definitely do not enjoy. But made it anyway because there’s talk of mango and vanilla and there is dry fruit throughout the leaf.

Hot it was a little strong. Not astringent so much as just strong base. Just as I finished making the tea the people here wanted to go for a walk (I’m at the cottage) and I left the mason jar on the table. Had it upon my return, cooled off, and it is much more fruity than when piping hot. I cannot really distinguish the different fruit but it was ok. I probably wouldn’t buy it but it was enjoyable. I have 1 tsp left that I considered cold brewing but I am not sure I want to bother for just 250 ml. Thanks, TheTeaFairy , thanks very much. My first RiverTea


Dunno, not sure but I don’t think I’m a fan of this either…

Christina / BooksandTea

I’ve found that of the River Teas I’ve tried, they all sound lovely in theory but they haven’t really rung my bell. Not that there’s anything bad with their blending – just that the flavours aren’t working for me. I think the only one of theirs I really would consider restocking is their Crazy Mint.

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drank Caribbean Breeze by Tealux
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I do not remember ordering this tea but unfortunately in my excitement to place my first order in months I didn’t take a screen shot of my order so I can’t dispute or even convince myself. It’s just that picking a chocolate and coconut tea is not really like me right now since I just gone through a cupboard of mostly chocolate teas. Maybe I was drunk.

So yeah, coconut in tea doesn’t work for me because the shreds go off quickly and then the tea has this rancid taste which I am highly perceptive of. This one is good still but I know I will have to race through it.

When I think Caribbean breeze I think juicy tropical fruit not chocolatey coconut. So maybe I did order it but I didn’t read the ingredient list, I must have stopped after “sun kissed beaches” and “infinitely blue oceans” which I haven’t seen since 2009 according to my Facebook. When I saw the Dominican album I was like what? 2009? Anyway.

The tea is good for what it is. Coconut and chocolate more or less hand in hand, pleasant base which you can’t taste much of. You can smell the base right after steeping but as it cools the chocolate comes out even more, as does the coconut. This is pretty good!

Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

Me think you need a vacation…

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

Don’t drink and order tea :)


@TheTeaFairy yah, but we need a roof first. Homeownership is awesome, no?

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drank Honey Peach Blossom by Tealux
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My first blooming tea. Floral. Had no idea what to expect aside from some research I’d done prior to buying. I knew they were floral and I don’t do floral but really wanted to try one. Maybe the Melon rising sun I also bought won’t be so flowery when it comes to taste.

ETA: The floral wasn’t overpowering at all and there was peach aftertaste so if you enjoy floral teas these would be quite alright. I tried the first steep without additives and the second steep I added a scant tsp of sugar to 500 ml tea. I only did it so I can compare. The sugar was too much, felt like I was drinking sugary water because the tea itself wasn’t as flavourful resteeped and the sugar just wrecked it. All in all I’m not disappointed with purchase. I learned they are showy teas and if you have company and a good pot. Don’t break a beautiful glass gravy boat glass container like I did by pouring boiling water into it unless it’s made to stand the heat. I ended up having to fish the flower out and move it to a mason jar and start over after Lake Ontario was all over my counter.

PS. Habs stick it to Bruins in game #7, yo!

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drank Black Currant by Tea Sante
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I received this from TheTeaFairy and she commented that this is better cold brewed. Again, since she never steered me wrong, I used the entire 2-cup sample in a 500 ml mason jar and left it for a couple of days. I always either a) forget about my cold brews or b) see it in the fridge when I’m in a rush and thus no time to strain them and so they sit some more.

Here we are, 36 or so hours later. I am telling this to you so you know that it is quite forgiving as a cold brew. And it is indeed good but have no idea how it would compare if it were hot steeped. Don’t really care. This works for me and that’s that. I get a bit of flavour, it lingers in the aftertaste but that’s not to say it’s overpowering the base. I actually get quite a bit of base in the sip as well. So it’s definitely not a “juice” tea where all you can taste is the flavour. Thank you, TheTeaFairy ! I enjoyed this for sure but it is not on my radar as a must have. Not because it’s not good but because there are so many companies out there and I just can’t keep up with ALL the teas.

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A sample of this from the lovely TheTeaFairy. merci beaucoup! Smells delicious and it is true to its name (I see iPad is having trouble with “its”, doesn’t want to let it go, keeps switching to “it’s”).

I much prefer Dolce Vita from rivertea when it comes to raspberry. Because that’s like raspberry juice whereas this is more… Chocolate raspberry. However, it is entirely a mood thing. Like, occasionally I wish for Love Tea #7 from DAVIDs, because of the chocolate and strawberries. But if I wanted juicy stuff, I’d go for Bear Trap or something.

Is this good? Yes. But you have to want chocolate more than raspberry.

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drank Juicy Peach by Teajo Teas
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TheTeaFairy who gave me this sample wrote “delicious cold brewed”. So I took her word for it and dumped the entire sample in a 500 ml mason jar the day before yesterday. I strained it this morning, maybe 36 hrs have passed, and took it with me to this Mother’s Day lunch where I was invited as guest (it was my brother in law’s house) but ended up practically cooking the entire thing except for the steak. Nobody told me when I became a chef that it would be the end of my days as a dinner guest. Now people either don’t invite me or of they do invite me, I end up prepping/cooking. Like “oh good, you’re here, can you do the potato salad?” And “I was planning to caramelize onions, can you do that?” And I’m handed a bag of onions. Umm… No, I’m the guest?!? I just got in the freaking door, thanks, maybe offer me a drink first? Anyway, that’s my beef. (Pun intended)

So I took this cold brew with me because I knew there was nothing but wine or water there as drink choices. So so so good. Peach Snapple has nothing on this puppy! This is full on peach juice you guys. I should have sweetened it more for full pop but I didn’t have time to make simple syrup. I have to buy this somehow, it would be a huge tease to just have this sample. Thanks for introducing me to Teajo, TheTeaFairy and with such a tasty one to boot! Shipping to Canada is $10 flat. Hmmm…

Flavors: Peach

Iced 8 min or more

Me think someone has to invite you over, have you sit down and enjoy a nice tea or cocktail, or both, and cook a meal for you from A to Z. You are obviously a victim of your profession, lol!

This tea is amazing cold in the summer but it’s also tasty hot, so glad you enjoyed it. You won’t regret getting some. The only disappointing with Teajo is their lack of choice, they only offer a few blends. I always restock though on the same teas cause I _need _ them in my cupboard at all time!


ew not cool.

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I started drinking loose leaf tea in the spring of 2013 (why do we feel compelled to mark the date of tea drinking somewhat like addicts counting their sobriety days?)

Never been much into tea before. Growing up in Romania, tea was something mom made for you when you were sick. As an adult, my hot beverage of choice has been coffee, both flavoured and regular. I’ve recently stumbled upon Teavana and DAVIDs TEA and quickly got addicted to the latter. Then came steepster and all else followed.

Formerly a mathematician and insurance adjuster, I gave up the corporate world and am now a professional chef. I drink wine and sometimes cheat on it with tea.

I lean heavily towards flavoured black teas. I’ve started to crave the occasional straight oolong and green but so far unflavoured black teas leave me unimpressed.

I’m learning so I drink them all. Am even introducing myself to pu’erh. So far I can do fine with the sheng cause frankly, they don’t taste like pu’erh to me. The shou is another story.

Note*: The virtual cupboard does NOT contain any of the samples I hold since most of them are one-cup quantity.

Note**: My partner, our home improvements, gadgets, mortgage, travel, wine and food have budget priority over tea.


Toronto-ish, Canada

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