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drank Laoshan Genmaicha by Verdant Tea
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This tea is definitely better consumed sooner after brewing rather than later (as most green teas are), and my delay in drinking it meant it lost some of its tastiness. Still roasty, but the base tea becomes very muted and it’s tough to catch the brown sugar/green bean notes after it has been sitting. Oops :(

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drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
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I guess I missed picking some of this one up earlier (or I didn’t see the packet of it in my stash, anyhow), so grabbed a bit to try before it’s gone for good. The smell is so deliciously bang-on – creamy, tangyish mango lassi. So is the initial flavour in the sip… but then it turns into a bit too much chamomile for me, which is too bad. Maybe they’ll come out with a less-chamomiley version at some point? Ah well. Not too disappointed now that it has been discontinued, though I’m not sure if I want a bit more just to have when I want a sleepy time blend (I do still have a decent supply of Dulce & Banana though, hmmmm.)

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drank Apple Custard by DAVIDsTEA
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Yum. Picked up another 24g of this to mix with the 24g of essentially custard-flavoured coriander seed that I previously purchased, and had to brew up a trial cup. Still a win, but I think a bit of the amazingness has worn off… but only a bit, because I still quite enjoyed it. And tbh, eating the raisins/apple pieces out of the infuser is pretty darn delicious too :D

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drank Eggnog by DAVIDsTEA
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Aroma-wise, this tea is pretty much perfect – in fact, it smells more like eggnog than some eggnog I recently picked up. SO GOOD. Brewed up, it’s a bit weak, and the green rooibos base interferes a bit with the flavour (I think it would be better on a light green base like dragonwell), but it’s so nice to breathe in that delicious aroma from the hot cup. This might be a 25g purchase for me, just to have some around, but because it’s such a season-specific flavour, I don’t think I’d crave it overly often. (Besides, I have plenty of creamy teas, and I also picked up some Spiced Nog from Butiki, which might be more perfect. Also, I believe I got a bit of throat scratchiness from the rooibos and/or flavourings, which is not overly enjoyable.)

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Had just a bit of this left, apparently, so figured I’d brew some up in anticipation of getting more, haha. So delicious, roasty, chocolatey, comforting. Probably going to resteep it a few times tonight, too.


They’re putting more up for sale soon?


It’s up!

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drank Rhubarb & Strawberry by Lupicia
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Threw some of this in a travel mug as well, since the flavour was pretty potent and I figured it would hold up well. And sure enough, quite good success. I’ll probably zip through the rest of my sample like this, since I don’t think it’s really a tea I’d sit and sip as much as others.

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drank Four Seasons Oolong by Teavana
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Another travel mug yum. Not as good as some other oolongs I’ve had, but that’s Teavana for you. Still has the lingering oolong flavour I crave, though, so it’s satisfying enough.

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Yum. So much juicy blackberry. Still can’t really detect the lime, but enjoy it nonetheless. It makes me sad that I won’t be able to get this again, but I don’t love it enough to stock up. Sigh.

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Glad I found a few of my other milk oolongs to keep me from buying more. This one’s pretty good, but I seem to more or less like them all equally. Great milkiness/creaminess, and lingering oolong flavour. Perfect in my travel mug en route to a friend’s wedding yesterday!

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Crème Brulee by Bayswater Tea Co.
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Sipdown! 986. I hadn’t even remembered that I had some of this left, so it was a lovely surprise when I was tea-organizing the other day to have come across some :D Still a big fan – there’s some flavouring in here that reminds me of Butiki’s Red Queen Cupcake, although of course there’s no strawberry, and the base here is perhaps a bit more forgiving (RQ has gone bitter on me a couple times when I’ve oversteeped). Therefore, I think it’s the espresso-esque flavouring that I’m gauging as similar. Anyhow, this + Divine Temptation are definite rebuys, especially since I never actually mixed the two together! Anyhow, a fond farewell for this amazingly rich, decadent, malty tea.

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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