1128 Tasting Notes

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drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
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So its my first day of work at my first totally full time job! O.o I am hiding away at my cubicle on lunch break because I’m too shy to talk to Ppl still haha :( and I brought this tea with me to work in my timolino! Very tasty and refreshing this morning :) i’m unsure how I’m going to brew my tea at work, there a keurig that everyone uses, but I saw a kettle, so maybe I’ll use that? Or just bring travel mugs lol, i’ll figure it out when I’m not so nervous! See previous notes on this tea!

Mercuryhime

Oh yay! Congrats! I’d say use the kettle if you have a reliable water source. Or bring a water filter. Everything made with a Keurig tastes like stale coffee. And you’ll get to know your work mates eventually. Maybe make them some tea. :)

CHAroma

Congrats on the new job!!

MissLena

Thanks guys :) yeah I’ll probably check out the kettle this week, I also will probably get over my shyness in a week or 2 haha i usually get really chatty after a while lol

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I am back! I was back last night actually and had half a cup of tea at like 1 in the morning but I don’t feel like logging it haha im still trying to catch up on sleep.. Vegas was pretty sweet! Had some heat stroke one day from being dehydrated from no tea probably haha but other than that it was awesome. Definitely going back!

Anyways, onto tea!! When I was away my whispering Pines and verdant orders arrived! Woot! So I am having a lovely cup of this as my first official cup back. It is refreshing and energizing and the eucalyptus gives an interesting flavor! I will do a more in depth review later haha im just enjoying this cup and relaxing today. Happy to be back with my teas and on steepster :)

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

Welcome back!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Welcome back, hope you had a lovely trip! I look forward to hearing more thoughts on this one – its not got many reviews yet :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I’m moreso excited to hear what you have to say about The Sleeping Bear Blend! :) When you make that one, PLEASE remember to do a second infusion, leaving at least 20 minutes between infusions. It’s truly amazing on the second infusion!

MissLena

Hello :) thanks, it was a good trip, just lacking in tea haha! I definitely will write more about this one in the future! And I can’t wait to try the sleeping bear blend, i will definitely do 2 infusions, i usually do at least 2 steeps for my teas :)

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It’s 5 am and im at the airport woot thru security and found a star bucks. It’s wayyy too early and caffeine will upset my stomach so I’m having my go to bagged mint when i’m out. Yumm should probably get some food. Next stop phoenix then Vegas! See previous notes :)

CHAroma

Have a safe flight!

Rachel J

Safe travels! Don’t go too crazy in Vegas, lol. ;)

Sil

have an awesome time!

OMGsrsly

Have fun! :)

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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So it was like +20 C last week, and this morning, it’s snowing. Haha, gotta love the weather..but I am off to Vegas in less than 24 hours! Hello hot, hot weather! Ah it came up fast, need to pack! I’m going to drink some favorite teas today, as I am leaving my teas behind for my 5 day trip. This one is my favorite for rainy/snowy/generally miserable days, as it’s cozy and makes me feel warm and happy inside. Man it smells good today too. See previous notes on this tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
El Monstro

Ah I went to Vegas when it was freezing, seems like it’s either too hot or too cold there…funny thing is even though it was really cold and windy people were still laying out by the pool in their swimsuits.

MissLena

I bet it’s still warmer than here though! Lol, I just checked out the forecast, looks like the coldest it will be is around 28 C…quite a change from -4 here today lol

El Monstro

OH I almost forgot… I should mention since this is a tea website, they have the best thai food place ever in Vegas, awesome thai iced tea…It’s called lotus of siam if you are looking for a place to eat….relatively inexpensive (it is off of the strip) yet highly rated.

MissLena

Awesome! I will try to check that out, thanks for the info! :)

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Ah I haven’t logged tea in a while it seems! I was at my parents this weekend and was moving there so it’s been tough to get a chance to be on here! I still did drink tea, but no new ones so I might not even backlog them haha, they were good as always though! Anyways, I am having a lovely cup of this tonight, man oh man, 3 mins is the sweet spot for me with this one! And literally sweet too, this is just dripping with honey chocolate flavor. Hmmm almost caramel, but more honey this time. This tea just keeps getting better and better! See previous notes!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Coco-Lemon Thai by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlog – this was the cup I had with dinner, a new recipe the boyfriend found, shrimp with a tequila and sour cream sauce. I was a bit sceptical of the tequila in the sauce, but it was delicious! I wanted a tropical tea to go with dinner, and this one fit the bill, although I steeped it 5 minutes instead of the usual 4 so it was a bit strong. Still yum though, I love this tea. See previous notes :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Jasmint by Della Terra Teas
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Backlog – I cold steeped this for about 18 hours and had a cup yesterday before moving! Oh, and the cold steep was a sipdown too! It was quite nice, very refreshing, the mint and jasmine were quite good. I still have some left in the fridge to drink today too! See previous notes on this tea.

Preparation
8 min or more

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83
drank Cream Caramel Rooibos by Zen Tea
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So I received this as a free sample from Zen Tea Life, and I was pleased to try a new rooibos and also to compare it to DavidsTea’s cream caramel rooibos. Dry, it smelled nice and caramelly, a good start. I was wary of brewing it so long, but the package said 5+ minutes, so I did 7. The steeped smell is still caramel, but I used the wrong steeper haha and there are bits floating all in my tea, didn’t use the fine enough strainer. Ah well, they’ve settled at the bottom to not bother me :)

Wow, this is caramel. This is super sweet, I actually am surprised it’s so darn sweet! This flavor goes very good with the rooibos, the caramel is definitely the strongest, but the rooibos is an excellent base. When compared to Davids, I think this one is doing the caramel much better, it’s stronger and sweeter!

Overall, this is quite nice! Definitely sweet, definitely desserty! A nice before bed tea, especially when I’m craving sugar. Haha, I currently am having Tostitos though, which is kind of offsetting the sweetness, oops my bad! Anyways, this is a very tasty rooibos, and I might have to order a bit of this in the future!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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SIPDOWN! I’m on a roll today haha, actually the boyfriend requested I make him tea, and he wanted a white tea but I said no, we are having this to sip it down, and because it is awesome! He protested a bit, but then he had a cup and said it was really good. This is a nice, subtle change from the savory original Laoshan Green, this one adds lovely sweet notes. I like it a lot, and am very pleased I had a sample of it! See previous notes :)

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SIPDOWN! I only steeped this 2 minutes today, because there were soo much dust in the bottom. I also filtered it after with my gravity infuser to remove all the bits that made it in the cup. Hoping it doesn’t taste as soapy as the last cup I had, it’s still too hot to tell.

So this was pretty darn bitter haha, darn those last cups in the bag! I had a few sips and poured it out, I don’t want to mar my memories of this tea, which are very good! I might pick some of this up again, but I have a big bag of Zen Tea Life’s EGC that I should drink through first. See previous notes on this tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Hello all, I am an electrical engineer (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it was excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte, or decent decaf haha)

I enjoy a variety of teas – current favorites being ripe and raw pu’erhs, chinese black teas and herbal/green rooibos blends. I also enjoy white, green, and oolong teas, although I tend to drink them more in the warmer months. I have also tried matcha and guayusa, but I don’t drink them too often as I am a bit sensitive to caffeine. As a result I don’t drink black teas as often as I used to, but in moderation I can still enjoy a wide variety of teas.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I have tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

MissLena’s rating system
(as of 04/19/13)

95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
90-94: Awesome teas, will probably purchase again a few times
80-89: Very good tea, may restock at some point
70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
50-59: not a favorite, probably will have a tough time finishing the bag
-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.

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