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93
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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94
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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87
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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79
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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86

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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84

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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94
drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
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Momentous occasions call for the best tea..and today is definitely the day. I wrote my last final of my undergraduate university engineering degree this morning! I am done! (providing I pass everything, but that is very likely haha) So to celebrate this excellent day, I decided to try this tea. I’ve had a sample of this tea for ages, from one of my first Verdant orders last year. I have been waiting for the right time, and it is here.

The dry smell is excellent, it reminds me of Master Han’s Yunnan black, a light hay scent with a hint of honey. I decided to do this tea gongfu, so I put in a bunch of it, almost half the sample bag, and did a short rinse. Good lord, the rinse smelled so good!! I was like why am I pouring this away! Lol, and then I steeped for just a few seconds and poured it out. The resulting liquor is the most beautiful golden color, and it smells like sweet potatoes dipped in honey. Mmmm. A sweet, delicious scent.

My goodness.

The taste is so. good. The sweet honey flavor, the sweet potato richness, vanilla, sparkles, sugar. Like a yunnan white but so much richer and smooth. I have decided, I really enjoy yunnan teas. This one is the king though. I just love that honey aftertaste. So good.

Overall, this is one heck of a treat. So happy I finally opened up this sample. Might have to get more of this, but this is definitely a savoring tea, one I want to save for special occasions. I cannot say anything else about it without repeating other reviews haha. I know my tasting note isn’t very in depth with flavors or anything, but this is just a tea that is so tasty I don’t even know how to say it enough. If that makes sense. I will enjoy many steeps of this this afternoon. I should probably eat something first, though, as I will be tea drunk in no time if I don’t!

Rachel J

Let me be the first to say CONGRATULATIONS!!! There is nothing like the feeling of finishing a degree. The RELIEF is amazing.

OMGsrsly

YAY!!! Congratulations!!! :D :D kermit arms

MissLena

Haha thanks you guys!! It’s pretty surreal at the moment, definitely hasn’t fully sunk in that I don’t have anymore exams! :D

Cavocorax

Congrats! :) Glad the tea was worth the wait!

MissLena

Thanks Cavo! Yeah I’ve been drinking it all day haha will have to save the leaves for tomorrow as well, can’t believe how much flavor is still left in the leaves! Just might have to order…..lol

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70
drank The Immunizer by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve had a steadily building headache all day, and saw the migraine thread in the discussion. So I decided to bust out my most minty tea..which is this one. I haven’t had this since January when the boyfriend and I were ridiculously sick haha. This is not a bad tea, minty with a sweet edge to it as well, but it still is a tea I will keep reserved for when sick. However, if it helps my headache, it might be used for that too! Also, this reminds me that I need to pick up some straight peppermint tea or spearmint at some point. See previous notes on this tea!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Honeydew Mate by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh yeah, I picked up 50 g of this last week :D so I combined my little 1 serving into the big bag and am having a cup now, normally I try to stay away from caffeine during exams but I had a 2 hr nap today, so I need to get cracking for my last exam tomorrow! I absolutely loveee this tea. It’s fresh, it’s sweet, it’s smooth, it has green roobios, all the good things! I love green rooibos, btw. Anyways, I will stop babbling and get back to work. See previous notes on this tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 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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