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Iced! Sweet and refreshing – can’t ask for much more.

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drank Main Squeeze by DAVIDsTEA
4470 tasting notes

After what feels like forever of this tea being on back order, we finally got a shipment of it to the store. I’d missed it, so I drank an iced cup almost immediately after we had refilled the tin with the new shipment. Of course, I did brutally oversteep it and so this tasted FAR MORE like the Yerba Mate than any sort of fruit. Orange notes did still come through though, and it was still a tasty cuppa.

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drank Cease & Desist! by 52teas
4470 tasting notes

Sipdown (203)!

Iced, because why not?

I really like the forbidden beverage for which this was originally named after – in fact there’s currently a bottle of it in my fridge. So, I thought that this was a great idea, and I definitely saw it working well with the Genmaicha base.

In practice? I don’t think this completely nails it although some of the elements are definitely there. There’s an overall sweetness that a normal Genmaicha wouldn’t have and so that works for the blend. As well, there’s definitely a presence of cinnamon too. I notice it the most near the end of the sip; at the start the roastyness is the most prominent flavour. I definitely think there could be more of a defined rum notes though to really sell this, and while I assume the “rice” is meant to come from the Genmaicha itself, I feel like that doesn’t fully do the trick, though I’m not sure what exactly would. That said, I thought this was pretty pleasant overall even if it didn’t totally live up to my expectations.

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Western-styled. 3 minutes @ 195 F. Smooth black tea with zero astringency. Not the best, but not too bad either.

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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
307 tasting notes

I keep tripping over the box of teas I put aside when I doled them out for Sil. Yeah, yeah, I know it’s been a month, but the opportunity for revisiting them all sooner rather than later presented itself, so here we are.

I love this tea. It’s a tea that when I don’t want to make tea decisions of what to drink never fails to please me: slightly chocolatey, slightly caramel, slightly sweet, malty and yet smooth, a not in your face kind of Yunnan black with each steep bringing different nuance. The trick, I think, with this tea is to steep it with cooler water to bring out the scented notes. I don’t find it to be finicky. Nonetheless, sometimes I get better results on different days. I often carry it with me throughout the day.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Bought an icecream sandwich as Cookie’s by George during a lunch break over the weekend, however the icecream was SO hard that I couldn’t bite into it. So, I salvaged the situation by brewing a strong mug of this tea and then dropping the icecream “puck” into the tea to melt. Man was that a solid life choice! With the melted down icecream, the tea tasted like a thick, super creamy banana cream pie! Mmm!

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drank Zhi Lan Xiang by Tea Drunk
165 tasting notes

Most interesting. Tried the 2015 spring. I must say that after drinking mostly shou and hong cha for last 3 month its great to do a gongfu session with a superb Dan Cong. I mean I did try to make this several ways, grandpa and western style but it doesn’t do this tea service. This tea only can be drunk as a gongfu session, IMHO. Used a lot of leaf to a new celadon pot and went outside to brew and watch the bluebirds vie for nest boxes. The tea is of medium roast and gives a supple soup pumpkin in hue with medium viscosity. The first few steeps offer up the most intense floral honeysuckle and orange blossom flavors and aromas. Middle steeps send the florals into the background and a vegetal sweetness takes center stage akin to butternut squash. Next presence of minerality adding a bit of nuance during the later steeps. Overall not too lengthy, 8 steeps but that is just what it wanted me to have. Again if you have the bucks and really enjoy a bring it home gongfu session with Dan Cong , try any of Tea Drunk’s selection, they’re that good.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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So, I’m learning Mandarin right now on Rosetta Stone – it’s been both a quick process, and a slow one. If that makes sense? Like, I feel as if they’re covering a LOT of ground really quickly, but my comprehension is somewhat iffy. I can remember singular words super easily; it’s just that putting those into complete sentences is much more difficult. I also feel like I’m struggling with pronunciation in a lot of areas. I just have to keep reminding myself that this is NOT going to be a quick learning process and just to be patient, especially since this is the first language I’ve ever attempted to learn other than my native one, English.

But anyway – I just thought you all would find it really amusing that like literally the seventh word that they teach you how to say is tea/cha. I mean, not a new word for me obviously. Still, priorities, right? Gotta get that tea knowledge drilled in EARLY. I also found it interesting that another REALLY early word is newspapaer. I wouldn’t have thought that would be as important to know right off the bat. As for the tea? My accompaniment to the last lesson I took. I rewarded myself with a sip of lychee goodness every time I memorized a new noun.

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drank Momma's PB&J by Tiesta Tea
4470 tasting notes

Made this as an iced tea, with some agave to soften some of the hibby tartness.

I liked this better as an iced tea because the hibiscus and general tartness was a lot more mellowed out; I got more of a really ripe strawberry flavour this time around. I still find this to be such a weird flavour experience though because as jammy as it is the “peanut butter” comes through REALLY strongly/clearly too. While the fruit may comprise most of the top notes/initial flavour, that nuttyness cuts in pretty distinctly in the latter half of the sip and finish. It just feels, SO MUCH to me like they’re competing flavour notes because there’s a disjoint between how they flow together and that weirds me out even if they taste good separately.

Why does PB&J work as a sandwich but not a tea!?

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The bulk of my floral tea binge is over now, but I’m still really enjoying rose teas at the moment and this is certainly no exception. I made this one as an iced latte, and just reveled in the sweet, silky rose and white chocolate notes. I don’t know how much longer my store is gonna have this tea in stock; I really do need to decide if I want to stock up on it sooner rather than later…

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This tea smells so good but I’m just not in love with the taste. Frustratingly, despite knowing that, I found myself BADLY craving a cup of it even though I knew I wouldn’t be in love with the taste. So, I steeped a cup of it and got satisfaction from the orange/chocolate in it for like three sips? And then after that I was sick of it. Thankfully someone else was working with me who adores this one so I gave her the rest of the cup.

#NoTeaWasted

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drank Turmeric Glow by DAVIDsTEA
4470 tasting notes

Had a cup of this one on shift with a little bit of milk; we were one cup worth of tea away from being at any empty tin – and it would have done no one any good to put it back on the wall with only a cup left in it; so I ‘bit the bullet’ and drank it. But honestly I was happy to; I may have started off on the fence about this tea but it’s quickly become my favourite from the Feel Good collection. I even bought a Skinny Tin of it for at home once it starts to get phased out when the Spring Collection launches. If you like it but haven’t tried it yet with milk or as a latte, I definitely recommend doing so.

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Sipdown (204)!

Thanks VariaTEA for the sample!

I made this one at work iced, and I have to say I was initially rather disappointed with it. The cinnamon was way too strong, and very astringent. I decided to add some agave to the tea to hopefully sweeten things out and soften up the astringency/intense spices. It did work because more fruit notes were drawn out; nothing I’d call especially plum like through. Also, definitely less astringency though the intensity of the cinnamon/clove was still rather strong. I guess, bottom line, I just expected the fruit/plum half of this blend to be stronger since that’s the aspect the tea’s named after. Some spices would have been a nice compliment to a sweet plum note, but as is the balance of flavours in this seems opposite to what it should be for me.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukNOaKeUEQY&index=11&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
4470 tasting notes

Had this one as a latte. I’d been craving it for a while, and so after it was brewed and I got those first sips of heavenly, sweet nutty walnut and coconut goodness I had the whole cuppa downed in about three minutes – just enough time to walk to the stock room across the mall and realize I now had nothing to sip on while I did inventory. Should have savored it more…

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drank Maple Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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So, the other day at my Store we were sampling the Maple Matcha infused Milk Chocolate and I figured I might as well try it too. I actually really liked it this way; I thought the maple came through subtly but noticeably, and the sweetness of the tea makes a lot of sense mixed in with chocolate which is pretty sweet anyway. Seriously; this one was solid all around. Only weird thing was that the texture was sort of odd. Not gritty, but like a “soft grittiness”? That doesn’t really make sense – but suffice to say it was noticeable and consistent enough for me to be able to tell there was matcha in it. Not unpleasant, though.

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Cold Brew Sipdown (205)!

Well, I can’t say I’m necessarily sad to see this one gone. It’s still by far not my favourite flavoured Houjicha blend from 52Teas – however it has admittedly grown on me A LOT since I first tried it. A bit of an acquired taste, really.

Flavors: Char, Melon, Nutty, Roasted

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This one has been on my wish list for a while and tea-sipper was kind enough to include a sample in my recent stash sale purchase. To be honest, my first cup really didn’t impress me. But I think it’s because I drank the whole thing while it was still piping hot. This time around, I let it cool for a good 10-15 minutes before drinking and the coconut flavor is popping a lot more. It’s still not the best coconut tea I’ve ever tried, but it is creamy and yummy and I’m glad for the chance to try it. Thanks, tea-sipper!

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Dirt cheap tea that is better than what you might expect for the price.

I’ve consumed most of a cake of this stuff. It’s too astringent to make a slippery or oily mouthfeel, lengxiang is weak and fleeting, it’s not very sweet, and it doen’t have much longevity. I’ve given up on trying to push it past 8 steeps.

On the plus side, it makes a dark gold to orange soup, and has a definite matured puer flavor and aroma while it lasts. There are a few steeps after the leaves open and before it plays out that are pretty smooth and nice. You get some idea what older puer can taste like with this.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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A unique flavor profile, even for an aged oolong. Ridiculously intense almond note throughout. Sour dried plums and walnut bitterness in the beginning fade to an herbaceous, dried fruit sweetness redolent of candied amarena cherries in middle infusions. Slight leather note in the fragrance of later infusions, along with a caramel/flan sweetness. Mouthfeel is quite juicy with medium viscosity. Sadly, the flavor dissipates after three or four infusions, but an enjoyable tea nonetheless.

Flavors: Almond, banana, Caramel, Cherry, Cinnamon, Dried Fruit, Dust, Flan, Leather, Nectar, Oak wood, Plums, Sour, Sugar, Walnut

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 6 OZ / 175 ML

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Man, you really appeal to Dan Cong lovers Andrew. Though you’re the reason why I’m an oolong lover in the first place so it should be no surprise.

I actually liked the combo because the Dan Cong was what lead the taste of the tea with surprisingly bright florals in a midst of some woodiness. I’d have to try it again to figure out the woods, but it was on the bamboo side with a slight citrus touch. The amacha with the mi xiang of the tea matched really well, and it did well enough that my roommate who does not drink tea all the time thought so.

With that said, the sweetness would welcome or detract for some people. I liked that it was sweet for me without it needing sugar, but then again, I am a type one diabetic so I am a little bit more sensitive to that. I do agree with Sil that the amacha has a stevia type taste that matches something closer to splenda. It can give me a dry throat feeling, but the dancong’s flavor makes it up for me.

Though I liked it, I’m not sure how often I’d drink it or if I would buy it. I probably would have bought this when I was on steepster early on because I enjoyed Dan Congs a little more than I do now, but I do not mind having it in my cupboard at all. If I had more money, I’d buy a small amount and reserve it seasonally. It did really well on a cold day in the late evening. Otherwise, this tea is hard to place. The idea of this blend is incredibly unique and that will be hard to market. I would emphasize this being an oolong that has the sweetener without the guilt, maybe even a sweet iced tea in flavor…never mind sweet tea is usually black. I don’t know what I’m saying on here anyway lol. Dan cong lovers, at least try this.

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