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drank Sip of Sage by DAVIDsTEA
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This took looked quite promising so I took some home now that spearmint is forever gone (RIP). It is heavily spearminty, however I can’t taste any sage and I get vegetal notes from the green tea. I’ll keep drinking it, but I’m always going to be bitter about them discontinuing spearmint.

Flavors: Mint, Spearmint, Vegetal

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drank Spearmint by DAVIDsTEA
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Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Earth, Mango, Spices, Sweet

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drank Premium Ruan Zhi by TeaSide
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Thank you to Tea-side for the free sample

mmmm this oolong is so good. Super creamy, fruity, floral, and a great example of a jade oolong.

There is a natural sweetness accompanying a thick creaminess. I can taste a heavily floral and fruity flavour. Orchid/germanium, mango, coconut. I am a huge fan of jade oolongs and I drink a lot of them, so I can confidently say this is a very high quality rolled jade oolong.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Creamy, Floral, Fruity, Geranium, Mango, Orchid, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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drank Organic Spearmint by David's Tea
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drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Jin Xuan Oolong Premium by TeaSide
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Thank you to Teaside for providing me with this free sample for review

This is unlike any Jin Xuan in unlike any I have tried before. It tastes almost like a black tea with strong tannic flavour with an odd floral flavour (not orchid, I can’t place it). The aftertaste is honey-like. There is some bitterness and fruity (pear? citrus? I’m unsure) in there but combined with the floral element it reminds me a bit of cleaning products or soap.

Flavors: Bitter, Citrus, Floral, Fruity, Honey, Pear, Tannic

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 30 sec 2 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Orange Mint by India's Tea
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drank GABA Oolong by Tea Side
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Thank you to Tea Side for the free samples.

I tried 1 tsp leaf (opened up into 5x its size at least) in 650 mL very hot water + a dash of soy milk. I would not reccommend drinking this with milk because it was weirdly floral and musty which didn’t go with the creaminess.

Steep 2, properly this time. Cooler hot water, a bit less water, no milk. This tastes a lot like a Thai honey black cultivar. I’m guessing this is an oolong that is heavily oxidized, similar to a black tea. But this oolong comes in pretty round balls instead of the typical long twig look of honey blacks.

There is some natural sweetness, it does need a bit of a longer steep to get all of the flavours out (or multiple steeps), some mineral/charcoal notes, some floral notes come out at the beginning but later now that I let my tea get cold it is gone. No bitterness but the charcoal minerals make it slightly astringent in the after taste.

This is a decent tea, and clearly very well prepared

Flavors: Astringent, Char, Floral, Honey, Mineral, Tannin

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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drank Orange Mint by India's Tea
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Orange juice and toothpaste don’t go together. Neither does a herbal peppermint and orange rind.

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I am a biochem major hoping for a career in research genetics and evolutionary biology. I love science fiction and spend too much of my time reading comic books. I’m a passionate keeper of spiders, cacti, and exotic plants. I eat a vegan, plant-based diet for moral and environmental reasons (I mention this only because it is relevant to which flavoured teas I drink).

I drink mostly flavoured and low caffeine teas/tisanes, but I will try anything twice. As far as pure teas go, I gravitate towards whites, yellows, and jade oolongs. I’m always open for trades and sample sales/exchanges. Message me any time :)

My cupboard is mostly up to date. For a more comprehensive list, see my stash spreadsheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-HjWKR3um-xEnj6HC9vMvKXOAyj_bpW5u_2ixEC20-k/edit?usp=sharing
Most of these are only tiny samples/I can’t always spare any, but feel free to ask.

Favourite flavours/ingredients:
Rum/alcohol, clove, cardamom, rosemary, pine, sage, moss/Earthy, lychee, floral, creamy, malt, hay, rice/grain, toasty, desserty, cocoa/chocolate, decaf or no caffeine, very unusual flavours

Favourite tea types
Decaf teas (any variety)/no caf tisanes like honeybush and rooibos, yellow, jade oolong, white, Darjeeling blacks

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Acidic/sour/tart, melon, grapefruit, bitter, astringent, smokey, sickly sweet (too much chicory, cinnamon, or licorice root), yerba mate, mushroom/fungus,

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Animal products: [confectioners glaze, gelatine, marshmallows, whey, lactose, white choc chips, caramel bits, etc]
St. John’s wort (herb) or stevia

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