drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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So this was actually my first time trying an oolong tea at all, and aside from reading complicated descriptions of how the various teas differ from one another, I figure there’s no better way to really tell the differences than to simply try them out.

So, along came vanilla-orchid from david’s tea. I mainly picked it because I’m typically drawn to stronger, black teas, and I was told that oolongs are at least closer to black than other types of tea. That, and the light vanilla-orchid scent wafting up from the canister was calling my name. I have to say, however, that even when inhaling the scent of this tea, I don’t get much orchid—mainly a creamy vanilla scent, with “something else” that seems unidentifiable (perhaps that’s the oolong though, who knows).
Upon the recommendations of pretty much everyone, my first sip of this tea was plain—i.e. with nothing added to sweeten or thicken it. I found the initial taste to be a bit strong, bland, and a bit thin (if that’s an appropriate descriptor), so I added in two cubes of sugar, and that seemed to make a huge difference. I still got a distinct tea flavour, but there was also a delicious vanilla flavour that seemed to be a more “adult” vanilla and less of a birthday cake and sprinkles vanilla. I threw out the leaves, because I couldn’t fathom using them again (I’m terrified that the second cup will only be weaker), although I intend on trying it again, this time perhaps adding a touch of cream. all in all, I like it so far, and am interested in tinkkering around with it a bit to see if I can’t manufacture the perfect taste I suspect is lurking in these leaves! (as a side note, it might be worth mentionning that I heat and dispense my water with the keurig, and this morning discovered the nastiest, grittiest film coating the water storage tank on the side of the machine. Horrified, I uselessly chipped away at it a bit with my fingernails, only to discover it was caked on and actually covered the entire inner area of the tank. I think that has to do with the utterly disgusting water quality here in this city, and until I saw that cakey build-up, I never really believed I needed filtered water for tea—but now I’m heading out to get a filter pretty much immediately.)

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Well, it’s been slightly over six months since I’ve joined steepster, and I can’t say enough wonderful things about this community. Like many of you, I began my foray into the world of loose-leaf tea by discovering David’s Tea, and although I’ve ventured out and have discovered many other companies that I’m extremely fond of, there are still many of David’s teas that I hold close to my heart and I will always appreciate it as a starting point for my journey.

As for my preferences, I tend to prefer bold black tea, flavoured and unflavoured alike, and I almost always take my blacks with cream and sugar. This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy a good, flavoured white though, and I’m slowly making my way through the incredibly confusing world of oolongs and greens. I am also not a fan of rooibos, although I am starting to suspect green rooibos may be ok, but you know how it is: when you’ve decided you detest a certain ingredient, you’ll notice it everywhere—perhaps even where it doesn’t exist!

Things other than tea: I’m engaged to be married to my best friend, and feel like the richest woman on the planet because of it. I am also a veracious reader, and I also happen to have an obsession with fragrances, and have amassed quite a collection, although it pales in comparison to some collections out there! As a result of this obsession, I also follow several fragrance blogs, and am always up for a chat about scent. I’m also almost completely blind, and this does indeed mean that I come complete with a guide dog, who unlike me, hales from the sunny California campus of Guide dogs for the Blind. I think I’ve rambled on long enough, but if there’s anything you’d like to know or if you just feel like chatting to someone, please don’t hesitate to send me a message.


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