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I left my favourite timolino at work the other day and needed a tea fix on the way. I used to drink this ALL the time, might as well have just hooked me up to an IV. However, this time around all I tasted was hot paper. I finished it, only because I told myself it was all in my head. People at work laughed at me when I told them I had one, they didn’t believe me.
I’ve noticed that with all the oolongs I have tried Verdant has the most fragrant ones. I just brewed a cup of this and I’m waiting for it to cool and the smell is lovely. Nutty and a little sweet. I’m the worst at describing flavours. I’m only on the first steep and I love it.
I LOVE getting orders in the mail. Make my day, the worst part was having it arrive while i was at work yesterday and not being able to have any until this morning! Torture!
I felt like I couldn’t figure this cup out. It was everything it promised, but I could pick a predominant flavour. Chocolate, chamomile, spearmint, licorice. I;m in love.
Thank you to my dog who took it upon himself to decide I didn’t need any sleep today. ’Tis now a matcha marathon day, Thursdays at work are always insane.
I’m not a tuesday fan. I like mondays, but not tuesdays. I’m tired, cranky and way too ready for bed.
My day consisting of; realising a company that was supposed to do a refund actually re-charges me, a “lady visit” to the doctor, a loooooong day at work, no supper made when I got home and then not being able to find a live feed of the Westminster Dog Show. :(
This is an amazing little cup of sunshine though. It’s tangy and creamy. Loving it!
Hmm. . .I steeped this one twice today. I expected it to be a bold, strong cup since it was nearly coffee like in colour. But, there was something lacking. The berry was nice, but it didn’t give me what I was looking for. Happy to have tried it though!
I didn’t like this last time, that has definitely changed! It just shows how your tastes develop.
I can finally have the last bit of this sample for Terri! Because more is on it’s way too me! Yay
Mmmm! Good morning. I’m loving these days off, I actually have time for reviews. Or not so much reviews as tid bits of my life disguised as reviews. This was the perfect compliment to the sweetness of the banana bread I made. My dog is being a mooch though, silently staring at me while blowing jowl bubbles. Not sharing, Rally. Not sharing.
I made cookies today and this was the perfect addition!
I was cleaning my house today and stopping to sip this, then I got to thinking. It was only a year ago that my mornings started with coffee and that the only tea in my house was Red Rose. I was okay with that, about once a year I’d go buy some tetley pomegranate green or lemon green or something with my grocery order. Now, even with the amount of tea and samples I have in my shelves I still get bored.
When I get border I go on a mad search through all my tea and find some thing I either 1) Have not yet tried. 2) Forget how it tastes. or 3) Need to give another chance to.
Every time I have made this tea I have messed it up. For some reason I’m just incredibly inattentive to this one tea in particular. Once I steeped it for 30 minutes. . . Today I made it right, I made myself make it right.
I stopped making lunch, I stopped cleaning the house, I stopped watching tv and I stared at the tea kettle until it simmered, then I stared at the leaves with a 4 minute timer in my hand. I’m certain I didn’t need to be so meticulous but it certainly paid off. I could taste the maple, the pecans and the tea. I didn’t pick up on any citrus notes though, but I’m not really a detail girl. I’m more of a “Damn that’s good!” girl.
So, Damn that’s good! Upping my rating.
Good morning world! Watching some tv getting energized. I need to clean house, but not until I have had adequate caffeine. On cup 2, brewed western style.
I’m not sure how I haven’t logged this one yet. The package is almost gone!
It is one of the few Butiki teas that doesn’t have that juicy undertone. It’s lighter, almost fluffy tasting. I love it, never disappointed by Butiki.
The last cup in my stash. :( I miss you already.
This is so nice and spicy! It’s perfect for this horrendously cold day we’re currently having. It’s a cozy tea, the kind that reminds you of the comfort you get from a big family dinner. The reminiscing and laughter. I’m getting ginger, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. If I actually focus I can even taste the crust!
I made this one in my little porcelain matcha bowl with my bamboo whisk. I steamed up some milk to have it as a latte. I feel like this was the perfect way to have it. My husband even let me try it when he used it in a smoothie. It added a nice spice to his bland, diet shake. lol
I ordered this one in the “There’s Matcha in there?” flavour level. I think it’s perfect this way, but I love spice. This is one of the best pumpkin teas I have tried so far, though I don’t really catch a whole lot of pumpkin, more so the spices that so a long with it. I want to make a good, old fashioned Libby’s Pumpkin Pie now. Guess that gives me something to do on my next day off! Thank Red Leaf, you kinda rock!
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This tea is everything I had hoped for and then some! Like fresh, fully ripe bananas mixed with a little bit of those yummy banana marshmallow candies! I got this one as part of the 3+1, husband tried to talk me out of it, but i kept thinking about this banana matcha smoothie that I used to get before work all the time. I got this as “There’s matcha in there” flavour level and it was definitely dramatic, in a good way! With this one I actually learned to sift prior to mixing. It actually bring out the flavour so much more and increases the amount of bubbles when you whisk! I actually preferred it without milk, which I wasn’t expecting.
This is definitely and absolutely a happy tea. The tea you have when you’re cranky to change it all. If it wasn’t so damn cold out I’d would try this as an iced tea. It’s going to be a great addition to a hot summer day. I think I need to tone down the flavour level because I can’t taste the matcha, which of course I should have taken the hint from the title, lol. It’s coming to work with me today though.
I had to make this today. In my hazy morning fog I botched the first package. It’s embarrassing to say how, so we’ll leave it at that. lol
Second packet was perfect. Had the first steep while i packed my lunch, second and third came to work. It is bold and unique. Thank you verdant!
This is my memorial note to my bag of GMS. You were very young, missing a mere two cups worth. But, I had left you in my work bag and someone spilled water in there and didn’t tell me. So, bit of a surprise this morning when I go to assess my tea stash and find your soggy, crumpled body mangled in my bag.
I’ll miss you, you were the only guayusa I enjoyed, and I enjoyed oyu a LOT! Now you’re gone. :(
Mmmmmm. . . Got my January tea of the month club box today. I made this, stove top, without a black tea base because I worked late.
Holy crap this is good. Spicy and smooth and damn I love Cardamom!
My coworker RAVES about this tea, so I decided to give it a try as a cup to go. I enjoy rooibos, quite a bit. I’ve found recently I also enjoy coconut. Apparently not that much though. This is an experience that I liken to drinking a cup full of the worst bad breath you have ever smelled. Not for me, that for sure.
Second try. First time I failed it by using too hot of water. This time I used a perfect temp and steamed milk.
It’s gonna take some getting used to. It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s just VERY different than anything I have ever had. I didn’t even like puerh at first and I enjoy this more.
So, I’m not going to rate this because I know I will like it eventually.
I’m just going to say that I could not imagine the difference sifting matcha makes. It actually tastes like cheesecake, not just sweet matcha. This is a wonderful revelation. lol
Upping the rating on this one. I love it to much. . . also it contributed to a nice tea drunk today that inspired a FULL duet of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ featuring myself and a coworker in the middle of the day. That alone gives it a few extra points. :)