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drank Graham Slam by Herbal Infusions
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I usually adore this tea, but the last couple cups have been sub-par. I’ve been rushing them. Tonight is much better. Back to the normal tastiness I enjoy.

I’m procrastinating and putting off the copious amount of schoolwork I have to do, which means I’ll have to work even harder tomorrow, but I have zero motivation tonight.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Having this delight for breaky, along with fresh papaya and bananas, and coconut pineapple breakfast loaf. YUM.

I just checked the Verdant website, and they finally have Vanilla Citrus Spice back in stock, but not Laoshan Black. Le sigh. I refuse to order one without the other and pay shipping twice. I will try to be patient.

I’ve finally decided what coffee grinder (gasp, coffee!) I’m going to get, and as soon as I’ve showered I’m going to pick it up. I brought back 4 lbs. of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee beans and I can’t wait to enjoy some and share with J. The more I read up on this coffee, the more I realize I should’ve brought more back – looks like it’s the world’s best coffee, and I believe it.

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Sil

i am with you on the verdant order! though i really want to try zhu rong cha :( that will likely sell out before i can get the ones i want sigh that coffee sounds delicious! and looks awesome in the packaging heh

Courtney

It is delicious Sil, omg. I literally could not get enough of it. I was having 3+ cups for breakfast every day. As for Verdant, every time I check the website, it seems like at least one tea I want is out of stock.

Sil

sounds like i need to go to jamaica haha

Tealizzy

I am totally envious of your breakfast! Yum!

Courtney

Sil I think everyone does. I would move there in a heartbeat haha.

Tealizzy it was so tasty! I’m a sucker for fresh fruit.

__Morgana__

Love Blue Mountain. Mmmmm.

Terri HarpLady

Sil I got the zhu rong chai, so if you don’t have any by the time the BBBB comes back around, remind me & I’ll toss some in there for you :)

Terri HarpLady

I won’t place a verdant order unless I can get the free shipping, but I never seem to have a problem with that ;/

whatshesaid

Adorable coffee packaging! I bet you look forward to waking up for that….coffee in the morning is the best :)

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drank Black Gold by Mandala Tea
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Another awesome surprise from Dexter3657!

This one I may prefer over the Gaba. They are both great black teas, but this one is not quite as thick tasting. Perhaps that’s just due to the shorter steep time. This one has all the aspects of black tea I love. The subtle sweetness and smooth taste.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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drank GABA Black by Mandala Tea
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This was in a surprise parcel waiting for my from Dexter3657 when I got back. I’m on the resteep now, and I had the initial steep last night so this is mostly from memory.

Upon my first sip, I was reminded on Bailin. Which is great, since I keep that one around in decent amounts. The honey, syrup-y thickness was awesome. I have begun steeping Bailin at shorter steep times just because the syrupy quality can be a touch overwhelming, but not knowing what to expect I steeped this one longer and it was still tasty. The resteep is tasty, but in a much lighter flavoured way. Overall a great introduction to Mandala.

Thanks Dex!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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drank Dolce Vita by RiverTea
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Well, I’m back. I honestly would’ve permanently cancelled my return flight in a heartbeat if I was done my degree. I had the last of this awesome sample from Cavo this morning as I huffed in the scent of beach from my swimsuits that needed to go in the laundry. I posted photos on my Instagram if you guys are interested. :)

On a happier note, I’m on the RiverTea website right now choosing teas for my cart. Suggestions are welcome. Thus far I have this one and Happy Banana. This one is so delightful. Maybe it’s because I haven’t had a cup of tea since last week, or because I’m sad to be away from the beach, but the raspberry deliciousness that is this tea seemed even tastier this morning.

Thanks again Cavovorax :)

Stephanie

Welcome back! Pics plz :D

keychange

Welcome back!! and I support your choices for your rt cart, although only based on reviews I’ve read. Banana everything!

Courtney

You may have to follow me Stephanie :) http://instagram.com/courtneydc

keychange BANANA IN ALL THE THINGS.

Stephanie

Ok, I guess today is the day I sign up for Instagram LOL

Courtney

Hahaha I can upload some to my photobucket I suppose :P

Stephanie

Oohhhh it wants me to download the app before I can make an account shakes old lady cane at it

Courtney

Hahaha the shakes old lady cane at it. I do love Instagram. I’ve got a bunch of social medias, as I’m sure we all do, but Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr are my kept up to date ones.

caile

Welcome back! :)

Suziqzer

Welcome back! Glad you had a safe trip and hope it was glorious!

__Morgana__

Welcome back— glad you had a great time!

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I’m in Montreal guys! I immediately got off the very full plane and headed to get this tea. This has become a bit of a habit when I have stopovers in Montreal, which is nearly every summer.

I’m not usually a Starbucks fan, but this is the one treat I allow myself. It’s a nice pick me up after the somewhat long flight. I’ve got about an hour and a half to kill before my flight home. Home, eeee! Even though I’ll only be there for about 7 hours, I’m so excited.

P.S. The paper and presentation I saved for the flights, well I finished the paper within the first hour and got two chapters of studying done for medical evolution. Productivity for the win.

Fjellrev

Go you, being all productive!

Courtney

Thanks! It’s amazing what one can do when the Internet is inaccessible. :P

VariaTEA

For a short while, we were in the same place and that is nice :)

Courtney

We were! I am still technically here, on the runway. Perhaps we will be geographically close again soon.

VariaTEA

Haha and maybe someday we will actually meet face to face :P

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Last tea before I’m off! It’s a great choice. Thanks again Cavo for sharing. :)

I’ll miss you guys.

Stephanie

Have a great trip!!!

VariaTEA

Have a safe flight and an awesome vacation!

keychange

Have fun!! lots of relaxing, I hope!

caile

Have a great time!! :)

Courtney

Thanks! I’m on the plane now. The stopover in Montreal means everyone is speaking French. Thank goodness I paid attention in school. :P

caile

That’s good! ;)

Sil

bon voyage!

VariaTEA

Oh French speaking flights, I know them well :P.

Courtney

First leg down. Bonjour Montreal.

caile

That was fast!

Courtney

Haha 4.5 hours from AB to Montreal. I have a connecting flight now home, then another from home to Jamaica.

caile

Haha, well, not that fast then. Didn’t you come from home already?

Courtney

Nope home is Nova Scotia. :)

caile

Oh, that’s nice! I have only been west and never that far east, but I have always wanted to go there as it seems so beautiful. Anyway, enjoy your trip and have lots of fun!!

Sil

Caile – having been to both ends of Canada, it’s well worth the time to go out both ways haha. I love my mountains out west and the ocean there…but damn if the east coast isn’t beautiful and amazing in it’s own way as well.

caile

Yes, I will have to go! :)

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drank Graham Slam by Herbal Infusions
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This tea is wonderful. It isn’t nearly as sweet as the smell may lead one to believe, which I personally really enjoy. The graham-ness comes through clearly as well.

I’m almost packed guys. I actually just used our carry-on size luggage piece, and I’ll bring my bookbag too. J decided he would take the entire day off to drive me to the airport tomorrow morning. :P He did ask me for a breaky date at Cora’s before I’m off, so that will be lovely. There is a massive storm at home right now, so hopefully flights will not be delayed or cancelled flying into Halifax tomorrow, eek.

Fjellrev

Exciting! I hope there won’t be any delays.

__Morgana__

Yay! Have a great trip!

OMGsrsly

Yay! Have so much fun! :)

Aimee Popovacki

haha the storm is pretty much gone!

whatshesaid

It’s over now…I think! Have fun!

keychange

Wow, that storm sounded crazy intense. Have so so much fun!

Courtney

Thanks guys! And thanks for the updates too Aimee and whatshesaid. :) Yay!

caile

Have a wonderful trip! :)

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I am really enjoying this one. I was a bit concerned that it wouldn’t be as flavourful as I’d hoped, but it is. Yay!

I believe this is delicate, because it came as a sample size envelope, and I’m finding it quite flavourful. That sift vanilla I’m accustomed to. I would buy this one for my own cupboard.

Thanks Cavovorax!

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I threw both this and French Vanilla matcha in the fridge with milk this morning to sit all day. Now it’s time to compare.

Upon first sip, the vanilla is here with a hint of, is that cinnamon? It’s very subtle, but there is something that isn’t just pure vanilla. Or maybe that’s what Madagascar vanilla is? It doesn’t seem to be cinnamon exactly, but I can’t figure it out. Not nutmeg either, since I generally do not like nutmeg.

I just checked the French Vanilla, and it’s definitely only in the Madagascar. Fascinating.

I would say this one is tasty, but I don’t really need it in my life. I’ve drank half the jar and only one sip of the French Vanilla, but I am preferring the FV.

Thanks for sharing both these awesome matchas Cavovorax! Also, is this one delicate?

Cavocorax

I believe so! The label didn’t have any flavouring level on it, so I assume the default is delicate?

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Lover of tea, animals, the ocean (http://eastcoastbest.tumblr.com/), science, travel, and all things summer.

That’s my mug! I may have a slight love of Star Trek.

I love black teas. I pretty well always drink my tea straight. I’m also fond of herbals, but they rarely make my permanent collection. I prefer my tea hot, but occasionally I’ll cold brew.

Oolongs I enjoy, but I’m not generally in the mood for them. I only truly enjoy subtly fruity flavoured greens. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino).

Pu’erhs I’m working on at a snail’s pace, but so far I’m not loving them. Rooibos/honeybush have to be well hidden for me to enjoy them. Mates and are not for me at all.

Likes:
Coconut, creaminess, yogurt, toffee, cacao (true dark chocolate flavour), rhubarb.

Dislikes:
Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss.

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Canada

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