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It seems they can’t all be winners. This one was far too hibiscus-happy for me. I plan on trying again with a shorter steeping time, since I went at the mid-steeping point suggested.

Or perhaps I’ll try it iced. I did order 50g, so I have plenty to experiment with.

Boiling 7 min, 30 sec

Yuck, hibby. :(


It can be a bit much. Some teas I can get on board, but it’s definitely hit or miss.

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drank Granny's Cake by RiverTea
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Now this one I can get behind. It was everything I was hoping for. The star anise could be left out, but I don’t mind it enough to stop drinking.

Update: On second though, maybe the star anise adds a nice dimension. I haven’t fully decided.

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drank Mulberry White Tea by RiverTea
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This was one of the samples I ordered with my RiverTea order.

It’s very reminiscent of Cantaloupe & Cream, a light tea base and light, but still apparent flavours. Overall a tasty tea, but maybe not one I need in my own cupboard. Though I can see why everyone enjoys it.

I still have some more, so I may try adding more leaf to my cup for a bit more flavour.

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drank Happy Banana by RiverTea
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GAAH. This tea is amazing. Amazingly banana bread-ish deliciousness. Sil you were right.

I must have more of this. At all times. This will get expensive. But it will be worth it.

Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

Nooooooo. No. NO. I WANT THIS NOW. See what you did?! Okay fine.


/Sad Bananna


I see what you did there. Bananna. Order some! I order 50g though and there’s really only a few cups at most because the pieces are huge and it calls for 3 tsp./cup.


It’s already added to the ‘will buy soon’ list. Bad Bananna. Bad Bananna.


Happy Banana sounds like a song, or a new greeting. I’m using that.


Hey, Kitty – are you a happy banana today?


i did warn everyone courtney…

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drank Vanilla by Fru P Kaffe & The
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Thanks again Angrboda for sending this wonderful tea. This is my last cup, and I’m sad to see it go. It’s such a delightful base tea with a nice strong, but not overwhelming vanilla flavour.

Perhaps next summer Denmark will be our vacation.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Having a cup of this to celebrate picking up a bit more of it thanks to the email from Verdant earlier today. Phew. I was worried about running out before more was in stock.

3/6 exams are now complete. Halfway there!


Yay! It’s all downhill now?


Haha, actually the next 3 are the hardest – but also my favourite classes, so I don’t mind.


i missed out…again


If you’d, I can send you a bit to tide you over :)


no i still have some…though maybe not once i get back from Van…was thinking about taking that as one of my go to teas… heh


Well, I ordered 3oz. so I have some to spare should you run out before it’s available again.


haha ok. I know i usually try to grab 4-6oz heh

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Bittersweet sipdown here. whatshesaid reminded me there’s no point in hoarding teas because when you eventually, if ever, drink them, they don’t have that flavour you once loved.

This one stared at me every time I opened my cupboard. I imagined it saying “why don’t you love me?” while I thought “it’s because I love you that I hoard you”. Hmm, anthropomorphizing tea? Perhaps all the studying has finally pushed me over the edge… :P

This tea really embodies strawberry rhubarb and the crumble aspect of a dessert. One of the few David’s teas I still love. I wish they hadn’t discontinued it.


I never tried that one, how did it compare to the parfait?

And glad I could inspire you to drink down an old fave…just think, now there’s room for new teas!


I didn’t actually enjoy the parfait haha. The hibiscus was a bit much for me, but I should retry it because I tried it early on in my “tea career”. The cinnamon in this one really works in it’s favour.


Ahh yeah I can see that. I bet this one was better, more desserty.


Much more so, yep. From what I remember of the parfait.

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This is my morning cup. I have taken to just letting the boiled water cool a lot before steeping to avoid any risk of astringency. Therefore I always have an awesome cup of creamy black tea.

On another note, I feel like crap but I’m not full-blown sick. Bleh. I picked up a bunch of oranges, so freshly squeezed orange juice will be plentiful today.


Feel better! I know we’ve talked about this before, about how we often don’t get outright sick but can frequently feel really crappy. Ugggh.

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I’ve had a slight tickle in my throat for nearly a week and tonight I felt like ginger. I’ve been essentially overdosing on vitamin C and lots of fruit to fight it all week. I still have 4 exams and a paper to write so I cannot afford to get sick.

I love the gingery spiciness this tea brings. I am close to a sipdown which means I need to make time to run to David’s. I never really enjoy going to the mall, but if it means I’ll have more of this, I’m sure I’ll survive. :P


I like it too!

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This is a sipdown. Well, until my matcha order from VariaTEA arrives. :)

I needed a little boost because I’m fading but I still need to get just a little bit more studying done before tomorrow. I’m not so much one of those people that can wake up early to get in last minute studying.


I’d rather stay up late than wake up early to study any day! Hooray for matcha boosts :)


I’d rather stay up late than wake up early in general ;) go go gadget studying!

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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.

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

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



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