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I cold brewed this one for six hours last night. I should’ve done it for more but it was six or fourteen type thing – and I didn’t want to risk overdoing it. OMGsrsly suggested condensed milk, but I really, really do not like milk in my tea so I just opted for cold brewed. The maple flavour is still lovely and apparent. Maybe one day I will get over my milk in tea thing, but for now I love this tea hot.

I can’t wait to pick up more! Under three weeks now!

Thanks again OMGsrsly!

OMGsrsly

Hong Kong Milk Tea. One day I hope you experience it and like it! :)

Courtney

You do have the best ideas for mixings. Maybe once I have my own stash of this awesome tea I’ll be brave enough to mess around with it. :)

OMGsrsly

I treat my tea collection like a fancy coffee shop, honestly. I’ll add (almost) anything to my teas, just to try. :)

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Another sample from Roswell Strange!

Well hello hibiscus. It’s been a while. I can’t recall when I last had a hibiscus-laden tea. Sometimes I don’t find hibiscus all that bad, and tonight is one of those times. It’s certainly tart, but it wouldn’t say this one is bad. In the right mood, I could see having more of this. I have a feeling it would be decent cold. I don’t know if I can truly taste anything beneath the hibiscus, but there is is.

Thanks Roswell Strange!

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My swap arrived from Roswell Strange! Just as I was thinking I had my samples under control. And I just placed my Butiki order, along with two others over the weekend. Teas galore it will be.

This is a tasty tea. It’s fairly straightforward in that what it says, it is. A fairly sweet black tea, a great treat. I love the mini marshmallows. It’s sweetly vanilla and caramel/chocolatey with that marshmallow goodness. I would enjoy a sample of this every now and then, but I don’t think it’s necessarily something I need in my cupboard. Though J is getting low on Lemon Chiffon and I need to place a Della Terra order stat so he doesn’t run out completely.

Thanks Roswell Strange!

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90

This tea is delicious. That is all.

Thanks OMGsrsly!

Update: I added a wee dollop (~1/2 tsp) of maple syrup to the resteep and it’s just as tasty as the first.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Courtney

I can’t wait to pick more of this one up in a few short weeks!

OMGsrsly

Woo! I hope Nolan is working when you go in. He’s really awesome. Such a tea geek. :)

Sil

i guess i need to figure out what teas i should be picking up as well lol

Courtney

I’ve got my list started! Between Steam and Bayswater, I shall bring back plenty for my cupboard. Any other companies I should check while I’m there?

Sil

not sure if you’ve seen this: http://goo.gl/maps/gXsKK

lol if you go over to the island. janet’s tea shop and silk road tea….i think soko tea house is in vancouver and decent…o5 is an experience. if you like tea with milk and sugar – murchie’s granville island has a couple…

Courtney

You know so much. I will keep the map. We never go over to the island haha, but perhaps Seattle will be on tap this trip. Which reminds me my passport is soon expiring.

Sil

that map is ALLL omgsrsly. haha We’re trying to decide whether we can manage a trip to the island – i have old old old family there and/or whether we want to try for a day trip to seattle heh

Courtney

Oh yes. We have the staples we do, since we go 2-3 times every summer haha. We always plan for Seattle… and never make it haha! I’ve only been to the island once, despite living in Vancouver myself and visiting more times than I can count.

Sil

island is always like an overnight trip in my head…

OMGsrsly

Muahahahaha. Tea Time on Lonsdale in North Vancouver is nice. There are a lot of $$$ shops, probably nice to check out but maybe less nice to buy from. If you have any questions, let me know. The map has been a bear to update since Google Maps changed, so it’s probably not completely up to date.

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This tea came my way from OMGsrsly. She was awesome and sent a ton of samples from Steam. Now I’m sipping away at BC teas since we have finalized the dates we’ll be visiting, and I need to get my list down for what I need to pick up.

This one smells great! I will share my cup with J too, since he loved Teaopia’s Dragonheart, and the only other note here says it’s similar.

Generally greens don’t do it for me, with very few exceptions. The fruitiness in this one is delightful. It’s somewhat reminiscent of H&S Tropical Green, which I’ve been meaning to get more of. There is a subtle buttery-ness to the green base, but it’s very minimal. The fruit flavours aren’t overwhelming, in fact they’re also subtle. The scent is stronger than the flavours. I’m not getting any mint, but it may be because I just had cold noodle salad. I think I would consider picking some of this up.

Thanks OMGsrsly!

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
584 tasting notes

This one came in the surprise package from Dexter3657.

The flavours and base are great together, which comes as no surprise, with any French tea. They do know their tea mixes. The overall taste is reminiscent of another tea I’ve had, but I can’t remember which one. I do prefer the fruit flavours here to the “red fruits” I see in so many French teas, and this is a tasty cup, but I don’t think this one needs to be in my cupboard.

Thanks Dexter!

I’ve begun my Butiki cart now, though I have to wait for Hello Sweetie and the new Lemon tea to be back in stock, hopefully this week. I need to get some sipdowns done stat because I have two other small orders on the way now too.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Kat_Maria

Are they seriously supposed to be back in stock this week? Maaaan, I really hope it’s after I get my paycheck Thursday night :D :D

Courtney

I checked this morning and the website said April 8th :) I’m hoping, although if it was later it would be much better for my wallet. :P

Courtney

I just checked again and the Lemon French is available now. Maybe I was mistaken this morning and it was available all along. Hello Sweetie currently says April 8th.

Kat_Maria

Oh-oh! Thanks for the heads-up! Although I swear I don’t need more tea…

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drank Graham Slam by Herbal Infusions
584 tasting notes

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
584 tasting notes

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.

http://s770.photobucket.com/user/courtneyns/media/Steepster/41505EE7-9E14-4928-9CC9-23DACFEB90AD_zps9cknhm4n.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

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
584 tasting notes

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
584 tasting notes

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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Lover of tea, animals, the ocean (http://eastcoastbest.tumblr.com/), travel, science, 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 always in the mood for them. Greens and pu’erhs I’m working on, but they’re coming along at a snail’s pace. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino). 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 chocolate flavour), rhubarb, to be continued…

Dislikes:
Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss, to be continued…

Location

Canada

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