207 Tasting Notes

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reviewed IKEA HÄLSA Steel vacuum flask by IKEA
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Just picked one of these up at IKEA yesterday. I LOVE it! I boiled water and poured it in to see how long it would retain heat. It’s been over 12 hours and the water is still hot enough to burn you. How can you beat $6.99? I look forward to taking extra tea to work and enjoying several hot cups!

Nicole

That sounds like something that needs to go on a Christmas list… Oh, Santa…

Em

:) If only I was thinking, it could have been in your Christmas box. Bonus to how good it works is the fact that it’s cute :) Do you live near an IKEA?

Nicole

No, I’d have to order it. Not a big deal, though, for something that appears to work so well. :)

Nicole

Dang. Not available to buy online. That’s okay. I know someone in Dallas who wants to know what I want for Christmas and there is a store there.

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Found this in my parents cupboard this morning and thought it smelled amazing. I didn’t follow the directions on the can. I made it the way I typically make chai. Added a bit of milk and sugar and it is wonderfully spicy and delightful. Already looking forward to my second cup.

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drank Lipton Black Tea by Lipton
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I went to Ikea today with my parents. We stopped for a quick 99 cent breakfast and I ordered a 75 cent tea. Their only option was this and it tasted good. Not sure why Lipton gets such a bad rating. It’s everything I expected. Simply bagged black tea. Should we expect more? 75 cent unlimited refill tea should taste this way :)

Seeing that Della Terra has their Eight Candles tea 40% off today has me ordering more. That tea rocks my socks.

Time to kick back and watch It’s a Wonderful Life.

Nicole

“75 cent unlimited refill tea should taste this way”

An excellent observation. :)

gmathis

Agreed.

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My third time drinking this tea and still no sign of coconut or chocolate. I guess I should give up trying to taste those 2 flavors and accept this as an almond tea. I really wanted to love it like I do Eight Candles and Candy Cane.

In other news, IT’S THURSDAY. And in my world of working on Sundays means it’s my last workday of the week. Yay!! On to Ikea and sewing projects this weekend.

gmathis

What will you be sewing? (I’m somewhat inept and haven’t done much but mending for years, but I come from a pretty unbreakable multi-generation strain of quilter DNA.)

Em

I’m making a purse as a Christmas gift for a friend. Sewing is a new hobby for me. My mother is teaching me. We’ve made 3 purses and a Kindle cover since our journey began. I find joy in the creative process. We don’t use patterns :)

gmathis

I do paper crafting instead of sewing these days. What gets the creative buzz going is matching up the colors and prints (ooh! that stripy stuff just fits with…). Which, when you think about it, is what our mothers and grandmothers were doing with those fabric scraps.

Em

What sort of paper crafts? That sounds like fun!

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drank Rooibos Caramel by Adagio Teas
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It’s been a long day. A busy and good long day. I was hoping for caramel goodness. This tea let me down. It promised caramel goodness but only supplied rooibos. It tastes much the same as my red rooibos, so not sure where the caramel went. Oh well. Can’t win them all. I’ll be passing the rest of this sample on to a friend.

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drank Honeybush Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
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Another yummy tea to share. Sharing this while watching Vampire Diaries = great way to spend the evening.

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drank Rooibos Lemon Cloud by Adagio Teas
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Sharing tea with a friend is the best. She likes it :)

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drank Jasmine White Tea Classic by Shang Tea
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I love jasmine tea. Another wonderful sample from Nicole. The jasmine is a bit on the strong side. Next time I make it, I plan to steep for a shorter time and see if that a difference. I don’t feel like I could give it a fair rating right now. I’m going to wait for the next try :)

Nicole

I think Shang Tea suggests 1-2 minutes at 190F. I don’t steep this one for very long, either.

Em

Thanks for the tip! I’ll try that next time.

Shang Tea

Many times in the store we brew this tea for only 45 seconds – 1 minute the first couple of steeps. We do traditionally scent this tea 4-5 times with jasmine flowers, so it can be pretty strong if you let it steep for longer than 2 minutes. Enjoy!

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drank Ice Cream Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Thank you Nicole for this generous sample :)

A delicious dessert sort of tea. I added milk and a touch of sugar to make it extra creamy and awesome this morning. I can really taste the strawberry ice cream in a sort of Neapolitan mix of flavors. Definitely enjoyable for me :)

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drank Rooibos Lemon Cloud by Adagio Teas
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Have you ever had that orange fluffy dessert that someone always brings to a potluck? That was what this tasted like only if it were made with lemon instead. Wow! Another A+ for rooibos tea. I really enjoy how the lemongrass and rooibos complement each other. I would never have guessed. Everyday my tea horizons expand. I’m loving it!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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A cup of tea, a blanket, and a book – my 3 favorite things.

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