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I mean, what tea would you drink if you woke up to identity theft? Ok not real identity theft, credit card identity theft. I’ve already reviewed this tea so I’m taking this post as a vent session.

I got a recorded message this morning from one of my credit card companies saying they’d like me to call them to verify some recent transactions. I get this a lot from PayPal Bill me Later so I figured it was routine and whatnot. Called them back, and it turns out that there was a transaction attempted yesterday in Brooklyn NY for $900 somewhere (ummm I live in Northern Vermont), then there was another one for $750 in Target in Brooklyn (Vermont is one of the only 3 states without a Target, which just adds to my frustration). Luckily, my shopping habits are so that I didn’t have nearly $750 left on my limit and it got declined. There’s this angry badass side of me that wants to track down the SOB and sue the shit out of him (or her, sorry) but then there’s the tea drinking side that thinks a good meditation, a hot cup of a decadent tea, and my favorite lipgloss is all I need to bounce back.

Has this happened to anyone else? I know it’s super common in the US but I don’t know a single person who it has happened to and I never in a million years thought it would be me.

Shmiracles

listen to this! A case of credit card fraud sets an amateur sleuth on a crime-solving caper…
http://themoth.org/posts/storytellers/tristan-jimerson

Shmiracles

it hasn’t happened to me but i worry about it all the time. seriously.

Josie Jade

This happened to my mom through paypal a few ywars ago also and it was a nightmare to get the money refunded. I don’t ynderstand how someone can justify stealing another person’s money. I hope everything works out!

Jackie T

it worked out ok for me because the transactions got declined…because like what 23 year old social worker has ANY available balance on her credit card? haha. Someone legit made a copy of my card and swiped it, it wasn’t even an internet thing, and I had the original in my wallet the whole time.

Josie Jade

Oh my goodness, that’s scary! I’m glad it was declined!

Dinosara

Ugh, I feel you. My CC number got stolen the other day. It has happened a lot to me at this point, mostly because one of my previous credit cards from one particular bank was super unsecure and kept getting stolen. I literally had 3 new credit cards in 6 months, and it happened to some friends of mine with a card from the same bank. One time it was a copy-of-my-card thing like this, while I had the card in my possession. This most recent time it was a different card, but still annoying. Mostly just that though—annoying. You are never liable for the charges (even if they did go through) if the card is still in your possession, so its the inconvenience of waiting for a new card in the mail and updating your credit card information with places. I keep a backup card for just such occasions so I don’t get stuck without a CC.

Dinosara

Oh, and I could look back through my tasting log to find out what I drink afterward… usually one of my faves for comfort. :)

momo

My mom got a specific CapitalOne card for international travel before we spent a week in France, though I was there for my study abroad beforehand and I had my own card. About 8 months later, they call her about iTunes purchases with MY card number, which was NEVER even used!

My debit card will get shut down all the time if I use it as a credit card. It drives me nuts. I always accidentally hit “use as a credit card” when I’m reloading my transit card and that sets it off. I appreciate that they’re so pro-active about it, but the call to set them straight comes as soon as the train goes underground.

Veronica

It happened to me through a PayPal. It was such a pain to get it all straightened out. I stopped using PayPal because of it.

I hope you are able to get everything cleared up quickly!

Indigobloom

Happened to my Mum when she was on vacation in Europe!

yyz

My aunt had her number swiped at a gas station and the thieves racked up $1000 in gas, bought a set of china and went to a fancy restaurant, luckily the credit card company forgave her these charges. On a more humerous note my cousin had an aunt who hardly ever used her card and almost never for large transactions, so when she spent over $300 for an outfit for her sons wedding the CC company called her almost as soon as she got home.

Claire

It’s happened to my Dad and it’s happened to Rayn. The person who stole Rayn’s cc number tried to buy a washing machine at home depot with it.

Alphakitty

Credit card theft seems almost inevitable :( I know SO many people it has happened to! A nurse at a hospital swiped my mom’s card (while she was in heart surgery) and bought dinner for an ENTIRE TOWN in Mexico. My boyfriend got his card stolen by someone trying to donate thousands to an Australian school… strange stuff.

Marcel Duchamp

That’s awful, I’m glad the charges didn’t go through. Thieves are getting smarter and smarter. Technology makes it easier and easier for people to steal. Its so sad.

Tea Sipper

This happened to my mom last week.. just in smaller amounts. hmm. I’m sorry it happened to you!

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So far, I have really enjoyed all the matcha flavors I have tried from Red Leaf Tea. I have liked them most in a smoothie, I like them shaken up in cold water, and I like them warm. The desserty flavors like English Toffee and Caramel have been my favorites in cold water, but I thought I would try this one since fruit flavors make sense as an iced tea.

Not so much, there is something about this flavor that just throws me off. I don’t think it tastes much like apple I suppose, it tastes like some kind of apple flavored candy but for some reason that kind of artificial apple taste mixed with matcha is not settling well on my taste buds. This is the only one of the 5 flavors that I have tried that I didn’t like. I think I will probably appreciate it more in a smoothie because I won’t taste it as much but it will still give me the energy (which is the reason I started drinking matcha).

I would recommend other flavors before this one, but honestly this has really great reviews from tea bloggers that I really trust and purchase based on like DaisyChubb It is quite tangy like it’s description says, I just cannot seem to find a taste for it. However, if you’d like to give it a go based on it’s otherwise fabulous reviews you can get it here:
http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/green-apple-matcha.html

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Really just logging this to share this link with you all about tea meditation:

http://www.wherewegonow.com/debbies-blog/have-you-stopped-tea-meditation-today

Starfevre

interesting.

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This is pretty mild, and I do taste the butterscotch as well as the caramel but it isn’t strongly flavored. It’s a good black tea base so it’s easy to drink even if the sweetness that I hoped for isn’t there. Of all the teas I’ve tasted from the huge order I have in my house from Culinary Teas, this is one of my favorites so far. I wouldn’t reorder it, there are teas I like far more, but since there are 3oz lying in a box in my house, I will drink it.

Lala

The name of this tea makes me want to try it! Sounds delicious.

Ellyn

my favorite butterscotch tea is from art of tea. so good.

Starfevre

I haven’t tried a butterscotch tea yet, this sounds interesting.

Marcel Duchamp

Need to try a butterscotch tea… sound amazing.

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drank Maple Tea by Culinary Teas
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I actually really didn’t mind this tea. Living in Vermont and having Maple as the official state flavor (who knew that even existed?) I have high maple standards. This is not in your face sweet, though I was kind of hoping for that. This is very mild, with a caramel type flavor that didn’t get bitter. It was a nice cup of tea, I would like to blend it with something else, maybe a vanilla and a fruit flavored tea. That’s something I like about this tea, I think it would be a great one to blend.

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drank Cherry Cordial by Culinary Teas
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Now I thought this smelled awesome until I handed the bag to my boyfriend, Rick and he said “Blech! It smells like Robitussin!” I smelled it again, and sure enough it had that same cherry with a kind of tangy spicy medicinal tinge to it. Brewed it anyway, I just so happen to kind of like Robitussin. It tastes more like a cherry cordial than cough medicine if you ask me, but sometimes I find that I have to be thinking about the flavors while I’m sipping the tea to really taste them. This one is kind of like that. Not my favorite, but I’ve had worse.

I’m not really impressed with Culinary Teas so far, I placed a huge order with a gift certificate about a month ago and it took exactly a month to get the package. I’ll review everything I try, I have a lot of them to go through. I’m a dessert tea freak so unless it’s up there with 52teas Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake, Della Terra Smores, or DAVIDs Red Velvet Cake…my ratings won’t be too high.

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Ok this tea is wicked cute, I love the sprinkles. It’s not too spicy, but I don’t taste a lot of pumpkin. I think in comparison to DAVIDs Pumpkin Chai this is more chai and DAVIDs is more pumpkin. I truly think that chai lovers will enjoy this tea, and I bought 3oz of it so I’m up for swaps haha. It didn’t wow me but I definitely don’t dislike it.

Alphakitty

I like this one blended with Culinary’s Pumpkin Cream, balances out the chai/pumpkin nicely! Maybe it would work the same with the Davids blend if it’s more pumpkiny?

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Now I’m always up for some new mate in my cupboard for those times when you get home after a long day with a pounding headache and you just NEED a strong dose of caffeine…hence buying this.

It brews up nicely, but I would recommend timing it at maybe 5-6 minutes because the sweet fruitiness did get overwhelming and bitter by letting it sit untimed. I could definitely taste the chili, and of course the longer it brews the spicier it is. I don’t handle spicy as well as most people though so my version of spicy may be more mild than yours.

The mango isn’t obvious, it’s definitely a fruit, it’s kind of more citrusy than anything else. I think this would probably rock as an iced tea, and the sweetness of it would be more appealing cold. Overall I’m glad I have this and it’s not just a sample size. I would recommend it to fruity tea lovers, mate drinkers, and those looking for an iced tea mate.

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Got this from Lariel in a swap, thank you!

I’ve had a lot of pumpkin teas, as I’m sure a lot of you also have. I love pumpkin chai from DAVIDs, I love Chocolate Pumpkin Pie and Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie from Della Terra…I don’t love this pumpkin. I see that it’s also a chai, but I just don’t taste ANY pumpkin, just chai spices and clove. I don’t smell pumpkin either. I personally wouldn’t order it, but I’m stoked I got to try it because otherwise I would have thought every time I was on the website “should I get it? nahh I’ll just wait.”

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
156 tasting notes

I got this sample in my DAVIDs order and was slightly intrigued by it but not crazy excited to try it. I once had a coconut gelato and threw up later that night, similar situation with a coconut coffee…needless to say I’m a little afraid of coconut. Also, to me…mint is an on it’s own flavor in teas, but let’s give it a go.

It smells incredible, the coconut smells creamy and smooth, the mint isn’t overpowering (which I was afraid of.) Seriously I might keep the little sample bag so I can just sniff it. It’s like tropical with a cool refreshing breeze.

I just didn’t want to forget to log this, I will finish the tasting review and rating once it cools down!

Ok, brewed this has an extraordinarily comforting smell to me. A combination of the peppermint tea I drank growing up and the coconut reminds me of running outside in the summer where I lived on the coast in Connecticut during my year of service where I met my boyfriend. I miss “home” so much, but he doesn’t, so grasping any fleeting feeling of it is like a dream to me. The sip is minty first, then a vanilla coconut. The vanilla and coconut come in more when the liquor fills my mouth, I get it more in the back of my tongue. The mint is surprisingly fresh tasting. I actually really love this tea, it’s such a treat to me. I hope I can stock up on some for the summer before it’s all gone. This may be my go to tea for bad days or homesick days now.

Starfevre

I hope you don’t throw up, this sounds too good to be tasting a second time.

Jackie T

bahahaha! thank you, I feel great so I think we’re safe on this one.

jessiwrites

It’s amazing cold, too! I have several jars in my fridge at all times. :)

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Born and raised in Connecticut, went to college in Vermont, and moved back to work after a year of service.

I love sweet, decadent, desserty teas the most but I also appreciate a strong refreshing cup of green or white tea. I recently started a matcha smoothie morning, sometimes mate or black tea, then black tea and rooibos throughout the day, and whatever my little heart desires most when I get home from work!

I’m obsessed with Della Terra, DAVIDs, and 52teas because they have the best dessert teas but also have a selection of some more straight things too. Recently tried Simpson and Vail and LOVE them too!!

I don’t have a rating system, I just kind of guess. I think I should make a rating system…

85-100 I want this in my cupboard always
75-85 I like it but I’m not rushing out to buy more immediately
60-75 Probably not going to want more than the sample
40-60 I don’t like this tea, I wouldn’t recommend it, and I won’t drink it again
0-40 This wasn’t even worth the sip.

Ok let’s try that for a bit now.

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