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Wah, another tasting note that disappeared. I’m going to start keeping track of my notes in a word processor.

This blend is very creamy even without any additions. I used 1 bag in a 16 oz travel mug with hot water from the office water cooler, steeped for about 12 minutes. The cinnamon is definitely present but not overwhelming. Yum!

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drank Jasmine Blueberry by Tealux
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Another tea that I’m almost certain I wrote a note for, but now it’s gone. Thanks so much to JustJames for this! It was delicious. Equal parts jasmine and blueberry without tasting artificial. Good for at least two steeps.

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drank Pumpkin Cheesecake by DAVIDsTEA
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A whole bunch of my notes from the past few months have disappeared, including this one. I just found this draft in my e-mail.

I had this tea to go from the store. The scent of dry leaf reminds me of the pumpkin chai – lots of cinnamon. The clerk said that it reminds her of the gingerbread tea from last winter, but I don’t recall having it. I think I oversteeped because the flavor was mostly warm cinnamon with a pumpkin undercurrent and no creaminess to speak of. Tasty, but not cheesecakey. I did not feel the need to buy any for home.

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drank Eggnogg'n Tea by Bigelow
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I yoinked a bag of this from the office kitchen today out of sheer curiosity. Those cheerful penguins on the packaging are hard to resist!

I did not have an opportunity to remove the bag, so I ended up tasting it at a variety of steeping lengths. I think the optimal steep time is about 4 minutes. At that point, it’s all creamy vanilla goodness with a hint of cinnamon and maybe even nutmeg. The longer it steeps, the eggier and cinnamonier it gets. I really dislike egginess (yes, even in eggnog). I like cinnamon, but it ends up drowning the other flavors here if the bag sits too long.

My rating is based on the 4 minute steep time.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Eggnog, Nutmeg, Vanilla

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drank Bamboo-Pomelo by TeaGschwendner
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Thanks for the sample, JustJames!

This is a really lovely tea. The leaf is very pretty. Full of fruity bits and bamboo leaves. The wet leaf smells fantastic – basically like grapefruit juice.

The brew is tart and sweet. The woody bamboo flavor complements the citrusy aspect nicely. It’s equally good cold – light and sweet – and resteeps well as long as you let it sit for a while. Overall, I think this is an excellent option for a spring or summer evening cuppa.

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drank A Day in Provence by Tay Tea
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This is still a very enjoyable and relaxing cup, but it’s too floral for cold weather. I anticipate restocking a Provence blend in spring or summer. I like Tay’s blend better than David’s, but perhaps there are others out there worth trying too.

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drank Coffee Ice Cream by Butiki Teas
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Mmm. This is perfect. The flavor is dead on. Creamy coffee goodness. It’s great iced, too! I like that this is caffeine-free because I can have it for dessert or as an evening treat. So glad I picked some up before it sold out.

Happy American Thanksgiving, y’all!

Sil

It sold out?

Lilysmom

This sounds so good.

Kaylee

Sil – Yup, according to Stacy’s running list on the discussion board. I was surprised how quickly it happened. Maybe it was a small batch? Or someone bought several pounds in one shot?

Sil

sigh maybe I just won’t place a last order with STacy after all. By the time I get to stable internet (5mins to post if I’m lucky) everything that I want will be gone. Frustrating since I want to support her but at this rate anything I feel in love with would be gone already

Butiki Teas

Kaylee-Made 2 or 3 large batches of this one. Customers were buying it in larger quantities. I think it lasted maybe 2 weeks.

Kaylee

Sil – Sounds like you’re having internet trouble. That sucks! I hope it gets fixed soon. Things are selling out fast but there’s still a fair amount of tea on the website.

Stacy – Do you have the ingredients to reblend if there’s enough demand?

Butiki Teas

Kaylee-I’m out of cream flavoring but I could replace that with Eggnog flavoring. Did that with the nutmeg custard and people can’t seem to tell the difference in the flavoring.

Kaylee

Coffee nog? The eggnog is very vanilla/creamy, so I can see it being a good substitute.

Does that mean you’re running low on/out of Pistachio Ice Cream too?

Butiki Teas

Kaylee-Yes. Pistachio Ice Cream is pretty low.

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drank Organic Chai by Tazo
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You may have noticed (or not) that my reviews have been quite sparse over the past two months or so. That is because I came back from vacation and was immediately informed that my request for a transfer had been approved and they wanted me ASAP. Well, when you have a full case load and have to write transfer memos for all of those cases, on top of actually doing your job and remaining responsible for the transfers until the day you leave (literally), ASAP is exactly two months if you work late and weekends. I had to pack up my office in such a hurry that I ended up packing all of my office teas. I won’t see them again until my stuff gets delivered to the new office – next week if I am lucky. So when I didn’t want any of my purse teas, I resorted to bumming tea off my new officemate. I was in the mood for something spicy, so this one piqued my interest.

Alas, this tea is blegh! It just smells and tastes like black pepper with a clove backdrop. Awful. Simply… awful. Perhaps it would be better with milk and honey, but I expect a chai to at least be drinkable even without those things. I did manage to down it because I desperately needed caffeine, but it wasn’t exactly a pleasant experience. I sure hope my stuff arrives soon…

caile

Hoping your office teas get to you quickly! :)

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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There are currently 31 pages of tasting notes for this tea. I had to manually go through them in order to find my own previous note. There has got to be a better way to do this. Hear me, oh Steepster overlords!

So. This tea. I got a sample from teamore last year. I was not particularly impressed then. However, I apparently liked it well enough that I went and bought ½ oz when Davids brought it back this year.

This tea is better than I remember. I had it in my travel mug during a few busy mornings, so I am a bit fuzzy on details. I do remember it being pumpkiny, sweet-but-not-too-sweet, slightly creamy and nicely balanced with cinnamon and clove. For a few weeks there I was pairing this in the morning with H&S Pumpkin Spice in the evenings. This was a nice fall tea that was good while it lasted. I won’t restock now, but I will probably pick up another ½ oz next fall.

Bumping the rating.

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I tried this one three times at slightly different brewing parameters. It’s hard to get this to taste right, but the trick seems to be low temp and short steep time (approx. 165f for 1 minute or less). If not steeped just so, it ends up tasting like burnt rice and the burnt note lingers. The marshmallow comes out more as a mallowy texture at the end of the sip than any actual flavor. When steeped exactly right, this does taste like rice cereal treats. It’s actually nicer hot than iced, even when done right. I would rate this an 80 for flavor, but the blend loses points for being so fickle.

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