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drank Hoji-cha by Yamamotoyama
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Thanks to Stephanie for this one!

I’ve never had hojicha before, so I was a little apprehensive. Unnecessarily so, as it turns out. This ain’t half bad. It smells and tastes like near-burnt toast. This is pretty one-note, but nice. It went well with a bagel and cream cheese (I tasted it on its own first to evaluate the flavor).

Stephanie

Yeah, it’s bagged so mediocre quality, but good intro houjicha

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drank Rooibos Kalahari by Tea Affair
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This came in the March Amoda box. This is an interesting blend. It smells like Mountain Dew! Not as chemical-fake as the soda, but the same balance of lemon and lime. I actually think it rather tastes like Mountain Dew, too. Lemon-lime, slightly artificial. Not bad, but not exceptional either. Glad to have tried it, but also glad to call this a sipdown.

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drank Camomile by Bonomelli
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A family acquaintance learned of my love for tea and brought me a box of this.

I’m not hugely fond of the fact that the teabags are just loose in the box. No individual wrappers, no sealed foil bag holding all of them. Just… kinda chillin out in the cardboard box. The box came shrink-wrapped, so I’m not concerned about contamination before it got to me. But I don’t like the risk of dust and whatnot getting in, and I don’t like that the chamomile is so exposed to the air. Ah well, all the more reason to drink this up quickly!

This is actually a quite lovely tea. The chamomile has a sweetness to it that one doesn’t always find. Almost apple-y, but not at all tart. Just smooth and soothing. This one won’t be hard to finish off.

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drank Cantaloupe & Cream by Butiki Teas
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Finally, a Butiki sipdown. I really want to place a new order, but I can’t justify it until I drink through some of the teas I have now. Seriously, after this one I still have 25 others in my cupboard.

This one is still cantaloupe perfection. I think that my cupboard would be incomplete without at least one fruity Butiki tea (this one, Watermelon Xylophone, or Flowery Pineapple Oolong). Luckily I still have some of the other two.

Sil

i’m with you on that one… i have a ton i should start drinking up haha

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drank L'Hiver (Winter Tea) by Fauchon
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Aaargh! I had a biopsy this morning. It didn’t hurt much afterwards. More like soreness/tenderness/discomfort. But not pain. Until I lifted the kettle wrong while making this tea. Doc said no heavy lifting, but it’s just a kettle! Yeah, now it really hurts. Ice pack time! I’m just going to assume that ice packs are ok. Not that the cold is penetrating the gauze and tape very well anyway. Blargh.

At least this tea doesn’t suck. I don’t know that it’s worth physical pain, but it is tasty! The dry leaf smells overwhelmingly of vanilla, with a hint of lemon. Brewed, the smell is creamy lemongrass. I’m tasting mostly lemongrass. Where did that enticing vanilla go?! As the tea cools, some vanilla flavor comes through at the end of the sip. But so does a bit of dryness and… astringency? That’s weird for a white tea.

I decided to see how this would go with a lemon macaron. French tea calls for a French confection, non? The sweetness of the macaron brought out some more of that vanilla flavor. But the more this cools, the more the dryness comes out. I’m really not enjoying that aspect. The lesson here is not to let this tea cool!

MissB thoughtfully added this to my stash sale purchase because it was on my wishlist. Thank you so much!

Cavocorax

Oh no – hope everything is ok!

MissB

Ooh, this has yet to get cold on me, I’ll have to try it. It definitely needs a lower temperature though. I’m glad at least you pampered yourself. :)

Kaylee

D’oh! I already drank all of it. I should probably be steeping whites at a lower temp in general :-/

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Y’all, I’m scared. I am going in for a biopsy tomorrow and I am absolutely terrified. For various reasons, I can’t talk to family/friends/SO about it. So mostly I’m just sitting here trying to keep it together. Tea helps.

I can’t have my caffeinated favorites because it’s so late in the day. Instead, I’m pulling out my favorite non-savory herbals. This one, Della’s Lemon Chiffon, Butiki’s Lavender Chamomile, maybe Verdant’s Campfire Blend… This tea goes down so dang smooth. It comes off as a plain ole mint tea at first, but that honey/white chocolate note sneaks in at the end for a little extra oomph. Yum.

Katiek

Sending vibes for good results and good health.

whatshesaid

Wishing you the best of luck for tomorrow. I hope everything goes well

Memily

Best of luck, Kaylee. Keep those comfort brews coming.

MissB

I’ve had many a biopsy and other such things. I hope yours goes swimmingly, and that all is well and fun, even.

Nicole

Best of luck, Kaylee.

Kaylee

Thanks for the well wishes, folks. MissB, I don’t know if I’d call it fun, but it wasn’t as terrible as I feared. Or at least not nearly as painful :-) Thanks for the reminder that I’m not alone in this.

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drank Maple Pecan Oolong by Butiki Teas
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I am just plowing through this one today. Usually my travel mug tea lasts most of the morning. Today it lasted maybe an hour, despite my running around. I still love this tea. It’s just maple nutty goodness perfect for a chilly day. <3

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I really hated this one the first time around. The second time, I made the first steep at four minutes instead of two, which made it much more bearable to drink. The first taste is apple, followed quickly by sweet chamomile and honeysuckle. Then there’s the lingering flavor of goji berries on the back end. It’s really well blended, actually. The smell is strange and off-putting though. Like something you’d baste a turkey with. Maybe that’s the frankincense? I have absolutely no idea what frankincense smells like. But the weird savory note actually comes out in the flavor and gets stronger as the tea cools. It’s just not working for me. Happily, I am sending the rest of this off to someone who can enjoy it.

Stephanie

Verdant herbals are SO hit or miss. They make my favorite herbal of all time yet I hate most of the other ones.

Tea Pet

What is your favorite herbal, Stephanie?

Stephanie

Ginger Sage Winter Spa blend!

MissLena

^same as me haha, Ginger Sage is the best EVER.

Kaylee

What amuses me is that I just swapped with both of you for the Ginger Sage :)

Stephanie

High fives all around then!

Tea Pet

Hmm… wow… I have almost all of the ingredients to make my own Ginger Sage Winter Spa blend at home! Let the experiments begin!

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drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Thanks for sending me some of this Christina!

I was intrigued by this one after reading other people’s posts. Alas, all I’m really getting here is mint. I actually thought it was spearmint, but upon looking at the ingredients list I think what i’m picking up on is the peppermint + eucalyptus. I’m definitely not picking up any citrus here.

This is a tasty mint herbal. It doesn’t strike me as anything special though. It may be especially soothing when one actually has a cold, but I didn’t have the patience to wait. I did try this during a migraine a few days ago and it didn’t really help. So… meh. No rating because I didn’t drink it as ostensibly intended.

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I have had Della Terra’s Upside Down Pineapple Cake. You, my friend, are no Upside Down Pineapple Cake. Nope. You are a sweet, creamy, vanilla blend with a touch of tartness. Now that others have mentioned it, I am also noticing a touch of maple syrup flavor. You have the same mouthfeel as Autumn Leaves. Sort of a sweet, pleasant film that builds on the roof of the mouth. But pineapple? Cherry? Cake? Nope nope nope. Which is both disappointing and just fine. You are delicious. You just have the wrong name. It’s ok. I like you anyway.

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