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Ok so I have recovered from my bike injuries and as I was getting back to normal my cousin almost died on Friday night which has left me shocked and upset. He was drunk and punched a window which cut a main artery in his arm and cut through the muscle down to the bone. Very nasty and messy and the ambulance crew said they are surprised he made it because of the amount of blood he lost. We are not sure if he will have full use of his arm again but time will tell.

Then today as I was again starting to pick up a little I had my e-mail account hacked. They sent all sorts of porn messages and links to numerous people with my face on them! Quite frankly that left me stunned too but thankfully I managed to change my password and kick them off so it shouldn’t happen again. Lucky I managed to keep it at all.

So that’s my last few days, I hope everyone has been well.
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This was a free sample from a while ago and I had completely forgotten all about. Well I got a new Japanese (I think) teapot with flowers and built in ceramic filter which I have been using of late and it’s perfect. Anything large leaved or ball shaped works well with it.

http://t.co/Xqw8wnLJxg

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Black by 52teas
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I haven’t been online for a while but should be getting back to normal very shortly. Whilst doing my CBT for a motorbike I had an accident that has left me bed ridden for almost a week. Whilst turning a corner I turned the bike too much and fell down with the bike landing on top of me. As a result my left leg is very badly bruised and swollen leaving me not able to walk and my back has succumbed to further damage meaning I couldn’t move really at all.

I am alright through, my leg is still bruised and my back is still stiff and painful but I can at least walk around briefly now. :) I have another bike lesson on 27th July so hopefully I will pass the test this time.

Not had many teas since it’s a 30 degree c at least heatwave in the UK right now and well the fact that I couldn’t walk means I couldn’t make any tea. I missed it so much.

This is my first tea to celebrate being able to walk and drink again. Yahooooo!

Side note – A spoon of sugar really finishes this tea off beautifully.

scribbles

Your accident sounds awful!! Glad to see you are on the mend. Heal well and Good Luck with your test!!

K S

That’s the spirit. Get back on that bike and ride!

Lala

Glad to hear you are on the mend!

Terri HarpLady

One time I dropped my Harley right in front of a bunch of old seasoned bikers in the motorcycle shop parking lot. Luckily I wasn’t injured, but I felt humiliated. Several of those guys came running up & helped me pick it up, & one guy said, “Don’t worry, honey, everyone of us has dropped his bike at least 2 or 3 times”.

Sorry to hear you got hurt. I admire your guts to stick with it!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Good to hear you are mending! Stay safe out there!

Sil

oh man i’m so sorry to hear this but glad that you’re ok and on the mend!

Veronica

Wow. Glad you are healing, and kudos to you for not giving up!

Kittenna

Sil – the story reminds me of that motorcycle accident you, me, and Indigobloom saw as we were walking to find supper in downtown Toronto. Eep!

KittyLovesTea – glad to hear you will be ok!

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Thank you Sil for this sample.

Mint tea has gone down nicely today in the heat and this is probably going to be my last pot before bed. It’s only 9pm but I must be up early in the morning for work and I need as much sleep as I can get because Lord knows it’s going to be humid and sweaty tonight.

This raw blend has a sweet mint scent with a subtle hint of vanilla. The sweetness comes partially from the Rooibos base and also partially from the apple pieces.

Once steeped this tea is very sweetly vanilla scented with a hint of mint. Also smells rather heavily Rooibos.

Flavour is sweet and rich with vanilla, very creamy and smooth too but with a gentle refreshing kick of mint that lingers in the after taste. I can’t really taste any chocolate or cocoa and I’m having trouble finding the apple though I believe I can taste it…sort of.

Despite it lacking the chocolate characteristics I am loving this tea. Almost as good as Butiki – Killer Vanilla. I said earlier that the 52 Teas – Mint Vanilla Mate was my new second favourite but it’s moved into third place after this tea.

Also just a quick note to say that the Rooibos keeps the tea light and sweet but does not taste as strong as the blend looks or smells. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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More tea to aid this hot day. I thought that something fruity would be nice while I play Left 4 Dead 2 on Steam.

Brewed with slightly cooler water than suggested.

Tea is bright red in colour and has a mild berry aroma.

Flavour is very bitter, strong and berry like. Not really what I had in mind. Going to have to throw this away and try again, maybe colder water and for less of a steep.

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

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drank Vanilla Mint Mate by 52teas
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drank Vanilla Mint Mate by 52teas
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drank Vanilla Mint Mate by 52teas
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You know those heat waves that leave you clammy, over heated and tired? Well Britain is experiencing one of those right now. I hate any sort of heat, I just never did well with it. Cold temperatures I can deal with but not heat. Went I went to Las Vegas (the hottest place I have ever been) they experienced a heat wave in their winter time and I just felt like I was going to die of dehydration. This weather is very close behind it, only having temperatures around 27 degrees c but at night the humidity is 80-90% and it’s just too much. Sorry for the rant.

Might as well drink some tea and keep my fluids up. Not a fan of mate but I do love vanilla and mint combo. This blend smells like mint, mostly peppermint with strong hints of spearmint. Very minty strong and refreshing.

Once steeped this tea is brown in colour and has a creamy mint aroma.

In flavour this is is sweet and minty with a hint of dark, rich mate. The mint is strong but not as much as it’s scent. The peppermint and spearmint are of equal strength and it’s a beautiful companionship, aided by the creamy, sweet and super smooth vanilla.

For a mate tea this is delicious, I’m enjoying it more than I thought I would. I prefer Butiki’s Killer Vanilla in way of mint and vanilla blend but this is a good second favourite.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank SBT: Bubblegum by 52teas
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It’s too hot here today which gives me a chance to try this iced tea. I decided to cold steep it to see if more bubblegum flavour comes out as opposed to the black base which I think would if it was boiled.

It’s been in the fridge for roughly 5 hours and has changed to a muggy brown colour so it looks finished to me. It has a sweet and fruity scent, not quite bubblegum original but maybe pass as a tutti fruity bubblegum.

Flavour is fresh and sweet with delicate fruit tones and something I can’t quite make out. Maybe some sort of flower like violet? Like Parma Violet sweets. Happy with the results from the cold steep and would probably do the same again if I bought another one.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Green & Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
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Green and fruity sounds like it should have a green base rather than Rooibos (even if it is green Rooibos).

In raw form this tea has a mango and apple scent, very exotic and juicy. Also very sweet.

Once steeped this tea is orange in colour with the same tropical fruit (mango, papaya type) scent as it’s raw form.

Flavour is very Rooibos heavy and sweet with only half the fruitiness it promises from it’s scent. A little disappointing but oh well. Still enjoyable just a little too Rooibos and thick for my liking.

Fruit wise it’s peach/mango like in mild form with the sweetness from the Rooibos lightening it up a little.

Would not buy again.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Tealizzy

A green rooibos that is better than this one is jardin sauvage by Lupicia. Really good iced too!

bookshark

I totally second the jardin sauvage rec! I didn’t find the rooibos too strong in that one.

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A tea that is truly inspiring. Forget your fancy, sugar coated bits in your flavoured tea, I’m going au natural and getting my groove on with carrot, sweetcorn and peas. Fo sho!

In raw form this blend smells like sweet and juicy peach with a slight hint of citrus lemongrass. So very delicious, not usually a peach person but this smells beautiful.

Once steeped this tea is yellow in colour with the same juicy peach scent as it’s raw form. If I was told this tea contained peas, sweetcorn and carrot I would not believe it, it’s not in the scent nor in the taste. But the fact that it does contain three unusual ingredients makes it that more special.

Flavour is very peachy and sweet with high citrus tones and something dark and green which I assume to be the green tea base. So it’s sweet and fruity with green, refreshing tones and a citrus kick. All in all it’s a nice blend, something that would make wonderful iced tea.

Much nicer than I was expecting. ZOMG MOTH ATTACK!!!! I hate moths and anything that flies in my face, one just came through the window next to me and made me scream, almost losing my tea :( Damn you moth, go back to mothland shakes fist As I was saying I was not expecting this to be nice or not so nice, just different. Also re steeps very well.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Fjellrev

Stupid moths. When I was a couple sentences up, I saw MOTH at the side of my eye and was expecting you to mention that all of a sudden, it tasted like mothballs haha.

Ozli

I am SO AFRAID OF MOTHS and everyone makes fun of me!!!! You are my soul sister!

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I’m 28 years old from Leicester, England named Kayleigh. I have a wonderful husband called Richard whom I am very lucky to have in my life.

I started off many years ago drinking herbal and fruit teas which over time peaked my interest in trying new types. Eventually I began to import and sample many different teas and cultures which I still do today. My life goal is to try as many teas and ways of having tea as possible.

Tea wise my cravings change constantly from pu erh one month to jasmine green to the next and so on.

I adore cats and have four of my own called Cassie, Mr Sooty Pants,Ivory and Ollie.

I also have two fish tanks which thankfully my cats have no interest in. They house an array of tropical fish and shrimp.

I am a proud vegetarian and have been for the majority of my life. When I say vegetarian I mean just that as well, no fish or seafood, no chicken now and again, no animal products such as gelatine and cochineal.

I also enjoy watching Japanese Anime and horror films.

I am always up for tea swaps so if you see anything in my virtual cupboard then please contact me.

A short list to help swapping with me easier though honestly I am not fussy and am willing to try anything. Plus the notes below are usually, sometimes I love a tea that has an ingredient I tend to dislike and other times I hate a tea that I thought I would love.

Likes: Any fruit but especially melon and orange, vanilla, all tea types (black, green, white etc), nuts (any), flowers, ginger, chai.

Dislikes: Licorice, aniseed, clove, eucalyptus, lavender.

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