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I can’t believe I have gone so many days in between reviews. I know none of you were probably noticing, but my internal clock was really anxious to get back to writing. Today I have for you a review of the Tomotcha monthly subscription, and their gyokuro, which was the month’s tea that I received.

Awesome dragon teaware and full review at:
https://tealover.net/2015/09/tomotcha-subscription/

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drank Organic GABA Oolong by Grand Tea
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There were no brewing instructions on the package or on the website, so I went with what I usually do for oolongs – around 185F and gong fu style. I had a very long (not bad, just long) day at work and thought that this tea would be just the ticket. I put about 1t of leaves in my easy gaiwan (don’t judge – remember it was a long day) and started steeping. I was too wiped out to time the steeps so I just brewed by instinct, as I suspect many people do. Luckily the tea was very forgiving.

Pics and the rest: https://tealover.net/2015/08/grand-tea-organic-gaba-oolong/

DeliriumsFrogs

Such lovely photos!! :D

boychik

Very nice review and gorgeous pics

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Guess what. Another subscription box review! This one is about Just Add Honey, which is a tea and honey box.
https://tealover.net/2015/08/just-add-honey-subscription-box/

Christina

You find the most interesting boxes! How do you manage it all?

Marzipan

It’s my way of dealing with a newly empty nest.

Liquid Proust

She’s the queen of subscription boxes :)

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I’m starting to feel like the queen of Random Steepings, but I don’t know where else to put all of these subscription box reviews.

Today’s post is about London Tea Club. https://tealover.net/2015/08/london-tea-club-subscription-box/

boychik

i thought that Jasmine tea whether it black or green should be floral, not cherry or vanilla. is it possible its a diff tea inside the tube?

AllanK

The price of $19 for 15g of tea is too expensive. I would go with Yunnan Sourcing or White2Tea club first if I join a club.

Marzipan

Could be my taste buds being weird.

boychik

You cannnot mistake Jasmine

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Today I reviewed the Sei Sei glass travel infuser!

I am a daily travel tumbler user, so I was really excited to have a chance to review the just-released Sei Sei Portable Tea Infuser Bottle. Believe me, I shopped around for a long time before I settled on the tumbler that I use now, and I wish this one had been available back then.

More at:
https://tealover.net/2015/08/product-review-sei-sei-portable-tea-infuser-bottle/

sren

Thanks, been needing another travel tumbler so just ordered one. :)

Cwyn

So did SeiSei send you this or did Game Cache on Amazon?

Marzipan

It came from Sei Sei I believe, I was in contact with the guy through Reddit. He had posted about having a new travel mug coming to market. I don’t still have the shipping box to double check.

Sei Sei Co.

Hi Cwyn, I’m the founder of Sei Sei Co and sent Marzipan her tumbler.

Game Cache is simply the name of my amazon seller account – amazon only allows someone to have one of these. The name is in the process of being changed, they just takes a while to process these kinds of requests sometimes.

Sorry about the confusion :)

Regards,
Axel

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In the past I always made matcha lattes in my blender, so I was really excited to have a chance to try out some more traditional implements. MatchaDNA provided me with a free bamboo whisk and spoon for this review. They are also giving a 25% off coupon code for Tealover readers! That code is: Y98VQ47Z and it is valid for the next three months.
Full review and pretty pictures at https://tealover.net/2015/08/product-review-matchadna-bamboo-chasen-whisk-with-spoon/

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Wicked Tea subscription box.
Wicked Tea is based in Canada, but also ships to the US. When I went to the site I immediately got a pop up for $5 off a purchase. Bonus! They also have a free monthly trial available and you just pay $4.95 shipping. Knowing Canadian shipping, that’s less than it costs them.

After the trial the subscription is $21.95 a month (includes shipping). You can pre-pay for four months for $79 ($19.75/month.) In addition, orders of teas outside of the subscription are 25% off for members.

Pictures and the rest of the story:
https://tealover.net/2015/08/wicked-tea-subscription-box/

Sil

this is pretty exciting…

Nichole

Love their logo!

Sil

their flavoured puerhs look yummy

Sil

…and their cocktail inspired teas… hahaha bad marizpan!!

Marzipan

…wicked?

Marzipan

I wonder how many new sign ups they’ll get today?

Nichole

Wait, cocktail inspired teas? I missed that!

Nichole

I can not buy anymore tea. . .I can not buy anymore tea. .

Sil

if they had 25g sizes i would be all over it. 50g being the smallest means i can resist.

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drank Chai by Teapigs
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This is a light chai. It does not smack you around with ginger that clears your sinuses. It is really well balanced. The main flavors for me are tea (it’s an Assam), cinnamon and cream. The rest of the components are there if I think about them but none of them overwhelm. It is also a light enough chai that it didn’t make me feel full and bloated after I drank it, and some heavier chais almost feel like eating a meal. I also like that it’s not super spicy. Teapigs has another chai that contains chili, so it makes sense that there would be an option that isn’t as spicy.
Photos and full review: https://tealover.net/2015/08/tea-pigs-chai/

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I wasn’t expecting to receive another box from The Cozy Mug, but I am really glad I did. It had Charleston Tea Plantation teas in it!

https://tealover.net/2015/08/the-cozy-mug-subscription-box-2/

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sren

That does look disappointing.

Nichole

I agree. No tea fun there. You’ll have to let us know about the infuser tho. Looks kinda cool.

LiberTEAS

Speaking as a tea reviewer here, I have to agree that it is disappointing. I would have been really disappointed to receive this box when I was reviewing teas. The infuser is the coolest part of the box and I don’t use infusers so even though it would be cool, it would be a non-essential item.

Marzipan

Hopefully the review came across as fair, it’s tough to write them when there isn’t much good to say.

Nichole

I think it did. I saw the site and saw what you received. I would have reacted the same way.

sren

Yes, and also fair to potential consumers! I think you were kinder than I would have been. Seems like the target audience are those who don’t know much about tea.

boychik

You are very kind in your review. First box must be amazing, they failed :(

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Mom of two practically grown girls, extremely happily married to a man who is amused by my obsession with tea, and company owner who works from home. Life is good.

Likes/dislikes: I love black teas, especially strong/malty ones. I am ok with flavored teas if the base is strong. I like some whites. I really don’t like any tea that tastes “green” – if I wanted to drink something that tastes like green beans, I would cook some green beans. I am not big on green teas or genmaichas. I am learning to like puerhs.

If we are trading, I have a STRONG aversion to coconut, banana and licorice. I love citrus, vanilla and spice. Not a fan of florals.

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