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drank Pour Maman by Nina's Paris
520 tasting notes

Strawberries, vanilla, and rose? What could go wrong? :D
Apparently nothing, except for my steeping the tea until it’s astringent. Bleh.
I don’t get much rose, but I do get floral. Besides that, this is very tasty. Soft vanilla and fun fruitiness. A very and tasty accessible tea. :)

Which reminds me, a work friend asked me to help her stop relying on sweet drinks so I showed up in her office with a bunch of tea samples. Her eyes got all big when she saw the various packets and brew basket. “Omg, you’re serious about tea!” Umm… Yeah. :)
She really enjoyed the genmaicha we started with. That’s another very accessible tea.

Thanks for sharing this precious tea with me Ashmanra!

ashmanra

All Nina’s get just three minutes from me! This one is really good when it isn’t oversteeped. I hope you have enough to try it again! :)

Mercuryhime

Oh I do. No worries. I just got distracted is all. Next time will be perfect!

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Where vanilla? :(
I liked the corn flower blue fruit tea a lot more. This one lacks the sweet berry flavors. They are shy here. The roselle/hibiscus is strong. I don’t mind it chilled but not the best hot. Plus there’s no vanilla in the taste. I might take the cornflower blue and add vanilla bean to it.
Glad to have tried this though!
Thanks Teavivre.

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No reviews yet?! :o I guess teavivre didn’t really promote this one like they do their other teas. I had to request this sample specifically. :) I’m not really a fan of roselle/hibiscus, but I love black current. And I’m always down for more caffeine free teas. Plus hubby loves blueberry.
The dry leaf is absolutely mouthwatering. It’s like that concentrated fruit juice you’re supposed to dilute. The tea is not too tart. I did over water the tea so it might be that. Nonetheless, it was tasty. Definitely blueberry and black currant. I bet it would be nice iced.

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I love rose! We need more rose flavor everywhere!
This tea is lovely. The rose provides a syrupy sweetness that reminds me of baklava. The Dian hong is a deliciously grounding sweet potato. I bet a sweet potato pie with rose water and a dash of cardamom would be divine.
I love this tea. It’s so crisp and soothing.
Thank you, Teavivre, for the sample.

TeaBrat

yum on the pie idea. :))

Dinosara

Yummmm! I also agree, more rose flavor everywhere! :D

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
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Back when this tea first came out I was a bit disappointed in Frank’s interpretation of butterbeer. I had imagined it to be buttery creamy butterscotch with malty undertones and smooth foamy bubbles. And since Hermione had supposedly gotten a bit tipsy on it once, I thought there might be about 1% or 2% alcohol content. Obviously you can’t get foam and alcohol into tea, but still… root beer did not match my imagination.
Yet, this tea regularly gets great reviews so I curious to try it anyway. Fortunately, Ashmanra was generous enough to share, what I assume was, the remnants of her pouch of this tea.

Now that my sinuses have mostly recovered, I was able to appreciate this tea.
The scent is definitely buttery root beer. I do have fond childhood memories of root beer so it’s always a nice flavor for me. The brewed tea is a dark reddish brown with nicely balanced tea and root beer flavor. The licorice is shy here, which is fine by me. The chicory probably provides body though I don’t really taste it. It’s pleasant and cooling in a traditional Chinese yin/yang sense.
I don’t normally sweeten my tea, but this one sort of demands it. A teaspoon of sugar in the raw and a splash of cream brings this a little closer to my imagined ideal. It’s not butterscotch, but this is a pretty tasty interpretation. I can’t wait to drink this again. :)

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I got a sample of this tea from the generous Ashmanra.

I had been wanting to try this one since hubby is a big fan of blueberry and partial to a nice fruit flavored green as well. The flavor here is pretty light. I wouldn’t say that it particularly reminds me of blueberries. It’s kinda chalky and more floral than fruity.
The green base was not so impressive either. It tastes like cheap Chinese sencha. Harney usually delivers but not this time. It wasn’t awful but I’m glad it was just a sample instead of a tin.
Thanks for letting me try this one out!

ashmanra

I want to order this loose leaf. All I had left was the one lonely bag that I sent. I wonder if you would like the loose better, but if it is the base then it may not make a difference. I want to try it iced sometime!

Mercuryhime

Aww, sorry I had the last bag from you and didn’t even like it. :(
Good excuse to tea shop though. :)

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I feel like I’ve been sleeping forever! I just keep falling asleep this weekend. I sit down with a book, and next thing you know, I’ve passed out. Does a mild cold really make someone so sleepy? I actually got up at a pretty good time this morning. I took the dogs out, did a bit of laundry, had breakfast, did a bit of garden work.
Then I lay down again for some reason and passed right out again. 4 hours later, I’m awake. I never need to sleep again! I figured I’d better have some tea before I fall asleep again.
This is one I’ve had for a while. Dancongs usually remind me of fall. All cozy and woodsy and crisp. This one is no different. It’s like leaf litter and honey. THere’s a cooling fresh sensation that lingers after the swallow. I may have under brewed this first steep. More to come.

Steep 2:

Yum! I thought I had left this in the water too long, but I think I probably under leafed so it worked out. This steep is delicious. There’s the odd cooling menthol note. How does that get into tea? Sweet lychee and honey. Minimal autumn leaf pile flavor this time. I’m just slurping this down. tasty and comforting. It makes me wish for fall. I’m not ready for summer to be over yet, but autumn is truly one of the loveliest seasons.

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I’m sick. :(
I had two different sicks in a row. Last weekend I had a sore throat. That got better and now I’m all sniffly.
Had this classic comfort tea yesterday. I forgot how tasty genmaicha is. Sometimes you forsake your old favorites for shiny new things.

K S

Hope you feel better soon.

Mercuryhime

Thanks! Getting pampered by hubby now. I guess there are benefits. :)

gmathis

Your note makes me think about a Guy Clark country song called “Stuff That Works.” About comfort items: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ot035kSVt0

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Mmm molasses.
Very tired and emotional today. I just need a break from the world. This is the best tea I have for such situations at work. Wish I could take the day and hike off into the wilderness.
I need to bring more teas in.

boychik

Hope the rest of the day will be peaceful;)

Mercuryhime

Not too bad. I’m feeling better now. Thanks. :)

ashmanra

I am almost out of this one. That must not happen. But they were sold out when I last checked so I guess I had better hang in there!

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drank German Chamomile by Unknown
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I grew this myself! O_O it was off to a really slow start this year. Until I added some organic fertilizer. As it turns out, my soil is awful. So I only got a few blossoms popping up last week or so. Last night I decided to stop just admiring the blooms and harvest a few.
I’ve never been a huge fan of chamomile. It usually leaves my throat itchy and tastes unpleasant. Fresh chamomile though, that’s good stuff! It was all honey with a hint of green apple. And only a barely perceptible itch in the throat. :)
Next time I’ll add some chocolate mint. I wanted to try this by itself first. I’m also curious to taste it dried.

gmathis

You know, as crazy as our chocolate mint is growing, I have underused it and didn’t even think about it with chamomile. I will remedy that quickly!

K S

We tried without success to grow this last year. We used bagged soil in a planter but it was probably too hot and too dry around here to grow anything.

Mercuryhime

Gmathis, I also have lemon grass! It will be delicious!
KS, maybe add fertilizer next time. Bagged dirt can be awful quality. Or try chocolate mint. Gmathis and I both know that it’s invincible. ;)

gmathis

Actually K S and Mrs. K S are the ones that turned me on to chocolate mint and other potted curiosities :) Reading up on the best way to keep them healthy and dormant in the winter is on my to-do list.

Mercuryhime

Oh well now I feel silly.
I’ve always loved plants but wasn’t allowed to have any until this year. It’s so exciting!

ashmanra

I need to plant some chamomile! I finally got lavender to grow and flourish here this year by ignoring the advice on the tag. It is simply too hot and humid here to put it in full sun. We have five composters and use that for our soil, top dressing, and fertilizer. Maybe chamomile would like to live near my lavender!

gmathis

I didn’t see it, but hubby says we had a little hummingbird visit our lavender pot today.

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I came from a tea drinking family, but I never appreciated the different qualities and varieties of tea until older. All that time wasted! But I guess I needed to be mature enough to appreciate the tea experience. :)

My favorite teas are green oolongs and white tea. I also love greens, especially gyokuro. I have a huge appreciation for rooibos and honeybush as they are often that only thing I can drink in the evening. I am a relatively new convert to black teas. This is unfortunate for my wallet but extremely wonderful for my palate. :)

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