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83
drank African Chai by Justea
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Hm. I like this tea – it reminds me of the amazeballs Kashmir chai in Edmonton, but that one is SOOOOO much better – yet it’s got a weird flavor to it that I’m just not digging. I think it’s partially one of the spices (too strong – and that’s saying a lot for me, I love me my spices) plus the floral/rose is a bit too heavy for my liking. Really, the French should teach EVERY TEA BLENDER IN THE WORLD how to use flowers in tea. For the most part, they’re the only ones where I can even tolerate flowers.

Having said all that – I do like that there’s a bit of kick and spice to this, some minor heat. It’s actually burning my tongue a bit (again, I love this) but it’s just too much, uh, flavor. Like, dial down the nutmeg or something, maybe cloves. It’s just too much.

Flavors: Clove, Nutmeg, Rose, Spicy

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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87
drank Pu-erh Vanilla Mint by Zen Tea
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Ah, this tea. Normally a comforting cup of pure pleasure, I decided I wanted to try all my “vanilla mint” combination teas, to see if I could find a replacement for Twining’s Buttermint (which truly is divine for a cheapo bagged herbal – but only available in the UK and some parts of Europe).

This isn’t a replacement, sadly. It’s still lovely – creamy from the vanilla without really the flavor, cool from the mint again without the flavor, a bit earthy from the puerh, a bit rugged and windswept… this is kind of like the Fabio of tea, all smooth and sassy yet with an outdoorsy, bearded edge. Yep, I think this’ll do. :)

Flavors: Earth, Mint, Smooth, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Nope, nope. Dunno what’s with this tea, but it’s more of a fake weird chemical orange than anything. Nope. Buh-bye.

Flavors: Orange

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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81

Had a cup today before packing up the rest – blew it though by oversteeping. Ah well.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

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70
drank Chocolate Truffle by Pekoe Tea Lounge
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I want a melty, rich, decadent truffle with my chocolate tea, thanks. This ain’t it, sadly.

Definitely chocolate, stored well, a bit of paper flavoring in there somehow, and just.. too weak for me to fall in love with. Makes me want to go find some MF Mousse au Chocolat.

Flavors: Chocolate, Paper

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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59
drank Pu-Erh Blue Lemon by T2
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Trying to decide what teas to sell, and what teas to hold onto for dear life ;) so I tried this one again.

Nope, nope, nope. Should’ve rinsed again, it’s super earthy, and I just didn’t get anything blueberry or lemon out of it. I really, really wanted to.

Perhaps if I had more patience with it? I didn’t last night though, I just wanted a comforting cup. This wasn’t it.

Flavors: Earth

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

dope

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72

I’m cranky, I’m tired, I have more than I can possibly do in 24hrs, so I want tea. Waaah.

This really grew on me as I sipped it, and ended up quite delicious once cold. Sweet, a bit tart, creamy, lightly-colored tan, there’s definitely some flower/rose French thing going on, and I want to say… plum? Fig? Something-something. Oddly granular, like there are a few floaties in this tea that I can’t quite figure out where they came from.

Pretty sure I passed most of this along, but couldn’t find it in the database, so I added it. Almost positive it’s Mariage Frères, but, well, can’t confirm 100%.

Lovely tea, likely a fantastic tea for someone who prefers these kinds of flavors.

Flavors: Creamy, Drying, Fig, Plums, Rose, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
yyz

I think it’s a damman tea. It does have apricot and fig in it if it is.

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74

Hm. Thought this was a green (that’s what it said on the package, anyway). Finished it up yesterday, went down easily, but it wasn’t particularly memorable.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80
drank Marron Chocolat by Lupicia
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Still a solid option. Yay!

Rich chocolate without being cloying, I definitely get the dryness of the roasted chestnut in there too — solid tea, one that aged well, one that I gulped down faster than I made it.

Flavors: Chestnut, Chocolate, Drying, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I have two bags of this tea – one tastes okay, one tastes hideously. I opened the one that tastes hideous today, and I can’t figure out why the same tea – in the same shipment – tastes so different. It smells weird, like all the peanut butter teas do, but it’s just… this one is like paper, there’s really little flavor to it.

I’m finding that all of my 52 Teas haven’t aged well, and this makes me really sad, since I’ve spent hundreds of dollars, at least, on their (former) tea.

Flavors: Paper, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

that really blows.

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A few years ago, the obsession with tea started. The cupboard got bigger and bigger, more swaps occurred, group buys, secret rendezvous with local teapassionistas… and that’s how you end up with 500+ different kinds of tea in your home. At one time.

Now, it’s purge time. Time to gather what’s needed and let go of the rest. Almost all of the tea was given away, sold, or otherwise shared. A few relics still remain. It’s still a challenge to avoid the chipmunk-like hoarding of The Teas, yet, the lightness of being from having so little compels me more. And so, I’m happy to share (anytime!) and will occasionally desire small amounts of tea for swaps, just to try.

As for the day-to-day stuff, I’m focused almost entirely on Love, (yes, with a capital L), Spirit/Self, transformation, and work (dating columnist and consultant).

No-can-do: lavender, overly floral (French florals, or florals that are creamy rather than, well, floral work well!), sugar, Splenda, all grains.

Love: fruity, dessert, chai, spicy, all types of tea.

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