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drank CTRL+ALT+DEL by Pluck
1400 tasting notes

This is a weird ass tea. It smells really strange (like… dried apples and… something weird I can’t place), it’s ridiculously, painfully sweet (added stevia, didn’t know this beforehand), and, well.. it’s more like candied apple. I normally love ginger, apples, etc. but this just.. no, no thank you.

Flavors: Apple, Ginger, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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77

Had a few cups of this last night, and enjoyed each one. Sweet, didn’t need anything added to it, comforting tea, and surprising taste considering the ingredients. Kind of reminded me of Kapha from TeaGschwendner, minus the spice/heat, and with a whole lot more sweetness/licorice added to it.

Normally I’m not a huge fan of licorice teas, but the smell of this one captured me when I was in Galway, Ireland. I quickly shipped it back to myself for enjoying at home, and am a bit surprised I did now… it would have served me well during my six months in Europe. Ah well, I’ll just have to drink it and grab more when I go back!

Flavors: Licorice, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Gosh golly gee whilikers, I think this is my favorite tea right now. I’ve had it a few times in the past day, and have savoured every sip. I need to try it next to the normal (smoked) version, to see which one I like more… although I think this was a short-term offering, as I don’t see it on the site.

The base is exquisite, and there’s still a smokiness to it, but it’s not like a lapsang. It’s more of a richness than smoke per say, and then there’s the marshmallow, chocolate bits…. gawd this is amazing.

Flavors: Campfire, Chocolate, Marshmallow

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

jealous! heh

Marzipan

Hmm how did I miss this one.

TeaNTees

Ditto what Sil said

MissB

Yea, no idea how I got it. Had to add it to Steepster, can’t seem to order more. It came with my last WP order, which arrived a month after I left for Europe. I’ll have to ask Brendan what the story is here, because I’m blanking out.

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96

I’m confused as to why I’d migrate my review over to a ‘newer’ version of this tea, as this is still the ‘older’ version that I have. And so, I’m keeping my cupboard and notes here.

Shared this with a friend visiting, and we’ve had a lot of tea together over the past few days. His first reaction? “Yummmmm….” I too felt the same way. It’s aged well, it’s a bit smokey (but only a touch) with some brighter fruit notes, and then the chocolate richness of like laoshan black, yet, a bit more full bodied.

Flavors: Berries, Chocolate, Smoke

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

Watch out… this one doesn’t follow the rules!

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80

Somehow, I bought this tea about two years ago now (possibly shorter, but I think that’s about right), and never opened it. Huh?

As I’m going through all of my teas (yes, ALL of them), I’m making sure I have what I say I have, and removing the ones that have disappeared from my tea cupboard on Steepster. It’s quite the project…. so if I haven’t tried something, and I have it, well, I’m trying it. If I love it, I’ll drink it. If I don’t absolutely LOVE it, I’m passing it along. This tea? Passing it along.

Why? Well, it’s very much a coffee tea – which isn’t a bad thing. I’d call it a mocha tea, really, and it’s quite creamy, nutty, coffee-ish, with some chocolate in there to boot. Nice, yes. Rich and flavorful. If I want coffee though, I’d prefer to drink coffee, if that makes any sense. I guess this technically IS coffee, as there are bits of coffee beans in it. Still, it’s not a “madly in love” tea, so it’s off to the sale box. Woohoo!

Flavors: Chocolate, Coffee, Creamy, Mocha, Nutty

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Earl Grey Cheesecake by 52teas
1400 tasting notes

Hm. I used to like this. Now, all I get is faint blergamot. Maybe I need to rinse my cleaned kettle and strainers a bit better, or maybe it just hadn’t aged well.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Rainbow Sherbet by 52teas
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Hell to the no! It smells gross, like a raspberry cleaning solution, and doesn’t taste much better. Bitter and granular, one sip and I’m done.

Flavors: Raspberry

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

Did you cold or hot steep this?

MissB

Hot steep, couldn’t share that from my phone. I can send it to you if you’d like to play with it – I suspect there’s some contamination in here with strawberries, as I’m having an allergic reaction still.

Southern Boy Teas

If this is the loose tea version, it is very old. Sorry to hear it was no good any more. Our iced tea version of this is one of my all time favorites.

MissB

This is the loose tea version, and it is very old. Didn’t rate it specifically for this reason.

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
1400 tasting notes

I don’t think I can mess up this tea. I think I’ve shared more of this tea than I’ve drank it. I’ve also purposely gone to Lupicia in SF when I’m there, just to buy this. Yes, I think I will again, even though I’ll likely be traveling indefinitely very soon… yes, yes I will.

Flavors: Melon

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

it was on their website a while back for the first time ever… as an fyi

TeaBrat

feel better soon :)

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drank After Eight by Pluck
1400 tasting notes

I know I’ve had this, I know I’ve reviewed it, and yet…. nada. I remember as being not so much like an after eight (mint chocolate) and more like, well, rooibos. Dunno any more though, it’s been so long, and I shared it with someone else. Ah well, hope they love it!

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drank Under the Weather by Nanny's Cupboard
1400 tasting notes

Not sure anyone would drink this other than, well, if they’re under the weather. Which is when I did. Definitely felt better after, although I don’t remember it tasting like much, other than… herbal. A touch sweet.

Handmade in a really tiny tea house in Cranbrook, BC. No internet site, just a phone number, and a ton of awards from local country fairs for her teas and jams.

Flavors: Herbs, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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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).

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