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With soynog. Or… “Noel Nog”. Whatever you want to call it.

Really good. I love all the licoricey flavours with no actual licorice root. There’s no lingering gross sweetness. It’s just POW! Licorice! And then it’s supported by the other spices.

It’s not a one-note licorice, either. Star anise, fennel seed, licorice flavour, etc. It all works together to make one of my favourite teas. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Fjellrev

Mmm, fabulous tea, for sure. And I LOVE Noel Nog. I need to track more down before it’s gone. :)

OMGsrsly

I was scared to go to the store today. :) Maybe tomorrow!

Fjellrev

Haha me too. I mean, I went to the mall (scaaaaary) but I can’t imagine how busy the grocery stores are too. And the lineups. Ech.

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drank Chandernagor by Mariage Frères
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I’m home from a whirlwind trip to my parents, where I ate ALL the foods and tried to drink all the cider. It was lovely. I also drank many many cups of my mom’s selection of pretty basic black teas. They are delicious and high quality, but I do like to mix up things with flavoured teas.

I’m easing myself back in with a chai. :) Delicious, with some soy nog. Oh, I also have bacon, sweet potato, and eggs. Yum yum yum. Recovery breakfast FTW.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This so good too omg.

A friend came over to hang out and wrap presents and drop off her car for me (yay!) since I’m driving me and my brother all the way to my parents tomorrow.

We had this tea. Two steeps. Then I put cold water in the steeper and set it in the fridge for an overnight steep. It’ll be about 8 hours, because I have to leave by 5:15/5:30 in the morning (ouch) so we can make our ferry reservation.

This tea is divine. Not too flowery. Delicious green oolong base that isn’t too “oolongy”. Ahem. Really nice juicy yet delicate pineapple flavour. It takes multiple steeps well. Seriously, this is the best pineapple tea I think I’ve had. I thought that the DavidsTea version was OK, but it does not hold a candle up to this one. Not at all.

Yum. Tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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Ohhhhhhh, so good! I am so glad I snagged a bunch of this tea. I don’t reach for it all the time, but when I do I really REALLY appreciate the flavours. I love the base tea, and the caramel and vanilla flavours compliment it so well.

Yum!

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

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Nommity nom.

I’m doing a bunch of shorter steeps with all the sample packet and about 6 oz water.

Really tasty. Like. Not sure I really need more, but it it a good one. Very bready and malty. Yum.

Amariel

They really are nummy little things, aren’t they? <3

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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I think that next time I need to have this as a latte. It would make SUCH a good latte.

In other news, my travel tea set has shipped! WOO! Now to wait impatiently for its arrival. (I ordered F.)
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Free-Shipping-Travel-tea-set-pot-cup-portable-kung-fu-tea-covered-teacup/1506683198.html

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I set up a kettle on my desk, so maybe I’ll drink more of the oolongs and puerhs I have that require short steeps and multiple steepings.

This is one of those mandarin oranges, with (I’m pretty sure) ripe puerh in it. I’ve used about 1/4 of the orange and loosely packed tea for a 60ml cup.

1 rinse, steeps for 10-30 seconds.

I much much prefer the ripe stuff to the raw stuff I’ve tried recently. Much prefer.

This is OK. I don’t think it’s fabulous quality now that it’s been sitting in its tissue paper wrapper in my cabinet for (mumbledy) years. It’s not as scary as I thought it was at first, so this is cool.

http://instagram.com/p/w4vMUTx5OF/

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Fjellrev

Nail polish powah!

OMGsrsly

LOL. Yeah. I need to decide what colour to do for Christmas. I was thinking red, but I’m really not a red nail polish person. So I have a couple glitters (purple and red, but IDK this one is a good red), and a burgundy with red shimmer, and a gold-beige.

boychik

i love deep red toe nails. always. my hands – i forgot when i did manicure last time. they chip the same day because of cooking;(

OMGsrsly

I’ll probably do a gel coat over top for longevity. But I found a base coat that actually works, and I get about 5 days wear now, where before it would chip overnight. I use Orly Bonder.

OMGsrsly

I mean, I still get small chips and tipwear over the 5 days, but it’s not like missing half the polish on a nail or something anymore.

boychik

i have to get it ! is it in pharmacy or you order it fr somewhere ?

OMGsrsly

I’m in Canada so I order it. :) nailpolishcanada I think?

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I haven’t had many “raw” puerh teas, but I think that I don’t care for them.

I’ve done 2 steeps and a rinse, and even though I’m keeping the times shorter (10-30 seconds), there’s a bite to the end of the sip and a weird smokiness to the taste.

TBH, it smells REALLY good. Like wood and a green forest. The dry leaves smell amazing as well. But the bitterness is just not something I ever want in the teas I drink. This is why I prefer lower temperatures for steeping my black teas. Astringency? Fine. Bitterness? Milk, please. But milk would really not go with the foresty cedar mineral flavour of this.

I’ll do a couple more steeps, but I don’t think it will (by my tastebuds) improve.

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Sil

poke me to send you a couple that were enjoyable…like in the new year lol

OMGsrsly

…maybe. I’m trying to shrink my cupboard and you seem to be happy trying to grow it! :P

Sil

haha yes but pu samples are teeeeeny…. just enough for one session

Sil

also…. i feel like my cupboard is about to get big. And i have no small samples to sipdown quickly..

OMGsrsly

Hahaha. Teeny = many many steeps of many-ness. Lots of sloshing.

OMGsrsly

You will have small samples to sipdown quickly!

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drank Pumpkin Milkshake by Butiki Teas
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Yum! My last wee bit of this from CrowKettle.

It’s so good today. Lots of powder in the bottom of the bag, and so the tea is extremely flavourful. I also added a little soy nog to make it even creamier.

Yes.

I’ll have to do another steep when I get home.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Christmas Tea by Twinings
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Christmas tea! Loose, in the MOST ADORABLE TIN.

http://instagram.com/p/w1solnR5OX/

Yes, I admit.

I bought it for the tin.

The tea is OK. A strong Assam, not mellow. Clove and cinnamon flavouring.

Good with milky stuff. (I had to go behind THREE cartons of eggnog to reach it!) Will be picking up my card photos today and packaging up this tea (and another two options for those who don’t looooove cloves or flavoured teas) for the people whose addresses I actually have. I’m sorry swap friends, I didn’t keep everyone’s address.

Happy holidays! (There are a couple people who probably won’t get their cards until January, lol!)

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

I saw all their tins at Target and was SO tempted to get one too, but luckily some jerk opened one of each of them already, so once I smelled them I thought nope.

OMGsrsly

This was the only one there! And although people had tried to open some of them, I went into the back of the pile and got a pristine one. Mostly I wanted the tin. I’m not fussed that the tea isn’t fantastic. :)

(The tin will be PERFECT for sewing Things.)

OMGsrsly

ALSO, no one has your address. Hint hint. Ahem.

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

No: Spearmint or peppermint, licorice root, gluten (cookie bits, wheat, rye, barley, I’m OK with oats)

After sending my first box to the USA, bubble-envelope swaps are where it’s at.

When I rate, my ratings are based on the little faces, and depend on what face I make when I sip the tea! :)

Also: A map of tea places in Vancouver. I’ve been to some of them, but not a lot. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!
http://goo.gl/maps/gXsKK

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