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drank Maple Taffy by Bayswater Tea Co.
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Ok, ok… I did it. I forgot CrowKettle’s teas at home (I’m so sorry!) and then bought lots at Bayswater.

This one ended up in my bag somehow at the last minute. It smelled SO GOOD! And luckily it tastes good as well. Yes, there’s cinnamon in it. And popcorn. And red peppercorns (actually related to cashews). It looks really similar to the picture of the same tea from The Whistling Kettle.

Although it smells REALLY SUPER AMAZING, I think I might prefer the Steam Maple Seduction better. (I didn’t stop there today because of the rain.)

Yep, I think I do prefer the other tea. I’m not saying this isn’t good, because it’s really tasty… but I like the other one better.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Damn, I’m going to pick some of this up next time I’m there. Hope you two had a great time!

OMGsrsly

I can send you some, instead of putting it all in The Box!

OMGsrsly

We met up and did breakfast at Whole Foods. Heh. :) It was delicious, and also it was great to chat with the owner of Bayswater. She seemed pretty horrified about flavoured high quality silver needle, or even silver tip puerh. :) Might have to bring some fancy fancy stuff in for her. They also have a darjeeling that smelled AMAZING and I’d probably steep as a green…

Fjellrev

Thanks! But I think I am going to make a trip to Vancouver once I get back from the Prairies. Her stuff is so decently priced. :)

Sounds like a good time!

OMGsrsly

That works too!

CrowKettle

I don’t remember enough about Maple Seduction to know if I prefer it to this one, but in pinch this is good (and almost gone).

CrowKettle

I think the owner needs a lot more persuading when it comes to branching out with white tea. Bring in some Watermelon Xylophone, White Rhino, etc. :/

OMGsrsly

Yes. More interesting whites and more interesting oolongs. I can’t believe that people who drink it for health benefits wouldn’t want it to taste good too.

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drank Crimson Horizon by Butiki Teas
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A second steep of this today, as my bff had the first steep of it last night during our midnight cookie baking session. Mmm, cookies…

Yum. I’ve thrown a little milk in it for extra comfort and it is delightful.

Now I have to go finish putting on outside clothes and get myself off to Bayswater! Yay tea!

(1.5 in 16 oz this am because I forgot I used a 12 oz mug last night. Oh well. It still tastes like tea.)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

w00t Bayswater and cookies!

Sil

woohoo!

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I found this hiding in the back of the cupboard when I was organizing last night, and I’m nearly out! Good thing CrowKettle and I are planning to go to Bayswater soon! :) (Anyone have any requests?)

Anyways, it was as delicious as always. Burnt sugar, sweet nougat. These teas go together SO well.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
whatshesaid

Are these teas pricy? I’ve wanted to try the divine temptation! I wasn’t a fan of the creme brûlée so much though

Cameron B.

I would love to try samples of these two and possibly Maple Taffy if I have anything you want to swap for! :)

OMGsrsly

They are very inexpensive. I think $4.50/50g? Something like that. There’s a website, but it’s not updated at all.
http://www.bayswatertea.com/

Sil

cameron – i can send you maple taffy. DT and CB that i had are going to RS though.. unless i check and there’s enough..

Dinosara

Hmmm I am tempted to request some Divine Temptation. Anything you want from Mariage Frères, since I will be near a store soon? Or TeeGschwendner? I would offer Theodor or Fauchon but I’m not sure what I will find from them.

OMGsrsly

I can totally get some, Dinosara! How much would you like? And of course I’d love to try stuff, but you don’t need to get anything specific for me – samples would be fine. Unless TeaG has the strawberry honeybush in stock, then I could go for a bunch of that. Yum yum yum.

OMGsrsly

Cool Sil, thanks for offering the maple taffy. I can send you the other two though, Cameron B! Definitely buying more of each. And whatshesaid, I can get you some divine temptation or just send you a sample. Your choice. :)

Dinosara

Awesome, I guess I would go with 50g of it. I will try to look for the strawberry honeybush at TeaG, but otherwise we can arrange something when I get back. If you’d rather me reimburse you for the tea and shipping just let me know and I will be happy to do so! Thanks!!

OMGsrsly

Oh, that’s fine. :) I picked up 100g extra today so I’ll send 50g to you and put the other 50g aside for a Christmas present! I’ll try to get it out to you this week, and just so you’re forewarned, I’ll probably put it in a freezer baggie with the actual packaging folded flat, just so it’ll fit into a bubble envelope.

Dinosara

Oh actually can you wait to send it out? I’ll be in Europe until Nov 15 so it’s probably best if the tea doesn’t sit around here. The packaging is fine. And I think you might not have my new address, so I will PM you. Thanks so much! :D

OMGsrsly

Ok, no problem. :) I’ll add a few samples of new stuff as well.

whatshesaid

Dinosara you’re so lucky to be visiting a MF!!

OMGsrsly

whatshesaid, I almost asked Dinosara for “a little of everything please,” but that might not work out so well. :D

Sil

i’m always so jealous when dinosara goes to europe.. sigh

Dinosara

LOL you guys. I wish European tea sellers would sell in less than 100g amounts, then I really would get a little bit of everying. I am actually most excited to find a reseller for Theodor in Brussels.

Sil

the du loup….oh how i miss you..

OMGsrsly

Oh hey! That’s the one thTs been on my list for ages. :)

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drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
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Wait, what? This is a WHITE tea? I am sooooo confused!

It’s good, though. Really good. Malt and hay and sweet. A little spice. Yum.

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

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

love this one..so sad i didn’t get to order much more..

OMGsrsly

Yeah, it’s really REALLY good! I didn’t even think of it when I was placing my order. I don’t think I really checked out the white teas (except for a little more watermelon xylophone) at all.

Fjellrev

I regret not getting it. I didn’t find out about its notes until it was already sold out. Thought it would be a typical white tea too.

OMGsrsly

I got a tiny amount I think from Crowkettle? I don’t remember. It’s soooooo good! I did a second steep this afternoon and it was so good too. Spicy and the slightest bit bitter.

Sil

we just need stacy to tell us her who her dealer is..

Fjellrev

Odd how White Rhino matcha is the only other option amongst other vendors.

OMGsrsly

Isn’t it a Kenyan white tea?

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drank Citrus Lavender Sage by Teavana
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Sipdown! I haven’t finished updating my spreadsheet yet, so I have no idea what number this is. I’m glad I’ve gone through (most of) my teas, though. I’ve actually thrown a couple out (I KNOW) because they were so terrible and I just couldn’t drink them. I have a lot of teas that are just “ok” that I need to go through and drink up. And then I have the amazing teas I wish I could keep in stock forever.

Like this one. Surprisingly.

It’s just SO citrusy and delicious! And it’s so nice when I’m sick and I add a bit of honey. Yum.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

there’s always “put OK teas on a swap list” in case someone else out there loves them

Anlina

Even put terrible teas on a swap list. The vast majority of stuff that I find undrinkable is well loved by someone else on Steepster.

This one really is amazing though.

OMGsrsly

Swap lists = I have to hang onto them and somehow send them out to people. So old icky teas can just go in the garbage, especially if I’ve made a good dent.

Sil

haha there’s a reason my spare room is full of small boxes with people’s names on them…

OMGsrsly

See, my problem is the complete and utter lack of space!

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AHH. This is so amazing with a dollop of milk. It really is like a hot root beer float, which still sounds weird to me yet somehow it tastes amazing.

I’ve mostly finished reorganizing all my teas by temperature. Mostly. I still have too many, and the (umm…) 8oz So Long and Thanks for all the Licorice that I panic-ordered is not going to fit into a 16 oz wide mouth canning jar. Hahaha. The 2oz Caramel Vanilla Assam barely fit into a 16 oz narrow mouth jar. And there are still teas out on the counter and other teas in the other storage spot and I still have The Box that I’m trying to load up. Yeppers.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Kittenna

Organizing by temperature?! Interesting. Although I suppose that works out as separating them by type, doesn’t it.

OMGsrsly

Yeah. It’s mostly because I have a variable temp kettle, so I’ll set it for 175 or whatever because I feel like a green or white tea, and then I can never find something I’m interested in that steeps for that temp because I have to go through EVERYTHING. So now it’s (mostly) sorted, and I’ll be able to pull a basket and quickly go through it! It’s still basically sorted “white”, “green and oolong”, “black”, but there are a few oolongs that are boiling, as well as a couple whites… etc. :)

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This really needs to be called “Janet’s Special Orange”. Just saying. It’s what I search for whenever I log this tea.

With milk. So FREAKING good, omg I just can’t describe. The orange is amazing, the vanilla, the base tea is nice and present but not overpowering… LOVE.

And so tonight begins. I am frosting cookies to look like eyeballs, AND I am reorganizing my tea stash. Non-caffeinated, caffeinated with 195F to boiling water, then the rest sorted as per my kettle temperatures. ~160, ~175, ~185. :) I tend to steep cooler then suggested, so yeah. Hopefully this gets me drinking more! (Not necessarily more volume, but more variety.)

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

haha SB is supposed to send this to me someday. I’m happy to get to try it eventually. Love me some orange tea!

OMGsrsly

Ooo.. I’ll chat with him. He has some (more) tea for me, so if he wants to save shipping I can repack and send stuff from my place. Or pop over for a day visit. Hmm. Hmmmmm…….

Sil

yeah, you know me…never in a rush for things, i know he wanted to put some teas together eventually from janet as i haven’t tried any of her teas yet haha

OMGsrsly

I think I’m gonna go over for a (long) day in the next couple weeks. Just need to plan out stuff at work so I can take off for a day.

Bear With Me

Remind me what i need to pack up for you guys so i can deal with that this weekend before i forget again ;)

OMGsrsly

Pack pack pack! :D

I’ll start a thread on FB, but did you have any interest in the Box of Ridiculousness?

Bear With Me

I am terrified of, yet curious about, the Box of Ridiculousness, haha!

OMGsrsly

It is indeed terrifying!

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drank Blackcurrant by Steam Tea House
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Pretty good this morning, although what I really really wanted was a giant steaming latte. One made with coffee, not tea.

Nice and blackcurranty, although I think it’s nicer as a latte with a tiny bit of sugar to bring out the fruitiness.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

yes! i like this as a latte

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drank Sweet Apple Cider by DAVIDsTEA
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It might be because I’m sick, but I really really like this one. It’s seriously apple+++++. Fresh, ripe apple. Fresh pressed apple juice. Just it’s not thick like juice and it’s hot.

I have too many teas to be fussed about rushing out to get more of this one, but this was a good sample to get in my (sad) order.

Edit: Aww, poo. Is there licorice in this? It’s not listed as an ingredient, but I’m getting that sickly sweet back-of-the-throat business as I’m sipping my way through this cup. So weird.

Flavors: Apple, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

I thought the vanilla was a weird addition to this one. Maybe that’s part of the sweet flavor you’re getting?

OMGsrsly

Hmm. Maybe! I drank it all anyways, so it wasn’t that bad. :)

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drank Crimson Horizon by Butiki Teas
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Ermahgerd this is amazing.

So malty, so sweet, so perfect. I really love these CTC teas, and this one is delicious. Now I am really super ultra sad!

Not only did I get my (possibly second-to-)last Butiki order ever, but I got my Halloween mug from DavidsTea and the handle is broken.

:(

Oh well. I shall revel in the tealiciousness that I have in front of me, and hope that DavidsTea can find me a new mug. :)

(This is different from Grandpa’s Anytime Tea, which I’ve found another supplier for shhhhh… It’s more sweet, more light, more brisk and almost lemony. Yum yum yum.)

1.5 tsp in 12 oz.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Butiki Teas

Glad you are enjoying the Crimson Horizon! It’s so tasty! Don’t even get me started on the Grandpa’s Anytime tea. Ugh.

OMGsrsly

Haha. Oh no! Now I’m curious. :) I like this one so much, but I have a couple other CTCs I have easier access to and huge supply of. My mom likes buying me teas, you see. :)

Butiki Teas

I’m really loving CTCs lately. The quality has really gone up.

OMGsrsly

Yes. And they tend to be my favourite types of flavours, which are strong, knock your socks off, malty deliciousness. My mom got me this one, and it’s fantastic.
http://steepster.com/teas/tea-centre/47679-rungagora-bps-ctc-india-assam

If you’re OK with cheezy dollar store packaging, I could send you some. :)

Sami Kelsh

Ok, MAN I need to get a Butiki order in as soon as possible, don’t I? It’s all so beautiful and I’ll hate myself a lot if I miss my chance!

OMGsrsly

Yes you do!

Butiki Teas

OMGsrsly-That would be awesome. I could send some CTCs your way as well.

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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! :)

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