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drank Thurbo Darjeeling by Butiki Teas
2167 tasting notes

Darjeelings are weird, yo. I have 3 more to try soon. Maybe I’ll be able to pinpoint the weirdness.

Still not my favourite, but an enjoyable cup.

I definitely prefer the smell of the dry leaves to the taste of them steeped. However, this is a tea I can drink without any sugar added (I am getting grumpy about this and I’m only on day 3…), so it’s a tea I’ll be finishing up soon.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
JustJames

yo? lol…..

OMGsrsly

Yo. (Ho Ho and a bottle of rum.)

JustJames

snicker, snort, guffaw…….

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I got the assortment of 18 teas to try, and for some reason the idea of mint tea appealed to me tonight.

Only… not so much.

It smells amazing. Like candy canes, like dad’s old work thermos, like my childhood. Without sugar, though? Oh, ugh. Mint tea is awful. I’d rather eat a candy cane, thanks. It tastes like grass and leaves the feeling of toothpaste as it evaporates off the tongue.

I’ll probably try this again after I’m done with the no sugar thing, just to see if it tastes as good as I remember when I add sugar or honey to it. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
JustJames

oh no…. sometimes things are happier left as memories? =0\

OMGsrsly

I’ve never had mint tea without honey or sugar in it! What a rude surprise!

Plunkybug

I thought you couldn’t do mint?

MissB

I thought it was OMGsrsly’s close friend that has a really serious issue with mints.

OMGsrsly

My BFF is hideously allergic and I’ve been without minty things for almost 15 years now. I’ll occasionally get York peppermint patties or a candy cane around Christmas, since they’re sure to be peppermint and not spearmint. I do not like spearmint flavoured things. Ugh.

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drank Bamboo Integrity by Zen Tea
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Oh, I’m glad I got 100g of this tea. Delicious limey refreshment. A bit herbal/medicinal, but that’s A-OK with me.

Cold steeped overnight. 1.5 tbsp or so in 1 litre (4 cups..) water.

JustJames

really? you get medicinal? huh!

OMGsrsly

Yeah. It’s the lemongrass. It’s in so many medicinal herbal teas that it reads as medicine for me.

JustJames

hmmm, never thought of it that way. i usually use nin jiom…. wracking my brain trying to think whether there’s any of the flavour in there?

OMGsrsly

I always used to supplement doctor’s orders with herbal teas and stuff. :) I used to get a lot of stuff here, when they had a location on Granville Island. http://www.gaiagarden.com/

JustJames

i have to be so careful… it took them weeks to navigate the in and outs to venture a careful ‘maybe??’ on nin jiom. luckily i’m one of the random freaks that has a high test immune system so i rarely get sick at all. lol.

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drank Merry Cranberry by DAVIDsTEA
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Thanks, WheezyBee!! :D I finally got it, and even though the post person STUFFED it into my tiny mail box, everything looks fine.

So this tea. The one I was waiting for. The one I hoped to buy if I liked it but it’s already disappeared from the website… It’s good!

I don’t really see any tea in there, but it’s a light green liquid (kinda mossy) that tastes like cranberries, cinnamon, and anise. It works for me! It’s too bad the cranberries are sweetened, but that means I don’t have to add anything in my “sugar free” month. :D

Thanks so much for sharing this with me! I’ll keep an eye on the website… I might like this 250g worth!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Juicy Blueberry by Zen Tea
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This is SO GOOD as a cold brew. So. Good.

I need more.

JustJames

i just ordered some! they’ve got a bonkers sale on!!!

Fjellrev

w00t! Always good to find a reasonable priced herbal to cold brew it up.

OMGsrsly

Yeah, I’m buying 100g. Most of my cold brew standbys have strawberries and oranges, and I’m avoiding those for a few weeks. :)

JustJames

free shipping at expedited too!!! yay!!!!!

JustJames

i’m grabbing some japanese tea: some hojicha among others =0) SO EXCITING!!!

OMGsrsly

I’m getting 100g this and 50g almond marzipan rooibos. Haha. $11, and they ship for free. Yeah!

JustJames

cough….. i might not have been as conservative. lol. but still, budget watching always. and i do need to cut my caffeine down, so i grabbed 3 herbals and this was one of them!

OMGsrsly

I have Too Many Teas, James. Too Many.

Sil

215 ish isn’t thy bad :)

OMGsrsly

Sil, I haven’t tracked how many I have. I think it’s closer to 250/260…

JustJames

i don’t even have 100…. and i try very hard to sipdown or i have a hard time looking at my wife, lol. my tastes change a fair bit too… and if they change then i hand off to fellow students who are more poor than me, lol.

Fjellrev

Damnit, James, now I’ve been surfing their site. Those are some killer deals!

OMGsrsly

I have SO MANY SAMPLES. People are so generous, and it takes 3-4 cups to drink the whole thing down.

JustJames

okay, maybe that’s cheating on my part? i do not count swap samples among my supply. mostly because i wouldn’t share them, lol. nope.

OMGsrsly

Yeah, I have about 100 samples. Still going through them, trying them, tossing some in a (new) box for my brother. Oh Sil, he LOVES the Wild Purple Buds Puerh from Butiki.

Dexter

Samples don’t count? I don’t have to count samples?
What’s this sale I’ve been hearing about?

OMGsrsly

http://zentealife.com/ , Dexter… End of season sale.

JustJames

MYSELF i do not count samples. i have a huge mug i use (16 oz) so a sample is often only 1 cup. i only list if i’m going to share, otherwise it makes me look like a jerk. OMGsrsly…. such a temptress, lmao, and to dexter who’s been drinking. not nice! =0D

OMGsrsly

I’m learning from the best cough James and MissB cough. I add them because I like the random tea generator. :) It helps me make up my mind!

Dexter

I was kidding, I CANNOT buy more tea. I bought a bunch from Zen during the BF extravaganza. Those are still in the box amongst several other boxes in a pile that I haven’t really even looked at yet. (Still I’m wondering why I didn’t buy any of this blueberry in that order…..?)

JustJames

rules are rules dexter, i have 200g coming. i can ship some off np.

MissB

Heh. Dexter, I just sent you a HUGE box of tea – you too JustJames! I also add all of my samples/swaps into my stash, for the same reason as OMGsrlsy. Love the random tea generator!

MissB

Also, fellow Vancouverites, did you see this? http://zentealife.com/tea-quiz

JustJames

no fair!!!

JustJames

oh…. and i do not use the tea generator. i am a stick in the mud. =0P

OMGsrsly

Huh. I hadn’t seen that. Oh well! I’ve tried almost everything now. :)

Dexter

MissB – that box is the reason I’m not allowed to buy more tea. I really need to find cupboard space for it and all my other BF orders that are still just lying around. Hmmmm buy new house?

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drank Bossa Nova by Zen Tea
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Yum. A tea that doesn’t need additives.

It brews up SO pale, I was concerned I wouldn’t get any tea taste in it, but no worries. It’s a bit of a toasted oolong, which normally I don’t love, but goes perfectly with the toasted hazelnut and vanilla.

It’s like dessert. Except it’s just liquid in a glass.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Plunkybug

I found that too, and that the flavour was really mild, until it cooled some.

Fjellrev

I found this one to be so thin and weak, and almost cardboard-like, unfortunately.

OMGsrsly

I think I overleafed it a lot…

Fjellrev

Wait a minute! I just realized that I’m thinking of their Toffee Dream. I still have this unopened from my spring order. Overleaf. Duly noted.

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:(

I can’t get past the base tea. I had such high hopes.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I am thumbing my nose at the elimination diet and having this as a latte. Not that this isn’t allowed, because I can’t see why it wouldn’t be, but because it FEELS like it shouldn’t be allowed.

Mmm, marzipan rooibos. I made it with coconut milk and water. Steeped about 10 minutes. Delicious. This rooibos might need to find a place in my cupboard.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Spiked Eggnog by Herbal Infusions
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No sugar added, although I didn’t fuss too much about removing all the sprinkles. No milky stuff added, either. :( Yes, I have a very sad face. I love additives in my teas! Makes them so much more comforting.

Oh well.

I steeped with cooler water this time, and although I can tell it’s going to get bitter as it cools, it’s much better to start with. A little boozy, I’m definitely getting the nutmeg-custard taste and smell. The tea base is somewhat sharp… maybe an even cooler temperature would work better. It definitely needs a shorter steep.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
keychange

Hear hear to additives in tea!

Starfevre

I loves my tea additives.

Tealizzy

Ya, this one needs a shorter steep! Even 3 minutes seemed a bit too much.

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drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
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This tea is SO good. I overleafed a little bit (by maybe 1/4 tsp) and steeped 4 minutes, trusting Butiki’s recommendations. Ohhhhh, yes. Fingers crossed Butiki/Amoda offer this in the future. I also really like Champagne Cider, and would be super happy for a caffeine free apple tea from Butiki as well.

And day 1 of an allergen free month is already a fail. I had milk in the fridge and automatically added it to my tea. Oh well. I’m sort of doing an elimination diet/paleo mashup. The last time I did an elimination diet, I still ate corn and rice. This time, they’re out. And oops, the coconut milk I got has carrageenan in it. headdesk Oh well. The money’s spent, I’m drinking it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

I have never done an elimination diet before. How long are you going to do it for?

OMGsrsly

1 month. I was thinking of a full-on Whole30, but I can’t cut carbs that much without getting the shakes. Sweet potatoes and a piece of fruit at (almost) every meal! Maybe some Kasha, as well.

The hardest thing is not being able to add anything to my tea! I’ve cut down a lot, but that last 1/4 tsp of honey or sugar is so hard to give up!

Fjellrev

Wow, you’re mightily brave! What was the end result last time you did it? Like, did you successfully pinpoint any problematic foods, lose weight, etc?

OMGsrsly

I’m not really worried about losing weight. I mean, I’m rather chubby, and sure losing weight might be nice, but it’s not a goal. The goal is to reduce dependence on GF baked goods, grains, and sugar, and also make sure I’m not intolerant of corn or rice..

I know I can’t have gluten, and I shouldn’t have dairy. Soy is also a problem, as are beans that aren’t sprouted/well soaked. That was, umm, “fun” to figure out.

Fjellrev

Oh geez, that sounds like such an obstacle. I’m lucky I don’t have any problems, or at least I don’t think I do? Doing something like this would be interesting.

OMGsrsly

Haha. Yeah, it can be tough. My mom finally admitted she can’t have dairy. They do a 2 week “cleanse” every year, and every year she’d complain after she added the cheese back. :) I had been having HORRIBLE tummy problems, and successfully pinpointed and cut dairy the last time. I’ve added it back after being gluten free for 2 years, and I’m thinking that was a mistake..

Satsuma

Good luck with your elimination diet. Maybe you can try stevia? I’m gluten free, dairy free and sugar free for a year now. I use stevia and almond milk. It’s hard at the begining, but after a while you got use to that. It look me five months to get ride of inflammation and pain (arthrisis). I’m also intolerant to corn but not rice. It’s hard but worth the efforts.

OMGsrsly

Sadly I can’t do stevia. I found some dates in the fridge and ate one this morning. SO GOOD. Maybe a little mushed date steeped with my tea?

You have arthritis and you’re not sensitive to nightshades? That’s one of the first things they suggest eliminating if you have inflammation. I have a few friends who can’t have them.

Satsuma

I don’t do the paleo diet, but the hypotoxic diet. It’s less restrictive than the paleo and it work well for me. Here in Quebec, it become more and more popular with Jacqueline Lagacée’s books, and it’s derived from Dr. Seignalet’s diet, a french doctor.

OMGsrsly

Oh, that’s interesting. I ate a raw diet for about 4 months before I just had to stop – too much raw food is just unpleasant for me. :(

I’m essentially doing this elimination diet: http://www.precisionnutrition.com/elimination-diet
I’m also avoiding strawberries as they are a common allergy. I am drinking tea as I already know it’s coffee that I don’t tolerate.

Stevia is something I can have, but I think it tastes horrible. :)

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