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drank Eggnog & Pralines by Butiki Teas
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With my super odd coconut creamer, this is SO fantastic. The little bit of vanilla I put in the creamer, mixed with the nuts-and-sugar taste of the tea is just divine.

Yum yum yum.

And yes it’s a green. After work I need to drink less black teas for a while, because I’ve been having problems getting to sleep. So one green tea and a bunch of herbaly stuff seems like a good compromise. :) Especially if I can manage to bring 2-3 mugs of tea with me every day.

I will resteep this one a couple times to suck all the deliciousness out of the leaves. :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
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Nutmeg Cream, it was good to know you.

Honestly, I’d be happy with a bag of the base blend. So delicious. The nutmeg and cream are just added bonuses. :)

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

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Oh, that’s a cute picture! (It’s 4 white teacups with varying colours of tea on some wooden boards, in case it changes again.)

Tonight I’ve mixed 50/50 Almond Marzipan by Zen Tea, and Creme Brulee by DavidsTea. And I added some of that weird creamer I made… which I’m totally going to make again, but include 1 tbsp maple syrup to make it more like commercial dairy free creamers.

So. Good. It’s dessert in a cup, definitely helped out by the amount of calories in the coconut creamer. :D Yum yum yum.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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I brought a mug of this to work today, supplemented with a little maple syrup… which was too sweet. I can’t win! :)

It was delicious, and I greatly enjoyed it. Now I’m at home watching Sherlock and trying to do laundry but someone in my building is a jerk and didn’t even bother leaving a basket. I’m not OK with dumping their clean laundry on the gross floor…

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

Sounds yummy!

OMGsrsly

Hazelnuts and strawberries! So good. Interestingly, the only other Hazelnut and strawberry puerh on the internets (in a non-exhaustive search) is by Adiago… Hmm.

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drank English Toffee by Simpson & Vail
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Today I’m having this with my coconut-egg creamer of weirdness.

It’s pretty good. Better with regular milk though. Or commercial coconut milk creamer. Mostly because the toffee comes through better.

I need ALL the caffeine. All of it. But not coffee because I had coffee yesterday and my tummy was so angry.

caile

Hopefully this helps you feel better! :-)

OMGsrsly

Moar caffeine… moar! (This is a terrible refrain to have. A late start this morning, and then super early starts the next two days. Oops?)

caile

Ack.. early starts.

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drank After Dark by Steam Tea House
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YES! It’s back, and I like it.

The ingredients have changed, I’ll try to update them later. It now contains dark chocolate, which is nice.

I steeped it with a little coconut milk and a lot of water, on the stove, for about 15 minutes. Then I poured it into my glass and added some of this weird-ass creamer I made with egg, coconut milk, coconut oil, and powdered vanilla beans.

Weird.

Only, it works. It’s nice and creamy and rich and delicious and oh, I’m so glad I went to Steam and got more of this. Yum.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
caile

The creamer worked – yay!

OMGsrsly

Yes, it did! I was surprised. I kept it on a tea cup warmer to make sure the oils didn’t separate, and it was fantastic. The Silk Coconut Creamer is easier, but this is less processed.

caile

That’s great!!

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Having this as a latte. I went and grabbed a couple cans of coconut milk, and a box of coconut cream. I’ll be mixing up my own “coffee” creamer to have with my tea, but I thought I’d use some to indulge a little. :)

1/4 cup or so 60% coconut milk, 200ml extra strong tea, topped up with boiling water. Delicious. And the flavours in this puerh are such that the coconut milk doesn’t overpower. Yay!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

that sounds yummy!

OMGsrsly

So good! Works with regular milk, too. Just use more milk and less water. :)

caile

Coconut ‘tea creamer’ – sounds yummy!

OMGsrsly

Yeah, I’m a little skeptical. The recipe is 1 egg, 1 can coconut milk, 2 tbsp coconut oil, all blended until more like whipped cream, and then refrigerated. I think I’ll do half a batch just to see…

caile

hmm..the egg part seems..different.. I’ll be curious to see how it turns out!

OMGsrsly

So far so good. I added a little powdered vanilla bean too. :)

OMGsrsly

It… works. It’s weird, and it didn’t set up at all in the fridge. I think it would be better if I just used the egg yolk and drizzled in the coconut milk… like I was making mayo. Which I’m sure sounds really attractive when discussing a creamer recipe. :)

sherapop

I tried a chai with coconut milk and somehow it seemed wrong to me. I’m probably just accustomed to regular milk/cream in a chai…

caile

I googled coconut coffee creamer with egg last night after reading this, and it seems popular and looks lovely and fluffy in the pictures I saw. Yours didn’t fluff up? Maybe the egg needed to be whipped up more or something – lol at making mayo.
Have you tried it it tea yet?

OMGsrsly

Sherapop, I usually use almond milk, but I’m testing to see if some additives and foods are causing digestive problems right now, so I’m using canned 100% coconut milk. It needs a LOT of diluting, and also needs to be kept warm so the oils don’t separate. :) Ahh well. It’s only a couple more weeks.

caile

I saw above that you did – yay!

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drank Juicy Blueberry by Zen Tea
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Mmm, I got more of this! So good cold brewed. I’ve packed some up in a to-go cup, and am heading out to Steam for a little something-something. There are two teas I need to replenish, and I also need coconut milk.

:D

I might run a few more errands. Not sure, yet. I just need to get out of the house!

JustJames

i have promised myself i will finish up some samples before i start this one =0)

OMGsrsly

I spilled my jug of it all over the floor. Thank goodness it’s not sweetened! I’m still going to have to move the fridge and stove once I’ve finished dinner…

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Another sample from MissB. :) Another fandom tea, and I’m not part of the fandom. Welcome to Night Vale, I believe…

This smells really chocolatey. I put some coconut milk into this one, just because.

It’s not bad. It’s quite faint chocolate, but I think there would be more flavour if a little sweetener was added to the tea. I think I preferred the blueberry Tardis tea, though. The chocolate just isn’t quite the right chocolate flavour for me.

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

I’ve yet to try this, it was the ingredient list that got me!

OMGsrsly

I’m super picky about my chocolate teas. :) This one is good, just not quiiiite right.

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drank Kapha Organic by TeaGschwendner
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Umm, thanks MissB, for a tea that smells like Italian pork sausages.

Really. It does. I think it’s the parsley and fennel.

I needed something without caffeine tonight, and this seemed like a good one from my sample box.

Weird. Weird! It’s sweet, and savoury. It’s tempting to add a sprinkle of sage and a pinch of thyme. But I’ll resist. For now.

This is a really interesting tea, and I’m glad I’m getting to try it! I’ll save the other serving for later, and try it with honey. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
MissB

Soooo good with honey! If you like your teas with a bit of kick, that is.

OMGsrsly

HOLY SWEET JESUS THE SPICE IS HERE. Half way through my cup. OMG! My mouth is burning! Now I see what James was on about.

OMGsrsly

Oh I succumbed to the honey gods. That’s a bit better. Now it’s delicious and spicy rather than OMG!spicy.

MissB

It definitely has a kick. I wonder why we’re all getting such different experiences out of it? Honey does tamp down the spice though. I hope it hasn’t upset your stomach, too. :(

OMGsrsly

I should be fine. :) I actually really like it, but yes it does need a bit of honey!

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