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drank Pu-erh Ginger by Rishi Tea
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SSTTB #16.

Still not feeling so great, and while I had a ginger tea at work, I wanted something less sweet at home. Enter this.

I steeped somewhere around 5 minutes, as I was baking toast and didn’t feel like setting the timer twice. It’s really nice! Earthy mineral puerh, lots of ginger. I added 1/2 tsp honey just to punch it up a little, but although it tastes good like this, I’m not sure it really needs it.

Definitely a decent tea. Not something I need to stock, but I’m glad I had it around this evening.

Flavors: Earth, Ginger, Mineral

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Champagne Cider by Butiki Teas
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There is a backhoe outside my living room window. The next two weeks will be trying, I think.

Made this to share with my BFF. We both really like it. I even did two steeps, and am sipping on the second now. So appley, with a nice spice background. I don’t really get champagne, but that doesn’t worry me. I’ve only had this hot so far, I think. I feel a need to try it iced, but I’m not sure if I’ll remember before I finish the tea.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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drank Root Beer by Simpson & Vail
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Ok, so. Root beer teas. For sheer depth and forcefulness of flavour, DavidsTea Root Beer Float wins, hands down.

This one is definitely a black tea, that has had a dollop of root beer flavouring added. Because of this, there isn’t that extra-ness in the flavour. I think if there was some sarsaparilla or something in here, it’d be way better.

That being said, this is not a bad tea. It just pales beside other root beer teas. The black base is reasonable, and shows up under the root beer flavour. The root beer is indeed root beer, although the smell is truer than the taste. And it’s good with cream. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Sipdown! I like this tea, and am sad to see it go. However, I’m plotting a trip to Victoria so I should be able to restock a bit by the end of summer! YAY!

I keep on thinking about it as “Janet’s Special Orange” because my brain is so foggy.

It’s nice. Orange, creamy, vanilla. Yum. So good with a bit of cream. I still need to try it as a latte!

Flavors: Cream, Orange, Vanilla

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

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drank Cinnamon Stars by TeaGschwendner
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SSTTB #15.

This tastes like it says! Cinnamon and vanilla pastry. Very vanilla pastry, with a touch of cinnamon. I can’t say how relieved I am that the “stars” portion isn’t candy sprinkles in the tea. PHEW. It’s dessert-like enough without added sugar (For me. Others may disagree!).

I quite like it, actually, although with warmer weather coming again, I don’t think I’d drink it much.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Pastries, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Sad sipdown!

I decided to have this one (I found it when I was organizing my cupboard. I seriously need to go through EVERYTHING again to make sure my spreadsheet is up to date!) because my tummy is angry and the rest of my body is angry and it smells so good. Tulsi and cinnamon and puerh, OH MY!

I steeped it for some unmeasured amount of time, and added some honey. Mmm… I’ll definitely have more steeps of this today. And it’s on my list of Blends To Get from Verdant.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Earth, Tulsi

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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drank Star Spangled Chai by The Devotea
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SSTTB #14.

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m out of cream and having this with almond milk, or what, but nope. This is very drying, and the spice flavours have blended together to be quite licorice-y, with a bit of burnt flavour. IDK.

If I really needed another chai, I’d try it again once I got some cream, but this one is going back into the box for someone else.

Flavors: Anise, Drying

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
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Sipdown.(Yay, since I bought more teas and stuff… :) )

This morning I got up, not feeling well at all, made some tea, sliced some GF bread for breakfast, and took it all back to bed… and fell back asleep. I was glutened over the weekend and I feel so incredibly awful. I even slept on the bus/ferry yesterday on my way home, which is something I wouldn’t normally do.

So now I’m drinking this cold, with almond milk in it. I do like the tea, but I don’t know that I’d get it again. It’s not a flavour that I crave often, or feel a strong need for. That being said, I really did enjoy the 2 oz I got. Yum, tea.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
ashmanra

I loved this one iced!

OMGsrsly

I don’t care for most black teas iced, so I didn’t even try it. Oops. :)

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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
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Iced. With cream. Again.

I hung out with my mom this weekend, and it was awesome. I ate way too much good food (Gluten free crab eggs benedict! Triple Sec (hah! wrote “Triple Sex”) creme brulee!), went to the farmer’s market, bought cherries, visited a bunch of fruit and artisan stands, went shopping in Courtenay, convinced mom to buy a really nice shirt, bought more tea. :)

I also got loads of herbs and spices, and a gluten free lamb pie. Also gluten free pizza hand pies. Now I am home. And exhausted. And will probably be woken up in the morning by the sweet sound of jackhammers outside my bedroom window, as the back parking area is being repaved this week.

So. Yeah. How’re you doing? :)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 6 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
yyz

Hmmm, back to reality. Sounds like a great weekend. I just had a pretty interesting discussion with an aliexpress dealer about a whole bunch of other teas from Shandong quite a few that I hadn’t heard of and some that I had, but he gave me a better understanding of. It was pretty interesting.

Nxtdoor

Whenever I have a great weekend, it makes it that much harder to return to work on Monday. Cause I just want more Sunday. Don’t we all…

Sil

What are these things you call week ends?

Nxtdoor

Lol. Sil, that makes me think of Downton abbey. “What’s a week end?”

Sil

Hahahahahaha

OMGsrsly

Yeah, I don’t wanna go to work today. Can I just take the whole week off? :) Sil, weekends are occasional times when you don’t have to work. ♥

The tea store was too busy to geek out, so I just got a couple different ones. They carry purple tea but at 50g minimum it’s really expensive.

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drank Blend 103 by The Tea Emporium
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SSTTB #13.

haha. First review, what?!

Ok. This tea brews up such a brilliant, pretty red colour. I was hesitant to “ruin” it with milk, but it’s so good this way! A milky rose tea. :) It’s actually pretty tasty, although sniffing it before milk it struck me as one of those teas that could easily go very unpleasantly bitter.

I like it this way, but due to that potential bitterness (even with milk as it cools, I can tell it could be bitter) I probably wouldn’t get it.

It was fun to try a rosey tea, though. I haven’t had any rose blacks, but now I’m thinking it might be a flavour I would want to have in my cupboard…

Flavors: Bitter, Malt, Rose

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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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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