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Oh, favourite tea. I might have to put you into a tin for the summer, your licorice chai-ness is definitely more of a fall flavour than a spring one.

Still, really really good. And my apartment is cold enough that I can pretend it’s seasonally appropriate. (Seriously, what is up with turning off the heat before it actually gets warm enough that I don’t need a polar fleece robe and jogging pants when I get up in the morning?)

Mmm, tea.

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

What is with that? They decided to turn the heat off here a few weeks ago, I’m sure. Currently it’s 1 degree. But yay for delicious tea haha!

OMGsrsly

The highs here are encouraging people to wear shorts and tank tops. It’s ridiculous! Today’s high is 11C. Still a little chilly for what I’m seeing.

Courtney

Haha it got up to 19 here yesterday, but I was only brave enough to wear crops. Partly because I spent the majority of the day in school where I’m sure the heat hasn’t ever been used. :P

OMGsrsly

I wear skirts almost all the time, but it’s definitely not bare leg weather yet!

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SMELLS SO GOOD. So orangey. And it’s soft and bouncy like a pillow!

Steeping, it smells divinely orangey.

Steeped, it tastes orangealicious. And a little herbally from the nettle and chamomile.

SO GOOD. Well. Unless you don’t like one of the ingredients and then it would be terrible. But for an orangey, nettle-and-chamomile-and-other-things tea? This is really really nice. I bet it would be good with a little honey, and poured over ice, too.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
VariaTEA

YAY!! I am happy the pillow tea also delivers in flavor. It would be sad if it didn’t :P

OMGsrsly

It’s just what I was hoping for from the smell, and I didn’t even add any sweetener of any kind! WOO!

VariaTEA

Nice. It smelled really good too.

Amariel

That does sound good!

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drank Raspberry Truffle by Butiki Teas
1165 tasting notes

A sample from VariaTEA! :) Thank you, that was a tea I really wanted to try.

The verdict? It’s nice, but it’s mostly raspberry. I get hardly any chocolate from it (which is OK, really!). If I wasn’t moving in with someone who’s seriously allergic to raspberries, I would probably buy more, because I do really like the natural, not-too-sweet raspberry taste of this tea!

I’m drinking it with a little almond milk for added dessert-factor. Yum!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank English Toffee by Simpson & Vail
1165 tasting notes

Sip. Down.

Not a favourite. The flavour just isn’t quite there. Still, I got through the 2 oz I bought through MissB’s group order. :)

A toffee tea would be nice to have around (I’m starting to identify flavour groupings I really enjoy, and am hoping to narrow it down to under 100 teas… O.o ), but this isn’t it. Too bad, as by the scent it had a lot of promise.

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

Agreed on this one. Meh.

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drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
1165 tasting notes

I got the box from VariaTEA yesterday, and now my whole desk area smells like Nutmeg Cream. Oooohhhhhh so good.

This is the new version, not the original Amoda Box version.

It is different, a bit. I liked the previous version a lot, but this time I’m getting less base-tea-in-your-face and more nutmeg flavour. I can’t remember if I was drinking it with sugar, but the nutmeg is not sweet, and I think I’d prefer it with a drop of stevia or a touch of honey or something. I’m just drinking it with a bit of almond milk today.

Yum yum yum. I do enjoy this. So glad we managed a group order!

Flavors: Cream, Malt, Nutmeg

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

I actually got MORE base when I drank the new version. Very, very weird.

OMGsrsly

I don’t know what the difference is between the old and the new, but this batch is SO nutmeg-y compared to the Amoda sample. The base is an Assam, right? That would make sense because I love Assams. :)

Butiki Teas

OMGsrsly-You are right, the base is definitely less aggressive now. We had a Darjeeling in there before that could get really bitter if over steeped and also a tiny bit of a Nilgiri tea. All of the teas in this one are Assam. There is only a touch more of nutmeg.

OMGsrsly

Haha. No wonder I like it so much! Assam = pretty much my favourite. I tend to steep black teas at 195F for 3 minutes, so I never managed to oversteep the original batch. :)

Butiki Teas

I’m a huge Assam fan myself! :)

Amariel

Yay, can’t wait to get mine!

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drank Lime Sage Rooibos by Cornelia Bean
1165 tasting notes

My first cup of this is GREAT! It smells intensely limey with some sage, but the flavour is mellowed out a bit by the rooibos.

I was kind of expecting more sage, TBH.

But it’s still good.

Nice and herbal-y. Nice and limey.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Cavocorax

Oh good. Nice and limey. NOT nice and slimey.

OMGsrsly

Mmm, slimey tea. LOL! Maybe not.

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Holy hannah, this matcha is SWEET. I mean, there’s no sugar in it as far as I can tell, but the flavouring is really candy-like.

I made some of this (from VariaTEA!) into a white chocolate matcha latte today, and although I used less white chocolate than I do for my plain matcha white chocolate lattes, it’s so sweet I actually can’t finish it. I drank about 3/4 of my latte while it was still hot.

I still really like the flavouring (it’s distinctive, I think), but WOW. No need for more sugar.

I guess I’ll have some tomorrow, but just shaken with almond milk… :)

VariaTEA

Oh no. I am sorry this was too sweet for you. The sample I shared with you was from Sil and it was distinctive flavoring. Perhaps I should have sent the delicate flavoring instead.

OMGsrsly

Sil gave me some of this before, actually. I do like it! Really! I just thought I’d be “clever” and make it into a white chocolate latte. :)

VariaTEA

Well it does sound appealing.

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WOOOO!!! I got the shared tea orders from VariaTEA today! Butiki (which needs to be shipped off to Amarial tomorrow), and Cornelia Bean. And some samples. I see what you did there, VariaTEA. :)

So this is the first one I’m trying. Next up will be a white chocolate raspberry and cream matcha latte, I think. Mmm…

Right. Back to the tea I’m with now. This is definitely an assam. I sniffed it dry and brewed, and it’s very… assam-y. Yeah. There is some vanilla in it, both a hint of alcohol-based flavouring and the bean. Takes milk well.

So yeah. This is pretty good. I don’t really think it’s spectacular, but it’s tasty and nice and strong. Not too fussy of a base, and fairly mild flavouring. It’s mostly enough vanilla to take the edge off and supplement the flavours of the base. Makes the tea a little creamier.

Flavors: Vanilla

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

I was going to try this one but it smelled very strongly of the base tea so I did not :P. Btw, how fluffy is the orange tea?!?!

OMGsrsly

IT’S LIKE A PILLOW!!! :) And yes, this tea is very much, “ASSAM! Oh btw here’s a tiny bit of vanilla.”

VariaTEA

It really was a pillow. You should take that tea if you ever go travelling because it could be both something you can drink, and something you can rest your head on for long journeys :P

OMGsrsly

LOL. That’s an awesome idea. Too bad I didn’t get two bags – one for work and one for travel!

Sami Kelsh

This sounds nice. I sometimes like flavoured stuff where the flavour just adds a little something to what’s already present in the base, rather than being THE flavour of the tea.

OMGsrsly

It was a random add-on because we needed to spend more. :) Success!

Sami Kelsh

Ha! I’ve had so many of those :p

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drank Island Blend by Design a Tea
1165 tasting notes

Oh hey, this is pretty good! Thanks for sharing, MissB!

It’s vanilla-fruit green tea. I was hesitant because I don’t often reach for green teas, but I really like the flavours. It probably won’t give me quite the caffeine kick I’m looking for, but it’s really nice at brunch. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Matcha by Touch Organic
1165 tasting notes

White chocolate MATCHA latte woooo!!!!

Caffeine! AHHH!

Maybe 1 tbsp matcha was a mistake? Or maybe I will feel energized ALL DAY LONG. Who knows? Certainly not me.

WOO MATCHA!

(umm, about 1 tbsp matcha, 3 tbsp white chocolate, 2 cups almond milk, a pinch of vanilla powder)

OMGsrsly

Umm, hi everyone. Still super stressed and busy, not around much. I MISS YOU, TEA FRIENDS!

Also, I had a dream where Tom Hiddleston was a fanfic fanatic. O.o

MissB

I can hear that matcha bouncing you off the walls from here. ;) Glad you’re doing well though!

OMGsrsly

:D I’m still all WOO MATCHA! Don’t want more tea because more tea = more caffeine. Maybe I’ll go shopping with this energy.

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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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