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drank Cardamom Tea by Alokozay
1620 tasting notes

A sample from MissB! Thank you. :)

This is really really good. It’s exactly what it says it is – a cardamom black tea. Nice and strong, very spicy, amazing with a splash of milk.

I really like it, and if I was in the market for a cardamom tea I’d totally hunt this down and buy some. As it is, I have Too Many Teas. ;)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

join the club :D

yyz

When/if you decide to look for it. It can be found lately at bulk barn, Metro ( or whatever subsidiary is around you), among others. It hasn’t been to hard to find lately. The strawberry one is pretty good too!

OMGsrsly

High fives, TeaBrat! It’s an interesting club to be sure.

yyz, I was just going to say we don’t have a bulk barn here, but apparently we do! Just in a pain-in-the-butt location to bus to. :)

Kittenna

Would mixing green cardamom pods (or ground cardamom) with black tea have a similar result?

TeaBrat

@Kittena, I have used dessicated cardamom with good results, not sure about the pods. The powder is super fine and might just make a mess in your tea.

yyz

I just crack the green pods and added them to good result. It’s not quite the same flavour as this tea though.

OMGsrsly

I’ve done cardamom powder in coffee before so I’m sure it would work.

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drank berry victoria by Silk Road
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Had this morning (way off this morning) with some milk. Delicious berries, with an herbal undertone. I really like it, and think it’d be great iced or with a touch of honey as well.

:)

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

And I added it to the wrong (&^&*& Silk Road.

Sil

lol just change it?

OMGsrsly

Oh weird! You can actually go in, tea-by-tea, and change the company.

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drank Apple Custard by DAVIDsTEA
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Yesterday I went to Victoria to visit with Bear With Me and get some teas for myself and some friends. It was so much fun, even though I missed my ferry home and had to wait almost 2 hours for the next one. :) I managed to get the only plug in the waiting area, and sat there and read and facebooked and it was actually great. And then a friend came and picked me up from the ferry and took me home. Yay!

Anyways, my spoils:
Mountain Rain: Silk Road (OMG.)
Museum Tea: Silk Road
Berry Victoria: Silk Road
Tulsi Apple and Pear: Georgie’s
Orange Grove Vanilla: Georgie’s
Matcha with Yuzu: Azuma Cha-en
Eggnog: DavidsTea
Apple Custard: DavidsTea
Pumpkin Pie Organic Rooibos: Janet’s Special Teas
Cardamom Organic Black: Janet’s Special Teas
Vanilla Organic Black: Janet’s Special Teas
Japanese Lime Organic Green: Janet’s Special Teas
Sidney Sunrise Organic Rooibos: Janet’s Special Teas
Bukhial Organic Black: Janet’s Special Teas
Gingia Organic Black: Janet’s Special Teas
Black Currant Organic Black: Janet’s Special Teas
…and a tea pot.

Yeah. I, uhh… in my defence, a couple of them I got to share. So I’ll be taking my bit and sending the rest off.

Anyways, Apple Custard. I made a big mug of this last night when I got home, and sipped on it some. It was really quite tasty. Creamy apple with a lot of other supporting flavours. This morning I drank more of it cold, and it was also good. Quite a lot of vanilla, apple, raisins…

I think I really like this one. It’s another herbal with no hibiscus which is always nice. Not sure I’ll get a lot more, but I will get a bit more to drink a few more times over the winter.

Sil

most of those sound tasty! Glad you had a good visit and trip!

OMGsrsly

Most of those? :)

Sil

hahahaha

TeaBrat

Sounds like a fun day!

OMGsrsly

It was awesome. :)

Kittenna

Yum, looking forward to your reviews!

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All this is in my travelling mug today is creamy lemony goodness.

Yes.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Original Tulsi by Organic India
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I still quite like this. The weird basil-mint-licorice flavour that tulsi has is quite comforting.

Even better with honey, but I’m trying to avoid sugar (as I chow down on the last of the sugar cookies I made)… heh.

I’m also drinking it from my Fox Tail mug, which is pretty rad. I don’t use this mug often due to the unglazed porcelain exterior that stains like a white carpet at a red wine party.

1 bag for 10 oz.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec
TeaBrat

I am steeping some of this too but I mixed it with rooibos. I like it :)

OMGsrsly

I’ve had it with different herbal teas, and it works better with some than others. :) I like it with appley fruit teas.

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drank Wild Black Yunnan by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m not a super huge fan of this tea, but it’s OK. It smells really honey-malty, which I do love. :)

I steeped with heaping teaspoons of tea for a short amount of time. I might do one more steep before I switch over to non-caffeinated.

(The only reason I chose this one is because it doesn’t really call for milk, IMO… and I’m out of milk. Outside clothes vs plain tea? Plain tea wins. :) )

Flavors: Hay, Honey, Malt, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

learn to drink moar teas without milk!

OMGsrsly

But I love milks.

Bear With Me

Keep powdered milk in the cupboard for milky emergencies?

OMGsrsly

I do have powdered milk but I don’t really like how it tastes. Nothing wrong with drinking plain teas every once in a while! (Powdered milks are for camping…)

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Because Roswell Strange had this last night (I think?), I decided to have some this morning.

I had coffee first, then made this in a cup to take to work.

So good. Sweet watermelon goodness. It’s green and hay-like, sweet, delicious, IDK. I could just start making stuff up, but I’ll leave it there.

(Will definitely be resteeped this week. That takes a lot of leaves!)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Yum yum yum. A nice tea that doesn’t call for milk to be added. In fact, I think the hibiscus would probably end up curdling the milk, so it’s probably best if I don’t try adding any.

A nice, tart, fresh, blueberry-y tea.

Definitely a favourite. SO good iced in the summer. I haven’t tried a cold brew, I don’t think. I tend to not cold brew rooibos, but I probably should try at some point.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Sipdown! Lots of wee bits of stuff in the bottom of my tin, so I brewed it in a bag instead of a strainer.

And I’m having it with the last of my milk. Woe.

Same as usual. Very strong root beer flavour. Really good with lots of milk. I’ve enjoyed it, but I’m not going to really miss it now that it’s gone, I don’t think. It’s a nice-to-have, not a must-have. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

i still have 100g of this hahaha love it latte style…and then i’ll be over it.

OMGsrsly

I HAD 100g of it! And now it’s gone, and I’m not sure how I’ll be able to get the smell out of the tin. :)

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100

Nom nom nom. Morning tea. Steeped TWICE because I managed to haul my butt out of bed and make breakfast and tea before checking the internet.

Achievement: unlocked!

Now to get ready for work. Ho hum…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Hope the morning double licorice will help you get through the day. :)

OMGsrsly

It was DELICIOUS. And then I brought coffee to work. Heh.

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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!
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