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drank Matcha by Touch Organic
1167 tasting notes

I had this in hot chocolate. It was good. Recommend.

(I used Cocoa Camino drinking chocolate and almond milk. Maybe next time I’ll do a white hot chocolate with some of that Callebaut brick I have hiding in my baking supplies.)

1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

good idea!


oh callebaut…how i miss you


Can you get Callebaut in eastern Canada?


I see it everywhere here. I usually get it at Thrifty’s, but the one that’s easiest to get to closed.

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Pretty good! I added a couple drops of stevia to this, and it was just nicely mildly sweetened.

The chicory and stuff in it lends to a somewhat thicker feel, which is also nice. Not a lot of caffeine, I don’t think, but I still enjoyed it. :)

(2 tea bags in 14 oz)

In other news… As far as nails go, the ones where I did base-top-regular.polish-top are looking better than the one I did regular.base-regular.polish-top. The more you know. I also did my toes with the kit colour. I’ve never had red toenails. I don’t think I ever want them again. I really dislike this red, wow. I wish I could have chosen my own colour. And of course since I’ve used it now, I can’t exactly give it away. :/

185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

It really is decent for a bagged tea. And for a white, it sure does have body.


I need to drink it more often. They had it this last Christmas too, so I have my hopes up that I’ll be able to get more this coming Christmas. :)

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From Dinosara.

I keep on reaching for the other Verdant tea she sent me, because I think I haven’t had it yet. But this is the tea I haven’t been drinking.

I’m sipping on it right now, having added some honey. It’s pretty nice. Spicy, sweet, earthy. I think that once I remember that this is the tea I need to start paying some attention to, it will go quickly. And it resteeps, as well. I’m just going to do one resteep as I have some other teas planned for this evening, but I’m pretty sure it could do 3 or more.

Thank you!

In other news, I bought a gel manicure kit. Instead of more tea. Umm. Go me?

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

If you mean the kind you cure with a light, they are AWESOME! My friend has one and we do our nails every now and then and it lasts and lasts. I will not paint my nails otherwise as it chips IMMEDIATELY. The gel lasts at least two weeks. Let us know what kind you got and if you like it. I need to buy one for myself!


I got the red carpet manicure ‘pro’ set and sandwiched regular nail polish. :) I also picked up the Quo by Orly base/top coat because it was on sale. I have plenty of nail polish colours so I probably won’t get many (any?) gel colours. Nail polish chips badly for me too, but so far so good. :)


Nice! I’ve been thinking about getting a gel kit since being at work just kills my polish. When I was at Sally’s the other day I saw that China Glaze has a new gel polish line too. Just add it to the list of things I’m obsessed with lol


All you really need is a light (LED, fairly cheap at Sally’s), and a base/top coat. Use regular polish in the middle, alcohol to prep the nails, and acetone to remove. I would have saved $20-30 doing it that way, but the Sally’s here is a pain to get to. Of course, I also came home and did my research while playing with the kit for the first time. :) And everything is cheaper in the States!

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drank Caramel Pu Erh by Tea Desire
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Eee!!! MissB was king kind enough to share a couple mugs worth of this with me. More if I resteep it. And you bet I will.

Thank you!

This smells AMAZING. Wow. So much caramel. Not all of it melted in my initial steep, but that’s ok. It’s almost like sticky buns (brown sugar and butter) baking in the oven, as the puerh is quite bready.

Sipping it, the caramel is incredibly sweet, but the puerh grounds it nicely. I definitely need to pick up 50g of this. Staying on my wishlist!

Thanks again. :D

200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Oh this is so good iced.

1/2 packet in ~10 oz water for 2 minutes, then over ice in a 16 oz mug.

Really gentle and refreshing. I can definitely taste the peach (yum!) while the jasmine and green tea take the back seat.

I’m not sure I’d get it again, due to the fact that I don’t often drink green teas. It is one to keep in mind the next time I place an order, though. If I need a couple dollars more, then this would be a good sample to add.

The leaves haven’t fully unfurled, so I’m going to ice a second steep (3 min) as well. Yum!

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Oh, this was a good tea this morning. Smokey, richly flavoured, kinda like a campfire. :)

I had it with homemade coconut creamer. So good. And I also had oatmeal with maple syrup and coconut.

All with a whiny cat on my lap. Seriously. He pushes me around on my bed at night, then demands loads of snuggles as soon as I get up. Cat, you are ridiculous. (Of course, his name is Princess… for a reason.)

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

I love everything that reminds me of campfire. awesome!


It’s just making me want to go out camping. So I can roast marshmallows. :D


Definitely one of the better aspects of camping.


All of these things, I like. My cat is also like a bowling ball on my bed at night, usually between my legs so I can’t move. He’s such a bully… and then wants to snuggle yes. His name is Spider, though I often refer to him as “silly” :)


Haha, our cat eyed me from head to toe today like she was the most popular girl in school and I was a new kid ;D ;D

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Mostly I use this tea as an add-on. But I’m looking for ways to drink it more often, as I truly do love chicory as a coffee substitute.

3/4 tsp plus 1/2 tsp cacao shells, 14 oz, 5 minutes. Creamer.

Perfect. It’s basically ovaltine, but without the gluten and dairy. :)

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Sipdown! (246. I think.)

Thank you for letting me revisit my childhood, VariaTEA! :)

2 tea bags, 14 oz, steeped 4 minutes, topped with, yes, homemade coconut creamer of high fat deliciousness.

I made more because the medication is making me nauseous, and I need to get calories into me before leaving for work. Solution? Add high nutrient creamer to tea. :) I didn’t put vanilla in it this time, but it’s still so good.

The coconut really tones down the SPICE factor of this tea. It’s much more of an “herbal chai” right now. Yum.


I almost bought some of this the other day, I’ve been drinking it off and on for years…


I might get more when I start running low on non-caffeinated teas. It’s easier to resist adding everything at the grocery store than it is on a website. :)


yes, very true

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
1167 tasting notes

The last of my DavidsTea Pineapple Oolong with some Lupicia Pineapple Oolong.

I get coconut, pineapple, coconut, mango.

Yeah, I know. It’s called “Pineapple Oolong”. I also only expected there to be pineapple.

At any rate, this is really nice iced, right at this moment. :)

Thanks again to Dinosara for the Lupicia samples!

(Steeped then over ice in a 16oz mug.)

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Sweet Red Mango by The TeaCupany
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Because I had read all the notes on this ‘sweet’ tea as they popped up on my dash, I knew it wasn’t going to be sweet at all. And so I cold steeped it. And it’s still quite tart.

Very refreshing, it has a nice flavour although what I’m getting is mostly hibiscus and apple with a bit of mango juice at the end. Not sure I’d get it again, but I am glad I got a chance to try it.

From MissB who got it from Dexter3657. Thank you for sharing!

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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!


Vancouver, BC, Canada



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