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I woke up two days ago with a mildly sore throat that has turned into a Massive Sore Throat, full of pain, swollen glands, and agony swallowing. A visit to the doctor says its not strep, but we have to wait a few days to see what the cultures say. In the meantime, no drugs, just lots of fluids.
So tea it is! And lots of it! And poured down the ol’gullet in an attempt to make things feel better. So nothing special is called for.
And, it pains me to say this, but this is nothing special. Just a basic oolong, without frills or anything really special.
Oh well, good for this purpose.

Evol Ving Ness

With a name like Oolong Ice Cream, it really should be something special.

Sorry to hear that you are suffering. Feel better soon.

Fjellrev

Oh no, I hope it’s not strep, and hope you feel better soon!

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drank Ice Cream Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh dear. Nope.
I always have such high hopes for things that are ice cream flavored, and this looked promising! It had sprinkles in it!
But it tastes greasy, it tastes flat. It tastes so utterly fake that it sets my teeth on edge. Why?! Where is my creamy, sweet, rich treat in a cup?
Sigh. Oh well. It was a good shot.

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drank Rose Scented by Harney & Sons
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I’ve been drinking this a lot lately. Maybe its because my little tin seems absolutely bottomless. Maybe its because I really like rose teas, and this is a particularly good one. Maybe its just cosmic forces beyond my control. Who knows.
But the upshot is I still really like this. Its somewhat perfumy, with the ghost of a smoky touch from the tea base. No idea why that is, but its what I get out of my cup.

ashmanra

I love this one. It is a tea shelf staple that I do not allow to run out.

Teatotaler

This is a wonderful tea! Also, it blends very nicely with two other fantastic Harney blends – Palm Court and Queen Catherine.

Rosehips

I’ve never tried blending it. I’ve had Queen Catherine before, (and it was magnificent!), but I’ve never tried blending it. I should!

ashmanra

Yes! I blend it with Queen Catherine often, and years ago when I had Palm Court on hand I blended it with that one as well.

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drank Jingle Bells by Lupicia
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Its day two of work related lunchons, which is bad news when I am watching my waistline and my wallet. Sheesh.
But the networking, will be good, and I’m looking forward to seeing some far flung colleagues.
So sweets are right out, as I navigate these tricky lunches, and the sweet teas are in.
This is a very light, almost fizzy grape flavor. I like it a lot on a hot summer morning.
I suspect you’ll be seeing a lot of sweeter teas in the coming days (not that its not usually my m.o.), but I could use the help with my sweet tooth!

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Ah, yes. Good. Come to me, creamy rich vanilla cup. Perfect. Now, gulpgulpgulp.

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Hello, familiar old cup!
I’d first had this years ago, and had not had any of it since. So it was really lovely to see it in a swap package. A fun chance to try it again.
And you know, its pretty good! As I tentatively explore Earls again, I may bring more of this into my cupboard at some point.
Its creamy, no lie there, and very smooth as it goes down. And I love vanilla/cream in everything. So, good!

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
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Well, this smells correct. Just like Caramel Corn, to my very great surprise. And if it had lived up to its namesake in flavor I would have hussled right out and bought some more. As it is, I’m happy to have tried this (courtesy of Super Starling!), and need no more.

Chey

This was precisely my issue with this tea. The smell: AMAZING. The taste doesn’t compute. If only it tasted like the scent… I’d be buying it in bulk! :(

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drank Hard Candy by DAVIDsTEA
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Imagine a Jolly Rancher. Imagine that you have somehow left this Jolly Rancher (apple flavored) in the bottom of your mug, and then you have poured hot water on it. It dissolves, and leaves a faintly sugary apple flavor. Very faint flavor, mind you, but it is there.
That is this tea.
So it lives up to the name, but it does not impress.
Many thanks to Super Starling! for letting me try (though my memory tells me you didn’t care for it either.)

Super Starling!

I didn’t, but it’s been on David’s Tea’s site FOREVER, so I figure SOMEONE must like it. I want to meet the person who likes it. I want to look them in the eye.

Super Starling!

And demand an explanation.

Rosehips

I am with you on this quest. We ride at dawn.

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So Super Starling! and myself had a tea swap a couple of weeks ago, and then I got swept up into some intense work, and then a trip, and so I’m just getting around to logging the teas into my cupboard, and giving them a try!
I love peanut butter. I am a devotee of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. So this was an exciting thing to find in the package!
I get nuts, I fully get nuts, but I’m not sure that I get peanuts. It tastes more like cashews and maybe almonds to me. The jam aspect is missing entirely, and the mouthfeel is not as thick or creamy as I was hoping for.
But there is something lurking in there, greatness is possible! I have a little more to tinker around with. and tinker I shall.
But many thanks to Super Starling! for letting me try!

Evol Ving Ness

My experience too. Disappointing because the name held such promise.

Super Starling!

I’ve found that if you over-leaf (about 1.5 times as much) and over-steep (about 1.5 times as long), it’s good. But still not as good as a peanut butter sandwich itself.

Evol Ving Ness

Hmm, I’ll give that a try. Thanks.

I was thinking also that doing this half and half with one of DT’s over-sweetened and over-fruited teas might work. Might.

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Whoops, I did not mean to drop off the face of the earth like that, its just been busy!
I didn’t expect to be working this week, but got called in last minute, and have spent the whole week running around the area, subbing for people. That’s great, I need the hours, but it does rather cut into the free time. I havn’t even had time to add the teas got in a swpa from Super Starling! yet. Blah!
So, a quick and easy cup of this in the morning was what the doctor ordered. Its not the most potent Current tea I’ve ever had, but its flavors are pretty nice. I won’t argue when I find a cup of it in front of me.

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