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Today I can really taste the white chocolate in it, which is welcome and delicious.
A successful day! My meeting with the head of the major arts organization near by (specifically education and outreach, which is what I want to do), went very well. I am going to write her a thank you card, and thank her. There are a bunch of potential really awesome things that I could help out with, and get my foot in the door of that industry. Yay.
So celebratory tea!

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drank Creme Brulee by Simpson & Vail
885 tasting notes

I feel, due to the unsealed nature of the S&V tea containers, that I should sip them down fairly quickly. And I havnt felt an overwhelming desire to hord them, so sipping down I will go.
I am still tasting cocounut. What on earth? Why? Gah. Coconut. I do not care for coconut. Where is the promised caramel and custard? Hmmm.

Cavocorax

What kind of package do they use?

Fjellrev

That’s too bad to hear because I just made a huge order. I’m wondering too how they package theirs.

Rosehips

Its a waxed paper bag style thing, with a twist tie thing to close it. Not eactly airtight.

Fjellrev

That’s bizarre. Maybe it’s a strategy to try and get folks to purchase the tins.

Rosehips

I was surprised by it myself. I’ll keep a running commentary on the freshness of my tea while I am logging them.

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drank Grand Amour by Nina's Paris
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Ah. This is the only one of the teas that JustJames sent to me that I had tried before, and I was eager to brew it up again.
This is so complex, so many glorious layers to it, with the caramel lurking under the lush currant flavor. Its a beautiful tea.
Its going to be a busy day. I’ve got an interview with the lady who runs the local arts center (not a job interview, but an informational meeting), so Ineed to be ready and sharp.
This tea is putting me into a delightful zen-ness, which will help in my morning preparations.
Thank you James, for letting me try this again!

JustJames

so glad i could help set the mood….. how did it go?!!

Rosehips

Very well! I got lots of useful information, and I might be able to voulenteer for a number of really cool projects that are upcoming, which would be a great foot in the door.

JustJames

congratuations!

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Its Monday, but I got christmas cards in the mail, and a package of delight from JustJames, which has made it great. I need to sleep well tonight, so I havent yet broken into my delightful new French teas. I’ve settled for this cup of vanilla yumminess.
Tea. Such a wonderful thing.
Thank you James!

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My last backlog from yesterday. A nice cup of almondy tea. A good finish to my tea drinking day.

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drank White Christmas by Harney & Sons
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Also backlogged from last night. I’m usually wary of white teas, but this is helping me change my mind. Its so creamy and intersting. Its very good. It will be a lovely winter tea.

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backlogged from last night. I put on my pjs, brewed this up at watched a few episodes of Poirot, which was a lovely evening.
I’m glad that I drank the last of this tea. Not an impresive tea at all, it hardly registers.
Well, its out of the cupboard, to make room for another tea!

JustJames

you’re far more disciplined than i am… if i am grading it this low the i’m turning into the soil of my garden or gifting it to david’s teas staff, lol.

gmathis

I’ll have to hunt down some Poirot online. That sounds like good comfy-couch viewing.

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Hmm. Nope. I am not overly impressed with this one. It might be my problem, and not the tea. I’m getting a little cinnamon, but no apple. Its not the cup of pie I was hoping for.
My reaction to nearly all teas that I’m on the fence with is “I will tinker!” and I play around with steep time an leaf amount, to try to find the proper steep. So I will play along with this tea, and see what comes of it.

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My last cup of this. With it double bagged, its quite nice, but still not my favorite of the holiday flavors.
Sipdown!

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drank El Nino by Lupicia
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What is this? What is it! I got this as a sample when I visted Lupicia last month, but its all in Japanese! And the website does not have it, that I can find.
Hmm.
It smells sort of like a hazelnut chocolate. Hmm. A pretty nice smell, too. And it tastes just a little bit like a hazelnut hot chocolate.
Does anyone know what this is? Its my only sample of it, so when I’ve sipped it, its gone. I’m curious.

jump62359

I’m home for spring brake and I’m totally raiding my mom’s tea pantry and she said that everything that has caffeine is mine!
I’m searching through steepster and the company sites to figure out which ones I’m allowed to take from her, and I came to this. Still don’t know what it is? And I think mother got this at the same time as you since it’s in cutie patootie christmas packaging as a sample haha. Well, I’ll figure it out soon enough!

Rosehips

Nope, still no idea what it is! If you find out, I’ll be interested to read your review.

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I love tea! I confess that I was a hot chocolate lover for most of my life, but recently a switch has gone off in my brain, and suggested that I might just love tea. And I do!
I’m a bit of a novice, but an enthusiastic one, and am happily sipping new varieties all the time.
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