950 Tasting Notes

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I am not getting what I want out of this tea. It smells very nice, but it doesnt brew up to what I think it will. I think I was expecting pie, even though this is supposed to be cake flavored. I’m not getting that either, actually.
I do taste apple, but its subtle, perhaps a little too subtle for me.

TeaBrat

I felt the same way about it, but oddly it seems to be growing on me…

Rosehips

I hope it will grow on me. We’ll see.

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77

I’ve come to the conclusion that this smells a bit better than it tastes to me, but its still a lovely, sugary indulgence. And, being tea, the guilt factor of indulgence is almost nil!

Tabby

I just now checked out Della Terra Teas’ website and I am gonna go NUTS on those samplers next time I get low on tea.

Rosehips

Della Terra is really good! I’ve liked their blends a lot.

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drank Gypsy Rose by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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I found it funny that my sister gave me some of this in her christmas gift to me of 12 teas. This is the only one from her that I had tried before, and was not a very big fan. Its a heavy and very perfumy rose tea. I love rose teas, but this was a bit too much, even for me.
But maybe its because its the last bag of this, but I dont mind it at all today. Still, I wont be bringing this back into my cupboard myself.
Sipdown!

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86

I had some of this with a sea salt and peanut butter cookie today. Wowza! Maybe not the worlds greatest food/ tea paring, but both were delicious and I enjoyed them a ton.

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drank Almond Black by Simpson & Vail
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The standard operating proceedure for S&V teas this morning. Overleafing, and a short steep.
This appears to have worked, as I like this much more than the first time I tried it. Its not a sweet tea, but it is almondy. A normal almond flavor, not the candied almond, or an almond baked good (not that there is anything wrong with that. I adore those). This has brewed up toasty and mellow, and perfectly pleasant. And the shorter steep time has taken care of the overpowering black base problem. Good.

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78

Yum. This is so soothing. Its a gentle wash of peppermint over me.
And, horrors, its the end of this! Eeep! I might see if I can snag a little more, as I am questing for lovely gentle teas like this, to have on hand. At least till the end of the frost goes away….
Sipdown!

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drank English Toffee by Simpson & Vail
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Overleafing and a short steep has made this more toffee like, but still not quite what I want. And this pot has an oddly bitter aftertaste, which is bad news.
Hmm. Well, not a lot of this left.

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drank Vanilla Rooibos Parfait by Tazo
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Came home from the anime convention, brewed up this, and put my feet up. It was a ton of fun. We went to some good panels, and I bought some beautiful art. My favorite part was all the talented artists who were showing work, and the magnificent costumes. Everyone is so enthusiastic at a convention!
This tea was a Chrismas gift from a coworker, who knows my love of tea and vanilla, so that was unbelievably adorable that she gave it to me. And despite the presence of at least three vanilla teas in my cupboard, and one of them decaf, I always operate under the opinion that you cannot have enough vanilla.
Its not a strong vanilla. The rooibos is a little stronger than the vanilla. Hmm. But its a perfectly pleasant cup of rooibos, and I will happily drink it all.
Whew, what a day.

Anna

You always need more vanilla.

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77

I am off to an anime convention today, and feel the great desire for a “fun tea” to do so. This is what I lighted upon.
My boyfriend and I did this convention last year, and it was a lot of fun. But we’ve never got it together enough to wear costumes. Maybe next year….

Anna

If you did have time for costumes, who would you go as?

JustJames

have fun!!!

Rosehips

Anna, hard to say! I have so many fandoms! Theres another con in the summer, and we’re thinking of going as a group, and we’ll go as a group costume. We’ll see!

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drank White Christmas by Harney & Sons
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Closet purge 2014! I should really do this more often. I am pulling everything out of my closet, and giving it the ol eye, and arranging it into three piles. Yes, absolutly keeping, and these get hung back up/ put into drawers- purgatory. I’ve got six months to wear it, or out it goes,- and the nopes, which are being boxed up to consign or give to charity.
This is actually very cathartic, and I’m finally forcing myself to get rid of things that are too big/I havent worn in years/are not my style anymore. Every year I try to refine my fashion sense, and part of that is getting rid of the old stuff.
This tea is a perfect accompaninment to it. Its uncomplicatedly good, and I dont need to focus all of my attention on it to enjoy it.
Onwards!

Fjellrev

Nicely done!

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