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4041 Tasting Notes

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Another cup from this morning. I figured before i finished off the last of this, i should have a hot cup of this again since last night was a cold brew. The rest of my ounce is off to Terri and TB in our BBB Box as an extra something with the other teas i sent this round. While i don’t mind this tea. i DO prefer it cold brewed with a little sweetner to a hot brew. All of that being said though…this doesn’t taste like carrot cake to me lol. ah well…still fun to have tried. :)

Terri HarpLady

And the box is almost on the move, eh?
(not complaining, because as you know I kept it for a month or 2, lol)

KittyLovesTea

I also preferred this one cold brewed. :)

Sil

Terri – the BBB Box AND your box are likely to go out this weekend. I have a few more things i want to add to yours and a swap to package up :)

Kitty – ya, you’re the one who inspired me to try it that way haha

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83

I am on a mission today. My goal is to get at minimum 10 sipdowns, though 20 would be preferable since i suspect i won’t have much time for sipdowns tomorrow with all that’s going on. Massage, board games! i suspect i’ll be out of the house all day :) However, i may use it as an excuse to bring my timolino and brew up a cup in it while playing games heh. This one is now officially out of my cupboard, though i suspect that it will be back sometime in April as I need to place a damn fine tea order ASAP! :) Thanks for letting me get the chance to try this one out terri!

Terri HarpLady

Massage? Yes, please, I am overdue!
Now that my taxes are done I get to start on the rewards Ms Theresa promises me:
- starting my garden (was looking in the basement for my seed collection, I know I have some seeds left from last year….somewhere)
- maybe a small tea order from somewhere once my tax return comes…although looking around at my tea collection, I probably should just set some money aside for a later order (but I did order the Keemun from A & D)
- getting a massage, for sure!!!
- and and and….little terri can be very demanding, she likes rewards!
:D

Sil

haha yeah massage tomorrow, board games in the afternoon and then next week i’m getting my hair cut.

Sil

well…it should be still below my chin…but i’m hoping for above the shoulder? which Ian says is short..but i still think of as long since my hair grows fast lol

Cavocorax

That sounds awesome! I have massage coverage through York, but I never used it. (stupid, stupid!) I hope you enjoy!
And yay, board games! I would bring tea with me, cuz that’s just how I roll.

Sil

cavo..oh i bring tea with me.. but it’s MUCH slower drinking than if i’m home with my kettle :)

CHAroma

OMG TAXES!! I completely forgot! I better get on that…

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79
drank Roasted Almonds by TeaGschwendner
4041 tasting notes

Dug this one out of my “try not to open these until you drink more down” tin of teas that i have in my cupboard. I was really crazy the sweetness of this one. I had picked this one up on a whim when we went to chicago for the weekend…mostly because i seem to like fruit teas and because it smelled delicious. I’m not sure if this is one i could have around always…and i’d like to cold brew it one of these days and see how that works out. I need more “juice” type blends for the summer when my other half and i try to be outdoors as much as possible. Things i can just add water to and leave the tea to sit all day if that makes sense… I’m not sure that i’d really call this almond..but it’s a sweet nutty sort of tea and it’s what i wanted. so it’s great.

Final Count: 172 (8 sipdowns every day until April will get me there…wonder if i can manage 16 tomorrow hahahahaha)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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83

i feel like i should be trying for two more sipdowns tonight but i just can’t bring myself to do it…instead i’m looking at this as working on a long term goal haha. I have no apple juice in the house so this isn’t the optimal way for me to be drinking this but it’s still tasty and still just what i wanted tonight. I’m feeling VERY disorganised today…i keep thinking it’s friday and starting to plan for “saturday” and then realising that no…i still have to get through friday. On the plus side, i booked my massage for this weekend so it’s going to be awesome. Not as much tea drinking as id hoped for, but massage + board games with friends in the afternoon = awesome

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78

Is it bad that i only like this cold brewed now? Having had it both ways, my preferred way of drinking this seems to be as a cold brew. I’m nearly through my ounce and it’s been enjoyable but i also think stay has done much more amazing things with tea, so in a way i’m glad this was a limited edition. I’ll enjoy it while i have it and then move on. no regrets! :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Terri HarpLady

I still never tried this one :)

Sil

it’s on it’s way silly… i told you i’d buy some for you

Terri HarpLady

I feel so special!

Sil

you ARE special! :)

Amariel

Ooh, maybe I’ll do the rest of mine that way too.

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78

mmmmm so funnily enough, i quite liked this one! There was something satisfyingly dark and deep and yummy about this one. I had a large cup of this while watching fringe with dinner and it was just. yes. apparently i’m having a good tea day today lol Thanks for sharing this one with me cavo!

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70
drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
4041 tasting notes

afternoon tea! this was a reasonable cup, though it’s not my favourite at all from DF. *shmiracles*was kind enough to send through a sample of this one and it was good for me to try it again and reaffirm that this one is just a little too floral for me to really have a party with it. :)

Sami Kelsh

Interesting! I’ve had this one in my shopping cart with Dammann for a while, so opinions good. Do I dare?

Sil

If you like your teas with a side of floral…you’ll probably like it. I figure this one isn’t the most amazing on the block though given that dinosara and i are usually in opposite camps in terms of teas.. she likes those green things.. i like the black lol but we’re both in sort of a not as loving this one as much as others mood when it comes to this tea

Sami Kelsh

Hmm. I feel like I had the impression from the description on the website that the floral wouldn’t really make a big difference, but if it does, I think I might pass on it – or at least not sink 6 euros into a bag. I like certain florals, but I was more interested in the other things happening in it. Oh well.

Sil

it’s not cloyingly floral… i’d dump the cup if it was.. but it’s floral enough that i’m like.. “move over..i’m trying to see the rest of the things in here!”

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84
drank Vanilla Citrus Spice by Verdant Tea
4041 tasting notes

this was my other tea from this morning. I wanted something that was “flavoured” to go with my black teas…most mornings it’s 2 straight blacks + a flavoured in the mugs i take to work. This was just the right amount of flavour and spice and was the perfect accompaniment to the other tea this morning. I love steeping this one for close to 10 mins… When this is gone, i’ll have to pick up more…though i’ll likely get through my campfire blend first since they’re fairly similar, though this one has more depth to it from the addition of actual tea in it :)

Terri HarpLady

there is no more… (;_;)

At least not for now…I love this blend…sigh…

Sil

ack! don’t tell me that… maybe i can turn campfire into vanilla citrus by adding zhu rong lol

boychik

I can send it to you Terri. I’m not in love with this blend.

Terri HarpLady

I actually was thinking of try that!
Or maybe I’ll try adding a slice of orange & some vanilla bean to zhu rong…

Terri HarpLady

Seriously??? I would be thrilled! Of course, you’ll have to let me send something in return :)

boychik

Maybe you run out of something else too;) Take a look at my cupboard.

caile

Sil, I added some zhu rong my campfire blend and it was good, but I still like this one better. I snagged an ounce of this with my latest order but it’s all sold out now it seems.

Sil

Hopefully it’ll come back because I’m running very low and love this one

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84
drank Lord Petersham by The Devotea
4041 tasting notes

funnily enough, I didn’t realise that i’d had this tea before via someone’s amoda box :) So colour me surprised when i saw a rating there…which i’ve since upped! This was a fabulously strong yummy cup of tea today. So i was either really in the mood for it or my tastes have changed slightly. It looks like straight blacks are my thing with the devotea, rather than the flavoured :)

Robert Godden

Based on a limited survey, the whole of America likes it, Sil.
It is our top selling tea in the USA, but around #10 in Australia.

Sil

What’s the top unflavoured in Australia?

Robert Godden

It’s 1910, Sil. Also our new Queen Adelaide is doing well. And a few of the single origins. But 1910 is our third best seller here, way behind Aussie Ginger Chai and Lady Devotea.

Terri HarpLady

Queen Adelaide?
I think I’ll make a pot of 1910 to go with brekkie this morning…:)

Sil

oh nice. i have 1910 in my cupboard so i’ll have to explore that one

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90
drank Black Pearl by Mandala Tea
4041 tasting notes

I have been hoarding this tea..no longer! Today was 5 pearls for a 16oz travel mug and it was perfect. Seriously, i REALLY hope that Mandala is able to secure more of these in the future so that it doesn’t become like my beloved that i can’t bring myself to finish. :) Really though…these resteep well, and the chocolatey deliciousness of these are just awesome.

Dexter3657

I know – I’m hoarding it too….

Sami Kelsh

Man, these sound so good.

Sil

sami – my #1 favourite pearls.

Dexter3657

Agreed – the ones from Teavivre are really good – these are AMAZING!!!!

Sil

teavivre = #2! :)

Garret

I am working on it! In contact with my supplier and attempting to find out how much I would need to procure in order for him to make them for us!!

Sil

haha i know Garret…it’s just that every time i have a cup i’m reminded of how lovely these are :) only 3 cups left…

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