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thank you cavo! This is not a tea for me. Sadly, this is one where the black adagio base is coming through strongly and the only other flavour i get in this one is almond. I know there were chocolate chips in here and such but really..it’s just a cup of "meh"lightly flavoured almond water with that adagio base.

(but now i’m SO caught up to variaTEA hahahaha!)

VariaTEA

MUST SIPDOWN MORE TEAS!! Are you going for the 190? Is that the goal here?

Sil

lol yeah… i don’t know if i’ll make it, but i’m going for 190 today…from 208? lol but i’ve been up forever today…. and thankfully i’ve got lots of small samples.

VariaTEA

Good luck! I doubt I will hit that however in theory I will be sending teas away soon so my cupboard will shrink (YAY!)

Sil

haha yeah, i packed up the BBB box today so i could get one sipdown that way hahaha

Terri HarpLady

Hopefully TastyBrew will hang on to it for a little while, :)

Sil

haha i likely won’t get it out until next weekend…i’m stupidly busy this week and super tired today so i don’t wanna leave the house

Terri HarpLady

That’s ok with me. I held on to it for weeks…mostly cuz I was too busy & disorganized to send it back out.

Sil

yep…it’s kinda nice that way.. no pressure

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68
drank Tropical Dream by RiverTea
4041 tasting notes

I had another cup of this to reinforce that i’m not crazy about it. Thankfully that makes a sipdown since the rest of off to Cavocorax, as i forgot to include a sample of this in our last exchange mwahahahaha

TheTeaFairy

I have to admit I was somewhat disappointed with Rivertea. I guess my hopes were too high, I was so excited when they arrived. But out of the massive bunch I got, there are still a few that could be worth reordering. Too bas cause I love their presentation and all the info they provide for each tea.

Sil

I like the fruit teas they have a lot… but chocolate flavouring doesn’t sit with me.. one of the straight teas i wasn’t fond of… I have more to go through but there are some wins. It’s just figuring out which ones are the wins. For me, they seem to do well with the no caffeine ones, so i’ll likely stock up on those for summer “juice” :)

TheTeaFairy

I’m not always a fan of herbals, but I really liked their banana something (but of course it was only a sample!!!)

Terri HarpLady

I haven’t tried any of their teas. I think I stopped by the website, but nothing really called out, “buy me”, so I didn’t.

Sil

when i place another order i’ll send a few your way terri :)

Cavocorax

Sil – Mmmmm… summer juice!
And awesome – more teas. Thanks. IF I ever get to go on hiatus between shows, I’ll make sure to come visit you with TK.

And Terri, I should have sent bigger samples to Sil so she could share them with you*! If you’d like I can send you samples of Assam Beast of the East
Granny’s Cake, Cherry Dream, Boatsman and/or Mulberry White.

Terri HarpLady

Sure Cavo! That would be awesome!

Cavocorax

Great! I’ll add it to my spreadsheet and try to get them out to you next weekend. :D (Of course if you see anything else you’d like to try let me know – if I don’t have enough, I’ll just tell you!)

Terri HarpLady

Just for the record, I’m glad Sil shares the stuff I send, & I usually send a little extra, cuz I know she will. That also saves me postage :)

Cavocorax

:) I really appreciate it too! It’s been awhile since I had anything for Sil so I hadn’t thought to add more, but I’ll keep that in mind for future swaps I do with her. :D All that tea swapping around is just great.

Sil

Cavo – You can also always drop them off with me… I regularly send parcels to terri, so i’m happy to just add them to the ones i’m sending to save on shipping. I have 2 here to go out her way at the moment

Cavocorax

Awesome! I’ll keep that in mind!

Terri HarpLady

2 parcels or 2 tea samples? lol

Sil

Uh 2 boxes? ;) ones the BBB box so it has to go through TB but the other is all you baby!

Terri HarpLady

I’ll be back up to 400 teas in no time ;)

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88
drank Mulberry White Tea by RiverTea
4041 tasting notes

mmmm thanks for sending this my way cavo! I was happy to have another cup of this to sample, solidifying that i do really like this. I’ve been quite happy with a lot of the RiverTeas, that I’ve tried, though i’m coming to understand that their herbals/fruit blends are my happy place followed, funnily enough by their fruity greens/whites. their black teas don’t seem to cut if for me…at least not the flavoured ones. I have a few more straight black from them to try still before i finalise my verdict on those :)

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71
drank Toronto Nights by RiverTea
4041 tasting notes

thanks for sending this my way Cavocorax I’m not sure that this is what ngihts in toronto should taste like but it’s a fun enough tea. Sadly, it’s the orange in this that makes me like it less. i love the almond flavouring and the way it blends in with the base, but when the orange hits my tongue it’s jarring..and seems largely out of place in the smoothness of the rest of the cup. Still, it’s not bad but the orange just doesn’t fit for me

Anna

Oh, I know exactly what nights in Toronto taste like, and it’s definitely not orange and almond.

Sil

ew. LOL

Sami Kelsh

What Anna said, haha!

Anna

Oh, Sami, it sounds like we should do Toronto together next time I’m in town, haha.

Sil

Anna..the next time you’re in town you’d better be calling me, bringing tea, and be prepared for at least one awesome night out!

Sami Kelsh

You guys are making me pine for the Old Country! I’ll be back for a visit at some point (or if I run out of money and they kick me out of the UK, whichever comes first)

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thanks terri! I’m not sure what to make of this one. I like it, but on the other hand it’s a little weak for me. I had a few steepings of this and it never developed into something i REALLY wanted. That being said, I’m glad to try it since i’m really enjoying the Yunnan sourcing journey that terri is taking me on! thanks sister!

Terri HarpLady

I think most of the Yunnan Sourcing blacks we’ve been having are at their best gongfued. I usually go with 5G + 4oz X 15/30/45sec/1min/2/ etc until it gets lame, :)

Sil

yeah i’ve been trying to brew most of them that way whenever possible :)

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80
drank Kenyan Black by Justea
4041 tasting notes

thanks for sharing more of this with me Cavo! I’m still undecided as to whether i need this in my cupboard full time. it’s a lovely black tea that isn’t bitter, has a bit of a sweet note to it depending on how long you steep it and overall i really like drinking it. I also really like what the company is trying to do. On the other hand, there are a large number of blacks that i prefer over this one simply because i have had a great many types of black teas haha. I think, this will be a rotation in to my cupboard from time to time though, because i’d really like to continue supporting the work the company is doing. :)

Terri HarpLady

I have not yet ordered from them, but I’ve enjoyed the samples you sent to me, & I agree all all counts!

Dexter3657

“because i’d really like to continue supporting the work the company is doing.” Ditto – love the work they are doing and this is a solid black tea for me…

OMGsrsly

I cheat and buy my JusTea at Steam. :)

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71

sooo i’m not sure how i feel about this cup. there’s blergamot in there..but when i’m drinking this, each sip is different. And when the blergamot is really present, i don’t like it..but when it takes a back seat…i do. hmmmm… so i like this half the time? hahaha thanks for sharing cavo!

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77

mmm thanks cavocorax! I am a fan of this blend. It’s not an over the top must have in my cupboard sort of tea, but it IS a tasty cup of spices. Somehow everything in this just works together to make a nice cup of delicious. My only complaint, as always is the base that tends to be used in adagio’s blends. It’s just not my favourite, though in this case it doesn’t makes things worse :) Thanks for sharing cavo! (also i love the design for this one..)

Fjellrev

I’ve seen a lot of people complain about that base. You’d think they’d change it already, or not use it in as many. Must be cost effective.

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84
drank Vanilla Citrus Spice by Verdant Tea
4041 tasting notes

My only other tea today… Nice thing was that it had just enough of a flavour punch to give me that second wind after running around a bunch. :) Happiness is, tea and girl time! I’m REALLY hoping work doesn’t need me tonight, as there is a release going on this evening. I’d like to be able to sleep in tomorrow and then spend the day relaxing, drinking tea and watching tv. Just need some downtime to relax on my own :)

Final count: 208 (need to get to 200 tomorrow!) On the upside.. 8 more sipdowns of older teas and i’ll be within 6 months of my oldest teas! So maybe i’ll be able to get some work done on those 8 teas tomorrow too :)

VariaTEA

Hehehe I am winning again (though I am guessing not for long)

TheTeaFairy

Hope you get your peaceful sipdown day tomorrow :-)

Terri HarpLady

My oldest tea is a Wuyi oolong that I’ve had for uh…..quite some time…

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87
drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
4041 tasting notes

Another delicious tea that i took out with me today. Early morning start today to make it in to the spa with nicole for a girls day out. Mani/Pedis, lunch, movie and then dinner with my other half, her husband and the little one. Followed by a short game before coming home late. I was glad i made the effort in the morning to brew up two travel mugs to bring with me :) I needed it by the afternoon!

Cavocorax

Oh fancy! Sounds like a pretty great day.

Sil

it was nice…nicole hasn’t had girl time or even a day outside the house in the past 5 months or so…so we spoiled her.

Terri HarpLady

What an awesome day!

Sil

it was nice…though i’m betting all of a day before my nail polish starts chipping lol i usually only ever get pedicures to mostly get rid of all the ick factor on my feet :) E was like..oh hey! your feet aren’t ripping my legs now lol gee thanks…love you too :P (followed by a comment about how he should just send me to get one every month…)

Cavocorax

Ahahhaha. I had a pedicure once and I liked it because I like foot rubs by people who know what they’re doing, but I feel like it was totally wasted bc the person just wanted to talk to me the whole time and I just wanted to relax. :P Next time I’ll go where they don’t speak english. Ha.

But that’s really cool you able to get her out and doing fun things.

boychik

Cavocorax, I only go to Chinese places. They smile, very friendly and only talk to each other. As long as I don’t understand it doesn’t bother me.

Terri HarpLady

For awhile my daughters & I had an annual pedicure tradition going on. Their birthdays are March 14th & 28, exactly 2 weeks apart. We’d go for breakfast, then starbucks latte’s, then pedi’s, then lunch! It was great, but we haven’t been able to get our schedules together for the last couple of years.
Add to that, my grandaughter’s birthday is right in between their’s, on the 21st. We’re having her party today, & I’m thinking we need to really try to get the pedi thing going again, & include her in it.

I always get the same nail polish, “I am not a Waitress”, hahaha, & Sil, it never lasts very long :(
But the foot soak & rub is a fun luxury! Nothing like a day out with the girls!

Cavocorax

That sounds like so much fun! I hope you guys manage to make it happen again, even if you’re a few weeks later than the birthdays!

Sil

Cavo – I’m happy to do a girls day out with you at the spa. There are a few places here we can go where they will leave us alone and that aren’t too expensive :)

Sil

Terri – it’s nice isn’t it? :)

Nicole

Looooove pedis. And if I can pair it with a massage…heaven. My pedis always last forever since I am not allowed to really be without shoes since my foot injury. But I don’t even bother with manicures – I can’t not be in the kitchen or doing something that ruins those in less than a day at most.

Sil

nicole – yeah i don’t bother with manicure’s most of the time but this was just for my friend. i’ve already managed to chip part of it hahaha

Nicole

A sacrificial spa day for a friend. That’s tough. :)

Sil

yeah…the things i do..

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So no real clue what to write about myself here. A friend got me into drinking loose tea and it’s something I thoroughly enjoy though I have nowhere near the experience that many folks on the boards seem to have.

My other interests are cycling, reading, board games, disney cruises, world of warcraft and dancing – in no particular order. I love travelling and am currently working on trying to get my other half to as many place in the world as possible.

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