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drank Chai by T2
5351 tasting notes

sipdown! the first time i had this, i forgot to log it. This time, because of my unfortunate experience brewing this with water, i tried it with milk. Sorry to say but this is not so much a chai to me and mostly a mix of cloves…and more cloves and oh hey, some cloves :) The tea disappears with this particular blend and even after trying to pull out a bit of the cloves, it still is too much for me. Thanks for the share though Alice! It’s helping me figure out what my perfect chai might be like :)

Nxtdoor

Lemme guess… Your perfect chai is going to have … Errr…. Cloves? :p

Sil

Haha yes to cloves…but in moderation :p

alice

I might be responsible for some of the excess cloves I’m afraid. When I make it I tend to put some of the cloves back in the jar and since I sent you the last little bit I had… haha sorry, I should have taken some out :(

Even with a reduced number of cloves it is a heavily spiced chai and the tea still gets lost it in. I also didn’t really like that they use ground cinnamon instead of pieces of bark, I think it gives an unpleasant after sensation in the mouth (does that make sense?).

Sil

Haha not too worry Alice. And yes I get what you mean with the cinnamon…

Tehkella

I agree, it’s very clovey and spicy (just trying some now and it’s a bit too spicy on the back of the throat).

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drank Qing Pin Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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Tastybrew sent this our way in the BBB Box. Since i may want to place another order with Yezi in a couple of days, I figured i’d better try a few more of their offerings so i can place a larger order.

This is a fruity, almost peachy tea. The aroma has a hint of spice to it, though the tea itself does not. There is maltiness to this brew…along with hints of cocoa that blend with the fruitiness. Overall a really nice tea!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Working from home today to give myself a bit of a break. Still far too many things to finish up this week to warrant an actual day off, but at least this way i get to hang out in my pj’s drinking tea and working. Plus the time i save from not having to travel, i can use to watch a bit of TV haha

I picked this one for my first tea this morning because i had it a couple days ago but hadn’t had a chance to actually get some thoughts down about it.

This is a chocolately, malty brew. It’s neither bitter, nor smokey. My only “complaint” is that it feels thin? still delicious and tasty but i keep wanting it to be more full in my mouth. I’ll likely pick this one up once i’m done with the amount that Tastybrew sent to me :)

Edit: 3000 tasting notes!

Stephanie

3000??? daaaaang

Sil

haha i sometimes forget to log things too.. but it’s a fun number.

OMGsrsly

Go you! :) I’m tempted to make today a “work at home in PJs” day, but I actually have to go in and set stuff up for tomorrow. Oh well!

Sil

i wanted the rest of the WEEK to be pj day… the worst? i had seven things i needed to get done today and were the whole reason i stayed home in part too…to be able to focus on them.. yeah it’s 4pm (i started at 7am) and i’ve completed ONE SINGLE THING RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWRRRRRRRRRRRRR so tired of escalations and issue

CHAroma

Holy cow!! Congrats!!!

Sil

thanks CHAroma!

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sipdown! even if it is a fake sort of sipdown, as i’m sending the other half of the sample terri sent me to FuzzyP :) The worst part of today? this review has been sitting open for hours and i can’t even focus enough to write it. Long story short this is a really tasty tea, though i think it’s a little too different for me to keep around always. if that makes sense. it’s fruity, but in a specific sort of peach grape way, as tastybrew said, rather than that generic “fruity” taste i get. thanks for sharing terri! this one’s neat!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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this was one of my morning teas, which seems like an eternity from now. It’s been a challenging week so needless to say i haven’t been drinking much tea or having time to write much about the teas i’ve been drinking. I chose this one because it’s an oldie but a goodie. :)

Cavocorax

I hope things calm down a little for you…

Bonnie

Me too…ditto!

Sil

Thanks guys….thrs and Friday shouldbe. A little quieter since most of the US folks are on vacation. Working from home today so that I can hang out in my pj’s and listen to music while I work :) and drink tea of course! A mini mental health day while still working. :)

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haven’t had 2 seconds to write a note up on this but it was fantastic. thank you so much Tastybrew for sharing this with me in the BBB Box!

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drank Yu Lu Yan Cha Black by Verdant Tea
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cup from yesterday…no time! No time! delicious and got me through the day!

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mmmmm took a bath and had this one with me. Pretty sure it was steeped the entire time i was drinking it and it’s no worse for wear. I’m a fan of teabags/herbals that let you do that since sometimes you just can’t be bothered fishing teabags out, or dealing with loose tea on the go. Still really enjoying this one as a substitute for making actual apple cider.

gmathis

Bag-in teas are great for tired or lazy evenings.

Sil

Yes…yes they are! Esp when they taste decent enough haha

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mmmm i had this earlier in the day but forgot to log it. Took it with me on my afternoon walk with my other half. We won’t get much time to spend together over the next couple of days – he’s got a staff meeting tonight, and then tomorrow i’ve got a work function to go to, while he’s at dodgeball so really, we won’t be hanging out until tuesday dinner, before he’s off to raid for the evening. heh

I will be sad when this one is gone if only because i am a fan of the smoothness mixed in with the smoke and a little maple syrup :)

Nxtdoor

I admire people who take walks in frigid temps. So not me. But yes, I admire.

Sil

hahahaha on our first date, my other half and i walked for 4 hours…

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Thanks Dexter! So strangely enough…even though the muscatel in this one is like HEY LOOK AT ME! I am enjoying this one. I don’t typically really enjoy darjeelings, but the next thing i knew, i was at the bottom of this mug going ..oopsy….i drank it all? There’s something in the smoothness of this one that just makes it easy to drink and rather enjoyable. Not something i’d pick myself, but i’m glad that they sent this along to dexter as a free sample so i got to try it!

Edit: 140! go me! woot woot!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Dexter

This is by far the best darjeeling I’ve had. I would never have ordered this. Love when free samples work out that way.
Congrats on 140. :))

Cavocorax

Gj on 140! So, are you going to be at 250 AFTER Black Friday? :P

Sil

God no. Hoping to stay near 150. Though I’m half tempted to see how low I can go

Cavocorax

Let’s see you catch up to me! >:O
(I bought tea from VariaTEA and Janelle so I’ll be heading up your way!)

Cavocorax

(I just realized I have about 28 incoming and that’s not even with my Black Friday orders. :O So, never mind. You’ll be lower than me)

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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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