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drank Watermelon Xylophone by Butiki Teas
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HA! if this keeps up, i might actually get through my required sipdowns for today and tomorrow. I’m hoping i can manage that, if only to give me a bit of a jump start to the week. Not much to say about this that i haven’t already said. It’s the closest thing to a watermelon tea that i’ve had…sweet and juicy and i like it hot and cold!

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drank Pumpkin Pie by Trail Lodge Tea
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Another one from terri. Sadly, now that i’ve had the pumpkin ginger tea that she shared with me, all others fail in comparison. This is a nice ennough tea…a little heavy on the clove but still good. I’d put this as more of a pumpkin spice tea than i get anything out of it that is pie like. That being said, it just can’t compare to the other one…that i’ve hidden away with my anxi shou. it must hide! for a no good very bad day when i need a smile.

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another one from awkward soul via Terri. This is a pelasant enough oolong, but it remains a green oolong. Just not one worthy of making me want to keep it around.

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drank Dreamsicle Puerh by 52teas
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took this one out for a spin this afternoon in my timolino. :) What i AM discovering is that the timolino is the perfect size for short trips out – just enough tea to keep me content without feeling like i’ve packed too much tea. Enjoying this one, though i still wish there was MORE flavour…it’s just a little muted for what i want it to be :)

keychange

Heres an idea…the timolino might be more useable if you had, um, a basket? omg, it hit me last night as I was falling asleep and so I texted that reply to you in bed…because I was like hell noooo! it’ll be there so so soon.

Sil

Shhhhh it’s usable!

Cavocorax

Hahahah. whoops.

keychange

I know!! And I was so proud when I stuffed a bunch of samples into the timolino and squashed the lid on…they all fit in because there was no basket! haha

Cavocorax

I’m sure Sil will be fine. She’s resourceful. And the baskets aren’t what make them so wonderful anyway!

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cold brew of this one with a bit of lunch today. I accidentally steeped this for a bit too long (re: 2 days?) so the fennel is a little much. I cut it with a little gingeral though so that it making for a delicious cup. I still think my favourite of this is steeped in part apple juice/water just overnight :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Dexter

You cold steep this is part apple juice part water? That’s an interesting idea..

Sil

i do. you can do full apple juice too but i find that a little too sweet. Half and Half seems to do the trick and it’s tasty!

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terri sent this one my way (she received it from charlotte zero) and i’m glad she did. I haven’t had this lot before. :) This of course reinforces my opinion that 25g samples of all the different lots can for sure be sustainable from TTC once i finish up my current larger sizes. It’s actually a better route to go for me, unless i’m sharing a larger size with someone. Not because i don’t love the teas, but because i want to be able to try all the lots in case one really blows my mind. There’s no fear of picking up something i won’t like either because thus far all the TTC teas that i’ve tried that are in the black range have been enjoyable for me :) thanks for sharing terri!

Fjellrev

Yeah, their stuff sounds legitimately great. I’ll have to make an order sometime too. Can’t pass up a good Assam.

Sil

they’re fruitier/sweet assams

Terri HarpLady

Lol, you sampled it before I did!

Sil

that box is going down! lol i WILL get to 140 this month even with your box dangit! i will!

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drank Makai Black (Assam) by Tea Hawaii
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i’m not sure if this is the right listing – tastybrew brought us this from hawaii. I feel like this isn’t the right listing, but it’s where terris put hers soooo yeah. lol this package says Johnny’s garden. It’s a lovely cup that’s seriously smooth with a bit of sweetness in the background. It’s not overly strong or malty but it is delicious and that’s all that matters. and it’s a sipdown soooo 3-4 left to go for today…except i have a ton of things to do outside the house! gah!

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mmmmm other tea i set aside to drink today even though neither will get me a sipdown (and i need 4 each day this weekend at least!) This of course means that I am now going to need to buy 4 tins from A&D whenever i get around to ordering. I pretty much stalk their website looking at teh quantity of this one to make sure i can get in on an order..and i mean if i’m picking up this one, i might as well also get red tail, tiger and one other since the 3 pack is a deal. I think? i had landed on double knit over caravan, though i enjoyed them both. That being said….i’m trying REALLY hard to make it through march with no orders…
I’m a fan of this. As terri said, it’s not a desert island tea but it is a damn fine tea. And i am also a fan of their tins so..yeah. loving this! especially with my bagel and creamcheese heh

Terri HarpLady

Plus they send fun little presents with your orders. This one came with a plastic horse head finger puppet :)

Sil

haha awesome!

Terri HarpLady

I have several pins, a couple of sheets of stick on tattoos, & a coaster :)

Sil

i never got anything in my first order with them :(

boychik

I love this one. Also try Caravan w/ bagel creamcheese. Best combination for me.

Sami Kelsh

OMG I WANT A HORSE FINGER PUPPET

Nicole

The horse finger puppet is slightly creepy. Cool, but slightly creepy.

Cavocorax

64 left; why don’t they go on sale!!!

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my dearest tea sister terri overloaded my cupboard yesterday. I’m now surrounded by what feels like, 100’3 of sample sizes of delicious teas to try. All that being said, i purposely pulled out this one and the year of the horse tea from damn fine tea since i’ve almost placed an order for about 5 of their teas including those two. I figured i might as well try them and see if i could cross one of the teas off my list. HA! i should have known the answer was no. This is another smooth cup from A&D that has just a hint of astringency to it but in a way that’s good. It’s got a bit of a malty tone to it, but not overly so. Seriously though… i think an order is inbound, esp if i like the horse tea lol thanks as always terri!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

:D
Just sharing the joy, plus I needed to bump your numbers up a bit, you were getting too far ahead of me on the sipdowns, hahaha

Sil

lol yeah but now i have to manage 3.5 every day to reach my end of march goal!

Terri HarpLady

Suck it up, lol;p

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
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I picked this tea out in the morning to christen my new Timolino with! Keychange was awesome and sent me her old timolino so now i a) finally have a timolino b) have an awesome purple timolino c) get to see if i am in love with timolino’s after all. It was a pretty good deal in my books since i got to spoil her a little in return for her awesome generosity! So i picked Nina’s Japon…mostly because i wanted an excuse to open that package LOL I have to say..need to drink from it a bit more but so far i am loving the timlino. I want to compare heat loss to my contigo’s since i didn’t pay attention today. Plus side of timolino? so much nicer to hold in my hands. upside to contigo’s? my finum brew baskets drop nicely in them. I suspect i’ll love them both for different needs and reasons in the end lol

Now to the other part of my day. TERRI sent me the BBB Box, along with the teas we picked up from awkward soul AND her box of tea (likely as payback for christmas box that i sent her in addition to the BBB box that came). Now… I was nearing 130 the other day. And then Keychange sent me some teas…which nearly put me to 140. I have a swap from shmiracles inbound, teas with cavocorax and kittenna…that could come any day… and now teas from VariaTEA are on their way.

You might be wondering HOW many teas terri sent me? 60. that’s right.. SIXTY TEAS! so now i have 2 weeks to get to 140… down from what i’m now sitting at – 197. I might as well go buy 3 teas just to be at an even 200. eep! that’s 57 teas in…17 days, ignoring any other teas that come in (which we know are GOING to come in…) that’s basically 3.5 sipdowns a day. Thankfully a number of terri’s teas are smaller samples…and anything that isn’t…well dexter and cavo…look out! bwahahahahahaha (and you teafairy…and pretty much anyone else who loves black teas and whose address i have ha!)

VariaTEA

If it comforts you at all, I sent you sample sizes that fit nicely in a letter envelope. So basically two cups or one Sil-size cup each. Plus I got lazy and didn’t feel like going through your cupboard so no bonus teas this time, just the ones you requested. I was being nice :P

Sil

lol i hear you on that. there will be more packages i’m sure. Of course this just means i have even more incentive NOT to place any orders….with the exception being damn fine teas if i try them tomorrow and MUST HAVE THEM (since terri sent me samples!)

VariaTEA

Haha. For so long I didn’t order tea. Then I got under 100 and I felt it was safe to do swaps again and place a couple orders. And just like that I almost doubled my teas in a week. Luckily, a fair bit are samples.

Also, I have been looking at RiverTeas website for months now but have resisted buying as I know Roswell Strange is sending me a bunch of different samples to try. I am getting better at holding off on orders until I tried some teas first, that way I can avoid ordering a bunch of things I don’t like.

Sil

Yep! I usually place 1-2 orders a month but i could potentially manage to get through all of March….what’s worrisome is that if i DO want to pick up the limited edition from damn fine tea…that will be another 5 tins since i might as well restock everything lol sooooo 15oz+

VariaTEA

Oh dear. So much tea. My Cornelia Bean order was like that since each tea I got had to be a minimum of 50 g.

keychange

hahah…you didn’t “spoil me a little” you overhauled my cupboard! what you guys don’t know is that including samples from swaps, I have way, way more tea than it seems. Maybe I should join the “add swap samples to cupboard” club. Oh, and sil, what I do is steep my tea in the timilino upside down…maximum leaf water contact, yo!!

Sil

I don’t know WHAT you’re talking about key change….that’s was just a little ;)

Roswell Strange

RiverTea blends are on their way! There’s quite a few there for you to try!

Terri HarpLady

Did those boxes actually come I one week? I think that might be a first, as it’s usually 10 – 14 days. Anyway, as always, I tried to include everything in my cupboard that isn’t in yours, including samples from all the Devotea teas. What I didn’t include was the teas I’m planning to share in the next BBBB, & I can’t remember if I included samples of the stuff Tea Explorer sent? I might have saved some of those for next time, because that might have required a third box!

Sil

lol yeah they came technically thrs :) I was suprised! you included maybe 1 tea from the tea explorer that i remember, and a couple from charlotte zero… I have a box for you…but i’m waiting to add a few more. Plus i need to decide what to do with the BBB Box.. i have a couple options :)

Terri HarpLady

No rush, take your time…I think I’m siting at 312 or so, & have barely touched the also BBBB

Sil

haha it’s not quite full yet..but when it is, off it goes!

Terri HarpLady

noo….not yet!

Sil

probably April is my guess since i now have to drink up your teas before i dive in to my other teas i haven’t shared with you yet lol

Terri HarpLady

hahahahaha
I still have a ton of teas from you that I haven’t even tried yet!

Sil

..and that’s my problem..how? :)

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