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4026 Tasting Notes

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I for sure had some of this in the afternoon to try and help me stay awake. Still having trouble sleeping through the night, and my stomach is queasy every day until about 4pm. No. I’m not pregnant.

This is still tasty and delicious, though suffered a bit having to hang out in my travel mug. Things to note for next time :)

TastyBrew

I made this in a travel mug once and it was terrible. Not sure why, but just not good.

Kittenna

You sure? ;)

Sil

Cup is better than a travel mug for this one for some weird reason.

Terri HarpLady

When I finally place a Della Terra order, this will definitely be on it!

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drank La Dame du Lac by Betjeman and Barton
4026 tasting notes

Guessing on the steeping parameters since i made this at work today. This isn’t bad but it’s a bit like the tea doesn’t really know what it wants to be. Lala’s right…it smells like a buttery, caramel green tea…and then when you drink it, it turns into a citrusy carmemlly tea. It’s not a bad tea, but it’s the kind of taste that i’d prefer in a dark bold black tea. Won’t be a repurchase but it’s nice enough that i’ll enjoy drinking the rest of it until it’s gone.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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82

Another tasty tea this morning that i pulled out of my cupboard. I really love the plum taste of this tea. Too crazy busy to write a proper note, but this is delicious! Loving the sweet plum taste.

Stephanie

I’m out of that one right now but I sure enjoyed it, too! :)

Fjellrev

You two have convinced me to try this one out if it’s still available when I order next. :)

OMGsrsly

Oh yeah, it’s on the list, Incendiare!

Sil

If you just want a taste, i can likely send you the last bit of mine.

Fjellrev

Sil, thanks for the offer, but I’m sure our Vic/Van group order will catch some. :)

I added in my Butiki stuff to the spreadsheet yesterday and I’m so pumped!

Sil

YAY! nice to see you guys getting in on the group buy action. lol

OMGsrsly

I’m kinda scared. I’ve totally geeked out on automating the spreadsheets…

Sil

heh do you have one yet that zeros out the amounts owed to give the final mount owe if different people are placing orders lol

Kittenna

I passed on a copy of ours :)

OMGsrsly

Yep! :) Plus I’ve automated the ordering sheet, since we have 6 people with varying budgets. Haha. I should send a copy back once it’s done.

Sil

Haha awesome please do

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82
drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
4026 tasting notes

Had this earlier today but i’m only now getting a chance to breath. I probably should have gone with something simpler today but i wanted the comfort of some favourites as well as teas that i’m close to being through. I feel like half my cupboard is devoted to stacy’s teas so i want to make sure i’m able to get through the ones that are almost done, try the ones that i haven’t yet so that i can get organized for another order soon :)

While i thoroughly enjoy this one, in comparision to laoshan black from verdant, stacy’s high mountain and her premium taiwanese assam, i’d rather pick those others up. This will likely become a floating rotation in my cupboard when i feel the need for a bit of change. Quite a delicious tea but more ordinary than others :)

Hallieod

I like your thinking about the need to try ALL the teas, so you know which ones to order. :P (Oooh, Hyperbole and a Half should definitely do a DRINK ALL THE TEAS picture too!)

Cavocorax

:P I had to do it: http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3txuuv/

In a sorta related note, I really really miss Hyperbole and a Half! I was a regular subscriber and there were so many moments I would lose my cool at work because I was reading her latest post. Allie hasn’t posted anything since she said she had depression and was trying to cope with that, so I hope she’s ok. :|

OMGsrsly

Yes! Drink all the teas! This is another that needs to go on my (huge) wish list…

Didn’t she have a book deal as well? She might only be able to focus on one thing if she’s not well. I hope she’s ok too. Oh my goodness the Alot.

Hallieod

Love it, Cavocorax! But I hadn’t realised there’d been nothing from her since that depression post – that is worrying.

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into the swap box this one goes. I picked it up on a whim since we were ordering from upton anyway and i wanted to see how it compares to other honeybush teas that i’ve had. I’ll take others before this one please. The vanilla isn’t a strong flavour in this one and there’s a slightly medicinal taste that i’m not a fan of. Oh well, good to try at least.

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drank Jessie's Ginger Lemon by T by Daniel
4026 tasting notes

I’m going to have to go with Rarietea on this one – lemon? yes. ginger? yes. pineapple? uh not so much. Still it was a decent cup to drink tonight so no real complaints here. Would i repurchase? likely not but only because other companies i order from more often, offer similar teas.

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75

261, sipdown!

I finished a cup of this tonight….i didn’t sleep well last night so i’m trying to bust out the sleep type teas and see if that helps. I’m also going to try and get to bed “early” though right now i am totally crazing nachos and salsa so i dunno how that’s going to go lol. This is an interesting tea. The last of it is going in to the swap box, not because i don’t enjoy it but because the pieces getting stuck in my brew baskets have irritated me to the point of not wanting to clean it after this tea ever again! lol

Mercuryhime

I don’t think I’d be able to sleep through the night if I drank tea at the rate you did today. I’d be in the bathroom pretty much at last everyone hour of the day.

Mercuryhime

I hope you have a good night of sleep though. :)

Sil

Lol mercury….funnily enough until I started drinking tea I could go nearly the whole day and only hit the bathroom 3 times a day. As in, hey look I clearly wasn’t getting enough water in my diet through any means. Luckily though I never wake up in the night…not looking forward to ever being pregnant though….

Mercuryhime

oh man, I really need to proof read before I hit that submit button. I gather you understood me though. :) I don’t often wake up in the night for potty, but it does kind of ruin my sleep. I once dreamt that I was running from a killer at the same time that I was also desperately looking for a toilet. Tea gives you crazy dreams. :)

Kittenna

Haha, the same happened to me before tea. I would literally go morning to night without hitting a bathroom. Clear sign of dehydration! I, however, have problems if I drink too much tea right before bed.

Sil

lol that dream cracks me up :)

Kaylee

That’s a terrifying dream! Must have ruined the whole night.

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SIPDOWN!

Totally weird that i have the first tasting note on this one. I actually went back to check and make sure the name hadn’t changed on me or something. This tea? it’s not a bad peach tea, but i think i need a break from peach teas so that might be impacting my rating. I had hoped for more ginger in this one but it’s really more just a peach tea.

So i poured some of the gingerbread man tea that i still had into this brew in the hopes that it would end up being a peachy ginger tea and it worked! lol This is a good combo! Sadly on it’s own it’s just too peachy to be a peach ginger tea. Not a bad tea,but not what i hoped it would be.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank The Gingerbread Man by Della Terra Teas
4026 tasting notes

sipdown! 263…. here we go again lol

There’s an abundance of ginger in this one today but i think i prefer it this way. It’s not nearly as sweet as before. I feel though, that this is much more of a ginger tea than it is gingerbread. If that makes sense.

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man another winner from Terriharplady I’m so terribly torn because after trying out these three from A&D i really want to order the tiger assam but holy crap that’s 4.4oz. That being said it appears to be free shipping today, even for the 25$ priority shipping to canada…so that would be a serious win if i do it.

This tea? Also a great one, though if i had to pick only won, the tiger assam would win first since it’s such a great smooth blend. This one has that same smoothness but there’s an added splash of bitterness in the cup that goes well with the tea but makes it just a little less delicious than the other. So glad i got the chance to try these since the 4.4oz is for sure a barrier when you’ve never had even a try. :)

Anyanka

Just go for it, I got the three pack like a crazy tea hoarder. :)

Sil

haha if i do it, it’ll likely just be the one since i find 4oz a lot to go through because i have so many tea varieties in my cupboard.

Terri HarpLady

LOL, I got the three pack, plus the 4th tea. There’s just no sense of self-control in my life! I’m glad you enjoyed it, I thought you would, & I agree, the Tiger Assam is the most awesome! :D

Cavocorax

:P Glad to hear the Tiger Assam is the best because that’s the one I gambled on and bought. Also, I like the pretty tin.

Sil

The 4th tea is a giant no for me given its a dreaded bergamot tea

Anyanka

Finally, a fellow bergamot hater! Ptooey.

Sil

lol yeah no. bergamot is just. wrong. I think the only tea with bergamot in it that i like is upton’s earl grey creme i think it was? because to me it’s just a lemon custard flavoured tea. lol

Terri HarpLady

Bergamot is very iffy for me. For a long time I hated every bergamot blend, but there are a few I’ve tried lately that have actually been pleasant! Smith’s is probably the best one I’ve ever had, & A&D’s is good too. I think most companies use cheap/phony flavorings, rather than real bergamot oil. Mostly I avoid them, but I’ve been on a bergamot sampling thing for a few weeks, mainly to add some novelty to Tony’s life, as he LOVES earl grey, & also to inform myself of his preferences for future presents, LOL. He LOVES the one from Smith, he even asked me last weekend, “Did you bring that awesome Earl with you?” Now I have a few that I like, although I still prefer straight Black.

Sil

well i know you sent me a couple so i WILL be trying them :) maybe i’ll find some unexpected enjoyment from a couple of them

Anyanka

DON’T DO IT! TURN BACK NOW!

Sil

Lol. I’m fairly confident you won’t lose me to the berg side :)

Terri HarpLady

Did I? I can’t remember. I know I sent some of the Dr Who blends for Kittenna that have earl grey in them: Tardis, River Song, & Farewell Ponds. I was thinking I spared you, LOL!

Sil

well it smelled like you did lol but i think they’re all a little cross smelly at the moment from travelling. :)

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