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drank Orange Spice by The Devotea
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drank Lady Devotea by The Devotea
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well, might as well continue with the trend of teas i don’t think i’ll like before i have a final couple of cups tonight that i do like. Let me tell you…drinking things alongside the cocktail i made for myself tonight (gingerale; rye; pama) is the way to do it! lol

Soooo the lady has lavender! OH GOODIE blarg AND Blergamot…two awesome flavours in one beautiful tea! not.
….or….maybe? Hmmm… i’m thinking that just maybe the devotea doesn’t understand flowers the way that other companies do. I’m not really getting a whole lot of lavender (maybe it’s all in the cup i saved for cavocorax bwahahahaha) so this is coming across as more of a subtle blergy, orangey tea…with a splash of what might be floral on the side.

final verdict? yeah i still don’t wanna drink this…but it’s MUCH less offensive to me than i thought it would be. I have to say that the devotea has quite a nice black base….this is what i’ve learned so far haha

Fjellrev

Yay for less offensive than anticipated?

Terri HarpLady

I brewed one cup of this & shared it with Tony, and although it wasn’t my cup of tea, Tony loved it! To each their own, eh?

Robert Godden

It’s hard to know how to cope with this review! It’s our number 2 selling tea world-wide, but I don’t drink it myself (allergies). I guess it’s not aimed at people who don’t like florals or bergamot, so I think we’ll see “far less offensive that I thought it would be” as very positive!

Sil

haha with me, that’s a good thing Robert :) I hate blergamot but in the grand scheme of things, this was a “good” cup or at least i can see that it would be if i enjoyed blergamot :) (hence no rating since it’s not a cup for me but others would like it!)

AmazonV

heh, i think this is a success – two things you dislike and you didn’t spit it out, i’ll take it!

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drank Lady Devotea by The Devotea
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drank Doke Rolling Thunder by The Devotea
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when is an oolong not oolongy? when it’s oowrong! lol yeah sorry…feeling a little giddy and dorky tonight. This one came courtesy of terri and had i remembered at the time of brewing that i have a smiliar one from butiki in my cupboard, i would have compared the two. This is a pretty pleasant cup of tea that doesn’t hold any of the usual oolong tastes that i tend not to enjoy so much. Instead this is a light brew with a surprisingly sweet taste. It also resteeps nicely :) thanks terri!

Fjellrev

I laughed for serious. ;)

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, this one doesn’t really strike me as overly oolong-like either

Robert Godden

I got fooled when it was snuck into a Darjeeling black tasting session myself! It’s my favourite oolong BECAUSE it doesn’t have the strong bits I don’t like about Taiwanese oolongs! It’s also not a bad “first oolong” for the inexperienced drinker.

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drank Rose Blush by The Devotea
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I’m going to have to side with terri on this one. While this scarily is name rose blush, and there are pretty little roses in this blend, once brewed it’s pretty much a cup of vanilla black. Not that i mind that because i DO like vanilla blacks, but the name is misleading. :) I didn’t think i’d like this one but given the lack of “rose” flavour, i’m ok with it…but minus points for not living up to the name!

Robert Godden

It might be worth trying again with a little sugar. Unless you use an artificial flavour, rose tends to be more savoury. This one was originally invented for a place that specialised in Barbie and Princess parties for little girls. Once you add milk and sugar it becomes basically a warm milkshake: a great introduction to tea for young kids.

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drank Special Earl Grey by The Devotea
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terri’s mean. She knows i’ll drink anything she sends me. So i drank this one…and let me tell you the blergamot smell of this one is INSANE! but i brewed it up, and thankfully the actually brewed cup isn’t nearly as knock your socks off blergamot. If i close my eyes and pretend it’s not blergamot, i think that ppl who like eg’s might enjoy this one as it is a fairly smooth cup of tea. It’s just not the EG to win me over to the dark side.. nope. no siree…

Terri HarpLady

LOL, I probably should have gave it to KS or Tony, but I know you want to try ALL the teas, heh!

Sil

no! someday i’ll find an EG i love…it’ll happen

JustJames

….bLergamot. lmao. awesome. awesome awesome awesome. i feel the same. the word has been rewritten in my brain for life!!!

OMGsrsly

I think this is hilarious. But I promise I won’t send you any blerg unless it’s something pretty unique, like that puerh. :)

TeaBrat

Sil, have you tried Lord bergamot from Steven Smith? That’s one earl gray I actually like :)

Sil

hmmmmm of that i’m not sure… steepster says i haven’t tried it yet heh

Terri HarpLady

Hmmm….I was pretty sure I sent you some…when I had some, but that was probably a year ago.

AmazonV

I gotta second lord bergamot from steven smith as one worth giving a go!

Terri HarpLady

As I recall, when I first tried Lord Bergamot I kind of liked it, because of the Assam (vs ceylon) base. But on later attempts, I didn’t care for it so much.

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I found this one to be pretty “meh” to be honest i expected it to be a little sweetner given my past exeriences with licorice root and it wasn’t. It was also a fairly bland brew, which left me feeling very meh about the whole thing. On the upside, another tea tried….so there’s never any harm in that…coming up are 2 teas i fully expect NOT to like hahaha

Cavocorax

Yikes – that doesn’t sound like fun (2 teas you expect not to enjoy!)
The things we do in order to try them all…

Sil

(blergamot and rose….hahaha) must try all the teas!

Terri HarpLady

You’re a good sport! :)

Sil

…i’m keeping them small cups so that i can explode cavos cupbaord too lol

Cavocorax

/0\
(thank you….)

Robert Godden

How long did you brew it, Sil? It can be 5 minutes before this one fully develops.

Sil

Robert – i probably didn’t brew it long enough…so hopefully cavo will give it a longer steep when she gets the other half of this sample. I’m always wary of oversteeping blacks and not all of the samples terri shared with me had parameters on them :)

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drank Vintage Lemonade by The Devotea
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another one from terri! I’m trying to get 10 in today, which has been made a little difficult since we left the house to go get a board game today. :) This one is pretty nice as a hot brew with just a bit of sweetner added. I’m not sure that i’d quite call it lemonade but it is tasty. I imagine this would be super awesome in summer, iced.

Cheri

This sounds nice!

Sil

it’s not what i expected but was quite plesant

Terri HarpLady

I agree, I think it would be good over ice.
What game did you get?

Sil

Terra Mystica :) (see my note on keemun) heh

Terri HarpLady

(just did, hehe)

AmazonV

I actually designed this tea in the summer as a hot tea, that does come out well hot also. it was my response to everyone marking various flavored lemonades everywhere i went.

AmazonV

make that as an iced tea that comes out well hot also

Sil

nice!

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drank Vintage Lemonade by The Devotea
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drank Keemun Mao Feng by The London Tea Room
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Terri sent more of this my way and I think i love it a little more than the first time. Bumping the rating up a bit but i am going to pass the rest of this on to someone who hasn’t had a chance to try it. Sharing is caring! This + maple made my day when we went out to the nerd store to pick up a game!

Cavocorax

Which game?

Cheri

Yes, which game did you get??!

Sil

Terra Mystica it’s been out of stock for a few weeks now

Cheri

That looks like a fun one.

Cavocorax

Oooh. Neat!

Sil

we’ve looked at it a few times but never bought it because of the all the components…a lot of our friends won’t play games that take longer than 3 mins to set up. But we played it while down in florida and love it…and since it can be played two player, we said go for it! there’s another card game we played as well that i’m going to try and have printed that you and your other half may enjoy as well cavo.

cheri – i uh..have a LOT of board games.. lol

Cavocorax

It can? That’s pretty awesome. J’s not into fantasy settings a lot, but the detail of the different races sounds pretty intriguing. And it’s not luck based I guess? Also a good thing.

Cheri

We have several, but not all that many compared to my sister and brother-in-law.

Terri HarpLady

My new favorite game is cards against humanity

Sil

70+ games at my place, if you count things like dominion and it’s expansions as one game.

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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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