6485 Tasting Notes

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drank Cinnamon Plum by The Naked Leaf
6485 tasting notes

just for fun i cold brewed this the other night too… i have to say, it’s also pretty tasty this way, though i prefer it warm :)

Final count: 150 (though i technically still have 5 to add that i received today…but i’m lazy, so maybe tomorrow…)

VariaTEA

I will be around the same once all my teas come in

Sil

Oh just you wait….there is still a weekend for me…..full of packing up swaps…I WILL get to 140….though with Terri’s box inbound,I need to aim for like 100 lol

Terri HarpLady

Oh…there’s only 50 teas coming from me…plus a few more from the BBBB

Sil

Terri…and that’s why I need to get to 100 hahhahhaha

Terri HarpLady

Neener neener ;p

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thanks for sharing this one with me courtney I’ve had the mint cacao before and wasn’t overly impressed. With this one i found that it was a whole lot of cacao tea…with hints of strawberry that would pop up now and then. So i subtracted a few points for not being as strawberry-licious as i wanted it to be. but it was still good and still tasty and when i DID get the strawberry hints, i was happy :)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Courtney

I was so impressed with myself for finding a tea to sneak in that it appeared you hadn’t tried haha!

Fjellrev

How long do you usually steep the cacao teas for, Sil? I steeped this one for > 30min and I got a lot of strawberry. But maybe we just differ. :)

Sil

uh this one steeped for over 20 mins..i lost track of time haha

Fjellrev

That’s my Sil. :D These are the perfect tisanes to walk away from and lose track of time. Like I was saying earlier, I left the Mint Cacao for five freaking hours today, and I’d say it benefited from it haha.

VariaTEA

I had the same problem. I steeped it for almost 45 minutes and got cacao and no strawberry. It makes me really sad too because it smelled so amazing.

Fjellrev

Wow! I’m really lucky then.

Courtney

Fjellrev I’m with you.

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drank Sweet Helen by RiverTea
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go exchange rate go! it’s up a little tonight so that makes me a happy camper, esp since they’re forecasting it’ll be down around 85 cents by the end of the year. BOOO!

This is the last of this tea – the remainder is off to cavocorax to try since we’ve both mostly picked up different teas from RiverTea. I really like this one, though i wish it wasn’t such a heavy tea. I suspect that i could likely use a little less tea and brew for longer, but i’ll try that next time since i’ll likely be picking this up again as it’s a herbal option for when i’m in the mood for a not black tea :)

Courtney

Why the exchange rate interest? Are you going away again soon?

Sil

uh…since most of my tea purchases are USD based, i watch the exchange rate all the time. I have a USD account, so when it’s on the up swing i convert for when i need to buy things. Since i’m an employee, my rate is always better than paypal/credit cards etc…

Courtney

Ah yes I also do that with my USD acct. We only put money in there for trips though. Not tea purchases, but perhaps I should, since I also get a better rate. :P

keychange

sil is hardcore!!

Fjellrev

Ech, glad I went through my BPAL phase while the dollar was on par. That’s why I keep an eye on exchange rates too (ordering across the border).

Sil

i figure over 1000$ a year in tea (since let’s be honest last year i went a little nuts and that doesn’t look like it will be much improved), that can really start to add up on the conversion

Sil

…also, if i don’t use it, it’s there for trips anyway so no harm

Anna

Haha, it’s nice to see someone else taking an interest in tea-related exchange rates.

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drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
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courtney both rocks my world and may have ruined LB for me for a little while. heh. She sent along some cacao for me since HI is annoying me in their lack of consistency with their service…so that i could try her receipe of adding this to LB.

So this morning i did a 1-1 ratio of this + LB in my travel mug for work…fogot about it…and sometime this afternoon took my first sip. dear.god. SOOOOO good! it enhances the deliciousness of LB and makes it a totally decadent treat tea… I may need to keep this in my back pocket for when i’m having a really bad day…though i’d have to get lots more cacao tea.

thanks a bunch courtney!

Fjellrev

Cripes, that must be fantastic. Double damn.

Sil

it’s REALLY delicious. She sent me cacao specifically so i could try this…so good.

Lynxiebrat

What is LB?

Courtney

Mwuahaha!

Sil

LB = laoshan black from verdant :)

ifjuly

i am so trying this—i was bummed that when i restocked LB it wasn’t as chocolatey as i remembered it being. thanks for the tip!

Sil

it’s aaalllll courtney!

Courtney

I’m so glad you liked it. :)

Plunkybug

OOH, I might try mixing the last of mine in with LB.

Cavocorax

Really? OMG. I wish I had more cacao to try that with!

Lynxiebrat

Giggles you know Laoshan Black was what I 1st thought of when I saw the initials LB.

Sil

cavo..yes..sadly it’s enough to make me want to place an order with HI…though i may see if they’re downtown on sunday….

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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90
drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
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it has been WAAAAY too long since i had this tea. I really love this blend, so much more than 3 friends. Not that three friends is bad, but it’s less for me. I really need to bring this out more often.

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drank Leo by Nina's Paris
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Another sample from my joint order with Cavo I keep mentioning her name in my tasting notes so that she’ll come pick up the THIRTY TEAS of her that are at my house. lol sadly this is another one that i forgot to track last night. I seem to recall this one being more of that woodsy sort of rooibos that has a tendency to overpower the flavours that are blended with it. That being said, I’d gladly try this again so i can make sure.

Final Count from yesterday: 153

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drank Pecan Dessert by CaesarsTea
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Backlog from last night. I totally don’t remember much beyond this tasting like a smoothish sort of creamy tea. I liked it..but sadly i got distracted by my bed and forgot to pay attention to it. But thank you VariaTEA! :) it was enjoyable haha

VariaTEA

I am glad you liked it and don’t worry as there have been many times I drank cold cups of tea in the morning because I passed out before ever taking a sip.

Sami Kelsh

I totally do that! I’ll probably do that tonight!

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drank Rose & Cherry by Camellia Sinensis
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drank Cinnamon Plum by The Naked Leaf
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GCTTB
Another one from the Naked Leaf that less expensive than the blergamot one. I really enjoyed this one even though i accidentally let it get cold. I think this would be nice with a bit of honey or steeped with apple juice, similarly to the elderberry from verdant that i like. On the whole, it was nice getting to try out a few new teas and vendors through the travelling teabox. The downside being that because i only sampled a few teas, it was almost a challenge to make room for my teas hahaha. I don’t envy variaTEA :P

Plunkybug

Blergamot…love it!

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