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sample sidpdown! and i’m back down to 140 teas. 15 days ish to get through 35 more haha.

I received this in the mail the other day from Lala with a really thoughtful, surprise holiday card. :) It was a wonderful surprise to get in the mail! Thank you a bunch lala. This tea smells a lot like a combination of brioche and S&V’s sweet almond tea (i think it is…) that i enjoy.

I brewed this up this evening since i was in a bit of a holiday, festive mood after my afternoon with raritea. This has a great almond taste to it along with a bit of cinnamon. It’s not cinnamon heavy though – rather the cinnamon just enhances the almond flavour. over all a pretty tasty tea, though it’s a little thin? for my tastes. While drinking it, i kept wishing for it to have a bit more of a full feeling to it. however, still a delicious cup! thanks Lala

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Lala

Happy you enjoyed it!

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Another tea from my afternoon with Raritea I have to say, for anyone who hasn’t placed an order with teavivre this weekend, that i am a fan of this particular keemun, which happens to be going on sale tomorrow. :) I adore this one with a splash of maple syrup! I also chose to bring this one with my today because it’s another one that i haven’t had in ages. I was waiting to find out if the box i sent to terri would ever make it before drinking it, since i was ready to split my half of the order again if it hadn’t come back to us. But it did, so now i can enjoy it and bask in the delight of this mildly smokey, delicious tea!

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I think I’m doing a Teavivre order tomorrow, as a reward for all the crazy hours of practicing I’ve been putting in this weekend!

Sil

haha didn’t you just get teavivre teas from me? miss terri will not approve.

Terri HarpLady

Oh, you mean Ms Theresa? LOL, I’ll deal with her ;)

Sil

yes..wow i’m tired today… i’m looking at 2 more orders tomorrow.. sigh

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I took this over to an afternoon at *Raritea*’s place in part because it travels well, but also because i haven’t had it in ages! I’m trying to balance my sipdowns with working my way through teas i haven’t had in a while :) I still quite enjoy this one though at times it just reminds me of drinking straight LB. :)

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drank French Breakfast by Mariage Frères
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Another breakfast tea from this morning. While this one is malty and has a slight chocolate note to it, it’s not as sweet as american breakfast and comes across as a little bolder and stronger. Still a delicious tea that I can get behind having in my cupboard! This is my kick in the pants in the morning tea, while american breakfast is an easier, gentle push out of bed :)

Lala

I am surprised, I would have expected the American breakfast to be a bold, sharp tea as compared to the French breakfast.

Ysaurella

this one goes in my shopping list for sure

Sil

Lala it’s a good solid cup, but American breakfast has a sweeter side – more chocolatey

cteresa

I was quite in love with american and french breakfast, they seemed the total winners of the world breakfast stand (and sultane as well. Paris Breakfast which sounded most interesting of all was a dud to my nose).

Terri HarpLady

I usually need a kick in the pants breakfast tea, but occasionally I make something gentle, go back to bed, & sip in the sweet silence that is my bedroom.

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drank American Breakfast by Mariage Frères
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for breakfast today, i’m have 3 breakfasts… scrambled eggs with lots of tasty things mixed in, american breakfast and french breakfast lol I wanted to see how the MF breakfast teas stacked up, since cteresa was kind enough to part with a sample of her American Breakfast. It’s been compared to wedding imperial, which is one of my favourite MF teas – so i’ve been excited to taste this one.

This is a great blend. It’s slightly malty, but sweet and chocolatey (not cocoa). It’s not too bitter, but i think at longer steep times that may happen. It does remind me of wedding imperial but there would be room for both of this in my cupboard because i like the way this tastes without the caramel that wedding imperial has. This is a seriously lovely tea! I will for sure be looking to get more when i get back to europe…some day. thank you cteresa!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Ysaurella

it is a very lovely tea, I do agree

cteresa

so far I have found this easier, less finicky than wedding breakfast – I have not purposefully overbrewed it yet, but forgot about it a couple times and at least with my water, i got lucky. Wedding Imperial is a bit more complicated for me, but I admit I might have to find a way to have both on my stash as well!

Terri HarpLady

I did enjoy wedding imperial, & both of these breakfast teas also sound like my kind of cup. :)

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drank Zhu Rong Yunnan Black by Verdant Tea
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I had a travel mug of this tonight while browsing the one of a kind christmas show here in Toronto. I was on the hunt for a few unique things for people but i’m not sure if i’ve quite found what i want. This helped immensely once it cooled off enough for me to drink :) so happy with this tea.

Edit: Ending the day at 141 (…+45)

yyz

Hope you have/had fun. I haven’t gone in years.

Sil

it’s a lot of the same stuff, but E and I go every year…small price to pay to wander, get ideas and spend some time together. I think we go more just to get ideas than we do to buy things. :)

Cavocorax

That sounds fun! I went to the German Christmas Market on Vancouver last year and it was fun. Not sure I’d be able to drag J to downtown Toronto for this one, but maybe….

yyz

It’s actually pretty fun to go to as a kid, though I could understand your hesitation in bringing a toddler. It’s usually pretty colourful, there’s fancy jams and mustards to try, hand made games and toys, often hand made kids costumes as well as pottery, clothes jewelry etc. Fun fact, the creators of Trivial Pursuit sold it there, in the beginning.

Sil

So the Christmas market isn’t as downtown as the one of a kind show….or their. Oth different. Christmas market is free and if you guys haven’t been to the distillery yet, I’d do it for fun :) giant Christmas tree!

Cavocorax

I’ll try and swing it!

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I’ve had this a couple times now and keep forgetting to write a note. Sadly i just looked at the time and realised i don’t have tie right this second, but i WILL come back to this tonight/tomorrow morning. Especially since this is a sipdown lol


Edit
My matcha was composed of the following:
Size : Small
Matcha Quality: Starter (Basic Grade)
Flavor: Distinctive

Now that I have two moments to breath, i really wanted to come back and review the Madagascar vanilla matcha that i finished up last weekend. I’m very partial to the French vanilla flavour from Red Leaf so i wanted to try and see how the two compare. I’ve had this a number of times now, straight, in a smoothie and as a latte. I have to say, my favourite was as a latte but even then, I found myself wishing it were more like French Vanilla. Now to be fair, i have NO clue how their supposed to be different, but i found the Madagascar Vanilla to be less smooth, with a bit of an edge to it, while the french vanilla is on the creamier side. It might be that i need to try this as a Robust flavouring level, but for now I’m leaning towards just sticking with the French vanilla.
What i have to say though, is that honestly, Red Leaf does a pretty bang up job with their more creamy flavours – the ones i would associate with Coffee or with milk. Vanilla, Caramel, Cheesecake, Chocolate…they’re all decent and the customer service is pretty bang on!
Buy it here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/madagascar-vanilla-matcha.html

MsWhatsit

I’ve run out of this and can’t find a local store that stocks it. I don’t miss it in the summer but definitely like having it handy for the autumn and winter months.

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drank Orange Pekoe by Gorreana
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Thank you cteresa for sending this one my way. Let me begin by saying, I don’t like most orange pekoe. It never really tastes all that great and i would usually prefer to be drinking water. This tea? REALLY nice! it’s the sort of tea i wish i could buy a giant bag of and give to my parents as i think this would really suit their everyday tea needs. This is a good medium type tea – no bitterness, incredibly smooth, with a hint of sweetness throughout the sip. Thanks so much for sharing Cteresa I quite like this one!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
cteresa

Glad you enjoyed it. This is a very old company and plantations, the types of tea are named old fashioned “orange pekoe” and Hudson for example, very vintage packaging but I think it does not need to be at all modern , as long as it is this nice.

Sil

I’m really curious about some of their other teas. Tried to access their website today but it looks like the domain has expired :(

Sil

hmmm don’t think i’ve ever bought anything off ebay in my life but there’s a first time for everything! thanks for that..i’ll have to look at the selection later :) appreciate it

cteresa

If you are in an area where there are Portuguese groceries ( bacalhau and pasteis de nata are necessities) particularly Portuguese people from the Azores, they might have this.

Or we can swap again!

yyz

A large part of the TO expat population is from there, so that is definitely possible.

yyz

Regarding the tea in TO, one of my friends is going to do some digging. Some Gorreana is available, she just said she didn’t know about that one specifically. I have a feeling it might be easier to find the Pekoe ( blue bag ) one. But, she has deep routes in the Azores expat community.

Sil

thanks! that’s awesome yyz

cteresa

See, portuguese can be predictable. And if it does not work, i can get you a package in Lisbon and mail it, we can swap for something later.

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Sipdown! (143) But not for long since there is more on it’s way :) I did a bit of math this morning and with the 45 teas i picked up this weekend i need to do roughly 41 sipdowns by dec 15 for my cupboard to remain under 150. This is really just because orders from the US tend to take 10 business days to arrive. My goal really is to keep my cupboard under 150 through to the end of the year and then, focus on making sure i continue having no tea older than a year in the house. Ideally i’ll work down to a 6 month period now that i’ve landed on what my preferences are and have a better idea of what i like/don’t like. Also, puerhs don’t count haha.

The last of this little bit is off to Nicole since she hasn’t experienced yezi teas yet. :) I quite like this one – malty with cocoa notes :)

Dinosara

Haha I have no hope of staying under 100… not in the least because I have no easy sipdowns left. But I’m ok with that!

Sil

all i hear is “Sil you can catch up with me!” :)

Dinosara

Haha not with 45 more teas coming!

Nicole

Woohoo! :)

Sil

I’ll take that as a challenge dinosara ;) I like motivation haha

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The lovely Nicole sent this to me and I figured having both Hugo blacks in the house was a good excuse for a sipdown and a comparison :)

I prefer this version to the mornings journey, if only because this has more oomph. I only steeped it for 3 mins because I didn’t bother to look anything up. Haha. This is malty and robust…it’s not bitter, it’s not astringent. There’s a flavour hidden in the brew that makes it different from your average every day malty cup. It’s somewhere between sweet and sour and makes my mouth tingle haha. Thanks so much for sharing Nicole!

Edit: 144

Nicole

Woot! Glad they got there and you enjoyed this one. :)

Terri HarpLady

I need to get some of this to sample, especially while I still have a little of the Organic Morning’s Journey to compare it to, just for fun.

Sil

Terri – they’re both delicious in my opinion…i like this one a little more, but if they were both around still, there would be room for both in my cupboard because they’re different

Terri HarpLady

That’s good enought for me!

Cavocorax

Good to hear you like it. I’ve had my eye on it since Hugo told me that this one was a good replacement for Morning Journey.

Terri HarpLady

Group Hugo order?

Sil

Cavo – they are two different beasts…

Nicole

Or you can have me pick them up for you gals at the store. Don’t know how much Hugo charges from their site but shipping is probably about $8 US for me to send them (and I’ll send them in exchange for swaps…) :P

Nicole

Er.. I can pick up Full Steam since Morning’s Journey is discontinued. And any others you want to try. :)

Sil

haha ok i’ll keep that in mind nicole :)

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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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