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Not feeling 100% today so I wanted something a little lighter this morning. I had a few steepings of this one and I was reminded of why sometimes it’s nice to have a really solid green tea in the house…provided you can drink it before it goes flat :)

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drank Super Fruit Sencha by Fusion Teas
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Thank you*nxtdoor* for sending me this sample. I’m not overly a fan of green teas but I do like fruity teas, so I was looking forward to trying this one out. Al in all not a bad fruity sencha. It’s a pretty tea to look at in leaf form and it smells lovely. I’m a fan of teh lack of floral notes in the brew as well. I think ill try cold brewing the last bit of my sample to see how that works out. I’m hoping it’ll make the fruity flavours pop a bit more.

K S

I really like this one a lot. I cannot leave it in the drawer with my other teas. Everything tastes like this smells if I do.

Sil

Heh mines in a tin, keeping it from smelling up everything else!

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drank Wedding Impérial by Mariage Frères
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Backlog from yesterday. For those of you not aware of the random weather going on – we had flash floods last night in toronto which meant it was a bit of crap shoot getting home luckily i had this tea with me. sooo delicious! i’m super glad that my parents were able to pick up more for me while they were in paris and thank you again ysaurella for sharing it with me so that i would know that i loved it :)

Lala

Assuming you made it home and are not reviewing tea while you are treading water somewhere?

Sil

I made it home around 11pm last night….power outage until 4?am….at which point the fire alarms went off in the building for an hour. And then I had to get up….for work. Haha

Fuzzy_Peachkin

That’s an eventful evening ! Glad you made it home safe.

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So I’m indulging a bit…I took his out of the cupboard to try this morning. It’s one of 8 teas that Terri and I shared on my half of the world. This one was picked because it smelled the least like Stacy’s mountain black that is out of stock until August.

Colour me impressed with this one! It’s a little lighter feeling than I expected, but I think that’s because I was a bit light in both my tea and my steeping time. I’m playing these ones by ear so that’s to be expected. This is not your usual malty Assam. Instead there are chocolate notes and jam?? Something fruity like in any case. I can’t quite put my finger on it but it is delicious! I’m now looking forward to trying the rest of these from Taiwan tea crafts even more!

ashmanra

This is supposed to be the same as Ruby #18 I believe. It is a wonderful tea, but you are right, it is unexpectedly light yet very flavorful! I have had them from three companies and they are a bit different but share the paler color and the golden raisin notes.

Sil

aaah from nuvola teas you mean. i was confused. Good to know as well. i’ve got a few from taiwan tea crafts to go through so i’m excited. If this is any indication of what they have to offer, i may be placing more later. I’m a fan of the free shipping over 25$ for sample sizes as well…which are nearly an ounce!

ashmanra

My first came from A Southern Season and I still have some of that. My second was the very very best, but Shui Tea went out of business and I can’t get anymore. Boo hoo! Nuvola was my third.

Terri HarpLady

I’m looking forward to trying these! :)

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drank Ripe Raspberry by Kally Tea
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Another Kally tea that I need to work on (let’s not talk about the 2 I have that I haven’t even tried…) tonight, I do not like this one. I’m not sure if I steeped it too long or what but its a sour unlikeable cup of tea. Ill try again tomorrow maybe, or as a cold brew and see if this is better, since I clearly didn’t mind it at one point according to my tasting note….

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drank Tangerine Spice by Kally Tea
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I realized today that even though I have some teas nearing sipdowns, I have some old-er teas that I should work on drinking or just figure out that I should pass them on ASAP. Kally teas are the oldest in my cupboard if I’m remembering right, though when I say “old” they’re still within 8 months or so. I’m working on not only reducing my cupboard size but getting down to a smaller group of teas of which I keep maybe2oz at most if I drink them weekly. That way I’m drinking them when they’re fresh and sending more time enjoying all the teas I have.

I still like this one, though it wasn’t my favourite Kally tea. It’s not a tea that ages super well, so it’s become a bit milder, which isn’t a bad tug. Over all though, still an enjoyable up of tea.

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drank Chai by Red Blossom Tea Company
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mmmmm sipping on a cup of this today after being out in the downpour. We walked to the grocery store in the rain and after getting back. this is exactly the tea i wanted. It’s not cold outside but it offered that spicey warmth to warm me up from the cool rain and coming in to dry off. I added a bit of milk and sweetner to this and it is delicious! i like the slightly citrus edge that is in this chai without being overpowering. For sure one of top chai teas.

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drank Miami Mango by Steep City Teas
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I pulled this one out of the cupboard today to give it another try. I have to say, i’m not sure if it’s the age or just what i was in the mood for but it’s tastier than i remember it being. I think i’d like to try this cold at some point as well so see how it fares as an iced tea since i do like fruity iced teas. Even though there are a few flowers in here, it’s not enough to make the blend floral….which is a HUGE plus for me.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Black Currant by Fusion Teas
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another tea from nxtdoor This one smells like harney and sons black currant tea but much more intense. I brewed this as a hot brew and after tasting it, knew that i’d prefer this cooled down. So i tossed it in the fridge and once it was cooled added a small splash of sugar to this. delicious! i actually prefer this one to H&S since it’s even more black curranty. thanks for sharing nxt door! Going to try the last of my sample as a straight cold brew i think.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank SBT: Razzleberry by 52teas
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I had a bit more of this tonight while relaxing with my other half after some much required running around today. We got to sit and watch some Hannibal so that was nice. :) My opinion hasn’t changed much on this…it’s decent but not out of this world and i might as well make other teas cold brewed since i’ve got lots in the house rather than buying these packs :) Still though…maybe an option for when i get my cupboard back down.

Lala

Oh man! I LOVE Hannibal! Creepy, I know.

Sil

it’s REALLY well done. i didn’t buy in to the hype and only started watching it when i found out it had been renewed for a second season but it’s quite enjoyable…

Lala

I agree. The casting is perfect for the show.

Terri HarpLady

I’ve only watched one episode…I’ll probably watch the rest of them back to back some weekend

Sil

Yeah we did that in Cuba….it was our night time tv show to watch after sitting on the balcony watching the sun go down…

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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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