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So I’m not feeling well today and stayed home to get some rest and sleep. My Tummys been queasy for the entire weekend so I haven’t even wanted much tea. However when my swap box with Terri showed up, I couldn’t resist!

My Internet isn’t working very well today BUT I needed to say that this is one hell of a beautiful smokey tea :)

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Fuzzy_Peachkin

Feel better!

whatshesaid

Enjoy your day of rest! Sounds like you need it with all the crazy work stuff you’ve been mentioning.

Dinosara

Feel better soon!

Barbara

Get well!!

Nicole

Hope you feel better soon. Have any mint tea? :)

Ysaurella

get better soon Sil :)

Sil

Thanks guys. i’m starting to wonder if it’s allergies that are making me feel off all the time.

Mercuryhime

I recommend copious amounts of ginger. Feel better!

Fjellrev

Hope you feel better!

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drank Walk in the Woods by Yumchaa
4831 tasting notes

thank you Scheherazade for this swap! I’m sad to say that we, for whatever reason, decided that rearranging our entire house again was something we wanted to do late into this evening. I blame the purchase of 5 new board games on that.
In any case, as a result i wasn’t able to focus on this tea as much as i wanted to. Overall, it came across as a pretty great cup of tea. Fruity with hints of smokiness from the assam. Luckily i have enough for at least another cup, maybe two, so that i can spend a bit more time focusing on the tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

5 new games? That sounds like a lot of fun!

Barbara

I wouldn’t even be able to name five different board games. ;-)

Sil

Haha we have probably over 50 in the house now if you count individual boxes. Tea and boardgames are some of my favourite things :)

whatshesaid

What games???

Sil

Fortress island; urban sprawl; small world underground; king of Tokyo; fresco and an extra base card set for our dominion collection lol if that means anything to anyone

Terri HarpLady

The last board game I played was Monopoly, a few years ago on New Year’s Day. We had so many people playing we had to combine 2 boards in a figure 8 formation. We used the Star Wars & pirates of the caribean versions. My brothers & I used to often combine games, rewriting the rules when necessary. Monopoly & game of life was our original combo game.
Anyway, my son in law & my boyfriend kept cheating, LOL!

Cavocorax

Cool! I always wanted to try Dominion, but we end up with a lot of Axies&Allies type games. My bf loves games you need to dedicate an entire day to. He bought me a few more casual ones, but I need to learn the rules and teach others and I’m not so good at that.

Sil

dominion is super easy and has lots of repeatability. draw card, play actions, buy something, draw cards :)

infused1

I love Dominion. I don’t get to play often, but it’s really fun when I do. King of Tokyo is decent. I gave a friend Fortress Island for Xmas, so I hope it’s good. Tea and games. What’s better?

Sil

King of Tokyo was to have simpler options for some of our less strategically inclined friends. Is also afamily game, so you know in like 7 years our currently non existent children can play lol

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drank Houjicha by Tsaa
4831 tasting notes

thank you raritea for this interesting tea. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one but i’m always up for trying new teas.

After having a few steeps of this, i’m still not sure how to describe this. It’s woodsy and not really like any green tea that i’ve had. The leaves look much like brown sticks :) There’s an after taste to the tea that’s vegetal and sort of gritty in my mouth. There’s a bit of dryness as well. Overall, really interesting and something i’m glad i got the chance to try!

Amariel

Hojichas are like that, all twiggy. It’s a neat tea actually. I was sad that my local David"s didn’t get the Hojicha Genmaicha. I have a Caramel Hojicha from Bird Pick that is pretty neat. Nice because it can be drunk later and not keep you awake.

Sil

Hmmm caramel version of this sounds interesting. I know nothing about this type of tea so it was totally interesting to try :)

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drank Tropical Mango by Teajo Teas
4831 tasting notes

Thank you to Teajo teas for this sample!

This one hurts my nose. There’s a floral and cinnamoney, spicey scent going on. I can’t entirely say with any accuracy that i’m smelling mango. In sipping this, i don’t taste mango whatsoever. I suspect that this might be a better cold brew than hot, but hot is how i tried it. I do really like the tea base for this one. But in terms of the flavouring, it’s just not what i was hoping for.

Stephanie

Weird! I loved mine :)

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drank Jelly Bean Dream by Della Terra Teas
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wow…not sure what to make of this one. there’s a lot going on in this one. I don’t think the jelly beans add much of anything to this. That being said, it’s a totally candy like blend that this creates. However, there’s quite a bit of hibiscus in this which turns it into a really sweet but terribly tart brew..sounds contradictory but it is. the initial sip is sweet and very nearly strawberry delicious but then it quickly goes tart in my mouth.

Ysaurella

you cannot imagine how much it sounds weird for an European to see tea companies adding jelly beans or marshmallow or sugar candies in a blend…

Sil

yeah, it’s not my favourite thing either.

Anyanka

Plus, jelly beans are heavy and you pay by the ounce! I’m a weirdo and I only eat the black ones anyway.

Sil

mmmm black jelly beans are so good

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drank Peach Oolong by Della Terra Teas
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soooo this isn’t terrible for an oolong. Most of you know how much i “love” oolongs. It’s not an overly peachy tea as the oolong balances out the flavour. I’m pretty sure others who favour oolongs would find this to be a nice addition to their cupboards.

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drank Grapefruit Fusion by Della Terra Teas
4831 tasting notes

stupid sprinkles.

Yeah. that’s right. I DESPISE YOU SPRINKLES! I really can’t stand the sorts of additions to teas that add nothing to them. Tea is pretty enough on it’s on without adding crappy artificial sprinkles and stars and lucky charms into the mix. sigh

So this tea? Doesn’t really remind me of grapefruit at all. Now, for perspective, i love the grapefruit dragon that Stacy created. I have no doubt that somewhere out there, another grapefruit tea exists that isn’t a dragonwell base that might be almost as delicious as Stacy’s Dragonwell.

This tea? it’s not it. It’s got a weird limey orange smell to it that makes my nose wrinkle up in disgust, and the taste is this weird citrus like flavour that turns my stomach. I do not like, though maybe cold brewed it would be better? maybe?

Fuzzy_Peachkin

lol! I haven’t tried any teas with sprinkles because I also look at them and think “What’s the point?” Sprinkles are always so flavorless.

Sil

there are a few with sprinkles that i like..but every time i drink them and see the oily mess they make i’m always just a little disappointed.

Cavocorax

The jelly beans were the oddest addition I think. I’m not a fan of the sprinkles either, although I can forgive DavidsTea for Glitter&Gold.

Terri HarpLady

The idea of sprinkles or glitter in my tea freaks me out, quite honestly.

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drank Rainforest Nectar by Della Terra Teas
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So the nice thing about splitting try me packs 3 ways is that it’s pretty much enough for 2-3 normal people cups or 1 of my cups since that’s all i really want, and can then leave the “extra” for the other 2 people heh. So today, i’m trying to go through the last of the della terra teas we split three ways. I guess technically these are all sipdowns except they’re more like “haha i didn’t have to add this tea to my cupboard” :)

I suspect this tea would make a decent cold brew. Hot? It’s not too shabby. What i like most about it, is the lack of stupid candy, sprinkles or other assorted crap that della adds to their teas that drive me batty. I’m not getting much in the way of kiwi in this – it’s largely a mango, passionfruit tea. However, i think this would truly shine as a cold brew.

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drank Cactus Flower by Della Terra Teas
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Not a fan of the flavours in this one. They kind of jumble together to create a melange of fruity sort of kind of going on thing. I does remind me, as miss lena mentioned, lychee but not the kind of lychee i enjoy in a tea. Overall glad to try this but happy it’s a split with 2 other people :)

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drank Black Dragon Pearls by Tealux
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SIPDOWN!

I still find this to be a rather unexciting black tea. There are far better black dragon pearls out there that i’ve tried, though these aren’t the worst.

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