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drank Taurus by Nina's Paris
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(240 ‘cause apparently i did toss this one in my cupboard) Another sample from Laurent and one of the ones i’ve been most looking forward too. I love me a good strawberry cream tea (thank you nicole for the additional walter bishop you sent!!!!!!!!!!)

this tea smells divine! holy strawberries batman!this…this is reaaaaallly good. It’s not at all like walter bishop or the other strawberry rooibos blends i’ve had. it’s different. and equally delicious. it’s like a juicy strawberry burst open in my mouth. slightly artificial but not in the strawberry starburst kind of way…just a more like strawberry flavour than fresh strawberries picked from the garden.

this one is really good….i can see this being tasty cold brewed AND with sweetner/milk in it. really nice!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Quatre Fruits Rouges by Nina's Paris
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after the major influx of teas today i find myself jumping from 211 to 241, not including a couple of samples from nina’s that i’m going to drink right away so they don’t bump up my total. That number will go up on monday, so goal is to try and get through as many of the 1-2 cup samples that nicole sent me as possible this weekend. That way when i place my butiki order i won’t feel so guilty. lol

Soooo welcome to 241. More math to be done on sunday lol

I am enjoying this one from nina’s paris. This sample came in teabag form, which was pretty great to try out. I have a feeling that their tea bags are something i may add a few of to my cupboard for work, once i get around to placing an order. I think this could be a fairly good cold brew at the end of the day.

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drank Thé des Songes by Le Palais des Thes
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sipdown!(211) Sort of the official last one of the day that counts since i’m about to add all the teas that came in the mail today into my cupboard. At least i ALMOST made it to 200 before the teas came..i would have if they had waited until monday haha.

oh well…half the fun for me is the neverending battle to get my cupboard under control. I like setting goals and having fun trying to get to them lol. Plus this weekend i get to re-organise my cupboard and package up teas to go out to the girls involved with the BBBB…as well as family mail and tea out to nicole! since i found extra of a tea she wanted heh.

Life is good! 3 hours of sleep from last night and i’m still not falling over yet. Dresses to peruse at BR tomorrow and orders to consider!

Thanks to shmiracles for sending this one my way! i’ve enjoyed it but it’s not quite a restock for me. still happy to have been able to enjoy a few cups of this one while i’ve had it.

Terri HarpLady

Yay to lots & lots of TEAS! hahahaha

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drank Black Beauty by Mandala Tea
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I feel like this tea is a different tea from the first time I had this tea. Today I am not enjoying this nearly as much. There’s a strange bitterness here that I don’t like. Hmmmm will need to rethink this one.

Terri HarpLady

I hate when that happens.

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drank Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble by DAVIDsTEA
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Sip down! Haha I warned you…lots of small cups :)

I am super grateful to Kittenna for “encouraging” me to pick this up before it was gone. I would repurchase this for sure, which speaks volumes to the tea since there are very few David’s teas that I’d repurchase :) it’s just the right amount of sweet, tart and crumbley hehe

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drank Easter Tea by Dammann Freres
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Sip down! Final verdict on this tea is that I am a fan. Maybe not enough to restock as a permanent member of my collection, but something I would for sure stock off and on. Thanks again shmiracles for letting me try this one!

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drank Black Raspberry by Trail Lodge Tea
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Sip down! Last of this cup from Terri….enjoying a bunch of my single cup servings to get them out of my cupboard before I reorganize this weekend :). Enjoy this even though its slightly weak in terms of the strength of flavour. But it’s still really tasty!

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drank Caramel Vanilla Assam by Butiki Teas
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You know when you’re sure there’s a sip down and then evethough you drink giant mugs of tea, there just isn’t enough to actually sip down? So now I have enough left for a single “normal” cup of this tea. I’m ok with that as there is a large butiki order planned in my near future. It’s actually part of the reason I’m trying to figure out which teas I’m very nearly done with to sipthem down and make room for them to come back OR be replaced with other butiki teas.

This one is very nearly always going to be a restock. I love the blending of the caramel, vanilla and Assam. Stacy pretty much rocks my world, even the blends I don’t love as much are always expertly crafted and have their merits :)

infused1

It’s hard to decide what to order from Butiki, isn’t it?
I got this one in my new order. I’m not a fan of blacks, but this gets such good reviews I decided to try it. Maybe I’ll take the plunge this morning.

Sil

Infused – some of Stacy’s black teas are amazing even for my friends who don’t like black teas.

Cavocorax

I love this one. Undecided if I like it more than the regular Taiwanese Assam or not so I keep ordering both. :P

Sil

I actually like the straight black better but since every day I bring a straight tea and a flavoured to work in my travel mugs, this works well having it around haha

infused1

I tried it an hour ago, and am afraid I’m not a fan. Maybe I need to sweeten it? I’ll try again, but I think it’s going to be a case of “It’s not you, it’s me…”

Sil

Not every tea is a win for everyone haha which is a good thing :)

Terri HarpLady

infused, if you tend to sweeten, I would because that will really bring out the caramel & vanilla. I like this straight, but I also like it sweet. Just saying :)

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drank Assam #1 by thepuriTea
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Sip down! No way I’m going in to work on 3 hours of sleep…so maybe, just maybe I can catch up on some of my single cups that have been inviting to be had.

So final verdict on this Assam? It’s not the variety I really enjoy. It’s not a bad cup but its the wrong kind of fruity and it borders on being a little bitter/astringent even steeped at a lower temperature and brew time. I’m glad I tried it, but I’m not sad I’ve finished it up :)

Cavocorax

Oh, boo! Guess I better stop complaining about the baby getting me up so early because I can usually nap later on…

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drank Breakfast Smoothie Honeybush by 52teas
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I have to stay up to test things for work. I’m sleepy…so i’m drinking honeybush blends just in case i get to go to bed earlier than i thought. though they’re behind schedule. bah! Not a huge fan of this one but it’ll do in a pinch and i need to get through these 52 teas! haha

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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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