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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
7171 tasting notes

I picked this tea out in the morning to christen my new Timolino with! Keychange was awesome and sent me her old timolino so now i a) finally have a timolino b) have an awesome purple timolino c) get to see if i am in love with timolino’s after all. It was a pretty good deal in my books since i got to spoil her a little in return for her awesome generosity! So i picked Nina’s Japon…mostly because i wanted an excuse to open that package LOL I have to say..need to drink from it a bit more but so far i am loving the timlino. I want to compare heat loss to my contigo’s since i didn’t pay attention today. Plus side of timolino? so much nicer to hold in my hands. upside to contigo’s? my finum brew baskets drop nicely in them. I suspect i’ll love them both for different needs and reasons in the end lol

Now to the other part of my day. TERRI sent me the BBB Box, along with the teas we picked up from awkward soul AND her box of tea (likely as payback for christmas box that i sent her in addition to the BBB box that came). Now… I was nearing 130 the other day. And then Keychange sent me some teas…which nearly put me to 140. I have a swap from shmiracles inbound, teas with cavocorax and kittenna…that could come any day… and now teas from VariaTEA are on their way.

You might be wondering HOW many teas terri sent me? 60. that’s right.. SIXTY TEAS! so now i have 2 weeks to get to 140… down from what i’m now sitting at – 197. I might as well go buy 3 teas just to be at an even 200. eep! that’s 57 teas in…17 days, ignoring any other teas that come in (which we know are GOING to come in…) that’s basically 3.5 sipdowns a day. Thankfully a number of terri’s teas are smaller samples…and anything that isn’t…well dexter and cavo…look out! bwahahahahahaha (and you teafairy…and pretty much anyone else who loves black teas and whose address i have ha!)

VariaTEA

If it comforts you at all, I sent you sample sizes that fit nicely in a letter envelope. So basically two cups or one Sil-size cup each. Plus I got lazy and didn’t feel like going through your cupboard so no bonus teas this time, just the ones you requested. I was being nice :P

Sil

lol i hear you on that. there will be more packages i’m sure. Of course this just means i have even more incentive NOT to place any orders….with the exception being damn fine teas if i try them tomorrow and MUST HAVE THEM (since terri sent me samples!)

VariaTEA

Haha. For so long I didn’t order tea. Then I got under 100 and I felt it was safe to do swaps again and place a couple orders. And just like that I almost doubled my teas in a week. Luckily, a fair bit are samples.

Also, I have been looking at RiverTeas website for months now but have resisted buying as I know Roswell Strange is sending me a bunch of different samples to try. I am getting better at holding off on orders until I tried some teas first, that way I can avoid ordering a bunch of things I don’t like.

Sil

Yep! I usually place 1-2 orders a month but i could potentially manage to get through all of March….what’s worrisome is that if i DO want to pick up the limited edition from damn fine tea…that will be another 5 tins since i might as well restock everything lol sooooo 15oz+

VariaTEA

Oh dear. So much tea. My Cornelia Bean order was like that since each tea I got had to be a minimum of 50 g.

keychange

hahah…you didn’t “spoil me a little” you overhauled my cupboard! what you guys don’t know is that including samples from swaps, I have way, way more tea than it seems. Maybe I should join the “add swap samples to cupboard” club. Oh, and sil, what I do is steep my tea in the timilino upside down…maximum leaf water contact, yo!!

Sil

I don’t know WHAT you’re talking about key change….that’s was just a little ;)

Roswell Strange

RiverTea blends are on their way! There’s quite a few there for you to try!

Terri HarpLady

Did those boxes actually come I one week? I think that might be a first, as it’s usually 10 – 14 days. Anyway, as always, I tried to include everything in my cupboard that isn’t in yours, including samples from all the Devotea teas. What I didn’t include was the teas I’m planning to share in the next BBBB, & I can’t remember if I included samples of the stuff Tea Explorer sent? I might have saved some of those for next time, because that might have required a third box!

Sil

lol yeah they came technically thrs :) I was suprised! you included maybe 1 tea from the tea explorer that i remember, and a couple from charlotte zero… I have a box for you…but i’m waiting to add a few more. Plus i need to decide what to do with the BBB Box.. i have a couple options :)

Terri HarpLady

No rush, take your time…I think I’m siting at 312 or so, & have barely touched the also BBBB

Sil

haha it’s not quite full yet..but when it is, off it goes!

Terri HarpLady

noo….not yet!

Sil

probably April is my guess since i now have to drink up your teas before i dive in to my other teas i haven’t shared with you yet lol

Terri HarpLady

hahahahaha
I still have a ton of teas from you that I haven’t even tried yet!

Sil

..and that’s my problem..how? :)

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94
drank Sichuan Caravan by Verdant Tea
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My cup of this today from this morning was really quite pleasant. I steeped it a little longer to try and bring out more of the spiciness to it and it seemed to work. It’s still not as good as the first batch i had, but i’m still loving it!

CelebriTEA

A very nice tea

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84
drank French Breakfast by Mariage Frères
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soooooooo my notes are going to be pretty lazy tonight. Had a long day at work, went for a walk in the sun after work and then came home to try and start sorting out the GIANT BOXES of tea that Terri sent me. it’s taken me half the evening to get them all in to my cupboard. This tea was my morning tea (one of) and was a delicious start to the day. but was also like 15 hrs ago lol

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93
drank L'Automne by Fauchon
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last tea of the evening…so close to finishing up so many teas. :) Two packages supposedly waiting for me tomorrow so i’m a little scared of my impending cupboard implosion…BUT it’s still 2 weeks until the end of the month…so i’m not worried.. 140 here i come!

Final Count: 139 (soon to be much, much higher lol)

VariaTEA

Two weeks?! It is amazing how time flies but now I am freaking out a little because of all the crap I need to do before classes end near the beginning of April

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78
drank Campfire Blend by Verdant Tea
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ah ma gd! bathtime tea! followed by getting bored and painting my finger and toe nails and not late to bed! lol going to be a sleep girl tomorrow but i get to test drive my timolino from keychange!!!!!! yaaa!!

keychange

yaaayayayayayayaaaa!!!

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78
drank Ginger & Lemon Myrtle by Lupicia
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first of the Lupicia teas i jointly ordered with Cavocorax This was one of those random, toss in teas because i’m looking for more herbals that cavo jumped on board for sharing with me, even though neither of us knew what we were getting in to. This one is quite pleasant. As always though, i want MOAR ginger! I love that spiciness that comes from good ginger in a tea. Mostly, this is lemon myrtle with a hint of ginger…but it was tasty. I’ll have to see if i can coax a little more ginger out of this in future steepings. Thanks for sharing this one with me cavo!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

want! I bet I would like this. he he

Cavocorax

Thanks for sharing with me! :D

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86

oh keychange..what have you done! I was almost at 130! haha back up to 139 now but i had to have a cup of this tonight since it’s been so long since i’ve had it. I wanted to see if it tasted as good as i recall. It does. Maybe even better, since i’ve grown to love these sorts of teas even more since i went off to china :) Thanks so much for passing off your unwanted tea to me keychange! I will love it for you heh!

VariaTEA

I benefitted from her dislike of this as well. It is a tasty tea to have around. My roommate is going to search for barley tea for me as she says they are quite similar.

Sil

from what i recall this does taste like orzo from lupicia. I can send you some once i get into that package lol

keychange

You know what they say…one man’s pleasure is another man’s chore!…glad you guys like it!

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89
drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
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mmmmm western brew mostly just to taste it compared to the bu lang. I’m undecided about which one i like better when steeped western brew for extended periods of time. I am going to miss this one when i’m done – only a cup or so left.

Edit: Mid Day count: 132 (and now to add in keychange’s teas!)

Stephanie

Western brew of this one is crazy good!

TheTeaFairy

Think I’m gonna fix myself a western brew…just cause I can!!!

Garret

I am so glad that I bought all of this in 2009 when I first tasted it. I knew it was going to open up in flavor in a few years. We have several teahouses/coffeehouses/restaurants that we sell this to who are brewing it up Western style. I love it that way, too! So glad you are enjoying it!

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Dexter inspired me. I’m sure i’ve had this before but i guess i forgot to log it? I’m too lazy to deal with a gaiwan today so i just made this up as a western brew and let it steep. for ages. sooo good! i’m almost tempted to add a splash of milk or maple syrup to this but i’ll opt for passing on that this time,. Instead i’m just enjoying this bold cup of delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Dexter

Glad to inspire you. The question is: Am I nuts, or is this similar – in a toned down version sort of way – to Special Dark when western steeped for quite awhile?

Sil

in some ways..this one tastes better than the western brew of special dark…though i like western brew of special dark after a few steepings..if that makes sense.. they’re similar and yet different as you mentioned :)

Stephanie

I need to try this one western

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85
drank Cookie by Lupicia
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Katiek was awesome enough to send me some cookie when Lupicia was again out of stock when i was placing my order. I mistakenly read that she was sending me a tea bag and was super happy at even that! What showed up was a whole bag of ten! teabags! She wouldn’t let me send her anything in return so i have been doing my best to share her generosity with a number of Canadians who can’t get Lupicia easily. :) Today, i figured it was time enough for ME to actually try it. haha

So i tried this bag straight, no additives since that’s typically how i take my tea. I will be saving at least one more bag so that i can try this with a little milk, as recommended by Lupicia.

I am a fan of this one, though it’s the after taste i am really enjoying lol. Something in the taste at the tail end of the sip is making me a happy girl! I’m not sure if i’d reach for this before i’d reach for brioche, especially given how much of a pain it is to get this one into my hands but i would love to have some of the loose leaf version in my cupboard eventually. Thank you so much katiek for being awesome and sending this to me!

keychange

I couldn’t believe they sold out right before you guys ordered! don’t they know another country is depending on this being stocked? And I’m going to keep (lovingly) harassing people until I can try some of this also lol

Sil

uh…. there might be some in the box.. lol can’t remember if i had opened it to put one in…. it’s bad…i can’t remember half of what i put in your box lol

keychange

Oh, are you referring to the suitcase? I shall have to rummage around in its depths to see….:P haha

Sil

lol if it’s there, it would be in the unflavoured bag…in a little one…and be squishy and “full” hahaha

Sil

..and by unflavoured bag i mean flavoured lol

keychange

I like squishy things in bags! I’ll check when I get home from work.

Sil

haha. cookie = pyramid sachet. I know there’s at least one more teabag tea in there but it should be round teabags in a ziploc which makes them not squishy/poofy and obviously a much bigger bag lol

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