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drank Raspberry Cream by 52teas
5400 tasting notes

Man! I haven’t had this one in ages! I pulled it out this morning because i didn’t have time to go through my swap box to find an “almost sipdown” tea. I have to say this is one of the few blends frank’s come out with recently that i really like. There’s enough of a raspberry cream like flavour here and none of that bitterness from the black base that some have found with other blends. This one’s a win in my books still!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Cinnamon Swirl Bread by sTEAp Shoppe
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…and it’s time for another round of Sil plays catch up! Holy crap is work busy these days. We’re getting ready for another release weekend on top of having to interview folks and try and finalise a multitude of projects. I’d love to get home before 5 any day now! On the plus side, I have tea with Raritea to look forward to this weekend plus a mini swap and dash with her and Kittenna woot woot! Only downside? My cupboard increases yet again! haha

Same old with this one, though it was a little different this morning. I accidentally mixed it with no.18 from Steven Smith. Yeah i was tired while making tea. The mixture? not half bad as the SS tea but through the cinnamon and delicious just a little. Not much of a change, but a minor change nonetheless. Still a favourite though! woot woot!

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drank Peaches and Cream by Sloane Tea Company
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Sort of a mini sipdown since I used up the last of my sample from lala sadly also likely the last cup of tea for the evening since the power just went out lol. Really glad that I had the chance to try this one and of course pick more up a the sloane sale the other week. I should be just about done with it by the time I run out :) still need to try this cold brewed but I’m still loving the creamy peachiness of this!

Cavocorax

Oh noes! I had the same reaction when our power was out – I was wondering if I needed to fire up the bbq to boil water for my kettle. :P

Cavocorax

(I guess that could go on the “you know you’re addicted” list…

Sil

hahahaha

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soooo this is an oolong alright. a milk oolong at that but it’s nothing amazing, wonderful or otherwise OMG over the top imo. I’ve had better milk oolongs and worse. At the end of the day i think i prefer Sloane’s oolong and there’s at least one other that i’ve tried as well. Not sure what else to say about it besides milk oolong? check. :)

Tealizzy

Do you mean their oolong creme? Why do you prefer it?

Sil

it has a creamier, less typical milky oolong taste to it. it also has a nicer vegetal taste to it as you resteep it…but then, i’m not the best judge of green oolongs :) given that i dislike most of them

Cavocorax

Interesting! I remember going crazy for this one, but it was my first milk oolong so that might have been an unbalanced review. I’ll have to try some others before I grab more. (DTT’s WAS pretty pricy, so I wasn’t about to stock up yet anyway!)

Sil

i’ll send you the sloane version provided i remember :)

Cavocorax

Awesome! Thanks! :)

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drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
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SIPDOWN!(274) I’m still trying to make sure i get at least one sipdown a day to help get my cupboard to a manageable state so that i can do more swaps and try more of ALL THE TEA! I quiet enjoyed this one from me swap with kallieboo, though it’s not something i need to have in my cupboard or love like some others do :) still though, the base is smooth and complements the minty marshmallow goodness well.

Cavocorax

One sip-down a day…. That’s the minimum. One sip-down a day…. NOT the maximum. Woo!

Ugh – maybe I’ve had too much tea this morning? Just catching up on two days worth of tea reviews! :P

Sil

yep..the minimum…the more the better.

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thank you kittyloves tea for a sample of this. sadly i’m gonig to hold off rating it as i think it was contaminated by either teas in the house or by it’s travels. I pretty much took a sip of this and held it in my mouth until i could get near the sink. It tasted like a mouthful of perfume..which this tea is CLEARLY NOT. so i’m fairly certain i can chalk this up to contamination. Ah well! another time! i still appreciate the share :)

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drank Cinnamon Swirl Bread by sTEAp Shoppe
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awe yeah! cinnamon swirl bread is in the house! 4 oz of it. So yes…i’m a happy camper, especially with the resteep value on this one. It was the perfect tea to go along with today’s work fiascos in the morning. I’m really glad i have this now when i want it instead of jsut the memory of it from my swap with tastybrew :)

Tealizzy

Nice! I’m getting low on mine. Aaahhh! At least shipping only takes a day ;)

Sil

for YOU maybe lol mine has to travel to my tea mule and then come up after a weekend :)

Tealizzy

I know. I was just rubbing it in a little ;) Honestly, I wish I could just pick some up in person because they are literally like an hour drive from me. Then I wouldn’t have to pay for shipping!

Sil

haha

Sil

i’ve thought about showing up at stacy’s door….gimme my butiki tea! lol

Tealizzy

Lol! I would do that!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Stacy works out of New Jersey and that’s right next door. I could totally do that! ;-)

Terri HarpLady

I need to try some of this one.

Sil

Oh there will be some sent to you :)

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trying to catch up on my logs. sadly work has been increasingly busy meaning i have time to DRINK tea, most of the time, but not time to write about it.

hallieod sent this one to me in the hopes that I would enjoy it more than she did. I’m pretty sure that experiement was a success since i’m finding this one really nice. Now is it a better tea than #49? hells no! but it’s still a nice black and more than suitable for my morning rotation. This is slightly malty but not overly so. It’s a robust tea that might have a bit of astringency but i’m thinking i steeped this for way less time than most. I’ll have to have more of this one the weekend when i can dedicate more time to it.

thank you so much for sending this my way hallieod

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec
TeaBrat

I must try this #49!

Sil

it’s really nice imo. one of those blends that will eventually become a staple in my cupboard…if i can just get it contained again. eesh

TeaBrat

I should have gone to visit them in Portland, there just wasn’t enough time…

Terri HarpLady

I need to try this one too…
I also need to order some more #49, my stash is getting VERY low!

Sil

I have earmarked some of this for you since hallieod sent me the rest of her bag…aka most of it :)

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76
drank Berry Chocolate by Kally Tea
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not quite a sipdown unless someone wants the last of this to try lol. Still not a bad rooibos, though it’s not my favourite. It’s not a rooibos with that distinctive “rooibos” taste so it’s good in my books :)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank White Chocolate by sTEAp Shoppe
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So i have a confession, which isn’t that big of a deal, but i hate white chocolate. it’s like chocolate, only without the “good” stuff. Cavocorax was awesome enough to let me steal a cup of this tea from our order with Janet at the steap shoppe (big shout out to janet for her amazing customer service by the way!).

The dry blend smells delicious. It’s chocolate and yet not quite the chocolate smell that i associate with white chocolate. There’s an undertone of vanilla in the smell as well. There is rose hip in here, but there is nothing floral about this blend.

The liquid form of this tea could be called white chocolate, but i’m not sure if i’ve ever had white chocolate that tastes like this :) My other half says that this does taste like white chocolate, at the end of the sip. I’m getting more of a vanilla chocolate taste, but it’s still pretty good and the tea base is nice. I think this could be one of those teas i enjoy from time to time while not a regular member of my official lineup lol
thanks again cavo for letting me sneak some of this before i send it to you! (also yay for not having to add it to my cupboard)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Hallieod

You’re not alone in hating white chocolate! I couldn’t eat it now anyway, but the only point to it I could ever see is making less of a mess when ‘eaten’ by little kids. For values of ‘eaten’ which involve getting on face, getting on clothes, getting in hair…

Kittenna

Wait… didn’t I order this one!?

Kittenna

Oh – I see we both did :D Whew!

Sil

silly goose. I figured if i snuck a taste from cavo, you would have more to share with raritea if she wanted a try lol since i’m sending stuff to cavo currently anyway heh

Cavocorax

I’m not normally into white chocolate either – it tastes kinda fake and plasticky to me. Maybe I just buy too much cheap chocolate. As a tea I have better hopes though. It can’t possibly taste like plastic!

Sil

it doesn’t lol

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