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79
drank Cinnamon Plum by The Naked Leaf
4026 tasting notes

GCTTB
Another one from the Naked Leaf that less expensive than the blergamot one. I really enjoyed this one even though i accidentally let it get cold. I think this would be nice with a bit of honey or steeped with apple juice, similarly to the elderberry from verdant that i like. On the whole, it was nice getting to try out a few new teas and vendors through the travelling teabox. The downside being that because i only sampled a few teas, it was almost a challenge to make room for my teas hahaha. I don’t envy variaTEA :P

Amariel

Blergamot…love it!

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74
drank Bergamot Sage by The Naked Leaf
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GCTTB

Another one from the box that i’ve added to steepster since i couldn’t’ find it anywhere. Soooo for the record, i almost added this to steepster as Blergamot Sage. heh. I picked this one because i was curious how the evil B would fare in a herbal. Turns out that this is a nice enough balance of B and other flavours, that it didn’t overwhelm or overpower things. It took a back seat to the sage, peppermint and lemon thyme and verbena. Even the peppermint blended nicely. The only downside, as i discovered in transposing info from the website…i think this company might be off their rocker in terms of pricing.
18$ for 50g of a herbal? on what planet? was i just drinking liquid gold? eesh! otherwise… a pretty tasty blend.

TheTeaFairy

Oh, great news in the tea world, there might be a tiny little spot in Sil’s life for B after all… Happy tea dance (maybe that’s what Farrell and the weird yellow things are dancing and singing about???)

VariaTEA

I thought I was shocked reading that you willingly drank a B tea but shock really set in when I read “18$ for 50g of a herbal”. I mean WHAT?!?! Are they on crack???

OMGsrsly

Sil will try any blergamot tea people send her, I’m pretty sure. If I had a more cruel sense of humour, I’d probably send her a box of blergh. :)

Sil

OMG – oh god… that would be so awful… i’d HAVE to try them..it would be like unwrapping a christmas present to find…like dirty laundry.

TF – haha that’s a funny mental picture
VT – I KNOW! right?

VariaTEA

Haha. I can just picture Sil getting all excited for a surprise package only to open it and start cursing OMGsrsly as she flips on the kettle.

Sil

i would probably cry…and yeah…go turn on the kettle lol

OMGsrsly

I might slip in one, Sil, but never a whole box!

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54
drank Maple Chai by The Naked Leaf
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GCTTB

A miss for me. I had high hopes for this one but sadly upon brewing it, it became largely a mess of bitter black tea with hints of cinnamon and ginger. Disappointing but im’ glad i got to try it since this totally would have been something i would have ordered!

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76
drank Spiced Green by The Naked Leaf
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GCTTB

I quite like this one. Thankfully the licorice root isn’t overpowering the rest of the tea, turning it into a sweet hot mess. I dislike i when licorice does that! I wish the ginger was a little more present in this one, so that it was a bit spicier, but overall it was pretty darn good! Love travelling tea boxes!

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75
drank Strawberry Splash by Tealux
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GCTTB
Another green from the box. I figure since i don’t typically buy greens, travelling boxes are a good way to try more! This one is quite tasty, which is a nice surprise since i’ve found that i much prefer tealux’s straight teas to their flavoured teas. just enough strawberry to make this one a positive experience for me, without the green taking over and making it grassy. Also, not sour, which makes me happy.

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82
drank Green Mandarin Orange by The TeaCupany
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GCTTB I figure i need to try the last few teas from the tea box that i really wanted to try and get the rest on the move. I wanted to try this one even though it was a green because i enjoyed the other teas that dexter had shared with me from the tea cupany. I just haven’t had a chance to actually place an order myself….yet.

I really like this one. What’s funny though, is that i could love it even more as a puerh. The flavouring in this one reminds me a LOT of the puerhs that are put into the orange rinds. It’s for sure a mandarin flavour though, not strictly orange and that is whats makes me happy with it i think. Another win from the tea cuppany!

Dexter3657

Happy you liked this one.
Why am I not drinking/sampling more of my TeaCupanny teas?

Sil

because you have 23408234098 teas…

Dexter3657

Really? Is that the problem? I need to work on that… :))

Sil

HAHAHA

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72
drank Noël à Venise by Dammann Freres
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this tea came from me from the lovely Ysaurella I wan’t sure how i’d feel about it, and i’m sorry to say that after having my first cup…i’m still not really sure :) this has a lemon taste to it but it’s dull and flat. It’s almost as if the tea forgot to wake up. I’ll have to play around with the steeping parameters and see if i can coax a little more out of this one :) Nonetheless, appreciate the share since this is one i was looking at buying myself in future heh

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66
drank Peach Vanilla by CaesarsTea
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Thanks VariaTEA! this tea smells wonderful…more vanilla than peach, but totally ok with me given my declining deire for peach teas in my life. However, brewed…this is a different beast. It becomes a sort of weirder black tea that isn’t quite peachy or vanilla like. It reminds me of something, though i can’t quite place it. Ah wel…can’t win ’em all!

Lynxiebrat

LOL. Sounds like that tea should be named Amnesia.

Sil

:) heh

VariaTEA

Haha. I am not a lover of this one but my roommate really enjoyed it so I sent a sample along anyways. She calls it wood shop tea if that helps you place the weirdness.

Sil

i think i’d really like this if i was in my peach phase. But i’m off peach so i’m finding they fall flat. still good to try though!

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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sooo i’m lazy and can’t seem to find a tea sent to me by VariaTEA (indirectly from Roswell Strange) soooo here it goes.

Joie de Vivre from Camelia S. I dind’t think i would like this one much given that it is a green and appeared to be floral in nature. Most people who have ever swapped with me know though, that i’ll try nearly anything…as evidenced by the alarming number of teas with bergamot in them that i’ve tried. BLECH. :) This one, was as i expected…a little too floral in nature for me in addition to the green base. I can handle small amounts of floral with black bases, but otherwise they generally make me cringe. However, as always…love trying new teas so thank you VariaTEA (and Roswell Strange)

OMGsrsly

BLERGAMOT. :D

Sil

hahaha

OMGsrsly

Every time I see “Earl Grey”, I think “BLERGAMOT! tee hee!” It’s getting to be an issue, Sil.

Sil

no more of an issue than ppl using it in teas and ruining perfectly delicious teas grin

Sami Kelsh

My boyfriend loves tea, but says Earl Grey tastes like old dishwater. I’m introducing him to the term “blergamot”. So thank you for that.

Sil

haha glad i could help :)

VariaTEA

Joie de Vivre is from my roommate, not Roswell Strange haha. And I didn’t think about it but on steepster it is called Rose & Cherry (http://steepster.com/teas/camellia-sinensis/21318-rose-and-cherry). Being in Montreal, I get the French names written on my bags. I am sorry you didn’t like it. I tried to send teas I knew you had not tried before and this one stood out. However, of the Camellia Sinensis teas I have tried, this is one of my least favorites. I should have just sent more Ombrelle de Papier :P.

Sil

oopsy.. guess i had RS on the brain. thank your roomate for me! I like new teas haha I did think it might be the rose and cherry but played it safe :)

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77
drank Demain by Nina's Paris
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another surprise sample from Nina’s in my joint order with cavo. While this one is quite lovely, it IS a green tea, which i am always less inclined to purchase than a black/honeybush/rooibos simply because of my tastes. I do like the raspberry and strawberry flavour in this one though, so i wouldn’t hesitate to have small amounts of this in future :)

Christina

And this was the other tea that I ordered from Nina’s! I am really looking forward to trying this.

Sil

well i hope they live up to your excitement. I enjoyed them a bunch :)

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