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drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
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this was one of my other teas from today. I had a much less eventful day than yesterday but i still didn’t get much tea drinking done. I’m kind of hoping that tomorrow will make up for it since i have something waiting for me at the post office, a near future date with cavocorax to swap some things AND at probably 2-3 more packages coming in the mail in addition to my butiki order. and i’m contemplating a couple orders tonight haha.

Still loving this one, though i much prefer it in a mug to my travel mugs. there’s something lacking when i can’t inhale the delicious aroma while drinking it!

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hello sweetie…

so i likely won’t get any sipdowns in today and my cupboard may likely explode in short order but I don’t care. I’m working from home tomorrow to get my tea drinking on AND next week should be a good one with at least 2 extra days of tea drinking, hanging at home enjoying things days!

I’m nearly done this one, but all that makes me want to do is plan another purchase. or five. that’s ok right? goals are meant to be broken as long as you’re having fun? :)


Sil, I think you could argue this is a staple in your cupboard. You are allowed to replace staples.


haha yeah but it’s the other stuff i’d get with it! :)


well, you have to justify shipping costs somehow…

Terri HarpLady

I’m almost out of this one AGAIN!

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sometimes i wish the images in my head could just be there. I had a long day. started work at 7:15am….finished at 9:45. No dinner ‘cause i’m too exausted to eat and only a morning snack. But i came home…finished things up..watched some videos of golden retriever puppies…read some tea tasting notes and now…now i’m going to curl up in the bed and watch a short episode of bad tv before i head to bed.

However, i had this tea in the morning and it was amaaazing for today. so ha! more importantly as i do a touchdown victory dance in the end zone of my warped mind…i received my teavivre order today and I’M STILL UNDER 150! BOOOYAAAA!!!! short lived victories are still victories.. ohbyeah! oh yeah woot woot!



That’s a damn sweet victory, yo. Hope tomorrow will be better. Lest stupid people will be getting fists in the face.

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drank Breakfast Blend by Fortnum & Mason
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sipdown! YAY! maybe when i pick up my teavivre order tonight i won’t be above 150. maybe. Had this to kick off the morning with a splash of maple syrup to make it a little tastier. there’s a bit of snow falling here over the past couple of days so i am LOVING IT! nothing says winter like getting to wear my rubber boots to work everyday. :)

not a repurchase but nothing i would turn up my nose at in future :)

Terri HarpLady

I really like this one! Glad you included it in the box :)


I had the afternoon blend you included yesterday with some maple syrup. A whole new world has been opened up to me!!!


hahaha maple syrup is godly…esp in smokey teas


I probably shouldn’t admit this, especially to a Canadian ;-), but I don’t like maple syrup (kind of like telling an oregonian you don’t like salmon – which I don’t). I’ve never liked pancakes. Waffles with whipped cream or french toast with powdered sugar are ok. But maple syrup, so not for me….

BUT… I am finding I like maple flavors in some teas. And the maple syrup in tea was super good. So maybe there’s hope for me….?


hmmm, it’s good in smokey teas, eh? how much do you usually put in? this sounds like it might go well with the queen!!


TastyBrew, maple syrup isn’t my favourite, but I love it in tea. For pancakes and waffles and french toast, I prefer yogurt and jam. :)


Key change…play it by ear :) in my travel mug (16oz) I use maybe a tsp half but for some tea s il Ike more or less. I find I don’t need a lots once. I don’t like my tea to be. Sweet….I just like the maple flavour with the. Smoke…

Terri HarpLady

Oh yeah, baby, Maple & smoke!! It gives the smokey teas such an awesomeness. Maple, smoke, & ginger is also very nice :)
Of course, I also like my smokey teas plain, it just depends on my mood.

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drank Creme Brulee Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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My matcha was composed of the following:
Size : Small
Matcha Quality: Starter (Basic Grade)
Flavor: Distinctive

I adore Creme Brulee…but it is one of those desserts that is so VERY hard to find done well. The custard inside needs to be just right or the texture doesn’t allow me to fully enjoy the creamy carmelised sugar and the overall wonderfulness of the tea.
I tend to prefer Red Leaf’s creamier flavours so i figured i would pick this one up in one of my orders. Since I am sending this off to CHAroma, i figured i’d better at least try it haha. It’s late but i figured a small serving of this should do too much damage.
Opening this, I don’t get much in the way of creme brulee aroma. Instead it just smells vaguely creamy. I whipped this up in latte form, since that’s pretty much how i drink 90% of my matcha in the winter and took an initial sip.
Final verdict on this? it’s creamy…and reminds me of the custard flavour in creme brulee…but it’s missing the delicious burnt sugar taste that i love. I also think this would be one of those flavours where the Robust level flavouring might really make it pop. I can see that Tastybrew loves it, but hers is Robust. over all this reminds me more of the memory of creme brulee than actuall eating creme brulee. It’s like the faintest whisper reminding you of the dessert you had the other night. I’d give this another shot though in a stronger flavouring so that makes it ok by me! :)
Buy it here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/creme-brulee-matcha.html

(also…yay for sipdowns!mwahahaha)


I’ve never actually had creme brulee before because it sounds like it would have a weird texture. And so many eggs! WTH.

I get that from all the creamier Red Leaf flavours, just a vague creamy flavour. It’s a yummy flavour, but they can be so hard to tell apart.

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…..and that’s a wrap on these two teas. sooo good as a latte tonight!

Even with the teas I received today i’m still only at 143 :) that still buys me some time to get down a bit further in my cupboard before my butiki order arrives (15+teas!)


Uhhh.. You do realize I’m bringing samples too right?


Heh. She’s getting even more from me in our swap. This will get fun really fast! :)


Yeah…I’m pretty much screwed lol the BBB box is also going to be arriving….was well as possibly a swap with CHAroma. Dexter has teas for me too….lol but hey…gotta keep working on my goals as if they can be accomplished! Halving my cupboard took patience and time! Haha

Terri HarpLady

Yep, there are teas headed your way from St. Louis!!
Everyone send Sil more tea! We gotta trash her numbers so she quits making me look like a sipdown slacker, Mwahahahaha!


you ARE a sipdown slacker…nothing you do to me will change that hahaha


Hahahahaha. I’m with Terri! Who else can send Sil samples? I’ve got her address! :P

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I don’t think I’ve had a sipdown in a few weeks.
I also haven’t counted my teas, or printed up my monthly tea collection inventory this month. I’m just too busy right now!
But I’m not too busy to drink them, & I’ll get a serious tea count by the end of the year, just in time to print up my Tea Collection Inventory on New Year’s Day! Just for the unofficial record, I suspect that I’m back up around 300+, LOL.


awe my post didn’t post.. what i tried to say was terri…you’ll be at 350+ with MY box that needs to come to you haha

Terri HarpLady

Oh well, the more tea the merrier :D


Oh my gosh! 15 Butiki teas! Heaven! :D

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I had this today as well but i’ve got to try it again. I was distracted at work and didn’t pay this it’s fullest attention. It seemed a bit weak but that may have been because i underleafed it.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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morning tea! so busy today with work things but i did have this to keep me company and yay for that!


So not tea related but… I bought cranberry ginger ale today at longo’s! I never had it but after all the talk on here about it, as soon as I saw it (I wasn’t looking for it) I smiled at grabbed it.


aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! must. go. to. longo’s.

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drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
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sipdown! (139) Nearly through my remaining 52 teas, which was a mini goal of mine as well since i tend to hoard them. Only 3 left in my cupboard :) I enjoyed this one quite a bit as a honeybush tea, though i likely won’t end up restocking it. There are other flavours frank does much better that i MUCH prefer! :)

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I’m drinking this over the course of the afternoon – gongfu style. I have trouble with some of verdant’s puerhs in that they all taste very similar and generic. I will add more later, but at the moment i am getting very little that others have gotten while sipping on this one.

Edit: yeah…future steeps left this tea closed off to me. oh well…there’s always another!


afternoon? yeah….. i guess it is. morning!


Time difference goober!

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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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