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man another winner from Terriharplady I’m so terribly torn because after trying out these three from A&D i really want to order the tiger assam but holy crap that’s 4.4oz. That being said it appears to be free shipping today, even for the 25$ priority shipping to canada…so that would be a serious win if i do it.

This tea? Also a great one, though if i had to pick only won, the tiger assam would win first since it’s such a great smooth blend. This one has that same smoothness but there’s an added splash of bitterness in the cup that goes well with the tea but makes it just a little less delicious than the other. So glad i got the chance to try these since the 4.4oz is for sure a barrier when you’ve never had even a try. :)

Anyanka

Just go for it, I got the three pack like a crazy tea hoarder. :)

Sil

haha if i do it, it’ll likely just be the one since i find 4oz a lot to go through because i have so many tea varieties in my cupboard.

Terri HarpLady

LOL, I got the three pack, plus the 4th tea. There’s just no sense of self-control in my life! I’m glad you enjoyed it, I thought you would, & I agree, the Tiger Assam is the most awesome! :D

Cavocorax

:P Glad to hear the Tiger Assam is the best because that’s the one I gambled on and bought. Also, I like the pretty tin.

Sil

The 4th tea is a giant no for me given its a dreaded bergamot tea

Anyanka

Finally, a fellow bergamot hater! Ptooey.

Sil

lol yeah no. bergamot is just. wrong. I think the only tea with bergamot in it that i like is upton’s earl grey creme i think it was? because to me it’s just a lemon custard flavoured tea. lol

Terri HarpLady

Bergamot is very iffy for me. For a long time I hated every bergamot blend, but there are a few I’ve tried lately that have actually been pleasant! Smith’s is probably the best one I’ve ever had, & A&D’s is good too. I think most companies use cheap/phony flavorings, rather than real bergamot oil. Mostly I avoid them, but I’ve been on a bergamot sampling thing for a few weeks, mainly to add some novelty to Tony’s life, as he LOVES earl grey, & also to inform myself of his preferences for future presents, LOL. He LOVES the one from Smith, he even asked me last weekend, “Did you bring that awesome Earl with you?” Now I have a few that I like, although I still prefer straight Black.

Sil

well i know you sent me a couple so i WILL be trying them :) maybe i’ll find some unexpected enjoyment from a couple of them

Anyanka

DON’T DO IT! TURN BACK NOW!

Sil

Lol. I’m fairly confident you won’t lose me to the berg side :)

Terri HarpLady

Did I? I can’t remember. I know I sent some of the Dr Who blends for Kittenna that have earl grey in them: Tardis, River Song, & Farewell Ponds. I was thinking I spared you, LOL!

Sil

well it smelled like you did lol but i think they’re all a little cross smelly at the moment from travelling. :)

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Not enough rooibos blends in my cupboard, especially not since i received my box of awesomeness from Terri :) Thought i’d have a cup of this tonight to see if memory stacks up to the reality. While this is still a nice blend, there’s a bit too much oily residue on top of the cup of tea. It still tastes delicious but not nearly as wonderful as it once was.

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drank Walk in the Woods by Yumchaa
5357 tasting notes

SIPDOWN!

mmmm i was a little worried about this one because i accidentally let it steep for something like 8 minutes. I apparently had no reason to worry since this still tastes delicious and wonderful. I like the way that this tea is both berry like with a hint of smoke. I’m bumping the rating up a bit, though i wish the berry taste was just a little stronger. However, the base on this tea is great!

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drank Apricot Guayusa by Butiki Teas
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Had another cup of this today to try and figure out where i’m feeling with this one. I’m pretty sure I’m done with it, not that i don’t like it but there will always be other stacy teas that i’d rather have in my cupboard. This has a great apricot taste to it, but i don’t think i’m in love with the base. Still, happy to have had it a few times now. :) The rest goes into the tea box!

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I feel like there may be a lot of teas in the near future that thank Terriharplady. So Terri, if i forget, don’t think i don’t love you any less for all your wonderful teas!

Sadly i fell asleep mid cup while drinking this one, so the last of is was a cold, cold cup of tea. What i do remember of this one hot, was that is was a beautiful, rich, smooth assam. Really no smoky going on here, just a sweet(in the way that black’s are sweet) cup of tea. I’m glad i made an unsual small cup of this one so i have more left to have a good normal Sil cup with later :)

Also…i’m in trouble because i really want more of this one for sure but 4.4oz is a lot of tea. a LOT. eep.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

But you’ll love every drop…just saying! :D

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drank Fuzzy Green by Unknown from China
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Had this one this afternoon to see if a green tea would help. I also figure i need to make it through some of my randoms from china, especially the green ones in relatively short order. I wish i had ANY sense of what this one was because it’s a lovely sweet cup of sunshine.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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So I’m not feeling well today and stayed home to get some rest and sleep. My Tummys been queasy for the entire weekend so I haven’t even wanted much tea. However when my swap box with Terri showed up, I couldn’t resist!

My Internet isn’t working very well today BUT I needed to say that this is one hell of a beautiful smokey tea :)

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Fuzzy_Peachkin

Feel better!

whatshesaid

Enjoy your day of rest! Sounds like you need it with all the crazy work stuff you’ve been mentioning.

Dinosara

Feel better soon!

Barbara

Get well!!

Nicole

Hope you feel better soon. Have any mint tea? :)

Ysaurella

get better soon Sil :)

Sil

Thanks guys. i’m starting to wonder if it’s allergies that are making me feel off all the time.

Mercuryhime

I recommend copious amounts of ginger. Feel better!

Fjellrev

Hope you feel better!

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drank Walk in the Woods by Yumchaa
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thank you Scheherazade for this swap! I’m sad to say that we, for whatever reason, decided that rearranging our entire house again was something we wanted to do late into this evening. I blame the purchase of 5 new board games on that.
In any case, as a result i wasn’t able to focus on this tea as much as i wanted to. Overall, it came across as a pretty great cup of tea. Fruity with hints of smokiness from the assam. Luckily i have enough for at least another cup, maybe two, so that i can spend a bit more time focusing on the tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

5 new games? That sounds like a lot of fun!

Barbara

I wouldn’t even be able to name five different board games. ;-)

Sil

Haha we have probably over 50 in the house now if you count individual boxes. Tea and boardgames are some of my favourite things :)

whatshesaid

What games???

Sil

Fortress island; urban sprawl; small world underground; king of Tokyo; fresco and an extra base card set for our dominion collection lol if that means anything to anyone

Terri HarpLady

The last board game I played was Monopoly, a few years ago on New Year’s Day. We had so many people playing we had to combine 2 boards in a figure 8 formation. We used the Star Wars & pirates of the caribean versions. My brothers & I used to often combine games, rewriting the rules when necessary. Monopoly & game of life was our original combo game.
Anyway, my son in law & my boyfriend kept cheating, LOL!

Cavocorax

Cool! I always wanted to try Dominion, but we end up with a lot of Axies&Allies type games. My bf loves games you need to dedicate an entire day to. He bought me a few more casual ones, but I need to learn the rules and teach others and I’m not so good at that.

Sil

dominion is super easy and has lots of repeatability. draw card, play actions, buy something, draw cards :)

infused1

I love Dominion. I don’t get to play often, but it’s really fun when I do. King of Tokyo is decent. I gave a friend Fortress Island for Xmas, so I hope it’s good. Tea and games. What’s better?

Sil

King of Tokyo was to have simpler options for some of our less strategically inclined friends. Is also afamily game, so you know in like 7 years our currently non existent children can play lol

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drank Houjicha by Tsaa
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thank you raritea for this interesting tea. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one but i’m always up for trying new teas.

After having a few steeps of this, i’m still not sure how to describe this. It’s woodsy and not really like any green tea that i’ve had. The leaves look much like brown sticks :) There’s an after taste to the tea that’s vegetal and sort of gritty in my mouth. There’s a bit of dryness as well. Overall, really interesting and something i’m glad i got the chance to try!

Amariel

Hojichas are like that, all twiggy. It’s a neat tea actually. I was sad that my local David"s didn’t get the Hojicha Genmaicha. I have a Caramel Hojicha from Bird Pick that is pretty neat. Nice because it can be drunk later and not keep you awake.

Sil

Hmmm caramel version of this sounds interesting. I know nothing about this type of tea so it was totally interesting to try :)

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drank Tropical Mango by Teajo Teas
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Thank you to Teajo teas for this sample!

This one hurts my nose. There’s a floral and cinnamoney, spicey scent going on. I can’t entirely say with any accuracy that i’m smelling mango. In sipping this, i don’t taste mango whatsoever. I suspect that this might be a better cold brew than hot, but hot is how i tried it. I do really like the tea base for this one. But in terms of the flavouring, it’s just not what i was hoping for.

Stephanie

Weird! I loved mine :)

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