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drank Wild Strawberry by Tea & Bloom
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Finally had the chance to have this tea from my 12 days of Christmas swap! I have to say this is a mighty fine tisane and i can only imagine how incredible this would be with lemonade. The strawberries are tart and sweet and it’s jsut a really good cup of yum! Come summer i may just be begging you to send me more tatooed_tea so that i can try that! Thank you for this lovely share!

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drank Cafe Vanilla by Della Terra Teas
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Backlogging now that my parents have gone for the evening. :)

I tried this after the vanilla tea from Steeped and Infused to get a comparison and let me tell you, there is no comparison. The other tea is exactly what i so hoped this one would be. While this is still a tasty tea, it’s not not full of the vanilla love i so want from it.

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Oh man.. THIS is what i want Della Terra’s cafe vanilla to be. Such a good strong, solid vanilla creamy taste. I am really digging this as possibly being my go to vanilla tea. I’m going to have cafe vanilla after this just to make sure me memory isn’t failing me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Baked Apple Pie by Steeped and Infused
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I had to guess on the steeping parameters for this once sine they haven’t listed it on their website. There’s something a little “off” about this tea as it is more like a cider than it is an apple pie. Still though, I’ll give it a few more chances since i’m not 100% sure how to best brew this. But for right now i’m looking for a bit more apple.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Banana Cheesecake Genmaicha by 52teas
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sipdown! lol i am actually really enjoying this the second time around. lovely banana flavour balancing the genmaicha.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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on the 11th day of christmas, I gave to my fellow tea friends a tea that i’d never tried before! At the time that i purchased this tea I’d never had ANY sort of smokey tea but I figured that the 12 days of christmas tea swap was a good time for sharing favourites AND trying new things. So i picked this one up. It was an unplanned purchase as I’d originally been thinking of getting a blend with the name of a mountain range in them..david’s tea was my first thought because so many people in the US seem to enjoy/want their teas.
However, after running through a bunch of david’s tea’s unflavoured black teas, i was not impressed. Especially when comparing them to teas like Butiki’s zhen Qu (i hadn’t tried her assam at that point) or even golden fleece/laoshan black from verdant.

I’d also decided i wanted to get tea from a local place, or at least a place that was mainly in canada – to try and give my US (or non toronto) friends a chance to try a different tea place.

While stopping for tea at Majesteas, the name of this blend caught my eye. The gentleman who was assisting me (and hearing all about the swap) was like “are you sure you want to expose everyone to that…people pretty much love it or hate it” What caught my eye was the comparision to a single malt scotch…which i have been known to drink on occasion :) So i bit the bullet and said to hell with this! let’s try it! Of course that’s also meant agonaizing over the choice for the past month or so now especially since the smell has managed to permeate through everyone’s packages lol

So on with the tea? Let me preface by now saying, i’ve tried a lapsang before…even cooked with it to make a really neat soup. This tea? It’s both smokey and not. The aroma reminds me of the way your clothes smell when you get home from a day of camping…

The initial sip, really does have a subtle citrus note to it and i can barely taste the smokiness..and then it climbs all over your tongue and the smokiness comes out. But it’s a milder smokey that is actually pretty yummy.

Hmmm.. i actually think i really like this tea. It’s not for every day drinking but I could sit back and relax and enjoy this tea like a good cingle malt whiskey.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
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My thoughts exactly with the whisky…great tea minds think alike. Side note this is pretty good cold too…my cup cooled as I was busy in the kitchen and it was still yummy!

Sil

oooh… sets her cup aside to try it cold-er

The Purrfect Cup

I apologize in advance if it isn’t to your liking…but I might be in love here. AND might just add a little whisky to it later tonight when the hubbins and I sit down for a holiday flick and gift exchanging. :) I think you hit this one out of the park!

Sil

haha ooh adding whiskey.. man now you’re all crazy talk. i should go try that.. it’s after “noon” so it’s ok right? lol Glad i put more than a cup try in the bag heh

The Purrfect Cup

:) I do talk the crazy sometimes. But it sounds SO good!

Babble

I’m glad I’m not the only one that had the idea to get a tea from a local shop.

Sil

Rachel- that’s why your tea made me smile. :)

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drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
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SIP DOWN! YAY for another tea out of my cupboard for now. Tomorrow should also be a good day for trying samples and seeing what i like or don’t from a bunch of my new teas since i’ve finally organized my tea cupboard…shelves…boxes… lol

This was a tasty tea, and as long as you steep it at a bit lower temperature i really dig the strawberry and creaminess of the tea :)

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drank Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake by 52teas
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took this out for dinner with my parents tonight. delicious goodness in a travel mug!

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drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
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mmmm a tea for braving the mall. Sad to say but I found a pair of rubber boots on sale that i’ve been trying to find for an eternity at less than 90$ a pop. They’re not the colour that I’d prefer but i can pick them up for 40$ and have a 20$ gift certiicate for the mall…so really? Rubber boots in a great bright colour (though not the on i’d prefer) for 20$? yes please!

But that also means i’ve got to leave the house…two days before christmas to go to a mall. You’d better believe that i’m bringing tea with me! haha

Indigobloom

ack, good luck not getting trampled!

Sil

I totally scored a breville variable kettle!!! Best buys has them on sale for lower than amazon, which is the cheapest I’ve seen them since I’ve been looking….they’re also matching amazons price on the breville toaster oven I kinda want.

Indigobloom

NO WAY!! I’m so jealous, but happy for ya!!

Sil

I’m so happy…my old kettle was um…not doing so well. Merry Christmas to me!

Indigobloom

Lucky girl. I’d love to see how it works. Never watched one in action

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drank French Blend by New Mexico Tea Company
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Sipdown! Totally not allowed to buy more tea until i can get my cupboard down to 150. That means i need do some swaps in the new year!

I’m not overly a fan of floral teas. This is a really nice tea but i just do not like the floral notes.

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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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