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drank Cantaloupe & Cream by Butiki Teas
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mmmm second morning tea! I need to stop looking at the internet for tea. I keep wanting to place more orders and i REALLY don’t need more tea. I think part of the draw for me though, is a)getting mail and b)having new things to try out! I’ve made a resolution this year though to try and get my cupboard down to 100 teas by black friday of 2013 so that I can place a few orders at that time lol

This tea is still one delicious tea! I find it soothing and love how stacy has captured the cantalope flavour. It’s not wonder this one was winning awards. Still really happy i took a chance and picked this one up even if the name totally threw me off.

Autumn Hearth

I know how you feel. I was just sorting through my cupboard, putting things away and I was overwhelmed that I have four different packets of Laoshan Black, three harvest of Verdant’s Tieguanyin etc. I was going through my blends and was glad to find I still had some Gardens of Anxi because I wanted to share it with a friend but truly surprised I had a serving left of Taiping Temple Green and Lavender Earl Green, must drink those two soon. I have like a dozen pu’erhs I haven’t even tried, teas from swaps and I have an order on its way from Butiki?!?! Must stop!

Sil

Autumn…i can’t stop. lol I tried that..lasted for all of about a day. I managed to get from 193 teas to 158 in a two week period but i’ve got so many unopened/tried teas in my cupboard that it’s going to slow down getting through things. On top of that i have tea coming from S&V; Verdant; Butiki; Sloane; Upton and Lupicia! (thankfully all of these are sort of shares with Indigobloom and.or Kittenna)

Autumn Hearth

Wowzers! Good luck and enjoy of course! It’s nice that you have friends you can regularly share with :)

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This is a delicious tea! I’m really happy that I got to try this one from Teavivre. It’s a beautiful tea. The first sips of this give way to a medium malty tea, that tapers off with notes of honey. I’m looking forward to seeing how the resteeps work out with this one. I’d rank it up there with my other favourite blacks.

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drank Strawberry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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mmmmmm morning matcha smoothie! Opted for something a little fruitier today to continue my quest to get my cupboard in order heh. While i really enjoy this matcha, i think i prefer the blueberry now that I’ve tried it. The flavours are a little more delicious and intense in the blueberry. The strawberry is still a yummy flavour but i’m not sure i need to keep it around on a permanent basis. I’d rather treat myself to this flavour from time to time.

Indigobloom

funny, I can’t stand the blueberry but I love this!!

Sil

What flavouring of blueberry did you get? I like them both…just the blueberry sit better inthink

Indigobloom

not sure, robust? It was a sample from Azzrian

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Evening tea before bed as I need to g up for work tomorrow early. Back to the grind! Had a blast this evening playing games with friends and catching up. On the plus side as well, one of my friends would like to come over for tea in the near future so she can raid my tea stash and samples some of my matcha. She’s been looking for a few good teas to get back into drinking tea on a regular basis in non bagged form. Yay!

Indigobloom

nice!! now you just need to get her addicted to steepster muahahaha

Sil

…. Well I did tell her about red leaf’s matcha program lol so maybe

Indigobloom

oh! yes I think she might be coming to the tea side :D

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85

Backlog – had this as my afternoon tea on my way out to friends. I sometimes feel like I should feel embarrassed but I have started not leaving our house without one or two tea tumblers full of tea even if its to go to a friends place. It’s not that I don’t want their hospitality, but none of my friends really drink tea so if I don’t bring any, then I I get none! I wanted a solid black with flavours to tie me over until the evening so I chose this one from my stash, if only to help drink down some of th teas I have from butiki’s before the next order is placed :)

Again, this one didn’t fail to disappoint :)!

Bonnie

Don’t feel bad,I take tea with me to my tea shop to share with employees! Sick!

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Bumped the rating a bit but still not a tea I need to order again. It’s not really chocolatey but it is coffee like. Added a bit of cream and that made it tastier too :). Ah well, can’t love ’em all :)

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drank Blueberry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I figured I’d start the new year with a new matcha flavour for my morning smoothie! Ill post a proper review later at some point but man this is a fantastic! I was pushed into getting this by a few of the reviews on here by someone who’s name escapes me at the moment. I added just a touch of vanilla matcha to this smoothy just to make it a bit creamier and delicious. Th blueberry flavour in this is super intense and spot on to real blueberries. There really isn’t any artificial taste to this, which I was worried about after the pear fiasco. This was also distinctive flavouring since I’ve found with the fruit matches, robust seems to bee just a smidge too much for me. In the creamier, coffee, chocolate flavours I could totally probably push it to “there’s matcha in here” though I tend to stick to robust :)

Anyway wonderful start to the new year!

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80

New Years sip down! Yay for a new year of teas, old and new!

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82
drank Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake by 52teas
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77
drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Working on the Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with stacy and i’m super excited about it. Added a bit of spices to the sample she sent me and made my other half try it. It looks like he and i are in agreement on the whole hibiscus thing – sorry steepsterites, this blend will have them…in small amounts! for extra tangy rhubarb goodness :)

Anyway cinnamon was a success…nutmeg…well i’m not sure i added enough so I will leave that to the master blender Stacy heh

DaisyChubb

A blend like that needs hibiscus! Without it would just be a strawberry pie ;)

Sil

Haha I so agree daisychubb! My other half agreed as soon as I pointed out that while teh other sample was lovely…it wasn’t really strawberry rhubarb lol

Sil

I’m so excited for this blend!

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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.

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