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drank Pumpkin Pie by Herbal Infusions
4041 tasting notes

Another one from dexter! I’m trying to switch over to some of my caffeine free teas on the off chance it decides to bug me tonight. I’ve got a meeting in the morning with a vendor so i need to be on my game!

This one reminds me a lot of the pumpkin rooibos from tealux i think it was. Sadly that also means that it reminds me of melon. For whatever reason it’s like honey dew/cantaloupe sort of melon. Enjoyable but man i miss the pumpkin tea terri sent me haha

Helena

well then you need pumpkin chai from David’s Tea or Butiki’s pumpkin tea… Dang it I forgot the name of it…

Sil

Helena – i like butikit’s pumpkin burlee oolong, but david’s tea doesn’t do it for me. the pumpkin tea terri sent me is by far my absolute favourite though. real chunks of dehydrated pumpkin in it, made locally.

Helena

Pumpkin Chai isn’t for everyone it’s more of a sweet treat to keep from snacking! Butiki’s pumpkin creme brulee is very good though. I tried a pumpkin spice from Tea Story a local tea shop and it was pretty good. Sometimes you just need that pumpkin fix :D

Sil

Yes! I agree…though now that it’s officially winter here, I’m sure I’ll be moving on to the Chais haha

Helena

There should be a way to have your pumpkin and chai too…

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meh. not enough ginger and too much like a diluted apple cider. Drinkable but i feel like Herbal Infusions can do better. I’ve got at least another cup so i’ll try playing with the parameters to see how that goes. :) thanks dexter! having a great time with these.

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86
drank Oriental Beauty by Butiki Teas
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sipdown! (191) had a cup of this with dinner tonight – roast beef, rice, green beans and apple crisp for dessert! Even better? we watched the newest sherlock episode and it was fabulous! I had such a fantastic time watching it. It’s like everyone was on their game. I love how mycroft got a bit of depth to him. no spoilers here, but it was just a fantastically great time! and this tea was a lovely accompaniment.

keychange

I think you drink more tea than anyone in the world! also, your whole weekend sounded wonderful. We should try and meet up when next I’m in the GTA!

MissB

Oh gosh, the first or second episode of S03? First was… wowza. I loved it so. Zero spoilers either, however I think I’ve got an intellectual crush on Mycroft/Gatiss. “Thinking is the new sexy…”

Sil

Key change – haha I doubt that very much :)
MissB – the empty hearse…..so very sexy!

keychange

No way. you can seriously polish off like 19 cups a day or something. I’d need to live in diapers, I think LOL

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wooop! this is a seriously spicy chai – not quite as intensely spicy as butiki’s spicy tea but enough to make me sit up and take note! The longer the tea cools, the more the spice sticks out as well. I quite enjoyed this cup, courtesy of dexter thank you madam! cleared my stuffy nose right up haha

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drank Monk's Blend Decaf by Darlene's Teaport
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sipdown! (not that it means much when my cupboard is this far from it’s goal lol 192) another tea from MissB. Turns out? i still don’t like monk’s blend. something about the addition of grenadine into a perfectly delicious cup of tea makes it undrinkable for me. Ah well, at least i tried and it’s not the fault of the tea – it’s a flavour preference from me. Ignoring the fact that i dislike monk’s blend, this would probably be a decetn enough cup for someone who enjoys that type of tea :)

TheTeaFairy

192?? What’s up with that???

Sil

YOU! and dexter! lol i was almost to 150 hahaha

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Another tea from dexter Now that i’m home from our wanderings i’m going to try and sample a bunch of the teas that have been recently sent to me so that i can start to get my cupboard under control again. Not even aiming for sipdowns! just trying everything haha.

While i like the flavours in this one better than the EG – there’s a dryness to this one once it cools that i’m not as much a fan of. The base is nice, and this is for sure a milk/cookie sort of tea. I didn’t get a chance to drink it when it was closer to boiling, so i’ll have to make sure i try that next time. On the whole though, another positive offering from Herbal infusions :)

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there are snowflakes in my tea. Dexter warned me when she sent these to me but i’m ok with them since Herbal Infusions doesn’t but this crap in all of their teas. I’M LOOKING AT YOU DELLA TERRA! bah. I figured i’d start with this tea because a) everyone seems to like it and b) it’s an earl grey, which is not generally a winner in my books.

first off – this smells wonderful! not at all like an EG. then i brewed it up and it was like OH bergamot! There you are…i thought i’d missed you :)
This is more marshamllow-y than EG like. The base is pretty nice and the bergamot is totally taking a back seat to this whole mixture. While it’s not going to win any tea of the year awards from me – it’s an EG that i can drink and enjoy :) thanks dexter!

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VariaTEA

I am glad you liked it. It is definitely a more mellowed EG than others I tried.

TheTeaFairy

I also hate candies in my tea!!!!! But I’m willing to accept it if it’s really worth it and does’t create gooey weird stuff on the surface, that I just can’t stand.
I just purchased lots of teaware online from DavidsTea and they sent a bunch of samples. I hardly ever buy their teas anymore but hey, free samples, I’ll try. I had White Chocolate Frost yesterday, and the tea itself tasted pretty awesome, but the texture was so oily and when I looked at my cup, I swear there was a toxic blue nuclear waste floating all over, it ever got stuck inside the cup, I couldn’t finish it, gross!!!

Sil

i am in the minority in my hatred for david’s teas. I’ll drink them when other ppl buy them and share them but i don’t like stevia, don’t like that they don’t always list ingredients and i hate the oily film on a lot of their teas. I’ve tried their straight teas as well, and for those prices i can get insanely more delicious straights :)

TheTeaFairy

Well I’m totally with you, so the minority just got less minor, lol!

Terri HarpLady

I’ve been curious about this one, especially on a snowy day like today :)

MissB

Add me to that DAVIDs list, although I do still have a few that I enjoy – mostly herbals.

Sil

hahaha yay for the minority! (though i do confess i love me some lime gelato…but i’ve found others that are delicious for cheaper heh)

Terri HarpLady

sprinkles freak me out :p

Herbal Infusions Tea Co.

I was on the fence with the snowflakes in this blend but really couldn’t resist! The themed bag had a snowflake so I just needed to continue the theme :) Glad to have the feedback on this blend :D

VariaTEA

@ Herbal Infusions – Will there be any way we could be more of it?! I am running out of this fast!

Sil

Dan – I always prefer none of that crap to any of that crap, but you don’t put it in all your blends so I didn’t mind seeing them in this one as a Christmas special sort of thing. And yours didn’t melt into a goofy clump that messed up my brew basket.

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90
drank Pu Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
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Another tea from this morning’s excursion. We ended up spending a bit of time walking around downtown in the snow, hit the bookstore for me, had lunch together. just a really great weekend. It’s nice since the two of us haven’t had a weekend together in months. This tea was great for the later half of the morning as the puerh cooled just a little making this tea just a little stronger and bolder. am happy with this one :)

Anna

This tea.

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90
drank Pu Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
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93
drank Zhu Rong Yunnan Black by Verdant Tea
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This was one of my teas from this morning for out and about time with my other half. We decided to head out to the farmer’s market at the steam whistle brewery, which happens to be in downtown toronto, next door to the old heritage train museum. it’s a really interesting site to explore – lost of trains and neat architecture in the buildings right in the middle of condo land and the financial district. it was pretty small but gave us an excuse to buy some delicious cheese and get out of the house. nothing more awesome that walking around outside in the snow with my other half. and this tea was the perfect accompaniment :)

TheTeaFairy

Love walking in the snow, sounds like you has a wonderful weekend with your other half, so happy for you :-)

Sil

it was fantastic! and now i have books and tea and i’m making apple crisp in the slow cooker for after dinner tonight. mmmmm

caile

Sounds like such a nice day! Yum, cheese – is it made locally?

MissLena

Your weekend sounds awesome! Now I feel the need to get outside, but it’s still so cold here :(

Terri HarpLady

ooohhh, apple crisp!

caile

No banana crisp? ;-)

Sil

yeah the cheese is made locally…they make their cheeses based on the milk they can get from animals that run free or whatever lol so if the animals don’t make milk, they don’t make cheese. we bought a sheep cheese that’s made from a french recipe. it’s quite nice, though one of the soft cheeses they had – honey and spice was amaaazing…and they had a garlic hard cheese i wanted…heh i’m a big fan of cheese…

caile

Sounds so good, and especially nice to be able to pick it up fresh like that!

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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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