5241 Tasting Notes

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drank Adventures in Africa by RiverTea
5241 tasting notes

This was an interesting tea. I had hopes for the ginger/pineapple combination, but when i picked it, i didn’t realise that there is both basil and tulsi in this one. As a result, while this is a pleasant enough cup, the ginger and pineapple are dominated by the tulsi. I think i would love this sooooo much if there was no Tulsi – it would make a pretty good tea. And i’m not a tulsi hater, it just bring a particular taste to the table and it’s not what i was looking for in this tea. Still, it’s nice to try a few more teas :)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
gmathis

Odd combination—tulsi is pretty overpowering. Ginger and pineapple I could groove with.

Sil

yeah it overpowered the whole blend…

Nattie

I always find ginger overpowering, it’s probably from the bad childhood memories, though. Ugh. I can’t stick ginger now.

Terri HarpLady

I love my Ginger, not so much for tulsi though

Sil

i don’t mind tulsi but in moderation :)

Terri HarpLady

meh….first it was rooibos this & rooibos that. I remember herbal teas before rooibos came on the scene, they were way better, or maybe it just seemed that way, back in the dark ages. Now Tulsi is the new rooibos, as far as I’m concerned.

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44
drank Limbo Queen by RiverTea
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Another sample from RiverTea. In my opinion they seem to be doing well in the straight black world, fruit teas and white flavoured teas. Everything else seems to be a little hit and miss. Hot, this one had a few pepper notes but not a great deal. For the most part this tastes like a rather generic fruity sort of rooibos. Not a bad cup but rather tasteless…

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 15 sec
Terri HarpLady

So you’re saying the flavors are in limbo ;)

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73
drank Tuscan Sun by RiverTea
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I received my second box of RiverTeas today and figured i would try all the samples they sent me since that would mean not having to add them to my cupboard since the other half is going over to Cavocorax since it was a joint order :) This one isn’t bad…it’s not as strawberry as i want it to be, but the base isn’t overly bitter and does still come through. It’s more mango than anything, and in my world, that’s not a bad thing…but i did want more strawberry :)

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73
drank Hua Ki by Lupicia
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aaaalllll gone! That makes me happy since i AM still trying to chug away at my goal. I enjoyed a nice cup of this over dinner with my other half. I like the blend of this with the black tea, though truth be told it’s not likely a reorder for me since there are so many other Lupicia teas that i’d rather have. But it was really nice to be able to buy a tin, split it three ways and get a few cups in :)

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84
drank Crème Brulee by Bayswater Tea Co.
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Another one that i had today and it’s still tasty and delicious! I’m glad i was able to pick up a bit of this when i was in vancouver. It’s a really tasty dessert like tea for when i’m in the mood!

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84
drank Divine Temptation by Bayswater Tea Co.
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mmmmmmm…this one is growing on me, which is bad because omgsrsly has not yet succeeded in making steam have a REAL ecommerce site…but if they did, losts of ppl would want this…and others. sigh

Courtney

This one is Bayswater silly. But delicious, yes.

Sil

riiight but whatever they both need ecommerce sites lol

OMGsrsly

Haha. I know, right?! Not even a horrible facebook one. And Bayswater seriously needs to update. When I went in a few weeks ago they said it was coming soon, but it’s been over a year since they first said that!

Dinosara

Haha I would totally order this one if they actually had an ecommerce site. But it’s probably better for me that they don’t (yet).

Sil

yeah…while i appreciate companies willing to ship if you email them..blah blah blah…. no thanks. make it easy or it’s not happening.

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72

I finally busted this one out to try and start drinking and i’m sad to say that i recall nothing of the drink :( work got busy and i totally lost track of what this one was like when i started on my flavoured teas lol

gmathis

For me, an empty cup before you know it is a sign it was pretty good!

Sil

yeah sometimes though, it’s just that work is so busy i don’t focus on the tea…so that could mean i drank it in 5 and it’s amazing or, over the course of 3 hours i drank it and just don’t remember anything lol

gmathis

Some workdays are like that….

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83

started the day with this one and happy to do so. I’ve only got about one more cup of this, but i know it will be back in my cupboard again sometime, so i’m not worried :)

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80

having a last cup of this one tonight. I did a little bit of cleaning up my cupboard tonight in terms of getting things organised. we’re not fully moved in yet, but we’re having 10 or so ppl over on friday to just chill and have food so i need to get at least a few more things out of the way. Given that a few tea friends imploded my cupboard, i thought i could semi see if i could make my goal (since it wasn’t orders that did it!!) by “removing” the samples from my count of teas. At least in that way i could see if in theory i could hit my goal. Soooo here’s where we’re at:

195 teas in my cupboard.
75 samples
Fake Cupboard: 120 (with a few inbound…)

Cavocorax

Oh, sounds like fun! :D
And 120 sounds much more reasonable! I wonder what I’d be at if I removed things that I personally purchased…

Cavocorax

Huh. So out of 169 different teas, only 115 of them were purchased by me. :P That makes me feel better. IT’s not my fault!!! Hahah

Sil

So that’s roughy for me since things like the BBB box I don’t count as samples. Anything later than 3-4 cups is not a sample in my count. Heh

Cavocorax

Yeah, that makes sense. My actual-fake cupboard is probably higher than if I count things that are 2-3 or more cups! Most of it is shoved in a sample box looking messy and awful, while the rest are organized very nicely so it’s just more motivation to drink those ones down ASAP!

Cavocorax

Or throw out the really bad offenders. Life’s too short!

Sil

i’ve started tossing the things i don’t like in to my swap box more readily now… just means you guys have more to root through in case there are things you guys like.

Cavocorax

Yeah, it makes sense to swap what you can! I only toss the things that have been passed around a bit and I don’t think anyone really wants, or it’s just not worth keeping around to try…

I’m hoping we can swing by soon. Maybe even this weekend!

OMGsrsly

Cavo, like DavidsTea Cherry Cola? :D I still have 10g of that and I don’t think I can foist it off on anyone, unless the SSTTB and the next recipients want to try it.

Cavocorax

OMG. That has to have been THE WORST tea I’ve ever encountered. Just dump it and save everyone!

OMGsrsly

IDK, maybe Anna would like to try it? :D Or is that just way too mean?

Sil

DOO EEEEEEEET

OMGsrsly

Muahahaha. :D

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78
drank Orange Kidd by Lupicia
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mmmmm i added just a little bit of the vanilla black sugar we have in the house to this and it’s perfect. it makes the orange just a little more vanilla and creamy like. I never did cold brew this one, but that’s ok. this is a good end to this tea.

Courtney

What’s vanilla black sugar?

Sil

http://kitchen.j321.com/black-sugar-asian-japan-taiwan-ingredient

though flavoured with vanilla… jonesmcjones showed it to me. it’s super sweet, so it’ll take me forever to get through it since i don’t sweeten things, but it’s great in certain things..and i used maybe 1/8th of a teaspoon…if that.

Courtney

Neat! She knows so many cool foodie things. I am always impressed. My favourite to date is the maple whipped cream.

OMGsrsly

Did you get it on Granville Island then, Sil? (Tea frens, I love food. And I grew up in a house of food loving people.)

Sil

we DID go back OMG – E bought a few seasoning packages and a couple of the little boxes. I picked up the sugar and the vanilla powder heh

OMGsrsly

Yay vanilla powder! :)

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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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