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Another tea from Tiesta to try…

And if my sleep schedule wasn’t messed up enough already, I had a long nap today and needed something to revive me. This says it’s a blend of green and white teas and certainly smells fruity in the pouch. I saw a piece of dried fruit in there too :)

This is nice, I like the green/white blend because I think the white gives it a bit of sweetness. It has a bit of tart from the fruit which seems mostly tropical to me, and a touch of rose gives it some floral. This isn’t as strongly fruit flavored as I thought it would be from smelling it in the bag. Regardless, it is a nice blend especially for warm weather. I think I’ll need to try this one iced someday. Good, but not amazing. Definitely more subtle than Lupicia’s flavored teas. And I don’t really think tea helps to keep me slim or I’d be the skinniest person on Earth… ha ha

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sami Kelsh

Ha! If tea were genuinely that slimming, I’d be a stick insect. I mean, the bear claws and fish and chips probably counteract it pretty well, but…

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90

I am unearthing ancient samples today, and I apologize, but can’t remember which one of my Steepster friends sent me this tea. It’s been months and I forgot about it. So sorry!

Anyway I already had some coffee this morning, my BF spent the night here last night because he had a job interview and he kept tossing and turning and so did I. Definitely need another caffeine injection here.

This is a bit of a lighter tea and is very smooth and flavorful. Cocoa notes are wafting up from the cup as it sits next to me. It has a nice, natural sweetness that reminds me of brown sugar and tastes very clean, and also gentle. Pretty much devoid of any astringency whatsoever. This is definitely a tasty tea… so glad I was able to try it. I’ll have to remember this when I place my next Butiki order :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

So many of my samples from people got mixed and I can’t remember who sent what anymore, minus a few examples. I feel guilty about it.

TeaBrat

Me too! Next time I will write their name on the baggie/envelope

mrmopar

I have a box full and I mean REALLY FULL that the chairman helps me with on occasion.

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91

Tea of the afternoon here. I doubt I need much more caffeine today, but at least this is a white tea so it won’t get me too wired. Not a huge jasmine fan here, but when I am in the mood to drink it, it helps to have a good quality jasmine around. The white tea base lends a nice sweetness to this blend. I love the smell of jasmine flowers and it’s soothing to just stick your nose in the cup and inhale deeply… ahhhhh

This also resteeps well and the jasmine is not as strong in steep #2…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Irish Breakfast by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the morning here. I had this before I went on an interview this morning for a 4 month consulting gig. I’m not even sure I want the job, but I suppose I need to start doing something soon. Anyway we shall see…. this is a nice strong malty assam blend. It’s good for breakfast time. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Strawberry Exotica by Tiesta Tea
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Part of an order that I received from Tiesta Tea yesterday. Shipping was slow, the post office was partly to blame, and when I inquired about the slow shipping time, Tiesta refunded the money that I paid on shipping for this. I thought that was good of them.

Now I don’t have any fruity white teas in my stash for some reason, and was looking forward to trying this one. It’s the second cup I’ve had this afternoon. With a name like “Strawberry Exotica”, I was really hoping for something huge in the strawberry department. This is definitely sweet (from the white tea) and fruity. I would say there’s as much mango and pineapple in here as strawberry, but it’s a pleasant flavor for sure. Not exactly what I was expecting, but not bad either. It’s a lightly flavored tropical white tea. I will need to try this cold brewed someday, me thinks. Maybe that will bring out even more fruitiness.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Sippin' Pretty by T-We Tea
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Ah… this is a beautify-full and fragrant herbal blend that I just blogged about today so you can read all the details here:

http://teabre.ws/1sjcJc3

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75
drank Green Darjeeling by Kusmi Tea
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This works well for me as a cold brew. The flavor is still light, but when cold brewed the floral elements become more prominent with some nutty notes. I think I prefer this cold brewed over drinking it hot, which is nice. Now I know how to drink the remaining bags… :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Jolly Green Kiwi by Tiesta Tea
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I’m not sure why the eff it’s so hot here today, but this is a good tea when it’s made strong and then poured over ice, refreshing!

Tabby

I still don’t trust this company after the way they made all those fake accounts to review their stuff…

TeaBrat

Oh wow, I must have missed that! eeek

TeaBrat

Sheesh. I am sorry, I just ordered a bunch of their other teas, oh well

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drank Star Spangled Chai by The Devotea
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I feel like such a wastrel. My day hasn’t been too productive as I went to the physical therapist and ended up in too much pain as they tried to push my arm/shoulder into moving more. Ultimately it’s good for me but ouch…. I needed some pain medication after my appt. and it was all downhill from there.

Anyway I just woke up from a nap and decided I needed some caffeine to revive me so I’m finishing off this sample from the Devotea. This is a unique chai because it has star anise in it, which gives a spicy licorice type of flavor. I just googled star anise and it’s supposed to be good for cold and flu season which would make this a nice thing to have around in the winter time. Right now it’s delicious with some soymilk and a teaspoon of coconut sugar. Deeee-licious and fragrant!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Anlina

That sounds delicious. I’ve been wanting to try a chai with a lot of licorice flavour in it.

TeaBrat

you should check it out!

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drank Peppermint tea by Twinings
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I cold brewed 4 teabags of this overnight in my iced tea pitcher. I like peppermint and I think this will be nice for the warm weather we are currently having :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

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