157 Tasting Notes

100

made this to go with BLTs to snack on while my boy and I watch bad horror movies in light of fall being on it’s way. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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98

A big thank you to JENN for this sample. And thank you DAISY for the inspiration to go make a cup with a splash of rum.
Purrrrrfect.
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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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100
drank Peppermint by Twinings
157 tasting notes

Yes, here comes another tasting note of Twinings Peppermint from me, haha.
The boyfriend made me my current favorite bedtime drink. Hot peppermint tea with coconut milk & honey. Except he accidentally put brown sugar instead of honey, but it’s still yummy.

In other news, I went through with dying my hair back red :D Here ’tis! http://i53.tinypic.com/10wuool.png Crappy picture but I snapped that one quickly before about passing out. Tiring day!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec
DaisyChubb

yay I love it!!

The Seattle Tea Snob

Peppermint? Have you had that before? :P only kidding. but you look lovely dear.

Ashley Bain

Thank you, miss Daisy. ^^

LOL. And thank you, Snob <3.

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100

Mmmm. Liquid campfire. Perfect for the coming of fall. Added a touch of brown sugar and maple for a super yummy treat. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
ashmanra

I have a tin of this. I will have to try it with those additions. Sounds intriguing.

Ashley Bain

You must! Reminds me of when I candied (with brown sugar) some smoked maple bacon. Mmmm.

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98
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
157 tasting notes

Florence and some beautiful piano music to start my morning. Ahhh. Lovely.

Decided to dye my hair red today :) And have the great idea of being Chucky the doll for halloween ;)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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96

Love this tea so much. Sort of like red hots taste wise, but not burn your mouth spicy. Naturally very sweet. The rooibos goes so well with the flavors. But I too, like the black tea version. It’s nice this is naturally caffeine free, though.

And speaking of red hots. I’ve been missing my red hair for a while and can’t decide whether to go back. I always miss my red, especially being such a fire ball. haha. Fits my personality. And it works well with my changing blue/green eyes and pale skin tone well; when I worked at a coffee shop everyone thought I was a natural redhead. (Naturally I’m sort of a dirty blonde with reddish tones.)
Here’s me now – http://i55.tinypic.com/24w4xn6.png
And here’s me with red hair – http://i54.tinypic.com/346ammf.png, http://i51.tinypic.com/xf98vl.png
Hum. What to do. Girls and their hair.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

aw I like them both! but I can see more personality with the red hair to be sure :)

Uniquity

Red..always red. I miss my red hair, but I’m still enjoying being my own natural brunette after 4 or 5 years dyed red.

SimplyJenW

I have to say red since it is Fall. I think ging back to blonde for next Spring and Summer sounds fun, though.

SimplyJenW

atch….going….

Ashley Bain

thanks girls! I agree with you all. :)
Jen I like that. Maybe fall rolling in is influencing me. I love the colors of autumn so much.

DaisyChubb

Absolutely. As a fellow strawberry blonde going red/copper for fall, I say join usssss

Ashley Bain

going red/copper today! tea twinsies.

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100

Accidently let this bag steep for 27 minutes :| , and it was STILL awesome. I was busy portioning out some tea samples for fellow Steepster Maxypoo, And then I remembered my tea was steeping.. and I’m like.. $#%@!!!!!!!!!!
But surprisingly… it was not bitter at all. Very, very good on the contrary. Beautiful Thai flavors, lovely hint of vanilla, and oh so smooth and buttery. YUM!

Edit!
My new tea obsession just may be this: warming this back up and turning it into a hot latte, using about 50/50 tea and coconut milk and adding a bit more honey. Coconut milk goes so well with the flavors. Soo soothing. The iced latte version is awesome too, but tonight I’m snuggling up with this in hot latte form curled up in my big fluffy blanky, trying to get myself in a better mood..

You could also make these iced tea packets using half the water recommended and keep the concentrate on hand in your refrigerator for yummy iced and hot lattes. :)

Yep… this has already earned itself a permanent spot on my tea shelf. Harney had sent me a free sample years ago of this and I forgot how much I instantly loved it. Today was like rekindling an old flame. A tasty Thai flame from Bangkok. Those foreign ones, I tell ya… get me every time.

AND WOAH the moon is bright tonight! Actually about took my breathe away as I was coming up the stairs and saw the sky lit up and the moon beaming through the window. Breathtakingly gorgeous. When the moon hits your eye…

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
ScottTeaMan

Another Harney blend I like is Tokyo Blend: Bancha with toasted sesame seeds and caramel. Very good! :)

DaisyChubb

Oh wow these BOTH sound amazing…! One day I will brave some shipping costs and bring harney into my life :)

Maxime-Daniel Friðrikson

Hum. Interesting. That might be an interesting thing to taste. Hum.

Ashley Bain

I’m sending you a couple packets :)

Ashley Bain

Daisy it’s totally worth it! They were the company that first made me fall in love with tea.

Ashley Bain

and @Daisy – I just ran out of sample packets but when my new ones arrive I’ll send you some Harney samples! :)

DaisyChubb

Sounds good gal pal!!
So many harney teas look amazing! And I have paris, which is amazing but I need mooooore. variety and flavour and uniqueness!

Ashley Bain

mm paris is awesome!! have you tried queen catherine or florence or vanilla comoro or cinnamon spice? :D

DaisyChubb

drool, in my tea dreams!

ashmanra

I have actually dreamed about tea! Is that sad? :)

Ashley Bain

haha. I had tea dreams last night… that’s when you know you’re an addict…….

Ashley Bain

scott I never saw your post! that tea sounds amazing! I have an obsession for toasted sesame seeds. Toasted sesame oil is amazinggg. I put it on cold soba noodles with soy sauce. mmmmm.

ScottTeaMan

Ashley-I haven’t posted yet, but will, when I can find the tin for a fresh cup. I could also post by memory, and will do that as a last resort. :)

ScottTeaMan

Daisy….Harney offers free S & H over $50, and sign up for coupons on their site…sometimes they offer Free S & H with orders over $25 or $35. OK, just a few days ago I used a code for 10% off my order: HSFineTea

Type it just like that with no spaces, and plus you get free S & H if order is over $50!

Ashley Bain

Yay I’d love to your opinion on it, Scott!
I had a free shipping deal for my last order! But now that I think of it.. I spent well over 50, so I suppose I would have had free shipping anyways, haha.

DaisyChubb

Thanks Scott! Does that work for canada too ? I know the last Harney’s birthday offer was only ground shipping in the US, but if this one is for Canada, I will easily spend 50 bucks. Thanks!! I did get a coupon on sign up for 10% so I’m excited to save it for my first order ^^

ashmanra

Coupon code summer12 for 12% off was still working last time i ordered.

ScottTeaMan

eeks….I think it is US Ground Shipping, sorry zi don’t think it’ll work for Canada. :( you can try!!

DaisyChubb

That’s ok, thanks though!
I’m still working up that shipping cost courage folks :D

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98

My big Harney order arrived. I should be more excited..
I could bury my head in this bag all day. Ahhhh. Smells so amazing.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Peppermint by Twinings
157 tasting notes
The Seattle Tea Snob

So I’ve been meaning to ask you, do you like this tea? :p

Ashley Bain

ha. good ol’ peppermint. it always makes me feel better.

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98
drank Lemon - AID by 52teas
157 tasting notes

My boy and I are relaxing after some intense yoga with a nice glass of iced Lemon Aid. This is better than lemonade and better for you. No sugar necessary. Smooth, bold, naturally sweet, herby, lemony goodness. Since it’s not a permanent I might just have to order some herbs and try to make some myself.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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