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drank BlueChai's Blue Tea by BlueChai
1393 tasting notes

First off, I love love LOVE the color of this. It’s such a rich and vibrant blue. I imagine that if I drank it iced the color would help convince my brain that I am tasting something amazingly refreshing.

I made this hot though. And it’s good. I wish it were more like a chai though – the spices seem fairly mild. Maybe I should have used more leaves? It said 5g but IDK how much that is and I guessed. It tastes like a flower, (but not perfumy) which is not surprising, with some interesting plant-like notes that I can’t really put my finger on. There’s also a nectar-like sweetener that lingers at the end of each sip.

It’s an interesting alternative to other non-caffeinated teas though, and for that I’m happy to have tried it!

Courtney

Whoa! Blue? Cool!

Fjellrev

The idea of blue chai breaks my brain.

Cavocorax

It really doesn’t taste like chai at all. I’m not sure why it’s called that. AFAIK it’s just the flower buds – no spices/extra flavouring.

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Sipdown! (161)

Thanks VariaTEA for sending this! It was a nice strawberry rooibos, but it didn’t blow my mind. That’s ok though, bc I DID enjoy a lot of the other samples from this company. They’re allowed to strike out once in a while.

VariaTEA

I think their rooibos is too prominent for my tastes so in future I avoid it.

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I’m at 165 teas, and I’d like to end the month at 150, but I think that’s a silly thing to push myself towards. I’ve got one, possibly two packages that WILL arrive next week and I don’t want to be limited to drinking down those oddball teas when I have other choices. 1/3 of my teas are herbal, and I think that’s where most of my near-sipdown teas are, so they’re not going anywhere unless I go all day without caffeine. /flails/ NOOOO, you can’t make me.

Maybe I’ve had enough caffeine already?

But this was a good choice. It’s a nice straightforward Assam, and the first one that really stood out to me to help me realize that YES, Assam’s are a type of tea that I would like more of! And this has been in my cupboard since July so I should drink more of it. I don’t want any one tea to stick around for more than a year!

Courtney

I need to start using flails more often. It creates such a funny imagine.

Fjellrev

A year is a really good rule of thumb. That said, I have some approaching a year that need sip downage!

Cavocorax

Right? Everyone should use /flails/. It’s so expressive.

And I have a few that are technically over a year but I will never sip them down – like my glacier blend tea which I only drink when I’m sick. I don’t want to need it. ;P

Courtney

*image, ugh.

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OK, time to try NV Tea #2! I’m listening to Welcome to Night Vale #41 as I do so. (http://nightvale.libsyn.com/) I love the series, but there’s something almost Lovecraftian about the way I try to listen to it, and then my mind slip slides away to something else, possibly in an attempt to protect me from hearing about the casually mentioned horrors…

This is a really light and delicate blend, with peach as the most prominent note. Further sips bring out a touch of puerh earthiness to give it weight, and I can taste green tea and citrus. This tea grows on you, much like an enveloping glow cloud will slowly block out all surrounding stimuli and eventually become the sole point of your focus… You then become aware of more and more…

“Stay tuned next for the noises of my hurried retreat echoing first as sound, and then as memory, and then maybe then again as part of tonight’s fractured dreaming. Good night, Night Vale. Good night.”

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Rosehips

Nightvale! All Hail Glowcloud!

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Oooh, sipdown! (167)
I didn’t realize this was green rooibos when I decided to make it, but that’s cool. It’s midnight. Rooibos time! I don’t think I’ve had green rooibos before, but it’s interesting. This really tastes like strong coconut, and cream, and sweetness. Very decadent!

Thanks MissB!

Courtney

I’m so happy I discovered green rooibos, since red doesn’t generally work for me. This one may go in my next S&V order. :)

Fjellrev

I really like this one too!

Amariel

Green is def better for me than red.

TeaBrat

I wish there were more green rooibos blends out there!

Amariel

Me too, Tea Brat! Same for honeybush!

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77
drank Winter Nog by Della Terra Teas
1393 tasting notes

I’m drinking a mason jar of this because I’m trying to sip down all my winter teas. It’s time to move on. i don’t mind snow, and I don’t mind the extreme cold because I bundle up well and don’t spend much time outside, but I’m sick of walking on ice/slush/snow covered sidewalks, and not being able to push the stroller around. J’s driving his car to York right now bc getting the stroller to the bus is just too much work unless we walk on the road and uh… that’s not safe. :P

So, let’s drink this down and welcome Spring!

Fjellrev

The slippery sidewalks are definitely the worst. I can’t imagine dealing with a stroller on top of that. My mom was in a wheelchair for a while when I was a kid due to an accident, and I remember my brother and me trying to wheel her through the snow. So hard!

TheTeaFairy

I do the mason jar treatment also when I want to do “get rid” of a bunch!
Yes that winter of ours is ridiculous, I really feel for you, having to carry the stroller. The cities should at least keep the sidewalks clean!!

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drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
1393 tasting notes

I drank a lot of tea while TK was napping because I wanted to sit in the quiet and read a book, but it was a LOT and I was starting to feel overcaffenated. Time to throw in a rooibos!

Thanks VariaTEA! This is not an everyday tea for me, but when I’m in the mood for it, its quite nice!

I just realized I have 168 teas currently in my cupboard. I could probably drink 18 sipdowns in the next week, right? That should be possible!!! Time to clean up some little samples before they go stale!

VariaTEA

18 sipdowns is certainly manageable. I have faith in you. And I go through phases where I don’t want this tea but when I am in the mood and have a cup, I am always surprised at how much I enjoy it.

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drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown!

Idk, what’s up with me but I’m detecting a Ceylon base in this, along with some delicious chocolate blueberry. I noticed Ceylon in another tea too so I’m wondering if that’s coincidence, or if my brain is just SUPER observant today.

ThIs is tastier than I remember. Maybe I over leafed it? Either way, that’s the end of it…

(168) – might be difficult to get to 150!

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79
drank Toronto Nights by RiverTea
1393 tasting notes

Aisling of Tea had this and it caught my eye because I ALSO live in Toronto.

What do Toronto Nights taste like?
I probably wouldn’t say they tasted like green tea with almonds and cinnamon and citrus, but apparently RiverTea thinks it does. This is a nice light tea, and the flavouring is not overly strong – I find it a nice contemplative cup for what would be my after dinner-cup if I had actually eaten already. And I wouldn’t say no to drinking more, but I’m not sure this is one I’d crave often. Maybe in the late spring, in the evenings, when I’m sitting in the backyard watching the little squirt run around in the grass… And maybe if it’s iced.

Rob Ford would not taste like this. :P

And the rest of this is being set aside for Sil!
(rating is 79 because I like the cup, but don’t see I’d crave it often. )

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML
Lala

I couldn’t even imagine what Rob Ford would taste like?!? Yuckie and ridiculous at the same time. Ha ha.

Sil

Um. No one wants to taste rob ford

aisling of tea

Rob Ford would taste like cocaine, cheap booze, and his wife’s…Ahem, since he’s got “plenty to eat at home.”

I hate Rob Ford. Did you hear he’s being “bullied” by the gay community?

OMGsrsly

A+, Sil. :)

aisling of tea

We asked Gabriela at RiverTea about the name when we ordered and this is what she told us: “For tourists, especially from Europe there is this vision we have about the night life in Toronto…sparkling, full of life.”

Cavocorax

Ahahaha – aisling of tea. :P
Yes, no one wants to taste that!

Fjellrev

Thanks for the slight image, Cavo, and then an extra thanks to aisling of tea for colouring in the rest of the image with TECHNICOLOUR. Good god.

aisling of tea

I haven’t done my job unless everyone everywhere is properly horrified. bow and wanders off

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Tea: I just started drinking loose tea in the fall of 2012, and once I started I had to get more and more and try ALL THE TEAS. Joining Steepster made this worse/easier.

So far it seems that I prefer unflavoured black teas, although I still drink a few that are flavoured each day too. Oolongs, greens, puerhs and white teas are all very good, but I just don’t crave them as often.

Yet.

Me: Ok. Random things. I like animals, I have a baby girl and a devoted bf, and … I’m a geek. I like Lord of the Rings, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, pen&paper RPG’s, online RPG’s, video games, silly internet memes, puzzles and a bunch of others things! I taught myself to knit and I’m considering crochet but I need to make time for all these things!

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