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Ok, here’s 2 of hopefully 12!

This definitely smells like licorice. I think there’s lemongrass in there as well. Also, just a touch of mint. I was a little worried that the licorice would be overpowering and dominate the blend, but it’s actually quite subtle, and the tea has all natural flavours. It’s very relaxing, and very well blended!

Again, it’s not candy cane, not like DAVIDsTEA or Della Terra would do it, but, you know what? That’s fine. That’s totally fine. This blend would be well suited all year round this way.

Oh, and I promised to take pictures of each of the teas – so far, so good!

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

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drank Pumpkin Pie by Herbal Infusions
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Merry Christmas!

It’s midnight so I’m allowed to open my Christmas present! I chose these 12 Days of Christmas teas as my Christmas present from J (as he’s not big on Xmas and this takes the pressure off him, while allowing me to get more tea!)

I thought it would be fun to see how many of these I can drink on Christmas! So here’s the first one! It’s really pretty – you can see all the detail in the pic I uploaded. It doesn’t seem like your regular Pumpkin Pie tea, and I’ve had a few of those…

It doesn’t taste like pumpkin pie – it tastes fruity and light and really refreshing. As it cools a little, the flavours shift – the light flavours remind me of the airiness of pumpkin pie, but it doesn’t have the nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger spices that I expected.

Call me crazy, but it’s almost more lemon meringue than it is pumpkin pie.

I like it though! It’s a nice start to Christmas!

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

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And here’s a sipdown on this silly tea! It’s tasty but not one I’d want to keep around all the time. (166)

Now, back to making cooookies.

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
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I liked this and now it’s gone and onto my shopping list. :)

Thanks Sil! (167)

I’m watching one last episode of SPN (4.08) before we have company over and then I won’t have control over the tv! Oh noez! :P Happy Holidays.

Sil

dude just find something to trade me for the rest of mine hahaha

Sil

(cheaper tea an option too since this will go to a good home. i like it but i always lean towards other teas first)

Cavocorax

Sure – we could work something out! Once I have something you want. :P How much do you have?

Sil

remind me again later… it’s not a HUGE amount but likely an ounce or a bit more?

Cavocorax

Sounds good. An oz is probably all I need.

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73
drank Lemoncello by American Tea Room
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This was another tea from Sil! I think I agree with her that while it’s a very nice lemon rooibos, it’s not quite as nice as the one from Della Terra!

I’m happy to have tried it though. :)

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And this was another extra sample from Sil!

It’s really good, although it sorta reminds me of Ruby Pie? Maybe just because I had it yesterday and the memory of the strawberry is lingering on.

This is a nice tea. I have enough for one or two more cups, and I’m looking forward to them.

Sil

It’s nice as a cold brew

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Thank you CrowKettle for the bag of this! It’s going next to my Butiki teas!
I don’t really taste much of the base but I love the smell of this, and the hazelnut is really good.

I’m happy to have more!

Amariel

It is sooo good. I have a little left…kinda scared to finish it off, cuz then it will be gone, but it is really yummy.

Sil

want them to have an ecommerce site like they were supposed to. I despise their site..

Cavocorax

Yeah. Yeahhhhhh. I keep meaning to email them. I’d rather a real website than sending emails back and forth to arrange an order…. Of course I might do it.

Cavocorax

Ok, I finally sent an email. :P

Amariel

Their site is pretty sucky, agreed.

Sil

they were supposed to revamp the site back in like.. october. that’s what the woman said. but yeah..no change.

Cavocorax

Well, if they reply to my email, I’ll let you guys know!

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drank Snow Bunny (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Thanks Janelle for letting me try this one! (167)

It’s not a bad tea, but this blend isn’t as memorable as Santa’s Little Helper or Read My Lips. I do like the banana walnut combo, and I can actually taste the calendula too, but it is a little salty, like Tea Sipper mentioned in their review.

I’m still happy I tried it!

ETA Oh. Oh, YUCK. As it cools it really tastes like Play-Doh. No exaggeration. Swooooosh

OMGsrsly

LOL. Mmm, play doh.

Tea Sipper

Yep, playdoh.

Cavocorax

There – I updated my rating to match the play doh.

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I drank this one earlier without really knowing what it was. It smelled sweet, rich and a little spicy and tasted fruity and… heavy?

When I looked it up I realized it was orange citrus and once I had that in my head it was very obvious to my taste buds. Whoops. I need to get better at identifying it without knowing what I’m drinking. :P

Overall this is a nice tea, but I think I’d prefer an actual EG to this one. Thanks Sil for letting me steal a scoop!

Sipdown (168)

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drank Papayarama by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlog:
I tried this again as a cold-brew while the power was out as it seemed like it’d be better that way.

It wasn’t.

Still, I’m happy I tried it because how else would I know?
(Sipdown)

Sil

I totally read this as pyjamarama. Such a better name.

OMGsrsly

Sil, there needs to be a tea called “Pyjamarama”.

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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!

Ratings:
1-50: Bleh.
51-64: It’s ok.
65-75: It’s good.
76-85: It’s very good. (Buy 1oz+)
86-100: Amazing. (ALWAYS re-stock)

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