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1413 Tasting Notes

76
drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
1413 tasting notes

This seriously tastes like juice, without all the sugar. It’s really refreshing. I grabbed 50g for $3.50 or so when it was on sale and u only regret that I didn’t get more.

This is staying in the fridge as a staple for my toddler. She won’t even need juice (well, except for the vitamins…)

Preparation
Iced
Fjellrev

After drinking blends like this, drinking juice is SO weird. Way too sugary and thick.

OMGsrsly

I totally prefer the juicy teas over juices now. Or I dilute my juice with water, but then some of the flavour goes away. :) Nana’s Fruit Garden is quite similar, so if you end up needing more you can get it. And I think Zen Tea has a similar blend too.

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73
drank Minty Cow by Della Terra Teas
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Thanks Courtney for sharing this! I love this tea for the adorable cow sprinkles, but I don’t know that I would buy any. Not with 5 oz left of Read My Lips sitting on my shelf.

But… cows!

keychange

Just got my dT sample of this! (minty cow that is). So excited!

Roswell Strange

You’re both making me impatient for my Della Terra order to come in! I have some Minty Cow on its way to me as well! Blah.

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I haven’t reviewed this after several cups. I guess it’s just not what I was hoping for! Not enough lime, not enough strawberry. It’s sorta basic and plain.

I’m not that upset about it as Bayswater had plenty of other teas which I enjoyed more.

Fjellrev

I’ve noticed that her fruity blends are just ok while her creamy, gourmand ones are the ones that shine.

Cavocorax

Yeah, that’s a great observation.
I agree!

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Sorry Root Beer honeybush! I enjoyed the first few sips of you and then was quickly consumed by fanigirlishness. And I never thought I’d be a fangirl, but I ship Johnlock so hard it’s all-consuming.

And I don’t care who knows it. :P

It started because I read this fic: https://archiveofourown.org/works/240332 (Seeds), and followed that up with this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiYyv_vQokw and now I just want to jump up and down and squeal and be the happiest.

So, in short, this tea was very good, but I don’t think any tea would be able to distract me when I’m so ridic happy.

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So Andrews&Dunham just posted a sale, which was VERY convenient after we were discussing shipping prices in the US swap thread, and I sorta LOST MY MIND.

I ordered a tin of Mount Grey as it’s been on my list for 4 months or so now, just waiting for a shipping sale. I should have checked with other Canadians to see if we wanted to share a 3 pack or something but, nope, I just HAD TO HAVE IT.

I put out 4 resumes today to decent places. I’d be pretty excited if I got in at any of them, and hopefully I’ll start somewhere before my tea arrives and Joe raises an eyebrow at me. :P OTOH, $50 for the month isn’t that bad…

This tea is so great. If you like malty Assam’s (with fruity undertones?), and very pretty tiger tins, go pick one up RIGHT NOW.

Sil

cough way to go silly…

Fjellrev

I still need to try the sample you gave me!

OMGsrsly

I’m SO tempted, because that Tiger Assam is so nice in the morning. I’ll have to re-jig my budget to see, though.

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88
drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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I had 3 cups of this this morning. The last was pretty weak, but it was still rather enjoyable. I’ve been drinking so slowly though – maybe one cup an hour!

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drank Strawberry Fields by The Tea Spot
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Sipdown! (122)

This is good, but not great. I’m debating finishing this cup, or pouring it down to make a new one. :P

I’m also watching the NEW Downton Abbey! :D

caile

New Downtown Abbey! :-)

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96

Yowza! I was starting to think that I wouldn’t need to order any more of this tea because the Caramel Vanilla is so amazing, but this cup convinced me that I need both.

Courtney

I was just trying to determine which of those two to order and ended up deciding on the Caramel Vanilla. Hmm.

Cavocorax

Well if I could only choose one, it’s be the Caramel Vanilla. But I think it’s be nice to have 1 oz of this one kicking around too!

OMGsrsly

I got the Caramel Vanilla, but I think I’ll get both in my next order. :)

JustJames

the caramel vanilla is outstanding. haven’t tried the taiwanese assam….. plotting for december is underway!

Amariel

It’s good, but I do think Caramel Vanilla has a bit of an edge on this one.

Kittenna

Straight PTA wins hands down for me. I really have to wonder if my Caramel Vanilla somehow lost flavour… although Sil got hers from the same bag as mine , and I tried it shortly after receiving the package in the mail. Hrmmm…

Cavocorax

Great! I love the feedback!

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92

My first tea of the day!

Everyone else is sleeping so I’m sitting with the baby watching the LAST episode of Downton Abbey and drinking dragon pearls. I still haven’t had my dragon pearl-off, but someday!

I have a feeling that I’ll need a comfort tea afterwards from what I’ve heard. :( 15 minutes to go, and I’m waiting for hell to break loose.

God, I love some of these characters so much. Even Mary, even though she’s so complicated. And stubborn.

Terri HarpLady

I have yet to watch a single episode of this show. Maybe when winter comes & there is snow I’ll make tony a decadent breakfast & talk him into spending a day on the couch in PJs, watching every episode of the first season. Cuz that’s how we roll!

Sil

yes terri! yes!

Shadowfall

Let me know when you do have a dragon pearl-off since I’d love to follow along. One of these days I want to have one of my own. Lol.

Cavocorax

Terri – that sounds really awesome. :) I love devouring an entire episode at once.

I just realized that Season 4 starts to air today which is a relief because I don’t like how the last ep ended and need something else. But now I’m stuck waiting for each episode like regular people. :P I hate being caught up.

And will do, Shadowfall!

Terri HarpLady

Maybe I’ll join you guys on the pearl-off as well!

sansnipple

Most vendors’ dragon pearls are actually literally the same tea. No matter the retailer, 99% these things on the market are all made by Feng Qing Tea Factory in Yunnan China (the Feng Qing in the name), any minor differences you pick out will just be batch to batch variations, so get them wherever they’re cheapest.

Cavocorax

Really? I didn’t realize that! Maybe I’ll do a visual/smell test first to see if I can see any difference before I brew up a buttload of tea.

Shadowfall

Sansnipple – I didn’t realize that either. Kinda takes the fun out of it. Lol!

Terri HarpLady

I know they aren’t all exactly the same. Mandala’s pearls definitely taste & look different from thepuritea’s, for example.

Dexter3657

Mandala’s aren’t the same as these either.

Cavocorax

Hmmm… I always thought the Adagio and Zen Tea pearls were not as good quality as the others ones I’ve had too. I should go through and see how many types of pearls I have!

Sil

Cavo – i JUST found out the season started again tonight… heh so excited but yes… waiting sucks..that’s why i have like 10 shows i watch at the same time..gives me time to get a few episodes ready for when i want to do mini sessions of the show haha

Cavocorax

I’m happy you watch it too! I don’t know anyone else that does and I might need to vent or cheer or something!

We usually just blitz through seasons after they’ve all aired but Joe isn’t into this so I can actually keep up.

Amariel

I do love this tea. One of these days I will place an order for some.

Amariel

I watched the first couple of eps at a friend’s house who had netflix, but now I am not sure the best source at home to watch with. I don’t have netflix at home.

Cavocorax

It must have been American Netflix because I don’t see it on mine. I end up downloading the episodes, or borrowing the dvd’s from the library.

Terri HarpLady

Seems like they’d make Netflix the same for everyone… :/

Cavocorax

I think it’s to do with different regulations and licensing. Some of the Canadian broadcasters have rights to show movies/shows in Canada, and don’t want to sell/share it well Netflix. Red tape and bureaucracy are part of the problem, I imagine.

So our selection is much smaller than yours, but for some reason we get the odd show that you guys don’t get in the US. I think we had Walking Dead far sooner than you guys did, as an example. A lot of people I know us IP blockers or something to get US netflix, but I just haven’t bothered to figure it out for my PS3 yet.

Sil

i download my tv shows 100% legally….cough

Amariel

Yes, it was in LA when I was at the Gallifrey One con and I was at my friend’s house alone for a bit.

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86
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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I’m so sleepy today – IDK what’s up with that. TK didn’t go to bed until 1:30AM, but then we slept until 11. I should be feeling great!

Instead I’m blinking blearily at the brightness of my laptop screen and clutching tightly to my tea mug.

I love this tea.

We have company coming to visit/BBQ tonight. I might have to switch to coffee soon. AND/OR matcha.

Courtney

This sounds so similar to my week now that I’m back in full-time classes haha. I hope your BBQ goes well :)

Fjellrev

I beat you! I slept in until 12:45 and went to bed at 1am. Granted, I’m sick. But still, talk about sleeping in and still feeling tired, eh?

Hope matcha would help!

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