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Good morning decaf Lady Grey…I had a lot of trouble getting up this morning, the middle of the week is always the worst, especially since I’ve had 2 days of daylight savings messing with my schedule. I also have a couple meetings today so did not want to overcaffeinate and be bouncing off the walls lol..so out comes this tea. Reliable and tasty, a perfect substitute for a full out black tea, with the addition of lavender to keep me calm and collected. I really do enjoy this tea! See previous notes :)
Ok so I am finally not too busy to write a tasting note!! Ok, first of all, news
If you just want to read about the tea, skip to the last paragraph
So this weekend has been hectic, well the last few weeks anyways..as we have been..house shopping! Yes, me and the guy have been looking at houses, searching online, etc etc..and we finally found it! Our house! And, WE GOT IT! For less than we budgeted too! I am sooo excited! It’s been super busy, and now the guy is off to work up north for 10 days, so I will have a fair amount to do this week, but it’s ours, and it’s beautiful! A big garden and fruit trees too, in the city!
and a tea related part!
The wonderful couple we bought it from lived there for over 40 years, and there were tons of teapots in the house! Beautiful ones! Well, we went on the weekend when they were there, and got talking tea! Haha what are the chances! They brought out a bunch of tins for me to smell and everything, and even recommended me a new company based in Vancouver! Crazy haha, tea brings about the randomest things sometimes!
So yes, that is my news. First house! So excited :D
So now..onto this tea..
I have been drinking tea as of late but too busy to log, but tonight I am relaxing and having a wonderful cup of this with a splash of skim milk. Skim doesn’t seem to upset my stomach, so a very good cup tonight! Creamy, tart, a bit astringent, but it’s lemon haha, so it’s ok. I might have steeped it a bit over 2 mins as well, so that could be contributing. Yummy and good on a Monday night! See previous notes.
I didn’t drink a whole lot of tea today, but I should try to get a good rest tonight, so out comes my sole decaf black tea. This one is really quite tasty! The lavender shines along with a mild bergamot, the base is not too weak in my opinion either. I don’t have much experience with decaf blacks, but I enjoy this one! See previous notes!
My one cup of black tea for the day..I keep having it at night too lol, not sure if that’s a good plan, but at least I’m cutting down on caffeine! Although I did have genmaicha this afternoon, which has caffeine, but minor detail lol. This tea called out to me tonight. After an unfortunate incident of our kitty breaking both of my boyfriend’s favorite pieces of teaware (elephant teapot and halloween color changing mug), he ordered I put some of my teas away so we have a place for teaware. This one ended up in the rejects bag, but of course I had to have a craving for it tonight, so I took it out again lol. Oh, and I ordered him a replacement elephant teapot, so we should be good! Bad cat, he was in a bit of trouble for that :( but anyways, this is creamy and delicious tonight. I quite like this EGC, it has a tasty cream note but the black base and bergamot are still a tad stronger. I like it, yes indeed. See previous note!
Yum this made for a good cup today. It doesn’t seem as waxy, just sweet with heat in the aftertaste from the chilis. Warm on this frigid day. I wanted to go to the gym, but I really don’t want to step foot outside in -36 C windchill weather haha. I will just sit and have more tea I guess :P at least it’s not bad for me! See previous notes on this one :) oh and decreased rating a little bit, just due to the slight waxiness.
This is the other tea mom got me for Christmas, I tried to remember the ingredients the lady gave me on the phone but not sure if I got them all, no nuts at least! The dry leaves consist of black tea, chocolate chunks, what looks like strips of chili peppers, and red peppercorns. Interesting, kind of a version of Chocolate Chili Chai (davidstea).
So I’m not sure on steeping parameters, but I tried 2 mins with boiling water in my new little teapot. I stirred the leaves to get the chocolate to dissolve. Oh, the dry smell is wonderful, strongly chocolate with spice. A big smell for the tea flavor to live up to lol.
The steeped tea smelled kind of weird…almost a waxy smell? It could be the teapot too lol, as after I poured it it’s mellowed into a faint chocolate scent, maybe it’s the spices? Whatever it was, it’s almost gone luckily haha.
As for the taste, wow this is interesting haha. There’s a slight waxiness like a crayon….that sounds bad, but I think it’s just the chocolate being artificial. The wax fades in the middle of the sip to actual chocolate, then, pow, the spice from the chilies and peppercorns hits you and you feel a spicy burn. Definitely not just a chocolate tea haha. The chocolate flavor comes back after the heat too. The only other tea that has made me feel a burn like this was one from Della Terra, a rooibos I can’t find on their site now haha.
Oh, and as the cup cools, the waxy flavor is fading. Hurrah! What an interesting tea. I’ll have to try Davidsteas’s CCC to see how it compares. This one definitely warms me up! A good present from my mom, as it’s not one I would have picked on my own lol. Rating 81 (hard to rate on my tablet without the keyboard attached lol)
I got this as a present from my mom for Christmas, but waited until now to drink it as I had to check the ingredients list with the company. I called them up today and they were very helpful, luckily it looks like there are just almonds in this one and no nuts at all in the other tea mom gave me, Fireside Chocolate! :)
So I had to make a cup of this. I should probably go easy on the black teas, with the busy holidays and lots of travelling, my anxiety has not been the greatest lately, and caffeine has been aggravating it. But oh well haha. I can splurge today, I’m pretty relaxed.
This tea smells like vanilla and apples dry. It’s a blend of black tea, apple cubes, spices, almonds and natural flavoring according to the lady at the company, so sounds good! I steeped a little over a tsp for 2 minutes.
The steeped scent is mostly spices, I am getting cinnamon and maybe some cloves, with a light apple scent thrown in as well. I really don’t smell the almonds, and if I hadn’t seen one in the steeper, probably couldn’t pick them out in the tea from scent or flavor. The taste is like an apple tea with cloves, spicy but there really is apple in there. To me, it’s a bit like a black tea version of Mom’s Apple Pie by DavidsTea, but with less cinnamon and artifical flavors. I guess the almonds could be adding to the depth of the flavor, but I don’t taste much of them. Overall, a pretty good black tea, definitely wintery and festive!
Mmm this is so cozy tonight. I made it in my big chai mug, about 1.5 tsp with some milk and brown sugar. Perfect for a cold evening, although I am feeling the caffeine from so many black teas today lol. Onto herbals after this! Oh and I’m watching the hobbit in preparation for going to the next one on opening night this Thursday! #soexciting, anyways see previous notes on this tea :)
I don’t think I’ve written a note on this yet, but I really like this tea! I usually reserve this tea for miserable weather days, rainy, gross..today it is kind of sunny and windy and somewhat warm, but the clouds made it seem appropriate. A lovely EG with a bite of fresh grapefruit, that’s what this is like. Yum!
Ugh. What a week. I can’t wait for it to be over haha. I need a strong cup of A&D’s Double Knit blend today, but I am still going easy with caffeine (trying max 1 cup a day of black) so I am having decaf EG this morning. It’s good, but I need some strength for today. Gahhh. At least it tastes good lol. See previous notes!
The other new tea I picked up yesterday. Mom and I were smelling Earl Greys as my aunt is a fan of them so we were looking for a gift for her, moment got Lord Grey and I got this one. Both have bergamot and vanilla but this one is more creamy than the other. I’m going to let my mom have a few cups in case that is the one to get my aunt (the Lord Grey is currently for her).
This tea smells soooo creamy. Now, I really don’t need another EGC, I’ve found my favorite at Zen Tea Life already and Heavenly Cream by Sloane is a close second. Oh and I can’t forget the one by davidstea, strong, but I enjoy it. But this one smelled too good to pass up lol (I might go back and get Lord’s Grey as well, it also smelled wonderful, but more bergamotty).
So I steeped about a tsp for 2 mins. The steeped tea retains that wonderful creamy smell and adds in a bit more bergamot. The first few sips were almost too much bergamot, bordering on perfume which I don’t like in EG trash, but the aftertaste is a lovely vanilla cream. As I continue to sip and the cup cools, the vanilla takes over and the perfumeyness fades. It becomes rich, creamy, and quite tasty!
Overall, this is a fairly decent EGC. I recall not being overly fond of Zen Tea Life’s one at the start from the bergamot as well, so I will see if this one ends up passing it as the go to. It’s certainly closer to purchase! Good tea, will rate 82 for now (unsure if it’s a restock yet, but pretty tasty). Oh and it’s quite cozy too :)
I stopped by this local tea shop yesterday to pick up some more Tall Mountain oolong for my boyfriend, and I was also taking my mom shopping there for the first time. I love the teas from this company! So as we walked in, right at the front are all of their holiday/winter teas!! Eep so excited! We started smelling them, and found a few that were just awesome! I should have gotten some of their 12 days of Christmas blend, as it was a pear one and it smelled heavenly! But mom picked up some of their Christmas Comfort black tea, spices and almonds and apples in that one, and we both grabbed a 50g bag of this tea. I couldn’t even find it on their site yet, so the description is just from the sales clerk!
So I excitedly brewed up a cup of this this morning. I steeped for 2 minutes with probably 1.5 teaspons of tea, and it was almost a bit much. Oh, the dry smell is HEAVENLY in this one. Like a warm chai but with sweet vanilla. So tasty smelling. Once steeped, it still smelled pretty good, but a strange dry sort of dusty smell came up, I think it might have been the vanilla and black base.
But the flavor was pretty good! A mildly spicy tea, not too strong in spices for sure, and the vanilla provided a sweet, smoothing aftertaste. You can definitely taste the base tea in this one, it’s a little bit strong, so I might steep for 1.5 minutes next time to see if that accentuates that lovely vanilla note more. But who knows, it might need a longer steep for more spices. Regardless, it was a pretty tasty cup, and warming, and perfect for winter! If I manage to fall in love with this tea, I will have to stock up while it’s still available!
Oh, and another note on this company, a few ladies were in there buying the Scottish and Irish breakfast blends. I haven’t had either of those type of teas before, and the one lady bought a very large bag of the Irish, so I imagine they are pretty good! Those might be on my list for the next time I go there :) always wonderful to find a good local company! They also ship teas, not sure the costs, so if anyone is interested check them out online!
Seriously. This tea is good. Like today, in my Timolino, it’s like I added in cream and apricots to my tea. Like it’s soo legit! Can’t believe that cream flavor. Mmmmm I will sip this as I rock out at work on this fine Thursday. Almost the weekend! And dug out my winter sweater today and my leg warmers :D fall is officially here! See previous notes on this delicious tea :)
Travel mug SIPDOWN! Can’t wait to try my new teas tonight haha so I had to finish this one off first. This tastes like a Tootsie Roll in my travel mug today. Delicious! Might consider re purchasing some of this just because it fares so well in my mug!! See previous notes on this tea :)
I’ve had this a few times, and I am way too tired tonight to do a proper review, but this tea is a very nice decaf before bed. It usually hits the spot when I’m craving a black tea late at night with some relaxation as well from the lavender. Actually, the lavender is pretty strong in this, but I like lavender, so that is not a bad thing. Ahh, I need sleep. This work then school thing will take some major adjusting, I just ground out my 2 assignments that have to be done by Tues for our first exam tonight lol. And work has been busy this week too. Sigh. TGIF tomorrow. Off to bed now lol. Thank goodness for decaf tea!
First SIPDOWN of the day, at 9 in the morning! Woot! I got this as a free sample at my local tea shop. A few weeks ago I made 2/3 of the pack stovetop with milk and didn’t log it, it was quite good but very strong, I probably could have had more milk than water or something, and a bit more honey. Today, I just steeped the remainder Western style for 2 minutes. Oh, the dry smell is so yummy, spicy and peppery with a hint of sweet. The black tea in this is little tiny black pellets, I believe this is a CTC tea, and my first one at that! This makes for a super dark liquor with a lot of strength.
I tried the first sip without any additives, and it was spicy and dark and strong, tasty, but quite a lot for a first cup of the day. So I added in a generous amount of honey, and that tones it quite a bit. Hmm, I like the taste of this, even with the bitter aftertaste. Weird! I’m not the best at picking out spice flavors as I don’t have them outside of tea much and they just meld so good in tea, but I think cardamom and cinnamon are the predominant notes, and the cloves, but I could be wrong haha. I still think I prefer this one as stovetop lol, as it’s just more cozy that way. But it definitely can hold its own being brewed Western with just water! I might pick up some more of this in the future, as I see this being one I crave in the winter for its boldness and warmth. I am surprised I enjoy this so much, as it has so much body, I thought it’d be too much lol. Thank you Acquired Taste Tea for the lovely sample!
Had a cup of this one as my final cup of the evening, phew, lots of tea today! I feel so hydrated :D this one is not much better even with a longer steep time, still very rooibosy. I have enough for one cup still. It at least is a decent quality rooibos, smooth and tasty. See previous notes on this tea :)
500th note! Woot! So many reviews, kind of crazy!
I did have a different cup of tea this morning that I could have logged as my 500th, but I wanted it to be this one, as it is just hitting the spot on this blustery day. Lovely apricot and cream flavor! A current favorite, and because it is, it gets the spotlight of my 500th note. And a local company! Yay for tea, can’t believe I’ve written that many reviews in under a year! Now I feel like a tea addict :) see previous notes on this tea!
Sipdown! This is actually the third cup of my sample pack, and I didn’t log the other two yet. But this is another pretty tasty tea by Acquired Taste Tea! The dry smell is a deep, rich maple scent. I steeped for 2 minutes, and this one is a bit stronger than the others due to finishing up the sample pack, but it is still good! The flavor is like real maple syrup, a dark and rich taste, not too sugary, but definitely mapley. The aftertaste has the creaminess of caramel, and the base does well to support the subtle yet delicious flavors. This one might definitey be a re-buy, but I need to finish my larger packs of tea from this company first!
This is an excellent tea!! I’ve had 2 cups of it since I bought it, and it is just awesome. The apricot and cream flavors are very true, and the black base is perfect for them, not sure what type, actually, I know nothing about this tea other than the name, I couldn’t find it online! But it is a darn good one. I smelled it the first time I went to the store and for some reason didn’t get any, probably because I got the lemon cream instead (which is also really good). The sales clerk was having a cup with milk the first time I went in, so I might have to try that sometime too! But this is the PERFECT autumn tea. I love it, will definitely drink lots of it!
Another sample I picked up on Friday. This smelled super interesting dry, cranberry with a hint of cream and the rooibos balancing everything nicely. It was interesting because I haven’t had many cranberry teas, especially a rooibos, and you really could smell it in there! Very autumny.
I steeped it for around 5 minutes. Steeped, it mostly smells like rooibos. Boo :( as for the flavor, ehh I get a mild cranberry note, but a sweetish cranberry, so a bit medicinal. Not much cream, maybe a little bit? But yeah, mostly rooibos. A smooth rooibos at least, but I was hoping for a heavier cream flavor, something akin to Lemon Chiffon by Della Terra but with cranberries. I will try this again at a later date with a longer steeping time, as I still have enough for a few cups in my sample. A bit disappointing, but still happy to have tried it, and works well with my alternating of caffeinated/non caffeinated teas so that I don’t get caffeine crazed :)