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Was planning on making this one as a cold brew overnight but when I woke up this morning I realized I had forgotten to get it ready and put in the fridge. So I made it iced just so I could have something cold in the fridge today. (Which if you continue reading, was a good plan).

I have to start studying for a huge exam coming up. I have been meaning to start for weeks. Do a bit every day so I don’t have to cram. But procrastination set in. So today I finally decided to get started. I spent an hour getting all my study stuff ready – procrastination at its best. Then the power goes out, which is good, because with no power, there is not much else I can/should be doing, might as well study. I finally sat down and turned on the laptop to download the study guide, well guess what – internet doesn’t work if the power is out. Damn. I need some tea at this point. Well you can’t boil a kettle if there is no power. Damn. So I am glad I had made a pitcher of this iced so I could at least have that kind of tea while I study. Maybe it saved me, maybe not. We will see how long I study for before I get distracted. (Edit: made it about an hour and a half before I broke for lunch, but most of that time was searching for information in a bunch of different books – at least its a start).

This tea is not terribly great hot. So we will see how it is iced. It is not terrible iced, but not the greatest. I think it is easier to drink iced than hot. There is still a orange rind pepper taste. I don’t really get any sweet orange flavour. There is really not much taste to the tea. The taste of even the black tea is quite blunted. I had added some rock sugar while it was steeping which I think helped. I think I will finish the rest of this one off as iced/cold on those days when it is hot and I just need to guzzle tea without really tasting it.

Terri HarpLady

Murphy’s Law: If anything can go wrong, it will! :)
Good luck with the studying!

Lala

Thanks Terri. Now that I have gotten going, it is going pretty well… for now anyway!

Fjellrev

Best of luck on the studying! I can be really overwhelming cramming it all in, but sometimes it works even better than spreading it out haha.

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88

I made this tea a couple of days ago hot, then put it in the fridge overnight to chill. I also added a little bit of sugar because of the tartness. With the addition of the sugar, it is a much better tisane. Refreshing, but I am still not getting much in the kiwi department.

As much as I don’t like to add sugar, this tea kinda needs it.

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95

Sipdown
This is a very refreshing tea. Almost like lemonade but not too sweet. It’s slightly tart from the hibiscus but not overly so. Each cup tastes a little different depending on what fruit pieces end up in the scoop but that’s ok.
I would like to re-stock this but I think my local tea shop has stopped selling this tea :(
That’s the worst when you find a tea you like and then can’t restock it! Oh well, I enjoyed it while I had it

Lala

Wen I first read your review I was like I am going to get some of this, Ihave never seen it is the store so it must be a new one. But then I read thru the review and am now sad :(

Michelle Butler Hallett

Nooooo! Discontinued tea …

tigress_al

It is sad :(

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77

Made this one as a cold brew and i’m not sure if this is the heat or what but it is PERFECT tonight and hitting exactly the spot that i wanted it. I am digging this a lot and it’s making the perfect tea tonight to help beat the heat. thanks lala!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Lala

Glad it is helping you survive that wicked heat wave!

Sil

it’s insane…flood one week…next week heat warnings..

Lala

well as long as you (and your tea) are safe

NofarS

Keep safe!

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67

Made the last of this one as a cold brew, brewed for 12 hours. I wanted to write here that it was delicious! but really it is just ok.

There is a metallic tang from the rooibos. You can taste the pistachio, and there is a blunted green apple taste. Not very sweet. I will need to add some sweetener to my cup to straighten out this apple taste. There is definitely a pastry type taste as a cold brew, like thick pie crust. It is also a bit creamy. The liquor is thick. There is a long, lingering rooibos aftertaste. The last time I had this hot was a long time ago, but cold it seems like the tastes are a bit more complex.

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100

Backlogging
This is one of my favs and definitely a cupboard staple.
I think I have to increase the rating because I just love the subtle earl grey with the sweetness of the caramel.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Chelle

Might have to try this one. I like subtle bergamot.

tigress_al

This is just from my local tea shop and I am not sure if they ship. But maybe we could arrange a swap in the future

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90

Again, not really but kind of a tea tasting note.

I wanted to make some iced coffee. My usual is to use day old coffee, add milk, sweetener and ice, sometimes blender it will some kind of mocha or chocolate mix.

I decided to brew the coffee with some lapsang tea – really wasn’t my idea, I did see this somewhere but can’t remember where or when. I made 8 cups, used 4 scoops coarsely ground Starbucks blonde veranda blend and just 1 tsp of the lapsang – I didn’t want it to be too strong.

It turned out ok. You can definitely taste the smokey flavour. But cold, it does make the coffee quite dry, slightly bitter. It really tastes like smokey campfire coffee to me. It is almost like the smoke just sits on top of the coffee. First I taste the smoke, then I taste the coffee, it is not blending too well. I am thinking this one might have been better had I used a bolder coffee. This one is definitely better hot than cold. Cold campfire is just not for me I guess.

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90

This is not necessarily a tea review, so you can stop reading now if you like.

I made pea soup. Mmmmm. It was delicious. My grandparents sill farm, even though they are probably to old to be farming, they just won’t quit. Good for them! My grandpa grew peas last year so I got my grandma to steal me an ice cream pail of peas after harvest. I have been using them up sparingly. They were not “processed” and “fresh” off the field. In saying that I mean they were not cleaned so they were full of dust, husks and dehydrated grasshopper parts. I spent an hour yesterday sifting through 4 cups of peas to clean out any non-pea debris, then soaked for 12 hours in water. I slow cookered the peas for 12 hours with a ham bone, 1 cup of strong lapsang souchong tea, chicken stock, pepper and bay leaves.

The lapsang gave the soup a smokey flavour that paired perfectly with the ham. But I think it also helped to cut back on the saltiness that sometimes the ham can give it. I also found the soup to be very smooth, which I am attributing to the tea because that is the only difference this time around. I didn’t use too much tea so the caffeine does not appear to be a factor.

This was great and I look forward to doing it again. My grandparents are growing peas again this year so I might have to sneak some more in the fall :) Maybe more than an ice cream pail this time!

Nxtdoor

Ham hock?

Nxtdoor

Split pea soup is awesome. With ham hock, I’m in heaven.

Lala

It was the bone from a picnic ham, so the leg – not sure what the cut is called.

JustJames

i can’t do smoke normally…. but i likely could this way! yum!!!

no grasshopper parts? but we all need protein =0(

Lala

Ha ha, well I got the grasshopper parts that still had faces and antennas. I am sure there were still a few legs left in there. :P

Fjellrev

Interesting concoction!

JustJames

not happy when your beverages grimace at you?

Lala

More like: I don’t like when I have a smiling face staring up at me right before I eat it. He he.

Bonnie

What a great idea! I cook with lapsang souchong all the time. Usually though, I grind it into a powder with my mortar and pestle…then sprinkled on steaming broccoli or use in rubs.

Lala

Bonnie – I thought about just putting the tea leaves in whole but I was worried about the caffeine getting too strong – so I can eat this for supper/dinner. Do you find that when you grind the leaves there seems to be caffeine effects added?

JustJames

it could have been sticking its tongue out, lol!!

i have to be careful with smoke/smokiness. i can’t be around even bonfire smoke (so annoying), and i am sensitive to it in teas as well. i do think i could do it in a pea soup, though.

canadianadia

ooh! Lapsang in split pea soup – that’s genius!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Oh man! That sounds so good!

Bonnie

DELETE2 minutes ago
When you make a powder out of the tea, you just use a pinch of it or so to taste…and unless you’re eating everything yourself, I hardly think caffeine is an issue. Sugar and salt are bigger concerns to health. I cook with tea frequently and at 65 have never noticed any caffeine effect as yet. Possibly, this is due to having the tea with food…not on an empty stomach.

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99

Ok WOW!!!!!!

A local tea vendor started selling tea infused ice cream at the local farmers market.

This is delicious. It is creamy, thick, ice cream. It tastes exactly like a creamy iced London Fog. The Earl Grey is strong but not too strong, it is sweet and creamy – just the way I like it. Will definitely have to try all the other flavours: chai latte, jasmine latte, campfire maple, and rose marzipan.

Chelle

Wow! I would love to try those.

tigress_al

Oh my!! I will have to check out this ice cream! Sounds amazing!

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85

Made this one as a cold brew.

Its ok. Tastes like caramel earl grey. There is no “creamy” about it as a cold brew. Much more creamy when hot. The bergamot in this one as a cold brew is also a little chemical tasting. Glad I tried it cold, but prefer this one hot.

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85

I have been trying to use of the mountains of Earl Grey tea I have at home. Normally I just drink Twinnings at work, but I started bringing other brands to work so I can drink them down (and then get more).

I normally do not drink a lot of Earl Grey Creams. So in my tired haze this morning, I boiled the water (kind of – it doesn’t ever get to boiling at work) and dropped in this tea. The smell that wafted out made me a bit concerned. I sat there thinking for more than a few minutes, I thought I was drinking Earl Grey. Then it dawned on me that what I was smelling was the caramel. Mmmmm. The smell is delicious and tantalizing. I had to take a sip before it was cool enough, and it burned my tongue. This one is much more caramel-y than I remember. I can smell and taste the bergamot just under the caramel. It feels like it is going to be a good day today!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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65

sipdown! finished this off as a cold brew.. ick. sorry lala this is not the tea for me! There’s something in the blend that doesn’t mesh wll with the other flavours. ah well, there are always other teas!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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I’m not a fan of this tea. A white tea, so I brewed for 3 minutes with 180 water. A pale yellow liquor, almost clear. Slight citrus aroma when hot but it all disappears when the tea cools. It has a tangerine flavour and unfortunately a bitterness envelops the tongue at the end of the sip. I didn’t oversteep and I didn’t use too hot water, it feels like the bitterness is from the citrus rinds.

Will not resteep and will not finish the cup. Sorry Sil ! It sounded like it would be so good too! Bummer.

Sil

white teas are tricky buggers :)

Nxtdoor

Or maybe I’m a peasant.

Sil

Haha naw…

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77

another cup of hot brewed, cold tea this afternoon. Trying to mix it up a little this afternoon to work on some of my larger samples and try some of my teas that i haven’t yet sampled. Overall a very relaxing afternoon, playing PvZ on facebook and reading and getting vacation stuff a little more organised.

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68

Continuing on with my orange slice series – I added an orange slice to this tea. The orange slice made the tea much more tasty. It just brought out the orange flavour in the tea. It is a little candy-like, artificial orange tasting, but with the orange slice there is a stronger orange flavour. This tea ended up in the back of my tea cupboard because I didn’t find it too appetizing before, so I was ignoring it. But now I think I have found a way to drink it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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78

SIPDOWN! i think i have about 11 more to go over the weekend if i want to hit my goal of 250 before next week starts…no idea if i’ll make it but i can sure as heck enjoy some tea while trying! :) thank you lala for sending this my way. never did figure out what tea it reminded me of but i really enjoyed this :)

Sil

Haha er 250. I’m tiiiired leave me alone! :p mooooooommmm kittennas being meaaaaan!

Kittenna

Ahaha. I was just momentarily very confused :P

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85

Thank you Lala for this sample.

This tea has an interesting smell, sweet and fruity but also nutty..like almond. Much nicer than your average Rooibos. Personally I’m not a fan of pistachio but my husband is so it will be interesting to see if we both like it.

Once steeped this tea is red/brown in colour and has a sweet almond and gentle apple scent.

Flavour is very sweet and appley with a sweet but dry nut finish. It’s not overly sweet but on the brink of being so (for me at least). It’s more almond than pistachio which works in my favour so the taste is quite pleasant. Very creamy and delicious.

Two cups in and I still cannot taste much Rooibos at all which is a very nice surprise. Remains refreshing and light but with a large apple and nut explosion that can be enjoyed in the after taste.

My husband loves apple tea and this is one that he gulped down with delight…well, as much delight as he can muster. He is never enthusiastic about anything, he says ‘yeah it’s alright’ about every tea.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Lala

So happy you and your hubby liked it! This is one of the few rooibos blends I really like.

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65

mmmm thanks lala I’m not yet sure how i feel about this tea. I’m not overly a fan of white teas most of the time but this tea has enough flavour going on that i think i can get behind this.

There’s a citrusy smell to the dry tea that is quite enticing. Brewed, this isn’t overly tangerine like but it’s not bad either. There’s a sweet and spicy taste going on here that is unique from a lot of teas that i’ve had. I’m not sure what about this tea is supposed to make it “parfait” like, but i’m fine with that lol. I quite like this, though i also really want to try it cold brewed to see what happens. thank you lala

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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77

thank you lala! so uh…i’m going to have to give this one another shot. I totally lost track of brewing it..so i’m pretty sure it sat there for about 15 mins. End result? um sour that makes the side of my mouth do that watering thing. lol so yeah… potential for good things here, ruined by my inability to pay attention tonight haha sorry lala! luckily i have more to play with so thank you for that!

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98

Made this as a 6 hour cold brew.

It is not as “warming” as a cold brew, which is good. It tastes of ginger and verbena, and a strong pepper taste. There is a very tiny bit of sweetness. There is definitely a wasabi taste but without the heat/spice.

Very refreshing cold, almost the opposite of when it is hot. Hot it is warming (like runny nose warming), and cold it is thirst quenching and refreshing.

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74

Thanks to Lala for a wonderful surprise sample of this tea!

I’m not getting much oolong (ok, any really) from the flavour, but what I can taste is a delicious, lightly spiced tea. A bit citrusy, primarily orange, with cinnamon, and what tastes to me like either fennel or anise, but at a very agreeable level. It reminds me of Christmas, although it’s not a series of flavours I can recall tasting in a tea before. There’s some creaminess too, at the end of the sip.

This is probably not a tea I need more of, but it’s actually surprisingly delicious. As indicated by the fact that my cup is also now empty! I have another cup’s worth left, and I don’t imagine it will take very long to finish it off!

Thanks again Lala!

ETA: Oversteeped second infusion was surprisingly not at all astringent, but the spice wasn’t quite to my liking. I preferred it to be a bit more subtle. Still drank it, though!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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78

thank you lala for this one. I swear it smells and tastes VERY much like another tea that i’ve had though i can’t seem to recall which one it was. This is a really nice apple-y sort of strudel tea. I just wish i could remember which tea it reminds me of. I am really enjoying this one on this super cold, gross afternoon of hail, rain, wind and minor sleep deprivation from last night haha time to make cookies!

Amariel

Sounds yummy!

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86

I made this iced today and made a tea smoothie. How refreshing! The peach notes are definitely shining through here today.
Smoothie: iced tea, banana, frozen mango, low fat vanilla yogurt

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95

Shut up, the smell of this is insane. It’s like the freshest most fabulous apple pie ever in a mug on my desk right now. Ya know what it really reminds me of? A baked apple fresh out of the oven with cinnamon and some nuts mixed in, it definitely has that nutty warm scent. Maybe it’s cinnamon sugared nuts mixed into a baked apple. I haven’t even sipped it yet, I’m just dying over how fabulous it smells. I’m really nervous I’m going to love this because I don’t live in SK…I live in the US.

Anyway, got this in a SURPRISE swap from Lala and am just getting around to it now because I need something easy on my stomach (I’m a notorious black tea addict) and this rooibos sounded heavenly. Yes this is a problem. I love this tea. I get a bit of the rooibos taste, but the first layer of the sip is more like apple cider. Stop it. This is so good. This is the most spot on apple pie type tea I’ve tried. I generally hoard apple teas because I LOVE apple, but then I remember I don’t usually like apple tea, and then I have a bunch of apple tea that I’ll never drink. But this one is different, it’s special! I love it!

oh my God, so delicious. try it. seriously just try it.

CHAroma

Sounds amazing! If only I liked rooibos. :/

Sil

ooh this sounds totally interesting

Lala

Happy you like it. If you ever want more, just let me know. I’m sure we could arrange a swap, some US goodies for some Canadian ones!

TastyBrew

Yeah, everything about this tea sounds amazing… Except the rooibos part. Hmmm.

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