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This is another tea I took from the GCTTB.
I’m having a good time with this one tonight. I’m getting apple, I’m getting strudel (?) or sweet pastry something. I didn’t taste any pistachio, that’s disappoints me. I LOVE pistachio.
Steeped this using the MissB trick – I love how that works out.
All in all I liked this one. Nice to have an apple tea that isn’t ooooozing cinnamon.

Roswell Strange

Mmm, I love this one! It’s buried in my closet, but now I want to go find it…

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After the success of Apple Strudel Pistachio, I decided to try the second Cuppa’T Specialty Tea Roswell Strange sent to me in our most recent swap. This smells great and when my sip began, there was a nice pumpkin spice flavor but then it hit me…hibiscus. Ugh. My nemesis! I do not like being lied to and hibiscus is the biggest liar of them all – hiding in all the teas and then jumping out to surprise you with its tartness. Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing but this is just not for me. I probably should have read the ingredients more closely before asking to try it out.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

It’s okay. One miss among so many hits is not bad. I mean if I liked all the teas I would be in insane debt.

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I loved this one but now I don’t know if its me or the tea but we just are not getting along anymore. I think the age of this tea might have resulted in some flavor deterioration which is making this once amazing dessert tea nothing more than its rooibos base. Alas, now it feels as though it is a chore to drink it.

Today, I tried making it an iced latte, hoping it would evoke notions of apple strudel a la mode and though I get a moment of that at the very start of the sip, the base quickly takes over…as if it is jumping in and going “LOOK AT ME!!!!! I AM STILL HERE!!!!!!!”. It’s like a battle between sweet and metal and it just is not a battle I want to be apart of.

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I decided to cold brew this with a bit of Turkish apple tisane (as per Memily’s method) but something went terribly wrong as I am getting a huge dose of rooibos and a sickly sweet pistachio. Somehow adding apple, a typically tartish apple at that, I somehow drowned the apple flavor and left behind a cloying mess. I think there is some experimenting that still needs to be done. Luckily, thanks to the awesome Roswell Strange, I have plenty of this tea to work with!!

On a semi-related note, though only because it is about a beverage, has anyone ever tried a Fig Heaven cocktail?? I had one okay a few tonight and they were it was so good. Metaxa, fig jam, apple juice, and grenadine. For sure not healthy, and super sweet but truly amazing!! And it went perfect with the Greek food dinner. Omnomnom!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Evol Ving Ness

That cocktail sounds yum! Was this in Greek Town? (Because I need this cocktail in my life.)

VariaTEA

It was actually just around the corner from my place in thornhill at a restaurant called Santorini. Though, I looked it up online and it seems popular enough that you’d probably be able to find it in Greek Town

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Sipdown!! (201)

Goodbye tasty apple strudel tea. You are a sad one to see go but I just couldn’t resist the cup tonight. Thank you Roswell Strange for supplying me with this tea. It is teas like this one that makes me so happy for our bizillion tea swaps :)

Sil

soooo far ahead of me in tea drinking today. i’ll have to step it up tomorrow

VariaTEA

I decided to drink tea as opposed to be productive so it probably wasn’t the best choice but it was the fun choice :P

Sil

i was out all day celebrating a friends birthday…she recently had a kid so we took her out for the entire day!

VariaTEA

Ooooh fun.

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Every time I take a sip of this tea, I ready myself for rooibos, and am blown away by the amazingly accurate apple strudel flavor. You think I would have learned by now but I think I like the element of pleasant surprise. Thank you Roswell Strange for supplying me with even more of this tea. I NEED to place an order because I want to this in my cupboard…in COPIOUS amounts. This and Soba – delicious caffeine-free options for any mood.

Suziqzer

Sounds like another good one!

VariaTEA

It has been a good night for tea :)

Stephanie

I love the idea of apple strudel with pistachios in it…nom nom nom

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Sad, sad sipdown!! (205)

Thank you Roswell Strange for this one. It is a rare rooibos that doesn’t rooibosy. It beautifully captures the flavor of a homemade apple strudel. I am sad to see it go.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

I need this tea in my life…shopping list.

Courtney

Those are the best rooibos teas – the ones that don’t taste like rooibos. :P

Roswell Strange

Heh, unless you’ve received more tea in the last 24(ish) hours you now have less tea than I do :P But I’ll remember you like this one (I hoped you would because of the pistachio).

VariaTEA

I just bought 15 new teas!!

Roswell Strange

With your 52Teas order? They don’t count yet – not in your cupboard atm ;)

VariaTEA

No. I was not including that. I went to DAVIDs and CaesarsTea today and bought 15 teas in person. I have a problem.

VariaTEA

If I include the 52 teas than you need to add an additional 19 on top of that.

Roswell Strange

My hiatus has been going pretty well, I must say :) Though, there may be 19 in total on the way to me, heh… RiverTea + Keychange + Cavo + Moraiwe + “Take It Away” thread.

VariaTEA

I grabbed 10 g so I will cold brew that and see if I am left with anything to try it hot. I also grabbed Guava Cadabra and intend to cold brew it.

Roswell Strange

I like Guava Cadabra too, though I’m surprised you got it because of the hibiscus.

VariaTEA

I tried Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait as a cold brew and enjoyed it so I decided to give Guava Cadabra a try that way just to see what happens. I figured if I grabbed 10 g that wsas probably just enough for one bottle cold brewed and so its nbd if I am not a fan.

VariaTEA

So I just realized I commented here the response I meant to put on my Countess of Seville post. I was wondering where that went. Haha.

Roswell Strange

I didn’t even notice it was on the wrong tasting note! :C

VariaTEA

That’s because our conversations transend boundaries :P

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2 tsps of this in boiling water for 5 minutes results in a tasty, tasty treat. I worried when I smelled it because the rooibos was potent but tastewise this is both apple strudel and pistachio. Like saying this tastes like apples doesn’t even cover the flavor because it is specifically apple strudel, sweet and delicious. Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing this with me. Too bad they are not online or I might be order more of this :P

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

Oh haha. Thank you!

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From the GCTTB. I’m on the hunt for a new pumpkin and spice tea since I found that DT changed their Pumpkin Chai, so when I saw this one in the box I knew I had to give it a shot.

The dry tea is filled with petals and pieces of orange peel and apple. I did get a whole lot pumpkin scent and there was a bit of cinnamon smell but aside from that not really much in the way of “spiciness”.

The brewed liquor was a deep medium brown and smelled of sweet cinnamon with a touch of squash and some vanilla laced throughout. I didn’t really get much from the apple or orange (nor am I really certain about these ingredients but oh well). As for the flavor, I found it to be really subtle. Mixed in with some darker notes from the black tea was just the barest hit of pumpkin and a touch of cinnamon. The rest of the ingredients didn’t really stand out to me, but the mouthfeel was nice; full, thick and quite warm.

If you’re looking for a mild pumpkin/squash tea then this one might suit you but personally I was really hoping for more spice given the name of the tea. Oh well, I’ve got a bunch of other pumpkin tea samples to try as well so I’m sure I’ll find something at one point or another!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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Sipdown (189/191)!

When I got home from work right before passing out I set this up to cold brew! In addition to the last little bit of the leaf, I made the decision to add in a bag of Stash’s Meyer Lemon to the cold brew. All I could think about what “Raspberry Lemonade” which sounded really appealing.

About nine hours later, I strained everything out and I’m drinking it now. I have to say, the addition of the Meyer Lemon does add something though it’s not an astoundingly distinct or present flavour – just a light, fun kind of lemon/citrus layer that makes an effort to make the “coffee” flavour in the blend.

And I say makes an effort because it doesn’t REALLY succeed, though it does help.

I finally looked up what woolflowers (the ingredient in this that I BELIEVE is contributing the coffee flavour) are supposed to take like; and I guess they have a vegetal, almost spinach like flavour. Um… No. That’s not what I get from this. I GET COFFEE, DAMNIT!

I swear I’m not crazy.

So yeah, this was a fun/creative way to finish this blend off and I must say that it feels REALLY nice to have gotten a tea that I had in larger quantity out of the way (though admittedly I passed a TON of it off to VariaTEA). It feels like I really accomplished something!

Flavors: Berries, Lemon Zest, Mineral

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Cold brewed for about fourteen hours(ish), and then brought to work today. I only have enough leaf left for one more could brew – and I think that’s a good thing because even though this was a better taste experience then I’ve had before – it really wasn’t that spectacular.

Work today started off really shitty; basically I had to go back and restock an entire aisle because some of the trainees (partially myself included) had incorrectly stocked some Tupperware. It was tiring and really frustrating. However, thankfully the shift got much better and ended on a really positive note. And now I have tomorrow off; yay!

Anyway, this cold brew was pretty delightful; I mean, I still got that weird coffee note but it was smooth and I managed to pair the tea with something that complimented the coffee/raspberry really well when I was on break (PB & Blackberry Jam sandwich and Cadbury Cream eggs) and that made it a lot less noticable/irritating.

I sent a bunch of this to VariaTEA (and saw she had this today too), so I’m hoping she’ll be able to confirm or deny whether my tasting coffee in this is crazy or not.

Again, there’s no fireworks with this tea so I’ll be more than ok when it’s gone.

VariaTEA

Should I try coldbrewing this too? I have water bottles again so I set up a bizillion coldbrews for tomorrow (and by that I mean 4)

Roswell Strange

I like it better cold brewed than hot – but only slightly. I get “coffee” taste either way, though. I think it MIGHT be the wool flowers in it.

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Tre and I finished off the last of my cold brewed pitcher of this last night. Normally he wont drink cold brewed teas that aren’t, for example, bright fucking blood red, because for whatever reason he associates those as more flavourful (more juice-like, perhaps?) but I talked him into having half a cup of this.

Mostly I wanted to see if he could taste the coffee too – because it’s driving me crazy that this tastes like raspberries and coffee to me when there’s no reason at all this should taste like coffee.

Seriously…

Peach – yes.
Raspberry – yes.
Coffee? What the damn hell!

But anyway, this was his flavour description: “It’s green tea with some kind of fruit and a whole lot of dish soap”. Doesn’t taste soapy to me, but at least we’re agreed that it doesn’t taste like it’s supposed to. Although, I don’t dislike it – I just find it really weird. Does anyone know what wool flowers are supposed to taste like!?

Flavors: Berries, Espresso, Peach

Preparation
Iced

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Cold brewed this! From the moment I smelled it in store I knew that I wouldn’t be trying this out as a cold brew – it just seemed like it had all the right flavours to be done well that way. About three cups worth were cold brewed for a grand total of about 14 hours, give or take an hour or so.

I must say, it does taste pretty good: very yummy fresh raspberry notes (sweet and a little tangy) with splashes of peach. I still taste the coffee that I experienced in my last (hot) cup, though! It’s such a weird thing to be tasting in a raspberry/peach white tea.

It must be the wool flowers! I don’t know how they’re supposed to taste, but I guess my brain is processing them as coffee. Oh well, at least it’s not a bad taste. Maybe I’ll use Tre as a Guinea Pig and see if he tastes it too.

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Made this in the morning as one of three teas to travel with me on the ride back home to Saskatoon. This was my first time having this blend, and I chose to drink it could because raspberry tends to be a flavour well suited to cold or iced teas.

My steeping parameters were about 2 1/2 tsp. of leaf in an 8 oz. mug of approx. 80 degree Celsius water, steeped for about 3 minutes.

Dry, this smells like very fresh raspberries: like, straight picked from the garden fresh. Sweet, and just a little tart – very juicy. Steeped, this was much the same but with a little more of a presence of peach, and with a strong sense of the white base tea.

When I tried it – it was mostly really good. The raspberry was very natural and sweet, with a slight tartness which really only enhanced the ‘realness’ of the fruit. The peach was also much stronger than one would initially expect based on the dry smell, though it still didn’t match the strength of the raspberry. I have no idea what a wool flower is supposed to taste like – but as I was drinking this I also got a really powerful taste of coffee in the end sip and aftertaste, and something tells me that wool flowers are not supposed to taste like coffee.

Can anyone confirm or deny this?

I had to go back and think about what the last tea I had in my red waterbottle was, to make sure there was no contamination – but it definitely wasn’t a coffee tea. In fact, I think it was DAVIDsTEA’s Tropicalia. Hmmm…

Strange indeed.

The other thing about this blend was that it left my mouth feeling very dry after each sip, and that was relatively unpleasant. However, overall this was quite nice even if it had such weird flavour notes.

I’ll have to try it again in a different thermos or mug and see if the coffee notes are replicated.

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Cold Brew Sipdown (137)!

A pretty average sipdown, and not a really devastating one. We’ve come a point in the year where the flavours of this tea don’t really enchant in the same way that they do in the fall or winter. That’s not to say the flavour of buttery, pistachio pastries is a bad flavour. It’s actually a delicious flavour. It just doesn’t feel right seasonally. And this is a really easy tea for me to restock, so it’s for the best that I’m out of it for the time being.

Until we meet again.

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This is a queued tasting note.

Working on sipping this one down so I can free up the tin space…

Cold brewed this, ’cause that burns through a lot of leaf quickly. Definitely more “apple strudel” flavours in this brew than nutty/pistachio ones. Strong notes of apple, butter, pastry, and cinnamon. Not much else. Pleasant, smooth, refreshing and ultimately enjoyable though!

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Well, yesterday my mom and I drove down to Saskatoon to finish clearing out the old apartment and clean the place up. This was the tea I cold brewed for the ride down there; in hindsight I should have chosen something caffeinated because it was a long day and the extra boost of energy would have gone a long way.

The tea was nice though; very, very strong apple notes were brought out with this cold brew as well a buttery notes that brought a thickness to the mouthfeel of the liquor. The pistachio notes disappointed, but I did enjoy the sweetness of the almond notes which were present. It was better at the top of the morning when we were first driving down, as opposed to right before we’d arrived and the liquor was room temperature.

We basically broke the day into three ‘stages’ though: the first was gathering up everything still in the house that I didn’t want but that could be donated – that stuff was driven down to the Value Village in Saskatoon and donated there. Loading the giant dresser into the car was a bitch between the two of us – but we made it work, and thankfully the donation crew at VV unloaded it for us (like I knew they would). Then we gathered up anything that I DID want to take back; a bookcase, some end tables, dishes, pots/pans, cutlery, and a few books I’d missed in the rush to pack everything the first time. Finally, we cleaned the place so I could get my damage deposit back.

The whole process was very cathartic, and at the end of the afternoon it felt kind of nice to be closing that chapter of my life even if I’m not 100% happy with living in Regina again, and losing the independence I had living on my own. I’ve just got to work hard so I can reach a place where I can afford to branch out again, because that’s what I want the next chapter of my life to be.

keychange

It’s always so bittersweet, isn’t it?

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This is a queued tasting note.

Made this one as a cashew milk latte! It was very, very creamy with smooth nutty cashew and pistachio notes. My two favourite kinds of nuts! That rich body of nutty goodness was accented with a sweet apple note that just sliced through the cashew milk and nut flavour providing this sharp contrast in flavour. The rooibos flavour was completely masked. This is 100% the best cashew milk latte I’ve made to date.

I wish we sold pistachio butter at work; I know it exists. We carry cashew, almond, hazelnut, obvious peanut and then even some super weird ones like sunflower, pumpkin seed, and sesame – but no pistachio! The hell is that!?

Kaylee

Pistachio butter had never occurred to me as being a thing and now it’s all I want! That’s awesome.

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Queued Tasting Note.

I just took an advil and I suddenly have the worst heart burn/stomach pain ever. What the hell advil!? That’s almost like doing the exact opposite of your job…

But anyway; I cold brewed this one – mostly it was the same as a hot cup; buttery pastry notes, sweet apple, and rich pistachio. However, somehow the cold brew really made some warming cinnamon notes really jump out at me. I would’ve loved just a bit more creaminess, but it was damn tasty this way too.

Always a favourite; and I like that I’m still kind of noticing new things about it too!

Cheri

I have to have a little something in my stomach when I take advil. I often will take it with milk or a few crackers.

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Made in a timolino!

- Just as good as I remember it being!
- Sweet, buttery apple pie/confectionery notes
- Perfect amount of tart “zip”
- And rich, nutty pistachio
- I really, really appreciate the nutty flavours in this blend!
- With just a pinch of rooibos base!

Also, friendly reminder VariaTEA that in addition to having a bunch of other tea samples for you, I have a full 50g of this waiting to be sent to you!

VariaTEA

Oh dear. I keep seeing teas and thinking I should make you samples and then I get distracted but I will definitely be sending something your way soon. Also, I found something I bought for you at Christmas time in a bag so I will be sending it along as well.

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Sipdown (151/156)!

It’s pouring outside again. Ugh, this rain is never going to let up. But hey, at least it’s not snowing, right? I’ll take non stop rain over non stop snow, which is what we had for our long ass Winter this year…

This was phenomenal. I’m sad to see it go. Although technically there are a few cups worth left but I added them to the box because I thought it would be cool to add something local(ish) – and this is one of those teas that should be shared. Besides, if all goes well I’m have another 50g bag of this in my greedy little paws soon enough.

Really hoping Tre follows through and stops at Cuppa’T for me when he’s in Regina! So many tasties that I want restocked…

VariaTEA

I hope he follows through as well :P.

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Had this as an evening tea a few night ago; it was it’s usual decadent, spectacular nutty self! I’ve working towards a sipdown on it right now, but I absolutely have plans to pick up at least another 50g more next time I’m in Regina.

It’s just so damn good, but I could use the extra cupboard space just for the time being.

Flavors: Apple, Butter, Candied Apple, Nuts, Pastries

VariaTEA

OOooohh next time you are in Regina, what would it take for me to persuade you to pick up some for me??? Also Ice Princess :P

Roswell Strange

Not a lot. Can definitely do :P Not sure when that’ll be, though.

VariaTEA

Yay!! And no worries, I am in no rush. I have quite a bit of tea to tide me over.

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I’m internally freaking the fuck out right now. For several reason though – some of which are tea related, and some of which are not.

1. This cup is sweet and fruity, and buttery and pastry like, and nutty and just DELICIOUS. It’s heaven in a cup, and very needed to help keep me from freaking out even more about reason #2.

2. I just finished watching the double eviction episode of BBCan2 and it was an emotional roller-coaster of emotions and hurt. On one hand, some of my favourites got more power and are safe and on the other one of my favourites (the sexy bearded guy) was blindsided and sent home. Literal fangirl tears right now…

3. I’m almost out of this tea, which is crushing. Not sure when I’ll be able to buy more again…

4. I burnt all of my mozza fingers, and that was supper for the night. Boo.

sundaysipping

Just the name of this tea makes me want some. YUM! (Sorry about your night.)

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Drank cold, but made in celebration of our water being turned back on! Yay for much more tea drinking! This cup was really good, very pastry heavy and buttery. Mmm!

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