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Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #13
A very dark green tea (looks almost like black tea) with bits of berries sprinkled in. It’s also supposed to have plenty of other berry flavor. This one tasted familiar and I realized it was like a raspberry oolong I’ve had before: same fruit flavor. A little bit like fruit flavored candy. Though there was a flavor here that was more like alcohol that drowned out any green tea flavor I would find.
Steep #1 // 25 min after boiling // 2-3 min

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I cold brewed this up last night, and was amazed at how sweet and nutty and creamy it smelled. It smells like a dessert tea, which surprised me considering I was expecting something much more fruity.

I woke up with an upset stomach and decided to sip on this in order to settle my tummy. It’s not too surprising considering how strong the creamy hazelnut smell was, that this tea is very nutty. Much more nut than fruit. There’s a hint of something fruity towards the end, but I definitely wouldn’t call this a fruity tea. The good news is I didn’t experience any tartness, despite the rose hips.

Considering that this is much more nutty than fruity, I’m going to need to try this hot next. But overall it’s not a bad dessert type tea.

Preparation
4 tsp 28 OZ / 828 ML

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Hmm, the description says that oolong is considered the champagne of teas, but I always thought that that was Darjeelings. Anyway, this oolong still has bits, but there’s bigger pieces in this one too, and no stems.

The liquor of this one is darker, and more brown. Taste wise this is a bit weak in taste, it probably could have used another minute steeping. But the flavor is a lot more honey. This actually isn’t half bad. Lots of honey notes, the only thing holding this tea back is the lack of depth or complexity. The only flavor I detect is honey. Not bad, thought. Much better than the standard grade.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’ve never seen an oolong with quite so much broken leaves. The leaves were a mix of black pieces, green pieces, and brown pieces, along with some twigs.

The liquor brews up a golden color. Taste wise, it reminds me a lot of a mild bagged black tea. It’s vaguely sweet, and honey tasting, but it also has the distinct brewed from a bag black tea taste. Eh, not a fan, hopefully the choice grade is better.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Well “Standard Tea” certainly doesn’t bode well… Lol.

Mandy

Eh, I guess it depends on the company and what their standard is. Like if I got a standard grade from say Mandala, I would expect much more than this. This was more like standard as far as grocery store quality goes. I expect more from a straight loose leaf tea than bits, but thankfully the choice is good.

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Backlog
I cold brewed this up the other day, and forgot about it, so it sat for almost 2 days. I have to say, that it turned out pretty good considering how much I over steeped it. It was only slightly bitter and astringent, which I assume is due too how long it steeped. besides that it was mellow, slightly sweet, and pleasantly vegetal. Thankfully I have enough to try again and get a better idea of what this has to offer.

Preparation
Iced 28 OZ / 828 ML

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I went in for my yearly hair cut a little early this year (I usually realize how long it’s been around my birthday in September). I know that’s really bad, but I always put off getting my hair cut because I want to be Rapunzel, and then by the time I realize my hair is getting ratty, I keep forgetting to make an appointment, and then next thing you know my birthdays here and it’s been another year since my last cut. This year my hair was longer than ever. No only did I have to stand up while my hairdresser cut the length, but even with my chair all the way down, she had to stand on her tippy toes while stretching my hair up to trim the layers. And it took almost an hour to blow dry my hair, poor girl. I definitely left a good tip for all her trouble. I’m 5’6 and had hair down to my butt when I went in, and now it’s just past bra strap level. And even though it pains me to see even those 4-5inches go, I know my hair looks so much healthier now.

Anyway, I had brought this, cold brewed, with me to the salon. Flavor wise it’s a little thin, but considering that it’s Acai, it kind of works. I always think of things that are acai flavored as lighter and more gentle in taste. The flavor is a little fake, but not all together bad. And there’s a nice lingering fruity aftertaste, that funnily enough packs more punch than the sip itself. The flavor isn’t my favorite, but it’s not bad, and is a good mellow option for staying hydrated when cold brewed.

Cheri

I know what you mean about waiting and waiting to get my hair cut. I used to do that, too. It was down to my butt at one point, too. It was in such bad shape, though. I wish I’d taken better care when it was that long. (Now it’s short and I have to go in every month.)

Tea Sipper

It takes a while for me to get my hair cut too.. it usually looks terrible right after they cut it anyway, so I wait a while. haha. :D

yyz

I get phobic about getting my hair cut. I have had a few annoying experiences. Ironically my favourite hair cut ever was in Ecuador. We went to a salon, where most of the work was done by the assistant, but when the stylist came he pulled your hair up into a pony tail and pulled it to the front or the back depending on how you wanted the layering, he than angled it and cut. Seriously the layering was perfect and it grew out very well, all in one cut!

Mandy

I used to have glorious hair, resilant as can be, thick and luxurious. Goofy looking because of the natural waves underneath of my straight top layer.
Then, when I started high school, I went through my “rebellious” phase. First I bleached the front sections of my hair by my face so that I could dye them first blue, and then when the color faded, purple. Then I decided to go jet black, which washed me out and looked terrible on me. When my roots started to grow back, I tried dying in back to brown, but all it did was dye my roots. So then, still never going to a salon, I decided to bleach all my hair and then dye it brown. Not only did I get mild chemical burns on my scalp, but I destroyed my hair. For the first time in my life, I had split ends. I redyed it a couple times after that, and then stopped. I didn’t redye it for ~4 years, and during my yearly hair cut I finally cut off the last of the non virgin hair. But the bad thing about split ends is they continue to split, so I still struggle with a mild case of them.
I did end up dying my hair red back in March, and just redyed it back to brown about an hour ago. It came out a little darker than I wanted, but I’m just going to hope it fades a little bit because I don’t plan on lightening it.

yyz

I had to do that a bit as well, because of successive treatments of highlights/lowlights to hide grey. Well, eventually they stopped looking rational, so I did a single colour process. I don’t do it very often, but I found out the line the salon used which supposedly was more gentle and bought it at as pro shop and did it myself. So far so good. My hair thankfully is relatively undamaged. I used to be unable to get it to even hold dye. My hair is kind of naturally wavy, I usually get the most compliments city my bed head after going to bed with it wet, but brush it and its frizz, frizz, frizz. It used to drive my mother insane, and one of my friends too( he used to be a pro stylist). It can be frustrating because it doesn’t even like to hold a style. A stylist once put in over 95 pins to hold a simple updo for a wedding. To keep it healthy and under control, I sometimes resort to hair oil. I’ve basically been told I have Asian hair..

Mandy

My hair really loved the red dye. I don’t know if it was because it was virgin, but even though my hair was rinsing bright red/pink for 3 weeks after dying it, staining everything it touched while wet (towels robes pillowcases clothes) and looking like a crime scene while showering, I didn’t notice much fading at all.
But if got lots of thick hair, both the thickness of the individual strands, and the amount of strands. As such, I have I hard time with updos. I used to work in food, and I would need 3 hair ties (the kind special made for thick hair. Regular ones break like crazy) just to get my hair in a bun. One to make a pony and then two criss crossing on top of the bun to help hold it in place. But it likes waves and curls. Most of my styling comes from me braiding my hair after my shower, before bed (which I found is the only way to not strangle myself or have my boyfriend roll onto my hair at night anyway). I wake up with voluptuous waves that so long as I do to try brushing, look pretty good.

Tea Sipper

Ah! I just cut my hair once in a while. :D I probably should get a hair cut soon, now that I think about it…

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