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cold brew of this one again tonight. Had a relaxing night…i’m not sure my body know what to do with itself when i’m not working 12+ hrs days. I made a commitment to myself this week to leave work by 5pm (which is still later/overtime for me when i get in at 7-7:30 but reasonable..) and to not get angry at things this week. Last week nearly killed me and i did not enjoy the person i was becoming on no sleep and too much work. So this week, i’m trying my best to stick to 8-9 hours days, i’m taking lunch, stepping away from my desk more than once and turning off work when i get home. If things fall on the floor, so be it. August and September and going to be bad enough so i need to take care of ME.
my other half has a rare weekend off next week as well, so we’re going to take the weekend to ourselves and not make plans with other ppl and just chill, and have some down time together. it’s going to be great!
oh and this tea? still enjoying it, still drinking it cold brew and um yeah..not lime-y enough but it’ll do!
Final Count: 130
I got this in a trade from Shadowfall. I actually like it. It’s not a “knock your woks off” (snicker) sort of flavor black tea, but it’s a strong workhorse kick you in the keester first tea of the day.
My cupboard looks to be really out of date, so I think I might completely empty it and start over. I have been really bad about adding things to it. I think it’s sort of denial, like if I don’t add things to the number they don’t really exist. Or something.
no moar sipdowns! i had this one as a cold brew, ending my cupboard today at 139 (+4 on the way = 143) which means to meet ONE of my goals, i need 48 more sipdowns between now and the end of the month OR i have 12 more teas from January to get through, which is so not going to happen based on the quantity there haha i like playing drinking tea games with myself. I’ll see what i can do to get to the end of my goal, but unless work slows down a little, i’m not sure i see it happening. But i always try :)
this one is best cold brewed IMO. i don’t get the “carrot” flavour that VariaTEA did, but it’s almost not quite so close to being lime but not. :) it is great for hot summer days though, and that’s what WILL matter in august/september at this rate heh.
Final Count: 139
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I have tried this before and really enjoyed it so I took the opportunity to get reacquainted and experience it in a new way: iced. Honestly, hot or cold, this tastes the same…delicious! It has notes of caramel from the mulberry that pair amazingly with the other fruits present in the cup. Really, really good and I am grateful to Christina for the chance to try it again :).
ETA: I am getting a lot more base as I drink this iced so in future, I may stick to hot brews. Though, for those who enjoy the taste of the white tea base, iced may be the way to go.
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Thank you Christina for the chance to try yet another RiverTea. This one is pleasant enough but a bit on the bland side for my tastes. Also, I am definitely getting a lot of floral notes that are slightly undercut by strawberry juiciness. However, to find those notes, it takes a bit more concentration than I would like to have to use. Still, it was fun to try and now I know this isn’t for me.
There is no balance in this tea. No harmony or joy. Just jasmine, jasmine, jasmine. I now know what it’s like to drink perfume. That is not something I ever wanted to know. Yet now I do.
Unlike the lucky reviewer before me whose sample tasted mostly of cherries, like I had wished mine would taste, my sample was predominately jasmine flowers, no cherry, a hint of vegetal bitter green and whole lot of NOPE
Frankly I’m thankful. Spring Fest was actually a huge contender among the teas I wanted to order in my last rivertea purchase. At the last minute, right before checkout I took it out of my cart with the hopes that, given RiverTea’s usual practice of picking out similar, thoughtful tea samples, that I would see it in my order anyway. My hoping paid off! In that sense at least. Unfortunately, and very fortunately -seriously, I can only imagine how upset I would be if I actually spent money on tea that makes me physically recoil in horror – I hate this tea. Okay hate is a strong word. Intensely dislike. Better. I intensely dislike this tea. And so does my nephew. But luckily my little tea snob in the making will drink anything. He drank the whole pot -with a bit of rock sugar – for me like a champion. Good lad.
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You know you gotta be just a little bit tired when you search for a tea by the phrase “Ruby Red Christina” because that’s who put it in the box so obviously steepster must know which tea I mean. Anyways, thank you Christina for the opportunity to try this tea. It says it is an apple/currant rooibos but I am just getting currant, though it is a bit smoother/less medicinal than other currant teas I have had so maybe that is how the apple plays into it? Ultimately though, this tea isn’t something I would reach for given I am not a currant lover so it will continue to travel with the box. It was fun to try though :)
Rivertea had sent me a sample of this, it sounds good based on the description. But it tastes weeeeeirrrrd.
Really sour. Leaves a horrid taste in my mouth. I don’t get chocolate at all when it’s hot.
I did just sip it as it had cooled and the chocolate comes out more, and the flavours aren’t quite as in your face sour and clashy…but it’s still not something I’d ever buy.
I will be passing the rest on to my friend to try.
It’s really bitter and icky to me.
And there’s something in it that reminds me of the flavour note in Boatsman that I dislike. I thought it might be chamomile but there’s none in this according to the ingredients. Who knows. They smell kind of similar.
I let this cold steep in the fridge for about 15 hours. That might have been a little too long. I’m getting lots of white base (not much green) and some tart fruitiness. Not sure I can actually identify the fruit – not really cranberry, not really goji, not really pineapple, but fruity.
This isn’t bad, it’s ok – next time I think I’m going to try more leaf and shorted steep time. Try and coax more of the actual fruit flavors out.
The roses overpowerd the actual sencha and rasberry in this blend. Which is a shame because while I don’t mind rose tea in general, I’d have proffered the raspberry and green combination. The vanilla is also there to help smooth out the rose. It’s a very creamy tea and I will enjoy finishing it but I don’t know if I’ll be repurchasing after summer.
Side note: I cold breed this tea in the fridge over night using warm water which resulted in none of the typical green tea bitterness. I might cold brew this particular tea for now since I have no luck what so ever in hot brewing a green that doesn’t come out a horrid bitter mess.
Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Green, Rose, Vanilla
I start work late today (4:30PM!?) and I went to be early yesterday, so that equates to lots of extra time this morning/early afternoon – and that equates to tea drinking! Hooray! So I started my day with four cups of blends I just wanted.
With this one I added some milk because I liked the hot version of it best prepared in that method. It tasted just like last time and was decently enjoyable; however unlike last time the milk in this cup curdled, which I didn’t notice until I got to the bottom of the mug. Uhhh…
So that was kinda gross, although like I said, this still tasted fine. I don’t know. Mixed feelings about this blend wholeheartedly, but an interesting sipdown experience, I guess? Yeah, this one wont be a restock though. Definitely not. There are much better RiverTea blends out there.
This is the last of the samples I stole out of Cavocorax’s Rivertea tins. Usually this is one I would overlook for sure but it smelled so good I grabbed a tsp just to try it out. It is a really nice tea. Smooth black base that really allows the juicy citrus flavors to shine. It is nice though not a flavor I personally reach for often so I don’t think it’s one I would buy myself but I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys a nice citrus tea. Thank you Cavo for the opportunity to try it :)
I wish I cold brewed this. It is not bad hot but I can see this really shining cold. Right now, there is elements of cream and a flavor relatively close to strawberry, complete with a touch of berry tartness to keep this from being cloying. It is not my favourite herbal I have ever tried but it is pleasant and unique enough that I would keep it around for something different every now and then. Thank you Sil for the sample :)
I’m not as over the moon about this as some people are, but it does smell and taste really nice. What really gets me about this tea is how is smells so much like real cake – there’s a vanilla-y, eggy, bready sort of undertone to this that I really like. Also, the spoonful of leaf I used contained a whole, unbroken star anise. Impressive!
However, the aftertaste on this is quite sour. I can’t tell if that’s because of the chocolate or because I added a half spoonful of agave nectar to the brewed tea. But the smell and the taste are very close to the dry leaf, which I appreciate.
I have a few chocolate chais in my collection, but I think this may be a contender for restocking once I go through them all. Also, this is yet another tea I should try steeping directly in almond milk.
Flavors: Cake, Chocolate, Custard, Vanilla