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Really good…getting notes of a sweet citrus, and the almond. Got 2 good steeps out of the tea bag…it was nice and strong. I always sweeten my tea (that’s just how I like it), and it was a nice cup to start the day (with all my co-worker’s drama this morning, I really needed it)
One more cup and it’s a sipdown…
This mug in particular was really good; probably the best I’ve steeped so far. The anise was really present, as was the chocolate and the spices were cooperating by toning themselves the fuck down. Also, it somehow has an especially cakey mouthfeel tonight. Mmm!
And, our water is finally back (which is why I was able to make more tea) – so I got to take a shower! Yay! I’m getting all prepped for my first day of work tomorrow. Anyway, BB has been a little boring today – though the War Room/Isolated guests were amusing for a while when they had to match the house guests to their jobs/personalities. They couldn’t, for the life of them, figure out the bearded guy was the model.
Also, they made their final pleas for votes today! Soon… Very soon…
OH MAN! SOOOOOO GOOOD! Seriously…So when i first pulled this out of the bag i was like hmm..expensive trail mix anyone? It’s a heavy tea AND it’s 3tsp per cup….and there’s giant coconut strips in this…but MAN OH MAN. love it. My other half is making banana bread tonight..and this is like liquid banana bread. I even convinced him to have some and he was like oh hey…that’s really good. It even smells like banana bread baking in the oven… and the coconut? totally not overpowering and likely just adding to the delicious creamy banana taste. I dunno what else to say…this tea? sooo good. I had originally picked this up because i like banana flavoured teas and because i figure i’d try some teas that didn’t have tasting notes to help RiverTea out since i won their contest. I’m SOOOOO happy i did.
This isn’t the same sort of banana from foxy’s roxy’s tea…this is honestly…liquid banana bread. so it’s sweet…and very much banana bread..and so good..and did i mention it’s like drinking banana bread? holy god i love this smell… lol
I’m nearing sipdown level with this one! Ooh!
BBCan feeds are back, and the house guests just finished cleaning the house in pairs – with one in the pair blind folded. I guess it’s part of some three task challenge where the prize is booze or something like that? They’re waiting right now for challenge #2, so I took the time to make more tea, and am sipping at it while watching them.
I must say; Jon has grown on me as a person (not just a player). He has such pretty eyes, and seems really fun. Plus, his nails are painted black. Umph. I want Scott to make it out of isolation and get him all dragged up!
OH! Second task! They have to stand on a sheet (all 13 of them), and completely turn it over without anyone stepping off or being lifted up. And they have one shot…
But anyway – the tea. Something sweet and spicy (this one; and man do I mean spicy), paired with something “cool” and icy (Cuppa’T Specialty Tea’s Ice Princess). Gotta love “themes” and shit, right? I thought it was witty, anyway.
Oh. OH. OH! Hey, the houseguests just finished the task! That took ’em no time at all. And of course feeds promptly shut off while they await the verdict…
Breakfast of champions: 25 oz. of Boatsman cold brew, a cup of hot EG, and microwaved day old pizza leftovers while watching (or at least trying to) the BBCan live feeds.
The four inside cameras have been on fish all morning (basically means they’re not airing anything new), and the fifth camera focused on the isolated houseguests has been off and on the last few hours. Last it left off they were playing Cheerio basketball. I’m sad only one will make it in; they’re all super awesome and entertaining.
Anyway, to the tea! This one cold brewed for a 13 hour total and is delightfully light, fresh, and creamy fruity. Tons of creamy mango/banana today! It’s a great thirst quencher. I think I have enough leaf left for one more cold brew batch; so, I’m kinda excited to finish it off. Mmm!
Again, the best part of cold brewing this one is the lack of astringency/cinnamon.
Cold Brew: Five and a half hour total.
If I had to summarize? Don’t do it.
I love this one hot, and I thought it’d be sweet and refreshing cold brewed but I’d sad to report that the sweet cherry/strawberry/orange flavour that’s mouth watering hot is very crude and medicinal cold brewed.
So… An experiment, but not one I’m going to do again. If you have this one, stick to a hot brew!
Toronto niiiiights, like Toronto daaaaays, more often then not, are colder than balls, in a lot of good waaaays.
Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
This was . . . good. Interesting. I’m glad I tried it but I don’t think I’d restock. The overwhelming flavour of it tastes nearly exactly like Lucky Charms.
go exchange rate go! it’s up a little tonight so that makes me a happy camper, esp since they’re forecasting it’ll be down around 85 cents by the end of the year. BOOO!
This is the last of this tea – the remainder is off to cavocorax to try since we’ve both mostly picked up different teas from RiverTea. I really like this one, though i wish it wasn’t such a heavy tea. I suspect that i could likely use a little less tea and brew for longer, but i’ll try that next time since i’ll likely be picking this up again as it’s a herbal option for when i’m in the mood for a not black tea :)
I’m craving grapefruit in a big way, so I searched out this tea. The scent of the dry leaf is pure grapefruit and it makes me think of my Dad. He and I are the only ones in the house who like grapefruit, so on the weekends, we’d split a grapefruit. During the week, he had to leave at 4 in the morning, but it always made me feel special to open the fridge and find half a grapefruit, cut and ready for me.
ANYWAY, the scent of the steeped tea brings out a bit more of the strawberry, but it’s still yummy, yummy grapefruit.
I love this blend. The strawberry brings down the bite of the grapefruit, and the honeybush rounds it all out. It is wonderful.
Well after dealing with some really terrible food poisoning, I can REALLY go for some “Infinite Good Feeling!”
And this tea really delivers. I was worried about the hibiscus, but I have no problem with it. Each sip is slightly tart, and super sweet, with strong raspberry notes, followed by a lingering creamy vanilla. It’s really delicious. I used my entire sample in my 24 oz mason jug which is great for now, but I wish I’d left some to try iced. I suspect I would drink gallons of this in the summer, and I could share it with the kiddo too!
I’m really happy I gave this sample a try – I wasn’t that sure I’d enjoy it.
Today’s cup of this went totally cold before I managed to get to it (the downside of brewing three cups at once, I suppose). However, it’s totally on point!
The black tea is really leveled out and the cinnamon is super mild which is really letting the fruit shine; there’s tons of juicy mango and banana and a touch of tart cranberry going on in this cup and it’s very delightful.
Since I’m down to only a few more cups worth (I’m thinking three or four hot or one of two cold brewed) I’ve moved it into my sample/sipdown drawer in the kitchen. It should be easy enough to sipdown. I don’t think I’ll reorder though – it’s a bit too inconsistent for my liking.
One of those mornings. The body is trying to do one thing and the brain is trying to remain in a sleep induced coma. Wow. Everything is taking so such effort. Standing at my tea wanting to get that first cup down me. Craving black pearls but using scissors is too technical. My hand grabbed this one. It is open and the ‘tin’ is cardboard. I probably can’t get hurt on that. Over leafed on purpose. Boiling water and anywhere between 1 and 5 minutes steeping. Seriously, I say it again, wow! Probably 3 minutes on the steep. Wonderfully lightly smoky with rich honey caramel. Just what I needed. Tea do your magic. This really is a great Yunnan.
Tasting note 1111 for the number amused among us.
I got a sample of this tea in my order. I was intrigued by an earl grey with additional fruity flavor, since I’ve liked mixed earl greys in the past (ex. Paris by H&S). This is pretty good. The mango flavoring isn’t my favorite, but it kind of rounds out the bergamot. It’s kinda sharp though. The black tea base is pretty smooth. I think, if you like citrus flavored teas, this is a good one.
Spearmint is my favourite kind of mint – hands down.
I’m so happy to have this one in my possession. Right now, I’m using it as a palate cleanser while I switch back and forth between my Peach Bloom tea and Chocolate Orange (both from DT). The Chocolate Orange is really oily and sort of sweet and strong, and the Peach Bloom is very delicate and floral so I don’t want to jump right between the two. This is a very tasty and refreshing transition.
Take a sip of Peach Bloom, take a sip of Absolute Spearmint, take a sip of Chocolate Orange, back to the Spearmint, and repeat…
Plus any excuse to enjoy Spearmint is something I can get on board with.
Also – I just discovered this very neat show called Intelligence a few hours ago and I’m on episode 2 now. It’s basically about a crime solving type dude, but he has a very high class chip in his head that allows him to connect with the internet at all times in his mind. So, he can access all sorts of things that are useful for solving crimes (DMV records, as an example, or building layouts) so long as he’s in internet/satellite range.
Bonus points: The protag’ is played by the highly entertaining, amazingly skilled, and overall very attractive Josh Holloway, who LOST fans will know as Sawyer. Be still my heart; I’m sold!
In a timolino as a travel companion yesterday. I’m working my way towards a sipdown. Cavocorax’s sample was super generous.
Last night I really got the “cake” out of this one, and much less of the spice. I also got lots of anise/chocolate which made for a delightfully sweet treat. I was a pretty happy camper ;)
I haven’t reviewed a tea for a while. I don’t have a kettle at my new job but I do have a rather fancy coffee machine so I’ve been drinking and experimenting with coffee much more. Besides that, Perth is quite hot and my air conditioner can’t cope so it has been G&Ts all summer long here.
I had this tea sent to be me rivertea late last year when I won it in a competition. Like all the teas they sent me it arrived in beautiful packaging and has been pleasant to drink. It is a lovely drink with enjoyable sweet floral notes and although it might not have the complexity for some high grade oolongs, I don’t need to feel guilty about drinking it on an ordinary day.
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I’m not entirely used to the concept of citrus and honeybush as a thing, but this actually works out pretty well…it smells a bit like cough syrup, but the flavour is all grapefruit (and some other citrus I can’t put my finger on) on the front end and that delightful woody honeybush background.
It goes really well together, actually, and I enjoyed the cup.
Not sure I would have another one, but it wasn’t a pain to drink it down.
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Okay, so I’m just a sucker for pastry-esque teas…I surrender.
This one is pretty much as advertised – there’s a comfortable black base with all kinds of baked goods notes mixed in and a gentle citrusy-vanilla overlay – it really does remind you of a comfy sitting room and some sort of freshly baked tasty thing…
Very good and one I would gladly drink again…although there are a few others I’ve had recently that may be vying for the title of “one true pastry tea.”