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Simple Loose Leaf

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I added milk to this today and it just made it super creamy and rich and hazelnutty.

I’m also totally skipping work today bc our bear is sick (AGAIN) and I was going to work from home but she got me sick and now she’s watching Despicable Me 2 and crawling into a blanket fort and I’m sipping tea and using two laptops at the same time so I can scroll the tumblrs, and watch SPN and keep up on Steepster but my brain can’t handle it all.

Time for another cup.

I’m at 210 teas!!!!

Sil

awesome! your box is filling up again here bwahahaha

Cavocorax

Nooooooooo!
(That’s ok. Those tiny little samples are the best for work. Then all my tins can stay here)

I wish I had more to send your way but I don’t buy from as many different places that you do. And then when I do get something neat and different, Terry or someone else does too! (Like the Hugo teas)

Sil

hahahaha it’s all good! sharing is caring! Mostly i’m just trying to work through my puerhs now for you :)

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This smells really nice and caramel like, but 4 minutes was too long of a steep and the cup went bitter. Still, with enough sugar I drank the whole cup.
Note to self: try 3 minutes next time!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Backlog:

This is from my fifth installment of the customized subscription service that I had from Simple Loose Leaf. I have since switched it up to the New Selection Club … and I LOVE this new club. It’s awesome.

I really like this tea too. Creme Brulee is my favorite dessert, and so when I see a tea that is creme brulee, I want to try it. Not all teas manage to capture the thing that makes a custard creme brulee though – that yummy caramelized sugar topping. This one DOES.

It has a sweet, custard-y, vanilla flavor that melds nicely with the robust black tea, and then the flavor of the caramelized sugar sort of weaves its way in and out of the sip.

Strong, malty, and yummy!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/11/creme-brulee-black-tea-simple-loose-leaf/

Sil

i really hope they manage to get shipping to canada sorted out

LiberTEAS

They’re from Canada!

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Yes, it’s good, and yes, I ‘d restock it, and yes I wish this wasn’t a sipdown (216).

It’s just light and creamy and minty (but not too minty) and the cream is wrapped around a subtle amount of raspberry that makes me keep reaching for it…

Thank you Sil!

I think if Simple Loose Leaf does open up to Canadian subscribers (like they are considering) I will sign up immediately!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Sil

cavo..you will sign up immediately after conferring with ME

Cavocorax

Oh, and to add on to my comment in that other post, you are totally not bossy at all. :P

(But yes. I see the wisdom in that)

Sil

moi? i’m certainly bossy… i’m just suffering from only child syndrome…my doctor says i may have to live this way forever…it’s a bummer

Cavocorax

Ahahahaha. I guess I better get used to it since TK will probably suffer from the same. (Hopefully? HA)

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This tea was part of the March Selection Club This tea has only a hint of raspberry, but it mingles with the vanilla and mint for a beautifully balanced cup of tea. It’s not the type of blend I would have normally ordered for myself even though I love green tea, I’m just not a huge fan of raspberries unless they are fresh off the vine, but I really enjoyed this. The vanilla lends a somewhat creamy flavor, smoothing out the more tart notes of the raspberry and the mint sits on your tongue long after your cup of tea is gone. While I really enjoyed trying this tea hot, it truly excels as an iced tea and makes me look forward to the hot days of summer that are just around the corner.

For the full review of the March Box you can visit my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2014/3/25/tuesday-tea-march-selection-club-simple-loose-leaf.html

Simple Loose Leaf has provided me with one free month of their Selection Club

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

Wish they shipped to canada

Short Sorceress

just let me know if you’d be interested in swapping, I have about 10 of their teas right now.

Cavocorax

Sil- they are apparently doing a trial with one lucky Canadian right now. Based on how it goes, they said they might open it up to more Canadians in two weeks! (I asked in the forums)

Sil

i saw that haha :)

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This tea was part of the March Selection Club I feel that part of the fun in signing up for a tea club is the chance to discover something new so when I selecting my teas for the March Selection Club, I decided to break out of the box a little so to speak, I selected two teas that wouldn’t normally appeal to me. I’ve never really been a fan of gunpowder green tea, oftentimes it is either heavily smoky or astringent and those types of flavors have never appealed to me. Up until now I haven’t found one that I would consider finishing a full cup of, but this tea was different, there was only a subtle smoky flavor that I found pleasant, rather than overwhelming. Even though this is a tea I wouldn’t order again, I’m not really a fan of smoky teas no matter how subtle, I would highly recommend it to those of you who do enjoy them. The quality of this tea is wonderful and it’s organic to boot. I’m really glad I selected this tea for my March box, it gives me hope that one day I may enjoy a small handful of smoky teas.

For the full review of the March Box you can visit my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2014/3/25/tuesday-tea-march-selection-club-simple-loose-leaf.html

Simple Loose Leaf has provided me with one free month of their Selection Club

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sipdown! (226)

I just realized why this tasted like a mocha and it’s because it has coffee in it. LIke, actual coffee. Good thing I like coffee, but I know that spells trouble for some of you.

Still, I really enjoyed it, and am now 2/2 for Simple Loose Leaf Teas! Thanks Sil!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
Sil

yeah they were nice…future order maybe :)

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Mmmm. This is a nice creamy sweet vanilla black. The mint mixes well with it, while the raspberry sorta lingers around the edges. Why are you so shy? Come on out?

But this is tasty. And this is the second tea I’ve enjoyed from Simple Loose Leaf!
Too bad you can’t really get them in Canada as I’m curious about more of their teas!

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Ok. this is another one from Sil-zilla. giggles

It’s really nice! I don’t get much chocolate from it, but it’s creamy and a little sweet. It’s almost mocha-ish, instead of chocolate. Odd! But good.

Thanks!

Sil

this one made me drool a little from a creamy coffee like substance

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I drank this because I heard it was the last day of winter today and that means it should be the end of winter teas!

It was ok, but didn’t grab me. Maybe it would if I had it 3 months ago.

Sil

There’s a small part of me that thinks I should post on every tea I shared with you….just for funnies lol

Cavocorax

Hahaha. :P
I guess I should remember to tag you in them all too so I can properly point the finger.

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drank Cocoa Creme Black by Simple Loose Leaf
4044 tasting notes

want. more. of. this. Sharing the rest of my sample of this one with cavocorax because, well i’m meeting up with her to drop off the teas of hers that are living at my house. And um..making a package for her is fun. and if she likes this as much as i do, then JOINT ORDER!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!! lol This one came to me from awkward soul via terri :) mmm this really is the sort of tea that coffee lovers would like…if you like your coffee creamy and rich and delicious.

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Another tea from awkward soul via Terri. I figured i should have one green tea today..i guess. Frankly the whole commercial weirdo holiday thing makes my brain hurt. This is a really lovely vanilla mint green tea. I know it SAYS raspberry but to my there’s only the hint of fruitiness in thebackground. It’s like the raspberry isn’t quite ready to come out and play. It DOES add something to the tea as it’s not quite JUST a vanilla mint green..but it’s not strong enough for me to say YES! Raspberry! YES!

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drank Creme Brule Black by Simple Loose Leaf
4044 tasting notes

This was my other flavoured tea from this morning. It’s also one of the teas terri and i picked up from Awkward Soul I have to say that this one smells strong, and has a really nice aroma. I’m not sure that i’d call it creme brulee exactly…but it’s delicious smelling. Upon brewing it, there’s a nice rich taste to this, though again…creme brulee? not really. It’s missing that sweet burnt sugar sort of taste in my opinion but it IS pretty tasty. hopefully Cavo will like this, and if not, she can continue the sharing tea! hahaha

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Sadly, a sipdown. I like this more with each sip so it’s going on my favorites list. It’s sweet, floral, and also somehow has some richer, darker flavors too. The bergamot in this is just about perfect for my tastes, too, and there’s no bitterness or astringency to the cup at all. I’m sad to see it go! Next time I do a tea order it’ll be on my list.

ETA: Note to self—this does get astringent as it cools. I like it much better hot.

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nom nom nom. this one is pretty tasty. I don’t think i’d order it again, or maybe just one a year sort of thing but it’s a pretty good gingerbreadish sort of tea. This is another one from terri from awkward soul :) I have a feeling that the base in this one would turn bitter if brewed for too long as it reminds me of that sort of tea. However, this was certainly a tasty cup!

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Whoa, this black was intense! I’m glad I tried a straight Lapsang Souchong yesterday so I was able to ID it out of the rest of the blacks in this black blend. In Russian Caravan Black is Lapsang Souchong, Keemum and Assam fine tippy golden flower orange pekoe. This black blend is mega rich, amber mellow, smooth, astringent, smokey, woody and earthy. Gorgeous tea too!

Though, despite liking a good dark pu’er, I found this black blend too rich for me. I’m not a huge black tea drinker, but I’m happy to of tried it!

Full review of this tea, as well as Simple Loose Leaf’s march selection club, at my blog The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/march-simple-loose-leaf-selection-tea-club-oolong-owl-review/

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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A delicate white chai with a good, moderate level of spice! The white tea, shou mei, was also a good choice as the white tea base was strong enough to hold its own against the chai spices. What I like about this chai is the use of lemongrass – often lemongrass is too much, but here it adds just enough, mixed with the hint of creamy coconut, to add a bit of freshness, like fresh snow.

Full review of this tea, as well as Simple Loose Leaf’s march selection club, at my blog The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/march-simple-loose-leaf-selection-tea-club-oolong-owl-review/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I am slow at getting back to this one. I took my wife to the doctor (nothing serious) and am just now getting back to trying to get this one right. So rebooting, I used 1 1/2 tsp and 12 oz of just off boiling water and steeped for one minute. Yeah, this is much improved with no bitterness. I do think 2 minutes might bring out a little more of the flavors. I expected cocoa based on the wet leaf scent, instead I got nice notes of leather wrapped in light smoke. It is slightly spicy with some pepperiness. There is also some earthy/woodsy hints mingled in. Based on the cost – just under $10/3 oz, this has way more depth than expected. This is not Zhu Rhong or Golden Tips but it isn’t competing with the big dogs. I feel comfortable recommending it as a really good value everyday Yunnan.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I could not find this on the website. I have contacted Simple Loose Leaf to see if this is still available. So no picture and no product detail. Actually no real review yet. This is more about being consistent. I normally use a 10-12 oz mug. I had the bright idea this morning I would use a 5-6 oz cup instead. That would be fine had I adjusted the amount of leaf and/or the steeping time. So one scoop of leaf equivalent to about 2 tsp and a 3 minute steep is way too much for this little cup. So its dark, strong, and bitter. I can tell it had some nice smoky/chocolate notes but they are overcome. A packet of Splenda in such a tiny cup is just as bad of an idea. Sure it softens the bitterness but now it tastes like bottled tea. Who needs it that sweet? Time to reboot my day. I owe this tea a better review. I mean its Yunnan tea!

Sami Kelsh

I know this feel. Sometimes things just don’t go right and it’s no fault of the tea. Next time, it will be beautiful!

K S

Well that was really fast! Simple Loose Leaf got back to me almost instantly. So I have updated the product info and included a pic.

Sami Kelsh, I am just happy to know we have enough experience to understand when its our fault.

TeaBrat

Splenda is tricky, a little bit goes a long way

boychik

i love any Yunnan black. i stick to gongfu treatment. Long steeps for me are exactly what you described above

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