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A backlog from this weekend.
I’ve been waiting for the weather to get a bit cooler, as only seems appropriate for a tea named “Winter Storm.”
Its a very, very pleasant blend. Its fruity, with a hint of spice to it, which does not overpower the freshness of the fruit. My main complaint is that it wasn’t very strong, but that could probably be fixed by adding more tea next time I brew some.
Another tea tried! Now more of my cupboard than not is tried, of which I am very happy.

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My sample bowl has depths I dreamed not of, and I’ve just logged a batch of samples I’d completely forgotten about, and now am pushing 100 teas. Just when I think I’m making progress, too!
So my goals of sipdowns/trying unlogged teas continues, and this is what fit the bill first thing this morning.
This is not a sample, but instead something I picked up earlier this year at the local pirate festival.
I may have a patchy history with Earls, but I’ve always really liked her Ladyship, and this one is a particularly interesting version, as she’s dressed up in lavender!
And I think the flavors really do work here quite well. The delicate citrus is nicely complimented by the lavender, which is a sweet and dainty lavender, not anything heavy or medicinal. A really nice combo!

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So last week I had a doctors appointment. It was fairly routine, and, at the time, we had some good solutions for the small problem I was currently having. They took some various samples, however, to run the basic levels of tests, and they got in touch yesterday.
One of the tests has come back bad. Its now a question of just how bad. It could be something that is handled easily, in a few treatments, and then I’m on my way again. It could also be something that could have some very serious, long term health problems.
Its not cancer, I’ll throw that out there right now. My life is not in danger, as far as I know. But if its progressed pretty far, then it might have changed what will happen to me for the rest of my life in a fairly significant way.
I feel a little blank, and a little upset, and a little worried. I’m not quite sure what happens now.
I’m not really sure why I’m telling you all this. Because you are friends, I guess, and my immediate circle of people are not going to get told until I have a more conclusive answer to “how much will this affect my life”.
So I drank this today because I wanted something soft and gentle, and this fit the bill.
I don’t know if that means I’ll be here a lot more, or a little less. I know I shall be needing tea at this time.

Sil

hugs

gmathis

Praying for healing, easy treatment, and great peace for you.

Roswell Strange

I’m not a person of faith, but I’ll ask my family who does believe in prayer to keep you in theirs. I hope that on the scale of bad to worst, this is only a minor bump in the road for you.

Evol Ving Ness

Dear Rosehips, may this all pass smoothly and easily. As one who has had rather serious health concerns over the recent years with a heavy toll on my lifestyle, I can tell you that doctors and tests are not always right and often, prognosis changes several times before the real state of things emerges. And hugs to you. Not an easy thing when our body begins to betray us.

Mookit

Sending you lots of love and strength, and wishing you well <3

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I wanted chai this morning, and by gum I was going to have it!
This is a mellow chai. The vanilla eases the spices into the tea, and the whole effect is very light and pleasant. Its a pleasure to sip.
Its not an overly invigorating tea, but rather one that gently wakes you up. This is a quality I like in my morning cups. Well, usually. Sometimes you want to have your very socks blasted off.
So, thus chai’d and breakfasted, I am ready to face my day!

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Its always a little intimidating to be the only one who owns a tea. Its also a bit of a thing when you’ll be writing the very first review. I somehow feel like I’ll have done it wrong somehow…
Anyway.
Its the first cool morning of the season, and, unfortunately, the last as well for a while. Back up into the 90’s tomorrow! But I thought I’d take full advantage today, and guzzle this tea.
And its quite nice! The vanilla flavor is there, but it doesn’t overwhelm the chai spices, or make it too sticky-sweet. Its a nice balance.
The whole cup tasted somewhat mild, but that was alright. I’ll take a cozy sweater tea on a chilly morning!

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The dry leaf for this smells lovely, with an almost chocolate like richness to it. Very smooth and pleasant.
It looses some of its depth when brewed, but it was actually a really nice, almost creamy cup of tea. I’m glad I’ve got this to play around with a bit more.

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Whoops, I did not mean to drop off the face of the earth like that, its just been busy!
I didn’t expect to be working this week, but got called in last minute, and have spent the whole week running around the area, subbing for people. That’s great, I need the hours, but it does rather cut into the free time. I havn’t even had time to add the teas got in a swpa from Super Starling! yet. Blah!
So, a quick and easy cup of this in the morning was what the doctor ordered. Its not the most potent Current tea I’ve ever had, but its flavors are pretty nice. I won’t argue when I find a cup of it in front of me.

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A few weeks ago I found myself at a pirate festival. No, really. People dressed up and swashbuckling and even a sea battle! I love that sort of Ren Faire stuff, and the pirate twist was fun.
My significant other had to laugh, because as soon as I saw the booth with the tea jolly rodger (a teacup over crossbones), I was lost to the group, and spent a good quarter of an hour pouring over blends and having earnest tea conversations with my fellow piratical tea enthusiasts.
This is a local company, apparently, and I am always delighted to find new tea merchants. After discussing a great deal with both the staff and the people who had drunk these blends before, I made my selection, and rejoined the scurvy masses, tea in hand.
This was one of those blends. I love black tea and fruit blends, I could drink them in every season (and, honestly, do), so I thought their black currant would be a good test of the waters.
And, well, its fine. It does not have the full bloom of the currant flavors that I would hope for, but its still a decent cup of tea. I’ll sip it down no problem.
I can’t wait to try the other blends I picked up!

gmathis

Pirates! I feel so culturally deprived!

Rosehips

It was so much fun!

Super Starling!

I hope your tea has enough fruit to prevent scurvy, matey.

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Wonderful smell! The scent is full of the aroma of berries. Watching the tea bag infuse in my glass teapot was also exciting as you could actually see the dark tea steeping out into the water.
The taste left something to be desired. It tasted much more like leaves (and not tea leaves either). The berry taste simply was not as prominent as I was expecting.

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I’m pretty sure this is the tea I’m drinking. I got it from Lariel and there’s no company name so I’ll just assume.

This is another of those tastes like watered down juice concoctions that I sometimes like and sometimes don’t. This one is too tart for me, which I think is a combination of the cranberry and the hibiscus. I usually don’t like cranberries unless they are highly sweetened, and just a tsp of sugar into my 14oz mug doesn’t cut it but I don’t want to add any more sugar than that. So now I drink down the rest as fast as possible because I hate wasting tea. Glad I got to try it though, I’ve never had a tea from this company before.

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drank Raspberry by Spice Traders and Teas
1812 tasting notes

The aroma isn’t much, but it’s got it where it counts: flavour. The flavour is not overwhelming, but at the same time, it is bold enough that you can definitely taste the awesome raspberry flavour!

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An excellent tea that just seems to drip with flavour.

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