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79
drank Fairy Dust by Tealish
7959 tasting notes

variaTEA sent this one my way and it’s not half bad. this is very much a fruity sort of melon punch tea. I enjoyed a couple of cups of this today. Happy to have tried this.

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70
drank Prairie Berry by Tealish
4116 tasting notes

Cold Brew Sipdown (151)!

Thanks to VariaTEA for the sample! I’ve tried a few different “Prairie Berry” themed teas, and I’ve quite liked them though my favourite has definitely been the Saskatoon Berry oolong offered by DAVIDsTEA. This is actually the first one I’ve tried that hasn’t used Saskatoon berries, and I do think that’s a bit of an odd choice. What makes this a prairie berry inspired tea?

But it doesn’t taste bad – I expected to be hit with a whole lot of tartness and I definitely got some tartness but mostly a relatively mellow, smooth berry blend that was refreshing and relatively juice like. Strongest note was the elderberry, but I got lots of apple too. VariaTEA seems to have found this one cloying, but I thought it was actually very nicely balanced. I appreciated what it offered even if I feel somewhat cheated that this “Prairie Berry” tea didn’t offer any Saskatoon Berries.

Thanks VariaTEA!

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70
drank Fairy Dust by Tealish
4116 tasting notes

Sipdown (143)!

Thank you to VariaTEA for the tea sample!

Apart from the Ceylon tea comparison cuppings that I had to do for class today, this is probably the only tea I drank today that I didn’t pick out because of the rainy weather. And honestly, that’s mostly because I already had the pitcher going in the fridge so it was more a selection driven by convenience.

I think this MIGHT be my first tea from Tealish? I’ve tried over a thousand different teas now and some just don’t make an impression and so they just slip through the cracks of my memory. But I have to say, that this is a company whose name definitely sounded foreign to me when I was prepping the cold brew of this one. I think it was a nice selection for a first offering from them though.

The flavour profile was nice overall, if not rather Spring/Summery in vibes which was admittedly a bit of a mismatch with the weather. I swear; at one time there was a point where I didn’t view teas so seasonally but that has since changed… a lot.

The dry aroma and the smell of the strained, infused liquor is quite potent though: really effervescent notes of green melon/honeydew that takes me back to the vibrancy of Lupicia’s Golden Honeydew. That’s really promising given that they even share a green rooibos base. Now, I do have to say that the same brightness of flavour doesn’t perfectly translate to the taste: the melon is a lot more muted than the aroma would lead you to believe, and it’s cut with other fruity notes like strawberry and kiwi. But the flavour that does come through is smooth, natural and pleasant and I’m really enjoying the strawberry notes accompanying it in particular. It reminds me of something but I’m struggling to place exactly what. Sadly, the base is just a little too potent to completely sink into the cuppa without distractions.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QyoRzZrF00&index=4&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

So, now that it’s officially October we’ve started playing our Halloween soundtrack over the speakers at work ‘cause holy fuck do thrift stores push Halloween. It’s busier for us than Christmas, by A LOT. This is one of the songs in the Halloween rotation, along with other ‘gems’ like the Adam’s Family theme song, The Monster Mash, the Ghostbuster’s theme song, and Thomas Dolby’s ‘She Blinded Me With Science’. Finding Halloween music is apparently a bit of a stretch. But this song is SUPER catchy; and so I added it into my tea music rotation figuring I’d eventually pair it with a more Halloween like tea; you know a Pumpkin Spice thing or something that reminded me of Halloween candy?

Instead I found it fit the magical, sort of whimsical nature of this blend. I mean, it is named after fairies. That counts! Right…?

Flavors: Green Melons, Strawberry, Tropical, Wood

VariaTEA

I’m surprised you got a lot of base because I don’t get any of it when I drink the tea. Gotta love how everyone tastes things differently.

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73

Nice

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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95
drank Tea Loves Coffee by Tealish
1471 tasting notes

I’m craving coffee super hard this morning, but I’m trying to kick the habit again, so I reached for this tea instead with a little bit of soy milk. It reminds me of a coffee crisp, a strong coffee flavor with a bit of chocolate. I love this tea and I’m nearly out…this is sad news! Although it does give me an excuse to put together another Tealish order XD.

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80
drank Southern Belle by Tealish
3017 tasting notes

Brewed this hot and it is not as enjoyable as the cold brew was. The hibiscus is taking over a little with a lemon juice aftertaste. There is also notes from the marigold. I also find that when you have fruit blends like this, they can come off generic and sort of waxy or artificial/weird and that is happening here in the hot brew, though I don’t recall it in the cold brew.

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80
drank Southern Belle by Tealish
3017 tasting notes

Cold brewed this and despite the pink color from the hibiscus, this does actually taste like peach to me. Peach, apricot, and lemon…and hibiscus, of course (though not in an offensive way). It’s quite lovely actually.

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80
drank Pink Dragonfruit by Tealish
3017 tasting notes

This is a very subtle cold brew yet flavorful at the same time. It actually captures dragonfruit, which is a subtle flavor to being with which explains the lightness of this tea and yet there is a richness here that is keeping things interesting. Sweet and delicious and true to the fruit. With that said, I am enjoying this but I could see people wanting more!

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81
drank Lemon Meringue Rooibos by Tealish
7959 tasting notes

work is busy. i like cold weather. warm tea is great. that is all.

Final count: 67

Fjellrev

Even better than a haiku.

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81
drank Lemon Meringue Rooibos by Tealish
7959 tasting notes

mmm cup for relaxing this afternoon while we make the sauce for lasagna bolognese that we’re making tomorow. such a grey rainy yucky day here. banana bread tonight…oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip cookies tomorrow…. yep i love the fall!

VariaTEA

And I thought I was getting a long of cooking done lol

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81
drank Lemon Meringue Rooibos by Tealish
7959 tasting notes

picked this one up to try last weekend when i stopped in for more lemon meringue, mostly because of the positive reviews but because it’s another herbal. I was hoping this would be refreshing and not overly sweet and that’s what came through. I’ll have to write a better note next time i have it again because it was a few days ago at this point…just playing catch up. Have to get organised before vacation (fyi, 16 months is waaaaay too long to go between vacations…don’t do it)

Nicole/Tea-Historic

Oh, yik. 16 months is a tragedy, girl. At least you had puppy in there, though. :)

Sil

…and a wedding…haha

Nicole/Tea-Historic

Oh, yeah… hey, priorities, right? Puppy… wedding… :P

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88
drank Fairy Dust by Tealish
3017 tasting notes

Sipdown…sorta

Well I got in an accident at 8:40 then continued to deal with that until finally getting home at 5 only to be told to walk back out the door to do groceries and so I decided I deserved a treat…the last tsp of this tea. I boiled the kettle and steeped the tea then disposed of the leaf when I finished only to take a sip of the ice cold, colored but unflavored water. So that was a waste. Just the perfect end to a fucking terrible day.

Evol Ving Ness

Yikes, sounds like you could do with a big hug. Sending one pronto. Be very kind to yourself.

Super Starling!

@Evol: I first read your comment as “sending one potato.” I was like “YOU NEED LESSONS ON COMFORTING PEOPLE. ONE SENDS A CANDY BAR.”
@VariaTEA: I adore you. Sending you a virtual candy bar.

Helena

That’s awful! I’ll send you hugs and warm fuzzies to comfort you.

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88
drank Fairy Dust by Tealish
3017 tasting notes

This is tasting especially like strawberry today. Yum :)

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88
drank Fairy Dust by Tealish
3017 tasting notes

Melon strawberry goodness. I am really loving this one.

Daddyselephant

Oh man I had forgotten about this blend, I think the wife and I need to plan a Tealish trip soon!

VariaTEA

I picked it up along with a bunch of fruit teas in a joint order with Sil since I was looking for a bunch of caffeine free options for cold brewing and tea pops. This one will probably become a cupboard staple.

Fjellrev

Nice combination.

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88
drank Fairy Dust by Tealish
3017 tasting notes

I made a cold brew of this and I took it to go see my sister for her wedding dress fitting. Apparently she was thirsty because she took the bottle from my hand, which is rare since she doesnt love tea all that much. However, she must have liked this one seeing as she drank half the bottle before we were even taken in for her appointment. I can see why she liked it so much. Sweet, candy-like strawberry melon – it reminds me of laffy taffy, which I was obsessed with for a while – and just a hint of floral to keep things interest. Plus, the end of a sip has the slightest tartness to it which rounds out the flavor so wonderfully. I really am a fan of this one.

Sil

interesting…might have to consider this one.

Inkling

Love the name!

VariaTEA

Sil, I was surprised you didnt try a sample. I can set some aside for you if you like?

Sil

i don’t open ppl’s tea and steal tea! (i also totally forgot to ask you to do that to be honest…) that would be great!

VariaTEA

Already done :P

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88
drank Fairy Dust by Tealish
3017 tasting notes

Hello sweet melon tea, I like you.

Ending my night with a hot brew of this while I watch Dexter.

Will provide more details with subsequent cups.

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66
drank Prairie Berry by Tealish
3017 tasting notes

Sipdown (149)

My plan was to try this hot before I sent the rest of the leaf off to Roswell, who introduced me to Prairie Berry teas except this cooled before I got to it.

So now I am drinking a cool prairie berry tea and its alright but nothing special. I think it is better prepped hot than cold brewed because it brings out more tartness which is needed to balance the sweetness of this tea. Even cooled, I am getting just a hint of that cloying taste that I imagine might not have been in the hotter cup. Luckily, it is still tolerable enough to drink, unlike the cold brew. Here’s hoping that RS has better luck with this one. My advice is have it as a teapop.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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66
drank Prairie Berry by Tealish
3017 tasting notes

Apparently I didn’t write a tasting note for this. Thought I did but I guess not and now I don’t remember specifics but I do recall thinking that this is much better as teapop (how I had it yesterday) than it is cold brewed

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66
drank Prairie Berry by Tealish
3017 tasting notes

When I bought this, I did so with my tea twin, Roswell Strange, in mind. Unfortunately now that I am having the cold brew, I am finding myself a little disappointed since it is a bit bland. There is a berry flavor but it’s subtle and monotone. I keep looking for tartness where there is none. I still have a fair bit to play around with though so we’ll see how it goes.

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81
drank Pina Colada by Tealish
3017 tasting notes

Morning cold brew. Juicy and sweet and pairing nicely with my French toast casserole and my day off.

Sil

i just finished off the last of this..from the second 200g i picked up hahaha

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81
drank Pina Colada by Tealish
3017 tasting notes

This + Mango, Peach, Pineapple Sparkling Water = a lovely teapop

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81
drank Pina Colada by Tealish
3017 tasting notes

Another tea from Sil that I am grateful to try. Today it was my school tea and definitely a welcome bit of niceness amongst my boring day. It’s got great flavor, creamy coconut (not lotiony) and tart pineapple. It comes together quite nicely actually. I am getting hibiscus but it is helping round out the flavors/sell the “pineapple” note. Granted there is also the apple flavor that comes with most fruit teas but blend as a whole does a good job of incorporating it rather than fighting it. All in all, a great caffeine-free choice for summer iced/cold teas.

In other news, I am having a bit of a moral dilemma. Got one of my exams back today and realized my teacher miscounted and gave me 3 extra marks. I debated about saying something but in the end there were so many other people in line to complain about their marks that I decided not to wait around to have marks taken away. Bad call or is it just one of those things you let slip by since no harm done? (If it helps, the 3 marks are the difference between a 96% (A+/4.0) and a 87% (A/also a 4.0))

Super Starling!

I personally would let it slide if it’s the same GPA point. It’s not like you failed to show competence, or somehow accidentally swapped grades with someone who deserved it more.

Fjellrev

Who cares, I wouldn’t bother, and if your prof is decent, I’m sure s/he would let you keep them just for being honest if you were to speak up.

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72
drank Appletini by Tealish
3017 tasting notes

When I decided to brew this up, I figured it had to be a teapop since most of the alcohol type teas tend to do well as teapops. The smell only encouraged me more because I can’t describe it any other way than a fizzy Apple type smell (I don’t know how one smells a texture? Sensation? Nonetheless, I swear it was there). So, I prepped this and even burnt myself in the process only to realize martinis, unlike mimosas, are normally flat. Whoops. Oh well.

Turns out this actually works quite nicely as a teapop. It’s very, very subtle. To me this is tasting like apple-flavored carbonated water. Similar to a grapefruit or orange-lemon Perrier (my fave flavored water flavors), the carbonation is what is strongest where as the fruit is more of a natural essence you notice once the sip has ended. I could see this maybe being disappointing to many but right now it’s light and fruity enough to keep things interesting while still coming off fresh.

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73
drank Sweet Pear Punch by Tealish
3017 tasting notes

Sipdown (201)

…and I am back over 200 again. Luckily most of my teas are samples but now I need to keep working to get my numbers down.

This was finished off as a teapop. It’s really brought out the pear flavor and made for a bright finish. However, the last of my leaf was a whole lot of fennel so in addition to the pear, the fennel was really strong tonight. That I wasn’t too pleased with but I know it is just something that can happen so oh well.

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