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Y’know what? Just because it’s highly unlikely I’ll hit 150 this month doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try. So I will. I am. (174)
Thanks to Sil for passing this one on to me. It’s a nice orangy-chai that’s quite good! I like orange, and it matches well with all these spices. It makes me think of holidays!
Thanks to the Devotea for this sample…
I don’t really know what a bread pudding is supposed to taste like so I’m not the best judge as to what flavor that should be. I am experiencing a significant spike in my stress levels this morning trying to facilitate all of the paperwork that needs to be completed by my doctor’s office in order for me to get back to work. I needed something that was like a comfort tea this morning.
I do love a good chai and this is tasty. I get a LOT of nutmeg in his blend and I can safely say this definitely tastes like a dessert or pastry of some kind even though I’m not sure if it’s a bread pudding. I like the nutmeg, cinnamon and clove in this blend a lot and it’s definitely tasty with some sugar and soymilk. Definitely good as a dessert tea but also hitting the spot as a comforting tea this morning. I may need some more when this sample runs out.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg
We’re in full storm mode today, which I’m rather enjoying, to be honest. I tend to like chaotic weather, although it makes me feel lazy & just want to sleep, or lay in bed reading. I went to bed this morning at 1am, only to awaken at 5:30 to the sound of tornado alarms going off in a distant neighborhood. Gradually closer alarms went off, & then they gradually faded. I consulted my weather app, & apparently a tornado touched down in U City, which is about 3 or 4 miles north of my neighborhood. Otherwise we all had fairly strong winds, rain, & hail. No damage done here. Not sure about U (that’s University) City, but I’ll check in with friends up there.
I almost got up, thinking “now I’m awake”, but I ended up going back to sleep & not waking up until 9:40!! I start teaching at 10, so this was my first teapot of the day, something strong & bold to awaken my groggy mind & senses, & it was good!
Thanks to the Devotea for providing me with this sample tea to try. It’s raining here and I had been wanting something warm and delicious to sip on — caffeine be damned!
This steeps up to be a lighter reddish-brown color. Definitely medium in body and a bit on the mild side. At first sip I was thinking this is a ceylon due to the fruity notes that are present, then I was thinking there was an orange pekeo or perhaps a second flush darjeeling in the mix. Either way, this is a really nice blend for the afternoon. No sign of bitterness or astringency, so this is an easy one to sip on plain but is also good with additions. Lord Petersham is nice but 1910 is still my favorite from the Devotea so far. :)
funnily enough, I didn’t realise that i’d had this tea before via someone’s amoda box :) So colour me surprised when i saw a rating there…which i’ve since upped! This was a fabulously strong yummy cup of tea today. So i was either really in the mood for it or my tastes have changed slightly. It looks like straight blacks are my thing with the devotea, rather than the flavoured :)
And another one from Sil via Terri! Thanks guys!
This one reminds me of the Absinthe White from Herbal Infusions, minus the mint.
I can taste the white tea, which is the sign of a good blend, and the licorice is really nice with it. It’s not overwhelmingly strong and it has a bit of sweetness to it that I quite enjoy! I wish I’d seen that recommendation to steep it for 5+ minutes, but I am happy with this as it is. Steeped like this, it’s a nice tea for 10:30 at night.
Oh and this is a soft and fuzzy kind of white tea!
I’m still on a quest to reduce my caffeine consumption at least temporarily… it isn’t helping my sleep and it might also be aggravating some of my muscle tension so I will focus on lower caffeine options today BUT…
I wanted to start the morning off with a bang and this is one of my favorite breakfast blends currently. Thanks Devotea for making a blend that is worth waking up for!
Another one from Sil! Thanks!
So I have to agree with her on this; it’s not your typical oolong. It’s light and sweet and very refreshing. It’s also just a little bit grassy and I imagined a bit of peach in there too. Neat!
(I always think of Cecil from Night Vale whenever I heard ‘neat’ and I guess I’ve been using it more too. He has the effect on me I guess.)
Anyway, I would recommend this oolong to people who have not had much experience with them and want to dive in!
Funny story: I wear black for my gigs, & my favorite black blouse is too big now, so I have to wear one of those strappy undershirts with the lace inset to avoid showing a very low cut cleavage. So this morning I had all my black on, but didn’t put the blouse on right away, because I ate a little breakfast before I left. While my breakfast was cooking, I loaded the harp, wearing this classy velour jacket (frog buttons) over the undershirt. To make a long story short, I got to the gig, unloaded, tuned up, went to the restroom, & looking in the mirror, I realized I forgot to put my shirt on! Luckily I was still wearing the velour thing, which ended up being my shirt for the funeral. It looks fine, but is kind of heavy & it’s VERY warm, especially after I’ve been moving my arms a lot. Live & learn?
Meanwhile, for my last tea of the day, & a sipdown, although I don’t actually get to count it because I somehow never put it on my list, I’m having this tasty Rooibos Chai!
Upon my return home for the funeral, I was feeling very teaprived, & this one seemed the only suitable choice, to continue the theme of the day, & the week, actually, now that I think about it.
Note to self: Next year spend all of St. Patrick’s Day drinking & comparing Irish Breakfast blend, you silly lass!
This was another tea from this evening. I wanted to try and hit 150 by the end of this coming weekend and i have a sneaking suspicion that the mail man is going to be mean and have all my stuff show up on friday. This is a pretty muted chai, though the addition of the star anise meant that it had a little bit of that licorice flavour to it. My other half commented while it was brewing that he smelled licorice heh. I wouldn’t go out of my wany to get this one again, but it was nice to have a chai that was slightly different from what i was used to. AND the clove flavour wasn’t over powering in this one so it gets bonus points for that. :) thanks terri!
Another one from terri! I think i’ve figured out how to get at least 1 of the three sipdowns i’m trying to do done every day and that’s by trying a new black tea every day as part of my rotation. Since keychange sent my her old timolino that means i still have 2 teas i’m guaranteed to enjoy in my travel mugs lol.
This one is one that i would be willing to pick up again if i needed to get to a certain price threshold for an order of something. it’s malty and bold but not bitter. I quite enjoyed having it in my mug this morning!
mmmmmm i love this one! This is a great rooibos chai from terri! I followed her instructions and steeped this for what was likely 12 mins. The result is a really tasty spicy chai that makes me ever so happy. Especially since it’s a rooibos! I like the cardamon and the way that the flavours blend together. this also isn’t one of those woodsy sort of rooibos teas so it’s on my happy list! thanks for sharing terri!
mmmmm this one smells so nice. like christmas. I actually think this one would be tasty steeped in hot apple juice for a taste similar to apple cider… or something..i dunno, that’s what the combination of the smells is making me think of. Again, there’s a subtleness to this taste when brewed. I’m not sure what it is about devotea teas…but the smell of their teas seems to be much less intense than the taste that comes through when brewing. Maybe i jsut need to brew for longer than 3 mins…but i’m wary of having the tea turn bitter. I do have to say that more and more, i’m quite enjoying whatever the black base is that they use in their blends. it’s nice, smooth and doesn’t have any atringency to it :) thanks for sharing these terri!
well, might as well continue with the trend of teas i don’t think i’ll like before i have a final couple of cups tonight that i do like. Let me tell you…drinking things alongside the cocktail i made for myself tonight (gingerale; rye; pama) is the way to do it! lol
Soooo the lady has lavender! OH GOODIE blarg AND Blergamot…two awesome flavours in one beautiful tea! not.
….or….maybe? Hmmm… i’m thinking that just maybe the devotea doesn’t understand flowers the way that other companies do. I’m not really getting a whole lot of lavender (maybe it’s all in the cup i saved for cavocorax bwahahahaha) so this is coming across as more of a subtle blergy, orangey tea…with a splash of what might be floral on the side.
final verdict? yeah i still don’t wanna drink this…but it’s MUCH less offensive to me than i thought it would be. I have to say that the devotea has quite a nice black base….this is what i’ve learned so far haha