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Sipdown (211)!

Thanks for the sample VariaTEA!

So, this pretty well does taste exactly like an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, complete with light cinnamon pastry notes and vanilla notes. Is it a good thing that it’s so accurate? Eh, debatable. I’d probably enjoy it a lot more of I liked raisins. I’ve come around to them a lot since first joining steepster and even enjoy raisin notes in my black teas (Darjeeling/Keemun specifically) quite a bit now BUT I’m a long, long way from appreciating them in real life and I think the fact this reminded me so strongly of ‘real life’ raisins and not ‘raisin notes’ in tea was what made it somewhat conflicting.

I still enjoyed it a lot overall, especially the soft cinnamon notes and really subtle pithy lemon undertones – but couldn’t completely get into it.

VariaTEA

So when I packaged this, I considered the raisins but then decided you should try it anyways

Rasseru

Literally the new definition in the teadictionary – ‘variatea’ – when one drinks a lot of different types of tea, even to the point of drinking tea they might not like.

Roswell Strange

I think that describes so many of us…

I’m gonna choose to look at it as a way to broaden and refine my palate though. Also, thanks for the reminder that I really should be adding that book to my growing collection! :)

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Thank you for the tea VariaTEA! This was a really fun one.

- Made in gravity steeper
- Used a blue gumball in my tea leaf; the orange one is in the leaf I added to the GCTTB
- Dry leaf smelled like bubblegum and bananas
- Steeped up a weird, cloudy bright green hue (not a natural “tea green”)
- Initial taste is candy sweetness
- Definitely tastes like bubblegum, but the bulk/dollar store type of gum
- It is fun though; gotta give it that
- And the green base is JUST present enough (grassy)
- Overall, I’m not mad at it and would call it just slightly above average
- But you have to buy into the fact it’s bubblegum w. real bubble and will taste artificial

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“Calling all fans of citrus, vanilla, and sugar! Come on, come all, to this lemon-meringue delight! So sweet that if it weren’t a tea, your teeth would fall out and your waistline would be DESTROYED!”

The entire post is carnival-barker style at: http://sororiteasisters.com/2016/12/11/limoncello-from-the-necessiteas-a-hand-blended-treat/

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drank Mayan Hot Cocoa by The NecessiTeas
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This is making for an awesome eggnog latte. The marshmallow provides added sweetness and creaminess while the cardamom really stands out as a spice. It’s like a chocolatey chai but with a pop of marshmallow sweetness. Yum!

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Well this has cooled quite a great deal but it still captures the taste of an oatmeal raisin cookie…heavy on the raisin and with a great deal of cinnamon. The brew has an awesome fresh-baked cookie scent. All in all, its pretty tasty and though I wouldn’t mind slightly less cinnamon, I am pleased.

Evol Ving Ness

This sounds rather captivating. That said, too much cinnamon destroys the whole thing for me.

Evol Ving Ness

Did you drink this as latte or black?

VariaTEA

I drank it black and tbh I think the cinnamon came out more since it cooled. I imagine it would be more balanced if it were hotter.

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks for unravelling that, VariaTEA.

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drank Root Beer Float by The NecessiTeas
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Yes, this will do until DAVIDs decides to bring back their Root Beer tea.

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drank EggNaughTea by The NecessiTeas
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This smelled amazing but sipping on it now, I am mostly getting eggy Honeybush with a dash of nutmeg. I can see where this was going but the execution fell short for me.

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OMGsrsly

I like that it’s daily. :)

VariaTEA

I have so much and it’s going bad January 21 so daily is a little bit of a necessity

tigress_al

Daily??? Lol yummy

VariaTEA

I didn’t have one yesterday or the day before though so I guess tonight I am having 3

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Sipping on this while watching A Series of Unfortunate Events. I was watching Smallville but then my Crave stopped working so I switched back to Netflix and found this little blast from the past. I am only an episode in and if nothing else I can say this is definitely better than the Jim Carey-starring disaster.

Anyways, this is my second eggnog latte of the day since I am trying to use up the copious amount of eggnog my family has stocked up on that expires in a week. This one is better than my earlier tea latte because for one it is properly measured out but for another this has a really lovely white chocolate flavor. The peppermint creeps in at the end of the sip and leaves everything tasting fresh and minty.

I had this once before when I did the Battle of the Peppermint Necessiteas (http://sororiteasisters.com/2016/12/20/battle-of-the-peppermint-necessiteas/) and now I can say that this is definitely better as a latte. Plain, the carob comes out much more but none of that is present as a latte.

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drank Bubblegum by The NecessiTeas
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My house went a little french toast crazy a little while back and my tea was no exception to that. Check out the French Toast tea showdown between this tea and the 52 Teas French Toast Blend here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2016/12/23/french-toast-showdown-52-teas-vs-the-necessiteas/

Dustin

Speaking of french toast crazy… have you ever tried french toast made with banana bread? It’s an amazing twist. I’d imagine pumpkin or any other specially flavored bread would make a fun alternative as well.

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This tea traveled a great distance and weathered a snow storm to get to me so I was definitely pleased when I opened the tin and found the orange glazed cranberry scone I was promised. http://sororiteasisters.com/2016/12/18/orange-glazed-cranberry-scone-from-the-necessiteas/

Evol Ving Ness

Wow! It sounds like you are seriously impressed with this company. Hurray!

I am always surprised when Canada Post begins to do full deliveries during the Christmas rush and I begin to find parcels on my doorstep on Sundays. Nice surprise though. And new tea delivery? Always a joy. One of the best things ever.

Sil

this just makes me want to order tea….but i will resist. only 2 more weeks to go..

VariaTEA

Evol Ving Ness, I am super happy with everything I have tried so far from this company. It was pretty expensive and I couldn’t get samples sizes which normally results in me turning away but this order kept me up all night so I decided to splurge and I am glad I did :)

Sil, order from my cupboard :P

Evol Ving Ness

What’s going to happen in two weeks, Sil?

Evol Ving Ness

Good recommendation, except for the expensive part.

Sil

VariaTEA – haha i likely will
Evol – 2 wks = Jan 1st! Trying to get to my weight and sipdown goals for 2016

Evol Ving Ness

And then, shopping? :)

Sil

evol – maybe. Might try and do another year or getting my cupboard under control. i have a LOT of puerh that i havent touched almost the entire year..

Evol Ving Ness

:)

This tea thing is a full-time job: the ordering, the shopping, the drinking, the ordering, the sorting, the panicking, and so on. You’ve been doing such a good job with your sip downs, Sil. Admirable discipline. Very impressive. But do you even like puerh?

Sil

evol – i ADORE puerh.. I just need to MAKE time for it. It’s a relaxing experience for me…gives me a chance to pause and focus on the tea, instead of drinking while i’m busy and running around. So i need to just start doing it.

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Blackberry waffle deliciousness! Yum :)

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One of the best blackberry teas I have had and the base reminds me of the waffle flavor from Butiki’s Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black Tea. Now this is based off a very vague memory of the Butiki tea but that’s what came to mind when I first tasted this

Sil

reaaaalllly…

VariaTEA

I think so but it could be my imagination. I have enough to share though

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drank Cherry Cordial by The NecessiTeas
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Omnomnom tasty eggnog latte. Creamy. Sweet black cherry. Silky milk chocolate. Yum!

Sil

sounds noms.

VariaTEA

Have some!

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drank Cherry Cordial by The NecessiTeas
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This company is quickly becoming my new obsession. This is one of the few times I am happy sample sizes wasn’t an option!

http://sororiteasisters.com/2016/12/15/cherry-cordial-from-the-necessiteas-a-hand-blended-treat/

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Which peppermint NecessiTea will reign supreme? Check out the battle of my peppermint blends from Necessiteas – Candy Cane Lane, White Chocolate Peppermint, and this blend: http://sororiteasisters.com/2016/12/20/battle-of-the-peppermint-necessiteas/

Sil

noms. this sounds tasty if also a little naughty haha

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This cooled way down before I got a chance to try it and yet its another awesome NecessiTeas blend.

Jillian

I love the name of the tea XD

Roswell Strange

Pretty sure it’s named after the shot, which is delicious btw.

Vodka, Kahlua/Tia Maria, Irish Creme, Creme de Menthe! So smooth; it was one of of bar staples this summer when we wanted shots rather than drinks.

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Note to self: 5 minutes is too long to steep this! The base takes over leaving a hint of popped rice under an astringent black tea. We’ll see how this does when brewed properly because I am sure this is not representative of how this tea actually tastes.

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So I steeped this per the instructions for 5 minutes. Normally I only go for about 2-3 minutes so I was worried this might be astringent but it’s actually really nice. The strawberry cheesecake flavor is distinctive while the base is malty and creates depth. So far I am super impressed with these Necessiteas blends and thank goodness because they are all 2+ oz tins.

In other news, anyone ever play the predictive text game with their phones where you type the first half of your sentence and then let predictive text finish the sentence? If not you should because it’s pretty entertaining. Stupid but entertaining.

Here are a few of mine:

“For Christmas I want a smoothie from the restaurant” – I’m aiming high here.
“All I want for Chanukah is a woman that I will be”
“All I want for my birthday is this one and then that’s it”
“Kris is a good friend because I have no one else”

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