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Thanks for sharing Sil! I quite enjoyed this one! It was creamy and had a lot of christmas spices to it – notes of orange and zips of nutmeg and cinnamon. I drank it before I really had a chance to savour everything, but it was delicious and I’d try it again.

Fjellrev

Haha oh man, I still haven’t written about this one yet. I’m glad she passed some down.

Cavocorax

Thanks for giving it to her to begin with!

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drank Kashmire Chai by The Tea Girl
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Good job taking this long just to try this, Swedish Chef. This is the last of the Tea Girl tea I picked up back in November that still needs some love. How does this measure up to my favourite Kashmir chai in the world brewed in a hometown cafe? We’ll see.

To try to emulate the sublime aforementioned chai, I added organic granulated sugar and some half and half instead of drinking it straight. Too bad I just used up the rest of my ground almonds in my cereal the other day because I could have sprinkled some on top.

I cracked open the green cardamom pods before brewing in order to get the most out of them. In flavour, I’m detecting mostly cardamom, cinnamon, and fennel. No clove or anise, unfortunately. Maybe a hint of ginger far in the background. I’d dial it back on the sugar a bit next time, otherwise this is a decent green chai. I’d say it’s the best home-brewed one I’ve tried thus far. And for the record, I’m sure this is the exact same one that Steeps sells, which I tried years ago but never made it with milk/cream and/or sugar which seems to bring out the best in this.

The almonds and rose cannot be detected either, as they’re lack of presence in the dry leaf leads to ultimate spice dominance. Ground almonds and pistachios need to be brought into the picture. Maybe a few more rose petals.

Since the cloves are rather sparse in the dry leaf, the taste of the tea will definitely hinge on the amount and variety of whole spices that randomly get scooped up with each spoon. Yes, thank you, Captain Obvious. So next time I play Kashmir Chai Roulette, I’ll see which spices wind up in my strainer, subtly altering the experience/flavour.

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The dry leaf smells so delicious. Sparkly tart strawberry and apples. The liquor is a deep red. But the flavour is a little disappointing. Has the same undertone that David’s Goji Pop has (which I used to love so my tastes must have changed). I can’t describe it. Like a waxy berry? I mean, it’s good, but I get quite distracted by whatever that is.

More testing in the future.

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drank Orangecicle by The Tea Girl
995 tasting notes

Bahaha, trying to finish up the food in the house before I jet off in a couple days, I ate a bunch of chocolate, looked at the package, and realized I consumed a little over 500 calories worth. So I was all, “Welp, time to get off my ass and bust out the ole HRM.” Nearly 700 calories burnt later, I’m back at home itching for something cold and refreshing. IN YO
FACE, CHOCOLATE.

So here I am guzzling this light, creamy orange magic. Hits the spot! I’m going to have to make sure I save some leaf for mixing with marshmallow root. I’m sure that’ll make this even better.

Cameron B.

LOL om nom chocolate! :P

Sil

interesting…and delicious sounding

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drank Orangecicle by The Tea Girl
995 tasting notes

Kind of having an Ode to my Sort-of-Hometown morning. Took a shower with some scrumptious Pumpkin Spice soap handmade in Edmonton. If, by the way, you’re a fan of good quality soap and are in Edmonton, I highly recommend Wild Prairie Soap on Whyte avenue. And now I’ve been trying out these Tea Girl teas.

This one caught my nose, so-to-speak, in the store with its tart orange aroma. The liquor is a pretty bright, deeper melon orange, and smells very sweet, like a super sweet tangerine. I was kind of worried for a while thinking it may taste too artificial. First sip initially hit me with sweet orange but every sip after has been relaxed. Not overly sweet at all. It also doesn’t have a thick syrupy mouthfeel like many fruit blends with hibiscus do. The hibiscus, by the way, is very minimal, so minimal that you almost wouldn’t suspect that there is even hibiscus in here based on the colour of the liquor. The more I smell the steeped tea, the more it’s reminding me of a fluffy orangey marshmallow. I almost forgot that this was supposed to have a creamy aspect to it so it’s all making sense now. Oh yeah, the more I smell it, the more creamsicle-like it truly is. Cool!

But it doesn’t taste as creamy as one would expect. It tastes more like orange slush with a tiny hint of creaminess than full-on creamsicle.

It makes a great cold brew.

Sil

mmmm creamsicle like teas

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drank Walnut Truffle by The Tea Girl
995 tasting notes

Evening tea that smells and tastes like fancypants breakfast (pancakes and syrup with chopped nuts). Yes please.

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drank Walnut Truffle by The Tea Girl
995 tasting notes

A little bit of factoid power: The owner of the Tea Girl used to work at Steeps, an establishment found in Edmonton and Calgary, purchased one of the Steeps locations in Edmonton and rebranded it as her own. It has a similar system, where you buy teas by the tin. There is also some tea overlap between the two. In other words, she seems to have kept a lot of Steeps teas in her inventory, but there are a bunch that I never recall seeing at Steeps, such as their #YEGnog and maybe even this one.

I was automatically drawn towards this one because it smells so delectably creamy and nutty. The dry leaf is laced with slivered almonds, rose petals, and walnuts.

No rose here, but I’m getting a ton of creaminess, a touch of caramel, and of course, toasted nuts. The aroma of the steeped tea actually reminds me a lot of Butiki’s Maple Pecan Oolong (yep, even more so than David’s Toasted Walnut). As much as I looove that one, I’m really liking the base in this one. It seems to go well with the creamy nutty flavours. While I get tired of oolongs and/or really need to be in the mood to drink this one, greens can be enjoyed almost anytime for me.

I’m going to have to play around with the ratios, however, as I noticed that if you add a little too much, the sencha can get a little bitter. Otherwise, the flavouring in this tea is great.

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another one from my swedish chef. This one is really quite tasty. i can’t really say if it’s eggnog-y like since i haven’t had eggnog in a really long time because it’s gross. blech. but this tea? it’s creamy and delicious! I’ve never heard of this company before, and this particular tea isn’t on their website. However, they’re from my old stomping ground and that makes me happy. I really enjoyed this one! thank you for sharing these treats my swedish chef! :)

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