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drank Cacao Chai by Traveling Tea
3071 tasting notes

When Sil came to visit, we went to the Traveling Tea shop & she bought some of this one, leaving me a generous sample. I was in that shop a few weeks later & bought some more (having forgotten that I already had some). So…the first time I tried it, I was a little disappointed, it seemed rather bland. I had followed the suggested heaping tsp.

This time? I went with a rounded TB, & steeped about 5 minutes probably, & it is MUCH more Delicious that way! This evening I’m in the mood for teas that are sweet, & this one is really hitting the spot! Next time I’ll dump a can of coconut milk in the mini crock pot (maybe tomorrow) & let it sit there warming for an hour or so…yeah…maybe tomorrow…

Fjellrev

I wonder if this is the same as Tisano’s Chai Cacao? If so, yeah, I definitely find the spices come through more when you steep it a lot longer and add more leaf.

Fjellrev

Funny stuff.

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drank Cacao Chai by Traveling Tea
1619 tasting notes

From Sil. A perfect one-mug packet, too.

It’s not bad. Quite chocolatey. A little spicy. Not really a flavour combination I go for in my teas.

I’m enjoying it with some milk this morning. And some cheese. Haha.

Thanks, Sil!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Fjellrev

Mmm, dairy-laden breakfast. I could go for some cheese for breakfast too haha.

OMGsrsly

I don’t have a lot of groceries because I’m trying super duper hard to not waste food/keep to a budget. And no leftovers either. So cheese was the first thing I saw that didn’t need cooking! I’ll have to make a pot of rice and roast up some squash and sweet potatoes.

Fjellrev

It sounds like we have similar ingredients in the house and are trying out similar strategies too. At least I picked up more veggies the other day, and ingredients to make two sandwiches. Haha so sad.

OMGsrsly

Yeah. I’m a food stockpiler, so to look in my cupboards right now I get really worried. I mean, I know it’s OK (I have hiking food separate in case of emergencies), but it’s still worrying!

Anlina

It’s so challenging to find that balance of enough food in the house to actually have meals, and not wasting perishables. I’ve gotten pretty good about buying veggies from the store down the street and reserving big shopping trips for things that are processed, meat which can go in the freezer or non-perishables.

OMGsrsly

I get keepers in large quantities, mostly. Kabocha, sweet potatoes, onions… :) I love salads but I never manage to eat everything before it goes bad. And right now I have orange peppers in the fridge (huge bag for $1!) that I need to use somehow. Why did I get them? I don’t really like peppers…

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Another tea I picked up yesterday at Traveling tea.
This is a nicely roasty organic Houjicha, with the addition of cacao. It has a pleasant underlying bitter element, nothing like coffee really, but I can see the connection. It’s hearty & satisfying & a pinch of sweet makes it even nicer. I bet you could brew it kind of strong & add cream & sugar, although that’s not my thing.

Sil

Yay you tried it!

Terri HarpLady

want a sample?
:)

Sil

Hahaha I’m afraid to say yes.

Terri HarpLady

I won’t send too much ;)

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I picked up some of this yesterday while I was visiting Traveling Tea. I love the Tisano Cacao tea they carry, it’s really tasty, so I figured I’d try this one, since I like rose sometimes, & it’s nice too, especially lightly sweetened :)

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nom nom nom nom…this + honey + a waaaaaay too much alcohol in it drink = perfect evening lol. This is almost gone and that makes me sad, but i’m glad i only got a little bit while i was with Terri….means that i can order more teas soon! woot woot!

Final Count: 90

Fjellrev

Sil is getting wasted off spiked tea on a Friday night. That’s my Sil!

Sil

butterscotch ripple liquor. enough said.

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last cup of tea tonight since i got distracted with vacation planning. We’re trying to decide between a new place in cuba (different from where we went before) with upgraded butler service etc…as a splurge OR a 7 day disney cruise to a bunch of places we haven’t been before. both options being equally awesome. :)

I am enjoying this tea a bunch. It’s a nice ginger tea that still retains the citrus aspect which makes it a little less intensely ginger, but still has a bit of a kick to it, which i enjoy a bunch.

Final count: 123 (i may make it to the teens after all before tuesday!)

Terri HarpLady

I think I still havent tried this one yet

NofarS

123… Oh, how I envy you.

Nxtdoor

Dude. Where in Cuba? The Royalton Santa Maria is where we’re likely going. Adult only, butler service and stuff. 100 something rooms so nice and small!!

Sil

we’re likely going to try paradisus de oro in holguin. Either that or go back to santa clara and hit the melia buenavista – we loved las dunas over there.

NofarS – it’s haaard work… and i have incoming teas lol

Nxtdoor

Yah, paradisus in holguin is the other one. Good one! We basically are price watching right now. Whichever of the two drops more in the next two weeks gets us. When are you going? January for us.

Sil

November…i need some sort of vacation after the last few months at work. :) and this will force me to actually relax.

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another tea from the week, and another tea i picked up with terri. I seem to recall this one being more ginger than anything, which suits me fine as there was a citrus edge to it…just not as strong as i’d like. better notes on this later if steepster stops being annoying.

Terri HarpLady

I still haven’t gotten around to sampling this one yet, but of course I almost always like anything wi ginger in it :)

Sil

i have so many teas to drink… i just want to take a vacation day to sit at home and drink tea lol

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drank Cacao Chai by Traveling Tea
5366 tasting notes

mmm this was particularly delicious tonight. I over leafed this one just a little and ended up steeping it for a little longer than 3 mins. Turned out quite nice and made for a great cup of tea while doing the dishes. I’ve got an over night tomorrow so i’m trying to clean up a bit around the house to help out my other half.

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drank Cacao Chai by Traveling Tea
5366 tasting notes

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drank Cacao Chai by Traveling Tea
5366 tasting notes

this is very much my “craving after dark but i don’t have any so here’s a poor substitute to drink even though i really want after dark” tea. LOL yeah. it’s decent enough, but it’s not after dark. Made this up as a latte this afternoon. :) better than as a straight tea..but still wasn’t after dark

OMGsrsly

Aww, poor Sil! It’s on my list of teas to load you up with. :)

Sil

haha no no no “loading” me up lol i’m almost down to 70!

OMGsrsly

Sil gets… 2kg of After Dark! And…. go! (Nah, I think you’d get pretty sick of it.)

Sil

Hahahaha

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drank Cacao Chai by Traveling Tea
5366 tasting notes

this is my poor black tea base substitute for after dark. sigh while i DO enjoy this one, i always wish it was after dark when i have it lol It’s got a good thing going with it’s vanilla and ginger and cocoa…cardamom. I need to try this as a latte because i think that would really make the flavours even more awesome. :)

Terri HarpLady

I need to find my samples form you & Nicole. Last thing I remember they were on my desk, & I know they are somewhere in my office, but things got a little crazy over the last week or so…

Sil

Haha yeah you do and yes they did! I’m making breakfast and drinking puerh! Only 10 more hrs to stay awake lol

Terri HarpLady

You can do it!

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drank Cacao Chai by Traveling Tea
5366 tasting notes

had this one a while back. all i can remember really is that it reminded me a little of “after dark” from steam…only with tea in it heh. more to come later since this is one of the teas i picked up while in st louis with terri :)

Terri HarpLady

Another one I still need to sample. This cooler weather is bringing on a craving for Chai, so I’ll probably get to it soon :)

Sil

i picked up WP’s eldorado chai…so i’ll have to send some your way if you haven’t already tried it..

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Wow! This is spicy! It’s also tasty! It also contains several herbs that are on my ‘Favorite Herbs That Are Good For You Too’ list: I drink Nettle leaf for my allergies. It’s one of the best antihistamines out there. I drink Elder berry as an antiviral, & also because I love the taste. And I love love love Ginger in tea & in food. The blend is rounded out with Rose, Rooibos, Elder flower, Cinnamon, Clove, & Stevia leaf. It is a little heavy on the clove, for my taste, but otherwise, I like it.

Sil

how rosey is the rose?

Stephanie

Meh, now I have Seal in my head…

Terri HarpLady

LOL, I’ve had that song in my head since I drank the tea.
Honestly, the rose is not all that present

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BACKLOG: (because I totally let Sil down by not reviewing this tea when she loved it and gave me the LAST CUP of it)

What a bad tea fren. :P

I remember I liked the pumpkin flavouring from it, but the rooibosness of it bothered me a little. I think I just don’t do rooibos well in the summer but come fall and I would probably be ALL OVER IT. I will have to keep an eye out for it!

Thanks Sil!

Sil

hahaha i’m such a witch lol

Dexter

(I just going to keep being annoying and comment every time I see something about this tea – I would LOVE to get some of this if/when it’s reblended this fall. Please, thank you)

Sil

Haha dexter I will make sure you get some. Consider it payback :)

Dexter

Thank you – will negotiate buying some when the time comes (there’s no need for any "payback) – Why is your package “out for delivery” but yet -"Item arrived at postal facility. Item on hold. " Canada Post drives me nuts….

Sil

yeah it’ll come tomorrow…i won’t be home… i’ll pick it up friday lol STUPID CANADA POST

Terri HarpLady

As I was telling Sil earlier, I spoke with the gal who makes this the other day. All the pumpkins were grown locally last year, & I told her we would want a lot of it, even if I had to roast the pumpkins myself :)

Mallory Louise

Dexter- we have some in stock right now! We are in the process of making our last few batches of the season; we bought the last pumpkin of the season this weekend. I suggest everyone order it now!

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drank Pumpkin Ginger Spice by Traveling Tea
1412 tasting notes

Ok, I know it is entirely the wrong season for this. It isn’t even on their website until October. I had Mtn Dew for lunch and thought caffeine free sounded acceptable this afternoon. First off the leaf looks like snack food. Dry this is cinnamon and clove scented. Taste while hot – throw in a little nutmeg and some aftertaste heat from the ginger. Once it cools a little I get pumpkin under all the spicy goodness. That actually surprises me. I have had a lot of pumpkin teas that got the pumpkin pie spices right but never approached actual pumpkin taste. I think all the previous teas have had a black tea base. This is rooibos. That may make all the difference. And don’t wrinkle your face, Eeeeww rooibos. You really don’t notice it in the blend and bonus it does taste of pumpkin with lots of spice. It is not pumpkin pie but it doesn’t claim to be.

Terri HarpLady

I loved this one, & it’s made by a local gal, Katieri, who owns the tea company. Someone here in stl grows the pumpkins, Katieri roasts them, & then dehydrates them, or something like that.
Sadly, this tea won’t be back until Fall…sigh…

Cheri

I was drinking Christmas teas over the weekend. It’s all in what you’re in the mood for.

Terri HarpLady

That’s right! Maybe I’ll drink up some of my xmas teas next!

K S

I think the only other holiday teas I have are my nightly Celestial Seasonings stuff. Thanks Terri for sharing this. At first I thought traveling tea meant one of those boxes you all pass around. I found the website and thought a lot of it looked interesting.

Sil

My. Favourite. Pumpkin. Tea. Ever.

Terri HarpLady

Sil & I went through a bunch of this tea this past winter, & it was also a BBBBox tea for me, Sil, & TastyBrew. I kept going back to the store, & even got her to make an extra batch. It really is the best pumpkin tea out there, IMO.

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drank Yunnan Forest by Traveling Tea
5366 tasting notes

i have to try not to think about the pumpkin tea from this company that is hiding in my special box. i really do just want to drink it all up. this straight tea from this is a really interesting. it’s sort of juicy feeling. and work just exploded. thanks for sharing t his with me terri!

Terri HarpLady

It’s what I do :)

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When the hot water first hit this tea, I immediately smelled pumpkin pie filling. The taste of the brewed tea is more pumpkin chai to me. I definitely get a pumpkin flavour. I am getting cloves and a very light ginger taste. I am also getting quite a roasty or burnt flavour – burnt like caramelized sugar. I get only the slightest bit of rooibos flavour, which is a plus for me.

Definitely surprised by this one. Thanks*Terri*!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
CelebriTEA

Sounds yummy…I am a pumpkin fan ;-)

Lala

I have to say this is the most “life-like” pumpkin tea I have tried.

Courtney

Pumpkin yum!

Sil

oh god… i need this tea back.

Mallory Louise

The caramelized/burnt flavor is from the sweetness of the roasted pumpkin. We only use pie pumpkins (they’re the sweetest) and we roast them prior to dehydration. No added pumpkin flavor! THAT’S ALL REAL PUMPKIN YOU’RE TASTING!

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drank Pumpkin Ginger Spice by Traveling Tea
5366 tasting notes

Final cup! Terri…grow some pumpkins and make her make like a pound of this. I’ll drive down and pick up half of it! lol Seriously though.. i love the pumpkin and ginger mingling and this one just makes me super happy in fall. like super duper happy. :) thanks for introducing this one to me terri!

Final Count: 154 ( 24 more to go by May 10…and then another 15 after that for the other half of may. except that i now have 7 teas incoming from Mandala, 2 from Verdant, 2 whispering pines…looking at a butiki order with uh 11 teas….plus there are a few more teas living with Terri and Cavo at the moment… crap crap crap lol)

Mini Goal for this weekend… get to 140

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drank Pumpkin Ginger Spice by Traveling Tea
5366 tasting notes

best. pumpkin. tea. ever. + ginger! i am going to be so sad when this is gone…which now that i’ve opened the pouch is going to be soon….TOOO SOON

Final Count: still 141 sigh 11 more teas to go… but 1 swap and likely some purchases coming up…

Terri HarpLady

I’m thinking I should go to traveling Tea & get a sample of everything she has, & send them ALL to you! HAHAHAHAHA! I was gonna do that with trail lodge teas too, but she doesn’t have sample sizes anymore.

Sil

Oh god…

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drank Pumpkin Ginger Spice by Traveling Tea
5366 tasting notes

since i was all “let’s dig into THE BOX” to celebrate 4k tasting notes, i may have pulled out 2 of my three teas. This being the second one, since if you’re going to go crazy and dig in to THE BOX, you might as well pull out more than 1 tea. haha This tea, in case anyone is wondering, is hands down the best pumpkin tea out there. PLUS it has the added bonus of having ginger in it – which makes all teas better imo (unless they’re dessert teas) AND it’s a rooibos tea.

VariaTEA

What’s the third tea?!

Terri HarpLady

I’ll have to agree, it is the number 1 pumpkin tea, without a doubt. I hope she makes it again when fall comes, & I may plant pumpkins this year, & give her some to make us a bunch of it! :)

Terri HarpLady

I only wish I still had some…sigh…

Sil

that would be awesome Terri.
VariaTEA – mousse au chocolate – hard to get, expensive and probably my favourite chocolate tea. that being said, i also wouldn’t want it in copious quantities either as it would fade..

keychange

mouse au chocolat is where it’s at, for sure.

whatshesaid

What’s “The BOX” ?? :)

whatshesaid

Oh never mind, I see below!

keychange

sil, can mouse au chocolat be purchased from most mf locations? or is it one of those teas that’s like “only available in one store in the world on October 4th at 5 mountain time” offerings?

Sil

It’s available all the time but it’s damn expensive…you can only buy it in ether tin and it’s like 25 euro for 100g? Ie. stupidly priced and not worth it, except as an indulgence heh

keychange

Wow, that’s pretty expensive. Damn. Still worth it on occasion though!

Mallory Louise

Sil, it takes two days and several pumpkins to make less than a pound of tea. I promise you, IT’S WORTH IT!

Sil

Mallory – the expensive comment was about mousse au chocolat.
I adore pumpkin ginger from travelling tea. It’s not 25 euro and IS way worth it :)

Mallory Louise

Oh, good! I was apparently not reading carefully. My apologies!

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drank Pumpkin Ginger Spice by Traveling Tea
5366 tasting notes

sad…sad…sad…sipdown. I resteeped the heck out of this one, knowing it was my last go around of this until next year. I have to say that this is without a doubt my favourite pumpkin tea. Thank you so much for sharing Terri!

Terri HarpLady

It’s what we do! :)

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drank Pumpkin Ginger Spice by Traveling Tea
5366 tasting notes

love. this. tea. seriously. Talk about tasting like actual pumpkin – which of course has something to do with the GIANT chunks of pumpkin in this. So happy terri shared this with me. I thought tonight’s cup would finish off what she sent me but i’ve got enough for another sil sized cup another night. Perfect, since i can resteep this tonight for a couple of cups of goodness.

Back to work tomorrow AND a friend of ours is coming to crash at our place since he still doesn’t have power. While i am totally cool with that, it also means i may need to go in to work tomorrow instead of working from home. but we’ll see.

and tomorrow i get to liberate my mail from jail! WOOHOO!

Fjellrev

I’m glad you still have power!

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drank Pumpkin Ginger Spice by Traveling Tea
5366 tasting notes

TERRI! I WANT MOAR! seriously..this is damn tasty! It’s my christmas mor-er-afternoon tea and this is so delicious. Please remind me next year we want lots of this. This might be my favourite pumpkin tea this year.

Edit: this resteeps really nicely since you can brew it and forget it lol This is pretty much all i’ve had since we got up this afternoon.

Terri HarpLady

YAY!! I knew you’d love it!
The best part is she roasts & then dehydrates the pumpkins herself. I don’t know if she grew them, or if a friend of her’s grew them, but they are locally grown. Anyway, yeah, next year we have to load up on it for sure!

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