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tried the last of this one at 205 degrees for 3 mins and it was a pretty tasty, malty assam. Not sure if it ranks as my favourite or anything, but it was a nice one to try. It’s also neat seeing how differently this one tastes depending on the parameters. thanks for the share terri!

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Tea from my tea sister Terri. What intrigued me most about this, is that there are 3 different sets of instructions on the package depending on what you’re going for:
-195 1 tsp 4oz for sweet, floral, silky texture
-205 for robust maltiness 4oz per tsp
-6-8oz of water if you want a blod pick me up, similar to a darjeeling.

Since i have a little to play with, i went with 4oz, 195 degrees, 1.5mins. This is slightly sweet, but i wouldn’t say floral with a hint of maltiness coming through. it reminds me a little of a ceylon brewed this way. interesting.

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drank gwy-u latte by Traveling Tea
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Traveling Tea is a teashop less than a mile from my house, and my favorite teas from that shop are custom blends that the owner, Kateri, creates. Both Sil & I have sung the praises of the Pumpkin Ginger Spice blend that Kateri makes every fall, from locally raised, roasted, and dehydrated pumpkins! That tea is pure awesomeness!

So here is another of Kateri’s blends, a new one! I I should mention up front that I’m not a huge fan of guayusa or rooibos, and my first sip, in fact my first inhale, told me I wasn’t really going to enjoy this tea much.

However, it actully is very enjoyable. The texture is creamy, although I didn’t add any type of ‘milk’ to it, and the blend of flavors is nicely done, so that no one flavor stands out over all. It kind of reminds me of ovaltine, with it’s mix of cacao hulls & vanilla, and there is a nuttiness to it as well. It’s not a bold cup of tea, but the dandelion and chicory add a bass note, so it’s not wimpy either. I dlidn’t add any sweetener, however there’s a little sarsparilla & maple in there, and really it was sweet enough.

If you’re interested in checking out the teas Kateri offers, here’s a link to her website:
https://squareup.com/market/natures-notion-llc-d-slash-b-slash-a-traveling-tea/

Sil

Really? I am also not a fan of guayasa. I really should get you to pick up a few from her shop in the sample sizes for me one of these days….

gmathis

Custom tea…less than a mile…Danger, Will Robinson! (At least it would be for my allowance!)

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A tasty malty Assam that I’ve enjoyed & plan to get more of!
Sil, you’ll find some of this one in your box, when I finally get to the PO to send it off!!
Sipdown!

Sil

haha awesome

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HGTTB

I was a little hesitant due to the heavy scent of spices in the dry leaf but this is amazing. This is the most true-to-pumpkin tea I have ever had and the ginger just adds an extra layer of warmth. It is like a nice hug in a cup or perhaps a cozy fall sweater. Either way it is delicious!

VariaTEA

I can definitely see why this is one of your favourites!

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drank Vanilla Oolong by Traveling Tea
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another cup from terri apparently i like vanilla oolongs. This is the second one i’ve had – the first being from adagio and there’s justs omething about vanilla + oolongs that work for me. This has been a great cup of tea this afternoon while the other half and i game a little and relax. thanks terri!

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this is another from terri and while i’m not an oolong fan, i do love me some ginger! haha while this is a really pleasant roasty oolong, all i’m really getting here is peach. And i’m a little peached out. I really can’t taste any ginger. I have a feeling if this was a ginger oolong i’d be all over getting more of this…but the way it stands? i’m good with just this taste! thanks terri!

Maddy Barone

You and I seem to have some tastes in common, Sil. I love ginger too. I’m going to start going through your tasting notes to find things I might like.

Sil

sichuan caravan from verdant. my tasting notes are sometimes not so tea related…especially after a few years of drinking the same things. If you’re after a specific thing let me know…happy to suggest. :)

Terri HarpLady

I think sichuan caravan & our pumpkin ginger spice are the winners for gingery flavor :)

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tea from terri! this one smells a LOT of the hojicha. However, once brewed, i can see why someone might call this coffee….it’s not really like coffee but it’s like the memory of coffee as it blends with the cacao..if that makes sense. Interesting to try, that’s for sure! thanks terri!

TeaNecromancer

ooh! Sounds neat!

Sil

it is… i would never have put those two things together but it works heh

Terri HarpLady

I’ve enjoyed a couple of the blends from Traveling Tea (especially our beloved pumpkin ginger!).

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Yesterday was an awesome day. I fixed a tasty brunch for myself, my 2 sons, Tony, & my friend Lisa. While we ate, we watched “The Interview” on my son Leif’s huge flatscreen. We also shared a pot of this tea, which is tasty. Then we played Cards against Humanity for about 3 hours, LOL.

I steeped the tea in this teapot, which was made for me by a friend!

http://instagram.com/p/xFDGlVD8kS/
http://instagram.com/p/xFDNbZD8kj/
http://instagram.com/p/xFDU6ij8kx/

Stephanie

Sounds like a great day! Was the Interview any good? :)

Skulleigh

Yes, after all the hype I must know if the movie was any good :D I played Card Against Humanity with my friends on C. Eve :)
That teapot is amazing! I love it!

Terri HarpLady

The interview: typical Seth rogan film – stoners in suites, Sexual inenduendos, moments of hilarity, moments of disgust. We enjoyed it :)

Stephanie

Cool, I’ll watch it eventually!

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drank Cacao Chai by Traveling Tea
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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
2194 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
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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
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drank Cacao Chai by Traveling Tea
7737 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
7737 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
7737 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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