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drank Wanderlust by Yumchaa
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thank you Scheherazade for this sample. Jury is still out on this one but man did the aroma of this steeped tea blow me away. Talk about apple crumble in a cup. What i’m not sold on is the weakness of the tea, which may just be my steeping times or the leaf, so i’m not going to hold it against the tea just yet. I have more left to try this again with, so we shall see! Either way happy to try it :)

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drank Lemon Sherbet by Yumchaa
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yum Scheherazade ! yum yum yum
i mean i could easily take or leave rooibos. preferably leave it. but heck do i like lemon! and this is a nice lemon. smooth and tasty. dance the worm!

In for the Kill (la roux cover) by Miike Snow
http://grooveshark.com/s/In+For+The+Kill/3HXgTj?src=5

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drank Wanderlust by Yumchaa
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well Scheherazade is right, it is a kind of apple pie green. and i like my apple teas i sure do!
even on a super hot day in the summer. apples forever!

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drank Enchanted Forest by Yumchaa
6770 tasting notes

I haven’t had much from Yumchaa but I have been wanting to sip on more and after this one I want to sip even more! This is a nicely flavored green with rhubarb and berry notes without being tarty. It has a great sweetness but also an even-smooth to round it out! The product descriptions says to Drink When: Wearing Thick Socks – well, I’m in luck! That’s just about every day! LOL

If anyone has some Yumchaa assorted teas laying around and would be interested in swapping – let me know via PM :)

Thanks!

Sil

i believe both halieod and Scheherazade and cteresa all have a various assortment of yumchaa…if i’m remembering correctly..

Scheherazade

I don’t have all that many left now. I’ve got some Adventure, some Om, and some Red Christmas I think. It might be time for another order with them soon!

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drank Notting Hill by Yumchaa
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Had this at their Soho cafe…I don’t know. It was a bit lacklustre in terms of flavour. It smelt quite nice, but had little punch to it. My friend had Walk in the Woods, and we couldn’t tell the difference between them. Perhaps their chocolate brownie was interfering with my tastebuds, but I was hugely disappointed when this sounded so delicious!

Alas. I will try something different from Yumchaa, but for the price, I’d expect a hell of a lot more.

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drank Enchanted Forest by Yumchaa
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so ya, i drank this 5 days ago, and still haven’t made a note.
i drank it the day after too. but couldn’t figure it out. and i don’t trust my judgement because green teas have been weird for me lately.
so i’m gonna save the bit i got from Scheherazade and gleefully try it again when i get my fresh and so clean green tastebuds back. yup.

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drank Red Christmas by Yumchaa
73 tasting notes

I got this along with a bag of my beloved Chilli Chilli Bang Bang, because it was limited edition and I didn’t notice the aniseed in there. (Or possibly hadn’t figured out that while I like anise/licorice fine as flavours themselves, I dislike them in most teas.) For a good few cups I thought it was just the unfair comparison with CCBB that stopped this being a winner, then read *cteresa*’s note and went “Aha! Aniseed!”, but then it started to grow on me. The anise flavour is just tempered enough by the strength of the other flavours (all favourites) that I like it. It’s not a problem that it’s limited edition, as long as CCBB comes back for the colder weather. But if not — there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth! (The new Red Chai has aniseed as its first ingredient – not cool, Yumchaa!)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
cteresa

Maybe I am just unreasonablle about the aniseed. or better said I am sure I am unreasonable – fennel and aniseed and liquorice is a perfectly respectable family. I tend to not think of myself as a picky eater but when it cames to tea, I do have unreasonable dislikes!

Hallieod

No, I don’t think there’s anything unreasonable about disliking any teas with aniseed or licorice in them! I’m just not consistent about my dislike, which is much worse!

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drank Mango Sunrise by Yumchaa
4889 tasting notes

backlog and sipdown! Made a large batch of this cold brew the other day and had it last night. I much prefer this as a cold brew than a hot one as the flavours became slightly more enhanced. Thank you again Hallieod for letting me try this one!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Mango Sunrise by Yumchaa
4889 tasting notes

Thank you hallieod for this one! This isn’t half bad. I want to try this as a cold brew since that’s part of why I wanted to try it. As a hot brew this is a decent green tea. The mango flavouring isn’t artificial, but it is a little light. Glad to see this one, and looking forward to the next attempt as a cold brew! :)

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drank Chelsea Chai by Yumchaa
73 tasting notes

Oh good, back in I-love-all-Yumchaa-teas mode now. Thanks to cteresa for the sample! I didn’t both reading the notes for ingredients for this one, just assumed it was a green chai. I prefer chai as proper industrial-strength black or the other end of the (caffeine) scale and rooibos, but my mind was open to a Yumchaa green chai, and this turned out to be lovely. I love ginger, cardamom and pepper, and love them together (usually with cinnamon), I love Yumchaa’s green tea bases (this one is sencha) and I love spearmint, but I’d never have thought the spearmint would go so well with the other tastes.

It’s going to be interesting, choosing from the growing list of tried-and-loved teas for the next Yumchaa order! Thanks again, T!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 45 sec
cteresa

glad you enjoyed it! It was a win for me too, and a very conforting sort of tea (OTOH their black chais Soho Spice and Chai Black are not for me).

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drank Notting Hill by Yumchaa
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I’ll be another steepsterite to wonder at how lovely this tea looks like. Everytime I open the bag or small tin I’ve filled with this tea, I am amazed by the colors. The black tea leaves are lavishly sprinkled with blue, yellow and dark orange petals; there are also a few dried pieces of fruits: I recognized some strawberries and some light yellow, that may be apricot? It’s indeed one of the most beautiful teas I’ve had the opportunity to brew and that makes the experience all the more pleasant.
The smell of the dried leaves is very fruity, with a strong apricot-peach tone.
Once brewed, the flavors do not disappoint and are in line with the smell. This makes for a very sweet and mellow brew. Really lovely end extremely pleasant, but with unfortunately no wow factor to make it unforgettable.
I’ll have to compare this one to MF Bolero, for which I still have a few teapots left at the bottom of the bag. I believe this one will be slightly more fruity with more distinctive flavors, while the other should be more balanced.
I know it should not be very difficult to finish this bag and that I might rebuy this tea some day.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Hallieod

All those lovely things to say about it and it still doesn’t have any wow factor – makes my head spin imagining what does. :)

Ysaurella

does it have the incredible mellowness of Boléro ?

LaFleurBleue

@Hallieod: I know I’m highly demanding and not only for teas; it’s indeed very lovely and pleasant to drink, but it would probably be my first pick in the full cupboard, nor is it a tea I could not do without for a long time, nor would it be an absolute recommendation to anyone, like “you really have to drink that, whatever your tastes are like”. However going deeper into the bag, I might change my mind about that, which turned out to be the case for Boléro, which I found more and more pleasant as I was emptying the bag.
@Ysaurella: I would say so, though the fruit flavors are less blended in this one, but that’s definitely one of the things I’d like to check through a direct comparison of the two. Will keep you posted;)

Hallieod

It does make a huge difference having a tea that’s similar but which does wow you. I’m going to check out the notes for Boléro now, just out of interest. :)

Ysaurella

@ Hallieod : I can provide you with a Boléro sample as well with our next month swap if you like to taste it :)

Hallieod

Oh, thank you, Ysaurella, I’d love that! But I’ll stop whining about the French tea companies that haven’t set up shop in Dublin now, I promise. :)

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drank Walk in the Woods by Yumchaa
4889 tasting notes

SIPDOWN!

mmmm i was a little worried about this one because i accidentally let it steep for something like 8 minutes. I apparently had no reason to worry since this still tastes delicious and wonderful. I like the way that this tea is both berry like with a hint of smoke. I’m bumping the rating up a bit, though i wish the berry taste was just a little stronger. However, the base on this tea is great!

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drank Walk in the Woods by Yumchaa
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thank you Scheherazade for this swap! I’m sad to say that we, for whatever reason, decided that rearranging our entire house again was something we wanted to do late into this evening. I blame the purchase of 5 new board games on that.
In any case, as a result i wasn’t able to focus on this tea as much as i wanted to. Overall, it came across as a pretty great cup of tea. Fruity with hints of smokiness from the assam. Luckily i have enough for at least another cup, maybe two, so that i can spend a bit more time focusing on the tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

5 new games? That sounds like a lot of fun!

Barbara

I wouldn’t even be able to name five different board games. ;-)

Sil

Haha we have probably over 50 in the house now if you count individual boxes. Tea and boardgames are some of my favourite things :)

whatshesaid

What games???

Sil

Fortress island; urban sprawl; small world underground; king of Tokyo; fresco and an extra base card set for our dominion collection lol if that means anything to anyone

Terri HarpLady

The last board game I played was Monopoly, a few years ago on New Year’s Day. We had so many people playing we had to combine 2 boards in a figure 8 formation. We used the Star Wars & pirates of the caribean versions. My brothers & I used to often combine games, rewriting the rules when necessary. Monopoly & game of life was our original combo game.
Anyway, my son in law & my boyfriend kept cheating, LOL!

Cavocorax

Cool! I always wanted to try Dominion, but we end up with a lot of Axies&Allies type games. My bf loves games you need to dedicate an entire day to. He bought me a few more casual ones, but I need to learn the rules and teach others and I’m not so good at that.

Sil

dominion is super easy and has lots of repeatability. draw card, play actions, buy something, draw cards :)

infused1

I love Dominion. I don’t get to play often, but it’s really fun when I do. King of Tokyo is decent. I gave a friend Fortress Island for Xmas, so I hope it’s good. Tea and games. What’s better?

Sil

King of Tokyo was to have simpler options for some of our less strategically inclined friends. Is also afamily game, so you know in like 7 years our currently non existent children can play lol

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drank Adventure by Yumchaa
4889 tasting notes

Guys! I am TOTALLY in the home stretch…well mostly, provided no teas show up tomorrow, though i also kind of want them to lol SIPDOWN! Bringing my grand total to 208 and i still have Friday and Saturday! If i don’t manage it, it’s going to be awfully close :) Of course the week after I’ll be back to adding teas into my cupboard but at least i’ll be able to try and keep it around the 200 mark…still aiming for 150 by november heh.

I save this tea for the last of the day because I wanted to pay attention to it. Last time i gulped it down distractedly without taking notes. Soo i um may have accidentally steeped this one for about 25 mins LOL

The good news? It’s only slightly more hibiscusy than i would want. It also REALLY reminds me of another tea. it’s appley and cinnamony and i just enjoy this one. quite a bit. yep tasty! i think this would be pretty good cold too if the hibiscus didn’t overpower everything.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
ashmanra

There are things I want to order but I have resisted. I have 174 in my cupboard, but that does NOT include ANY of my samples! Eep!

Sil

ash – yeah 3 weeks ago i was at roughly 325 including all my samples etc… it’s been a concentrated effort to get down this far in that time. I much refer to keep my cupboard at no more than 200, though less it better for me since i tend to order in larger quantities when i do lol

Terri HarpLady

Your cupboard’s been going down, while mine’s been going up! Kind of like a see-saw :)

Sil

Terri…mine will go up, promise you hahaha. Mostly I need time to sit and split out shared orders and there are at least 2 swaps on their way and 1 order

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drank Adventure by Yumchaa
4889 tasting notes

mmm this is tasty…well that’s what i remember thinking but then i got distracted on my conference calls tonight and forgot to pay more attention to it. I picked this up in my swap with Scheherazade and i still have a bit mroe to have again so better tasting note then i promise!

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drank Berry Berry Nice by Yumchaa
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SIPDOWN!

I meant to try this one as a latte but i forgot and now it’s gone but that’s alright. I’m super happy to have been able to try a new company through my swaps. Long day…one more cup to go after this before i wrap myself into my blankets and drift away. thank god it’s almost Friday.

oh yeah… the tea lol not too shabby…let it steep for a long time but i’m still getting that rooibos-ey taste so not my overall favourite in terms of rooibos tea.

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drank Berry Berry Nice by Yumchaa
4889 tasting notes

thank you to Scheherazade who let me try some of this in our swap! This one smells like rooibos when it’s in dry form and brewing but once you take a sip of this its full of delicious berry goodness! This is more a red fruit rooibos than blue fruit but overall it’s just a happy fruity goodness time. That is my official stance. and now? now i’m tired. seriously behind in sipdowns but at least i managed a couple today with some steps towards being able to finish a bunch up over the next couple of days..216 and counting, though i think i’m slightly less as i lost track of a few things i suspect.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

How many more days? And you’re aiming to reach 200, right? :)

Sil

I have until Saturday evening, and I think technically the challenge was 190 :)

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drank Mango Sunrise by Yumchaa
73 tasting notes

A lovely flavoured green, which I appreciate the more for having tried a few artificially flavoured ones by mistake. The mango is delicious, and either it balances out sencha’s typical bite of bitterness or this is a particularly mellow sencha base. This one even convinced Becca (not a green tea fan) that green teas could be good, though she said she’d have preferred it with a bit of honey.

I’ve never got around to drinking it as an iced tea, despite the suggestions from Yumchaa, but then it’s just not often hot enough to put you off drinking hot tea here! Second infusions have been a bit less tasty, but I’ll try again and make more careful notes.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec
cteresa

I liked this one very much as well – and try Wanderlust as well, nice good natural flavoured green.

Hallieod

Ooh, yes, I’ve been eyeing Wanderlust, so it’s good to know you like it! I have to be strong and wait just a little while until I order from Yumchaa again, but my resolution is waning sadly.

cteresa

I can send you a little, just to try! Maybe of this and Chelsea Chai as well which is luuuurrrrvely in a spearmint-cinnamon way. And (but you must save it for when ill) Ginseng Guardian Blend. I am fortunately really stocked and would love to share with you – I finished the other day the rose tea you gave me years ago!

Hallieod

Oh, that would be fantastic! Only the Wanderlust and Chelsea Chai though – I’ve looked with interest at the Ginseng Guardian a number of times, but it has yogurt and I’m dairy-free. :(

I have a memory of your having a specific rose tea you were after, but no memory of exactly what it was, only quite sure that what I got was not it! I will think about what I can send you in return – there’s a teashop in Dublin that was recommended to me, as having a very good selection of rooibos (among others, presumably), and I’m determined to get there soon!

cteresa

The rose tea is sadly now defunt, Twinings no longer does it – and I strongly suspect now I that i had hundreds more different teas since then it might now have been as special as all that! Maybe – like the danger of rereading a few things! I got a lovely lovely rose tea from a local store the other day, though next time I rebought from same place it was not as good – I will try a third time when i finish what I have.

Hallieod

Ah, yes, the danger of rereading! Fingers crossed that the lovely rose tea will be back to excellent next time!

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drank Berry Berry Nice by Yumchaa
73 tasting notes

I had the ends of a bag of this, and a new one of Yumchaa’s Raspberry Vanilla, and after a few nights of alternate enjoying, decided it was time for a proper taste test, before all the Berry Berry Nice was gone. It was totally scientific! Well, actually, it was nothing of the sort. I put the teas straight into two cups and infused for the same amount of time, then divided those two cups into two more, so Cara and I could each taste properly. Naturally, we ended up with different preferences, but Berry Berry Nice is my winner.

With that mix of fruits, I’ve very little hope of distinguishing each flavour note, but despite Yumchaa’s description of it as a “tart treat”, I don’t find it tart at all. Both it and Raspberry Vanilla have vanilla and rose petals (though BBN has vanilla “pieces” while RV has “pods” — ??) and I’d have thought the combined fruits in BBN were at least as tart as raspberry, but I find it a smoother, less tangy tea nonetheless.

It’s all gone now, and I will definitely be ordering more of this favourite. It happily serves as a winter, nighttime drink, as well as the summery one the “drink while wearing sunglasses” suggests.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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My favourite rooibos tea so far. It’s probably worth mentioning that my gingerbread recipe is adapted by (at least) tripling the amount of ginger, doubling the amount of cinnamon, and adding nutmeg, cloves and cardamom. I LIKE spicy. (And now I’m thinking it should get some pepper and chilli too.)

All that said, the tea is spicy but not overly so! A good rooibos base, with strong but balanced flavours of cinnamon and ginger, and a nice kick of chilli. (I’ve no idea what red thistle adds to the mix – does anyone know what it tastes like?) I almost always brew this in a large filter bag (Palais des Thés calls the size small, but they’re generous) and leave it in, as rooibos doesn’t get bitter with long steeping. I’ve noticed that when I drink it without milk (it’s good either way) the last little bit of tea has a much more pronounced sweetness than the rest of the cup.

Have re-ordered several times from Yumchaa, and will keep buying as long as they keep selling!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
cteresa

I like this one as well! And if you ever are around when yumchaa has their magic tea filters (or whatever they are called) on stock, I totally recommend one. It´s expensive but so worth it particularly for rooibos.

Hallieod

Oh yes, I have one and love it! They’re so much fun as well as working beautifully. I might have to get another for Cara and my fancy tea-drinking at night.

cteresa

It is so magic for rooibos IMO – particular for a night cup when I don´t want to fuss. It´s the only way for really clear rooibos I have tried yet. Though have only had my cup for a few months, am getting more and more used to it all the time.

Hallieod

Interesting! I’m going to try it next time I make myself a cup of Chilli Chilli then, and see how it compares. It is a great little device all right!

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drank Caramel Sweetheart by Yumchaa
4889 tasting notes

SIPDOWN!

So i tried this again and overleafed it a little to see if that helped with the flavour. I’m happy to say that it did, so this seems to be a tea where a little more leaf is a good thing. What i like about this one is that it’s a more natural tasting caramel than say your della terra teas, however it is a much weaker taste in my opinion as well. That being said, i’m ever so glad to have tried it. Thank you so much Scheherazade for the swap!

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drank Caramel Sweetheart by Yumchaa
4889 tasting notes

ANother tea from Scheherazade that I am having the pleasure of trying. This one? I think i’m going to hold off rating until i have another go at it. It’s pretty weak sauce at the moment and i’m not sure why. I can almost taste the cocao notes if i focus really hard while i’m drinking it, but the base is almost not really there. I’m going to chalk this one up to not having steeping directions…and no, yumchaa doesn’t feel the need to share them on their website either. bah!

Scheherazade

I usually leave it 3 or 4 minutes, and make sure to stir really well. That’s all the advice I can offer, really. I started out badly with it, and got better after a bit of trial and error.

Sil

:) yeah tried to pay attention to your notes on it since i knew you’d had a bit of a fussy time with it

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drank Raspberry Vanilla by Yumchaa
4889 tasting notes

SIPDOWN! having a lovely cup of this while i organize tea purchasing and relax for tonight. Sad to see this one go, but for sure could be a re-purchase one day :) thanks again for the swap Scheherazade!

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