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drank Arcadian Apple by Teavana
127 tasting notes

(backlogging)

We were waiting for the vet to do some tests on our cat, so we went to the mall to kill time and run errands. One of the errands was to stock up on stuff that we drink regularly at Teavana. We ended up buying so much that they gave us free drinks! That’s never happened before, but we usually shop at a different store on the other side of town.

I decided to try one I hadn’t had before and ended up buying a few ounces of it. I like this one because neither the fruit nor the tea taste dominates, there’s a nice balance of both. I’ll do another review later when I’m sitting at the computer with it (and so can write more detail). I just remember it being a very well balanced cup of tea.

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It’s calming notes are helping since we put our kitty to sleep this afternoon.

Auggy

Oh no. I’m so sorry. (((HUGS)))

Ricky

Sorry to hear =(. I was so upset when my cat was dreadfully ill a month ago =(

Cinoi

oh no, i am so sorry :(

teaplz

Awww, denisend. I’m so sorry to hear. I hope your kitty is at peace now.

Call Me Thirsty

This makes me sad :(

fcmonroe

So very sorry to hear that.

Carolyn

I’m so sorry! I hope his suffering was minimal and that you will soon have only happy memories of the joy he brought to your lives.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I’m so sorry. This is very sad.

rabbysmom

Sorry to hear that:(

Bethany

So sorry for your loss :(

wombatgirl

Oh my goodness! I’m so sorry to hear that!!

takgoti

Those decisions are unfairly tough. I wish you many hugs and much support.

LENA

I’m so sorry. Those are the hardest decisions to make. xoxo

Angrboda

Have given you my thoughts on the situation elsewhere. hugs you

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3 steeps (cold brewed) is more than this tisane can handle. It’s pretty much just colored water at this point. Bleh.

(Now to the real reason for the update)
Yates is out of surgery, though it was rough on him, so he’s still in the oxygen tent (and hating it, according to the ICU tech). The really bad news is that we still don’t know what’s wrong with him. We just now have a ton of biopsy samples to send to the lab.

Thanks for all of the well wishes!

Cofftea

Praying for him, your family, and the drs!

wombatgirl

Oy – thinking good thoughts for you. Poor kitty.

Ricky

Aww, my kitty came out of a surgery with low blood pressure and anemia. Her blood pressure was back up within a few days but she’s still anemic. Hopefully, Yates gets better.

TeaEqualsBliss

Continued thoughts/prayers/vibes!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Well wishes to Yates.

Carolyn

Glad to hear that he did ok in surgery and has good people working to find the cause of his problems. I hope he is soon better and curled in your lap (or your favorite chair, whichever is appropriate).

Kitch3ntools

my thoughts are with you! i hope Yates gets better quick!

S

Sending positive vibes and kitty kisses his way!

rabbysmom

Yates is lucky to have you as a Mommy! Hope he has a quick recovery and y’all figure out what is going on!

LENA

still thinking about you and Yates…and keeping up the positive vibes.

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(this is the bagged version)

Top ingredient in this one is hibiscus and I can taste it. Hibiscus, cinnamon, and then plum.

My kitty is scheduled for surgery in another 20 minutes so I’m having a hard time concentrating on the tea.

wombatgirl

I’m crossing my fingers for the kitty… and you.

LENA

hang in there…I’m sending some positive vibes your way.

TeaEqualsBliss

Thoughts/Prayers/Vibes for the Kitty-Kat!!!! Keep us posted!

Auggy

Good luck with the kitty – hope all goes swimmingly!

teaplz

Here’s hoping the kitty is okay! Keep us updated, definitely!

takgoti

Ditto the kitty commentary.

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drank Pu-erh Vanilla Mint by Rishi Tea
127 tasting notes

I read their suggestion of preparing this like chai with a bit of doubt. Mint chai? But the husband wanted chai and it was the only thing I had enough of to do 2 cups (then I opened the box from Adagio and remembered that I ordered a sampler of their Thai Chai, so I guess that will be next).

This is… WEIRD. Instead of that sugary (dirty) mouthfeel of most chais I’ve made, this leaves my mouth feeling fresh and clean.

There’s tea/chai flavor, and a hint of vanilla, but mostly mint. I have enough to drink this prepared as a regular tea, so we’ll see how that turns out.

teaplz

This has to be one of the more interesting tea/chai/flavor combos I’ve ever seen! It sounds… INTERESTING.

takgoti

Hee, I ordered some of this on this last Rishi order. This log feels like it shouldn’t make me excited to try it, but it kinda does.

LENA

I’m going to get a sample of this tea on my next Rishi order. I’ve been flaking out the last few times. I’m a huge chai fan, but I think I would prep this like regular tea. Can’t wait to see what you think about the Thai Chai. I gave it a pretty high rating.

Ricky

I think I still have plenty in my sampler if anyone’s interested.

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drank Kashmiri Chai by Golden Moon Tea
127 tasting notes

I decided today would be CHAI TASTING DAY. I’m saving a sample from each one that I make and will do them all together at the end – it easier for me to taste subtle differences that way.

There’s a spice in this one that I’m not fond of. I’m not sure what it is, though. Perhaps when the husband gets home (and I do all of the samples together) he can help me identify it.

It’s a good chai, just not as good as Adagio’s Masala.

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drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
127 tasting notes

My beloved cat is dreadfully ill, so I finished off my tin of this to soothe myself.

And when I placed my Adagio order this weekend, they were out, so who knows when I’ll have more.

This chai is delightful though.

Carolyn

I’m so sorry to hear that your cat is ill! I will be thinking good thoughts for her swift recovery! I’m glad you have comfort tea.

rabbysmom

Hope your kitty gets better soon!

LENA

I hope your cat’s heath improves greatly. My pets are my kids.

Auggy

I hope your kitty feels better soon. Like Lena, my cats are my kids so when one of them is not doing well, the whole world goes on hold.

denisend

Thanks everyone for the well wishes. It’ll be a few days before we know if he’s going to pull through, and I’m exhausted from monitoring him with the IV last night (rather than keeping him at the hospital I brought him home). He’s back at the hospital today and I’m fretting.

My cats are my kids, too (we have 3). Here are some pictures of him:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/denisen56/sets/72157607871897726/

Kitch3ntools

my thoughts are with you!! i hope ur kitty gets better soon!! my cat is my fur child!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Aww, he’s lovely. I am hoping he is better soon.

takgoti

Love that Container Store picture. One, because I love the Container Store. Two, because your cat[s] is[are] cute. Three, because the huge CONTAIN YOURSELF letters combined with the blasé expression made me giggle.

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drank Lychee Red Tea by Rishi Tea
127 tasting notes

It’s definitely better as an iced tea (brewed hot, sweetened, then iced and refridgerated).

The scent and first taste are of a mild black tea, but the lychee flavor is there in the aftertaste. It’s good and a nice variety from the sweet tea blend that my husband makes (which has a lemon flavor).

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drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
127 tasting notes

Made as a proper chai this time. It’s amazing.

takgoti

Yay! I might make some of that today too.

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drank Tangerine Ginger by Rishi Tea
127 tasting notes

I cold brewed this in the fridge, and… WOW, the ginger was strong. It was like GINGER and hibiscus. Theoretically there are other flavors in there, but prepared that way, that’s all I could taste. I couldn’t finish the glass. Yuck.

Drinkable when hot, so I’m only sliding the rating a touch. Still… I’m kinda glad that I finished the package of this one.

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