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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
757 tasting notes

Many heartfelt thanks to VariaTEA for giving me the opportunity to try this. Genmaicha is my deserted island tea. Always has and always will be. So I’m fascinated by trying these flavoured genmaichas, which are very hard to come by.

And this is seriously marvelous enrapturement in a cup. The caramel is so smooth and adds an extra dimension of depth to the toastiness of the rice. Nina’s did a smashing job blending this one. Now there is absolutely no excuse to run over to Amazon and order this beauty.

And on that note, I shall go back to having zero life for a while. To go with such an exquisite tea, I shall leave thee with one of the most beautiful songs (longer than what the average human is used to, but complex and sheerly brilliant, with a spine-tingling build-up) on this planet:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLS-EM3kCKo

gmathis

Listened to snippets … will have to reserve some time to enjoy it beginning to end!

Sil

thanks for sharing that my dear swedish chef! ;)

VariaTEA

You’re welcome!! I am glad you enjoyed it :)

Amariel

It’s a really good one. I love it!

CHAroma

Wow, what a beautiful song. Thanks for sharing!

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Trying this as a cold brew because I figured the apples would be cool beans in a cool environment and the dictatorial base may take a backseat. It’s much better this way, I think. I get more of the apple and spices this way.

As I was taking the first sip, the smell of the base had me worried but it all worked out in the end, folks.

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I’ve been enjoying this as a breakfast latte over the past couple days, and I’m now at a sip down. I’m almost out of milk because of this, so perhaps I should get my hermit self off campus and buy some groceries, milk included.

Said hermitry may explain why I’ve had a fever for, yes, almost an entire month now. I’m thinking it’s allergies, particularly the mold in this basement. Oh, Catch-22. I spend all my time down here trying to do my work, yet my progress has been significantly slowed down due to fever, fatigue, etc.

Anyway, thanks to Sil for passing some of this down! It’s been a treat.

Stephanie

That’s a long time to have a fever! :S

Fjellrev

Yeah, I’m more weirded out than concerned, really!

CHAroma

I’d think consistently breathing in mold would be a very bad thing.

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drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
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So, I’m drinking this right now. No additives. True story.

Courtney

Haha what an excellent note.

keychange

Excuse me? please render your deepest thoughts and analysis immediately! ;) ;). Haha. Love the note.

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And that’s a sip down. I’m actually kind of relieved to finish this even though I really like it. I think I just sort of got tired of it. I’d still recommend it, but I probably won’t feel like getting more again for at least half a year.

Stephanie

heh, yeah, specific tea burnout. It happens.

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drank Thé sur la Lune by Nina's Paris
757 tasting notes

Sip down. Thanks again, VariaTEA (and of course Nina’s Tea!). I wouldn’t hesitate to order this one if it had a different base. The fruit flavours are so well-balanced here. I have a perfume called Berry Moon which this tea reminds me of.

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How I wish chamomile and/or these other nighttime blends would actually relax me and help me sleep. Yeah right. I taste mostly chamomile here. Some sweetness from the rosehips in the distant background, but it’s nothing special.

I’ve also been trying GABA over the past few weeks and it’s been doing nothing either. My brain is a freaking tank.

TeaBrat

I know the feeling!

Fjellrev

Aww, aren’t we lucky. Have you ever resorted to sleeping pills?

TeaBrat

Only once when I was going through my divorce. :-/

Fjellrev

I’m so sorry, TeaBrat. But I’m glad that you’re at least not hooked on them. I heard they’re a hard habit to kick. I hope you’re doing better now, at least.

TeaBrat

Oh for sure, that was over 7 years ago!

Fjellrev

Glad to hear! My uncle’s divorce dragged out for over a decade alone so you never know the degree of messiness one is in when it comes to them. :/

yyz

Understand! My internal clock is completely messed as well. I stopped even getting cold when overtired. Too many days of being up well past 24 hrs and several jobs with irregular hours otherwise known as extreme shift work. Oddly jasmine works as a sophoricfor me, usually better than chamomile or Valerian.

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drank Thé sur la Lune by Nina's Paris
757 tasting notes

Thank you for the sample, VariaTEA! This blend automatically makes me think of the colour purple, and truly the moonlight. I’m expecting purple/blue fruits from the way it smells, and sure enough, the blueberry note is the strongest for me, followed by the strawberry. I do, however, get a slight smokiness in the background here too, definitely from the base. I’m not a fan of smokiness, even the slightest bit. I’m kind of whiney in that respect. But I’m really liking the fruits in here.

As this cools, I’m detecting a sparkly citrus note, but I only got that with the last two sips in the cup, and they disappeared as quickly as they showed up. No passionfruit, sadly, but you can’t win ‘em all! And frankly, it doesn’t really need it.

I’m grateful there’s no jasmine in here, because usually any sort of night-time allusion is met with night-blooming flowers, particularly jasmine, of which I am not a fan in tea.

Change the base and I’d rate this higher.

VariaTEA

I got no smokiness from this but then again I don’t mind smoke so it probably doesn’t stand out as much to me. I also really liked the berry flavors though.

Fjellrev

Yeah the berry flavours are so well-balanced.

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drank Lime-Coco by Tea Desire
757 tasting notes

Chugging down a two-litre of this this evening because I’m so thirsty from running around all day trying to get the pin number on my debit fixed. Hours and hours and three banks later, it’s finally done.

And I just ate pot barley for supper, so the tea addition is making me feel incredibly full.

Coconut lime power!

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And that’s a sip down. Enjoying another matcha latte this morning. Basically just this matcha, some hot water, and 1% milk.

Thanks for the matcha, Sil! This one seemed to grow on me the more I had it. :)

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