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This was sent to me by a friend, along with an awesome haul of hair products she was desperate to get rid of, in exchange for me sending her teas to try (as she is getting ion tea more now since she stopped drinking coffee as much). She listed the few she had from this local merchant (to her), and most had ingredients I could not do, but I picked this one and two others to try, even though this is a rooibos. She had said this one was not as woody as some, and she is right. There is , iirc, a wee bit of hibiscus in this blend, but it’s actually ok, and used very very moderately. I’d have to say it was actually quite tasty, though I did add milk to it, which I think helped cut out some of they woody aspect of the rooibos. I don’t think she is on Steepster yet, just lurking for now, but once she gets my package o tea, she’ll have quite enough to enter into a cupboard and make notes on.

So yeah, rooibos and hibiscus in this one, and I actually like it! It just goes to show that sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone to try something new every now and again. Thanks Tara!

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drank Mango Turmeric by DAVIDsTEA
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This was the only one I think I wanted to try from the new collection. So, it tastes pretty good, but the most I can taste are the spices…the ginger is dominant. I can barely taste the fruits. I’ll probably get more of this. But I will have to be watchful of the SA because she tried to give me 18g when I asked for 10g.

OMGsrsly

Oh, yuck. I hate it when they do that.

Plunkybug

Sometimes I am ok to what they have, but other times I am more firm about what I want. If I see it is lighter or heavier than average, then I might be swayed to try more or less. But yeah….

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drank Morning Sun by Mandala Tea
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Backlog…I had this two days in a row, just one steep each, but each steep was the same leaves. I could not remember if this was a pu erh or a black, but upon tasting, I got really lovely thick and chocolatey notes, with a little bit of spice. It was really a pleasure to drink, and I need to try some in my gaiwan at some point. Though my gaiwan is so tiny that it hardly bears making anything in it because I only have the teeny weeny cups (3) or a regular tea cup size (and it would take like 2-3 steeps of the gaiwan to fill the tea cup). I think I need to find a drinking vessel somewhere in the middle, though I might just get a new gaiwan…I had no idea it was so small when I got it…but it is super cute and I love the design.

Anyway, many thanks to OMGsrsly for sharing this with me. It is really spectacular!

OMGsrsly

:) Glad you enjoyed!

I think my gaiwan is 3 tbsp… haha.

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
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Shae sent me some of this because it is on my wish list and something that she ordered…only she didn’t realize my wish list includes things I want to reorder at some point, and this is one of them. Only I have not had any in simply AGES, so it was refreshing to be able to try some again at long last, and yep, it’s still a pretty fantastic tea, albeit a little more artificial tasting than I remember it being…either it has been rebounded/reformulated or my taste buds have changed to some of their teas. I do still really like this one, and I should keep like 25-50g on hand, as it is a nice evening tea since it is caffeine free, and especially comforting at this time of year when we are being blasted with gusty winds and rain…

Many thanks again to Shae for sharing this with me and reminding me how much I like it.

Shae

I’m glad you’re still enjoying this one!

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drank Spiced Nog by Butiki Teas
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Sipdown…I think this came from Delirium Frogs? I was happy to try another Butiki Tea…and I seem to recall this one being compared to the one that came in the Amoda Christmas box a few years ago. I can’t recall how this compares, but I think it is pretty similar.

I think this one had a nice balance of green tea, with cream and spice. I will say that I did not like it as much as it got cooler. It became a little more bland. I’m really happy to have tried this.

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drank Sweet Almond Green by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown…this tea smells amazing. Sadly, it does fall a little short on taste. It’s not bad, and I might look at getting more, but it is not a priority.

keychange

ugh yeah this fell hugely on taste for me, which is sad given how amazing it smells.

Plunkybug

We’ve had pretty much the same feelings on all the winter teas so far…have you have the new gingerbread one?

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I was sent two bags of this tea to try from Shae…she remembered that I liked honeybush, and sent this my way. The orange is a little bit creamsicle, but I’m ok with that. I did end up adding milk at the end, which added to the creamsicle-ness.

I have one more bag. I may have it, or I may pass it on to a friend…not sure yet. But I like it. I probably would not get more, because it is not that different than something I can get locally.

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drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
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Mmmmm, made this as a latte the other night. I have to go back and grab a huge amount of this tea now, as that was an amazing experience! I have to make more of those! NOM NOM NOM NOM! If you haven’t had this as a latte, DO IT! (same for Gold Rush)

I used more tea for the latte, and I let it steep a long time. It did come out very milky in colour, but that is because the tea itself doesn’t brew up that dark to start. Making this a latte is kind of like the banana bread having icing on it. YUM!

I’m so happy that there are a few teas this season that I like, even though technically this is a repeat. Tip: do not use gravity steeper for this tea. Use a bag, though my perfect mug infuser seemed to clean up ok.

Indigobloom

With the weight of this tea, that is an expensive latte. But sounds ahmazing!

Plunkybug

It is but I am toying with getting the BF deal but getting a matcha tumbler and matcha, plus probably tea to go, and then getting the $10 thing. Or I might just not do the deal and just pay what is needed for 50g of this. See how long that lasts.

Indigobloom

Oh right, I forgot about the DT sale. I ended up buying from Joseph Wesley, and I only allow myself on purchase for BF :/

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drank Hazelnut Pear by Petali Teas
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Shae sent this to me to try…I can’t remember if I saw this in her cupboard and requested or if she chose it for me. Though really, that doesn’t matter. This is a really nice tea, though I am not really getting any pear flavour….more apple and spice. Still, it is quite tasty. I love how it smells in the bag. The nutty aspect comes out to me more in a full body starchy way, rather than a direct nutty taste.

I’m glad I as able to try this. :)

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drank Tie Kwan Yin Oolong by Tea Ave
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This is a much overdue note on this tea, which came as a sample when Tea Ave first opened. I’m not sure why it has taken me so long to get to this, but I think it is in part that I was in a pu erh phase for a while, and then green…and it has been green for a bit, probably because of the summer. I’ve also been trying to have less caffeine teas. But as summer has faded, and fall in fully here, along with the rainstorms, it seemed like a good time to break out a nice roasted oolong tea, and so, last night, it was the right time. I had gotten soaked and drenched and all other related words on my way to work in the morning. My shoes and socks were still wet when I got home, and a small bit of my pants by my ankles was still damp. I decided it was the night to have soup (winter squash and mascarpone with lima beans) and toasted bread (raisin, cranberry, and walnut) for dinner….this tea seemed up to the job in comfort, and seemed like a good match.

I admit that I’m not the hugest connoisseur when it comes to straight teas and deciphering subtle notes, but I want to say that this was nice and roasty, maybe with some bittersweet cocoa notes. It’s hard to say. It basically tasted like a nice roasted oolong, and I don’t really discriminate straight oolongs. I very rarely find one I don’t like. This was no exception. It was quite tasty, and it fit the bill for what I was looking for.

This was drunk without anything added. which I don’t usually do…I usually add a small amount of cane sugar to most teas. I also brewed this western style. As I had this later in the evening, and fell asleep at 8:30 or 9 and didn’t wake up til after 1, it was the only cup I had. Future use should allow multiple steeps, as I had intended this serving to be, til I fell asleep.

I am grateful that this is one of the samples that I was sent, because I do really like darker and roasted oolongs.

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are…

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty (except rose), and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

Yes, I do trades…usually on request though. See something you want to try in my cupboard? Just shoot me a message and I’ll see what I can do!

Uh, guess that’s it.

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