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Sipdown! It was another warmish day, so I made this when I got home from work, wanting something refreshing, yet not iced.

As always, this one is good, but I don’t love it as much as Cantaloupe and Cream.

ifjuly

i prefer C&C too!

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drank Cool Cucumber by DAVIDsTEA
590 tasting notes

It was a relatively warm day for us here today, so in addition to my Coco-Lemon Thai iced tea to go, I added 12g of this tea.

It smells and tastes pretty much the same, so it is pretty good. I am getting more melon than cucumber, I think, but that’s ok. I am getting mint.

It’s pleasant enough, and I may repurchase later when it is warmer for some cold steeping, but right now, I don’t have a super need for more of it yet.

VariaTEA

I think I liked this best of the Spring line. However, I have yet to try Pom Tango.

Amariel

I like Blue Lagoon best. I find Pom Tango too mild. I like Pom Tango better than this though. I’d like to see how they both stack up cold brewed though.

VariaTEA

I don’t like Blue Lagoon hot but it is really nice cold brewed.

Amariel

I like it hot and cooled…but have not had cold brewed.

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drank French Toast by 52teas
590 tasting notes

Sipdown! Yay!

I had to get up at stupid o’clock this morning to take hubby to the airport. He’s off to San Fran covering Macworld for work…but he is back on Saturday, so not too long. Anyway…on to the tea.

So I had a mediocre experience with this one the first time I tried it, but had read that some people found it better with milk, so I said that next time I would do it with milk too…

So, it worked! It is MUCH BETTER with milk. I could actually taste more french toast flavours. Hoorah! So I’m upping the rating, since it is way better with milk.

Thanks to VariaTEA for letting me try this one! It’s a nice morning tea, with milk.

VariaTEA

Glad you found a way to enjoy it :)

Amariel

Yes, thanks! It was really tasty with the milk. It was transformed!

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drank Coco-Lemon Thai by DAVIDsTEA
590 tasting notes

This is one of my faves…I got some today, iced, as I was doing a lot of walking downtown earlier…and it was warmish out. I have to say that I do prefer this one hot over iced, but it is still tasty this way.

I picked this one because of the ginger in it, and the fact that my throat is hurting on one side, which I thought might have been irritation from me swallowing my vitamins wrong last night, but my right ear also feels congested, soooo…..I’m probably getting sick again, or it’s allergies. Will have to go do a neti rinse soon, I think…

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Sipdown! I am getting a stronger profile on this one, this last steep. Perhaps I steeped it longer? I am getting a juicy pineapple note, though nothing I can quite say is angel food cake. This could be because my mouth is heavily flavoured still, from my dinner, which may be altering my perceptions on the smaller notes of the tea. I’m upping my rating a little, and I may consider buying a small amount test out cold steeping, but I would like to try Butiki Flowering Pineapple Oolong first…

Thanks again for the chance to try this one, VariaTEA

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drank Eve by Nina's Paris
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Thanks to VariaTEA for letting me try this. It’s pretty smooth and mild. The flavours are light and all sort of meld together, so I get a lightly sweet and juicy brew with this one. I think I may try it cold brewed next time.

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
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Very stressful times for me right now…dealing with someone who is being blatantly passive aggressive with me, and has some super annoying habits. Today is my Friday, so I’m at the end of my rope with this last work week.

So, this is the tea I made, and ahhhhh……..yes! Love you Nina’s Japon! I need to get more of you!

Thanks for VariaTEA for sending more of this along for me. I really really like this tea.

VariaTEA

Yay for tasty teas to brighten an otherwise not-so-awesome day. This tea alone would get my to place an order with the company, although I think my feelings for this tea have been made very clear already :P.

VariaTEA

*get me, not my

keychange

The passive aggressive situation sounds really stressful. I hope you get some reprieve soon.

Amariel

I do too, keychange. It’s things like they are never ever late, but after an incident calling them out on their error, suddenly they’re 10 minutes late in the morning with no warning. Or that they happened to forget, overnight, after said confrontation, that I’m sensitive to perfumes and strong smells, that they decide to bathe themselves in the most awful floral perfume ever, that leaves traces wherever they go, and then they go and follow me all over and stand right next to me.

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This steeping is not that good, but I over zealously used the rest of my sample from OMGsrsly in my steeper this morning rather than measuring it, so I think I overleafed it a bit. It’s a bit bitter and astringent, but the last time I had it, it was super yummy. This time, it’s all my fault for it not tasting good.

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drank The de Noel by Nina's Paris
590 tasting notes

Sad to say, but this one is not a favourite. I was concerned about the rose petals in the blend, though thankfully they were not too strong….though they did border on making this blend too floral for me, as I have very little tolerance for floral teas, especially rose. Because of this, I was not able to pick up on the other flavours much…I’m just so super sensitive to florals. I was hoping this one was mild enough, and while mild, not mild enough for me.

It is a highly lovely tea to look at though, and I’m grateful for the chance to try it, so thanks VariaTEA for sending it. I’m not sure if I will make the last serving or set it aside for a swap.

VariaTEA

Oh no. I hoped it wouldn’t be too bad but when you don’t like something, that tends to be what stands out. At least you tried and know for sure now.

Amariel

It’s ok. I was hoping it wouldn’t be too floral, and it was just on the fence of being too floral and not floral.

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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, 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.

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.

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.

Uh, guess that’s it.

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