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Sipdown! Still a very pleasant tea. One I should have cold steeped as I feel it would be a great one for that, but maybe next time. I’m in Spring Clean 2014 mode as my mom is here next week for a few days. So I’m just trying to clear out some tea to make it look less bad of a problem to her. :P

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Sipdown! Finished the last of this and I feel pretty much the same now as I did when I first had it. And the way all of these HP teas have been so far. Good, but not amazing.

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So I have been saving the last of this sample which I think originally came from MissB a while back, with the intent of cold steeping or making iced. Well, as I was searching out teas for a friend, I spotted this and thought today was a good day to do this.

Sadly, it’s still just ok, and I’m actually just getting a green tea taste with not much of the peach, oddly enough. I’m not sure if I used too much or steeped it too long or what. I’m glad I tried it.

On a side note, my hubby looked at the steeped tea and veggies in my infuser and was like, “What is this?!” and I said that it was tea. He says, “It’s not tea; it’s salad!” and I was like, it is green tea but it does have peas and corn. He kept saying it was salad. :P

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Sipdown…I feel much the same way as I did before. It’s pleasant but not something that calls out to me!

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Had my two travel mugs of this today. It’s still yummy. Sweet, chocolate and coffee. Good for a morning shift on a Sunday, opening on my own for the first time at the new job. :)

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This is another of the samples from the Harry Potter customs I wanted to try, so Dexter sent me this and a few others. I can taste the raspberry and a little chocolate, but not much of anything else. It’s a pleasant enough tea, but not something I’d want to buy, to be honest. I am glad I had the chance to try it though. I have enough for one more cup.


The best part of swapping – being able to try teas before you buy. You either fall in love and HAVE TO HAVE more, or you cross it off the list and be glad you didn’t waste money on it. Either way I am happy to share. :))


Yup! Thanks!

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I just got my teas from Teavivre today! They’re all green except for one white. Traditionally, I have not been a huge fan of straight greens, but decided that maybe different preparation or harvests or types could be the difference in what I like and dislike, so I’m always game to try more, and see if I can find something that I really like.

I’ve had this kind of tea in the past and it has not been my favourite, but I read some reviews and decided if a change in preparation was in order. So I used the whole sample packet, in my normal steeper from DAVIDs, filled up as much as I could get, and did a minute and a half to two minute steep with water that had cooled off at least 5 minutes…maybe longer.

The resulting brew is still a pale liquor, but it has a bit more flavour than I’m remembering from the past versions of this tea I have had. I’m actually drinking it unsweetened too. I’m not finding it bitter or anything. It is actually fairly smooth!

I stink at describing the tastes of vegetables like peas and artichoke and whatnot, so I can’t really say what it tastes like other than smooth and simple and mild. I am detecting a slight creamy feel, too. I may even resteep this.

I’m not one to have straight greens, but today seems like a good day for this. It is nice and sunny and relatively warm out today. It seems very fresh and crisp. Seems right.

Thanks to Angel at Teavivre for sending me the sample to review.

1 min, 30 sec

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Sipdown…from the sil matcha bag I got. I did manage to make this one well, and I got some butterscoth sweetness, but it was not too stung. It was still tasty, but not a fave.

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drank Boléro by Mariage Frères
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Backlog sipdown. Cold steeped this one yesterday and I agree I like it better this way, though I still found the base a little too astringent for my taste.

Thanks again Dexter!

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drank Chestnut by Adagio Teas
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Backlog sipdown. Drank the last of this yesterday. It was good but still tasted like maple.

Thanks for the sample Dexter.

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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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