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This is one of my samples from my last order with Stacy. I thought I’d have this one today since Nelson Mandela died. I know…Kenya and South Africa…very different, but it’s the Africa thing. Don’t judge me. :p

I’m not really sure what I’m getting here…I did a little longer steep, cuz my 3 seconds seemed really pale. I may have steeped too long though…I’m getting a very strong taste. I’m not sure this is the tea for me. I read tobacco and leather, and I could agree with those…it makes me wonder why I opted to try this one as a sample, but glad it is just a sample. I’m actually getting the same mouthfeel with this tea as I get with licorice. It’s a very strong and masculine tea, for lack of a better description.

I’m not sure what I am gonna do with the rest of this cup…maybe dump some out and dilute it?

OMGsrsly

Haha. Yeah, don’t let the pale colour fool you. Dilute it. Steep it again and again for 3-5 seconds until you get something other than STRONG. I still have a little of this in my cupboard. I need to sit down on a day off and try it again.

Ceylon Star

this one really intrigues me. I get tobacco notes from lapsang souchong, and I’m a sucker for a good whiskey and a cigar (throw in an old school smoking jacket and you’ve got a happy shaynebear), and leather is the second best thing about being a horseperson. may need to add some to my ever-growing order, haha

OMGsrsly

I could have just sent you some. Umm. New box?

Amariel

I actually thought about you, SB, when drinking this. I thought it might be something you would like.

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drank Oreo Cookie by Tea Desire
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Used my whole sample of this one from MissB tonight, since it was just over a teaspoon (more like a heaping teaspoon) and I was making a mug of this.

The dates are an unusual addition, and really, the dates are mostly what I taste in this tea. While I love dates, and this is a yummy date tea, it is not really terribly oreo, though I imagine the dates are there to enhance the chocolate cookie part of the tea. That’s my thinking anyway.

It’s a decent tea for how it tastes, rather than what it is supposed to taste like. I did have this with only sugar, and then I added milk, and I like it better with milk.

I probably would not buy this one on my own, but I do like it and am glad to have tried it.

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drank Nutty Enough by Naked Teas Galore
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This one is odd. I was kind of expecting something akin to Forever Nuts, and it is like it in some ways, but there is a strange taste I’m getting. I wonder if it is the chocolate. I’m actually getting almost a licorice like taste, but I’m not sure where from.

This tea is alright, but I have to say, it is not my favourite. I prefer Forever Nuts or Nut and Honeybush Crunch over this.

I do thank MissB for the chance to try this one.

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drank Dreamsicle Puerh by 52teas
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Well, I got one shot at this one, since MissB sent a sample, and I was in a mental frenzy and forgot I had made it, and officially killed it. Unintentionally, of course. It’s been that kind of a day.

Went in for some blood work to check for some allergy triggers among other things, since my skin’s been wacky lately. Had both arms poked, one was poked twice, and nothing. Weeellllll, not nothing. They did manage to get something out of my left arm, but not enough. They tried a heat pack, but that failed. The conclusion was that I’m dehydrated…which does make sense as I’ve been popping cold and sinus pills with decongestants and antihistamines for the last week to dry up the crud from being sick. My veins are already tiny and twisty, so I usually have to go with a butterfly needle even though it takes longer. This is the first time in a while I have failed to give blood properly. So now I have to wait a week til I’m off again (or choose to get up really early one morning…not gonna happen).

Ugh, now my days off are over and I’ve done pretty much nothing I was intending to do.

Back to making a new tea…

Sil

i really was tempted by this one..

Amariel

Yeah, I’m bummed I ruined this one, so I definitely want to try it again.

MissB

I’ve got a fair bit more (well, 3/4 of a bag) if either of you want me to send you more/some.

Sil

MissB – if you can set aside a little for me, we can figure out a mini swap of sorts so that I can send you some things :)

MissB

Sounds lovely!

Amariel

Yes, that would be great, MissB. No hurry though. Whenever is good.

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Sample sipdown!

Had a headache this morning…opted to try this one over my sample of Good Morning Sunshine, but I think I might save that one for Boxing Day (I work retail).

This assam seemed a bit richer than the Premium Taiwanese Assam, and I think I got more malty and mineral notes. I was pleased that I had very little to no astringency with this one. It did remind me a little of yunnan teas I have had. I think that yunnan and assam are my favourite straight black teas.

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drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
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sigh

This is my go-to, or at least one of my go-to teas for when I’m upset.

Hubby said he wants to go to his niece’s wedding next month. In Georgia. On the 21st. And he was thinking of doing Christmas with the family there.

Say what?!

I’m incredibly upset at the thought he would rather spend Christmas there, several thousands of miles away from me. I know, I’m the Jew, but since being married, we’ve always celebrated Christmas together in our small and intimate agnostic way. We have a few traditions. Am I being incredibly selfish to not want him to be with his family at the expense of being away from me? There’s other, more personal reasons why this news upsets me too.

I’ve been crying off an on since he told me, and I’m tearing up now just writing this…

OMGsrsly

I’m guessing you can’t go due to work and finances? That’s super tough. I hope you and he can talk about it and reach an understanding. :/

Amariel

Pretty much. I’ve used up all my vacation time for the year, but also, I work retail, so….yeah.

OMGsrsly

I wish I could invite you over for my annual movie watching tradition. I think it’s the Hobbit this year. Sadly, it’s a bit of a long trip, especially on a holiday.

keychange

I can’t really comment as to whether or not you’re being selfish, because I’d likely react in entirely the same way, and that kind of ruins my perspective. But I’m just sensitive and tend to get upset when he doesn’t “want what I want” when what I want is to spend time with him. Like, doesn’t he want that as desperately as I do? don’t our traditions mean to him what they do to me? so yeah, I get it. 100%. But just remember that there’s room in his heart for more than one person, even though he loves you all in very different ways. and that honestly, finding a partner for whom family is really important is so wonderful in the long run. Because you’re his family too now.

Amariel

It’s just rotten timing, and he was away for half of October, half of August, and earlier this year as well.

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In the bag, and in the steeper, it smells sooo sweet and yummy. I can’t tell too well, but I don’t think this is quite as good as a previous, and similar, tea like this…but it is still tasty. The two teas could be from the same source, for all I know, but the caramel/toffee bits in this one seem smaller. Maybe it was a little weaker? I definitely picked up the pu erh base, and it was sweet and yummy….

I’ll definitely drink this one down, but maybe I was not in the mood for this after all…even though I’d been thinking about it all during my failed nap.

I dunno…I’m having mixed feelings about this one for some reason, even though I did like it, and like this sort of tea. Thanks to MissB for tossing this one my way.

MissB

I’m glad you tried it! Hopefully it grows on you, or finds a new home with someone that enjoys it more.

Amariel

I do like it, but I’m trying to compare how it was to the other caramel/toffee pu erhs I have had before. I generally like this kind of blend, so I think I was just in a weird mood funk when I had it. Like, I knew I wanted it, but when I began drinking it I was like it’s good, but did I really want it? Weird, I know.

MissB

Nah. I’ve had that happen lots! It’s all about moods, and perspective. I can love a tea one day, and be all, “What the?” another.

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drank White Angel by Tea Desire
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Last tea of the night, and it’s another one from the lovely MissB (looks like I’m not the only one who got their package from her today).

Considering how careless I was in preparing, in that I forgot how long I let the water cool and then also forgetting to set a timer and steeping this for much longer than necessary, it still managed to be drinkable. That said, I do not believe I’m getting the flavours quite right. I can’t really taste much but maybe coconut and possibly a little pineapple juiciness.

Definitely deserves a better chance with better steeping parameters, but still surprisingly good, all things considered.

Fjellrev

Oh yeah, this one is awesome.

Amariel

I can see it as as great cold steep too.

MissB

I just restocked this, I absolutely adore it! I hope there’s enough to get the steeping parameters right so that you can enjoy it’s amazingness.

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This is my first sample to try from MissB tonight. I did find the base milder than the other Bluebird teas I have had, but perhaps I instinctively under-brewed this one so it would not be so strong.

The first thing I notice is the apple, and then a subtle sweetness, but I cannot tell if that is my cane sugar added or not. To up the caramel/toffee notes, I added the leftover toffee drizzle from the sticky toffee pudding dessert I had the other night (it was to go, and there was more than enough sauce in the cup for the pudding and then some), and that definitely upped the toffee, but then kinda hid the apple.

I have a few servings of this, and I’m sure I’ll enjoy them.

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Sipdown! I’ve enjoyed this tea while I have had it. I do feel it is more of a summer tea, so I probably won’t get more right away, but I will likely do so in the new year when it warms up. I think this will be awesome as a cold steep.

I chose this one tonight to cut through the greasiness of my fish fingers at dinner. It worked. The cilantro was nice with the fish, and the juicy pineapple cut through the heavy fish.

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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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