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So, I’ve been having this tea a bit more, but just have not been recording any tasting notes. So…tonight I had the last of the sample that Bear With Me gave me, though I have since gotten more….I just didn’t want to mix the two, and since I didn’t have much of my original sample left.

What I think I notice most in this tea is the strawberry and amaretto, though I can detect a little of the raspberry from a juicy aftertaste. I think that I still prefer the Plum over the Rainbow, but I have upped my rating on this one.

I did add some milk to this one tonight, and I think this tea really holds up well to it. I’ve seen others add eggnog, so maybe I’ll try that. I’m not a huge fan of eggnog, but hubby is, so if he gets more, maybe I’ll eggnog latte this one. :)

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This one is a really interesting one! It comes courtesy of the SSTTB #2. I have kind of been holding off on trying this one, because of the name…Summer Blend….and it’s winter. But I guess it was calling to me, so I made some today to take with me on my walk to get some acupuncture.

I did add milk and sugar to this because I was not sure whether it would need it or not, and I had to leave then, or be late, and it was too hot at that point to tell whether it was needed. I think it was fine with the milk, but probably would have been fine without it. I did make a second cup once I got home, and attempted to omit the milk, but it was too hot and I was impatient, so I added some to cool it down and I regret it, because this steep is less rich than the first. The first though, was malty and chocolatey, with some nice sweet notes…someone had said vanilla and caramel notes, and I could go with that.

I think that this tea will be a nice summer breakfast tea, and I am curious to see how it will cold steep in warmer weather. I’m not sure if I will drink this much in the colder weather, as much, because I think I will want to try it again once spring nears.

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drank Juicy Orange by DAVIDsTEA
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Had this yesterday as a tea to go…I was gonna get Yogi Berry, but then saw this and opted for bright sunny citrus to my rough day. And even though it had hibby in it, I seemed to recall I was ok with it in another Pu Erh blend that they had had in the past (Berry Good).

This one smelled reeaaaaallllyyyyy good, and it perked me up, so last minute switch to this one to take with me. Sadly, something in it gave me the same taste I get when I have licorice, fennel, or anise…but none of those were present in the ingredient list. I can only think it is one of the orange components, as I have had that same taste in teas with the orange whatever….I can’t remember which one it is.

So I really wanted to like this, but it just started tasting bad from whatever it was in it. :(

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
687 tasting notes

I can always count on this tea to pick me up, and cuddle with me to make me feel better.

Acheivement cuddle time tea: UNLOCKED!

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drank Oolong Supreme by DAVIDsTEA
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Wow, what an interesting last 24 hours. Not in a good way. Battling a potential eye infection, stupid sinuses. stress from external situations, and today I woke up with a migraine (part sinus, part stress) annnnnnd…today my building was having its fire alarms tested. ALL 23 FLOORS. So they were going off for a few seconds, periodically every 30-60 seconds or so for about 2 hours. I think they started about 8 or 8:30, and they were still at it by the time I left for work, about 10:15. And the bell is right by my door. So yeah, I pretty much had a sucky morning and had a migraine at work, plus stress. Not a good day, except when my co-workers cheered me up some, and I got notified that the sweater I ordered from Ricki’s arrived at the store (free shipping to the store).

(I got the black one, when it was on sale for $19.99 … http://www.rickis.com/star-surrounded-heart-sweater-8137WED5144SRHRT.html?dwvar_8137WED5144SRHRT_colour=Black%2FTeal%2FGrey#sz=100&start=1)

I also went to pick up more Mighty Aphrodite from David’s while I at the store, and opted to make that my free 50g. I was originally gonna just get 30g. but then she over measured and was like, it’s 40g…is that still ok, to which I said yes, but then realized I can just get 10g more and make it free. It’s not the most expensive tea or value for money, but I got Gold Rush last time, and I refilled on Oolong Supreme when I was in last, which will last me a while, so I opted for more Mighty Aphrodite.

Anyway, my ranting aside…this is one of my favourite teas and I am drinking it because it is just so nice. It’s making me feel a little bit better about everything that’s been going on lately. I’m on my second cup. This is less a review and more of a rant….sorry everyone. Sometimes you just need to vent and let things out. Hoping I can get into a community acupuncture session over the next few days to help “bleed out” so to speak, the stress, and help me deal more and move on with things.

In the meantime, it is midnight, but I have chocolate chip peanut butter cookies that are cooling… :)

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Roswell Strange

Sounds like a rough day; feel better!

Plunkybug

Thanks, it was. I’m mentally and physically spent. It will get better.

Veronica

Feel better!

whatshesaid

Hope today was better :)

Plunkybug

Thanks. Today is my day off, so I slept in some. I’m still stuffy, and have a little headache, but I’m about to hop into a hot shower soon, so that should help!

Plunkybug

And I’ve got some Vanilla Orchid just brewed here too. :P

OMGsrsly

Yay for days off!

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Sipdown…this is a go to when I have sinus headaches or it is particularly cold out. Today was the former. I like the spiciness of the chili in this, along with the chocolate…I don’t really care much about the rest of the chai spice because it takes a back seat to the rest, and blends in a bit, and that is ok for me.

It’s a winter staple, though it is getting to be a little bit redundant, and I may lower my rating soon. Either that or they’ve rebounded and it tastes a little more artificial now. But I’ll still get more again.

whatshesaid

I used to LOVE this, but then I think I got sick of it as i discovered more teas

Plunkybug

Yeah, I know what you mean, because I am also feeling the same way with Chocolate Orange. Both are winter staples. I feel like they may be rebounded because there is def a more artificial flavour to them that is left on my tongue that I don’t remember.

whatshesaid

I’m pretty sure I also beat it into the ground for a couple years :)

Plunkybug

Yeah, I probably have too, but I like the chocolate and spice in it…so I think until I find something I actively like as much or better, I’ll probably continue to buy this one in the winter. I might need to revisit Saigon Chai.

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drank Black Dragon by Silk Road
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SSTTB #2…I’m having deja vu with this one…it tastes exactly like the Big Red Robe I had recently from Teavivre. Is this a Big Red Robe? It has to be. It is the same level of toasty-ness and body and everything, though the leaves were a bit longer than the Teavivre ones I had (also from the box). This tea was comforting today, as the toasty warmth seemed to keep the rainy bone chilling away. Either that, or me being under a blanket with my laptop watching youtube videos. Maybe all of the above.

That said, it is a little plain tasting, though I did get a whiff of chocolate from the dry leaf that was promising, but that is not very present in the steeped leaf. It;s an ok tea, but I feel like there is something missing. I keep thinking I am drinking a houjicha green, and not an oolong. I think, ultimately, I prefer more mineral or stone fruit dark oolong teas, or leaf hoppers, than this roasted one.

It’s a good tea, but not my fave. As I have Silk Road in town, I have the option to repurchase more in the future if I change my mind on it.

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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
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From the SSTTB2…following the directions on the package to use 1tsp to 1tbsp and steep 5-30 minutes, I opted somewhere in the middle. I used 2 heaping tsp and steeped about 15 minutes. I did add a touch of coconut sugar and milk to this. It’s way better than the HI stuff I tried a while back. This is still thin, but it feels and tastes creamier and richer. I’m glad I could try this!

Preparation
8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Baklog…it’s been a while since I last had this. This batch was sent to me by a friend. I found that this brew was distinctly more grapefruit than I remember, but that’s hardly a bad thing, given it’s name. It was a nice way to brighten up a dark and rainy day. I can’t wait to have this iced or cold steeped when it is warm out. It’s tasty.

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Backlog…I restrained myself and only used a teaspoon for my 12 oz mug, and stuck to a 2 minute steep time and it was light and creamy and not bitter or sour like the first time, or my times with it’s predecessor, Nutmeg Cream (version 2). You know, this makes me super happy. I got sad with the NC reblend, and I tried (or think I tried) all the suggestions and no dice. This time, the advice to ease up on leaf and steep time helped.

YAY!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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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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