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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
505 tasting notes

Ummmm, yum? This is some seriously tasty tea, and everything I expected it to be, really. I’m just sad that I only have one more serving left, though hoping for a resteep with tonight’s brew.

Warm and toasty from the genmai cha, but also warm from the caramel as well. Almost like burnt sugar. This is probably my favourite genmai cha ever!

Would I recommend this to a friend? Heck YES!

A super big thanks to Cavocorax for sending a few teaspoons my way.

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
VariaTEA

The Japon love continues! I am glad you finally got a chance to try it :)

Amariel

Yes, I was craving it so much after seeing so many of my friends taste it. It is sooo yummy! Everything is in perfect balance. I’m toying with blending some of my caramel houjicha and genmai houjicha together for a toasted caramel treat.

VariaTEA

That could be quite tasty. I will have to keep an eye on your tasting notes to see how that turns out.

Dexter3657

Caramel Houjicha?

Dexter3657

Bird Pick Tea & Herb Caramel Houjicha – interesting. I am so glad they don’t ship to Canada… lots of interesting stuff on that site. No temptation when you can’t order. Interesting though.

Amariel

Yes, it’s the Bird Pick Tea and Herb Caramel Houjicha. I got it in bags last year, but loose this year. I like it, though it takes time to adjust to the houjicha since it has such a distinct flavour profile. I have enough that I can send some via trade, but I’ve got a few other packages I need to get out first.

Sil

Dexter….I’d be happy to order some and send it to you giggling

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Had this as a tea latte, while at a Bird Pick shop yesterday. They made it with sweetened condensed milk, which was pretty good, but maybe a little much. I think I would try it with standard milk new time….though next time ended up being tonight, and I have a bare fridge post-vacation.

Nice to know I can drink this one without sugar, though I do think it would benefit from a teensy bit. I did have maple syrup on my waffles tonight, so I’m sticking with my unsweetened mug for now though.

Still roasty and lightly sweet as remembered, though a little strange tasting at first. I got about $5 worth, which isn’t a huge amount, but sufficient number of servings, considering this is a lightweight tea. It cost half as much as the bags I got last year, and i have more servings, getting it loose.

I’m gonna try cold steeping in the summer, I think, and maybe use the sweetened condensed milk again. I’ve got enough to experiment. I may even mix in some green rooibos…

The thing I like most about this tea is that it is low in caffeine, but has body, and works well hot (as well as sweetened and with milk). This means that I am fine at the thought of having this in the morning, in an attempt to take control on the caffeine level, even if it still feels like more of a n afternoon or evening tea.

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drank Tangier by American Tea Room
505 tasting notes

Sipdown…I almost saved this last bit for a cold brew, over the summer, but I opted to sipdown tonight instead.

It’s pretty tasty. That nice peachy apricot doesn’t seem too artificial, and the base is not too smoky or astringent either, so it is quite a pleasant steep. If I do get more of this, I am quite keen still, to see how it is cold steeped.

Flavors: Apricot, Peach

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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93
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
505 tasting notes

Sipdown once again…in continuing the comfort teas…had the rest of this tonight after seeing Fjellrev drink this. It’s one of my favourite teas, and was actually my first tea from DAVIDs. It’s back on my shopping list/wish list til I drink more tea down, but I will get more eventually. It’s just something I need fairly regularly. It’s just one of those teas I love but don’t always drink because I get distracted by shiny new samples and things.

But anyways…see ya around Movie Night…til we meet again.

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This week has been really stressful and rough on me, and what I’ve needed most is support and comfort. This tea certainly fulfills the latter requirement. This tea is like drinking a coconut cream pie with a chocolate crust, and just a hint of spice.

Once again, the base tea here is smooth and mellow, with little to no hint of bitterness or astringency. The predominant flavour here is chocolate, with coconut coming close in second. They’re almost even. The chai spices are present, but they take the background and just add a nice comforting bit of warmth to it all.

This tea was made with both milk and sugar on both steeps that I did. I think that it will be awesome as a latte, as well as steeped chai style in the milk directly. I think this one deserves getting more. So far, all three of the four teas I have gotten from Janet’s are good and I would repurchase. I have not had the Canadian Maple yet, but three out of four is good regardless of how that one will be.

Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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Definitely a fruity tea…oversteeped so I will probably adjust the rating on a later steep. There is a more prominent citrus note, I think, with the spice in the background. It sort of reminds me of orange spice. I find the black base to be smooth with this one, as I did with the dolce orange, so that was nice. Even the oversteeping didn’t make it too bitter or astringent. I think this one may turn out to be a nice tea to cold steep or have iced, but it is quite nice as is hot. The owner of the shop said it was one of the top selling teas. It is quite nice.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Ceylon Star

Sidney Sunrise (both he black and rooibos based blends) are her signature blends! :D

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I got this tea yesterday, on a pilgrimage to Janet’s out in Sidney…I got four little $1 sample pouches, and this was one. Her words were like it is orange creamsicle flavoured….so orange and vanilla. It did, indeed, smell like a creamsicle, and very much like DAVIDs Orange Blossom tea, minus the rooibos base and currants.

I did a full boil steep, but only for a few minutes. This tea, to me, is fine on it’s own with a little sweetener and no milk, though I may try it with milk one day to see how the creaminess plays in.

I did not find the base bitter or astringent at all, with this steeping, and the follow up steep I did later. I’ll see how the rest of my pouch goes, but I think that this is something I could keep regularly, or semi-regularly. Curious to see how it cold steeps with the warmer weather. I think it could be good.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Mint To Be (Organic) by DAVIDsTEA
505 tasting notes

I got a small amount of this yesterday, along with the Lovebirds mug…which I adore.

I think I might prefer Santa’s Secret a little more because the mint is more candy-like, as in candy canes, but this was a decent cup of mint tea, since I’m not especially fond of mint teas. The mint does dominate the tea, but I think I can taste what I perceive to be the coconut. I think the coconut might tone the mint down just a wee bit, and make it a little less sweet and overpowering. But I’m not sure. I made this with milk and sugar, but I may try it without the milk on a later steeping/ I’ve got 16g of this to play with.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Yeah, from memory, I swear Santa’s Secret is creamier and more candy cane-like.

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Sipdown! Finished the last of this today. I’d wager this is still my favourite black tea from Teavivre. Nice honey and cocoa notes. I made some for hubby today after we came in from the rain outside. This tea, plus the space heater by our table and desk made it nice and cozy. Low on sugar, for my second steep, I used maple syrup, and whoa dude! Serious noms!!

Fjellrev

That sounds scrumptious. Do you always put sweetener in your teas or are there any exceptions?

Amariel

Yes, I do usually sweeten, though I have reduced the amount I sweeten with over the years, rarely is there one I don’t sweeten in some way. There are some teas I sweeten less, though.

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drank Mango Lassi by Butiki Teas
505 tasting notes

Sipdown…this is not my favourite Butiki blend, but mainly because I’m not a huge fan of rooibos. It is, however, still a decent rooibos blend. I think I prefer DAVIDs Orange Blossom over this one. But I prefer this one over many other rooibos I’ve had. I mean, I did finish my small sample of this, but I won’t repurchase.

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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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