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OK something odd happened. For weeks I’ve been wavering on the black teas. Not really craving them. Then today, I could not get enough! that is all I wanted! usually, I go for a mix of teas, but yeah, not so much this time. Very strange.
Anyhow, I had this in a small cup, in my networking meeting this morning. Thank god for no muss no fuss sachets.
It was delicious. Sans milk! I added a bit too much sugar, but it was still great. More like a sweetened dark chocolate bar, which seemed to reduce the astringency a little.
Anyhow, it was nice and dark, thick, and creamy. Perfect alternative to hot chocolate! only you can still taste the black base. Yum.

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So I gave some samples of this in little window boxes to a friend last year(and the EG classic from Sloane as well), for her bday. Didn’t hear anything of it til a few weeks ago, when she told me she loved it!!
Well, her bday is coming up again so guess what I did… I bought her a tin. She actually squealed! I was happy to spread the tea love. Even if it was via the eeeevil bergamot haha.
Also, we arranged a friend’s baby shower and handed some of the window boxes out as gifts. This was yesterday. I chose this one, the rouge provence, and oolong creme. Shouldn’t be long before I get someone asking me where I bought them! :P
Oh yah, and baby shower planning is exhausting! but ohhhhh so much fun!!!

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84
drank Sichuan Caravan by Verdant Tea
1258 tasting notes

Hey! I’ve reviewed this baby before. Where did it go! Odd. Well darn, I didn’t really pay attention to this cuppa, I just remember enjoying my three steeps immensely!
It was a little spicy, too much for my liking so I did add some milk. That made it into a wonderful brew that I could not get enough of!
Funny, I don’t recall it being so harsh. I must have got a different blend of spices in my spoon this time. Ah well, it was super delish!
(Big thanks to Sil for sharing!)

Terri HarpLady

Oh, I miss this one so much! I hope they hurry up & make the new version!

Bonnie

Terrry, it’s already available.

Terri HarpLady

Huh?? When? It wasn’t there yesterday…
(headed over to the verdant website now…)

Terri HarpLady

Well well well!!! Yay!

Sil

Terri..you never listen to meeeeeeeeeeee lol

Terri HarpLady

Sil, I did listen to you! I kept looking & waiting…sigh…and now it’s THERE!!!

Sil

haha i picked up 2oz…aaaalmost picked up 4.

Indigobloom

LOL I go away for an hr or two and look what happens. You gals are awesome :)

Sil

well yes, but you didn’t need to go away for 2 hours to find that out haha!

Bonnie

Now now, grandma Bonnie is looking out!

Indigobloom

Sil- of course not! but I had to say it anyhow :P
Bonnie, just another reason I’m grateful for you!!

Indigobloom

hugs? yes!! hugs!! :)

Indigobloom

hugs? yes!! hugs!! :)

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Three sipdowns in one day?! could it be… oh yes, yes it has been done!
Thank goodness. I was getting sick of this one…

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drank Ontario Icewine by Thé Kiosque
1258 tasting notes

Sipdown!!! finally. I’ve been after this one for ages. One of those that is contained in a small pouch yet no matter how many cups you have there always seems to be just a little more (which is terrible for a white tea, as all the flavouring here is gone. Well most of it)

VariaTEA

Have you had other Kiosque teas? They are located pretty close to me and I went in once but the guy said he could only sell me 50 g tins. Meanwhile on their website, I can order samples and go pick them up. So because of that weirdness I have not tried their teas yet but they did smell quite nice.

Indigobloom

I tried a bunch of them a few years ago, through two orders. The straight teas were amazing. The flavoured ones, much like any tea shop, were hit or miss for me.
Customer service was also great!

Indigobloom

Also, I ordered mostly samples.

VariaTEA

I found it so strange that they would not sell me sample sizes in store but if I were to order the samples online, I had the option to pick them up in the same store. Oh well, I guess I will just order online and go pick them up if I decide to try their teas.

Indigobloom

Let me know what you end up doing, and how it goes!! It is strange that they don’t sell samples in store though. Curious.

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This is my kind of Yunnan!!
Thank you Sil for the sample. Yummm.
It’s a robust one this is, reminds me of Queen Catherine from H&S. A tad smokey, some nice depth, and a bit of pepper. Normally I’m the anti-pepper girl in teas, but here it hits in a different place, towards the back of the sip, and I’m finding it rather pleasant.
Also… sipdown! woot.

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Not bad not bad! heavy on the rice, which I like. A very mild apple note that blends surprisingly well with the genmaicha. I would buy some if it was local!! Sadly though, I missed out on trying it while hot. I got a phonecall and when I got back it had chilled… a well. The one little sip I did get was kinda floral, in an apple sorta way. Made me curious!

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drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
1258 tasting notes

I was so looking forward to this being a sipdown. Even though I’ve quite enjoyed my little sample, it’s time to move on to the next one. Well, after the next cup that is. I dunno, I crave it so infrequently(as in once or twice a year) that it hardly seems worth stocking in my cupboard, but then when I do crave it, there is no denying that I want this specific tea. Ah well.
Hey maybe I’ll make it for Dad tomorrow. That counts, right?

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I swear I’ve reviewed this one before. But I couldn’t find it so just added it to the library here. Strange.
Anyhow, sipdown!! well kindof. Someone gifted me a tin when I already had one. I’m debating on when to open it.
The last bit is going off to Amy O in a swap.
Oh right and the tea. Hmmm, not my fave, but it’s pretty decent! A bold, coppery cuppa, and it is pretty smooth. Not a punch in the face, but enough to keep me hopping along. Needs a dash of milk though. I don’t think it’s designed to be drunk bare.
I’d buy it again one day though I don’t think it will happen, as there are so many others to try that I doubt there’d be time to cycle back.

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Gah! this is a tricky tea. Every time I make it, things come out really thick, like I overleafed it, so I tried intentionally UNDERleafing, and that made things a tiny bit better, but not by much.
I need to find the sweet spot. Overall, I’ve been getting a tiny bit of blueberry and maybe something that could be considered cream cheese, though I certainly wouldn’t say it is creamy.
For now, I’ll hold off on a rating. Haven’t given up yet.

Fjellrev

I always found his greens tricky, now that I think about it.

Indigobloom

Yes same here! moreso recently I think

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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