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Peppermint and watermelon smoothie? Uhhhhh yes please.
Funny, I’m not a huge fan watermelon in general, but real watermelon in a beverage? Oh goodness! YUM! (though it is my fave melon overall, I really couldn’t care less for the others, they taste chemical-ish to me)
At first I wasn’t sure which matcha to use but then I remembered that mint helps headaches, and have a pounding one today. So mint? It made sense! and ya know, they really seem to go well together.

Also, I gave some to Dad and he went down memory lane… apparently my Grandmother used to make all sorts of smoothies, unheard of teas, and other experiments, with him as the guinea pig. Ha!
Well, I’m happy to have something in common with my grandmother. She left a bunch of costume necklaces behind and I wear them often in a bid to remember her. Also because she had great taste :P
But this? This is SO MUCH BETTER than retro fashion. It even makes my headache worthwhile. Miss you Grandma xx

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TTBA #7
Interesting.
I love the little pressed disk this comes in. Neato!
But the flavour? hit and miss. I like the floralness of it all, but it is rather intense, even after only a three minute steep. I’m not inclined to go for another.
If I had to rate this on the floral meter, it’d actually be at only about 7, but that’s more because it isn’t as perfume like. The actual “flower” taste is quite intense. Oddly so!
Also, I don’t taste ANY goji berry, though I can certainly see quiet a few. How did they pack so many in there?!

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drank Hazelnut Mate by Fava Tea Co.
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TTBA #6
Oh wow this was delish. So smooth!!
Mates can have a bit of a bite to them, which is why I’m very hesitant lately to indulge. Not so in this case. It was just perfect. Earthy, though not excessively. I like it.
As for the Hazelnut, yes I taste something nutty, but it’s very well blended… playing off the natural nut like nature of the mate. You have to let your sip sit on the tongue for a second or three before finding the nutty part. More like a hazelnut cream though. Not so harsh as the actual nut!

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drank Flecks of Gold by sTEAp Shoppe
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TTBA #5!!
Interesting. I don’t taste the cocoa note. Boo. But there is something distinctly spicy, and a background somethingorother that is kinda creamy.
Usually I don’t make any additions to a straight Chinese tea, but this was a little TOO spicy for me, so I got out the milk and that toned things right down, and enhanced that creamy note as well!
With a dash of milk, my cup was quite delightful. Malty and complex just the way I like it. The spicy note did really well like that, so I may investigate Yunnans further after this.
It also left me with a happy buzz which I am still riding. I think I’ll go downstairs for steep number two now!

Sil

haha goose

Indigobloom

LOL flying south? duck duck goose…?

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Steepster is having some strange issues. I just got a page crammed with code.
Here’s hoping this posts!!

TTBA#4
I’ve been striking out with the teas here. Sheesh. I didn’t get cranberry. Something fruity, and not entirely unreasonable as “cranberry” but I could never pick it out as such.
The base was just ok. Not very delicate, which I prefer in a tky.
Oh well. Not my tea, I suppose!

JustJames

yup, me too…. pages filled with code, chronic messages saying ‘failure to connect’. bah!

Sil

i haven’t had any issues today so far… knock on wood.

Indigobloom

JustJames, fingers crossed its fixed now. I’ve been away since I posted this!

Indigobloom

Sil, here’s hoping!!

JustJames

oooo…. seems like YOUR finger crossing carries weight, lol. my swearing apparently does nothing!

Indigobloom

LOL the power of positive intention?! :D

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drank Momo (Peach) by Lupicia
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TTBA #3
Uhhh you sure this is a black? Both my friend and I thought it tasted like an oolong. And vaguely of peach!
When I first brewed it, I smelled peach. Cooked peaches. Yum. But then as the tea cooled, it blended in more and more, until it was barely present at all.
At that pointed I tasted what I thought was oolong. A roasted, average, smooth oolong.
Anyhow, I’m not sure how to rate this because I haven’t been craving oolongs lately. If I had been in the mood for one, this just might have been stellar for me. But I’ve been more about black and green teas lately. I’ll leave it be for now, until I come across it again :)

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Tea #2 from the TTBA!
Not bad not bad. A nice blend of flavour and tea. Though I can totally see where Sil got the idea to ice this and add honey. Yup, I think this would be fab that way.
But… Hot? I’m really sad to say that I like the David’s tea version of blueberry black better. Because it’s organic? a denser base? heavier flavouring? Has sweetener? (stevia)
I don’t know. Probably all of the above. Shame. I prefer to support the local single stores when I can :(
Edit: When it’s cooled? yeah, not good at all. Dusty.
Sadness.

Sil

haha can’t believe you’ve already opened it to take teas out…at work silly

Indigobloom

A girls gotta stay caffeinated :P

Indigobloom

Terri… :):)! :)

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The TTBA is here!! I just met up with Sil. Apparently we have the same sunglasses. Tea twins? ;)
Anyhow. I plan to be SO hyped on caffiene by the time today is over. It’s gonna be a good day!
But this tea? It isn’t buttered anything! In my travel mug so its piping hot at the moment… I’m hoping some semblance of flavour emerges as it cools down.
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Ok it’s been a few minutes.
I can kind sorta maybe but not really see where they get “buttered” from. Except it’s more like “vanilla that moonlights as buttered”.
The base is kindof thin. or maybe it’s the flavouring. or both. Hmmm.
I find that ceylon is sometimes a tricky base, and that is what I suspect this is.
I’m sure if I had enough time to play around with steeping parameters, I could come up with something that’d be tasty. A latte perhaps?
Well, it’s been an interesting tea box debut. On to the next one :)

Note: I just discovered that if I aerate the sip between my teeth (because it’s still HOT!), I actually do get something rum like! Well, I’ll be.

Terri HarpLady

You girls should have took a pic!

Indigobloom

Next time! she didn’t have hers around at the moment

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I made this in my travel mug today. And ya know what, it is much better. Funny that!
The pu-erh shines through more, and the hibby downplays it’s evil sourness. Mind you, my expectations were set pretty low this time so that could be part of why I’m so lenient today.

Anyhow, on a side note… I went on a blind (internet) date the other day. Normally that isn’t something I’d admit but the story is too funny to pass up!
The guy I was meeting, he wasn’t there when I got there. So I texted him. He texted back to say… he locked himself in the convention centre washroom. I had to get the janitor to let him out… hehehehehe I giggle every time I think about it.
Needless to say the date didn’t go too well. He was way too forward for my liking. I have a thing about kissing on the first date. He knew that and dove right in anyhow. Blech.

Oh one other thing about the tea, is it as a surprisingly pleasant(ish) aftertaste. Hmmmm.

Sil

SLLLUUUUUUUURRRRRRPPPPPPPPP!

Indigobloom

LOL
Slurp the tea? YES please. Slurp the face? EWWWW

CHAroma

Wow, how long was he locked in there? LOL!

Indigobloom

I’m not sure, he didn’t answer when I asked :P
So I’m guessing it was awhile!

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Wow this was a really old sample. One of those I really should have tossed but sentimental me with the rose coloured glasses for Teaopia said it should be steeped in a last ode to the latest shop to be consumed by the all powerful Teavana/Starbucks.
Overall? More or less as I remember it, only a little weak.
Pleasant and light.
Not bad, considering it’s nearly two years old and the packet was clipped shut!
Still, this was not the afternoon caffeine hit I was looking for.
Good thing I have a trusty (metal) waterbottle primed for shaken matcha with me!
I wonder if droids drink tea… hmmm… (nerd attack ;)

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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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