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drank Espresso Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I miss being a regular here!! sighs. But I do try to read reviews when I can. Not all of them, cuz I’d have to unfollow some people if I had any hope in that, and I’d really rather not do that…
anyhow, I made myself a smoothie today, and it was ahhhmazing! Fresh banana, strawberry, milk, and matcha… well that = a big glass of YUM!! I really like the contrast of strawberry to coffee flavour. So good. I’m kinda glad this doesn’t go over very well as a hot brew now :P

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drank Mlesna black by Mlesna Tea
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Happy Mothers day!!
I had this with pancakes and chocolate milk. A mocha tea chino! (no dashes because of formatting complications)
I prefer the coffee version I made Mum, to be honest, but I would rather not push the allergy factor!
Anyhow… it was a good day overall. Much better than yesterday, for reasons I don’t wanna get into. Let’s just say it was depressing.
Whatevs. Night all :)

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drank The des Anges by Nina's Paris
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Strawberry?! Nooooooo, I taste apple! Tart, juicy, delicious apple.
I suppose it could be tart strawberry??? It has some similarities to a few other strawberry black teas I’ve tried, though I can’t pinpoint what they are exactly. and it still doesn’t carry the essence of “berry”. Definitely apple. No question about that. The aroma, the taste, everything about it was apple. I’m a little confused.
Either way, it was yummy. I’d buy more! My cuppa was very flavourful and smooth. A little astringent. Great with or without milk.
Thanks Nina’s Tea for the sample.

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Okay so there is a certain orange flavouring in teas that I really dislike (when not paired with a black base, apparently). It’s kindof a spicy orange rind note, which I often find in teas that are a less than entirely fresh, but sometimes as an intentional addition.
This was the aroma/taste that hit me when I first tasted my tea. So not my thing!
But then, as I got through the cup, it kinda grew on me. I think that the blend of Ceylon and Chinese black teas must be a good match for that particular flavouring.
My cuppa had a smooth creaminess to it, and went down surprisingly easy without any milk or sugar, which I fully expected would be necessary given my flavouring bias!
It isn’t entirely orange, or orange rind though, and I’ve yet to put my finger on what that extra something is. Anyone have any thoughts?
Back when I was a tea newbie, I bought 100g of an orange flavoured mate without trying any first… and oh boy did I ever hate it. So gross, in my opinion that is. I did manage to find it a good home! Perhaps it was the combo of orange and mate I dislike. and orange and white tea! (yes I mean you…Tangerine somethingorother from Kally. Blech)
Anyhow, I’d definitely try this again, and could actually see myself keeping a stock in my cupboard. Not as my house “orange black” of course, as this one seems to stand on it’s own.
Thanks to my Mentor (in HR) for buying me a cuppa at Avenue Bistro Cafe :)

momo

It’s a blood orange tea! They taste so much better than regular old orange tea to me. They are sweeter, it sometimes almost tastes like there’s just a hint of red berries to them.

Indigobloom

Yeah I agree for the most part Momo, I was a little confused cuz the flavour is so familiar, and I dislike it paired with other bases! but oh yeah this was tasty :)

Indigobloom

I’ll look for the red berry part next time!

momo

I think a moro blood orange definitely has almost the tartness of a raspberry to it instead of just orange. I’d think that’s the type that’d be used in tea, I have a Fauchon one where the blood orange is just like that, soooo good!

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Thank you to Rachel from iHeartTeas for a lovely sample packet of this tea!!
It’s wonderful, truly! The spices mix superbly with the pumpkin, and the vanilla is just fine! (yes, this tea drinker was worried about that part upon reading the ingredients)
The black base is a little soft, but has that certain mallow note which works well in a chai. I wish the base was a touch stronger.
No matter, this is very much like pumpkin pie filling. Very decadent, making me feel as if I’ve had a dessert when really it was a pinch of sugar and some milk! Hmmmm, you know I think it is closer to pumpkin icecream than pie, atleast in the aftertaste.
And something else, other pumpkin teas I’ve tried had a certain “uncooked” feel to them, and to be honest, that is why I stopped looking for a version I enjoyed. Well, this was in the sampler I got, so I didn’t really look for it… but oh yeah am I ever glad it was in there.
Btw, I tried this with milk, but also greatly enjoyed the sip I took when it was sans dairy.
Sighs Ya know you are in love with a tea when you are pouting because the cup is empty! THAT hasn’t happened to me for ages.
When my buying ban is over, I’ll be getting more of this for sure!!!!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Wow! I am thrilled you enjoyed this one. It is my mother in-laws absolute favorite. I have to keep her supplied and when she visits I am always making her this little blend. I personally find it so cozy. Perfect while quietly reading a book.

Indigobloom

Send my thanks to your MIL!! cuz if it weren’t for her, I might not have had a chance to try some :D

JustJames

oh, i think i’ll have to add this one to my shopping list….

Indigobloom

James, you will not regret it! wonderful on a winter or rainy day :)

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drank Grand Amour by Nina's Paris
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Sadness!! I was so excited to try this, after sniffing the dry tea. Berry goodness oh my!
But then I steeped it up and got mostly caramel and vanilla, with a barely a hint of berry. Sighs.
I’m not a big vanilla tea fan, but the caramel seemed to balance it out somewhat. It was more the aroma that I found offputting, when I think about it. Oh well, it was a smooth cuppa, I have to give it that! Perhaps a little biting towards the bottom of my mug. It was a rather large mug because I wanted to use up the entire sample.
Don’t go by my rating though, since I’m not a vanilla champion heh. And hey, I’d never turn down another free sample of it…

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drank Steeped Tea by Tim Hortons
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I didn’t have any tea today!!
It’s been such a stressful week that I just withdrew from everything except for work, and now I really want a cuppa! I’m craving so badly… but then I’d never get to sleep and herbal won’t do(last day is tomorrow. Both good and bad I say!)
Anyhow, I’m off to bed. So exhausted and not looking forward to a repeat of today heh

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drank S'mores Genmaicha by 52teas
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I totally did not expect this one to go over well in a travel mug… but strangely, it does?!
Now that could be because I got my water from Starbucks, piping hot, and had to wait a few min before dunking the sachet… and probably burnt the leaves (ie. also any chlorine/alcohol residue)
Just sayin, that was totally unexpected and a delightful surprise. The marshmallow and toasted rice really came out nicely. A little too burnt in the aroma and taste for my liking. I’ll always prefer my standard Shmallow version of course :)

On a side note, I am so frustrated… just got some test results back. Looks like my thyroid is outta whack again. No wonder I’ve gained a bunch of weight lately. sighs.

Amariel

I’ve gained some lately too, and I have always been borderline, so I wonder if I should get tested again.

Rachel J

Sorry about the thyroid results. Hopefully with the right med, it will be a simple matter to get it under control.

Indigobloom

Definitely get tested!! better to know than be unsure :)

Indigobloom

Rachel, unfortunately my results don’t justify any medication, as it isn’t enough to affect my heart… only my weight heh

CHAroma

Really, no medication? That sucks. Maybe get a second opinion?

Indigobloom

This was based on my GP as well as the Specialist he sent me to. Industry standard is for them to treat me when it gets just a little bit worse than where I am now grumbles

teataku

Yeah, I’m with CHAroma. Weight gain can affect your heart, even if your thyroid isn’t. :/

Amariel

I have had it tested a few times in the last year and both times was borderline, though the last time was less borderline.

Indigobloom

teataku, oh I was just whining. Only gained about ten pounds. Doc says I need to gain another ten before they worry lol

Heather, I went to a naturopath managing that for two years, I was managing it for awhile but didn’t have benefits coverage and now am unemployed. Bah! Diet is paramount. Are you gluten free?

Terri HarpLady

One of my adult students was on thyroid meds for years. He doc put her on a paleo type program a few years ago – no grains, beans, dairy, sweets. She’s lost 85# or maybe more now, looks & feels great, & was able to get off the thyroid meds.

Fjellrev

Oh no, I’m so sorry about the results! My mom’s been battling with hyper- and now hypothyroidism all her life and it’s so serious. I hope everything will be ok.

I need to get tested too. It’s nearly impossible for me to lose weight no matter what I do.

Amariel

My weight seems to yo yo about 20 or so pounds every few years. I don’t do anything differently. I slowly lose it over the course of a year and it stays down, and then after a few it comes back, and then it goes down, and so forth. My bra collection has 3 cup sizes because they change before the bra is ready to toss, and I know I have a chance of fitting it again if I just wait. Not that I like having blood drawn, but I wonder if I should be getting tested once a year or every 6 months, just to keep an eye on it. Last testing was a little under a year ago when I had a noticeable change in my period flow. That plus the weight thing led me to blood work on thyroid and LSH/FSH hormone levels. And no, I am not GF, though I have considered it, but I have a very picky and cheap husband, and I am not sure I would be able to do it. I was also tested for Celiac Disease and it came back negative.

Indigobloom

Terri, I would so love to do a diet like that, or atleast something similar. In my house that wouldn’t work. I can’t wait to move out heh.
INcendiare, thanks! I think the most awful part, asides from the weight gain is the mood swings and depression. I have some really low days, and I really don’t wanna treat a symptom of a manageable condition with other meds so I just deal with it as best I can!

Indigobloom

Heather, mine does the same thing! only I work hard at losing the weight, and then my circumstances change so that I can’t maintain those habits anymore so I gain it all back, and then some. Bah. It will get better eventually, I hope. Once I get the diet under control!

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Cold brewing this in the fridge. Will see how it turns out!

EDIT:
Not bad. The black base really takes a backseat here. Coconut dominates with a bit of pineapple thrown in. I think this is how I’ll use up the rest, when (if) I ever feel like having iced tea!! though I much prefer coconut oolong iced, overall.

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
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I know I wrote a review on this. WHERE did it go!??!
In fact, I remember comparing it to the same tea type from Teaopia. Odd.
Anyhow… holy shmallow! oh, yesssss it really comes out here. No graham cracker, sadly.
Unfortunately, it reminds me of an artificial Assam, as I find Assams often have similar, natural notes.
That said, it was a lovely tea! Requiring milk and sugar of course :)

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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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