1292 Tasting Notes

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drank Grand Amour by Nina's Paris
1292 tasting notes

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
1292 tasting notes

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
1292 tasting notes

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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Fruity non hibiscus green tea! something I’ve been craving for ages. So I was supa’ glad I got this in the sampler pack from ihearteas.
Peach is definitely more present than raspberry, though I kinda wish it was. Either way, it hits the spot so yay :)

TheTeaFairy

Kudos to all non-hibiscus fruity blends!!!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

So glad you enjoyed this as well. I personally find this one so juicy, lively, and fresh. All good things in my book :) It is particularly wonderful iced.

Indigobloom

TeaFairy, I second the kudos!! :P

Indigobloom

Rachel, I am so looking forward to icing this one! though I tend to cold brew cuz we never have ice lol

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Me too. I love to cold brew tea. :)

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Mucho gracias to Sil for this sample!
I am really liking this blend. Uber yummy!! Reminds me of the Strawberry tea I bought from Pippins last summer, and still have a smidge left of, but it’s lost all it’s flavour since I didn’t have a tin for it and so ended up storing it in it’s gold foil baggie.
Anyhow, I digress.
This tea tastes just like a strawberry campino candy! Creamy and sweet. Yum. I love that it was amazing without any additives, but just a touch of sugar, as in 1/3 tsp, made it into a truly decadent dessert. I should have waited til later in the day haha.
The black base is nice as well, standing up to the flavouring. In some ways I think it is very similar to the 52Teas black base, only smoother and not so abrasive.

Ozli

Mmmm, strawberry campinossss. ;)

Indigobloom

it was so yum! I wanted strawberries after lol

Sil

I’ve got more at my place. Just Saying :)

Sil

also..did i mention MY PARENTS ARE IN PARIS FOR A WHOLE WEEK AS OF SATURDAY!!!!! which means they have been given a list of at least 5 teas i’d like them to go find. If they bring back even 1 i’ll be happy lol

Indigobloom

drooooooools. You are a lucky girl Sil!

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sipdown!
Made with dairy milk, and it was not nearly as amazing as with the almond. Still def getting the cookie note though. Oh well, c’est la vie!

CHAroma

I love putting almond milk in this one too.

Indigobloom

It was sooooo good that way, I was shocked!!

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So I’ve been on a cold brew kick, because I am trying to sip down a bunch of teas but want to save a few for hot summer days and I need to know what works. So I’m trying some out now, or else I’ll end up saving them all until summer! and that is a month or two away still…
Anyhow. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that apply jolly rancher is hidden in the cold brew! mind you, that fake chocolate note is there as well but I can manage. Yep, this one will be a cold brew tea from now on. Or perhaps sun tea!
Bumping the rating one or two points, from 73 :P

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Pineapple? Oh yes it’s there. The coconut is stronger! and yet not in a sunscreen way, more of a maple syrup feel. Interesting.
I need to try it again to be sure. I’ll write more next time! For now, I’m content but not thrilled.
The black base is ok, I suppose. Everything about this blend is just ok… nothing pops. I want my pop factor :)

Ozli

That was pretty much my thought on this one, too.

Indigobloom

good to know I’m not the only one! Maybe I just need to play around with the parameters

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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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