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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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Thank you so much for the sample Raritea!!
This is an interesting tea. I can certainly taste the apple, and cinnamon, but it reminds me a little too much of Forever Nuts, which I was not all that fond of. It must be my association with FN, but I swear I taste beets in here to! I am slowly going crazy…

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drank Gooseberry by Simpson & Vail
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Nooooo!! Steepster ate my note. Grrr!!!

OK now that I am done venting…
This tea is different, I’ll give it that! and definitely reminiscent of what I recall gooseberries tasting like. A little like marmalade, or maybe green grape jelly. I’m also getting a slight bubblegum note.
Overall, I’m unsure if I like it. I certainly don’t hate it though!
Methinks I just need to find the sweet spot.
Kittennas point about this being perfumey is spot on, though less so as the cup cooled. Perhaps I should make some iced when the weather warms up. just for a change!

Tabby

Yeah, I saw it went down for a little while. Hate it when that happens. :/

Sil

psst…it didn’t eat your tasting note. it’s there… you have two for this today :)

Indigobloom

heh, go figure! oh well, I can deal with two. It won’t allow me to delete…

Kittenna

You have three, actually! :P Haha.

Indigobloom

Yep. I tried deleting the third one yesterday but Steepster wouldn’t allow it. I wonder, maybe it will now :)

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drank Gooseberry by Simpson & Vail
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I need to play around with the settings here. It was fruity, jammish and vaguely reminiscent of what I recall gooseberries tasting like… a little tart and slightly sweet, almost like a green grape, but also a little bubble-gummy to.
I’m certainly not in love with it… nor do I hate it… Methinks I just need to find the sweet spot :)
Might go really well iced.

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Apples! cake! Oh my!
Yes this is quite delicious. And bakey. Just like coffee cake. No milk required! maybe a tiny bit of sugar. S&V seems to be really good at creating black tea blends that work well solo. Fingers crossed that it travels well.
Bah, either way I am impressed.
aaaand also a little overwhelmed. I picked up so much tea this weekend, that I have no idea how I’ll ever get through any of it. Upping my intake and a serious purge is in order.

Kittenna

Yeah, I gotta say that I liked the S&V teas. My notes are all back around Christmas, as I’ve only had one since then, but yeah. Plans to order again in the future.

Sil

Looking forward to trying these ones soooooooon!

Indigobloom

I’ll definitely order from them to, eventually. But after this current cupboard expansion, I think it will be about 6 months before I can justify that! lol

Sil, I think you’ll love them!! some really good teas here :)

Donna A

I have this and like it a lot. I have enjoyed all my flavored teas from Simpson and Vail, once I learned how to brew them to my taste. I can identify with your statement about feeling a little overwhelmed with so much tea!

Indigobloom

I think that’s the trick, learning how it needs to be brewed!

Sil

…to which i respond. and how does one brew these particular teas in such a way that makes them enjoyable? :)

Indigobloom

Not sure just yet, as I lost track of time brewing this… I need to try again! :)

Donna A

For the flavored blacks from Simpson and Vail that I have tried (Pumpkin Pie Black, Earl Grey, and Apple Cinnamon), I use 1 teaspoon/8 oz. for 2 min./50 seconds. This produces a flavorful cup without the bitterness that I have experienced at 3 minutes.

Sil

thanks Donna!

Indigobloom

I’ll def keep that in mind. Thanks!!

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drank Root Beer by Simpson & Vail
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Root beer indeed! add a little carbonated water and it just might become my fave summer tea. Thanks so much for the sample Kittenna!
It smells strongly of root beer. Positively intoxicating. I could sit here and sniff it all day!
The aroma is a fair bit stronger than the taste. The base is well balanced, coming out more in the first part of the sip while root beer dominates the tail end as well as aftertaste.
Will definitely consider this as a purchase in future S&V orders

Kittenna

If you really like this one I can probably give you some more. I like it, but it’s not a tea I’m likely to drink super often, so 2 oz. is a lot (even though you guys probably took away ~0.5 oz).

Indigobloom

Oooh? If you’re sure!

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Oh wow this is amazing.
The first time I tried it, my sample from Charoma didn’t travel well at all. Thank you so much for the sample Charoma, I really appreciate you sending me some!
But then I tried some more the other day from Sil’s stash, and oh my what a difference! yes, oh yes it was quite good. Very mild without any sugar, but just a sprinkle really makes a big difference.
I love how the marshmallow is more of a natural extension of the toasted rice than it is just added flavouring.
The vanilla like notes I see in other descriptions worried me at first but I don’t seem to have any issues with it, thankfully. (my allergies seem to have abated somewhat now that I know to stay away from the EG. Yay!)
Yup, this is definitely on my shopping list. Big thanks to Sil for letting me sneak a cup from your stash!

Kittenna

I had two swap samples of this (vegan & non-vegan?) that made it to me ok… but straight from my package was definitely way better.

Indigobloom

Hmmm perhaps it was that particular batch that was different

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drank Strawberry Zabaglione by 52teas
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Sample sipdown!!
I accidentally oversteeped by about 25 seconds so my cup was a tad harsh. Still very tasty, though I wouldn’t order more, I’d rather try the rest of what 52Teas has to offer! Thanks again Azzrian :)

Azzrian

My pleasure! I still have a ton of teas from you to sample lol. This is one of my all time favorites! I guess I just love 52 Teas strawberry blends :)

Indigobloom

I don’t blame you, it’s purty tasty!! yummmm

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Backlog from last night.
I love Egyptian chamomile. It’s so honey-sweet and soft. Makes me want to drink it all day long!! But… since I use it to help me sleep and I really do NOT want to become immune to that effect, I save it for those insomniatic nights (did I just invent a conjugation? heh!)
I wonder though, are all Egyptian chamys this tasty? or is it the organic aspect that brings this to such a stellar place…
Well, until I try another (organic) EC, I probably shouldn’t rate this one. I’ll hold off for now! as it stands, I’d probably leave it somewhere in the high 80s or low 90s

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Bananas are bullies. Yep. I’ve added this to my smoothies before, but today was the first time where I removed the banana entirely. Today, it was just almond milk and pear. And oh boy did it ever make for a creamy cheesy delight! Kindof stale tasting, but only on the occasional sip, and that could be the almond milk.
A spoonful of sugar seriously punches it up.
I’m not sure if this one is worth re-ordering, but my experience today certainly has me questioning that!

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I had this at our tea guild meeting today. We made a spice rub, scones with (eeeeevil) Earl Grey soaked currants, and spiced lapsang roasted almonds. I can’t figure out which was my fave part! Seriously, what an awesome end to a really long day. I was at an HR conference/tradeshow schmoozing with the vendors. Whew, what a trip. I have alot of follow up emails to send tomorrow, before I do it all over again :)
Anyhow, this tea was made really strong. I had two tiny cups (as in gaiwan style). Very delicious though, and super lemony. I swear, it was as if someone added lemon.
I’d like to see what a shorter steep would do.
Also, I’m not sure if this was the first or second flush. I suspect it was the second… so I just went with that!
On a side note, you know what’s amazing?? having tea peeps. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without all my peers here on Steepster and at the guild. Coming home from a night of tea talk, and writing about it here to share with my other tea-ples… (yes I just referred to y’all as tea-ples!)
Does it get any better??

Alphakitty

Tea-ples, I love it!

Sil

Oh no you didn’t….

Indigobloom

Alphakitty, dunno why I didn’t think of it before! :P
Sil, muahhahha.
Not to mention… doesn’t reading that make you wanna join the tea guild ;)

Sil

maybe… not sure how much time i’ll have for that sort of thing this year.

Indigobloom

if you ever change your mind, you’re always more than welcome! :)

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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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