223 Tasting Notes

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I’ve been swapping between this and the Vanilla Chai quite extensively because they’re really tasty, Whole30 compliant, and brew with ease (and even tolerate some brewing errors well). I didn’t want to bore you all with repeats of how much I love them both so I’ve calmed down on the repeated posts a bit! But I have been drinking them both, and loving them!

The JEM is surprisingly resilient to some oversteeping. Like yesterday, when I timolino-ed up the tea, then got flooded with phone calls and it ended up getting a 10 minute steep. Usually a travesty for a sencha, but there was only the faintest hint that it had been in the water too long, and even then I’m not sure if it was bitterness or just too much flavouring ending up in the water. Just awesome.

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drank Secret Weapon by DAVIDsTEA
223 tasting notes

It’s rain hard outside. I’ve just gotten home, it’s Friday night and we’re watching scrubs before making dinner. This is warming me up on the inside.

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82

Did two steeps of this today as I had a spot of throat and sinus dryness. All good now. I love the mint in this, a perfect strength.

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85

Tasting note 200! Woohoo!

I had another one of these awaiting me in my Timolino after I finished my barre class this morning. I actually think I’ve been fighting off a cold (this is a major major thing for me, I used to see a cold then be flat in bed for a week with the cold, then also acquire the flu or a chest infection… not fun. Yay for all those veggies I’ve been eating!), so I would’ve loved a spot of honey in this, but alas, I’m playing by the Whole30 rules.

Still a lovely cuppa.

Memily

Also think I’m currently fighting off a cold, wah. Have been giving a couple of Tastea samples a run.

Sil

Woohoo! Congratulations on 200!

TassieTeaGirl

Oh, mem, she’s good too. She’s a naturopath or something similar, so they’re all ‘functional’ teas. I hope you beat it!

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85

I started a Whole30 today (http://mymissingfactor.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/one-is-never-enough/), which means some teas are out. Not this one though! Beautiful mix of real spices in black tea. So good…

Sil

looking forward to seeing how you tackle the next 30 days! Hope you kill it! :) sending positive vibes your way!

TassieTeaGirl

Aw thanks! Have you done a Whole30?

Sil

i haven’t…the closest i’ve done to anything like that was a crack at phase 1 on the south beach diet. We did it last year because i needed to get a handle on what i was eating – what was nice was learning and actually taking the time to think about what i was putting in to my body. Made me much more aware of what i eat, even if i’m not actually “dieting” or sticking to something like whole30. The way our apartment/life is set up right now isn’t really condusive to being able to have the space/time that these things take to shift habits…so we’re at least trying to think about the things we buy and have in the apartment as a baby step to when we move to a house…

I applaud your efforts :)

momo

good luck! I quit it to go to a sort of lower carb/less insistence on stuff I can’t afford way of eating. It was bringing me down in that sense, and it’s a struggle for me to eat breakfast, and I got sick of it. Still I feel I got the right idea on everything wrong with how I ate and I think in the 11 days I did get through I lost 1 inch from my waist and almost 2 from my hips and yet I am eating until I am so full.

TassieTeaGirl

I think anything that makes you more aware of what is healthy for your body and what makes it work best is awesome.

momo

Definitely, the ability to eat so much and rarely break 1400 calories has got to be the most exciting thing. And you feel so good doing it! The amount of dishes you constantly have to do shows this haha.

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90

It’s been a while since I’ve had this hot, it got a bit of an iced run over summer. But it’s just as good hot! Sipping the last of it now. Hmmm…..

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97

We had a farewell morning tea today for a contract staff member. I have to admit it was a little bit nice for that person to not be me! I made up a thermos of this to have with our morning tea. Yummy, comforting, and the usual clean taste. Beautiful.

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drank Black Rose by T2
223 tasting notes

I’ve been steadily drinking this and only just realised when I made my current cup that I’m down to the last few spoonfuls! And even thought I burned my tounge on the cup I just made, its still really tasty. I’d buy this again.

Memily

Glad to hear it! I have a bunch more T2 samples for you :)

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
223 tasting notes

Finally having this sample from my Christmas order. So yummy! Undertones of the oolong with a big, cake like vanilla as the prominent flavour. A nice cuppa.

Compensating for my pile of stupid from this morning. I leaped over my shoes to sit down and put socks on prior to riding to my barre class, but hit my knee cap on the pointy edge of the coffee table. Nice liney bruise with the need for icing and rest. But I do have the oolong.

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I can’t believe I haven’t added or review this before! Shocking.

This is a lovely tea. The jasmine and earl grey flavours are perfectly balanced without overpowering the black. My prefered steeping method for this is on the short side to ensure the black is still lovely and soft.

Would make an excellent afternoon tea, but its perking me up this morning. Very easily sipped.

And, more importantly, I posted my first blog post about tea this morning: http://mymissingfactor.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/mugful-of-happiness/

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I remember getting my first cup of tea at about the age of 8. Just a standard run of the mill black, with some sugar and milk to make it palatable to an 8year old. But a love was born and I’ve never looked back!

I’ve always appreciated the quality of loose leaf, and thanks to the discovery of the fanatastic gadgets at DavidsTea while on holiday, the tea obsession has grown! Is it weird to be ordering tea and having it sent half way around the world?

I’d love to do some tea swaps with people to try new teas. I have a bit of a DavidsTea range for any Australians interested in trying some DT goodness minus international postage fees!

Ive just started working at The Art of Tea , a small Tasmanian company. They dont currently ship overseas, but im more than happy to arrange swaps with people. their full product listing can be found here: http://www.artoftea.com.au/. (December 2012).

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