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Coldbrew!

For the last day or so, I haven’t been feeling well. Dizzy, coughing, my wife says I was running a fever last night. However, I do attribute part of the fact that I was feeling awful for the last few days to my lack of tea consumption. Those days were low in tea drinking and high in eating out/drinking soda/drinking booze. When I get dehydrated, my body gets pissed, so while I likely am coming down with something, the lack of hydration hasn’t helped.

Now I get to add nausea to my list because I was eating leftover ribs from Swiss Chalet and my teeth sank into a bit of cartilage. shudder Things like that really, really squick me out, to the point of it will be a few days before I can even consider eating meat again. It’s been hours and I can still “feel it”, you know? This is why I can’t eat wings on the bone.

So I am really looking for some comforting, refreshing tea. This tea is growing on me with every sip. It is certainly refreshing, and floral, which isn’t usually my bag, but hey. I keep taking sips, looking for a fruity component I know I won’t see. But it feels like it’s missing it. Something to just round out the edges a little bit, make it taste less like perfume.

Still, I don’t hate it. But I wouldn’t restock unless my wife falls in love with it. But if you’re a fan of florals, I can see how this would be a good one.

Fjellrev

Eww! That would gross me out too. I made Pinty’s hot wings for the first time and they all had such a thick layer of fat. biting down into the first one grossed me out too! Stuff like that can ruin a person’s day.

__Morgana__

Ugh, I totally get that meat thing. I couldn’t eat chili for years after getting a piece of fat.

Tabby

Eugh, I can’t eat meat off the bone for the same reason. Fat and cartilage seriously gross me out, too. Thank god for vegetarian food.

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Thank goodness I’m not the only one. The good news is my sister in law is vegetarian, so I have quite a few veg dishes in my repertoire. I love ribs, but I can only eat them once or twice a year and I have to really be in the mood to pick all the meat off the bone shudder

Fjellrev

The only way I can eat ribs is if I bake the crap out of them, making them super dry. most of the fat melts off and it’s easier to manage the cartilage too.

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Me too. I was a fool to do anything but pick the meat off with my hands so I could feel if there was any bone or cartilage.

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I am so saddened by what I did to this tea. I accidentally cold steeped it for 2 and a half days and as a result, the tea tastes, well, off. This is one of my favorites, but I don’t taste anything except for a very strong, bitter white tea.

Damn.

Dustin

I didn’t think you could over steep when cold steeping! No change when you add water to it?

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I imagine the strength might go away but the bitterness would remain. I didn’t think it was possible either, but I’ve only done it twice, both with white blends, so that may be the issue.

Dustin

I’ll have to be careful with cold steeping whites then!

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drank Blue Lagoon by DAVIDsTEA
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Coldbrewed this for a tea party with the sister in law. We poured it into my new Disney Princess Q-tea tea set and added a shot of blueberry pancake liquor. The set has two teapots, so one was this blend and the other was Tropicalia and coconut rum. This was the clear favorite.

A classy, grown-up time was had by all XD.

Cavocorax

Hahaha. That sounds awesome!

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It was very, very awesome. This morning? Not so awesome XD.

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drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
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Coldbrewed this, mixed it with coconut rum.

Meh. Didn’t turn out as good as I had hoped. Still adore this tea.

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Underwhelming hot, underwhelming cold. Underwhelming in the pot, nine days old!

…please ignore my childhood flashback.

This tea is forgettable and not worth my time. I’ll finish up the packet and then move on.

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Coldbrew world of hell no.

I will never, ever coldbrew this again. It’s got orange peel, alright – that’s all I can taste. Doctored this with a metric ton of agave, at least I’ll get some energy out of it.

shudder

VariaTEA

Oh no. You have soo much tea, you should have just dumped it and moved on to something more drinkable. That is what I would have done. You are clearly committed :P

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I have so many issues with dumping tea, I just can’t bring myself to do it unless it is physically making me ill. At the very least I’ll get hydration out of it.

VariaTEA

Right now I am stressing about hydration which means balancing each caffeinated cup with a non-caffeinated one (whether it is tea or water) in addition to the 6-8 cups of water you need daily. So as much as I don’t like wasting tea, I won’t force myself to drink a caffeinated cup I don’t really like because I would rather brew up a different cup that I would enjoy instead.

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lol yeah, see, I drink so much tea in a day that I’m lucky enough to not have to worry about it.

VariaTEA

Haha, I didn’t worry either for a while and it was fine but then my weight loss slowed and I think that may have had something to do with it. It is nbd though because now instead of making 2 cups at once, I make 3

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I am greatly enjoying this coldbrewed tea and I want to just cuddle it. Unfortunately, one of our cats is having a “cling to momma” day and she is currently asleep with her nose pressed up against the mesh screen of my carry travel mug, so I guess I don’t get any more until she wakes up. Cutie Patootie.

This tea has been a favorite of ours for years, but it’s getting old and developing an odd aftertaste. So sadly I’m putting this in the sipdown pile. If you have any left and you sweeten your teas, do yourself a favor and use a touch of brown sugar. It really brings out the crumble part. Maybe I’ll add brown sugar to Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait and see if I can get a crumble from it.

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drank Queen West Blend by Tealish
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Cold brew sipdown!! (378/360)

So this was in a little DavidsTea bag simply labelled “Queen West”. It’s from when the Toronto Tea Party still existed and we bought a 50g bag of this to split.

I don’t hate it! It’s rather good, but…underwhelming. Just kind of meh. Basic fruit with basic cirtus. I can’t really pick out any specific flavors. It’s a nice cold brew, but not worth restocking.

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Coldbrew! It’s soooooo good and smoky and delicious. I’m kind of really in love. My wife, not so much. She took a drink without knowing what it was and immediately her face scrunched up in disgust. “Why did I just drink a campfire?”

Soooooo, I guess it’s not for everyone. But it is lovely, smoky with a hint of sweetness. It really fills your whole mouth with a smoky flavor and I see her point. If I close my eyes, I’m at summer camp, sitting at a campfire.

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Coldbrew sipdown (379/361)

This is one of those painfully old teas, and yet I remember quite clearly that this is the one that literally made my bestie ill for an entire night :( So based on that alone, this isn’t one I’d ever restock, but since I had no issues with it, it’s no trouble to finish the bag.

This is another example of why we don’t keep teas around forever. I will say that all of my Davids blends have held up to the test of time, at least the ones I’ve tried so far have.

It tastes like peach and burns like ginger, but it’s not at all as juicy as it should be.

Not adjusting the rating because, well, it’s my own fault for hoarding this tea for too long.

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“You can forgive a murder, but never a mistake while preparing tea.” Chinese proverb

Labels? Here you go: Femme, Wife, Lesbian, Homemaker, Happy. Don’t forget tea fanatic!

My tastes in tea have changed, so I should update this as well. I find myself leaning more towards rooibos and herbals, if only for their great ability to chill in my travel mug for hours and not get weird on me. When I have time to properly brew a cuppa, I lean towards white teas (which I only steep for 30 seconds) and black teas (which only get 2-3 minutes from me). I cannot stand green teas, they’re too fiddly for my tastes. Oolongs are great, but a bit fiddly as well. However, I love watching oolongs open up in my looseleaf brewer. I’m slowly discovering mates and falling for them…there are many I look forward to trying!

So…yeah. That’s me and my tea!

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