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Sipdown! 386/369

It’s gone! YAY! For literally years, I have picked up this blend, wrinkled my nose, and put it back. But enough is enough, so I cold brewed this overnight with about twice the leaf I needed in an effort to empty the bag.

Full disclosure, it’s easily been two years since I got this blend and it’s been stored in a plastic ziploc baggie. So…I’m not holding my breath on this one.

I’m not going to change my rating because, well, it’s old. But despite twice the leaf, it’s weak and tastes like lemon cardboard. I’ll chug it for the sake of hydration, but I am glad to finally get it out of my cupboard.

Dexter3657

Congrats on getting an OLD one out of the cupboard. I’ve recently started being more “firm” about drinking older teas first. I don’t have anything that’s “years” old, but need to get serious about drinking the older stuff before it becomes OLD. LOL Thanks for the reminder on WHY I need to be doing this. :))

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Exactly. Now, I do have several tea that are kept in tins that are years old and still very good, but this just isn’t one of them.

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I freaking love this tea. I’m surprised I haven’t reviewed it before. Oh well.

As we were packaging up some of this for Christina, I knew I needed to have some soon. Unfortunately, every time I remembered it, it was after 4 pm and I knew that if I had a cup, I wouldn’t sleep.

But today, it was awful hard to get up, so I am all over this matcha thing. This matcha is lovely, I’m drinking it cold with some sugar and it tastes just like a wintergreen lifesaver. Yum.

keychange

I am embarking on my “discover all the matcha!” journey, and wintergreen is also among my favourite mint tastes. May I ask what level of flavouring you thought was appropriate for this matcha? nom!

Roswell Strange

Is this one any good in milk? I only do my matcha one of two ways; club soda or cold milk. I don’t think it’d be great as soda – but I’m thinking it might make for an interesting, creamy “candy cane” like milk drink.

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keychange – I ordered all of my matcha at the delicate level because at the time, Red Leaf Tea was still doing their “free matcha for reviews” and anything over delicate was extra $, though this one I would drink at any level, it’s so darn good.

Roswell – I imagine it would be, but I drink my matcha mixed with agave or sugar and water, so I can’t say for sure.

keychange

mmm i am so definitely doing this in milk when I get it! I bet it’d be awesome.

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I can’t wait to see how you like it, keychange!

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drank Cherry Tea by Red Leaf Tea
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My wife loves cherry, so I chose this for our shared cold brew tonight. I had a sip before I added my agave and hoo boy. It was lip-puckeringly tart. So I added my agave, fixed my wife’s cup for her, and I added sugar to mine.

Oops.

So I have a painfully sweet cup because I can’t be bothered to pay attention XD. It’s good, but it’s got so much hibiscus, it’s making my stomach hurt. This blend is all for her.

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Oh God bitter. Bitter bitter bitter. I only let it steep for two minutes at under boiling and it is almost too bitter to handle. Maybe I over leafed or something. Will rate when I try this again.

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I opened my cupboard to find this tea because spelling is not my friend. I was amused to discover that Detox from DavidsTea is my most-drank tea, and since I tend to only drink it after a night of too much booze, that just says a whole lot about my life, doesn’t it XD.

Anyway, I coldbrewed this overnight in an effort to both use this up and have something different. The leaves were a bit of a disappointment as I strained them out. Usually oolongs unfurl beautifully, but these were just brown wilted leaves. Sadness.

I’m not a straight tea drinker, so I couldn’t tell you about any of the nuances of the tea, but I will say it is light and refreshing in a way a black tea could never be, but for me it is nothing special.

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drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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Surprisingly, my wife likes this cold and sweetened! Shock! This is a sipdown, but we’re both a little sad to see it go.

Dexter3657

I love Kanpe too – was sad when it was discontinued…

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drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
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Cold brewed overnight, and this is lovely. Floral, but not overly so, with notes of peach. This is a delight cold and so very refreshing. I love it and it’s the perfect thing to help me drift off to sleep.

Roswell Strange

How did you prep it? I have a full tin of this (a gift) and have tried making it so many different ways (including cold brewing), and it’s awful to me every time.

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Nothing special, really. I just put it in cold water and let it steep until I’m ready to drink it.

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drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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Huh. I thought I didn’t like this tea, but looking back at my rating, apparently I did like it. Ah well, it’s been sitting in our cupboard for way too long. I cold steeped it today and again for tomorrow to use up the last of the tin.

it is hibiscus, which is why I thought I didn’t like it, but iced, the cinnamon wins out and it’s a tart treat. The lemon works in wonderfully and it’s just a yummy cup.

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Posting a tasting note on behalf of my brother, who I sent a package of RiverTeas to for his birthday. This tea is apparently “crazy good”! Now I need to try it XD

Roswell Strange

IT IS TOTALLY CRAZY GOOD! Apologies for the caps; but this blend makes me excited.

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One of my cold brews for the day in an effort to use it up. It’s a sweet ice-winey flavor, I’m always impressed at the flavor of this one. I love ice wine, but I also love having money and I can’t do both XD. This is always a nice alternative.

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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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