1471 Tasting Notes

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Picture it: Tennessee. 2011. (Ah, Golden Girls, I love you)

Anyway, my parents and wife are watching Ghost Hunters, and I’m bored out of my mind, so I update steepster with the teas the wonderful SimplyJenW sent me. I look up the Lady Londonderry and squeak happily during a quiet moment in the show, scaring the crap out of everyone in the room XD. I opened up the package and the scent of Strawberry Lemonade washed over me….oooooh yes. I’m in love. I don’t care that it’s nine pm. I need a cup of this now.

The taste delivers on what the scent promised…it tastes like a strawberry lemonade tea and I love it. It is beautiful. I am very grateful to Jen for sending me so much, and I am very excited to find it is Metropolitan Tea Company. One of their warehouses is literally around the corner from our home, so I can find most of their teas in the area. I can’t wait to get to Kensington and see if they have it, though I’m sure they do.

SimplyJenW, I can’t thank you enough. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
SimplyJenW

You are welcome! If you get to go to that warehouse, look for Bourbon Street Vanilla Rooibos. It is a Metro tea and one you really like, right? (I hit a free shipping sale at the English Tea Store and I am stocked!)

SimplyJenW

Duh..not the warehouse, but look for it at the local places. That will teach me to read late at night…

Indigobloom

Sounds like you’re having a nice trip! and that tea… oh yummmm

MaddHatter

This sounds amazing! Where do I get me some of this?!

Daddyselephant

If the tea shop I have in mind carries it, I will happily send some your way!

MaddHatter

I would greatly appreciate a sample!

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drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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My dear older brother surprised my wife with ticket to a Star Trek convention today. She had a blast, and she got me some awesome finds, including a Doctor Who mug with a TARDIS that “moves” from one side of the mug to the other when hot liquid is added. I used a cup of Vanilla Oolong to break in my new mug of timey-wimey awesomeness and my Rubber Ducky infuser. I played a game of Munchkin Booty with my Dad and over the course of the game, my tea cooled to the point that the TARDIS moved back to the other side of the mug XD. Still, this tea was delicious as always and very wibbly-wobbly ;)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
licious

I just wanted to say that I have the same TARDIS mug, and it is amazing. It makes tea time that much better.

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drank Detox (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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When I found we would be coming to the States, I immediately placed an order on Amazon for a teapot I’d been eying that they wouldn’t ship to Canada. I also got a book for De, a cloth tea strainer, and a bag of this tea.

To break in my beautiful new tea for one set, I made a cuppa this. The cooler it got, the more pronounced the vanilla became. I liked it more as it cooled, it became richer and tastier. I need to try it again, though, before I rate.

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drank Razmintazz by Tealish
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Jenn

OMG, it didn’t need to know that this tea existed! I HAVE to place a David’s Tea order now :)

Daddyselephant

XD It’s a seasonal tea from last Fall, so place an order quick, who knows how much longer it will be available!

Jenn

I’m on it!

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Just over the US/Canadian Border into New York, we stopped to use the washroom at a Tops. On our way out of the store, we spotted these and had to try them. I got this one (tea and a penguin? I’m sold). It was tasty. I would have preferred some Long Life Oolong, and the oolong bit was a bit stronger than I like it. Still, I enjoyed the list of natural ingredients, the explanation of what oolong is, and the use of Fair Trade teas. If I still lived in Lockport, NY, this is a tea I can see myself enjoy often as something quick to go.

Preparation
Iced
Brittany

I used to pick up Honest Teas all the time for convenience. They make a point not to be overly sweet and artificial, which is an absolute must in my book. Still can’t believe high fructose corn syrup is in some “teas”…

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Yum yum yum. We are leaving in 15.5 hours (gah), so while we were running errands this morning, I stopped in for a cuppa this. It was delicious! I loved that they used real watermelon in the mix. The Oolong was a bit stronger than I care for, but all in all, this was way better than a coke and I feel better for having it.

Preparation
Iced
SimplyJenW

Safe travels!

Indigobloom

Sooooo good! but I am tempted to try the grape- every I ask, they are out of the juice, makes me wonder if it’s that good, to keep it out of stock all the time!

Indigobloom

and have a great trip!!!

Daddyselephant

Yeah, the grape was very tempting, but I was in a watermelony mood. They’re running some kind of promotion, get six stamps on a certain card and you get prizes or whatever. He tried to give us the special card, but the promotion ends on 8/15. We’re coming back on 8/14 XD

Daddyselephant

Also, 6.5 hours GAH I SHOULD BE ASLEEP. Thanks for the good wishes.

Indigobloom

*time… I need to read before hitting post…
I almost got that one to! but I usually end up going with the Osmanthus so can’t really participate. Oh well! It’s so expensive, I rarely go anymore (compare to 3x per week back in the day!)
Eeeeeek, get some Zzzzs!!

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Formerly aisling of tea, now you can call me ele .

“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!

New label as of May, 2015: Diabetic. I’m using tea to satisfy my sweet tooth cravings and keep me hydrated without hurting my system or messing with my blood sugar.

Ah, tea. My love for you is ever changing. At my last update, I was all about the rooibos and now I hardly drink it. I only occasionally had an oolong and now I have one just about every day. I’ve learned the art of resteeping and coldbrewing and kombucha. I have a lovely little tea pet named…well, I haven’t decided on a name for him yet. I also have five! live pets, a tabby cat named Rosabella Francis (Bella for short), a ginger cat named Orange Julius Pekoe (Pekoe), a white and grey cat named Earl Jean Grey (Earlie), a tuxedo cat (and the only boy in the house) Prince Erik Darien Darjeeling (JiJi) and a red foot tortoise named Da Hong Pao (Pao). So if you see me referring to my girls, I don’t have kids, just animals.

As for tea, I love oolongs, herbals, and black tea. Since I am no longer working, I no longer feel the constant need for a mate energy boost, though I do still reach for it from time to time. I also drink less matcha, though I do throw a spoonful or two in when I’m making smoothies. Most of my tea I drink coldbrewed, and since I discovered coldbrewed rooibos was giving me headaches, I’m drinking less and less of it. Straight pu-erh is not a thing I enjoy, but there are a few flavored blends I like. Greens are still too finicky for me to bother with hot, but they make great cold brews.

I am by no means a tea purist. I greatly enjoy flavored teas and I put stevia in all of my teas. It’s just how I do.

I think I’m going to name my tea pet Mr. Turtle. Even though he’s a tortoise.

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