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I’m pretty sure drinking an old Darjeeling is a dumb thing to do. I thought I got these recently until I realized a) March was last month and b) it’s not 2012.

Oops. I drank another one before and it was alright but not my favorite harvest. Autumnal is second fave, so hopefully this goes better.

It does not taste a thing like my previous note. I get the impression it was average and nothing I really cared for. This time around… It’s SO sweet. Like nut brittle.

It’s also really good cold now, I thought it was going to taste terrible or turn bitter but I guess I did a decent job on protecting this one.

Also I am so excited because being an awesome person on yelp means I am going to the Ritz Carlton tomorrow! Super fancy, one day I would so love to do afternoon tea there.
Also their website gave me that feeling where you’re like wow I want to have a wedding. They have passionfruit filling for cakes! A dark chocolate cake with passionfruit filling, all of a sudden I’m like oh my god I want a wedding cake.

TheTeaFairy

Momo, as a girly girl, can’t help asking: what are you going to wear?
Oh, and you MUST do tea & cucumber sandwiches on an afternoon at the Ritz someday! I did once, many years ago at the Montreal Ritz, was dating a rich kid back then, LOL! Super snob and way too fancy for me, but it was fun to try :-)

momo

It is a patio party, so I am wearing this red sundress and I thought I had white wedges but I kind of destroyed them last fall :( So now I am going to wear some black high heeled sandals.

I’ve done a couple cheap high teas with a friend, and I still so badly want some all out ridiculous fancy afternoon tea. Like looking at the tea options, I am not impressed but that does not stop me! There’s another fancy hotel nearby but I can’t remember what it’s called so it is between the two of them for whatever day this actually happens.

momo

Actually after looking at that one and Four Seasons, nope, it has to be the Ritz.

CHAroma

Oooh, have fun!! I really enjoyed reading this note. :)

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OHMYGODbestestnight

So I wrote the above last night then left it because I don’t know. I drank the tea and then I wanted to roll around on the floor but I did not have enough space to do that but I wanted to. That was partially this tea and partially my favorite hockey team winning their division (which doesn’t matter, we are snobs who do not need silly division banners).

And then what makes me laugh even more is that Ysaurella found I logged it and is probably waiting to see what I have to say already!

So shmiracles being fantastic sent me some of the teas she picked up in Europe and AHHH this one, ahhh. A couple weeks ago I discovered the entire Héritage Gourmand collection on the MF site and I wanted them ALL. If I get to France next summer, that is most definitely happening now.

I had to try this one first, it’s just a fact. It smells amazing. It doesn’t smell as sweet as a macaron, but it has that same sweet almond smell. And it tastes so good! I don’t think it has the same macaron flavors as the Dammann Frères macaron tea (which has a green base not black), but I mean, I am drinking and enjoying a tea that is heavily almond. And tastes like a cookie at that, well, I do like almond cookies, but I have never had success w/teas flavored like them.

UNTIL NOW!

Oh I am in love I cannot wait to try the chocolate mousse one too, this means the one left that I really REALLY REALLY want is the financier one.

I told my boyfriend the other day that I need to buy a lottery ticket, I have never bought one. I really meant like the scratch off kind but this turned into me with $110 million and how I’d have to change my name and move to another state (Georgia does not allow you to claim anonymously). I was just like I can move to France. I’d send all of you my teas first.

Then I’d get there and buy all these. The end.

Ysaurella

of course as you love Macarons so you’re going to drink Macarons ;)
I’m looking forward to read your review on this one – I have always hesitated to buy it (more expensive tins than the otehr MF – and only available in tins)
They have in the same collection a tea flavoured with madeleine, another with mousse au chocolat, one with a financier cake, cannelé, tarte tatin…MF wants us to get 50 kg more just by reading their tea names :D

Shmiracles

i have macaron and chocolate mousse and i’m tempted to buy all the others goddamnit! oh noes. Mariage Freres is officially my frenemy.

momo

I want them all too :x One night I went through their entire website adding everything I wanted to the cart. It ended up being 400 euros…

Those teas in the glass jars too, I want them. Of course they’re more expensive that way but so pretty!

Ysaurella

yes I see the glass jars ! very beautiful.
But MF is annoying because sometimes when you buy a tea in tin, you just want to refill it…but it’s not possible for this collection, neither for the lily’s series etc…35% of the tin collections are not available in loose leaf ! It was my complaint ! I am French, I need to stick to our moaning reputation :D

Sil

omg…mousse au chocolat!?

momo

That is a complaint I have too! I guess they want those teas to be more “exclusive,” but at the same time I don’t think I would want to buy something and have to get another tin if I already have it, even if I had an infinite amount of money for tea.

whatshesaid

Sounds delicious! Going to France is my dream too, especially now that I’m in love with tea!!

whatshesaid

I wish so much that MF had a reasonable shipping cost. Sigh. I guess if a bunch of people went in together on a huge order it would be doable.

Sil

whatshesaid…so i totally just emailed my parents who are currently IN PARIS! and added the mousse au chocolat to my list of teas i’ve asked them to pick up haha I’ve got 2 blacks and marco polo in my cupboard from my mom’s last trip to london but there are about 5-6 teas i asked them to bring back IF they get time. If i get anything from them, i’ll be happy to share since i’ll have likely 100g of each.

whatshesaid

LUCKY Sil!!! I love the MF teas I’ve tried so far but that makes me sad because I know they’re so far out of my reach, lol

Schmiracles, meeeeee!! :)

whatshesaid

Just saw Ysaurella’s comment above, Madeleine tea? Ugh! Want!

Shmiracles

If anyone wants to try these I’d be happy to send some! Chat me up.

CHAroma

I stumbled across a bunch of Mariage Freres teas in Bergdorf Goodman in NYC. I’m not sure if that’s more accessible for any of you, but I thought it was pretty cool to find MF outside of France.

Sil

Oh god shmiracles…. Incoming pm lol

Charoma – not accessible to me, but ill check it out if I visit New York like I’m supposed to eventually heh

Ysaurella

well : Dear Canadian cousins and American Friends why don’t you post on Mariage Frères FB page to ask where they have partnerships near your home ? Few months ago, a I saw a post of a californian woman who requested and they found a shop selling MF teas in her neighborghood…it may be true for you too !

Sil

Ysaurella – usually it’s the standard regular teas that are carried, not that it’s a bad thing. I just want an excuse to go to France and spend the day in the shop buying teas! :)

Ysaurella

for information, when I send an envelope of 250 gr of tea to the USA or Canada or wherever in the world (Asia) it costs me 6.50 € maximum (without tracking) _ how much MF requests for sending costs ?

Ysaurella

come come Sil and Amanda ! I have a lot of addresses to share with you :)

momo

It’s 25€ :( They ship UPS only

Sil

Ysaurella – maybe we can figure out a way to split purchases some day. :)

Dinosara

Shmiracles – incoming PM from me as well! I am going to Paris in July and would love to try this one before I go so I can know if I need to get a tin! It sounds awesome!

Ysaurella

No probs Sil, PM to tell me which you would like to buy and I’ll see if they are in my list :) – My shopping list is updated if you want to check

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drank Champagne Rosé by Lupicia
1195 tasting notes

omg has it really been since last June that I tried this one?!? I know I’ve had it since then…because I know for a fact I love it.

I bought myself a celebratory growler of Woodchuck’s summer cider (which to me is tasting like iced tea right now) but I needed to get in at least one cup of tea today, so I figured the celebratory theme could continue, and what’s better than champagne?

I didn’t realize this was more of a strawberry champagne than really resembling rosé grape taste but that’s ok. Well, I guess in the past I realized it, but today it just seemed more strawberry.

I hope next year at some point I have the free use of funds to make a Lupicia order. I would prefer to have far less tea at that time because I’m pretty sure I want to spend $100 if not more there. Haha.

Oh I forgot I have no idea if I mentioned my garden at all. I kind of killed the seedlings by transplanting them so I had to buy some bigger plants, which is okay. Less work. https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/431858_4888351455633_364197505_n.jpg I have cherry tomatoes and an heirloom tomato in front there. Then there are 3 seedlings that are either cucumber or squash, I honestly have no clue. Behind them, I planted habanero seeds so I hope they work and a strawberry plant. Then moss roses, followed by the empty space where broccoli is planted. Then there’s 3 more pepper plants: purple bell, red bell, and jalapeno, and at the very back is a watermelon plant! It’s an icebox style so once it starts growing more I’m going to tie it to a trellis to grow vertically.

momo

Ok I think I have come to the conclusion it’s cucumber, because the seeds are smaller, and what I assume to be squash has way bigger leaves. I have no idea if that’s right but I’m going to eventually move one of those over so both will be there anyway haha

Tabby

Your peppers are looking great!

Novi

Is that a community plot, ore are all of those beds yours? Because I might have to be stunningly jealous of you.

momo

It’s a community garden! Just the one for me, haha. When I was there picking it, I think I heard someone say they split one with a neighbor. I was just like HOW I want more than just this one myself!

Novi

I agree with that! Because at this point, I have (for my family) 13 tomato plants set for my backyard. It makes me sad that I had to stop at 13 in order to have room for my other plants!

momo

13!!! Wow I am jealous of the space you must have! I was giving someone advice on what to plant on a big patio they had and they didn’t want to fill it up with plants. I was like HOW CAN YOU NOT WANT THAT.

I can’t wait to have the bell peppers. I hate how much they cost and they should do really well here.

Chelle

I love cider too! Been drinking Angry Orchard with elderflower limited edition.

momo

Ooh that sounds good! The summer cider has a bit of blueberry and I am loving it. Have you ever had one of Crispin’s with maple syrup in it? It is so awesome. Last time I got a bottle I got a free glass of theirs and it is the prettiest glass I own, I can’t even bring myself to use it.

Chelle

I have had a few Crispin but not maple syrup. You add the syrup or do the offer one with maple? Sounds yummy.

momo

It’s made with maple syrup. I forget what name they gave it, but it has a red label.

Mercuryhime

Oooh watermelon! I love gardening! I never have to buy veggies in the warmer months because both my parents and my in laws have large gardens. I wish I had my own plot of land to tend to though.
Are you going to throw in any herbs there? It’s a little crazy how much a handful of basil can cost.

Nicole

That is a garden setup of which I am mighty envious. My yard doesn’t get enough sun for me to be able to do any kind of garden. I really want to do raised beds and I really, really want fresh herbs. All the shade is awesome to be in the yard with but I wish there were a few sunny spots. :)

Mercuryhime

Nicole, have you tried any of the plants listed here?
http://www.oregonlive.com/hg/index.ssf/2009/07/shade_edibles_you_can_grow.html
If anything, mint seems to thrive anywhere so maybe give that a try to start with. :)

momo

Also some things can grow with as little as 3 hours of sun a day. And if you can’t even provide that, you may still get them to grow, they’ll just be a bit smaller.

CHAroma

I like gardening in video games (Harvest Moon FTW!) but I kill everything in real life. Good luck with your garden!!

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I shook this up in a cocktail shaker with milk and agave and counted to 100 and created a matcha latte where half my glass was foam. It was lovely. I really need to get back to drinking my matchas up so I can try moooooore. The whole 50% off a review thing is still on right? I should do that. I’m sure there’s a couple around here I didn’t review yet.

I could use a bit more chocolate to this one, though that’s easily solved with the straight chocolate matcha I have.

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This is another one of those things I have been holding on to forever, but I wanted something robust and tasty to have at midnight so I didn’t fall asleep on my paper. Surprisingly this was REALLY good despite being old and in a zippered plastic bag.

So. Much. Caramel. Very malty too but in that ice cream malt kind of way. I noticed Whole Foods has some Stephen Smith tea, but in sachets, but I think I may have to try more anyway and that’s an easy way!

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
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Collaspes on your Steepster dashboard.

As you can see from my lack of notes I have been part of an assassination plot known as an 8 page paper + test one day followed by a 38 question take home final, homework, and another test the next day. I have lived, I am not sure if my grades did. (Who am I kidding they’re probably all on life support anyway but at this point I just strive to meet the grades that make the class count.)

BUT I am now done with 1/2 my semester and I don’t think I even have to go to school tomorrow and I have one class entirely left and then a week to study for micro. And then after that test I get a week off before I’m taking environmental econ. I hope I don’t need to repeat any classes but I might have to repeat one. Which sucks but ugh this semester.

So now I can finally log my teas from the past couple of days starting with Cookie, which helped me write my paper. I got this from Azzrian forever ago and I was messing w/my teas last week and realized how many things I’ve gotten from people and held onto for ages and haven’t tried, so I’m attempting to do that over new things. I’m gonna try not to open packages now and get through these old ones.

I was pretty sure I was going to have to go grab milk and sugar to make this tasty, since it’s CTC and old. But it turned out just fine and was tasty. The flavor was more like a tea biscuit rather than a cookie, but better than your average biscuit…this has caramel.

I have enough left to give it a shot a bit stronger, I’d be curious to try it that way with milk and sugar. Just didn’t want to this particular day.

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drank Buchi Water by Buchi
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The worst thing happened last week. The tap for this flavor was busted and then to really make it annoying, they left it like it was normal. So last Friday I think it was, I stood there waiting for this girl to stop messing with coffee beans and pour me a cup and it’s, oh it’s broken.

MEH.

So I finally got some this Saturday, in a 32 oz growler!!! Just what I need. So really that’s been the only tea I’ve been drinking because I can’t be bothered right now. This paper is ruining my life and I still have 3 pages to write.

This is still the best tasting one to me. I just like that it is fruity and kind of minty, and just the right amount of tart. It kind of catches my taste buds sometimes and tastes a little too tart but that’s okay.

Shmiracles

i absolutely LOVE getting growlers of Kombucha!! and i hope to get one today.
good luck on your paper!!

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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blahblah tl;dr
So…I completely failed at donating blood, and was given a reminder as to why I haven’t tried in years. I should have known there was going to be a problem when I woke up in a panic half an hour after I went to bed. I just get my heart racing so fast, and apparently they all have a 3 tries policy…but they wouldn’t give me enough time to calm myself down. It was incredibly rude too because NOBODY else was there and I’m trying to donate double red blood cells from my O- blood. Like SERIOUSLY give me a chance.
So instead I got to feel bad because I wanted to donate SO BADLY, and then I was made to feel like there’s something wrong with me, and I drove in the most ridiculous rain I’ve dealt with in the longest time to be able to do nothing for people.

And instead of going home to sulk in bed, which was my plan, since I drove past the mall I ended up in Sephora and spent $90. I can’t get over a stupid brush being $32 but whatever, hopefully I’ll never need one again.

So even now, it’s been like 5 hours since I left and I’m all pretty, and I’m still really angry. I just have no idea what I’m supposed to do cause “just calm down” is the least helpful thing you could tell someone?? Yeah.

So I avoided drinking actual tea for a couple days, getting caffeine withdrawal headaches, for no reason and now I don’t even want it.

I guess if I can bring myself to try again I’m not going back to them.

Okay finally this tea. It is comforting, all I wanted was something minty and sweet.

I’m glad when I kept repeatedly ordering from Davids they kept giving me samples of this, so I have enough for the time being.

It’s such a refreshing, awesome mix. The apple kind of ends up tasting like apple instead of just being sweet, but it actually does work with coconut and mint (though I think apple would be good w/either by itself, altogether can seem a bit worrying).

And it’s even so good cold! I might actually like it better cold.

And maybe eventually I will feel better. I’m going to plant stuff in my garden plot tomorrow so there’s that.

tattooed_tea

I won’t even attempt to donate blood, because my nerves & anxiety get the best of me. And I’m also O-. I was the recipient of a blood transfusion last April & eternaly grateful.
At least you tried. There are people who don’t have the anxiety around it & won’t donate.

Novi

Been there, sort of… had a panic attack when my old dentist was trying to novocaine me, and instead of waiting for my lips to stop shaking, he stuck the needle in my bottom lip and numbed my face. Haven’t been back since, and I agree that if that particular place didn’t suit you, but you still want to donate, try somewhere else. Because a bad experience in a place like that won’t go away in your mind, and you’ll likely feel just as anxious there next time.

Gardening always helps, doesn’t it? Jealous that you can start already.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Sorry to hear you had a bad experience. With donating blood, the staff really does make a difference. Hopefully if you try again, you can find a place with a more supportive staff. I really need to schedule my next platelet donation for after I finish my next running race.

Oh and the tea sounds yummy! :-)

Terri HarpLady

Me & 3 of my 4 kids are O-. The boys donate blood regularly. I haven’t for awhile, as every time I did I passed out half way through the process. Not because of nervousness or anything like that, I actually find most medical procedures fascinating to watch. I also have trouble giving blood because my veins are hard to hit, so I end up leaving as a pincushion every time.

momo

Thank you guys. I thought the first girl was nice then I guess she really didn’t want to bother with me and handed me over to someone else and just ugh. I don’t think the right thing to tell someone with anxiety is “it’s mental.” Preeeeetty sure we know that. So I think when/if I try again I’ll go to the Red Cross instead.

I’m hoping everything I have outside right now is going to be fine, it just randomly got cold!

Indigobloom

Where did you go? I didn’t know there were places besides the red cross where you could donate.
I take Rescue Remedy for situations like that. Had to have some yesterday actually.

momo

Different areas have other donation centers, the one I went to is like AL/GA/FL but only around Atlanta in GA, kind of weird. Up where my parents live the Red Cross chapter doesn’t even do blood donations.

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So of course this is the other one I had yesterday, like a quart of it. I actually kind of room temperature steeped it, and it worked out. I drank the green rooibos in the meantime and by the time I was ready for this one, it was almost just like how I normally steep it. This way probably makes me use less tea. I realized yesterday at max I can make 1 1/2 gallons of iced tea from 2 oz of this tea, so it’s kind of a pricey thing to use too often especially compared to how cheap one can get green rooibos.

I think though room temp or cold steeping is probably the best way to go so I don’t use as much. I also typically like to make this one so that it’s like juice. It works quite well too when not made so heavy handed.

I still have 3 more bags so hopefully that’ll last me through the summer.

Nicole

That looks like something that should be eaten, not steeped! :) Looks yummy.

momo

Haha yes, I’ve thought about eating it but it tastes so good steeped I don’t want to!

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drank Green Rooibos by Georgia Tea Company
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Ahhh I missed having this. I tried it flash chilled yesterday instead.

I’m going to give blood tomorrow so I’m trying not to overdo it on tea, just drinking fruit ones and this so that I’m full of hemoglobin and super hydrated. I’m excited because I really want to give double red blood cells being O- and I’m just hoping I don’t freak out. My problem is the blood pressure sleeve…see, when people repeatedly use that thing on you and have issues with it working, it becomes a source of anxiety. Like in my mind the next thing that will happen is it becomes stuck while squeezing my arm. I think I can get past the whole needle in the arm thing just fine, that dumb sleeve is holding me up.

So anyway if you have not had plain green rooibos, especially as iced tea, you are missing out. I’d never drink red rooibos by itself. No way. I think it tasted better when I cold brewed it, and generally rooibos does taste better to me if you just make it and cool it off. So double strength poured over ice was going to be the least desired method but I wanted tea now!

It wasn’t so bad actually, the dominant flavor is most definitely honey. And it’s just a sort of crisp, slightly sweet drink. And supposedly good for hydration. We’ll see. I’ve been having a headache since last night which makes no sense.

Now I think I’ll make some more, but this time let it cool off on its own, and go find some of my other green rooibos blends to try out iced.

Lala

Just want to say its super awesome that you donate blood, especially being O-.

momo

Thank you, I haven’t done it in a long time because I get anxious so easily, but this past week has really given me a good atmosphere in my head so to speak about why I should just move past that and help people out as best I can, it just happens to be through blood. And every day there are definitely people who it could help, weird things to be bothered by can take a seat.

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