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drank Exotica by DAVIDsTEA
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Trying to go through and drink things marked as one cup left in my spreadsheets of tea.
Yeah plural.

I know lemongrass is supposed to be good for like anti-bacterial purposes and what not, so maybe it’ll help my sinuses. Cause the weather sure as heck isn’t going to help me out any time in the next week.

I’m not as blown away by this as I was before but with the stuff going on, it doesn’t surprise me. Still definitely can note that it’s both sweet and spicy but I don’t think it’s really something I want to buy and drink regularly.

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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What exactly is Steepster’s formula for a) deciding which of your tasting notes to display first and b) where they are on a page? I had to get through half the 260+ notes to find my bunch and for some reason like the oldest one (least amount of likes on it too, I always thought it was organized by likes/comments) comes up first. The rest are not in chronological order either, the next one in that order is the last one! I don’t get it.

Anyway I decided to have a pot of this and I steeped it for a shorter time than usual and I think I like it more that way. Everything comes off as a lighter flavor and everything blends in well with the black tea. I kind of think it tastes a lot like candy if there was ever a nice, delicate fruity and floral candy.

Still has a nice black tea to support the flavors, I would keep this as a staple, for sure.

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drank Afternoon Tea by Lupicia
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I would be the one to get sinusitis in a year of bad flu. Hah. I should have realized it weeks ago probably. So lots more tea it is.

I knew I was going to like this, Assam and Darjeeling blends are quite possibly even better than an Assam or Darjeeling by itself. So I made an entire teapot full.

As it’s sat in there though it’s lost some of the super sweetness it had at first, but that’s okay.

While it’s nothing REALLY special, it’s nice. The strongest thing I can taste past the maltiness coming from the Assam is honey. And it is tasty. Also very helpful for getting out the nasty taste of nasal spray (did they really think putting fake sweeteners in there helps? BLEH).

Honestly if I didn’t want a kick, I don’t think this is really afternoonish. I’d drink it more in the morning. But I also prefer a more rounded blend of black teas. Speaking of which I am still SUPER tempted by that Rue La La Harney deal because I would spend it entirely on black tea blends.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Canadian Dream | Maple Tea by Tealux
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I am not even kidding when I say this tea got a song in my head…and so then it was obviously changed to…you make me feel like I’m living a Canadian dream~

Nope. Honestly can’t even think of a Canadian beyond Ryan Gosling for this to apply to (says the person who is obsessed with hockey, all my favorites are American, oops JUST KIDDING I found one: http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m0sj8jJSO21qe46u5o1_500.gif how could I forget when he stared me down last February. Sigh. Now on a different team. Cries.) Also find it funny that the description says New England maple syrup.

I still have yet to find a maple tea I really like. This one is okay, definitely smells of maple syrup but I am starting to feel like maybe it just doesn’t translate well for me with black tea? Not that it could really go with any other tea but at least this one is definitely drinkable to me. I guess I could always up the maple syrup.

Thanks, Itachi!

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Funny, first time I drank this I complained about it with boiling water, and I used boiling water again and definitely oversteeped it, and loved it. I loved a first flush! I had to go back and also double check it was a first flush, haha.

This is basically a hockey backlog and I don’t even remember the tea well now…just that it seemed a bit heavier than most first flushes. Or maybe age is good for it for my tastes? Ha.

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drank Raspberry Banana Honeybush by 52teas
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Ok I got distracted because I had to make this hummus: http://www.cookincanuck.com/2012/11/creamy-curry-hummus-recipe-healthy-snack/ Hummus is way too terrifyingly easy to make especially now that I know I can get a jar of tahini for a more reasonable $6. (This one does not include any tahini which is why I like it.)

Still lukewarm, this is great. Mostly banana, still enough raspberry. I actually think I may like it better cold, I’ll have to give it a try. It seems like as it cools off, it gets creamier.

All around it’s a nice sweet drink.

CrowKettle

Looks delicious! I should learn how to make my own hummus- I eat enough of it

momo

Yes! It’s so easy, the most expensive thing you’ll need is tahini but there are plenty of recipes that don’t use it, though it’s probably a good thing for a more authentic hummus. Just a can of chickpeas, some olive oil, whatever spices and throw it all in a food processor!

Kittenna

My favorite hummus recipe is a Weight Watchers one that uses plain yogurt, chickpeas, olive oil/lemon/spices as usual. Tahini optional, but I never use it. It’s so good!

CrowKettle

That sounds amazing! I hadn’t realized that hummus was such an easy and cheap recipe. :)

tigress_al

Kittenna, what proportions do you use for this? I would like to try this! If you get a chance, can you post or pm me the recipe?

Kittenna

I’ll PM it to you so as not to be too spammy here :)

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drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
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Another one from last night, this is most excellent.

Sebastian is now chatting his little beak off and omg it’s so cute, I guess he’s trying to sing along to Adele.

Ok, this is pretty light, kind of floral, and deliciously pineapple. It’s not strong at all though, I’d take Butiki’s Flowery Pineapple over it (still have DavidsTea’s to try). It only appears at the end but it tastes so good anyway, I just wish there was a bit more.

The oolong is nice though. It does have a bit of that milk oolong smell to it, very orchidy too.

I’d like to try it iced when it’s not being 39 outside.

Hesper June

Maybe he smells the pineapples and it makes him long for the tropics:)
This tea sounds tasty and perfect for bringing a bit of warm beachy-ness to the middle of winter.

Lynxiebrat

LOL…it’s about 10 degrees here, so would love it if it were 39 degrees here.

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drank Caramel Cheesecake Black Tea by 52teas
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Really not in a good mood at all…this is from last night as Steepster was not working. Missed my alarm because my phone’s charger port area is messed up and I only now found out it is common on this phone, it’s 2 months out of warranty so if I want something I can trust to charge, I am on my own. It’s definitely not the battery because it holds the charge just fine when I can get one, I am almost tempted to say it’s the cord and get a new one of those first because I tried my car charger and it was fine. Ugh so I’ve been so upset/irritated/annoyed I can’t even be bothered.

Otherwise I just packed up a $92 textbook for Amazon credit and a warehouse deal phone it is.

And then there’s the fact I still don’t have my loan refund from my school. Supposedly they release the funds today but I would REALLY like to have my money already. Nothing like paying interest yourself on money that gets held hostage.

Ok tea.
I still can’t really taste cheesecake in here. Definitely get caramel though.

Guess I’ll try some agave in it next time.

Novi

Momo, I have a TMobile Mytouch Q and have gone through two faulty cords in less than a year. Since chargers can be so inexpensive, and you can get your car charger to work, do try the new cord first?

Hesper June

I hope your day gets better!

momo

I am, my boyfriend now tells me that he has lots of chargers…this has been going on since Thursday and I had told him that day it was being a monster. Getting away from it for about an hour was nice, I do feel better now!

CHAroma

Having a phone that doesn’t work right really does bring down your day. I hope you’re able to fix it soon. *Hugs!

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drank Gingerbread Chai by 52teas
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Stovetop preparation: 6 oz water, 6 oz milk, 2 tsp tea, a spoonful of honey.

I am tempted to take the cardamom out of here to use on my sweet potatoes later. I went to the store and found they want $11 for a jar of cardamom LOL Instead I’m gonna do curry powder. Anyway, yeah, I just realized I should have gone to the Penzey’s up the street.
Derp.

I almost feel like I put too much honey in here. But that’s okay, it definitely tastes like a gingerbread cookie!

I used to hate getting 52teas Chais because I never really understood how to make it right…stovetop is the way.

Thanks JoonSusanna!

Terri HarpLady

I love sweet potatoes! I eat mine with a heavy dusting (way too heavy to be called a dusting, actually) of cinnamon. I eat one almost every day! Sometimes 2…

DaisyChubb

I just bought 3 sweet potatoes today and have no idea how to cook them! Any tips/recipes from you ladies? Stovetop? Baked?

momo

The recipe for the soup starts out with baking chunks of sweet potato for 20 minutes in a 400 degree oven, I think if you kept them whole it’d be double the time. I’m going to use this for the next round of sweet potatoes I get from my box too and make lettuce wraps. I think 20 minutes is also a good bit of time for boiling them on the stove.

DaisyChubb

Jealous of your box – all the CSAs in the area here are filled up – not taking any new custies! :B
Thank you! mmm sweet potato soup!

momo

Awww booo. This one is with a farm based in Alabama, but most of their drop offs are in Atlanta and one is just down the street which is PERFECT. They get stuff from farms in a couple other states too which I am thankful for BECAUSE ORANGES.

ashmanra

“…I just realized I should have gone to the Penzey’s up the street.” This made me weep. I have to drive a hour and a half to get to Penzey’s! You lucky duck!

momo

The worst part is I always forget it’s there, but I think I’ve subconsciously done so in order to not buy the entire store. It’s in a shopping center of wallet drainers too.

Janefan

I am going to have to try this chai this way! I just made “turmeric milk” last week – a spice, honey, and rice milk mixture that’s good for sore throats/earaches. Really, that was no different than making stovetop chai I think (except the lack of tea!).

JoonSusanna

Yay! Glad you liked it!

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drank Holiday Cheer by Della Terra Teas
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Writing this from a cup last night! For some reason I was craving something like this and I figured I should try it.

It was right before bed and so I really didn’t want to sweeten it, but I should have. As it cooled the hibiscus and cranberry both did a good job of tarting it up.

It reminds me of spiced wine. I’ve never had spiced wine but I imagine it to taste like this. Maybe a spiced punch makes more sense?

Anyway it’s mostly tart, with notes of spices and I want to try it iced. Or steeped in cider.

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