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Having such a lazy day today. Bleh. I had wanted to go see Les Miserables by myself but after crying at Doctor Who earlier in the day I did not want more of that. Also lazy. Although how lazy can you be while learning French. Je bois du thé et je mange du pain au fromage.

Thanks again to Kittenna for a sample of this, although I got a bit of a packet of this too now so yay. I quite like it.

The bag makes it sound like it is going to be more like a chai, which had me worried, but it indeed is snickerdoodle cookies.

I only discovered snickerdoodles a couple years ago, so of course I had to make them. My boyfriend LOVES cinnamon, so they were a hit. I even had to make them for him to take into work once. This tea is just like them, a bit of vanilla, a bit of cinnamon sugar, and the black tea does do a pretty excellent job of being reminiscent of baked cookies.

Sil

nous pouvons toujours parler en francais si ca vous aide :)

momo

I only got started 2 or 3 days ago in an actual serious spending time on this fashion so that will definitely be useful soon, as this is not too difficult….just slightly more evil than Latin.

Lauren

Oh man. I definitely relate to crying at Doctor Who. Which episode?

momo

The Doctor’s Daughter but I mean really when are you not at least tearing up, ugh.

Cavocorax

I remember watching Doomsday on my laptop with the headphones on and BAWLING MY EYES OUT. My bf looks over and immediately thought something terrible was wrong.

It was, but… it was also only DW. :P <3

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drank Caramel Apple Honeybush by 52teas
1195 tasting notes

Tea from last night! I got distracted while drinking it. I’m learning French through Duolingo and once you complete a section it has all these crazy timed sessions and the tea got cold.

It is definitely still one of my favorite honeybush blends. It’s almost like a caramel apple cider but tea instead! Tastes exactly like caramel apples. Nothing much else to add.

Looking at my old note, I still have a bottle of that caramel apple ale. I need to toss that.

canadianadia

oooh caramel apple tea! If Frank re-blends this I’ll be all over it like white on rice

Azzrian

I would be all over it too if it were not honeybush.

Cavocorax

I haven’t heard of duolino. Totally checking it out. I made it to intermediate french in college 9 years ago, then forgot everything. I tried learning Spanish through Rosetta Stone and livemocha but I stalled out. Maybe I should try again! I just want to read/ write another language! I’m not so much worried about speaking and understanding, although that would be great too.

Azzrian

Does Duolino cost much? I can’t afford Rosetta Stone.

momo

It costs absolutely nothing! They make their money by providing translations elsewhere or something like that. They have French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Portuguese I believe. I like the set up a lot, I hated Rosetta Stone when I tried it. Livemocha is okay, but something about this makes me want to keep on learning. Probably the owl.

Cavocorax

I did it! I’m learning Spanish! :D

Azzrian

WOO HOOO awesome thank you so much! I wish they taught Mandarin but hey Ill try one of those!

Indigobloom

Free? wow I need to try! Wonder if they have an android app

Cavocorax

They don’t – I looked into that right away, but THEY DID just hire an android developer and they plan to have one soon.

Indigobloom

sweet!! thx! :D

Azzrian

I played with it last night. I only could get up to level 2 in French and had a really hard time but sailed through 3 levels in German – I don’t care to learn German but it seems I am pretty good at it. lol go figure.

Cavocorax

If anyone wants to add me (so we can compare points and maybe keep each other going), I’m cavocorax there too.

Momo – we’ve totally HIJACKED your tea post. :P But thanks for letting us know about the site.

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drank Cacao Mint Black by Teavana
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Want to make this actually taste like chocolate? Add a teaspoon of hot cocoa mix. Awww yeah.

You don’t lose out on the mint either, but I bet a mint hot cocoa mix would be even better! Sadly I only have the mini marshmallow kind or salted caramel kind right now, so mini marshmallows it was!

Claire

This is my brother-in-law’s favorite tea – I think I need to tell him about the hot cocoa tip ASAP!

Cavocorax

Oh. Wow. That’s a fantastic idea!!! I’m sick of weak chocolately tea blends, but.. why not do that? :O

Becky

That sounds really tasty. I do a similar thing for my husband with an apple tea plus half a packet of that powdered apple cider mix, but your idea is way better because chocolate.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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another attempt at just entertaining myself using Teavana blends:
(3 tsp of Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate + 2 tsp of Blackberry Mojito + a mug full of 175* water) x 2 min = something that most definitely needs to be poured over ice (and then saved for cold steeping).

I like Raspberry Riot because it’s like caffeinated juice and I could go for that right now. Then I thought, well, I have all this Blackberry Mojito that I like by itself, what if I had a bit of mint to the mate?

I’d actually not steep them together in the future because I prefer the mate steeped a long time and obviously I don’t want to steep a green tea more than a couple minutes. So I’m not sure if this will really be like caffeinated juice today (although that’s why I went with 3 tsp), but I do taste both the raspberry and the lemon. Blackberry not so much, but the mint is definitely there.

Also this makes it way too hibiscusy. I can stand both of these teas on their own without thinking they’re too bad, but this one…yikes.

I tried.

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drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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It’s been so long since I’ve had matcha. I feel silly.

Now of course this has probably aged, though I’ve been keeping it all in the fridge. But I think the problem more is that I have forgotten the parameters I liked. So really I think I made this too light, because it smells like cheesecake in the tin, and this sure tastes like matcha.

I also realized I don’t have milk of some sort so I probably went too heavy on the coconut milk creamer. Oh well. It’s the matcha part that counts right? I don’t want this stupid flu that so many people have.

I need to get back into the reviewing for more matcha thing, I am in desperate need for some of the other flavors but first I should finish off what I have :)

Sil

I’m with you there sista! Trying to get through some of the flavours i have so that i can order more!

JazzyB

Matcha can prevent the flu, or did I take the wrong thing away from that?

momo

I doubt it would prevent it if you’ve already been exposed, just that if you’re regularly getting the right vitamins and antioxidants it might help keep you from getting sick during the season.

JazzyB

Cool! I’m going to have to try some sometime.

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drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
1195 tasting notes

Hoooooly cow.

This tea smelled so good before I even drank it that while signing up for a fantasy hockey league (OH MY GOD FINALLY!!!! still), I decided to name my team Golden Monkeys.

It’s like an amazing cake. I don’t even know what to say but I am wondering why I took so long to try this out!

It’s so sweet, definitely like honey. I honestly wish I knew what sweet potatoes tasted like on their own…it’s been so long since I’ve not had any that tasted purely of orange juice in a casserole type dish. May have to fix that myself. Anyway, I’m sure that flavor is in here too. It’s also malty, and it does remind me a bit of red wine.

I have to say….if I finish off my two sample packets I would have to buy 100g…

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Today is not going my way right now. I was doing a nail polish inventory and discovered my favorite polish has dried up! But on the plus side, there is a polish that looks JUST like it that’s only $2! So I’m going to go try to find it tomorrow. And then I wanted to make pretzel bites, but I don’t have enough flour! (now I could make cheese sauce..muahahaha)

And then this tea. I bought a tin of this thinking I’d give it to my friend for her birthday. Of course, she bought it for herself on Black Friday too. Thankfully I too am a Sagittarius so I was just like alright, keeping it. She ended up giving me a sample of it, so this is from that sample.

Not a fan as of right now, I think I need to add milk to it. It’s just WAY too floral, and there is absolutely no raspberry or vanilla. I doubt there would ever be raspberry if it’s just the pieces in the tea, so it’s pretty much over the top earl grey.

Trying it cooled off now and it’s far more subdued, maybe I can taste vanilla. It does seem far creamier now, but there is still no raspberry. I do not find this tea to represent me as a Sagittarius at this time.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Tamm

I’m a Sagittarius too and I really don’t like earl grey, so this won’t be one I’m interested in.

Helena

I’m a Sagittarius too!! ;)I was also born in the year of the Tiger :D

Tamm

:O I’m a tiger too!

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Well I wish I had known this would be so smoky. In the bag it smelled kind of spicy, which was exciting because it is a Szechuan grown tea, so now I’m imagining everything grows into spiciness.

It tastes great at first, it’s the mellow taste that got me in the description on Upton, but then it gets smoky and to me it doesn’t match the rest of the tea, and so it’s kind of gross. It’s not like lapsang smoky but it’s enough to make me surrender drinking after three sips.

TeaBrat

If you want to swap for the remainder of it, let me know. I’d be interested in trying it.

momo

Definitely, I’ll send you a PM later!

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Today I went a bit paint crazy. I loaded up on nail polish, and then I found out you can get colored chalkboard paint! So I got bright red. I want to paint my tins and jars with it so then I can just write what tea’s in there, no more labels. Also, bright red everything.
I just eventually have to buy a bunch of tins. I’ve been meaning to do that for ages now. Oops.

I haven’t had this one in what feels like ever, and I still love it so so so so so much. I love that it’s sweet and I don’t have to add anything. Maybe one day a touch of milk might make it interesting but it’s so good how it is!

This one is definitely the most pumpkin tasting of the pumpkin teas I’ve tried, and today the tea itself smells a lot like pie crust too.

The only thing I question and probably have mentioned before, my bag says 2-3 minutes for a steep and here on Steepster it says 5 minutes. That’s quite the difference…I only steeped it for 2.5 (not sure about last time, sigh) and while it is good I am wondering if I am maybe somehow missing out on more? Like maybe the black tea itself?

Fixing it on the package to try a longer steep next time though. Now that it’s cooled a bit I can tell 2.5 minutes was way too short.

Shmiracles

I just got this tea in the mail yesterday!
I am excited for your paint and tea organizing enthusiasm!

Cavocorax

Me too! I love the chalkboard paint idea, although with my current setup I’d just accidentally wipe the chalk off.

If you find cheap tins, please post where you got them. I’m relying on DavidsTea tins atm, but it’d be nice to have more.

momo

I’ve heard about this, so I was thinking about using them: http://www.specialtybottle.com/teatincontainersmi.aspx but they only ship to Canada via UPS and that sounds expensive. (Also they claim you can’t place an order online but you can email them your order, haha like that isn’t still online?)

Cavocorax

Thanks for the link. And yeaaah, that sounds complicated. I guess I could email for a shipping estimate as Seattle isn’t too far from me.

Kittenna

In my experience, Della Terra flavoured blacks typically need 4-5 minutes. (Except for Saveur de Paris and Earl Grey Cream).

Shmiracles

i did place an order from the specialtybottle website this weekend (it’s like your reading my mind), almost 2 dozen 8oz tins. but i’m in the states.
also, thanks Kittenna for the steep time tip, cuz i’m gonna make my first Della Terra cup this morning.

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drank Yerba Maté Chocolatté by Guayaki
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I didn’t fall asleep till late and my boyfriend of course wakes up at 8:30 and makes me eat breakfast. Then I discover the world juniors gold medal game is on. I fall asleep during the end, but wake up in time to hear bad anthem singing. USA!

And now I am still not awake. This was the only mate I brought over with me I think, and it is a teabag, so I cannot remember who gave me this because I never put them in my spreadsheet if there’s just one.

I put milk in the mug first then added enough hot water for a cup total, and let it steep probably 10 minutes.

This definitely isn’t how I thought it would taste. I was expecting just chocolate but there’s spices in here that make it seem more like chai. It’s also disgustingly sweet, and I see on their website that is thanks to stevia. Glad they could make that clear anywhere, I was looking all over the place and finally realized the ingredients are in a fake looking nutritional facts chart.

I’d probably really like this if it wasn’t for that stevia. It just ruins it. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove wouldn’t be something I’d match with chocolate, but it seems to work until the sweetness hits.

Indigobloom

Stevia! kills everything :/

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