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drank Razzleberry Genmaicha by 52teas
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I LOVE my new kettle. The “keep warm” feature is awesome. I brewed Buddha’s Blend and Eggnog & Pralines at 180F and left the kettle while I cooked dinner. As I cooked I got a chance to try Buddha’s Blend and after dumping that I still had water at a perfect temperature to brew this.

Compared to the cherry cheesecake genmaicha I had earlier, this has a bit more flavor. There is a hint of berry if I focus but mostly it is a grassy genmaicha flavor. I am really unimpressed with these especially given Marshmallow Treat is what got me interested in genmaichas in the first place given all its flavor. At least now I can definitively say these are not for me and not wonder if I would like them when I see them on the website. Thank you Scheherazade for sharing this with me and giving me the chance to try this tea.

Flavors: Berries, Grass

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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78
drank Eggnog & Pralines by Butiki Teas
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Thank you so much Josie Jade!! I am actually LOVING our swap. The portions are the perfect size to taste everything and for the most part the teas have been awesome. This is no exception. It definitely captures “praline” beautifully and has an amazing vanilla creaminess to it thanks to the eggnog. I would definitely buy more of this and Nutmeg Cream in a second because they are sooo good. However, I will say that this was best hot as it has lost just a touch a flavor as it cooled.

Flavors: Cream, Nuts, Vanilla

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
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Thank you Aimee Popovacki for sharing some of this with me. Unfortunately this was too bitter and too floral for my tastes and it got dumped. That may have been due to it being broken up a fair bit so I won’t rate it but ultimately I don’t think this tea is for me.

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Roswell Strange

I doubt it was from being broken up. I’ve had this like four highly different ways now, and I can’t get it to stop being bitter/chemical tasting. Honestly, I would have just given up on it except it was a gift from a really good friend.

Courtney

Oh my goodness, last December when I was studying for one of the hardest courses I will ever take, the girl across the table was drinking this and the smell was so offensive to me. I tried it when I first discovered David’s myself and I had to ask her to put the lid back on her mug. She was a good sport haha.

Roswell Strange

I currently have about 75g I’m trying to figure out how to use. It’s not going well.

Courtney

SWAP :)

Courtney

Well, not with me haha! Perhaps I should ask that girl…

VariaTEA

Haha Courtney, I imagine that being a pretty random conversation. And I only tried this because Aimee sent it to me. I was actually not too enthused having read all your notes but I figured I should try it for myself. Sadly, it went down the drain.

Courtney

Haha she was in my class, so she wasn’t a complete random, thank goodness. High stress = low tolerance, even for tea scents evidently. You know how stressful exams can be haha!

Courtney

It doesn’t hurt to try. :) Well, for the most part.

VariaTEA

Best to know for sure than to wonder.

Ana

This is one of my favorites. For me, I have to brew it at a lower temperature than what is recommended to not get the bitterness. The floral, well everyone is different. ;)

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65
drank Champagne Cider by Butiki Teas
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Also TASTING NOTE 700!!

When Roswell Strange pointed out how close I was to 700, it got me thinking what tea would make for the perfect celebratory cup. This tea immediately came to mind. I mean, what is champagne for if not celebrating?

Tastewise though, this is mostly just honeybush to me. No cider, no champagne, just honeybush. I don’t mind honeybush so I am not unhappy but I am left wanting more. Oh well, at least now I know. Thank you Josie Jade for the chance to try this tea!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Courtney

Whoa 700! Good job. :)

__Morgana__

Yay for 700!

Tabby

Wow, 700? Well done!

Fjellrev

Wow, congratulations! You’re just cruising on by with the tasting notes.

Sil

woooooot! grats on 700! exciting!

MissB

Jeepers, here I was at par with you mere weeks ago. ;) Congrats!

Roswell Strange

Same here, MissB, same here…

Kamyria

Wow… congrats on the 700!!

VariaTEA

Thank you! And I guess I drink A LOT of tea. Plus, with my new kettle, something tells me that will only increase.

OMGsrsly

Woo! 700! :)

Cavocorax

Woohoo! Now, to drink to 700 more!

tigress_al

Congrats!

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100

MMMmmmm tasty buckwheat tea. It is like a warm and tasty breakfast cereal in a cup. Thank you Dexter3657 for sharing this with me.

In other news, I am watching the final episode of Firefly and finding it all kinds of unsettling and yet in the midst of all the drama, it can still make me laugh. I think that is a sign of a good TV show. If a show can really draw emotions out, you know it is worth watching. I am also sad that this is the last episode I have to watch. I will be sad when it is over.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

movie! movie!

VariaTEA

There is Serenity. I don’t know if it is still on netflix though.

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70
drank Genmaicha by DAVIDsTEA
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Thank you Roswell Strange for sending this my way. I had a touch of a genmaicha obsession and though I still like them, nothing quite compares to my beloved Nina’s Japon. Everything falls short of the caramel genmaicha deliciousness. However, if I take this for what it is, I can appreciate that it is a pretty good genmaicha. It is a touch grassy but also very buttery and has a nice toastiness from the rice. Very pleasant indeed.

Flavors: Butter, Grass

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Courtney

I have half a tin of this in my cupboard. I’ve only ever loved straight genmaicha until Nina’s.

VariaTEA

I still like it but I just find I keep looking for the other components that I love in Japon. It has ruined me for all other genmaichas. That’s okay though because that means less tea that I will feel compelled to stock in my cupboard.

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YAY!! My kettle arrived! I got so excited and started going through all my greens and whites to find something that needed a special temperature. I ended up grabbing DAVIDs Genmaicha from Roswell Strange and once I was making that I decided to simultaneously make this using the same parameters.

I prepped the kettle to boil and it was ready in about a minute. I waited another two while the tea steeped and I was ready to go. Unfortunately, this tea was not nearly as impressive as the kettle. I am tasting genmaicha and not much else. The base is more vegetal than I would hope for and there is no cherry or cheesecake to be found. I am glad I got to try it though as this is one of the reblends I considered purchasing. Thank you Scheherazade for the opportunity to try this without being stuck with 2 disappointing ounces.

Flavors: Grass

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Courtney

YES! New kettles are the best!

Roswell Strange

Awe, that’s sad it doesn’t live up to the name. Makes me feel a bit better about not caving in to buy it, though ;)

VariaTEA

It is very exciting.

VariaTEA

And Roswell Strange, you may be getting a cup worth of this to try.

Roswell Strange

Yay! I should try the S’mores Genmaicha I have… Also, my full packet of Marshmallow Treat is still in my closet unopened. I need to be drinking more Genmaicha since I have so much of it.

VariaTEA

The best genmaicha is Nina’s Japon. You should drink that one :P

Sil

of those options…agree with variatea lol

OMGsrsly

Yay new kettle!! :)

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5
drank Bon Bon no. 914 by Tin Roof Teas
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Josie Jade, I am so sorry as I know you like this one but it is not for me at all. I am finding it cloying and the coconut tastes off to me. I tried to get through it but it got dumped. Thank you for the chance to try it as it sounded amazing but it just seems that this tea and I are not compatible.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85
drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
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Josie Jade sent me just enough for a taste and after just one sip, I wish I had more. This is a tasty, tasty tea.

Nutmeg? Check.
Cream? Check.

It seems like so many teas fall short on delivering what they promise but this smooth and tasty cup exceeds expectations. Thank you so much, Josie Jade!!

Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Malt, Nutmeg

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sipdown!! (212 – as fast as this went in, it went out)

Canada Post has tricked me today. Early in the afternoon a truck drove by but no delivery. Then I heard the postman at my door and when I opened it, he did not have my kettle which says it is out for delivery. He did, however, have a very generous sample from Josie Jade. So much for being under 200 but the teas all sound awesome and at least she sent me manageable sample sizes.

This was one of the new teas, and it is one I have been interested in trying for a while. Unfortunately it is not the flavorful cup I was expecting. To me, any fruity flavors that are supposed to be present are drowned out by bergamot. Thank you Josie Jade but this tea fell short of my expectations. I am glad I got a chance to try it though.

And, of course, bergamot is not a flavor option.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Courtney

Haha, of course.

Roswell Strange

I’m no longer under 200 either :(

VariaTEA

Haha. It wasn’t meant to be for us. Not now at least.

Sil

it’ll go quick! I vote you aim for 175 for the end of February :) 150 is too big a jump haha

VariaTEA

Haha. 175 is probably more reasonable but go big or go home :P. Also, a lot are sample sizes so it should not be too hard to make a dent.

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

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