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drank Lord Petersham by The Devotea
2230 tasting notes

SSTTB

So this box is a great opportunity to explore some straight blacks and this morning I decided to make the acquaintance of Lord Petersham. He is quite nice. Strong and a touch astringent but in a good way. Unfortunately this tea cooled quite a bit before I tried it given I was searching for classes my sister and I can take this summer (a little while back, we did cake decorating so we are looking for something fun to take now). Perhaps I will have to try another cup before I pass along the box because even cooled, this was very pleasant.

keychange

Isn’t having a sister the best? I have three and think it’s awesome.

VariaTEA

Sometimes. Other times I really want to kill her. I also have a brother so I know the perks and the negatives of having both.

Robert Godden

Thanks for recording your thoughts on Lord Petersham. I have drunk many cups I’ve let go cold of this over the years, but it is certainly best piping hot with a snack.

VariaTEA

I will certainly keep that in mind when I brew up a second cup.

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Thank you Cavocorax for being so kind and giving me some unflavored Butiki blacks in support of my new journey into straight teas. This one is quite good, malty and sweet with delicious notes of caramel. It reminds me slightly of Yezi’s Jin Pin, which is great since that is the tea that inspired this exploration. However, of the two, I think I prefer Jin Pin, but this is delicious in its own right as well.

In other news, got my haircut today, after quite some time and it feels like I lost 10 pounds :P. Alas, my happiness is being spoiled by the fact that my friends birthday is tonight (that is not what is ruining my mood since birthdays are happy times) which means I have to get dressed up and mission downtown to spend a few hrs with drunk people I don’t know only to have to subway back at midnight. All I really want to do is stay home in pajamas and drink tea but oh well. Also, the dressing up part is annoying given we are going to a pub which, at least in Montreal, meant jeans and tshirts were acceptable

keychange

Oh god, knowing you have to get all dressed up and loiter around town with drunk people (all be it for a good reason) just so irritating? I mean, it isn’t always irritating—but when it is it really, really is.

VariaTEA

Yeah, I think it is only super annoying because (a) I know I won’t be drinking and everyone will be drunk, and (b) there is so much money and travel time (because I am in the suburbs) that it doesn’t seem worth it for only a few hrs. I am sure once I am there, I will have fun but the thought of it is not all that appealing.

Also, my friend said to be sorta dressy so I had a simple black dress that I was gonna wear with combat boots (to stay comfortable/dress it down), however she said it was dressier than what she was wearing so I threw on jean leggings (with the dress since luckily it’s short- I don’t plan on _only- wearing leggings :P) and decided that is fine.

Nxtdoor

You back?

Courtney

Unflavoured blacks FTW! Also, I hope you end up enjoying yourself. I understand that feeling all too well.

VariaTEA

Yep and I have been meaning to message you but things have been quite hectic as of late

Cavocorax

Yay for new hairs! Also, I hope things go ok for you tonight! I totally TOTALLY understand the chill evening at home instead of the uncomfortable night at the bar. I’d wear jeans/t-shirt regardless so it’s probably good that I don’t get invited out much. haha

keychange

Hope it isn’t too bad!

VariaTEA

Thanks guys. It would have been nice to stay home as the night wasn’t all that fun but my friend enjoyed her birthday which is all that counts really. Tomorrow (today) I can spend drinking tea and it will be great!

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SSTTB

So I usually pass when it comes to citrus teas but this smelled so amazing I just had to give it a taste. Seriously, this smells just like a tasty orange creamsicle. Yum!

Tastewise, the creamsicle flavor is present but muted and the sip ends on a weird flavor that I just can’t put my finger on. It is almost a dry, earthiness that really takes away from the taste. With that said, I am enjoying this more than I thought I would, though I don’t think it is something I need to have around all the time.

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SSTTB

I am not a lover of chai teas but this one smelled really great. Plus, it was a convenient tea bag so I decided to give it a taste.

I am getting a very thin caramel flavor mixed with hints of cinnamon and clove. Overall, it just seems very weak to me so I am guessing this was underleafed. Perhaps I will try this with two teabags next time to see if that is better because the cup has potential to be pretty decent.

ETA: Tried brewing this up with two teabags and it is still pretty weak when it comes to the caramel flavor. The spices come out a bit more though which actually overwhelms what little caramel there is.

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drank Eggnog Honeybush by 52teas
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Compared this tea with TeaG’s Rooibush Eggnog. Review can be found here: http://steepster.com/rachel12610/posts/241510

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Rooibush Eggnog by TeaGschwendner
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SSTTB

Brewed up a cup of this and a cup of 52 Tea’s Eggnog Honeybush. They are both teas I wanted to try so I jumped at the chance when I found both in the box.

This one is not really what I would refer to as eggnog, though it is a touch creamy. It mostly just tastes of rooibos with a hint of nutmeg. Not a bad rooibos either but at the end of the day, it fails to deliver on what is promised so I am left a little disappointed.

Unfortunately, 52 Tea’s Eggnog Honeybush is not much better. It has a very sweet smell, almost like icing but tastewise there is not much else other than sweetened honeybush. Once again, not horrible but not something I need stocked either.

Of the two, neither is really all that great but I think I slightly prefer 52 Tea’s just because I think I prefer the flavor of honeybush to rooibos.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Oh good! I’m not alone. :)

VariaTEA

No, definitely not alone.

Cavocorax

Oh no! I grabbed both of those to try. Sucks they were both meh. I thought TeaG was super amazing.

OMGsrsly

TeaG has some fails, sadly.

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drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
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Thank you jump62359 for sharing this tasty tea. I think it might just be my favorite of all the jasmine teas I have tried so far as it is sweet and floral without tasting perfumey or artificial. Very, very nice.

jump62359

I absolutely love love love my jasmine teas, but I’m definitely just trying to get through all my sipdowns!
I haven’t had this tea yet which is actually surprising me haha. Maybe I’ll enjoy some of this tomorrow or next week :)

VariaTEA

I totally understand that. I went from 140 to 195 in a day so I am certainly trying to get in sipdowns as well but I still want to try my swaps and I am glad I brewed this up :)

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drank Treacle Tart by Custom-Adagio Teas
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Thank you Nattie for yet another Harry Potter potion. This one is alright. It has a nice caramel flavor, albeit an artificial caramel. Once again nothing special but definitely pleasant enough to sip on. This is not one I need to own but as a Harry Potter fan, it is one I am happy to have tried.

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Sipdown!! (188)

Thank you Nattie for sending some of this my way. It is nice but not something I would want a whole 3 oz of as the base is quite prominent. There is a hint of vanilla and a nice peach flavor as well but nothing particularly special. Still, I am grateful for the chance to try it!

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drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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I fell in love with this tea when I first had it. So much so, in fact, that I acquired quite a bit of it between picking up an 100g tin for myself and being sent multiple packages from the ever so generous MissB (thank you!!!). Unfortunately, I eventually fell out of love with this tea and ended up sending most of what I had left away. However, I left one of each of the packages MissB gave me at each of my different homes and now that I have returned to my family home and my mother has brought my stash back from Florida, I was reunited with 2 bags of this. Consequently, I decided to cold brew it to see if maybe I would enjoy this more that way.

Tastewise, the lavender is much more prominent in the cold brew. This is both good and bad given that I am not a huge lover of lavender but its enhanced presence tones down the lotiony aspect of the coconut that I got in the hot brew. Not bad, but not great. I think I will continue to have this cold brewed until I use up whats left because, if for nothing else, at least it is hydrating.

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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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