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drank Taurus by Nina's Paris
581 tasting notes

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Something super sweet to sip on earlier today. Definitely satisfied my sweet tooth, at least temporarily.

Also, it was nice opening the tin of this and seeing that it wasn’t nearly as full as I had anticipated it being. Where I expected it to be nearing the top of the tin, the reality is that it’s more like half full. Woot!

Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Licorice

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drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
868 tasting notes

Unintentional sipdown! I didn’t realize how little I had left, but its not a problem. Everyone makes a version of this, or very nearly everyone.
And I can see why. Its pleasant, its pink, its easy.
I’ll get more sometime, I think, but there is no urgency. I’m just pleased with my hot pink cup of tea tonight.

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drank Sweet Apple Cider by DAVIDsTEA
479 tasting notes

With 45 minutes left before the mall closed, we decided to slip by David’s tea and pick up a summer sale item to get this sample. I hadn’t been overly excited when I heard about this tea, especially given that I wasn’t crazy about Mom’s Apple Pie last year. However, I brewed up a cup of this evening and I am really pleasantly surprised. I tossed in a pinch of sugar, which in retrospect I don’t know that it needed. I get a lot of cream and vanilla flavour, backed by some sweet apple notes. This is a nice change from the tart apple teas I am used to or the common pairing of apple and cinnamon. Overall, I am really impressed with this tea. It wasn’t on my try or buy list for the fall release, but I am thinking I may need to change my mind!! Also, the sample has the release date set as August 27th, which means I can try some of them with my steeper rewards! That is fantastic!

Flavors: Apple, Cream, Vanilla

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drank White Grape by ESP Emporium
14 tasting notes

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drank Eggnogg'n Tea by Bigelow
306 tasting notes

I know this is random and not timely, but for some reason, there are these teabags in the break room where I work now. So I tried it. In August.

It’s actually really delicious. It’s smooth and creamy, like eggnog. But it doesn’t really taste like eggnog at all. I taste warm cinnamon, vanilla, and honey.

I’d drink this year round. I mean it. What a nice surprise!

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Sipdown! I had one little sachet left. It was sitting around for months! One sachet away from finishing off a tin, so I drank it! I’m already ready for fall flavors. I really like this one, so would definitely pick up another tin this year, but I bet Trader Joe’s won’t have pumpkin stuff until November. I’ll just have to content myself with the DavidsTea fall collection in the meantime. Can’t wait for next week!

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This tea is really good in the first steeping, a little too bitter in the second steeping and good after that. It is a tea I like. I did not want to try something new tonight as I knew I could not give it my full attention. It is too late and I don’t want the caffeine tonight. Tonight I steeped this only twice, in a 350ml teapot. First for 15 sec then for 10 sec. I used 12 g of leaf and boiling water. In the first steep I noticed some interesting notes, I would describe chocolate for one and there were others but I was too tired to pay attention. There is a definite bitterness in the second steep, I think I should have given it only 5 seconds. I know from drinking this tea that that bitterness soon disappears. But overall it is a strong tea not for the weak of heart.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 12 g 12 OZ / 350 ML
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This review may be a little sketchy, because I drank it this morning before being called in to work. It is an enjoyable, slightly bitter tea that tastes much like an Oolong rather than a pure black tea. It has a little of that characteristic oolong bitterness along with some black tea sweetness. In fact, if you just saw this tea and didn’t know what it was you would definitely think it a heavily roasted oolong. However, it is fully oxidized. It is available from Tea Trekker and I think they do a good job of sourcing their teas. It is good enough so that I might buy it again but am unsure, so many teas to try after all. I steeped this twice in a 18 oz teapot, planning to steep it just once. The second steep I put into a thermos and took to work. First for two minutes then for three. I used 2.5 tsp leaf and boiling water. It is called frozen summit because it is so high mountain that you can get frost in the warmer months even the summer I think.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
AllanK

Tea Trekker is an interesting site, lots of good quality tea. www.teatrekker.com

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Mmm. Fruity and floral. The jasmine and lychee are very distinct. I’m not sure what the green tea base is – it’s a bit woody and not my favourite, but overall, this is a lovely tea.

The lychee flavour is very similar to the one I’ve experienced in lychee congou teas.

Flavors: Floral, Jasmine, Lychee, Wood

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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I got a sample of this today from MzPriss

I really wanted to love this tea, I really did.

I liked it a lot, but I didn’t love it. It smelled amazing, but the tea itself was just very good and not amazing. It was cocoa and vanilla and something else. But it wasn’t amazing.

I prefer Cocoa Amore over GO.

Who knew? I wasn’t expecting that after all the love this tea gets. But it is what it is and I’m honest about it.

I’m really glad I got to try it. It helped me decide what to order tonight, because after the day I had, I needed more of the River Rain. And I’m still good on the CA, so I didn’t have to order that, but I did order more Arbor Mist, because I’d like to try aging that.

So after a good dinner, and a successful order placed, totally breaking my tea buying hiatus, I’m going to have some gelato, a mug of tea and head to bed.

Cameron B.

I’ve definitely tried some teas that have a cult following here and not found them as amazing as other people. But I do love this one. ;)

Still need to try Cocoa Amore and several of the other vanilla dreams blends though.

Cheri

I’m sending a sample of CA to you in the L&C box, but you’ll have to wait a little while longer. Unless you wanted to do a swap before then….;-)

Cameron B.

Lol, no swaps! And you really don’t have to put any Cocoa Amore in there! I feel bad because it’s so pricey. XD

Cheri

It’s just one serving. No worries.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I totally love CA more than GO too :P

Cheri

I’m glad I’m not the only one. I’m now starting to regret not ordering more when I placed my order tonight….

Whispering Pines Tea Company

You can always order more and I’ll just ship them together :-)

Cheri

You got me. I did. Gah. So Much Tea.

Lariel

Golden Orchid is one of the best tea names.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I agree with you Lariel! :-)

Order received, Cheri!

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Yesterday was an adventure. I needed to finish my pickles, which take about three days for all the steps. Youngest was waiting for the chance to have the kitchen because she was making an Italian Cream Cake from scratch, from freshly ground soft white wheat. As I was pickling, I managed to set a spoon on fire, scorch my dish towel, and burn my hand (on the flaming spoon whose nylon hanging string melted and burned into my hand). Then the phone rang and the lady who has breast cancer wanted to come over to talk about her surgery and pre-op some more since, like mine, they didn’t get it all the first time, and I had a new student coming just after lunch and needed time to eat lunch myself, and….well, you get the idea.

So today was the first day of school for my final homeschooled child, who is a junior this year, and it was TEA PARTY DAY!!! Yay! It has to be a better day when you are going to have Italian Cream Cake and tea with with friends.

I checked the package today and noticed that this tea is technically expired. It is still truly delicious, and I do have more of their newer harvests as I ordered a couple of different ones because the samples were so, so good. It would be considered expired on 6/12/13. We have actually had it a couple of times lately and it was a favorite with guests both times. In spite of the age, this is a fabulous tea that still shows its fine pedigree. It is almost gone, but expired tea is what happens when you buy way more than you can drink, even when you drink it in groups.

I keep thinking that I will pare down my cupboard, and then I see a tea I must keep on hand for so-and-so, or one that I have been wanting to try, or one that I can’t bear to run out of. Ah well, I will keep I drinking and sharing and it will all work out!

Mercuryhime

Hope your hand is feeling okay!

ashmanra

It is great, thanks to a miracle salve called Seabuckthorn that I buy from Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve. I have never seen anything like it for making a burn stop hurting almost instantly and taking the red out. Last time I got a burn it didn’t even peel. I am a burn wimp and usually whine for a long time with my offended part in ice water. Not anymore.

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Kinda-sorta-backlog from a few days ago.

I made a big batch of this in my iced tea pitcher a few days ago, and have slowly been sipping it since. While the dry tea leaf and the brewed tea certainly smell of blueberry, I find it hard to discern in the tea itself without a little hit of sweetener.

As it goes, though, this isn’t bad. There’s a light floralness on the back of the tongue, and the body of the sip is nice, fresh, and clear. This is definitely a tea made for coldbrewing.

Also, in my last note, I complained that I didn’t have much to write about, but I just thought of something: where on earth are my incoming tea boxes?! I’m still waiting to hear about my Just Organic kickstarter tea package being sent out, and apparently my Teavivre teas had been sent out back in July but are still not here – they’re not even showing up as arrived in Canada yet. On top of that, I’m also waiting for a set of sampler teas from Teasenz. That one is more recent, so I know I shouldn’t expect it yet… but… I want my tea NAO! =^.^=

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Backlog from this morning.

I think this tea benefits from a slightly lower steeping temperature than indicated. The first time I tried it I think I used 80C, and it had this lovely green flavour with a strong impression of stonefruit. However, both times since, I’ve used 82C water and it’s been markedly astringent.

I find it hard to believe that 2 degrees C could make that much difference, but it appears to be true.

People, I’ve had a long day. I don’t have much interesting to say, but at least there’s always tea.

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So I’m trying this new thing where I never add sweetener to teas unless they really need it and/or aren’t drinkable without. I figured I should try to shake my dependence on flavored teas being sweet and try to enjoy them more sans additions. Just because!

This one isn’t too bad unsweetened. It’s not as tart as I would expect considering it contains both hibiscus and rose hips. But overall, this is not a great tea either – it’s just kind of blah tasting and doesn’t have much of a flavor. There’s something kind of roasty about it, I guess it must be the green tea? Not sure.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Backlog from last night.

Teavivre gave me 3 packets of tea to sample, one of which I gave to a friend. Of the two remaining, I used a whole packet to brew it in my gaiwan about a month ago. Now, I’ve opened up the last remaining packet.

I must say that of all the jasmine teas I’ve tried from Teavivre, this one is my favourite. The jasmine here is beautiful and strong, but not overpowering with the metallic taste I’ve found in some jasmine teas. Here, the flavour is sweet at the back. This is just such a gorgeous tea.

I steeped it twice, both times for two minutes, and got a beautiful clear yellowish liquor that shaded down to dark green as the tea sat in my mug. The flavour was clear, sweet, and jasminy, with a somewhat thick mouthfeel but otherwise very fresh and relaxing.

I don’t consider myself a fan of white teas, so it’s doubly lovely to find such a gem.

Cameron B.

This sounds like it would be lovely, especially since I enjoy TeaVivre’s silver needle. :)

ashmanra

I adore this one.

Cheri

I love this tea. It’s one of my favorites. It’s the perfect amount of jasmine.

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drank Caramel Apple by Butiki Teas
143 tasting notes

The aroma is so deliciously intoxicating! And the taste.. mm mmm a sweet, roasted, apple caramel goodness. This really is like Autumn in a cup

Flavors: Apple, Burnt Sugar, Roasted, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I got a free sample of this herbal tea today (yay!) and decided to try it when I got back home. Upon opening the bag, the smell immediately reminded me of those green apple candies that fizz on your tongue, which is to say it smelled artificial. I also smelled the cream and vanilla a bit, but maybe it’s only because I read the package before opening it.
I used one full tsp, but I regret not using a little more because I ended up with barely colored apple water even if I waited the recommended time. From what I tasted, I’d say it tastes ok, better than the smell. You definitely taste the apple and it’s neither too sweet nor too acidic. I’ll wait for a cold day and try again with a bigger quantity.

Flavors: Apple, Apple Candy, Cream, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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Today I felt like I couldn’t catch a break. Things that could go wrong did go wrong. So when I finally got home, I was ready to shake the suck off this day, sit down, relax and have some delicious sheng. Unfortunately, this was not a delicious sheng.

It has a lightly smoky aroma and I do pick up a little fruit here and there. But the taste… MAN. That is BITTER! I’m scared it might put hair on my chest!

Here are some pics of our time together –
http://instagram.com/p/r8EdmivkZL/
http://instagram.com/p/r8E8gGPkZz/

I didn’t think this would be so bitter, considering that the tea leaves are from 2007. This one is going into the cabinet to age for a LONG time, and I have moved on to the lovely Sleeping Bear from WP.

Note: This was my second “mystery” tea from Slovakia. You win some, you lose some! Some you may win in a few more years, with aging! With some luck! :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 6 OZ / 177 ML
mj

Goldie looks so pretty on the flower saucer though :). I hope tomorrow is better!

Sarsonator

Thanks, mj! Tomorrow will absolutely be better!!!! :)

AllanK

I always find that the solution to bad tea is to steep some tea you already know is good.

Cheri

I had one of those days, too. I made myself feel better by ordering tea.

Marzipan

That saucer rocks.

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drank Shooting Starfruit by DAVIDsTEA
35 tasting notes

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From Teeny tiny TTB2

Whoa, thats minty! Spearminty! Toothpastey! The super minty smell appealed to me to try it, even though I’m more of a peppermint person. It is pretty minty, not enough to feel like you cleaned your teeth, but enough to have a minty taste linger for awhile in your mouth. The smokey gunpowder tea is an interesting contrast. Not bad and very refreshing.

Cameron B.

I like this one best with a 2 minute steep. :)

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Mmm! This is still such a great occasional treat! I’m really happy that, along side my customary cold brew, I started the day off with this one. I don’t know if I’d ever want a big tin of it, but I do always want to have at least a little around…

And, I’ve made my 30g purchase of it really stretch too!

But this morning this was chalked full of yummy cocoa, sweet cinnamon, and nutmeg. It would have been perfect with milk but, alas, I don’t have any in the house. Such a shame. Still; it was tasty. Like hot chocolate; but with more depth and earthiness.

Also; I just finished season 3 of Gossip Girl and, oh, my heart! It has been RIPPED FROM MY CHEST. How could Chuck sleep with Jenny!? And then, the almost proposal. NOOOO! I just want my beloved OTP to get their happily ever after, fuck a lot, and have beautiful babies.

And nothing kills me as much as the look in Chuck’s eyes as his heart, like mine, shatters into tiny, tiny fragments.

Marzipan

Who do you think gossip girl is?

Roswell Strange

Ok; so I cheated, and I looked it up (I am an impatient person) so I know who it actually is. But, I will say that before I looked it up I thought it was Chuck. That was back in early season one.

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I have two of these straws, I believe they came from TeaTiff originally. I guess I’d just forgotten I had them because this is the first time I’ve tried one. There is no English on the packet, so I read the Steepster description to find out how much water I was supposed to use. I mixed it up in a glass with 16 ounces of water. I must say, the powder did not want to dissolve easily – I often have the same problem with Crystal Light mixes and that sort of thing. It would probably work better if it was done in a water bottle so it could be shaken. Eventually, it dissolved, but there is definitely a little layer of sediment at the bottom of the glass that settles after you stop stirring it.

The flavor is actually quite good. It tastes similar to a mild sencha – vegetal and somewhat grassy but with a little bit of natural sweetness. I could definitely see myself drinking these straws if I had a busier lifestyle and was out running errands or going to school a lot. They would be very convenient!

Flavors: Grass, Spinach, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
16 OZ / 473 ML
Cheri

Sounds interesting.

Cameron B.

Yeah, I would rate it higher if it dissolved more easily and stayed dissolved. :P

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