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So I have been very busy and I have had a lot going on! I am sorry I haven’t been logging my tea! But I have, to be sure, been drinking it!

I babysat for my cousin and she gave me some tea along with my pay, because she’s awesome. (And because four days with two excitable boys is a little crazy.)

She gave me two—this stuff, and Stash Peppermint tea. I’ll get to that later.

This stuff though—I was SO EXCITED for. I LOVE berries, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE sage. I’ve had a really good High Mountain Atlas Sage at a little place in Charlottesville, and the Sage was SO LOVELY.

I thought this tea would be so great!

And, well, it was but… hmm.. I guess I feel like I was lacking on the flavours.

There is a light, smooth berry flavour, which I like a lot. It doesn’t need a lot of sugar, and I like that. But it wasn’t an immediate taste, either, and one thing that really (I mean really) disappointed me was that I could hardly taste any sage at all. Some sips it seemed like there was no sage. None. And to me, that’s false advertising, to label a tea as one flavour or combination, and then not deliver.

However, I do like this tea. It’s not bad, it’s smooth and has enough taste to be good, and it gives a nice boost in energy without giving the jitters.

And I love Republic of Teas round teabags!

Question though: what’s a really good sage tea, with a pretty obvious sage flavour? I need some!!

Flavors: Blackberry

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 14 OZ / 414 ML
TeaBrat

I have an herbal tea from Juniper Ridge and there’s only two ingredients in it: wild mint and sage. you could try that… sage flavor is strong

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My Golden Tips order arrived this morning with this tea being amongst them, something I purchased 100g of after craving Assam. Usually when I eat Indian food (which is a few times a week) I like to follow it with a pot of tea, unfortunately my supply ran dry of everything but Darjeeling. So during the promotion of spend $75 and save $25 I thought it was too good to pass up. From those I ordered this is the first I am tasting, it called to me in particular today.

Again this is quick notes as my back is still bad and I’m not in the right frame of mind to write a full review.

The leaves were thin, long, a bit squiggly and very wooden smelling with a hint of sweetness.

Steeping in my new teapot (red clay measuring 125ml) with approx 1tsp/3-4g leaf.

Flavour is malty but not as thick as you would think. Dominantly sweet wood with soft dark fruit tones (date and mature plum) before the malt and dryness kick in during the after taste. Some musk/smoke in the after taste which leaves a thick and full flavour in my mouth.

I liked this tea quite a bit, the flavour had authentic Assam tones I had expected but was also more delicate and pure tasting than I had anticipated. This had no bitterness and was not overly rich as some Assam can be, perhaps helped by the rather large leaves. Glad I got 100g of this rather than a sample as my husband would probably like this too.

In other news it looks like I’m too ill still to attend tomorrows concert, which with the hotel booked has cost us £80 and now shall go to waste. Money isn’t everything though and we agreed to spend the day together regardless. We also have tickets for Saturday so with some luck I will be able to make that one.

ashmanra

Oh no! Feel better!

Nicole

Love this one. Hope you feel better soon.

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I really like this type of shou. First steep – strong caramel/brown sugar aroma – taste super caramel, vanilla & pecan; second steep brought more depth and some noticeable spice; third steep – thicker, woodier and spice.

Flavors: Caramel, Pecan, Spices, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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drank Strawberry Fields by The Tea Spot
152 tasting notes

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75

Whoops, dropped off the face of the earth there for a few days. Sorry guys, I had some travel, and I am seriously in the middle of Camp Nanowrimo. Argh, three thousand more words to go. I can do it! Wooo!
So, in tea news, I went into my local Peets to see if there were any of the Peets teas I like on sale, as they are expiring soon. Of the teas on sale, I’m afraid that none were the ones I really like, so what I’ve got will be the end of that particular tea train.
I will say, though, that there are a lot of other Black Currant fish in the sea, and I’ll be alrght with not having this in my cupboard, when I’ve finished it.

Maddy Barone

Go, go, go!

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This Silver Needle has made me want to start trying more white teas. I haven’t tried a lot, but the ones I’ve had, I didn’t really care for. They seemed too light…not enough flavor. This one, I’m really liking though. I’m getting a lot of hay in scent and taste. It’s creamy and a little sweet. Something else, I think might be soy milk….it’s been a while since I’ve had any, but I’m pretty sure that’s what it reminds me of.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Tea 1/6 from the fruit tea sampler I got off of amazon. 6 boxes of tea for $26 or a bit over $4 per box. Not too shabby! I bought these teas with the intention of making pitchers of iced tea.

I decided to cold brew this one. I put 4 tea bags in my 2L pitcher and let it sit in the fridge overnight (about 12 hours?). When I took a sample this morning I was underwhelmed. There isn’t much tartness from the hibiscus (a good thing), but overall it’s pretty weak and the main taste is a slightly bitter aftertaste (maybe from the chicory root? Acai berry?- can’t say I’ve had either or those things before so I’m not really sure).

I’m going to try hot brewing the tea then leaving it to cool in the fridge, or maybe use 2 tea bags of this tea plus 2 of another kind to make it better. Otherwise I will not be repurchasing this tea (which is disappointing because I had high hopes for these Stash teas). Hopefully the other kinds in my collection will be better. So far I have tried 2/5 of the celestial seasonings teas and they were both amazing, which was very surprising as I had low expectations for that brand.

Flavors: Bitter

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 66 OZ / 1951 ML
Kirkoneill1988

Celestial Seasonings is a good brand

Kristal

I’m finding that to be very true :)

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drank Spiced Chai by Trader Joe's
220 tasting notes

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drank Irie by Tea Leaf Co
736 tasting notes

When I first opened the package, I immediately smelled the spices and the orange peel, but I didn’t smell much coconut at first. However, I could definitely see big flakes of coconut in the dry leaf, along with flecks of ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and orange peel. The leaf was just lovely to look at. Eventually, I did notice the smell of coconut, but it was light and faint at the back of my nose near my soft palate.

Full review at http://booksandtea.ca/2015/07/tea-leaf-co-tea-reviews/

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drank Soul Good by Tea Leaf Co
736 tasting notes

The brewed smell was quite similar to the dried smell: sweet, soft, fruity, powdery. I added a spoonful of agave nectar (too much, I realized in retrospect) to the cup, which helped bring the flavour forward. The apple was gentle and appeared mostly on the back of my tongue. The ginger was there if I squinted, but it wasn’t that strong.

Full review at http://booksandtea.ca/2015/07/tea-leaf-co-tea-reviews/

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drank Jubilee by Tea Leaf Co
736 tasting notes

The dry leaf for Jubilee was a mix of rose petals, calendula petals, green rooibos, and mango pieces. The smell was like ripe, juicy mango edging into overripeness. In the back, contributing to that overripe smell was the rose, adding a bit of tartness, and the calendula, adding a bit of floral peachiness.

Full review at http://booksandtea.ca/2015/07/tea-leaf-co-tea-reviews/

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Backlog from this morning. A nice, unobtrusive tea. I probably have enough left for 1 or 2 cups, but I’m glad I got a chance to try this.

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drank Jazilla by Vampyre Tea Co
445 tasting notes

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drank Maple Sugar by Tea Guys
16 tasting notes

When you open this tea, you immediately find yourself thinking of a maple donut or Waffle Crisp cereal or something else sugary and strongly maple-scented. So you’re a little nervous about how this is going to turn out, but luckily, it mellows out considerably. In the end, there’s just a light, pleasant maple flavor, almost an aftertaste. It’s enough to satisfy maple fans (like me) without triggering a sugar crash.

Cons: I can’t imagine wanting to drink this iced, so hot only for me. Also, there’s an oily sheen to the finished product, which is somewhat unpalatable.

Flavors: Maple

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This tea is tasty and sweet with a fair amount of fermentation flavor. I only western brewed this this morning but it is good. No time this morning for a gongfu session. There is very little bitterness to this tea and I am sure I would get more complex notes out of it if I gongfud it. As it is it is sweet and tasty.

I brewed this once with 2 mini tuo cha about 10g leaf and boiling water in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker for 1 min.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 10 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

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Preparation
Iced 12 OZ / 355 ML

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drank Go Go Goa by T2
14 tasting notes

Smells divine, and tastes the same! I’m not usually a fan of T2 chais as I find them too spicy, but this one is milder and has a nice vanilla note. Great before bed!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 250 OZ / 7393 ML

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Pretty excited that I got a Dianhong for Christmas in July :)
Not sure if I am suppose to disclose who got me this…

Anyways, this does not have the furryness to and it is more of a darker leaf which made me curious as to the taste. I’m not sure exactly how the process works with dianhong teas in generally, but this is missing out on the velvet taste that happens all around my mouth with other dianhong teas. This is more of a very smooth black tea. While it will be my breakfast tea for quite awhile as I really enjoy how well it goes down, as a dianhong tea I am missing out on the natural cocoa notes that go down with some sort of texture I can’t touch but I can taste… I’m sure this is fantastic for those who enjoy their straight blacks :)
https://instagram.com/p/5sktHzxYEc/

p.s. no tea will have an easy shot to impress me after the Imperial Golden Bud from Whispering Pines :/

Liquid Proust

@boychik “was it Yunnan Dian Hong Golden tip or Yunnan Dian Hong black? on IG you mention that its golden tip”

It was a Dian Hong golden tip

Daylon R Thomas

I kinda wish I got that instead of the ounce of North Winds. It was a free sample, and I wanted more of it, but no, I had to savor it. I liked it more because it was stronger to me than the North Winds Gongfu style.

Daylon R Thomas

Or well, more flavorful.

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Flavors: Grapes, Mineral, Molasses, Oak wood

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I cold brewed this one for work today. Like I’ve mentioned it’s been a bit of a drizzly, dreary day with lots of rain and for whatever reason that made this so, so much better; in general I think it makes all cups of tea just a bit better. And in all honesty, I’m not even entirely sure of what the tea tasted like; I think like cocoa, raisin, and maybe a bit of smoke? I totally wasn’t paying attention to the flavour – I was just really, really enjoying the way I felt while drinking it and the atmosphere around me.

If you haven’t clued in, I really really love the rain. My favourite smell out of all smells is petrichor (the smell of the earth after it rains) and there’s something immensely pleasant and comforting about the sound of rain hitting the ground. It makes me feel so insanely at home and at ease. I wish I could drink all my tea during a heavy rainfall…

Non tea related, I got a haircut!

The last time I had a haircut was just shy of two years ago; and I had it cut down to a few inches long. In those two years it’s grown to roughly boob length? It’s been driving me crazy for a weeks and weeks though; I kept finding hairs in really weird spots and I was going through more shampoo/conditioner than I ever have before. I just HATED it…

So, I shaved it all off tonight. Literally, all of it. My head is so shaved down now that I just feel skin. Basically I took a pair of scissors and cut it down to about a few choppy, uneven inches long and then I had Tre buzz it all down with his razor/clipper. At one point my landlord walked downstairs to use the laundry room, saw this mid shave and just halted mid stride with a look of terror/panic on his face. After it was all buzzed I just took a razor and some shaving cream and got it as clean and close to the scalp as I could. It definitely looks and feels really different. Makes me look like a total bad ass. I can’t wait to accessorize with giant earrings.

My coworkers are gonna flip tomorrow though.

TeaNTees

Need Pictures! :)

Nichole

I echo the above- Pics! How awesome! I threaten to shave my head all the time. I bet you would look freakin amaze with giant earrings!

Nicole

Jealous. I have long wished that I would look good with a shaved head. I get so tired of dealing with hair. :)

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