Featured & New Tasting Notes

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yum. cold tea. not. I made this morning after getting woken up early for issues…that are still not resolved, which has caused me to get no work done today outside of this issue. It also means i don’t have a whole lot of time for tea. I brewed this one up right away and got to drink most of it warm..but now it’s cold and sad. I also have no water in my house until they do whatever they’re doing with the water mains today so i’m trying to stretch out the water that i put in the kettle and the brita and a couple uh pots so that i could have tea today lol.

Still like this one, so it appears my tastebuds are only on strike when it comes to 49. :(

TheTeaFairy

Oh, I hope you problems will be resolved very soon…not cool on x-mas eve!

Terri HarpLady

Bummer about the water! Hang in there!

Sil

oh i was prepared…. i have containers with water..just no time to boil water for tea with stupid issues

Cavocorax

Oh no. :( Hope things settle down, and your water returns.

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94
drank GenmaiCHAI by 52teas
831 tasting notes

Day 10 of 52 teas 12 days of Christmas.

First of all, I am really surprised there are not more reviews on this one.

This one is quite well done. It smells similar to other 52 teas chai blends. But after brewing it smells like a delicious gingerbread cookie. No jokes here. The chai spices mix with the popcorn flavours and you get a delicious cake like drink. There is a slightly salty, seaweedy green tea base, but it is also sweet, not overpowering, and works really well with the chai spices. I would describe this as a very “light” genmaicha. I think anyone interested in trying genmaicha should try this one. It’s definitely a winner.

On a side note, I hope that there is lemon merengue chai in the last of these 12 days of Christmas. Fingers crossed.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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91

needed a cup of deliciousness for the afternoon. Just about done with work and then it’s time to make a ginger spice cake for shits and giggles :)

Bonnie

My son is here from San Francisco…I think I’ll share this tea with him.

Sil

good choice bonnie!

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It’s nice enough I suppose, but I still don’t like Laoshan Black. Enter: honey. Honey makes (almost) every tea palatable.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
JustJames

oh i am having a day…… wish that statement were true of people. it would make me feel better to coat them with any manner of things….

OMGsrsly

LOL. I can see you going around dumping chocolate on people and “tarring” them with marshmallows or cookie crumbles.

OMGsrsly

That should be “tarring” them with chocolate, “feathering” with marshmallows or cookie crumbles.

MissB

Hm. Me likey this idea, Miss OMGsrsly and JustJames.

OMGsrsly

I’ll set it aside for you, MissB!

OMGsrsly

Oh geez. Reading comprehension fail. MissB likes the IDEA, not necessarily the tea. I’ll still set it aside if you’re interested!

Sil

i need to play with this tea more. for the most part it just seems to taste like LB + ZR

OMGsrsly

I know I’m in the minority, but LB = bleh. This mostly tastes like LB.

JustJames

if we used caramel sauce we could double the effect and offer waxing as well…. that would make me feel a tad more chipper. it’s not a good day. i’m feeling…. un-nice. caramel waxing might fit the bill.

OMGsrsly

That would definitely be some interesting salon.

JustJames

it would make me happy…. well today at least. i usually like xmas. i’m ready to put on my headphones. start sculpting and come up for air on the 28th at this point…..

OMGsrsly

Sounds like a good plan. :)

MissB

Oh, I meant the whole shebang. The idea, the tea, the all of the awesomeness coming out of these comments and tealog. ;)

OMGsrsly

Haha. It is pretty awesome, isn’t it. Everyone is sod offering and creative and it’s awesome. :)

OMGsrsly

sod offering = so different. Sigh.

JustJames

=0) random entertaining trivia: did you know that Sod’s Law is an old term for Murphy’s Law? maybe that’s why it’s glitching in that direction….

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81
drank Red Velvet Cupcake by Simpson & Vail
1285 tasting notes

Buying a Breville tea maker was the best thing I ever did. Then I got lazy, and stopped using it to steep my teas. Instead, I now make one cup at a time using a teabag, and use the Breville to boil the water to the perfect temperature. I think I need to go back to Breville-making tea, and just accepting I’ll have to brew up 4 cups at a time. Wow. First world problems.

What all this means is that I grossly oversteeped this tea as well – by 20 minutes. It got a bit bitter when I finally got to it, however sweetening it helped dramatically. It does taste like a sweet cupcake. Red velvet? Perhaps, more raspberry cake, but I’m okay with that.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
Starfevre

I just brew 2 cups at a time….and use giant mugs. :)

JustJames

LMAO. read this review out loud.

MissB

I have giant mugs (the two cup kind, yay!) I just find when I use the Breville for two cups, the tea only sometimes comes out right. I read somewhere (can’t remember where) that it needs 1L to brew properly.. and I can see it when it steeps, especially if it’s ‘big’ tea and takes up a lot of space. Not all of it will get wet after steeping. I imagine I should try again though, because I’m oversteeping practically everything I make these days.

MissB

Yikes. Well… only you would catch me on this one, JustJames. :P I’ll leave it for a laugh and giggle.

Starfevre

I do ~800 ml at a time and it seems to come out fine. I had not heard the 1L thing so I will have to investigate but I’ve never had a problem with dry tea at that amount.

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33

meh. 1 minute steep is stupid. i will rant more about that i’m sure. Drinkable but as not a fan of yabao…esp silverbuds yabao, i wasn’t hoping for much. it’s ok but i’ll have to play a bit more.

JustJames

sil, you’re awesome. xoxo

OMGsrsly

Maybe I’ll try this. How long would you suggest? 3 mins?

JustJames

i’ve done up to 8…. it’s never gone bitter. it’s a bud not a blend, exceptionally forgiving. awesome, awesome as a latte IMO. keep meaning to add nutmeg.

OMGsrsly

I’ll try 185F (85C)/3 mins, I know it’s resteepable.

Bonnie

3 minutes…at least…don’t underleaf either. All the blends this month needed at least 3 minutes no matter what the directions say…Verdant can get mad at me (which they won’t) but this is gospel. 3 minutes…

OMGsrsly

I used almost 1 tbsp for 1 cup water, it’s pretty standard for me.

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2nd bubble bath tea. This is so good. I can’t remember if I bought more on Black Friday weekend, but I hope I did cuz this one’s a sipdown.

I’m so glad my schedule has become so empty, cuz I have tons of things to do. First up will be moving the dining room table into the kitchen. Next my office moves from the 2nd floor to the the dining room, putting it right next to my studio. Then my former office becomes my grandson’s bedroom.
And my entire tea collection gets re-organized & documented.
Oh…& my sunroom…all of my plants need to be repotted & divided as needed, with the babies being potted as New Year gifts to my students, along with a few tea samplers too.
And my bedroom…well, I probably won’t ever get to that…
Might as well get out of the tub…I’m out of tea :(

Nicole

I am just jealous that you either have a tea station next to the tub or that you have someone who will fix you tea and bring it to you in a bubble bath!

boychik

oh you are so lucky to have a sunroom. My poor plants are just everywhere, except kids room, my son have allergies. I even have them on a floor. Do you have a random collection or you spec on some?

Terri HarpLady

Nicole, I made 2 cups of tea before I got in the tub. Nobody waiting on me.
Boychik, Most are random, however, I have a group of dwarf trees: olive, kumquat, meyer lemon, & key lime. Everyone has fruit on them except the olive. I also have a potted sweet potato that produces from time to time :)

boychik

Wow that’s nice. No trees for me :(. No space and bad lighting . I’m into succulents, 75% of my plants are in 3" pots. Some bonsai I’m training. I wish I had a plant room. Btw are you on gardenweb?

Terri HarpLady

Gardenweb? I’ve never heard of it, but now I guess I’d better check it out! Thanks!

boychik

Oh you will like it a lot but I’m not there too often now. I find Steepster people are much friendlier. It’s fun until people start fighting about soil mixes and they are serious and snobish. But pics are amazing. Some collections are to die for. I was obsessed for couple of years. I still read sometimes but do not participate in a forum

Terri HarpLady

I’ll have to check it out. I’m not much for arguing with people, or worrying about their opinions, but I love pictures of gardens. I also grow veggies in my backyard :)

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86
drank L'Automne by Fauchon
1766 tasting notes

I should probably backlog (not bacon, Autocorrect!) the other teas I had today but for the last few hours the power has been off more than on.

It went off just as I decided I needed more tea. Yep. So I started cold new wrong a resteep of Nutmeg Cream because I just love it.

The power jumped back on an hour ago so I jumped on it immediately to make tea
That only lasted half an hour, but I’ve got this to sip on so I quite happy.

Oh this is why having an ereader with a light built in it is AMAZING. I always keep it on the lowest setting and in a pitch black room I can read perfectly. For hours. Maybe a few says straight? I don’t have to charge it very often. I started reading Alice in Wonderland to my daughter but she for bored if tha and is now watching Blues Clues on my tablet. Technology us pretty great. (She loves books, but they need pictures. I can accept that!)

Anyway, I’m happy Sil let me scoop some of this from her. I really like it. I couldn’t find an orange chocolate tea that really gelled for me – often the flavours weren’t strong enough – but this is pure win.

JustJames

yay autocorrect! doesn’t everyone like bacon?

Cavocorax

Yep, yep they do!

Damn. I wish I could edit posts On Steepster on phone. All the typos are going to make me crazy. >:(

Hope the power is back on (for good) in the morning and I can do it on computer.

OMGsrsly

Bacon maple shortbreads? :) I didn’t get an ereader with a light. I use a red-tinted lamp if I’m reading late at night, because I’m a weirdo.

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97

So I bought this to blend with another tea. But I thought I better try it by itself before its all gone and blended away. This one smells sweet, not too smokey. There is a light sweetness to the tea, also a little but of malt. Hardley any smoke, but there is some there. The liquor is thick but the flavour is very light and basic. I feel like there is some vegetal flavour to this like it is almost a black tea but not quite. Just the slightest metallic tinge in the aftertaste. No astringency or bitterness. I love keemun. I am kind of sad I blended it all away, but I know where I can get more :)

So on a sidenote, I have found my favorite tea blend. It is this tea, mixed half and half with lapsang (also from Cuppa T, although it really doesn’t matter where the tea is from) mixed with two fresh slices of ginger, and a slice of naval orange. Brewed for 1 minute at just less than boiling. The orange and ginger stay in the cup. It is delicious. It is like Sunday breakfast, when you stuff your face with bacon, pancakes, milk and orange juice. And then lay on the couch the rest of the day. So good.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Sil

nice! i so need to try your orange and ginger tricks one of these days

caile

Sounds like a tasty blend!

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85

Sipdown! (161) and on to the shopping list is goes. I’m supposed to be drinking down things this week but all i want to do today is look at placing orders. I blame terri – she has me looking at TTC and YS today…and then of course i’m also busy looking at MF, DF and theodor. Not to mention needing to place an order to restock this one…though i may try to hold out for a bit until i’ve got a few more teas to pick up form teavivre.

Lala

Have you made an theodor order yet or just looking at it?

Sil

I haven’t placed it yet…just cart building so that i can haha

Terri HarpLady

I placed my teavivre order, including an actual tin of this, since I love it so much.
I’ll probably do YS this week, if you want me to include anything, let me know!
How’s that for enabling?
And yes, put me down for pleine lune, LOL

Terri HarpLady

& whatever you think I want to share…

keychange

You lot are a bad influence on me—just added this to my shopping list as well!

Sil

keychange..it’s delicious! esp with a splash of maple syrup

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Holy. Moley.

This tea is GINGERBREAD.

Delicious without sugar or milk, even. The base is nice and strong, and a good backbone for the flavours, but it’s not bitter or too astringent.

Then I added some milk and a small bit of sugar, and OMG, it’s even better.

GINGERBREAD.

The flavouring is super duper strong, and I can definitely tell it’s flavoured, but somehow I just don’t care.

GINGERBREAD.

I’m drinking it out of a fancy tea cup, too. And setting up my new metallic red ereader, that I got by pre-spending Christmas money. Yep.

I think that this tea needs to air out for a week or two for optimum breadiness.

Thank you SO MUCH, MissB, for functioning as a tea mule. It was lovely to meet you today (we need to go have tea!), and I really appreciate the work you put in to organize all this!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Courtney

I’m so excited for my order to arrive from MissB too. Eeee!

Fjellrev

That is AWESOME because I have some waiting for me at my mom’s.

OMGsrsly

Second steep is good too. I got 2 cloves in my tsp so it’s a little clovey, but if you keep an eye on that you can mitigate the overpowering effects. :)

JustJames

this sounds EXCELLENT. reading this made me happier.

OMGsrsly

Did you get some too? Or did you want some? Or has MissB already packaged some up for you? Also… when are you meeting up next week because I want to come over and see everyone?!

MissB

Heh. The Simpson & Vail stuff – all of it – smells delicious. My kitchen smells like I’ve been baking and making candy all day! I have a huge box here for JustJames, and blanking out if there’s any Gingerbread in there for him… if there isn’t, I’ll put some in.

Sil

yeah only downside to S&V teas – they are SUER strong smelling and will contaminate your other teas in swaps…just be careful of that hahaha

OMGsrsly

Tin foil, Sil. Not just for hats anymore. ;)

Sil

..or windows heh

Yeah just fair warning. I know with our order from ages aago it made my whole house smell…had to lock them down in tins and containers heh

OMGsrsly

I’ve already transferred one into a tin, and am emptying another tin today for the other. :) I only got two, and I’m so pleased with them!

Courtney

Is tin foil the trick? I had to remove the Apple Cinnamon Coffeecake from my cupboard for fear it would “infect” my other teas.

OMGsrsly

If you can’t get hold of odour proof bags, or use tins, then yes. Tin foil works really well. Try to get the thicker stuff or it rips super easily.

Sil

yes tinfoil is great! it’s how i wrap my matcha swaps now…inside a bag then bag into tin foil :)

Fjellrev

Ooh, thanks for the warning, OMG. I love cloves anyway but it sounds like this one is balanced with other stuff too. Don’t want pickled beets in your tea. :p

My mom commented that the parcel was quite strongly scented, especially the root beer. Tinfoil it is!

MissB

Root beer is probably the most strongly scented one, that I can tell. The (beautiful!) paper bags don’t do a good job of keeping the smell contained, however after having my stuff here next to me for a day or two now, I’ve noticed the smells have dissipated. I will however have to pack these all up well in tins and whatnot. Already thinking of ordering more, especially the candy cane, which is just available for a limited time.

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71
drank White Blueberry by Adagio Teas
616 tasting notes

This is one of my guilty pleasure teas.

Like, I know objectively it’s not much better than mediocre. But it was part of my first order to Adagio ever, and it’s had a place in my cupboard ever since.

The blueberry taste is subtle, and the white tea very lightly straw-like and flowery. Overall, it’s crisp and refreshing and definitely best iced.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
K S

no need to ever apologize for loving a comfort tea.

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98

I love this beautiful tea! It is so velvety rich and satisfying with lots of potato chip, pepper and orange notes. Re-steeps amazingly and remains delicious and fragrant throughout – I could easily drink this all day!

caile

Yep, so many yummy tastes in this tea!

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80

So I think this was one of the ones I bought from Sil! She went out on a fancy tea shopping trip when she found out they were available locally, and lazy me just said I’d buy some off you. :P

So I’m enjoying this. It’s a nice brisk black tea, malty and not too sweet. To be honest, it’s nice, but not as knock-my-socks-off as I had hoped for, especially when compared to Bolder Breakfast, or Laoshan Black.

But that’s ok. I can’t afford to buy a tin of this and every tea out there. :) I’ll enjoy this while I can.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

I think you’d like American breakfast.

Cavocorax

Maybe? I’ll have to see if I have it. :P

Sil

you don’t…i don’t have any but i WILL be buying some in the future.

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84
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1285 tasting notes

Yummy! Wish I’d grabbed the 1lb bag instead of the sachets!

Like a vanilla hug, in decaf format. Creamy and delicious.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Vanilla hug. That describes it perfectly!

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This one intrigued me so i asked Garret to send a sample my way in my last order. I try not to buy oolongs until i’ve sampled them because i’m so picky about the ones i like or don’t. While this one is certainly interesting – it’s still not quite up my alley. It’s a roasted oolong and has cinnamon and sweet notes to it but i can’t quite get behind it. That being said though, it’s a taste preference thing rather than this being a bad tea. :) I’d recommend others give this a shot :)

(also this is really tasty as the “water” to instant oatmeal lol)

Terri HarpLady

This ones as intrigued me as well. I need to sample with my Next mandala order :)

Sil

my other half is in your box LOL

Terri HarpLady

See, that’s why we’re awesome!

caile

oohh.. breakfast and tea all in one! I will have to pick up some instant oatmeal. ;-)

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96
drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
1766 tasting notes

Noooooo, SIPDOWN. (114)

You guys know what this means? I have ZERO Butiki teas in my cupboard. Zilch. Nada. Nothing…

But… the upshot is my Butiki order will be in TO-MOR-ROW!

ETA: Or… maybe not. It was supposed to be here today, according to Canada Post, but it’s in Brampton with a delivery date of tomorrow. And now it says: "Canada Post processing error; item re-routed. Possible delay " AAARGh. So, I’m out of Butiki for longer than I’d hoped.

ETAA Oh wait. :P I forgot I had my Butiki teas from Amoda. /sheepishgrin

Fjellrev

Double false Butiki withdrawal alarm.

Sil

i don’t think i’ve ever had zero in my cupboard….butiki was one of the first companies i ordered from…

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NOPE! a ‘little’ clove my…. backside! i get no orange, no vanilla- not even any tea…. all i get is clove!!!.

a lovely thought MissB, maybe my sample was just out of balance. that said i am not finishing this cup. )=0(

ifjuly

man, this seriously made me laugh out loud.

JustJames

i like clove too! but HOLY COW!

OMGsrsly

I think you mean ‘holy clove’ there, batman. :)

JustJames

holy SMOKIN’ cloves, batgirl! lol.

OMGsrsly

Awesome! :D

JustJames

i could also go the route of gollum: ‘it BUUUUUURNS us preciousssss!’.

Fjellrev

Smokin’ cloves. Smokin’ cloves?! Methinks Upton slipped in some crushed up Djarums into the mix.

JustJames

OKAY, not going to lie, had to look up ‘djarums’, lol. could very well be. i would concur.

Fjellrev

It’s ok, unless you are/were a goth or hipster, or associate with them, or are so clove-obsessed that you need to get that clove fix to your bloodstream more quickly than ingesting, no one really does know about them.

JustJames

the most i know about cloves is that they are used naturopathically to deaden nerves in the dermal layer (as well as the tongue apparently) in tiger balm. =0) and that it burns like a very rude word if you recklessly scrub your eyes after you apply it.

Fjellrev

Oh yeah, I’ve chewed on whole cloves in the past to soothe a sore throat. Do they ever numb EVERYTHING.

ifjuly

yeah, apparently clove oil is good when you have a toothache…

Fjellrev, djarums! that takes me back. warm fuzzies thinking of my reckless early 20s.

Fjellrev

I think that’s why David’s Sugar and Spice kind of weirded me out. As much as I love clove, it reminded me so much of the experimental whole clove lozenge days.

Fjellrev

ifjuly, seriously! Especially Djarum blacks. Like smoking four cigarettes at a time. Whew, are they strong.

JustJames

ifjuly and Fjellrev…. so outside my experience, lol!!!

your dialogue makes me wonder: who would make a djarum tigerbalm cross tea and call it ‘orange spice’?

Amariel

Oh wow, Djarum…I haven’t heard that word since my goth days in high school, err, a while ago.

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95

Was reading Cavocorax note and all the comments about this one. Based on her comments I had to try it. Went rummaging through my huge pile of BF teas that I haven’t put away yet, and pulled it out.

Hazelnut/chocolate/coffee – I’m not getting tea, not much if any coconut. It’s just a little thin mouth feel, but WOW is it good!!!
You have to like coffee to like this, this is hazelnut coffee. Awesome.
This will likely find a permanent place in my cupboard.

Edit OMG – I dumped the last half of the cup over ice – cooled it off. WOW Iced coffee. This is FANTASTIC cold. It’s like hazelnut Kahlua in iced coffee.

Cavocorax

Ok good – I’m happy I didn’t exaggerate how good it was too much!

VariaTEA

Between you and Cavocorax, I am definitely glad this made it into the approved pile to take to Florida

Dexter

…try it cold. :))

VariaTEA

Luckily the Herbal Infusions sampler size is quite large so I will probably be able to try it both hot and cold at least a couple of times.

Amariel

Mmmmmm, hazelnut chocolate coffee? Where do I sign up?

caile

Wow – sounds really different and good.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Hazelnut coffee is my absolute favorite! You both are making my mouth water! Stop it!

Amariel

Hazelnut latte with soy is my fave…for coffee.

Herbal Infusions Tea Co.

Haha that was my little secret- pouring it over ice! I was perfecting this blend at the tail end of the summer, and ended up making an iced latte. Almost lost my mind. The other thing I created with this one is a ridiculously addictive slushie. Steep the tea nice and strong, combine in a blender with some coconut milk (Silk is a great brand), a splash of honey or another liquid sweetener, and lots of ice. Pulse. Scoop out into a tall glass and enjoy. SOOOO GOOD!

interesting fact: I worked for years in corporate finance surrounded by coffee freaks. I love the smell of coffee, but can’t stomach it. So this was my solution to bringing a fancy mocha style tea into my life :)

-Dan

Dexter

I make iced coffee like that – totally works, and this tea would as well. I’ve done it with chai too. :))

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This is my first Herbal Infusions blend that I’ve tried, and I am just pleased as punch!

It’s dark and rich and sweet and makes me think I don’t need H&S’s SoHo or Florence because the coconut and hazelnut in this are fantastic, and I love the coffee beans and chocolate for the mocha effect, all swirled around an almondy black base.

Yessssssssss.

The only downshot is that the sample bags AREN’T resealable so I’ll probably make this again tomorrow as my go-cup for my transit adventure to see Sil. I suspect it’ll make a great timolino brew too.

And I just had one cup and I’m looking at the website and thinking… hmmm. $6.50 for 50g is pretty good, add to cart, no wait – close it! (I need to try more of their teas)

ETA: By the way, this is also much better than the H&S teas I’ve mentioned above because all the flavours come across as completely natural. I’m happy Courtney reviewed this and got em excited enough to sample it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Sil

hmmm that makes me happy to see – positive reviews! haha

Cavocorax

Do you want to try some of this? I can bring you enough for one cup.

Courtney

I also found myself on their website tonight pondering over 50g of a few teas. Gah!

Sil

sure! that would be cool beans yo

Fjellrev

That’s great to hear!

Dexter

This makes me happy too, I ordered just assuming that I would love it. From your comments, it sounds like I will.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Right dexter?! Soho and Florence lovers!

Cavocorax

Oh no. Now I’m nervous. What if I was just in a great mood and rated it higher than it deserves? :O Well Sil can have a shot at it too…

And I don’t really care for my SoHo or Florence blends anymore. I just can’t make them good. They’re either weak or artificial… So this one was really nice in comparison.

Dexter

I might need to break the rules and dig out my package of this. I LOVE Soho and Florance, but I also adore mocha. If this combines all of that…. Swoon..
BrewTEAlly Sweet Have you tried this? If not remind me to toss some into that package I’m going to send you once I get organized….

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I have not tried it! :) and oh my jeezus that would be so awesome of you!!! Eeeek!

Dexter

You got it, I’m steeping some right now. It smells amazing!!!

caile

Better than Soho and Florence – that is awesome! I got tired of Florence as well, at the end of my tin but still have some Soho which I liked better anyway for the coconut but this sounds like it might be a good similar alternative!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I bet Dexter! I can’t wait to try it!

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95
drank Very Big Hill Dew by 52teas
831 tasting notes

I super love mountain dew. Almost as much as I love root beer. So I had to jump on this one. In saying that, I did leave it sitting in my cupboard for quite a while because I am trying to finish the teas that are open first before opening everything else.

The smell of this dry tea is dead on mountain dew. Delicious. I almost wanted to crack open a can of the real stuff.

I brewed this 1.5 tsp, 10 oz, and about a 1/4 tsp of rock sugar. I normally don’t add sugar right off the bat, but I figured since it was based on the soda, I would add some sugar. The smell of the brewed tea is what I would guess hot mountain dew smelled like.

The taste is a bit different. My immediate reaction was jelly beans. Like a red fruit flavoured jelly belly. Towards the end of the sip there is a mountain dew flavour. I would like to try this one without the sugar, but also as an iced tea/cold brew. I think the sugar may be giving it more of that jelly bean flavour.

Also a very important note, this is a 52 teas honeybush blend and I am getting NO pepper, this is historic for me!

Edit: Made another cup, same specifications, but this time with no sugar. The smell of the brewed tea is still the same but the taste is quite different and not as good. There is a vegetal astringency. I can definitely tell it is missing something, specifically the sweetener. I feel like there is a lot of mint in this blend, but it is too much, giving it a bit of a spice. Not sure what the ingredients in this blend are, but this is what I am tasting. I definitely prefer with sugar.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Roswell Strange

See, I found the same thing as you where the smell was dead on, but I had a hard time drinking my first cup because I found it uncomfortably peppery… Maybe I need to try it with sugar, like you did. Anyway – I’m sending nearly all of it to Kittenna. I’m curious how it’d do as a tea soda, though…

Lala

I think this would make a good tea soda. I think though I would make an iced tea concentrate out of it and then mix it with the soda. I will have to experiment a bit. I definitely think it tastes much better with sweetener.

Sil

does this taste like Canada mountain dew or US mountain dew? heh

Lala

I would say the Canadian mountain dew. But I haven’t had US mountain dew in a super long time, so it is hard to compare.

K S

If there were no tea, I could live on Mtn Dew. That said, what is the difference between Canadian and US Dew?

Lala

There is a different source of sweetener in the Canadian vs US Mountain Dew. I always found the US version to be much sweeter. Also Canadian Mountain Dew is traditionally caffeine free, although you can now get it with caffeine I think. I always found the US Version to have more “kick” or “jolt”, if that makes sense.

Sil

i like to boil it down to. US version tastes gross and the canadian version is nice ;) canadian = more lemon/lime US = caffeine gross tasting blech

haha

Cavocorax

Crazy! I had no idea there was a difference!

Sil

cavo..oh yeah. mountain dew was? is? at one point the most caffienated of all the pops in the us. canada it’s always (until now apparently) been caffeine free

caile

I had no idea about mountain dew differences either – interesting!

K S

Orange Crush is high on the caffeine scale as well. No caffeine in Canadian MD? That’s just wrong. ;) Sil, everyone is entitled to an opinion – even when you are wrong. lol

Lala

It’s funny because orange crush (and the other crush’s), Mountain Dew, root beer, gingerale, and I am sure a few others, are traditionally caffeine free in Canada. Not sure why the difference. We also have ketchup chips. Ha ha.

If you just google Canadian vs US pop (or soda) there is some interesting info.

caile

Orange crush is high in caffeine in the US?! So different! I’ll have to Google it out of curiosity sake.
Smiles, and I just happen to have ketchup chips on the table in front of me right now.. not than I am eating them.. :-)

K S

Here is a link I found for US caffeine content. http://www.cspinet.org/new/cafchart.htm

Sil

oh man..now i want ketchup chips…

caile

Thanks, KS – interesting the amounts of caffeine in some things.
Sil, I know, I keep looking at the bag of chips… ;-)

OMGsrsly

Mountain Dew now has caffeine in Canada! I think it’s only certain kinds though. “The new Mountain Dew will feature a proprietary bottle, fully embossed with the Dew logo and both Mountain Dew and Diet Mountain Dew now contain caffeine while still having the same bold, great taste. The caffeine content is in line with the standards outlined by Health Canada.”

http://www.pepsico.ca/en/PressRelease/Mountain-Dew-brings-the-mountain-to-you-Toronto03022012.html

Roswell Strange

Mmmm, ketchup chips. I have ketchup popcorn flavouring at home, so when I get home from work that’ll have to do…

Lala

Wow, I didn’t know they were starting to make MD with caffeine it, I will have to check the ones I have at home. Hope it still tastes the same.

On another note, I have had the jingle for mellow yellow in my head all day after doing some looking up about Mountain Dew online…“and they call it mellow yellow…”
caile

I should get some popcorn flavouring. I never knew it came in such flavours as ketchup though!

Sil

“…just butter it!….”

OMGsrsly

Dill Pickle chips as well. I think I need to stop for “groceries” on the way home!

Sil

better than dill pickle chips are regular ruffles chips with creamcheese dill pickle dip.

OMGsrsly

Hmmm….

Sil

it’s like the guilty pleasure here in the house…Ian noms it all before i can ever get some most of the time haha

Cavocorax

OH man, I am totally craving some of that right now. I… I don’t even know where my nearest convenience store is. We have an Iranian market down the street, but they don’t have chips.

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93
drank Berrylicious by Bayswater Tea Co.
1102 tasting notes

This is my lazy breakfast beverage because it’s easier to reach into the fridge and grab a jug of cold brew awesomeness than stand around wondering what to make hot. Oddly enough, this is common practice for me. I tend to work on a jug of cold brew throughout the day, especially when I’m at home for most of it, then switch over to caffeinated, hot stuff later. I’m strange, I know.

As raved about before, this is all full of berries and hibiscus. The hibiscus here is nice though. Really blends in with the melange of tart berries.

I’m off to visit Heather soon to pick up the presumably scary amount of tea that Sil and OMGsrsly sent to me. I already know that I owe them big time. Also, thanks to ShayneBear for distributing the drugs tea.

Sil

oh honey… you ain’t seen nothing yet. I have a box started for you for after christmas :P remember?

Fjellrev

DON’T TELL ME THAT!

Sil

Hahaha. You’re the one who asked me to wait….now there’s a box.

JustJames

i told you sil has to win sometimes…. don’t you remember that conversation? i can grab the link if it would help. she was following you everywhere… commenting under ech of your reviews that you should give her your address…. familiar at all?

let me know if you want that link.
sil isn’t a small winner. she’s a take-no-prisoners-queen-of-the-castle-nannie-nannie-boo-boo winner.

Sil

LMAO….. so true. hahaha

Fjellrev

Baha, true that, James. What was I thinking?

Btw, Sil, I got the goods, but I’m not sure which teas are from you or OMG. They are all packaged the same?

Sil

oh not you too… see our comments to heather. just pretend they’re all from omg haha

Fjellrev

Just found it. That’s hilarious! Either way, thanks to you both for all of it. :)

Bear With Me

Oh man, this conversation made me laugh so hard I’ve given myself hiccups! haha, you guys are awesome :P

Bear With Me

Also, my mum definitely accused me of being a drug dealer when she saw the labeled bags (with individually labeled baggies) of tea ready for drop-off. Apparently tea looks like some weird strain of weed? (also, I still have the hiccups, so thanks for that :P )

OMGsrsly

Sorry! I’ll do better next time. :) They’re mostly from me I think, but I don’t remember.

Amariel

That’s what my co-worker was saying when F picked hers up from me today and gave me a few…and she said something like she had so many grams….it was funny, though not as funny as me handing a mug to Shayne, saying smell this…it is a blend of 4 Indian teas, yada yada, only completely oblivious to the fact I had had water in there in between the tea. So yeah, I told him to smell water, thinking it was tea.

Bear With Me

srsly, it’s all good. My mum is the kind of person who thinks i’m uhh, having relations with EVERY female friend I have. She’s, er, special? lol

Bear With Me

I also still have the hiccups…..

Fjellrev

Oh yeah, I sure added to the experience when I semi-discretely announced in front of Amariel’s coworker that there’s 8g of each in there. Special holiday strains blends.

This is another reason why I changed my name. Can’t leave a trail. :p

OMG, don’t worry! I’m going to make educated guesses as to where the goods originate.

Shayne, your mom is onto something, you know. I mean, purple bud pu-erh?

OMGsrsly

cackles You all are hilarious. :D

Sil

you guys HAVE seen the picture of IB and Kittenna, dolling out teas from the back of her hatchback right?

Sil

side street in a nicer neighbourhood in toronto…popped open the back and started putting things into baggies as ppl walked by… that was MY introduction to tea swapping..

Amariel

Oh geez….I would love to see the pic. HA HA!

Sil

Shared on FB ;)

Bear With Me

Well the first Victoria meet we did, there was tea wrapped in tinfoil and THEN individually bagged, in the middle of Downtown! I’m surprised we didn’t have a security guy come harass us, it looked pretty dang suspicious :P

Amariel

That’s right…we were just across from Silk Road, on the fringes of Chinatown.

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93
drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
361 tasting notes

Oh Special Dark. I really owe you today. I must be older than I thought because I had a few beers last night and am really hurting today. You, Special Dark, have brought be back to life. Somehow I knew you would help, and you really did. In appreciation of your awesomeness, I will break my post black friday resolution and purchase some more of you right now. I have a feeling over the course of the next 2 weeks I’ll be relying on you a lot. Thanks for being strong and reliable. Cheers- Amy

Garret

This is excellent! I read your review after packaging and shipping your order. The shipping software showed a predicted arrival of 12/21 for your teas!

Special dark rules! I’m so happy that you are digging it. Next time you imbibe in the alcohol, do what I do and tea it up while you drink. Works every time and I’m 47, far older than you :) The hydrating effects of the tea will really help counter the dehydrating effects of zee booze. Hopefully, you aren’t gluten sensitive as that would make beer a bigger culprit! Wishing you great joy and perfect health, Garret

Bonnie

We do have gluten free beer here in COLORADO! (Just sayin…look for rice or sorghum based beer in specialty stores)

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A tea from VariaTea. Thank you. :)

I like this tea. It’s gone REALLY well with my oaty jammy crumble (I forgot to put sugar into the oat part of my oat bars, which results in everything falling apart, although it’s sweet enough from the jam) due to the cakey flavour.

It’s like a mix of Naissance and Evening in France. Almond cake and citrus. Really interesting. Definitely something I would consider getting in the future, if I could get it loose. It doesn’t really taste like Christmas to me though. Christmas is more spiced apple juice and shortbread, as those are the flavours we had in the house when I was growing up. Also eggnog made with raw eggs. Heh. Not something that is “done” so much anymore.

It’s nice to sit here and contemplate what I’m going to bring camping this weekend. Yes, camping in December. It’s my brother’s birthday this week, and he had no one to go out with. So we’re taking the ferry and riding our bikes to a campground, building a fire so I can roast myself warm, spending the night, then getting up early the next day to come back. Now, this is within my fitness level, but he is what I’d call athletic to my slow turtle. The only way I’ll beat him there is if he decides to stop for a nap…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

I am glad you enjoyed it. I suppose calling a tea “Christmas tea” is bound to get different reactions given so many people have different traditions. I am Jewish so it just smelled good to me but I know JustJames really felt this was reminiscent of Christmas. However, I suppose the fact that it was drinkable is what counts :)

OMGsrsly

Yeah, not so religious here. We do a pseudo-secular Christmas with food and gifts and a tree (and a movie!). :) Christmas really is all about the food for me. Stuff that doesn’t get made any other time of year.

VariaTEA

That is pretty great. I have a tradition with my siblings and our friends in which we have a Chrismakkah dinner and we make Christmas food and Hanukkah foods and exchange gifts and play dreidel and decorate gingerbread houses. However, the food is probably the biggest attraction :)

OMGsrsly

I think it’s telling that the thing I’m most looking forward to is my parents cooking. :D

Fjellrev

Ah, the West Coast. Where it’s still freaking spring in December.

OMGsrsly

Sadly spring = rainy. It has the potential to be freaking miserable.

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