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I’ve been working on building my caffeine free collection. It’s still puny compared to everything else, but we are getting somewhere. Anywho, I got a sample of this to try before committing. It’s a nice dessert tea. Smells very sweet and somehow coffee-ish. It’s got something harsh. May be a simulation of alcohol? It tasted rich and toffee. The medicinal rooibos flavor is strong but I’m getting used to it.
An enjoyable cup after dinner. :)

Edit: I’m drinking what’s left from the pot this morning. Cold, it is much more like tiramisu. It’s much more enjoyable, creamy and sweet. I suspect that this is because the strong rooibos flavor has decreased now that the brew is cool.

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Iced mixed with apple cider. Perfection.

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An okay tea. I think my problem is expectation. I have ideas about how a tea is going to taste before I taste it. Sometimes, I am disappointed. This dry tea smelled strongly of strawberries. Like strawberry candy. Which is awesome. THen, as soon as the hot water hit the leaves, the smelled changed to something toasty and hay-ish. What happened to the strawberry candy? The strawberry flavor is light and a bit tart. I actually think it tastes a bit funky. The flavors of the tea and the strawberry don’t mix well, but it’s still ok. I think it would be better iced. Don’t expect it to taste as juicy and fruity as it smells and you’ll be ok.

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Yummy. It’s a great dessert tea. Husband said, “It tastes like pudding!” It has a strong rooibos base with yummy caramel flavors. I added sugar and cream and it was decadent. The rooibos flavor needs masking, but if you enjoy plain rooibos, you might disagree with me. Overall, yummeh.

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drank April Showers by Element Tea
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I had this lovely tea a couple days ago, but it’s been crazy and I’ve been drinking lots of tea I haven’t been able to log. Anyways, this is a nice one. I normally don’t drink fruit teas because they usually come with more hibiscus than fruit. blah. This one had a lovely rose color without the hibiscus. I loved the flavor. Very berry, currant and raisin. Slightly tart. You need a lot of dry tea to make a flavorful cup and you don’t get much in the bag. And it’s not re-steepable, so it’s not too economical but it’s tasty. I think it tastes way better cold because it’s still a bit tart. Very refreshing. I imagine it would be great mixed with lemonade.

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I’ve been having a bad week. Okay, it’s not bad. It’s just stressful. There are guests and holiday accommodations and arguments and late nights. I’m so tired and stressed out right now. Today I have to spend most of my day preparing food for Thanksgiving. I won’t have time to do much cooking tomorrow. I really need some time with a good oolong. Everything can just take care of itself for a while. Time to break out another sample from Tea from Taiwan.

The smell is amazing. Buttery and bakey. Like fresh biscuits. The first cup is refreshing and comforting. So smooth and rich. I took a deep whiff of the wet leaves. Smells like buttered peas (yum!) and bok choy. This is perfect and exactly what I needed.

Second cup is very sweet and fruity. There’s peas at the end of the sip. Delicious. I love peas. and fruit. (Speaking of fruit, I need to go to the Japanese store and pick up more persimmons…)

I don’t have time for a third cup right now, but I’ll be back. This tea is so good. I’m perked up for now and I’ll need to de-stress with this tea later. :)


I don’t know how Americans cope with Thanksgiving this close to Christmas. I always find late November on so stressful for so many reasons to begin with. I hope a good Oolong can help you relax!


I really miss Thanksgiving in the US… I am taking tomorrow off to honor it!


Jessie – I always wondered why Canadians have their Thanksgiving a month earlier than we do. I need to do some research or something. hehe Anyways, thankfully, my family doesn’t do Christmas. My sister and I always spent that holiday season with friends. It’s much easier being a guest than a host.

Ninavampi – Are you having a feast too?


I think the basic historical basis boils down to that, as a harvest festival, Canada’s harvest season tends to be earlier than in the US. What with the terrible cold right now, this makes sense to me. In any case, I think American Thanksgiving is a good excuse for me to bake another pumpkin pie!


this sounds delicious…


@Mercuryhime – Yep! Stayed home and even ate pumpkin pie! : ) Not in the US but the part of my family that is in Ecuador will enjoy a super feast on Saturday and a mini feast today! : )

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It’s just dried ginger bits. I love ginger. There isn’t anything in the world that wouldn’t taste good with some ginger in it. I dare any of you to name a food that wouldn’t be good with ginger.
Moving on… I love the smell of this. I usually make ginger tea by grating fresh ginger and pouring boiling water over it, but I recognize the convenience of a dried ginger. I’m glad I got this shipment before Thanksgiving because I was planning on making a stomach easing after dinner drink with ginger, mint and lemon grass. Or maybe minus the mint since some people don’t like mint (how can you not like mint?). But first, I want to try the ginger on its own.

I gotta say. I’m a little sad. I might have put in too much ginger, but the package doesn’t offer any suggestions. It’s nice and spicy which is great, but it’s also bitter and medicinal. I don’t think I can drink this without honey.

Okay, I just watered it down a bit and now it tastes better. I used too much ginger. I’ll know better for next time. This will probably be better in a blend. It’s super convenient for tummy problems, but I’ll stick to fresh ginger when I can.

Boiling 8 min or more

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The strength of the floral flavors is surprising. So much so that I only noticed the coconut as an after thought. However, as I kept drinking, I realized how pleasant and creamy the coconut is. It’s a smooth white base with some hay notes.

The smell of the coconut is fantastic. I was hoping for more coconut flavor, but I pretty much love coconut. I could put it in everything. The flowers are a bit much. They add a hint of medicine to the aftertaste.

Overall, a yummy good tea!

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Very green and pleasantly floral. I love the smell in this one. Puppy sniffed my cup and wrinkled his nose though. It’s a very nIce to kuan yin that I would certainly recommend. However, I find it not very interesting. It’s good but not memorable. I’m probably jaded though. My mom only ever makes ti khan yin. Perhaps I’m too familiar with it to find it special. I’ve had many that are subpar to know that I’m drinking a good one right now.

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drank Chamomile Citron by Tea Forte
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I am soooo not a fan of chamomile. ugh. I was offered this tea at someone’s home and accepted out of politeness. Some people are really uncomfortable with the idea that you just want to drink water. People seem to think water is what you drink when you have no other choice. But honestly, water is often my first choice. But anyway, this was gross. I didn’t get a chance to see the ingredients, but I tasted mostly chamomile and a bit of mint. I didn’t really notice any citron flavors, which I had hoped would mask the chamomile. Why do I hate chamomile so much? :(


Chamomile is not for everyone. And… interestingly enough… not all chamomile is the same. There are a few really outstanding chamomile teas – look for the large blossoms of chamomile. One of the best that I’ve tried that comes to mind immediately is the Chamomile from Byron Bay Tea Company: http://www.byronbayteacompany.com.au/store/Organic-Chamomile.html


Hmm… Chamomile also grows around my house. I wonder what type it is, I will have to look into it… I am not terribly fond of it, but I can’t claim to hate it.


Chamomile is terrible. I’m with you!


I like it… :-P

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I came from a tea drinking family, but I never appreciated the different qualities and varieties of tea until older. All that time wasted! But I guess I needed to be mature enough to appreciate the tea experience. :)

My favorite teas are green oolongs and white tea. I also love greens, especially gyokuro. I have a huge appreciation for rooibos and honeybush as they are often that only thing I can drink in the evening. I am a relatively new convert to black teas. This is unfortunate for my wallet but extremely wonderful for my palate. :)

In any case, I have a love for both flavored and unflavored teas. They are different experiences for sure, but both enjoyable. I find that it often depends on my mood.

I am on a quest to find a tea that will win my husband over. I think I’m making some headway…

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