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drank Sweet Chai by Love Chai
1438 tasting notes

I understand why it’s called Sweet Chai – the fennel – but I’d say this is more cinnamon than anything else. I do get the smoothness from the cardamom (which I love), and the tea is strong and malty. Still, there’s something about the fennel… I want it less present, more in the background. Even with the strong cinnamon at the forefront of my sip.

I’ll steep this again tomorrow to give it another go, I feel like I didn’t do it justice.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Fennel, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Premium Assam Tea by Love Chai
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Malty, full-bodied, quite chocolaty with some added sweetener (I use stevia), smells divine – like a rich, warm leathery study complete with freshly baked cookies and a thick beer.

Which, I guess, is what many good Assams smell like, thus the draw.

I’ll admit I’ve drank a lot of Yunnan of late, so I was a bit surprised at how small the tea was. Again though, nothing out of the ordinary… just my foo-foo tea drinking habits.

I was given this tea in exchange for reviewing it, and I have to admit I’ll happily drink it all. There’s nothing that wowed me, but it’s also a really solid brew.

I normally steep all my blacks at 200F / just under boiling, and I find this really brought out the flavors in this (and the other teas I tested today).

The price is what stunned me – it’s inexpensive yet doesn’t taste like it. 3.99 pounds for 90g, or (about) $5 USD plus shipping.

Flavors: Chocolate, Leather, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

that’s awesome!

Evol Ving Ness

Sounds like a winner.

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drank Coconut Puerh by Teaja
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Still amazing more than a year later, and another 50g.

Yes, this is one of the teas I MUST carry around the world with me.

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drank Naked Chai by Teaja
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drank Vive le thé! by Le Palais des Thes
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Had this twice now, not getting anything out of it other than a bit of spicy grass. It’s very, very subtle. Which is odd considering there was a huge chunk of what looked like dried orange peel in this steeping.

Flavors: Grass

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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First steep (yesterday) was very floral; lots of soft rose in here like only the French do in their teas. Do I enjoy floral teas? Not particularly. So, this surprised me with its gentle softness and delicate flavors.

I gave a bit to the lady I’m staying with to try, who didn’t like it. “Too floral”.

Second steep (today), just as dark of a tea, less tea-tasting, more rose and softness today. I wish I had another word for it, but that’s all I’ve got.

IF you enjoy lightly scented, delicately floral teas, I’d definitely try this. High rating is for the tea quality – it’s truly up there – not for my liking of it. It’s not the tea’s fault that I don’t like florals… I can still recognize and respect it’s beauty and feel.

First steep 3 min, 2nd steep 5, rounded it to 4.

Gift received via RedditGifts (seriously, go check it out). Many thanks to a kind redditor!

Flavors: Floral, Licorice, Rose

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Arby

If you don’t plan on drinking this, I’m always up for a trade. I love Palais de Thes and like floral teas too. I got some great teas from reddit’s tea and coffee gift exchange too!

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drank Vive Les Fêtes by Palais des Thes
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This tastes and smells like Christmas to me. Almond spice, light and creamy (like a marzipan), it’s quite lovely and unexpected.

Flavors: Almond, Cinnamon, Creamy, Marzipan, Spices

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Ooh, yummy. I love Heath & Heather teas. Very very coconut-y (with the addition of some Truvia). Light, flavorful, can’t even taste the green tea. Lovely.

Received in a tea swap from my Instagram account (http://instagram.com/teatravelninja) from a lovely Polish lady. Thank you!

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Green

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Chocolate Chaga by L'Eternel Chaga
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Seriously, the best tea ever. EVER. I can’t believe I didn’t grab more. So ridiculously, bloody good.

I forgot to label it when I packed it up from Montreal. Still, drank some yesterday and was all, “What IS this?! It’s amazing..” gulp gulp gulp. Then I come on here today to log my tea drinking, and I remember. Yes. Chaga. Mushrooms. Chocolate.

Best tea ever.

Flavors: Chocolate, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Mmm. Do you remember where you bought this one in Montreal, MissB?

Sil

Guessing it’s at one of these places: https://www.leternelchaga.com/points-de-vente.php

Evol Ving Ness

Sil, you are a superstar! Thank you.

Evol Ving Ness

( I did google before I asked, but unsuccessfully, apparently.)

Sil

Np evol. :)

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drank Mandarin Puerh by Whittard of Chelsea
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I loved it in-store and the first time I brewed it for myself. Now? Now it gives me a stomach ache every time I drink it. Sort of like oolongs used to.

I used to get violently ill and nauseous every time I drank an oolong tea. I kept on trying… sick.. no go. I missed out on so much good tea, I’m sure, by this weird issue. I’ve asked numerous tea lovers, peddlers and experts why this might be. The only reason that’s made sense to me was that my stomach was “getting used to” it, and to drink more.

Eventually, I found out I had that icky stomach thing that’s eradicated by oregano oil. Now, I can drink oolong no problem.

This tea? Dunno why, but it upsets my stomach. So, no more for me. Anyone in Toronto want the last of it? I’m here until January 2nd.

Indigobloom

Oregano oil cleanses toxins and unwanted things from the body (my naturopath said). Interesting that it cured your oolong issues! SO keeping that one in my back pocket. I’m just mystified as to why oolong interacts with the unwanted thing and not other teas. Don’t mind me, kinda geeking out here :)

Evol Ving Ness

Interesting! How do you take/apply the oregano oil?

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A few years ago, the obsession with tea started. The cupboard got bigger and bigger, more swaps occurred, group buys, secret rendezvous with local teapassionistas… and that’s how you end up with 500+ different kinds of tea in your home. At one time.

Now, it’s purge time. Time to gather what’s needed and let go of the rest. Almost all of the tea was given away, sold, or otherwise shared. A few relics still remain. It’s still a challenge to avoid the chipmunk-like hoarding of The Teas, yet, the lightness of being from having so little compels me more. And so, I’m happy to share (anytime!) and will occasionally desire small amounts of tea for swaps, just to try.

As for the day-to-day stuff, I’m focused almost entirely on Love, (yes, with a capital L), Spirit/Self, transformation, and work (dating columnist and consultant).

No-can-do: lavender, overly floral (French florals, or florals that are creamy rather than, well, floral work well!), sugar, Splenda, all grains.

Love: fruity, dessert, chai, spicy, all types of tea.

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