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I haven’t had tea in about a week because I just haven’t been feeling well and I’ve basically either been at work or in bed. My tastebuds are still off but I’m feeling up to brewing and sipping so I’m back to drinking tea and posting my 365 days of tea pics and nothing felt more festive for the day of the Royal Wedding than this tea, generously shared by Evol Ving Ness, out of my Union Jack teapot. There isn’t much about this online so other than it’s a black tea and an earl grey, I don’t know if I’m to expect anything else here and tbh other than a mild blerg, I’m not getting anything else. Maybe it’s my tastebuds or maybe that’s the tea. All in all, it’s not bad though not amazing either. Thank you Evol Ving Ness for the share :)

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Mango flavour present, but imitation, or preservative, flavour coming through as well. Despite steeping low and slow, rooibos is pretty woody.

ok, but would not be seeking this out.

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I wonder what I am doing differently? I continue adding cacao nibs to amp things up here, but the flavour of the steeped tea is a bit on the mild and weak side. Still delicious, but I wonder whether this is the inevitable result of drinking several slap-your-face frisky blacks recently.

Operation massive focus pile continues.

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This tea straight up continues to be delicious, but because it is fading a bit with age, I have been doctoring it up with cacao nibs and a bit of coconut. Totally working for me.

Operation massive focus pile continues.

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I doctored this up so severely today—by accident, y’all— that it is almost undistinguishable, so I won’t comment.

Operation massive focus pile continues.

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This tea is in my focus rotation. I’ve been doctoring it by boosting the chocolate flavour. Yes, indeed. A bit of coconut adds oomph too.

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The thing about an absolutely massive focus pile is that there is a lot to choose from. For now.

I doctored this up with a half teaspoon of cacao nibs which is just the thing to refresh the richness of the chocolate. The cup is sweet dark chocolate with hints of caramelized coconut. Lovely.

Fjellrev

Sounds scrumptious! I’m wondering if she had this available when I used to live there because it sounds like something I’d grab.

Fjellrev

Granted, your cacao nibs must have made a tremendous difference. :)

Evol Ving Ness

I think she must have a rotating selection. When I made my order, many of the ones that I wanted were unavailable. I explained my preferences and she put together a collection of things that more or less fit my criteria. She did a good job. I am perfectly happy with the ones I received, some more than others, of course—but it happens.

This tea is good on its own. However, it is aging and needed a bit of taking to a new level. Also, the cacao nibs that I currently have are stellar, so I use them whenever possible :)

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My focus pile is onerous. That being the case, I have singled out two, three, or four from the focus pile for immediate attention, immediate meaning that at least one of these is on daily rotation. That’s fair, right?

This is one delicious tea. I’ve taken to adding half a spoon of cacao nibs to the leaf to freshen up the chocolate flavour. This approach pleases me. Today, I had my tea with me in a travel mug and added a glug of cream to good effect.

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My new thing is adding cacao nibs to flavour-appropriate aging teas to amp them up. Here the cacao nibs catapult the caramel and chocolate to a whole new level. Yum!

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Afternoon tea. The base is sturdy enough to carry the chocolate and the caramel in equal measure. A bit of vanilla comes through as well.

Flavors: Caramel, Dark Chocolate

Sil

Interesting

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I have resurrected this aging tea by adding cacao nibs. Exactly the thing.

Fjellrev

Smooth move!

Evol Ving Ness

No kidding! It is so good that I am now plowing through this tea like nobody’s business.

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Chipping away at this. It’s a lovely cup, but I’d like more chocolate. Possibly adding milk would benefit this, but I am currently quite committed to drinking all my teas black and unsweetened.

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I was reminded this week that coconut needs to be sipped down before other teas, so I hauled this out to my focus pile.

The chocolate here is mild, but it and the coconut mellow the spice. Nice blend. Travels well in a carry mug too.

Lexie Aleah

I can’t remember if any of my teas have coconut in them besides one. Even unopened teas as well?

Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, any form of coconut although I imagine that unopened teas would keep longer. Or I am hoping, hehe.

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It’s a chocolate kind of day. Not that chocolate occurred to me as I reached for this. It was more the sweet spice coconut aspect of it that caught my attention today.

That said, this cup is mostly cinnamon and Assam with the coconut and chocolate mellowing things out.

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My chocolate coconut chai snow globe tea. Snow globe because the chips of leaf drift softly in my clear glass steeper as the tea steeps. Perfect for this deep-freeze extreme cold warning weather.

Had a few delicious cups of this yesterday when Steepster was absent. Clearly, I needed a good cup of something during this trauma.

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Mellow.

I steeped this in my clear glass Libre and watched the liquor colour darker red brown while tea chips floated softly to the bottom of the container : the tea version of a snow globe. Just the thing for this slow slow slow bright frigid snow-covered day with windchill of -20.

So yes, I am spending a contemplative day, toasty and indoors.

Drinking this black and unsweetened. Mellow, as mentioned, with prominent cinnamon and cardamom softened by mild chocolate and coconut with the slightest bite of black pepper. The flavours are clean and clear.

Quite enjoying this.

Flavors: Black Pepper, Cardamon, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Coconut

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Dexter

I like the thought of steeping leaves in clear glass as a snow globe. :)

Evol Ving Ness

I don’t know if I had even seen, or possibly noticed, this before. The tea chips descended totally in slow motion. I’ll have to try this again soon. Mesmerizing.

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My teas are in complete disarray: between living here and there, with internet and without, with the aftermath of hauling everything out and packing for the transition, and then on top of that the aftermath of readying for a big swap which happened between two households—so, GAH! The minimal tea order that I had to begin with has been upended. I have no idea where to find my usual favourites.

There are a few positives in all this chaos. The most obvious may be that I immediately started in on all the deliciousness that I received in the swap and yum. However, the swap packets are there and I am here. And my black tea favourites’ whereabouts are uncertain.

I may not know where my black tea blends are, but all this has unearthed a few oolong teas which I was not focusing on in this particular swap and that is a good thing because out of sight, out of mind.

This is one that I came across. Delicious. Not certain, but I am guessing tieguanyin. A really nice one. First steep sweetness. I wish I had a bit more information on this one.

Updated…
First two steeps sweet and floral, reminiscent of Taiwan High Mountain Oolongs.
Third and Fourth steeps become more vegetal, seaweed, and earth.

Flavors: Earth, Floral, Sap, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Fjellrev

In the middle of a big move? I hope everything is going well!

Evol Ving Ness

Nah, staying at a friend’s place while she is away to escape from baby world here. It is nice to escape from technology for a bit too. Like a wee vacation in my own city. Even though I do need to come home to take care of things every so often—like now, for example. Thanks for the good wishes though. Much appreciated.

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Last tea of the night for me.

Overall, I’ve actually had a shockingly productive and restful day. I finished ALL of my queued up tasting notes, drank seven teas on top of that, got some tea mail, explored a few new music artists, watched a movie, cleaned the guinea pig cage, cooked a really nice supper from scratch, and had a really awesome conversation with the boyfriend tonight where I got to share some of the music I discovered tonight while enjoying some of the music he likes. Plus, lots of awesome tea and music pairings! This is exactly how days off should be spent.

As for this tea? It’s maybe not the most amazing flavour to be leaving off on for the day BUT it’s also not the worst either. I’m finding it immensely heavy on the cardamom notes, with softer lemon and other citrus undertones. Honestly, if it weren’t for the music I’ve paired it with I think I might find it pretty boring as a flavour. That’s not far off the sentiments I had about it the first time I tried it though. It’s going to be a long process finishing this one off – but at least I know it’s an option to pull out when I am craving cardamom. On those very rare occasions…

Song Pairing: https://youtu.be/4wZsM3YDlGY

Flavors: Cardamon, Lemon

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From my mom’s vacation haul – her pick for me.

To be honest, I wouldn’t have chosen this one for myself. In fact, last time mom went on vacation and she grabbed a tea for me all on her own she chose a rooibos that was actually surprisingly similar to this? She seems to kind of just gravitate to whatever rooibos blend has the most ingredients in it…

That said; this one doesn’t taste BAD. It’s very, for lack of a better word, generic though? I mean, bottom line it’s like a spiced apple flavour. It’s a bit on the sweet side, so lets call it a cinnamon apple pie with cardamom, to be generous. There’s some lemongrass undertone to it as well. I really don’t dislike it but this is the sort of flavour that I’m probably just never really going to crave because it isn’t unique in any way, so it’ll probably take forever for me to finish it.

Oh well. It was free, and a gift so I can’t really complain too much.

Helena

Ah well if nothing else at least it wasn’t terrible. It’s the thought that counts.

Evol Ving Ness

She seems to kind of just gravitate to whatever rooibos blend has the most ingredients in it…

This made me smile.

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I don’t think I’ll ever be a fan of red rooibos, but this one tastes alright! I don’t even experience the usual exponential dread at the idea of drinking it. Huzzah!

Tastes of stonefruits, sleep, non-imposing roobios. I tend to chug it down before going to bed so I haven’t noted the subtitles, but I like it.

Too bad it was discontinued, but I’m glad I got the chance to try it (over and over again, because I bought the biggest pouch ever). Thanks for the great recommendation OMGsrsly, Bear With Me, and Plunkybug!

Flavors: Earth, Stonefruits

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 1 OZ / 29 ML

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This tastes a lot like amaretto. I tend to steep this in the evening, forget about it by my bedside table, then drink it cold the next morning. It’s good that way.

Bear With Me recommended this to me ages ago, and it’s pretty tasty when I’m not drowning in rooibos apathy.

Flavors: Almond, Cherry, Strawberry, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Plunkybug

I like this one too. I got it from Bear With Me too, as a sample to see if I liked Janet’s rooibos…he thought I would, as he feels it is better than David’s rooibos. I like the Rainbow and Plum the best, but I am ok with a few other varieties from her (and others).

CrowKettle

If I have to grab a cup of rooibos, I definitely prefer Janet’s blends to the ones from David’s. I agree with Rainbow and Plum being my favourites too :) Didn’t Janet discontinue the Plum though?

Plunkybug

I still have a fair bit of plum left…both really, but I did get extra plum when she mentioned it being discontinued. It’s been a while since I was in last. I remember she was changing suppliers, and was in the middle of that, so I’ve no idea what offerings she has now. I hope to get back there one day soon.

CrowKettle

I still have practically all my plum left too. Maybe a Vic visit is in the future (even if just for Silk Road/Jaga Silk).

Plunkybug

Yes! Let me know!

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Citrus and spice rooibos meh. For whatever reason this didn’t work for me, and I’m too apathetic to write much about it.

I think it was the lemongrass; it was just a little too much of something. Not bad otherwise.

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Flavors: Cinnamon, Lemongrass, Orange Zest

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For years, when rummaging through my cupboard I kept passing this sample up. I guess I still haven’t recovered from my years of overexposure to cinnamon at David’s Tea (also it’s rooibos, which is synonymous for boring).

It’s too bad I skipped over this tea’s golden years of freshness because it’s actually well balanced (for a rooibos). The sweet-spice of cinnamon only plays as supporting role to the tangy orange peel . The flavour profile is up there for comfort, along with awesome things like mulled wine and hot apple cider.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange Zest

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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I had this yesterday. I had no idea what I was tasting. as I’ll be honest and say I have not had this tea in a long time, and this was a sip down. I actually had I straight and it went down incredibly smooth. If I had had more, I might have maple latted this. Or just used a touch of organic cane sugar and milk. I really need to get back to Janet’s…been a long time since my last visit.

Indigobloom

This is the second time I’ve seen this one in my feed recently. What’s in it? Now I’m curious lol

Plunkybug

It’s from a local company here, and the other person and I probably got it from the same source as samples. ;)

Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, but what does the tea contain? Inquiring minds want to know.

Plunkybug

Yes, don’t we all want to know.:P Sadly, mine was a sample, and I didn’t even know what it was for a while, because the bag was full, and the name was in marker pen, and I couldn’t see that it actually had a name/label until I began spooning it out to make a cup. I have zero details other than name and supplier. I have not been to Janet’s in a long time, but I plan to ask next time I am there. Sorry. Wish I could have been more helpful.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, Plunkybug. Sorry to be a pest. I didn’t quite get it initially. :(

Plunkybug

Oh, no problem. Not a pest at all! I’m only sorry that I can’t be more helpful in telling everyone what is in it. Apologies if my last answer came off in a negative tone. It was not meant to.

Evol Ving Ness

No, no, not negative at all.

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