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This was tasty, Evol. I used the entire sample and did the first one in about a minute and 25 seconds, and it was creamy, and definitely tasted like black coffee…never mind it was exactly that. But the caramel with the coffee appealed to me and was sweet enough for me to drink straight. I just splashed milk the second time after two minutes brewing, making it resemble the Coffee Cream Merci chocolate being creamy and bitter. I would not seek this tea out to purchase it, but it was a treat that I was very glad to try and enjoy. It kinda made me miss August Uncommon’s Tea Passage du Desir. Thankfully, I have so many flavored black teas left over.

Evol Ving Ness

Delighted that you enjoyed this one, Daylon.

Daylon R Thomas

It was a delight to have.:)

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drank Coconut Chai Kombucha by Nineteen-02
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Excellent kombucha, the flavour reminds me a lot of DT’s coco chai rooibos. I can taste coconut, ginger, clove, cardamom, and a bit of sweetness.

Flavors: Cardamon, Clove, Coconut, Ginger, Spices, Spicy, Sweet

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drank Mojito Kombucha by Nineteen-02
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Absolutely delicious kombucha (but difficult to find!)
Strong flavours of mint, lime, and light sweetness.

Flavors: Lime, Mint, Spearmint, Sweet

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drank Coffee Caramel by Nineteen-02
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This was on my wishlist to try and Evol ving ness was kind enough to include a little for me in her care package. I have to say…this one is really decent. It’s got a really nice caramel flavour to it, that’s not quite paris caramel, but still tastes lovely AND it’s got the coffee flavouring from the coffee beans. I have the same trouble with it as most “coffee” teas in that i love the flavouring but i just want it to be more rich and a deeper brew to it. However, that aside, a lovely tea. thanks evol!

Final Count: 88

Evol Ving Ness

A stroke of luck then! (Did not even think of peeking at your wish list.) I just tossed in the ones of various categories that I thought you might like to try.

Sil

nice!

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drank Little Prince by Nineteen-02
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Another sample from evol ving ness (they’re non stop! haha) this one is weird. Pretty sure i don’t like it. reminds me of something they’d have at a spa. It IS calming, but it’s also…boring? slightly floral but not overwhelmingly powerful. well…i don’t dislike it.but i don’t like it. kinda minty? sort of. thanks for letting me try this evol, wouldn’t have tried this one on my own :)

Evol Ving Ness

It’s that tulsi thing that confuses the tastebuds.

Nineteen-02

Evol, once again, is right. The Tulsi isn’t for everyone, but it is a very interesting herb with some spectacular health benefits. Worth taking a peek at if you like tea lore at all; it goes way back in Hindu lore! Glad you got to try it, Sil!

Sil

i’ll try most things at least once! haha

Evol Ving Ness

I for one adore Tulsi. I came across it by chance and now seek it out in blends. I haven’t tried it straight up, but I quite like this one and others with heavy sprinklings of rose.

Nineteen-02

Next time you place an online order with us, Evol, I’ll toss in a sample of our Tulsi India Chai for you to try out. Really lovely herbal chai and one of my personal favourites, I think you might like it if you haven’t gotten a chance to try it yet.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you. I’ll keep it in mind.

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drank Coffee Caramel by Nineteen-02
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Done! Cold brewed the rest. I think I preferred it that way? I swear the caramel came through a little more.

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drank Coffee Caramel by Nineteen-02
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Last Amoda tea to talk about! Classic me on the second last cup and I’m only now getting to this. Although I’m sure this tea was gosh darn fresh when I received it, the scent and taste of it is kind of stale, but I think that’s my palate’s own interpretation of its notes. It smells like Metropolitan teas to me.

As for the coffee caramel flavours, they are balanced but still a little flat. This tastes a little bit like Herbal Infusion’s Moose Tracks. Creamy, yet thin, caramel with coffee beans.

Milk brings out the coffee even more, as it tones down that pseudo-stale base. I wouldn’t repurchase but it’s worth a shot.

VariaTEA

I also had a tea that tasted like Moose Tracks!! Now I am trying to recall which one.

Fjellrev

I totally recall you saying that in a relatively recent note but can’t think of it.

Ok, I’m a stalker, went back through your notes, and found that you noticed that with Hello Sweetie haha. I didn’t get Moose Tracks from that one but hey, interesting that you did!

Evol Ving Ness

I loved this one. How old is yours?

VariaTEA

Lol Fjellrev, thank goodness you did cuz that was bugging me so much but I was being lazy. And I recall now but it was only that one time I made it at my sister’s place. So weird.

Fjellrev

I got this during the Black Friday order, but it has tasted like this to me from day one. It could really just be me and my freakish taste buds.

Evol Ving Ness

Hmm, ah good then. Maybe I don’t necessarily need to race and drink down all of this right away then. Whew!

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Coffee. Caramel. Boom. And great with chocolate.

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As I read up on the notes I’ve previously written about this tea, I see that a bit has changed with my neighbours and my communication with them. I understand the situation there more and I have communicated more directly and more clearly with them. Yes, I am still being disturbed, but less. They have made several accommodations to lessen their impact on me, but essentially, the load all falls on the woman next door because her man is thoughtless and clueless. Other less savoury descriptors come to mind as well. And clearly has entitlement issues that sadly she has to suffer the results of. But, hey, she chose him while I did not.

Last weekend, he had a male friend or two over which led to hours and hours of talking and incredibly annoying laughter against our adjoining wall.

In the wee hours, perhaps two or so, I assume there was an argument with his wife as their front door slammed hard, waking me up. A few hours later, there was a stream of cursing when I assume he came home from wherever he ran to and found that door locked. Of course, waking me up again. Nevermind that their baby regularly wakes me up in the night and disturbs me during the day.

I haven’t mentioned being woken by this latest thing to them. Add it to the dozens of times that I have been woken up by them in various ways. How does one even start?

That said, this week has, thankfully, been a bit better. I am certainly delighted that she is putting up with less of his nonsense.

This tea may be one that I continue stocking in my cupboard. The bitter roast of the coffee contrasts beautifully with the rich caramel sweetness. The caramel flavour imitates the type that is thoroughly caramelized, the kind that is a few seconds from being burnt.

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Last night I sent my neighbours a note asked them to tone it down with exercising—running, jumping, doing weights, and so on— on wooden floors. It took me a year and a half of it driving me crazy to mention it to them because I didn’t want to be the crazy lady next door. So I sucked it up. 7 am, 10 am, 3 pm, 4 pm, 5pm. And this week, I lost my ^%&t.

My note was polite. I have no problem with their newborn—sometimes it feels like I have a newborn alongside—and their six-year-old. Or their extended family and large friend network. But for the love of God, with the running and the kettlebells and motivation soundtrack against our adjoining wall and repeated thuds and thuds and thuds and boom and boom and boom and who knows what all else that makes the floors jump and the walls vibrate and me want to crawl out of my skin. And why do all this when you have perfectly good concrete floors too that will muffle the sound and not make your neighbours want to kill themselves? So I hated having to send the note, but nope, couldn’t take it any. more. I so much hope that they will understand instead of thinking that I am a lunatic.

ok ok, I may be a lunatic, but in a good way.

I have often thought about this tea. When it is good, it is really really good. I misplaced it. It wasn’t in the place where I usually store it because I had included it in a swap with a tea friend and it got buried among other teas I had put aside to create swap samples. So, now, yay! Such bitter coffee and burnt caramel deliciousness. It is super lovely with milk, but I am drinking it straight up. And deliriously happy. Until I begin thinking about my neighbours.

Indigobloom

Was this from the amoda box? sounds amazing!
Ugh noisy neighbours are the WORST. Our former neighbours had six kids. When they played outside? each invited a friend over, and there was chaos. I swear they were opera divas in training. Working from home or studying was literally not possible. I feel your pain. Here’s hoping they respond with a compromise that works!!

Evol Ving Ness

Initially it was and then I ordered it.

Ah, so you know the pain. I have a set of truly despicable neighbours on the other side who have six kids with the same situation. Years and years of them outside. all. the. time with friends, of course, with no supervision. So yeah, I was not able to do any of my studying or work at home. Thankfully, most of that set are teenagers now.

I am certainly not prepared to go through that situation again. Nope. But I also want to be fair and understanding, which I think I am being with these new neighbours.

Indigobloom

Unsupervised, yup!! they had an inground pool, which means summer was absolute torture. So glad they moved away. I’m glad you’re neighbours kiddos are grown now!
It sounds totally reasonable to me. I’d bet it hasn’t even occurred to them and they will be horrified. Kudos to them for being healthy though. Do they know about tea? it might be a nice olive branch :P

Evol Ving Ness

No pool, but I raise you two pit bulls and an antique car, truck, and Harley collection in addition to the other vehicles. And only three are teenagers. And they are all still here. However, after I began researching and reporting various bylaws they were breaking on a daily basis, they learned how to play nice. For now.

I don’t know. Nice idea though. Let’s see how things go. I think this is a period of reflection, hopefully. My mistake is that they don’t hear me, but in my note, I illustrated the reasons why that is.

Thank you for being supportive. It helps.

Sil

thankfully our neighbours toned it down before i had to write a note explaining that if you’re going to be uh…enthusiastic…for over an hour…ONE of you is probably faking it..so could that be done before midnight instead of at 2am. heh

Sil

also i’m with IB – this sounds good

Evol Ving Ness

hhahahaaha! It’s always something.

The tea or the note, Sil?

Indigobloom

@Sil Oh dear! hah.

@Evol You win on that one. Not sure if that is good…
We have other neighbours with a pool. Two kids with autism and a teenager who loves having friends over. And a hottub. They try to keep it down unless it is a special occasion, but sometimes the kids have tantrums. Oh and the adults go into their hottub topless sometimes. Not sure about the bottom bits, I try not to stare.

Indigobloom

We’ve bumped heads with those neighbours before, but I can’t complain much now. They are much nicer now. Long story :P

Evol Ving Ness

Anything that keeps people outside and making noise of any kind is potentially troublesome, if the people are neanderthals to begin with. Topless and bottomless bits don’t faze me. Lack of respect for others makes me go ballistic, however.

Indigobloom

I don’t care if they do go topless but my neighbour on the other side squawks and causes more drama haha. Desperate housewives, I know.

Sil

I don’t care what ppl do as long as it’s quiet. heh

Evol Ving Ness

Me too. However, I’d object to a meth lab next door though. So, quiet and something that doesn’t infringe on any of my senses, health, and sanity. Otherwise, absolutely cool.

Indigobloom

Totally agreed on that front! and I don’t want my property damaged either (neighbours emptied their pool and it went through part of our yard. eroded the soil)

Evol Ving Ness

People sometimes, ugh.

Indigobloom

grumbles People.
I hope they’ve come back with an apology. Or something.

Evol Ving Ness

Apology, yes! And a whole lot of ideas on how we can compromise in this situation.

Indigobloom

oh wow yay!! faith in humanity revived*

Evol Ving Ness

Well, not so fast. I’ve been woken up by the exercise and their infant four times in the last five days.

Evol Ving Ness

So clearly we are not there yet.

Indigobloom

Oh dear. Can you record it for them? Or maybe the decibels, so you can show them comparable noises? http://www.wikihow.com/Measure-Decibels

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you for this, Indigobloom. I will take a look when I have some brain cells to work with.

Indigobloom

I hope it works. Good luck!

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks. Currently, making an effort to write a note in response to them in a polite reasonable way without sounding like a crazy lady. They have taken steps, but I don’t think they understand the impact of the kids, and the tv, and the exercise thuds and thumps on top of all the rest of life noises.

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Such loveliness in a cup.

Somehow I had misplaced this tea for a few months, but it has resurfaced. Still just as glorious as I remember. I had some milk handy, so I added a bit. Also a bit of honey. It tastes like milky coffee candies of my imagination and memory; I am certain that I’ve had such coffee candies before, but where, when, what, who knows.

A sunny warm beautiful day out there, but I am lounging here in the dark in flannel jammies with my warm cup of tea. Slowly emerging into the day. Getting psychologically prepared to get into motion, none too quickly.

Sil

never heard of that company. neat

Evol Ving Ness

It’s only a matter of time before we tea peeps begin organizing tea tours of B.C.

Fjellrev

Aww, I wish I enjoyed it as much as you. Glad someone is!

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Oh my word.

This tea. Just glorious.

I am rather cautious about coffee-flavoured teas. Is it coffee? Is it tea? Identity crisis?

This tea, however, tastes like the best quality coffee ice cream with a drizzle of dulce de leche with a nice Kenyan black tea backup. Oh.

I am so incredibly partial to well done caramel teas.

Nothing else I can tell you really other than I am ordering a hundred grams of this today. And the sooner the better.

Flavors: Caramel, Coffee

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
keychange

I love reading such loving reviews like this!

Fjellrev

Wow, sounds like heaven!

Shae

Oh wow, this sounds wonderful!

Evol Ving Ness

Ordered 100 grams. Done.

Fjellrev

You sure don’t fool around. :D

Evol Ving Ness

I’ve had four cups of this tea, not all today, and each cup was glorious. The scent. The flavour. That lovely inhale of dark roast wrapped in caramel perfectly balanced in this tea. Yep, no commitment issues whatsoever. :)

sundaysipping

Oh this sounds lovely!

keychange

ah! I would be so tempted if it weren’t for the coffee!

Nineteen-02

We’re so glad you liked it, Evol Ving Ness! This is definitely one of our favourite blacks.

Evol Ving Ness

Yes, I like this one a lot. In my last cup, however, it seemed like the flavour of the leaf was already fading, and rather rapidly. I’ve only had it for four months, so it appears to have a rather short shelf life. I am drinking up and sharing rapidly then.

Nineteen-02

How was it stored, if I may ask? I find that if the seal isn’t air tight, it’ll lose a bit of its lustre. Learned that one the hard way a few times.

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