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I really ought to write about teas when I drink them rather than go by memory, but it’s been an odd last month. That promotion even my manager thought I’d get? It went to someone else who has been with the company longer, which is understandable. I think they did me a favour anyway because I found out afterwards that it would have only been a 40 cent raise, plus I still wouldn’t have gotten FT hours or health benefits after three months. Why did they do me a favour? Because it prompted me to look elsewhere and within not even two weeks, I scored a FT management position, which pays quite a bit more and will give me health benefits too. I start in about a week!

So I drank both cups of this earlier in the week. The first time I had it, I was a little distracted going online apartment hunting. As a side note, my mom finally sold the house in the middle of nowhere, where all of my stuff from the West Coast has been since moving back, and the owners take possession at the end of April, meaning I now have/get to look for my own place, finally! The new job could not have come at a better time. With that said, I’ve been neglecting this whole tea thing.

In any case, cup #1 slightly grabbed my attention because it vaguely reminded me of something I had before but couldn’t put my finger on it. There’s coconut in here, so surely it must remind me of a coconut tea I’ve had in the past? Yet it doesn’t taste like coconut. Hmm.

The next day, I had the final cup. Paying more attention to each sip, this conjured up memories of DF. Which DF tea could this possibly be because none of the ones I’ve had contained coconut? Another sip, ok, I’m detecting a hint of orange in this, and maybe some chocolate. Huh, chocolate orange? Not quite. Then bingo! I taste… almond. Chocolate almond with a hint of orange. Velours Nacré! Unnecessarily long story short, this is so that. Maybe not as nutty but the coconut is definitely leaning more on actual almond-like nuts than coconut. Go figure. I went into this tea not expecting much, quite frankly, because I recall trying a couple of their teas at the Victoria Tea Festival years ago and not being impressed with anything. This is pretty darn good, however. I may consider scoring more if it’s still around next time I place an Amoda order.

Arby

Congrats on the new job!

mrmopar

Congrats!

Zennenn

Congratulations!

VariaTEA

Congrats on the new job! I had the same thing where I was told I was getting a promotion most likely and it fell through. Definitely worked out for the best though because it forced me to look for other and better things.

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drank Berry Maple Waffles by Naked Teas
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This was one that I kept adding and removing from my cart whilst deliberating and placing my order because my gut was telling me that it wasn’t going to be the greatest, and I was right. It’s pretty much what I imagined: red berries with a dash of hibiscus. No maple. The base isn’t as astringent as I was expecting it to be considering it’s a Ceylon. Overall, this blend isn’t anything special. It tastes like a bagged tea I’d have at a restaurant when I’d feel like something more than water but calorie-free, you know? Not so memorable. I’m glad I only went wit the 10g size because I won’t be missing it once it’s gone.

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This makes a rather bitter cold brew, unfortunately. I used around 10g of leaf in my 1.3-ish litre jug so I wonder if I dialled it back a bit on the dry leaf, it would have turned out better. The liquor was a bright green so I knew right away it was going to go south. The fruits were muted and lovely, so this does have potential, but I’ll have to experiment with this further.

It’s been nearly two months since I fainted and screwed up my neck, and it’s still sore, so I’m sitting here feeling useless and wanting to go back to the gym but not sure if I should yet? I could always use these days off as an opportunity to tackle my new teas, though. Hmm.

Super Starling!

I’ve had success making it hot, then icing it. I really love this one, and I hope you can figure out a way to make this one work for you! Also, feel better. I’m out of the gym game this week, too — a cold went into my asthmatic lungs.

Fjellrev

Ah, I normally don’t like that method, but it does seem like a way around ending up with a bitter green iced/cold brew tea.

Thanks! I just don’t know if I should go to the doctor at this point because the soreness is taking forever to go away and I’m not sure if I should risk going to the gym. It’s been so long. I hope you will feel better soon too! I’m glad to hear you’re skipping the gym too because I know of so many diehards who still push themselves even when they’re sick and that’s not good.

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drank Choco*Latte by American Tea Room
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And that’s another tea sipped down to the max. Always a pleasure drinking this magical tisane.

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drank Hepburn by Nina's Paris
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I was not looking forward to this sipdown, that’s for sure. Need more of this chocolate orange fantasy in the future!

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Yikes, it took me this long to enter all these Amoda teas into the system and actually try one. It’s been a obnoxious last few days, quite frankly, so now I’m just trying to sort through some of the stupidity that has been thrown my way and enjoy some good things in life in the process.

This is so ridiculously pepperminty that when you initially steep the tea, it smells like straight up peppermint tea, but once you sip on it, oh, there’s the black base, and there’s the smooth vanilla. Hmm, it’s similar to Della Terra’s Swiss Mountain in terms of the level of minty freshness. The chocolate is on the weaker side but I don’t mind since all the flavours blend together so well and create a joyous cup.

I think what I’m learning is that I tend to enjoy chocolate mint teas that are very generous with the peppermint leaf. Loved Swiss Mountain which was very generous with it, and besides Shamrocks & Shenanigans (a lot more vanilla in that one), was a favourite chocolate mint tea from Della Terra. And as everyone knows, I’m obsessed with Zen Tea’s rooibos offering, which is packed with peppermint leaves. Although not chocolate mint, compare these to DAVIDsTEA’s Santa’s Secret, which while decent, lacks that ultra frosty peppermint bite.

I added some whole milk to my mug after a few cups and I find it brings out the creamy chocolate vanilla aspect more, making this less of a straight up peppermint tea and more of a creamy dessert tea.

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drank Honey Lullaby by DAVIDsTEA
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What an interesting day. I interviewed earlier today for a potential promotion, and I think it went well, plus they seemed to really like me, but who knows what’ll happen. I also just bought concert tickets. My favourite band, Katatonia, is coming to town! Plus my Amoda order arrived today but I still need to add everything to my cupboard.

Now I’m dead tired and still trying to fight off this sickness. I have a headache and mild fever, still, after over a week, plus my neck still hurts from when I fainted and fell last month. So I’m being ultra lazy and useless just bumming around.

But tea! This smells like bee pollen at the farmer’s market, 100%. I was anticipating being smacked in the face with chamomile, but surprises are surprising. The honey really comes through in the flavour and complaints the chamomile wonderfully. You know what? I like this more today than when I had it for the first time the other week. It’s soothing and so smooth for chamomile, which can sometimes be a bit much, especially on its own. I’m not quite sure if I would buy more, but it’s a dope sidekick, at least when you’re sick.

Sil

sounds like a good day overall even with the sick factor :)

OMGsrsly

Ooo, promotions are exciting! Fingers crossed. :)

Fjellrev

Thanks, darlings!

Indigobloom

Wow and you just started at this job not long ago. Superstar! They’d be silly not to give you the job :)

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I brought the entire pouch of this tea with me to work a while back, leaving it in my locker and hoping to polish it off there, but yesterday was finally the first time actually brewing a cup there. I used a tea bag and just left it in my mug while I was sipping on it, and it didn’t go bitter at all. Whatever temperature the hot water which our Keurig dispenses seems to stay kind to tea. The flavours and freshness have been holding up well considering that I’ve had this for ten months now. Still malty and slightly honey-ish, and no dusty or stale notes to be had.

Speaking of work, I did my very first full makeover on a customer yesterday and it seemed to be a success despite it being a terrifying experience for myself. She claimed she liked it! And co-workers said it looked sultry but I hope they weren’t all just being nice. Nothing is scarier than applying eyeliner on someone else haha.

Sil

that IS scary shit haha.

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Sipped this down with whole milk, and my mom had a mug as well. At first, she didn’t want any milk (she is so freaking picky about it and claims it makes things taste like cow) but after taking a few sips sans milk she thought to try it out and ended up loving it. It just ties all the cocoa and mint flavours together, transforming this into an ultra desserty cup of greatness. Still not my favourite chocolate mint tea, but very good nonetheless.

OMGsrsly

Hahaha. It tastes like cow. I guess I could see that? Kinda? I mean, almond milk tastes like almonds. And goat milk tastes like goat… Sort of.

Indigobloom

Ah love it. My mum drinks pretty much only tea with lemon. And never flavoured ones, as per doctors orders apparently.

Evol Ving Ness

^ Generally speaking, doctors rarely know enough about this topic to make that kind of a call, but anywho.

Indigobloom

Right there with you @Evol! hence the apparently. Though they say it has to do with her kidneys, so maybe? shrugs

Fjellrev

Haha yeah, she is really picky about dairy in general, so I think it’s just her way of expressing that she doesn’t like any certain pronounced undertones of cow’s milk.

Haven’t tried goat milk, though. I heard it’s actually supposed to be pretty good? Guess it’s all personal preference, though.

Indigo, what a strange doctor’s order. Like what, do flavourings have epically toxic stuff in them that destroy the kidneys?

Evol Ving Ness

Maybe it is tea generally that taxes the kidneys, flavoured or otherwise.

Indigobloom

Interesting. I know she has had many kidney stones(not kidney disease), and her kind often can’t be blasted by ultrasound. And she is pre-diabetic (no meds, controlled by diet)
Most of those things seem positive though. Hmmm.

Evol Ving Ness

There’s also this aspect of flavoured teas that the doctor may be referring to. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/261179.php

Indigobloom

Oh she is allergic to aspartame and other artificial sweeteners, so that could be it!

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drank Matcha by Ta-Fu
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Protein smoothie of the day:

45g Cellucor cinnamon bun whey protein
250ml Silk unsweetened cashew milk
150ml water
4g matcha
Healthy dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg
94g frozen banana
70g frozen mixed strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries

I can hardly taste the matcha because the spices and fruits form a supergroup of flavour, but I’m having it for its antioxidant value, anyway.

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