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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
753 tasting notes

Very stressful times for me right now…dealing with someone who is being blatantly passive aggressive with me, and has some super annoying habits. Today is my Friday, so I’m at the end of my rope with this last work week.

So, this is the tea I made, and ahhhhh……..yes! Love you Nina’s Japon! I need to get more of you!

Thanks for VariaTEA for sending more of this along for me. I really really like this tea.


Yay for tasty teas to brighten an otherwise not-so-awesome day. This tea alone would get my to place an order with the company, although I think my feelings for this tea have been made very clear already :P.


*get me, not my


The passive aggressive situation sounds really stressful. I hope you get some reprieve soon.


I do too, keychange. It’s things like they are never ever late, but after an incident calling them out on their error, suddenly they’re 10 minutes late in the morning with no warning. Or that they happened to forget, overnight, after said confrontation, that I’m sensitive to perfumes and strong smells, that they decide to bathe themselves in the most awful floral perfume ever, that leaves traces wherever they go, and then they go and follow me all over and stand right next to me.

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This steeping is not that good, but I over zealously used the rest of my sample from OMGsrsly in my steeper this morning rather than measuring it, so I think I overleafed it a bit. It’s a bit bitter and astringent, but the last time I had it, it was super yummy. This time, it’s all my fault for it not tasting good.

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drank Thé de Noël by Nina's Paris
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Sad to say, but this one is not a favourite. I was concerned about the rose petals in the blend, though thankfully they were not too strong….though they did border on making this blend too floral for me, as I have very little tolerance for floral teas, especially rose. Because of this, I was not able to pick up on the other flavours much…I’m just so super sensitive to florals. I was hoping this one was mild enough, and while mild, not mild enough for me.

It is a highly lovely tea to look at though, and I’m grateful for the chance to try it, so thanks VariaTEA for sending it. I’m not sure if I will make the last serving or set it aside for a swap.


Oh no. I hoped it wouldn’t be too bad but when you don’t like something, that tends to be what stands out. At least you tried and know for sure now.


It’s ok. I was hoping it wouldn’t be too floral, and it was just on the fence of being too floral and not floral.

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Umm, I think I like this one just slightly better than Pumpkin Milkshake, but I can’t really explain why. I’ll see if I can figure that out with another steep. Might make one in one tumbler and one in the other for a side my side.

Thanks OMGsrsly for the sample on this one.

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Wanted to try this again to compare it to the Orange Oolong I got at Bulk Barn a few weeks ago. This one is a bit more subtle than the BB one, and just that little bit better. That said, I might just keep the BB one on small supply and add caramel bits to it, because it is so cheap and easily accessible, and not hugely inferior. I have just done an order with CrowKettle for some DT stuff, and this was not on the list…but it might be in the future.

Read the other reviews for more details…

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Gave this one a go today, given the weather. Sadly, it has not wowed me. I find the base a little strong, and the spices a little generic. Nothing about this tea really makes me think of gingerbread, but it might have just been an off brew, so we’ll see how the last of the sample goes. This is ok, but not great.

Thanks, OMGsrsly for sending this. Maybe the last bit will be better.

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A tea that both smells and tastes the way it is named? Uhh, yes please!

I thoroughly enjoyed this tea today. There’s something that was in the background that really added to the buttery cookie feel to this tea. I don’t know how they do it, but I can taste oatmeal raisin cookie with each sip.

This might be just first time love and second time fail, but I have another serving in my sample from VariaTEA. If I still like it then, I’ll probably get some in a group order with CrowKettle (and potentially whoever else in town wants to join in).

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drank Bamboo Integrity by Zen Tea
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I’m super stressed out right now. I found out some bad news about a co-worker today, and I’m really wound up about it, since I actually care a lot for this person, and their situation is terrible right now. I came home after chatting with them on their (late) lunch break, but I ended up trying to take a nap to relax and hope my headache eased with darkness. Unfortunately, I’m still wound up and my head still hurts. So I’m hoping this tea offers some solace, at least for a little bit.

I, uhhh, accidentally steeped this the full 24 minutes my dinner was cooking in the oven for (not that I feel like eating). Thank goodness it’s herbal. It’s actually still ok, but maybe a little lemongrass-y. It is pretty tasty though. I hope my stomach will settle a little from the ginger.

Thanks to OMGsrsly for letting me try this one. It’s pretty tasty, aside from my results of over-steeping it.

3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

feel better!

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Had some of this this morning before heading out. Oddly, I got a strawberry feel. Maybe it was my headache and my senses were off?

I di find the base to be nice and dense, but not overly strong. That said, I did opt to add milk to it. I might not next time, though I think I may cold steep the rest. I’m not sure.

Maybe a future serving I’ll have a better taste of it. I did like it, even though I thought it was strawberry. Ha!

Thanks to VariaTEA for letting me try this one. I’m sure I’ll enjoy the rest of my sample.


Strawberries are nice too :P


Yes. I liked how the pu erh base was not too strong, and it added depth to the whole tea.


This has pu’erh?!?


According to the ingredients listed above:
Blue Mallow Blossom, Blueberry, Orange Flavoring, Passionfruit, Pu Erh Tea Leaves, Raspberry

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This smells really good. I’m not sure if I didn’t steep this right or what. It’s tasting quite mild to me, but I can taste something. Debating whether I should make the rest hot or save for a cold steep later on.

Thanks to VariaTEA for this one. I think it has good potential, but I’m just not sure I got the best it can be.

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are…

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty (except rose), and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

Yes, I do trades…usually on request though. See something you want to try in my cupboard? Just shoot me a message and I’ll see what I can do!

Uh, guess that’s it.


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