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drank Pumpkin Pie by Tickled Tea
4519 tasting notes

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I decided to stay in London this weekend with a plan to get lots of work done. However, yesterday I flip flopped about whether I would be getting on my 7:45 pm train so much that I basically kept myself in a state of limbo where I was stressed about everything. Should I do a gaiwan session? Well if I stay then I have time but if I go it may make me need to pee a lot and I don’t like using the train bathroom. Should I do work? Well I don’t want to start something to have to stop in the middle to catch the train? Should I stay dressed or should I shower? All me being ridiculous and if I just made a decision, I likely could have gotten a lot done yesterday but I did not so yesterday was a bit of a write off.

Then when I decided to stay, a bunch of my friends in London were like “cool, you are here for once, let’s make plans!” So now I have someone coming over tonight for dinner and a movie and tomorrow I am going out with someone else for dinner and a movie and I suppose so much for staying in London to get more work done.

This morning I have been productive though, though not in relation to school…yet. I have plans to watch lectures shortly. However, first, I cleaned my apartment which was a bit disastrous since I basically just crash here a couple days a week and then spend the rest of the week in Toronto or Waterdown with family. So, I finally tidied up the place and it is looking so. much. better. The only thing left to deal with are my teas. I have gotten new ones and rather than putting them in the drawers where my tea is stores, I just have boxes or bags of tea lying around. So I will have to deal with that but after my overhaul of everything else, I decided to make tea and picked this one out for a latte.

I had a bit of an issue because when I went to pour the milk out of the bag, milk came both out of the bag and the container it was stored in despite me just opening the bag. So I had to investigate what was happening and I couldn’t really locate a whole in the bag other than the one I cut but to be safe I drained it and tossed it. Bye a full litre of milk I just bought :(

Once I did sort out the milk issue, I got to making what ended up being one of the foamiest lattes ever. Honestly. The foam was put on the latte like 5 minutes ago and it is still standing and it is still wiggly which is a weird thing to say about foam but just know it is impressive.

This tea is old but it is still nice. I don’t know if its pumpkin pie per se but I am definitely getting cinnamon and cloves and those great pumpkin pie spices that work well in lattes, especially this time of the year. I put off trying this sample for so long b/c of the base mostly (a Chinese green tea which I think is probably a hojicha) but it actually worked really well with the other ingredients.

derk

lol milk bag memories. those’ll never catch on in the states.

VariaTEA

Normally they are pretty good and definitely a lot cheaper. It wasn’t until I was in university that I realized this was not a thing in the US b/c my American friends were so confused by them. Prior to that, when we went to Florida, I always thought we bought jugs b/c we didn’t need as much milk.

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70
drank Candy Apple by Tickled Tea
10193 tasting notes

VariaTEA sample from yesterday. Candy apple this is not. It’s spiced apple – cinnamon and apple and that sort of cider-y type of apple tea. Good tea, but not what it’s advertising :)

Final Count: 60

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Finally pushed myself to try (and finish off) this sample, which I have been sitting on for a REALLY long time now. I don’t know what it says about my ‘tea drinking journey’ that this is only one of like a dozen bacon teas I’ve had now. I mean, I just never would have assumed that would be a point I’d reach when I started getting into tea.

What’s more – I find myself confused regarding this tea because it’s easily the least bacon-y bacon tea I’ve had; and is that a good thing!? Is it a bad thing!? Should I be judging bacon teas on their accuracy to bacon flavour or do I like that it was milder and less intrusive, with most of the flavour notes actually coming from the woody/honey like rooibos base itself and those hints of apple? I DON’T KNOW WHAT CRITERIA I SHOULD BE FOCUSING ON. I mean…

Bacon teas are just weird, ok!? They. Just. Are.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iI2f8eA8x4Q&index=2&list=WL

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drank La La Land by Tickled Tea
4519 tasting notes

Lavender. Chamomile. Why did I buy this? I think I got excited and got one of everything at Tickled Tea and that’s how I wind up with a blend that really isn’t for me. With that said, despite having some ingredients I really dislike, this is not as bad as I expected. Chanomile is definitely the strongest flavor and lavender is close behind but the lemon keeps everything in check and it’s all balanced by the mint so that even though I know I don’t love this, I can see how it might be enjoyable to others. The last of this sample is probably going into the swap box.

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59
drank Apple Crisp by Tickled Tea
10193 tasting notes

Another sample from today. I had some hopes for this one, but it wasn’t meant to be. Brewed it was weak tasting and more like a sweet almond tea than apple crisp. My apple crisps are made with tart apples, so maybe that’s on me haha. Still, good to try but not for me outside of this cup. thanks VariaTEA!

Count: 43

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60
drank Candy Apple by Tickled Tea
4519 tasting notes

This is preferable hot over iced and comes off a lot more liked a baked apple tea as opposed to candy apple. As such, it is roasty and cinnamony and comes off a lot more like a fall/winter blend than a summery candy apple treat.

Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2018/07/10/candy-apple-from-tickled-tea/

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drank Root Beer Float by Tickled Tea
4519 tasting notes

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Like all other Root Beer Float teas, I decided to try this as a latte and tbh I do not like it. Perhaps age is to blame since this is over a year old but despite this being distinctly root beer flavored, it just isn’t great. The base is imparting too much flavor, and its imparting a flavor that does not meld with the root beer or “float”. Plus, I am not loving the fennel in this. It’s all just a fight between milky root beer, brisk black tea, and a herb quality and those three things just don’t belong in the same mug. It was drinkable but not great.

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drank Sweet Chili Spice by Tickled Tea
4519 tasting notes

Usually spicy teas aren’t actually spicy. This is not really an exception however you do get the little hit of chili at the back of your throat. Unfortunately other than that hit, this tea is a whole lot of weird. I don’t like the cinnamon or the beet or the chili and all of it is on a slightly metallic gunpowder base. Everything is fighting and none of it is all that good.

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drank French Toast by Tickled Tea
4519 tasting notes

NOPE! Nope. Nope. Nope!

Me and this tea are not friends. I immediately thought stevia from the cloying sweetness that coated my tongue at first sip but turns out it is real sugar…and probably the cinnamon. And the fennel comes through and it just doesn’t belong and basically this is just one mug full of NOPE!

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drank Chai Five by Tickled Tea
4519 tasting notes

I got this as a sample with my Tickled Tea order. It was one of maybe two teas I didn’t pick up with my order since I don’t usually love chais (though they are growing on me now). This one smelled strongly of cardamom which had me worried but tasted more of clove and cinnamon with some cardamom as well. Little ginger to be found. This made for a nice enough latte though.

Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/12/28/chai-five-from-tickled-tea/

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72
drank Lemon Cookie by Tickled Tea
10193 tasting notes

this isn’t really a lemon cookie tea. It’s a decent lemon black tea, and it’s more “something” than just lemon black…but it doesn’t scream cookie to me…not even pastry..it’s more like lemon, almond. tasty though, even cooled, with a little sugar is nice.

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drank Tropical Punch by Tickled Tea
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I iced this per the company’s suggestion on instagram and though it was better than the cold brew, it still wasn’t great. A lot of sweet Apple and some red fruit flavor that quickly transitions into a sweet rooibos flavor that builds and coats your mouth. Not for me.

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drank Tropical Punch by Tickled Tea
4519 tasting notes

I cold brewed this and was left with a tea that was almost all hibiscus and rooibos. Some apple. Nothing tropical. Basically it was a collection of all the strong flavors people usually don’t want in teas.

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So, I was making the last cup of this earlier this morning to drink on my way to work; and I should stress here that I probably shouldn’t have been making tea at all because I had slept in and had less than ten minutes to completely get ready and get my ass out to my bus stop. However, there I was standing by the kettle regardless…

Priorities, right.

Everything was going great, the tea had finished steeping and I’d strained everything and cleaned up the strainer and I was all set to be perfectly on time. Then, like a tired idiot, I nudged the travel mug, which didn’t have a lid on it, just enough to knock it off the counter and almost the entire travel mug of PIPING HOT tea spilled all over the floor. I quickly grabbed a towel, and tried to mop it all up as much as possible. The whole kitchen smelled amazingly of root beer deliciousness. When all was said and done, I looked at the clock and… I had missed the bus by about five minutes.

So I cabbed to work, and I only had about two swallows worth of delicious root beer tea in my travel mug after all my trouble…

VariaTEA

Oh no! I actually very rarely drank tea at work (I.e. maybe a handful of times in the almost two years I worked there). I like to sleep in as much as possible so I just never did anything in the morning and I didn’t like waiting for the kettle in the office

Roswell Strange

I guess it all depends on where you work too; working at DT it’s basically more frowned upon when I don’t drink tea at work :P

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How on Earth could I forget I had an untried rootbeer tea in my cupboard!?

I was searching for a completely different tea this morning to bring with me to work when I found my little sample bag of this one; I think it’s quite old now but it’s been stored well and the sample is vacuum sealed so I think it should be fine. Plus. MORE ROOTBEER TEAS!!! You can never have too many of those.

I’m drink this one now; I thought the dry leaf smelled epic when I cracked the sample open. It’s definitely one of those profiles that’s sort of an illusion though; like, you can break it up pretty easily into all the different parts/ingredients creating the overall profile (fennel and cinnamon really jump out) but when you just let go and smell it for what it creates overall it’s a dead ringer for root beer, Maybe without the ‘float’ part though? I don’t really smell any vanilla.

Steeped up it’s really nice! I totally taste root beer right off the bat and it’s well enough put together with a strong enough flavour that it’s actually kind of hard for me to break it up into individual ingredients now that I’m drinking it rather than just appreciating it for its overall taste. It’s somewhat sweet, but not as much as I’d normally associate with rootbeer. Maybe more of that “Dad’s Organic”/small batch homemade rootbeer sort of vibe? Still very smooth though.

I really don’t taste any vanilla though and I’m a little disappointed by that; I added in a smidge of vanilla agave to compensate and now everything is right as rain! With the sweetness of the agave the body/general richness has been taken up a notch to be more like actual soda pop, but with the creaminess of vanilla ice cream. A perfect recreation, sans fizziness. Don’t be mistake though, you don’t NEED the vanilla agave for it to still be a good, drinkable tea – it just ties together the namesake of the blend a little more.

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drank Apple Crisp by Tickled Tea
4519 tasting notes

I do not like this. It tastes like apple pie filling but it’s too sweet and just not for me.

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drank Vanilla Cupcake by Tickled Tea
561 tasting notes

Made this as a latte since I read that someone said it resembled Davidstea birthday cake and OMG is it ever delicious! I like it BETTER than DT. Definitely reminds me of a vanilla cupcake.

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drank Lemon Cookie by Tickled Tea
4519 tasting notes

Lemon? Yes. Cookie? Sort of. It’s not in-your-face or really distinct but there is more to this than just a lemon black tea. Cookie is probably a stretch but that extra component does compliment the lemon so all in all it’s alright.

Evol Ving Ness

The problem here is that lemon cookie is already so very tempting and such a hard expectation to live up to. Though you would think not impossible in the right blender’s hands.

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drank Rum & Cola by Tickled Tea
2756 tasting notes

I do taste a few spices that make me think cola, not really any rum. The black base is pretty basic. I enjoyed it for its nutty taste, some cocoa and milk chocolate, some cinnamon and citrus (orange?), but definitely not rum and cola.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Citrus, Malt, Nuts, Nutty

Mastress Alita

Shame, Rum and Cola is definitely a flavor I would like to see in a tea. I can’t have alcohol due to chronic migraine, so I’m always curious about the cocktail-flavored teas and how they hold up!

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This is pretty tasty as a latte sweetened with agave. It definitely lives up to its name-tastes just like it…salt, caramel and corn.

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drank La La Land by Tickled Tea
561 tasting notes

Winding down for bed now so decided to try this sample pack I got recently. My last one from Tickled Tea. I must say, I saved the best for last as this is one delicious cup of tea! This is by far the best tea I have tried from Tickled Tea. I usually detest lavender in tea but in this tea, it is subtle and complements the chamomile, peppermint and the lemon flavors. Who knew all those ingredients together would create something so magical. My taste buds definitely approve!

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drank Root Beer Float by Tickled Tea
561 tasting notes

I had high hopes for this tea-especially after smelling the tea (it smelled like root beer!). The smell was the only good thing about this tea. Tried it iced and it was pretty gross so I figured maybe if it had a bit of sweetener that would help. I added some agave and I am afraid that made it worse. So I had no choice but to dump it since it was undrinkable.

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drank Orange Creamsicle by Tickled Tea
561 tasting notes

I taste rooibos and oranges but find that it doesn’t taste anything close to an orange creamsicle. I am really falling out of love with rooibos lately and this blend doesn’t help-it’s really “woody” tasting-more than usual for a rooibos blend.

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drank Apple Crisp by Tickled Tea
561 tasting notes

This brewed a pretty pink color-thanks to the beet root. I double the amount suggested on the pack (especially since I find that teas with no actual tea in them are a tad on the weak side and Tickled Teas have been tasting weak to start off with even with tea in them). It tastes pretty good-I definitely detect apple, nuts and cinnamon mostly.

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