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This was a sample from Bird and Blend that I was happy to revisit. Sipped on it as I ate an overpriced square donut from a place in Toronto. I was happy with one of the things I was consuming and disappointed by the other.

Sil

lol i saw the square donuts on insta….seems like an interesting gimmick

VariaTEA

They’re expensive af and definitely not worth it. Not to mention they are cooked in peanut oil and this rule out a large demographic

Sil

Weird. You need to come to beeechwood. So good. And vegan!

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drank Banana Split by The NecessiTeas
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I completely forgot about this sample from Sororitea Sisters and so it’s been hanging out in a ziploc, hidden in my stash, for years. As a result, this doesn’t taste like much. It seemed to have potential though. Sad…

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drank Ginger Crystals by DAVIDsTEA
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Last night was a bit of a disaster. I stopped studying around 11:30 at night. Watched a show for an hour to destress and then made my way to bed. My stomach was feeling a bit uncomfortable but I figured I would fall asleep and it would be fine. When I couldn’t get comfortable, I took some tums and that seemed to help a little since I wasn’t nauseous anymore. I laid back down but continued to toss and turn. At some point I gave up and watched a show for a bit then tried again. Finally I grabbed my phone to see if I could look up a comfortable position to sleep in since the discomfort turned to pain and the nausea came back full force. I was expecting it to be 3 am…it was 5 am. Then the nausea got bad and I started throwing up.

In my head all I could think was “nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach”…why don’t I own pepto?! What I do own is Gravol. Unfortunately Gravol also makes me groggy for days and seeing as exams are nigh, I don’t have that kind of time.

The vomiting stopped but then the stomach pain got really bad at some point so I ended up just wandering my apartment at 5:30 am, googling. For a second I thought it might have been appendicitis but I talked myself off that ledge b/c (1) I didn’t have a fever (though I did get the chills) and (2) the pain was not as bad as my gallstones were and I assumed it would be on par so I paced and googled. Finally I landed on home remedies and recalled ginger is meant to help and that I grabbed a bit of this from DAVIDs not too long ago.

I brewed a mug and it was agony waiting for the pot to boil and the tea to steep. When it was finally done, I tried drinking it but it was hot so I had little sips and honestly, it helped a lot. It soothed the stomach pain and nausea enough that I was able to fall asleep just after 7 am.

Of course my alarm went off at 9 am for class so sleep didn’t really happen but I have microwaved what was left in the mug and am once again sipping on this ginger tea. It doesn’t taste so good that I would seek it out just for a cup and honestly when it was boiling hot last night (I guess technically it was this morning) all I got was ginger and heat (as in from the boiling water) and so I didn’t really care. Now it is cooler and I am getting some more flavors and there is a weird sweetness that sometimes accompanies ginger that I don’t love here in the cup. Also, I think it would have been better off without the lemon…though I guess that would just be DAVIDs other Ginger blend (Super Ginger?).

Anyways, while it doesn’t taste the best, it is palatable AND it did actually help with my stomach issues so this is a definite recommend from me! Also, similar to Cold 911, its a good tea just to have around for when you aren’t feeling your best.

Roswell Strange

Glad you’re feeling ok today!

Roswell Strange

Y’know, aside from the being very tired part…

ashmanra

I am having horrible heartburn and reflux the past ten days or so, and remembered my Gin Gins hard candy. It is helping, but I really need some ginger tea!

Glad you are better today!

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drank Wild Honey Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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I was shocked to see that DAVIDs recommends 5-7 matcha spoons/16 oz. However, I added this to my smoothie by just dumping some in and honestly I kind of get it. I am not getting much flavor from the matcha so next time I guess I will need to dump a bit more. Oh well.

tea-sipper

holy crap that is a LOT of matcha.

Frolic

Matcha is only the second ingredient after sugar so it’s probably not as much matcha as it seems.

tea-sipper

Whelp then holy crap that is a lot of sugar. haha

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drank Maui Mango by Tiesta Tea
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Tea pop to go with my dumpling dinner while I take a study break and watch this week’s Grey’s Anatomy. Everything is nice. Mostly because everything has nothing to do with Trust Law and I need this break from Trust Law.

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Tea Pop Sipdown (219)

Apparently I am in a strawberry and champagne mood lately seeing as this is the second strawberry and champagne cupcake I have had in two days. I only noticed when I was posting my tea picture….weird.

Anyways, I picked this because despite it being quite cool outside, it was sunny and that had me craving a tea pop all day. This tea is a really nice tea pop so I pulled it out of the stash only to realize I only had about 3.5 teaspoons. So, I modified the amounts of everything and made a tiny 8 oz tea pop in one of my regular mugs and hoped there would be no drastic change in temperature that would cause it to break. It did not.

This just has a nice mild flavor with sweet strawberry and a touch of champagne. Some cups are more floral than others but I find the rose adds more of a sweetness coupled with the strawberry than anything.

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Yesterday it dawned on me that in one month I will be done the semester, including my four exams. That seems like it should be a good thing but that means I have less than a month to prepare for four exams that are going to come and go quite rapidly. That was a bit panic-inducing so I am in full blown summary drafting mode. That essentially means I lose hours at a time while staring at a laptop and textbook.

I finally decided to take a break to eat food and decided to treat myself to a latte. This tea jumped out at me because it is on the older side and had just enough to make a latte. Also, I usually use black teas for lattes but after my Maple Marshmallow Latte the other day, I wanted to explore other bases.

My first couple sips of this were amazing. The whipped cream and latted tea combined so wonderfully to make an effervescent but creamy strawberry milkshake. It was honestly the best I had ever tasted the tea. As I keep drinking though, that creaminess is dulled to a milkiness that is making this a little flatter. I still get effervescent strawberry but the flavor isn’t popping like it was in the first few sips.

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drank Sexy Raspberry by TeaTaxi
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I drank some newer teas today so I thought it was best to also drink an older one. This has a best before date of 09/2018 so its even a year past that. Yet when I cut open the sample, I got a big burst of raspberry smell which was promising.

Tastewise I get raspberry and a little vanilla and rose. I imagine this once was much stronger but given its age, the flavor is slightly on the flatter side. However, there still is flavor and for that I am happy. I could see this have being really nice in its prime.

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Matcha Milk Sipdown (222)

This was a free simple with my advent calendar…even though if I remember correctly, it is also in my advent calendar.

To me this tastes like Mermaid Matcha…but not as vanilla-y thus not as good. That’s not to say this isn’t good. I just prefer Mermaid Matcha for the vanilla frosting type goodness. This is more soft vanilla custard.

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drank Exotic Passion by TeaTaxi
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Today has been a super chilly day. It’s cold outside and my class was also particularly cold. Now I am home and back to watching Disney+ and sipping on tea in my pajamas under a cozy blanket.

This tea isn’t my favourite. It is fruity and has a slight green tea twang to it. It’s held up well for its age seeing as even the best before date on this has long since passed but it’s nothing special or life altering.

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings Guide (as of December 10, 2017)
90-100 Teas I NEED on hand at all times
80-89 Teas I want to keep around for a cup every now and then
70-79 Teas I am glad I have around and can experiment with but probably don’t need more than what’s in my cupboard
60-69 Teas I would not turn down a cup of from a friend but that would probably be enough
50-59 Teas I can see why someone would enjoy but are not for me
Under 50 Teas I really did not like and most likely got dumped

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