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AJRimmer Advent Tea #4

I had this one yesterday and I don’t remember a ton about besides that it captured the pecan flavor pretty well. I remember enjoying this!

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72

This is not bad! I like the creamy cinnamon flavor. It could be a little more flavorful but overall it gives me a cozy comforting feeling.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Creamy

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89

This is a different take on pumpkin teas from any I’ve had before. It’s interesting! I get a lot of squash in the flavor, and the spices are subtle, but everything blends well. It’s really mostly that squash flavor, which I’m really finding myself enjoying. I get a nice two steeps out of it. I wouldn’t call it chai though.

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74

I’ve been struggling with this tea because I really want to like it, but it’s not behaving. I don’t love it with milk, but I also don’t love it without. The last time I had it, I decided to sweeten it with horchata powder, which was tasty and made it taste pretty authentic. I’ve also enjoyed it with almond milk. I just find myself wanting more from this tea. It tastes like rooibos and a little like cinnamon, but I wish it were more decadent.

Shae

Norty tea!

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This tea is so, sooo weird! I still can’t decide if I’m into it or not, but one thing is for certain and that’s that I doubt it’ll ever produce a dull cup of tea! This one tasted like pineapple soda mixed with dark roast coffee and it wasn’t bad but my word it was strange!

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Geek Steep S2E13 – Pokemon: Sword & Shield

This is the tea that I chose to drink while recording – something that was gifted to me by Marika and, I believe, also the first time one of us has drank a tea on the podcast that also had coffee in it!?

It’s a weird tea because it’s a combination of pineapple, coffee, oolong, and rooibos and those are DEFINITELY all things that don’t sound like they should mix. I found it to be both off putting and also immediately captivating. There’s a roasted earthy quality to the coffee/oolong combination but the pineapple is a syrupy sweet soda style of pineapple and that’s… unique when paired.

I don’t think the name is accurate at all, but it kind of tastes like grilled pineapple? And, really, I fucking love grilled pineapple so maybe that’s just much better than it actually tasting like the cake!? It’s certainly a tea I’ll be drinking again outside of the podcast because it’s something I’m gonna need time to wrap my head around.

AJRimmer

The weird ingredient list has kept me from ordering this one so far, but I’m definitely intrigued!

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AJRimmer, is this the kind that has some vanilla rooibos in it as well? Whether it does or doesn’t, I am especially thankful for the sample you sent my way!

First thing I noticed: It most definitely smells floury like Aunt Nancy’s homemade pie. She set the family gold standard of pecan pies with local pecans the size of your thumb. When I was little (6-ish), my big brother (14 years older) and I had a deal: We’d share a slice; he’d eat all the pecans and I’d get the goop and the crust, which we all know is the best part.

Steeped straight with no add-ins, there’s plenty of pecan flavor and scent (especially with bag left in the cup) but not a lot of syrupy goop. I think I may be able to fix that next time with a little milk.

AJRimmer

The tin that I bought from them is just the pecan pie puerh without the other tea blended in! I’ve sampled their blends at their shops before but haven’t bought them yet! And I have a similar pie arrangement with my partner where I eat the pumpkin pie filling and leave the crust for him :P

gmathis

OK, then it must be the dried safflower I’m looking at rather than rooibos. The scent, even of the cold dregs in my cup today, is wonderful!

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Another more simple and toned down blend because I guess that’s just where I’ve been at in terms of the cravings I’m having while working from home lately. I love the pecan note of this blend and the subtle cinnamon and brown sugar notes are a welcome compliment to it. However, the star is really the base! Pu’erh is such a nice choice with these milder decadent tones.

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This was a gift from Marika!

It smells nice and I’m immediately attracted to the idea of a pecan pie tea on a pu’erh base – seems like such a good compliment because shou can really hold up well to rich and indulgent profiles. The tea is milder flavoured that I expected overall, but I’m digging it! The pecan flavour is really good and I think it toes the line between roasty generic nuttiness and sweeter almost maple-y pecans very well. There’s also cinnamon in the tea and y’all know that I love when pastry/baked good inspired teas use a little cinnamon. However, I feel like the cinnamon is almost the strongest flavour here overall and the result is that this really kind of tastes more like a cinnamon pecan tea than a “pecan pie”. I don’t necessarily want it to be sweeter, but to be a pecan pie I feel like it needed more of that brown sugar sort of pie filling/goop.

As a cinnamon pecan blend, though? Yum!

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Thanks to AJRimmer, I’m having a little caffeine-free break from chores. Her original tasting note for Apple Empanda captures every mental note I was making to set down here. The apple and cinnamon mesh nicely with honeybush, the honeybush adds a nice little caramelly note, but I kept hunting and hunting for the crust. Not being a blender, I don’t know how difficult it is to replicate pastry, but teas that do so accurately are hard to find.

That said, this was still really pleasant, better with a snoodge of lemon pie and a piece of marzipan … we did a Branson holiday run yesterday and went just a tad overboard at Kilwin’s confectioners. (More shopping overkill confessions to follow.)

Evol Ving Ness

I’ve been pacing my patisserie disclosures as well :)

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This was our next tea of the night as we continued our shift into flavoured tea blends. In the past when Marika has made this tea for me I’ve found the anise quite strong, but in this case I got a lot more smokiness from the Lapsang Souchong and woodiness from the rooibos.

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This past week Marika was kind enough to have both my mom and I over for supper and this was one of three teas that wound up being served throughout the night. While my mom didn’t love it (because of the smokiness of the tea) I have to say that Marika is spot on in identifying my flavour preferences because the smooth sweet woody smoke notes mixed with the distinct nuttiness of the rooibos and a prominent note of anise had me deeply in love with this tea from first sip.

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77

I never buy puerh, but when I was at Old Barrel, the scent of this tea was irresistible. I have to say the flavor is much more muted than the scent. I can definitely taste the puerh – it’s not gross or anything, just unmistakable. Then there’s some nuttiness and an element that does slightly remind me of pastries. I wish this were on a black base and that the flavorings were a little stronger, but this is probably the best puerh I’ve had.

gmathis

Wow. This sounds sensational.

AJRimmer

I’d be happy to send you some if you’d like!

gmathis

Ooh! Thank you! PM forthcoming.

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80

Thanks to Old Barrel for throwing this free sample in with my order! I procrastinated trying this one since I don’t love honey, and this does taste like honey, but in a good way. It’s delicate and a little floral, and sweetener really brings out its intricacies. The flavoring combines perfectly with the floral oolong base. I’m so glad I had the chance to try it!

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77

I don’t usually choose apple teas, but this one smelled so good I just had to get it! The flavor is a little thinner than I’d prefer. I definitely get spicy cinnamon and a good amount of apple. Maybe there’s some ginger in there as well. I don’t get any pastry element to it. I think it tastes better cooled to room temperature. It gains some body somehow that way. I’m enjoying this, but I do feel like it needs a little something extra to tie it all together.

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96

I was excited to check out this local tea shop recently. I’m not sure I’d call this definitely creme brulee, but it tastes really good. The flavoring is pretty creamy and delicious. The lavender is strong and really tasty. With some milk, it all combines beautifully, and the resteep is basically just as strong. I really like the rooibos base they use. Their tins are a little expensive, but I’ve made several cups of this, and the tin still looks full, so they must really pack it in there!

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50

Its definitely an aquired taste when it comes to Hibiscus. I normally drank this drink with the dried flower petals on a stovetop with water and sugar and serve with ice for a good summer drink, but since this is short chopped, it can be made via Gong-fu method. Its very sour for my taste alone, but for floral lovers, I would recommend.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Sour

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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