Kinda Disappointed

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Really.  I decided to try the Spiced Mandarin Oolong Tea mixed with my two favorite teas.  My tea shipment came in, so I used the sample pack that they included this time.

It seems each time I use this sample one, that there is often a disappointment, so I think I will drink the tea how it comes.

But I will try this one later again.  But tomorrow I think I will do the My Morning Mate blend a couple of days ago, or even the one I loved yesterday.  so don’t expect to hear from me, since I will be drinking an already tested one.  Plus tomorrow I plan to work and do things.   Besides cook I mean.  LOL!

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An Amazing Blend!

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So yesterday is my day off, but instead of relaxing like it is supposed to be not only for me, but my hubby too, we worked.  We finished the office.  Well with what we have, we finished the office.

With my grumbling, I made a tea, using the Caramel Almond Amoretti with my favorites, Samurai, Maharaja and the Tulsi I got refilled.  Threw it together, just wanting to have a yummy tea to wake me up.

Imagine not only mine, but everyone’s in the family when they tasted this blend! I cannot place what it is in particular that makes it taste so good.  It’s chai, but not overwhelming with the spiciness, nor does it really have one flavor that overrides the others.  When it cools some, well normally I don’t like it that way, but this is one I drink no matter the temp, and since I ended up working on the rest of the house Tea got placed down and even with tumblers, it cools.

I loved the tea so much, that we used ALL of the reuses of the tea leaves, throwing in some Maharaja to make sure that didn’t lack in the flavor, and drank ALL of that pot too.

When it cools some, the cinnamon helps keep the spicy feeling going on and you can possibly taste the almond flavor, but this also has the Tulsi in it, so the vanilla in it often helps smooth out the spice.

I highly recommend this mixture, and have the recipe (With the measurements) in the February Tea Blends.

Hope you guys have a wonderful day.  I am sitting here sipping my tea, and enjoying the ability to just sit here and maybe getting some work done.

Good Evening!

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I know this is late, but I spent the day with my grandma at first, went to breakfast with her, then walked every where with my mom and dad as we looked for ideas for mom’s side of the office.

While we were out, we got a refill of Dad’s tea (The one I tried yesterday).  I also found I did NOT like his tea unless it was piping how.   Blech.

I got myself some new teas, My Morning Mate and Spiced Mandarin Oolong.  I also got a refill of my Tulsi  and the Jasmine Silver Needle White Tea.  (updated on the Tea’s I have Page and the Links are there.)

Thirsty and wanting to unwind, I mixed, CocoCaramel, My Morning Mate, Samurai, and Tulsi to make tea for tonight.  I did not think of caffeine content, so oops.  But I got a very chocolatey drink that doesn’t taste like tea, it taste more like coffee.  But no bitterness with it, which I kinda thought they would have.  They purposely have Black tea in the My Morning Mate to give that hint of bitterness.

But all in all, I’m happy to have a Coffee like tea that has nothing that will tear up my stomach, and that all I had to add was sweetener.  All goodly in my book.

Tomorrow I am supposed to be off, just to let you know.  Hopefully.

Tea for a Calming day

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So yesterday I was out with a stomach flu.  Not fun, and I am taking it…somewhat…easy.   I am for food wise that is for sure, but since I have a lot to do today, I couldn’t just be in bed all day again.

So in the spirit of being able to drink something other than Ginger Ale, I tried the blend the girls at Teavana BayBrook Mall had put together for my dad for a replacement for Sleepytime Tea.  He drink three or four glasses of tea a night, so this was a solution that also saved money.  See the Tea if all of tea leaves that allow multiple uses.  So his night would be one serving of tea used many times.  This is a tea that breaks my general rule of making my own blends, but I needed something gentle for my stomach.

I expected to have some of the smell, but hey, the blends to make this?  I expected to taste them a lot more.  But instead, I have a nice tea for night time use, with soothing peppermint in there somewhere.   This would be an excellent ice tea too, in fact if I don’t drink all of it, I am going to refrigerate it and see how it tastes.

Now off to Paint a mirror, clean up the house, do the bed linens, the rest of laundry and make dinner.  Such a calming day huh?

Wendy Aka Kittyinaz

Good Afternoon!

X01%2003%2002%2004_dSorry, I spent the days since the last post redoing my Office.  If you want to see how it turned out, look at my Kittyinaz Blog for the pics and a description of the process.  It was fun………..

Today I am doing an old favorite of mine, The Maharaja Chai, with Spice Apple Cider and Samurai.  Since this is the first time I have got to have tea since I started this project on Wednesday, it was nice to make the tea again.

Since I have done that one for you guys, I am highlighting a tea I make to be cold.  For recipe, click the picture on the top.

Last night, my mom asked for her cold tea to be made.  I have a White Tea I had gotten when I started exercising.  I had asked for a Tea that may help with being sore afterwards.  They rec’d this White Tea because the White Tea itself helps cleanse the body of the poisons in it that make your muscles sore.  In particular, this tea also had a side effect of rehydrating you.  And since I was in AZ, and anytime you exercise, rehydration is key.  The tea itself has a very light flavor, but a very strong Jasmine after flavor.    It is not one I thought I would enjoy, but coming in after 30 minutes of exercising and even though I had water, I was thirsty!!! This helped.

When I came home, MamaKitty, as she has been named by my readers, was complaining of dry mouth from her medications for her cancer.  So I made this tea up in a picture, chilled it and told her to take it and try it.  It worked like a charm.  She also found that her pain was less also (Which she didn’t tell me until last night!)  Her only complaint?  The sugar needed to sweeten it.  So she got the Honeybush Vanilla and I tried it with the tea.  It is a hit!!!

Now what I do when I need it (Since I did drink it during the painting process, I was sweating so much and the tea felt so good to drink!) is add local honey to it instead of sugar.  Normally I leave it unsweetened since only my mom and I drink sweetened tea, and honey dissolves either way, but we had a heck of a time to find honey yesterday.   Well Local honey, which helps with everyone’s allergies.

This is a tea I need to go out and buy more of.  Now if you go online it is EXPENSIVE!! But don’t let this deter you.  Cause this is a feather light tea.  I think I paid $4 to fill up a tin.  And since it helps with her dry mouth so much, I will be buying more of it.  But I need to do it in the store, since you can get less than 2 ounces which is the lowest you can get online.

Have a wonderful day, and now that I finished the cold tea (Not iced tea, since there is no ice at ALL in the brewing process, this is just chilled.) I can go drink my real tea for the day.

Wendy

P.S. the tea is a white tea, but because I add the Honeybush Vanilla it turns out like the one in the picture.

A New Favorite Chai!

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So I didn’t get back with you guys, and I am sorry.  I was experimenting hugely.

I admit I was a little eager beaver when I filled up my tins and could smell all the wonderful smells, specially that CocoCaramel Sea Salt one!!   I eagerly made me a cup, so I could try the flavor out.

I was disappointed to say the least.  I LOVE caramel Sea Salt anything, and the few times I had it at Starbucks as a Hot Chocolate, I LOVED it.   Now, I know this is a tea, but all I tasted was the chocolate.  No salt.  No sweet buttery flavor.  Nope just a cocoa flavor, that was watered down.  And since I love rich chocolate flavor?  This was a disappointment.   Now if you love chocolate tea, then it is great!   But not what I was looking for.

Now on the site, people complain of the oily residue, but coco beans are oily, and you got them in this.

So last night, I opened up my sample pack of the Samurai and Maharaja blend (That came presweetened) added that and the Tulsi to the CocoCaramel hoping to be able to keep it.

Much better, it was a richer, fuller tea and all around a winner to both me and my mom.  In fact, she only got a cup (large but still).

This morning, since I did not post about it last night, I remade it.  Now her cat knocked over the trial thing, so I just poured what was left, and then added more of the teas, along with Tulsi and CocoCaramel.  (Page for today has the measurements, I added this to help anyone to recreate it.  Just remember I have a tea maker that makes 4 8 OZ glasses of tea, and I use the tea in it x 2 to make a carafe for my day of writing/editing.)

What did I get for this?  I VERY Spicy Chai tea, That I love drinking, and have a very pleasant cinnamon and Chocolate aftertaste.  This tea actually burns my throat from all the cinnamon, so I am thrilled about it.  It helps wake me up in the morning that spice.  But this make the CocoCaramel be a win for buying in the future.

Hope you enjoy my meandering through the experimenting phase!

I have also added a page with the teas I currently have to experiment with.  I don’t include my dad’s tea, because it is all mixed up for him, its for sleeping, and if anyone is interested in it, let me know.  I can grab the names for you.

Wendy

Yeah!!! Tea Arrived!

Yep, my Tea arrived, unfortunately for me, I had been told it would be in Tuesday, so my blend for today was a hail mary sort.

I mixed a lot of the Samurai tea, Coconut and the Honeybush (Trying to find for my mom a blend with that.  I am unsatisfied with the blend, and having the other tea here is making me itch to make it.

So, for now, I will probably be pouring this one out int eh container for my mom, and trying to make some of my tea, since I have a new flavor to try, I will do that first before I make a blend.  I will try to make it back here with the tastings!!!

But up above is the pics from what I received from Teavana.  enjoy!

Wendy

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