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I wish I had tea ESP. You know that feeling when you get an order in, and once you’ve tasted all the teas there are some you love you didn’t get enough of, and some you really don’t love that you now have too much of? That’s what happened with me and Teavana’s Heavenly sale. I should have gotten, like, a pound of this. It’s heaven.

Going by other peoples’ tips I decided to do this stovetop with 1 cup milk, 1 cup water and a teaspoon of sugar. Simmered for about 10 minutes the same way you would a chai, and yes, this really is like hot chocolate. Rich, decadent, with creamy caramel, toasty nuttiness and a tiny hint of salt. It’s better than any hot chocolate I’ve had, and that’s saying something because usually chocolate teas have me reaching for the hot cocoa mix with their distinct lack of richness.

This, though, is just… it’s perfect. There’s so much complexity, and it’s an herbal! It’s like someone took perfect hot chocolate, drizzled caramel into it and added a shot of hazelnut syrup (which I’m assuming comes from the nuts in the mix) and then finished it off with a sprinkle of salt. FINALLY I have found the chocolate tea for me! Too bad Teavana’s base prices are so high, but I will definitely pay retail price for this gem.

Kittenna

Nuts. Now I really want to try this one. I think there’s a Teaopia-turned-Teavana 30-45 mins away in my boyfriend’s city… perhaps I’ll have to make a visit :(

Alphakitty

They have a few blends that are definitely worth the trip!

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drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
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Playstation Network, what have I ever done to deserve this?! I’m just minding my own business, trying to watch some late night Netflix, but no, Sony is determined to ruin my evening. Well, Sony, I have delicious tea so you can’t ruin it! Take that!

Ahem… anyway, I’m a huge huge fan of Lupicia’s Chestnut Green so when I saw that tattooed_tea was swapping this I just had to have it. Chestnut seems like kind of an elusive tea flavor, so I will hoard all the different kinds like a squirrel waiting for spring. You know, a squirrel who actually drinks all her nuts before spring comes because they’re so delicious…

This has the same sweet, nutty taste as Chestnut Green. The candied chestnut flavor is just so perfectly captured, there’s no mistaking it for anything else! There are strong notes of caramel and spun sugar, backed up by the black base which is surprisingly strong. I haven’t tried many of Lupicia’s black teas, but they seem to share rather robust bases!

I don’t think I like this quite as much as Chestnut Green, which is ever so slightly superior in terms of the base, but it’s still absolutely fantastic! Plus I can be really indulgent with this one and add a nice splash of creamy milk.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

I wish I was able to drink all my nuts before spring comes…. :(

Alphakitty

I think I am going to go on a tea binge in March and call it spring cleaning, I really do have too many “nuts” around

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drank Whisky White by DAVIDsTEA
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So, I’ve never actually tried whiskey so my comparison for this is not the best. But it sounds so interesting for a tea that I just had to get a sample from ne14t in our swap! I mean really, a whiskey tea. DAVIDsTEA has the wackiest ideas sometimes.

This tea is… odd. It’s kind of rich and nutty, but at the same time very light and airy because of the white base. My tastebuds are confused! It’s kind of woodsy as well and there’s a whiff of smoke in the background. You know what this is? It’s a manly tea. Some teas are light, floral and totally girlie. This tea just screams I AM A MAN TEA HEAR ME ROAR. But it’s not too much because of the white base. Certainly an interesting blend!

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drank Smaug Tea by 52teas
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I have been hoarding my package of this since I first fell in love with it, since I’m determined not to blow through the whole thing in a week (which, yes, I could easily do!). However, thanks to Starfevre I now have a second pouch in my paws so I can indulge bwahaha

Uhnf, this tea is cinnamony, dragonwell heaven. It’s just perfection. I hope it gets a reblend, but I haven’t seen that many reviews for it even though I think it sold out rather fast… hmm.

Ze_Teamaker

I hope it does. I just saw it a couple of days ago and my mouth has been watering ever since. He does have a new shop layout that puts you on a waiting list, so maybe if enough people sign up for the list, he will re-blend it.

Alphakitty

It’s really worthy of a reblend! I really want to be able to get my dad some for his bday, he loves all things cinnamon.

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drank Madame Butterfly by Gurman's
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I’ve been drinking so many peach teas recently, without even intending to. Part of it is because I got 4 different ones in my happy bag from Lupicia, part of it is weird chance. Like this sample from Azzrian: I was making my cold brews for the day right before bed, and I was so sleepy I kind of just dumped half of this in a cup without paying attention to what flavor it was. Lo and behold, another peach!

I really really need to update my profile here, since it specifically says that I hate peach teas and I don’t anymore! It’s such a good, juicy flavor when done right like it is here. There’s also a nice, soft floral note presumably from the marigold, and also something maybe cirtusy going on in the background? Almost like.. mandarin orange, very faint but it’s there. A tasty fruit blend!

Azzrian

so glad you liked this! :)

Alphakitty

Thank YOU for sharing it with me! I love being able to try teas from different countries that I usually wouldn’t have access to ^^

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drank Creamy Toffee by Kaleisia Tea
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While madly digging through my samples yesterday for Black Jasmine Cream, I stumbled upon a packet of this from my box from LiberTEAS from ages ago! It was hiding down at the bottom, sneaky but I’m going to drink you no matter where you hide.

I have tried quite a few caramel and toffee teas, so many that they kind of seem to blend together. And they almost always have a black base! One of those CTC, who knows what kind of black it is bases that pretty much just tastes like “tea.” Strong tea, but I’m not picking up any specific notes other than “oh yeah, this is definitely tea!”

The caramel is quite strong, as you’d expect since there are little toffee chips in here. But it’s kind of flat: not toasty or particularly rich. You know what this reminds me of? Those butter cookies in the individual packs they sell in cafeterias. Tasty, curbs your sugar craving, but you’d never sit around craving a cookie and think of that specific one.

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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
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Finally getting around to this sample from Kittenna! I know, I am a slow tea drinker. ;~; I have SO many samples that even with 3-5 cups a day I’m mightily behind. Yet I keep swapping! It’s an addiction, I tell you.

Given how similar the ingredients here are to Della Terra’s Walnut Brittle, I expected them to taste very similar. Somehow, they don’t! DT’s blend is like candy, and this is more toasty, nutty and down to earth. It’s not that sweet and I only get the smallest hint of fruitiness from the pineapple and coconut. It’s definitely toasted walnut that comes through the most!

Kittenna

I still have a sample of Walnut Brittle that I haven’t tried! I thought they’d be pretty similar too.

TassieTeaGirl

Oh my, I totally get the swimming in samples “problem”!

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Assam and vanilla sounds like a winning combination, right? Rich, malty Assam with creamy, cake-like vanilla. In my head that’s what this should be, at least! I think my hopes were a little too high though, this is tasty but not as full as flavor as I thought.

The Assam base is certainly strong but it’s not as rich and malty as I’d like. It overpowers the vanilla too, which is very mellow and not that strong. It’s not a bad tea by any means, just not as perfect as I imagined. It’s a great afternoon blend though when you’re feeling the midday blues and need a little pick me up.

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I’m amazed to find a white Teavana blend that actually has recognizable white tea in it. All the other “white” teas from them I’ve tried have little bits of leaves that are broken and don’t add any flavor. Here, though, full leaves!

I read that this one is hard to steep—either it’s too bitter or there’s not enough flavor. So I decided to cold steep it, since 1) that eliminates the bitter element and 2) I like my blueberry teas iced. I was worried about the hibiscus but thankfully this is not a tart cup, in fact it’s pretty yummy. Mostly blueberry, I’m not getting much acai but I kind of feel like they slapped that on there because of its “health properties.” I’m sure it’s good for you and all (and Teavana is all about “health”), but it actually has a nice kind of currant-y flavor that I was looking forward to.

But just blueberry is good too, and this is a nice blueberry white though I’m not sure if it’s any better than DAVIDsTEA’s White Tiger or Adagio’s Blueberry White. They all kind of blend together for me! But hey, I got this as a gift and I will certainly have no problem drinking it up.

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Have you ever been hit by a sudden tea revelation? Here I was, sipping my chai and watching Once Upon A Time and suddenly my brain was like, “HEY you got a sample of Jasmine Cream months ago! I want it!” Honestly, I had totally forgotten about it and it was at the very bottom of my sample basket (which has actually expanded into a sample basket and a giant bag as well).

So after much digging I managed to find it and was overwhelmed with the delicious smell. I wasn’t sure if I’d like this or not so I only got a sample, but I’m kind of regretting it now. Then again they have free shipping so I guess I could just order some!

Jasmine is often an overwhelming flavor, but it works so well here. I thought this was a black base instead of a black/green so steeped it with boiling water for 4 1/2 minutes… oops! Well, it didn’t come out bitter at all so I guess there’s not a whole lot of green in here. It really does taste like just a black base, with the floral jasmine tempered by yummy vanilla. Such a weirdly unique blend! It kind of takes some getting used to, but the floral and cream really do work together beautifully.

Tea Sipper

oh. no. I should not have just looked up New Mexico Tea Co.

Kittenna

Cool! I definitely just grabbed a sample of this exact tea from Sil – interested to be trying it soon!

Teavangelical

Thought process: “New Mexico Tea Co, I should look them up! Nah, i should probably just not”. Scroll down, see Tea Sipper comment. “Ok, fine!!” *runs to google

Alphakitty

Haha, I definitely recommend NMTC. They have free shipping always and sell in one ounce quantities, so it’s pretty cheap to try out a few different flavors that you are interested in.

Claire

I’ve been eyeing NMTC lately too. Have you tried their Irish Breakfast?

Alphakitty

Nope, I’ve only tried a few from them but I am planning on placing another order soon!

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Tea has always been a passion of mine, though I got away from it during college. A lack of cupboard space and a constant influx of people into my suite made me pretty much abandon my teas at home. But now that I’m done with school, it’s definitely come back with a vengeance—to the point where I’ve purchased about 65 different kinds in the past 3 months!

I like most kinds of teas—yes, even peach, which I used to think I disliked!. Oolongs are definitely my favorite, and I’m an avid fan of earl grey, floral teas, and chai blends along with anything melon. The only kind of teas on my “no” list are rooibos blends (which gives me headaches) and banana flavored ones since bananas are public enemy #1 in my mind.

The best thing about tea for me is how you can be passionate about it and still have it integrate into all of your other hobbies. I like a lot of things: writing, video games, books, sewing, figure collecting, astronomy… it’s a long list. But whatever I’m doing, I can have a cup of tea in hand!

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