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After reading tasting notes on this one I decided I have to place an order for it. Then I thought hmmm maybe just maybe AmazonV sent this to me in her (very generous selections) that she sent to me.

I opened up the box and squealed “Thank you, Thank youuuu AmazonV!!” Grateful I didn’t have to place a order and wait for it to find out if I like it. I steeped it up according to the directions and had a bit of a tea failure in that I spilt some of the leaves into my actual cup by over pouring water into the strainer. So I am having my tea leaves and all!

Okay so dry leaf smells the same as steeped tea (keep in mind there is actual leaf in my tea cup) the smell reminds me of Bath and Body Works. I love the smell in Bath and Body works so this is a good thing and it’s not a strong smell a very faint scent of B&B.

The tea tastes very good! It is white tea mixed with berry flavored I can only think berry as I ‘ve not knowingly ever eaten a black currant and therefore am unsure what they taste like. I enjoyed this cup I think I will make a cup iced today since I read in Jacqueline’s review that it is yummy iced I will try it and revisit my notes then.

Thanks AmazonV you rock!

P.S. Anybody looking to trade some Black Currant Bai Mu Dan for a almost whole bag of Buttered Raisin Cinnamon Toast let me know. :)

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This was in the AmazonV box Yea! I’ve been wanting to order this one myself but was trying to wait for the shop owner to settle in from her her baby (I heard others say there was long wait times) so I am grateful to AmazonV for letting me try some of her stash.

The dried rooibos smells like root beer a little more minty than root beer however you won’t mistake rootbeer in the smell. Once steeped (I did 5 min.) my whole kitchen began to smell of root beer and I started getting even more anxious to sip it. I tried it while it was still a little on the hot side and I didn’t get much in the way of flavor.

I let it cool down and WOW it was soo much better. I really enjoyed this cuppa I could see this finding a place in my tea cupboard right beside Coconut Custard Rooibos, while C.C.R. is still my favorite as far as rooibos’ go (and I like quite a few rooibos’) this one is a very close second. I could however see some root beer lovers out there liking this more than coconut custard rooibos. Great rooibos!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I got a nice package from AmazonV in the mail today. In it came this along with many others and this one I picked based on smell. The dry leaf is lovely and smells like it would be a wonderful potpourri. Steeped up following directions and this is a little tart. I don’t mind it too much but it’s not something I could see myself ordering or drinking daily. It’s just sorta Meh.

AmazonV

iced iced!

AmazonV

but yes it is kinda take it or leave it, but fun smelling (why are smells != taste)

SoccerMom

Okay I will try it iced next. Glad you sent me such a generous sample so that it has a second, third, and fourth chance. :)

Meghann M

My husband loves this iced…I find it kinda meh either way. But iced is more calm on the tartness. Great sangriatea made from this with peaches, oranges and pineapple last week. Too bad he drank it all before I got to try it!

SoccerMom

Meghann, That was rude of him! I know what you mean I keep making pitchers of the H&S peach tea and by time I get around to having a glass it’s too late to drink it (caffeine wise) and so it’s sits and my hubby and son drink it! It’s like a vicious cycle. :)
I think I’ve had this iced as a sample at Teavana and I wasn’t real crazy about it but I think it was blended with something else too.

Meghann M

If it was within the last month or two I bet it was blended with the Strawberry Lemonade tisane. I tried that blend but thought it was too citrusy so they recommended the Strawberry Paraiso, and that makes a good blend with it, but that also means I fell for the Teavana Trap-buy an expensive white tea to mix with tea X so they can get more money out of you. I now know better!

I think Teavana’s sample teas are a bit too sweetened for me most times, and I usually don’t use as many leaves as they do, so the taste changed a bit at home.

Speaking of H&S I bet those white peach you sent me would taste great for my iced tea for tomorrow!

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drank Banana Walnut by TeaGschwendner
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I got to try this tea courtesy of Erin (she rocks!). First off I’m having a stuffy nose this morning so I cannot tell much about the smell other than it probably smells sweet.

The taste I’m getting (like others have said) is not really banana in peel the fruit banana. What I am getting is Banana Nut Bread and that’s not a bad thing it’s actually quite nice. I like this tea the black tea base has a tad bit of astringency but hey I just recently finished a cup of Florence so whatdya expect.

If you think you might like Banana nut bread flavored black tea give this one a try sometime. Thanks Erin!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

oooo…goodness…I really hate bananas, so…I don’t think I would ever try this…but I am sure glad you did and you reviewed it! :)

SoccerMom

Don’t worry I did not send you any! :)

TeaEqualsBliss

LOL
:P

Thanks!
teehee…or should I say TEAhee!?
:P

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Made this as directions stated and it made a really nice peach iced tea. My son hasn’t been to happy with my iced tea concoctions lately (but he does love iced tea) and so I splurged and ordered this one I should have done a taste test before adding the two cups of sugar because it tastes super sweet to me ( I normally don’t use sugar in tea) but the peach tea stands up to it and is very, very good.

Cofftea

2 CUPS?!?!?! Whoa… I can feel my teeth rotting just reading about it…

SoccerMom

It’s a one gallon pitcher of tea.

Cofftea

That’s also 1TB of sugar per cup… ouch.

AmazonV

sweet tea! hmmmm, i like raspberry better, i do need to try cinnamon though

SoccerMom

Cofftea, Have you ever had sweet ice tea from Chick-Fil-A? It’s about the same sweetness level.

SoccerMom

Amazon, This one was sooo easy it is in a bag already measured (it is one huge honking teabag) it was a pleasure making Iced Tea like this.

SoccerMom

Amazon, The H&S Raspberry Iced Tea was a herbal so I wasn’t sure if I’d like it or not.

AmazonV

i have to do herbal at night or i am awake foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr – it’s awful, caffeine tastes better :(

SoccerMom

UPDATE: I had a glass of this today and it is SOOO good.

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drank Cherry Blossom by Harney & Sons
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My Harney and Sons order came in today!! I couldn’t wait to try this tea so I ripped open the box hit green tea on the Breville and here I sit with my cherry blossom tea.

First I must say the pink and white tin this comes in is beautiful. While I sip it I am very surprised that I am not tasting any hints of cherry or cherry blossoms. I do taste the green tea and it’s a good green tea the same green tea base H&S uses in their Coconut Ginger Green Tea/Bangkok the green tea base has a slight hint of peppery and it’s a little buttery and at the end you catch the slightest hint of fruit but mostly I get floral notes.

It’s not a bad tea I might try steeping longer to see if I can get more cherry blossom flavor.

Ricky

I caved on a Harney order instead of Andrews & Dunham’s Series #4! I got this! Can’t wait to try it!

SoccerMom

Silly you should have told me I would have sent you a sample! It’s good I just don’t taste cherry.

Ricky

Haha, I ordered it before I purchased it =P

Wow… I’m not going to even bother to edit my comment above. I meant to say. I ordered it before I read it (being your post).

Lack of caffeine today, I tell you.

I’m getting a whole tin of this! Wohoo! I think I ordered like seven tins from Harney and a buncha samplers. If there website wasn’t super difficult to browse, I’d probably end up having a larger shopping cart. I guess it’s good that I lost my patience browsing on the website.

SoccerMom

I know I get tired on their website too but I get tired on a lot of tea websites. I love the tin that the cherry blossom comes in. I mean it’s not rockstar like A&D but it’s quite dainty.

~lauren.

It must add a pretty color to your cupboard, SoccerMom!

Ricky

A&D versus H&S…. hmmmm… I dunno…. I wish A&D’s tins were paper! I always wash my teaspoon before I scoop some leaves and my hands are wet so I slowly mess up the label =(

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drank Jasmine Tea by Golden Moon Tea
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I’m trying to figure out whether I like Jasmine teas. So when I saw the SS I was totally confused because I know I do not like EG’s I think I would like Caravan and the verdict is still out on whether I like Jasmine I’ve tried Adagio’s Jasmine #12 and thought it was meh.

So today I thought I’d try jasmine from my GM sampler and see if we could get a verdict. The open packet (I think of Ricky and his comment about little silver suits) everytime I open one of these packets (random thought). Anyway once steeped this tea is more to my liking than the Jasmine #12 I think that this is much lighter and I like that. Which is strange because usually I like in your face flavors!?!

The taste is very light, another reference to Ricky here in that I agree with his notes on this tea the base doesn’t taste to me like a green tea but a white tea base. Well no verdict today I still don’t know if I like jasmine teas or not. Hmmm maybe I just think there okay I can take them or leave them or maybe I haven’t found the right one yet? Now I’ll be wondering all day if A&D’s Jasmine Green is the right jasmine tea for me! Drats I hate that!!!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec
Ricky

Uhoh, teas have clothing, personalities and luxury items now. You’re undressing the poor teas and opening them up! Poor things! They can’t even fight back… except by spoiling your tea, I suppose =P

SoccerMom

Ricky, The funny thing is when I opened this GM sampler I like ripped it open and remember thinking how in the heck did I just rip that open?? I have been just snipping of the end with kitchen scissors on the previous samples and when I ripped that one open I was like Oh no I tore his or her silver suit!! Ricky would kill me!!! LOL

Ricky

Haha, you’re right! I just realize, I always use a pair of scissors to trim the top a little. I remembered the first time I tore apart the suit I made a mess everywhere.

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drank Mango Nut by Teas Etc
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Thanks to Erin I am getting to try this tea. I would have never thought to purchase this as cranberry usually isn’t my thing unless it’s Thanksgiving and then I MUST have cranberry to serve with my turkey and dressing (yes it’s dressing here made from a cornbread base not stuffing).

Anyway I am sooooo grateful to Erin for sending this one it is quite YUMMY. I didn’t really get much smell out of the dry leaf but once brewed up it smells like a hard candy I can’t quite put my finger on the exact candy but it reminds me of some hard candy I had as a kid. The taste is a sweet cranberry I’m getting no tartness whatsoever and that’s a good thing I don’t like tarts or tartiness or tardiness :) hee hee any way the cranberry taste does not override the ceylon base but blends with it to make a beautiful blend. I really like this tea and did I mention the liquor is a clear reddish amber and it’s very pretty. I am ordering more of this and will try serving it iced.

Muchos Gracias Erin!!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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I really like the raspberry taste in this tea but as others have mentioned I would have liked to have had more of the cream cheese part. It’s perfect for this time of the evening when you need something sweet and don’t want the caffeine.

Thanks Erin! For all the wonderful teas you sent me.

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