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Given that my city just got two feet of snow dumped on it this weekend and another foot is expected tonight, I had resigned myself to my Tea Table subscription not getting here for another week at least. However, I give respect to the US Postal Service after all, because there it was this morning!

This one sounded delicious and smelled very peaches-and-cream-y, both in the leaves and while steeping. And there is an absolutely lovely peaches and cream taste to it, but there’s also an immense bitterness as a taste and as an aftertaste. I dropped two lumps of sugar in, and it’s drinkable. I think perhaps if I were having this with dessert I would enjoy this level of bitterness for the flavor, but if this is a typical steep then it’s definitely not a morning tea —

— Wait, hang on a sec. I just had a brilliant idea: milk.

— Oh yes, that does it! A tiny splash of milk cut right through the bitterness. It really brings out the flavor, too. Oh, this is good! Definitely heavy on the cream with a hint of fruit; I wouldn’t necessarily pin “peaches” on it if I didn’t already know, but it’s not not peaches. I think I need to make myself another cup of this and add milk right away this time.

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

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drank Wild Sweet Orange by Tazo
216 tasting notes

Augh, augh, what did I do to be punished like this? This tea smelled so good when I opened the packet with the tea bag, and it smells almost as good brewed, so I keep sipping it, thinking, Surely I must have been imagining how sour this is!

…It has a sweet if slightly medicinal aftertaste, at least? Once my mouth unpuckers, I mean.

I think I will try steeping this drastically less. Perhaps I will pour hot water near the tea bag.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
LENA

The smell is SOOO deceptive with this one. It’s a little beyond tart. Ick!

Cait

I should just start making potpourri instead of brewing some of these!

Jillian

I know the feeling, I found this particular one to be pretty nasty unless you’re eating something ultra sugary and you need something to cut the sweetness.

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I’d forgotten I had some of this left! It got lost in the back of my “samples” section.

I think I made this a little too strong, but it’s quite bracing! It goes down bitter, but there’s a lingering aftertaste that isn’t sweet but feels like it ought to be, if that makes sense. And it’s a lovely dark brown that looks strong; I do like when teas look like they taste.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey by Harney & Sons
216 tasting notes

Accidentally oversteeped this, so I tried it with milk again. It’s standing up to it a little better, but the milk is still killing a lot of the flavor.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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drank Will's Ambrosia Tea by Cyphre Voudou
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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Breakfast Tea by Unknown
216 tasting notes

Yes, okay, this tea is clearly well past its useful life. I might as well dump the rest of it out and use the tin for something better.

The frog-shaped infuser is still pleasing, though!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Will's Ambrosia Tea by Cyphre Voudou
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drank Holiday Dream by The Tea Table
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