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drank SBT: Honey Ginger by 52teas
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MirandaGou sent me this one. Thanks!

This is my first SBT. I made it according to directions. Well, I boiled 2 qts of water than allowed the tea bag to steep in said water for 3 minutes. It’s been sitting in the fridge the majority of the day and I just poured myself a mug with ice cubes.

I’m not generally enamoured with 52Teas, but Ive heard good things about the SBTs and I’m happy to say I’m enjoying this. The flavours aren’t in-your-face, but they complement each other well. The ginger is subtle and the honey a bit stronger but both are there, albeit subtle with the black tea base.

Now I have a pitcher of this in my fridge, but that’s one less envelope of tea in my swap-in box!

Edit: I just checked the tracking and my wellies just updated and they are now sheduled for EARLY delivery!

caile

Yay for early delivery of new wellies! :)

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Another fruity tea for the morning. This one has a white base and the scent reminds me of when I bake coconut loaf.

The flavours are quite delicate and the scent of coconut loaf seems to come through, but it’s not distinctly coconut. I’m not really getting anything in the way of pomegranate, but this is a tasty cup.

Thanks Dexter3657!

P.S. This is a sample sipdown.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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Some mornings I am so productive, and thus far, this is one of those mornings.

I’ve decided I’m going to get through all my swap samples, as well as any 1-2 cup sipdowns in my cupboard before we leave on Saturday. This tea was the beginning (I also brewed up a SBT and stuck it in the fridge and the last of my French Butter Cookie matcha is in the fridge too). It looks as though I have about 15 to get through, give 1-2 teas that have maybe 3 cups but I’ve filed them away to finish off as well.

This tea is quite tasty. It seems I’ve come to a green tea phase, which is great. Some green teas are just awesome, especially for the warmer weather and lighter mornings. Not straight greens, but delicately flavoured greens. This one has a subtle floral aspect that I can taste, but it isn’t overwhelming, and therefore not offensive. There is also a light fruitiness here, but I’m not able to differentiate the fruits. The green base is buttery and light. Overall a tasty tea for this productive morning.

Thanks KittyLovesTea!

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drank Bangkok Blend by Harney & Sons
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My stomach is a bit upset, and I want to be able to gorge myself on turkey in a few hours, so I thought this would be a good choice to calm my stomach.

I don’t drink this one very often, so as not to ruin it, but it’s one of my favourites. The ginger, coconut, lemongrass mix is delightful. The coconut and green tea base take away any edge from the ginger and lemongrass for a smooth cup.

Memily

Aaaaaaand that’s added to my wish list.

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KittyLovesTea sent me an ounce of this and I’m not down to one cup left (after this one). I’m not sure what happened, but I love this tea. I’m generally not a huge Della Terra fan, but this one I must have more of. I even commented on their Facebook to inquire when it would be back.

I’m not sure how exactly to describe this. It’s more of a candy-like pumpkin tea, but not artificial at all, or it never would have worked for me. It is delightful.

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I made another cold matcha and waited for the right moment to finally crack this bad boy open. I have been craving watching Skyfall for the last few hours, but instead I’ve been diligently working on my conservation cue cards. This is my treat.

It’s very similar to Peanut Butter, but for some reason my mind has decided I’m actually enjoying this one. Maybe because it’s delicate? I feel the Peanut Butter may have been distinctive (note go back and check). Either way, I’ll be ordering more of this in the future.

Also, in less than a week now (by a few hours), we will be in Vancouver! I think I have my list of teas to pick up complete.

VariaTEA

What are you going to get in Vancouver?!? Divine Temptation? Creme Brulee?

Courtney

Bayswater: Creamy Rhubarb, Creamy Coconut, Creme Brulee, & Divine Temptation
Steam Tea: Canadian Maple Seduction (LOTS) & Fresh Bamboo Mint

If I make it to Granville Island Tea Co. I’ll pick up some Market Spice. :)

VariaTEA

OMG Canadian Maple Seduction! Another tasty choice :)

Courtney

Would you like me to get you some? :)

VariaTEA

That is a very kind offer but I think I am okay for now.

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drank Chocolate Truffle by Tea Desire
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I didn’t look this one up on Steepster before I brewed it, and it was quite a shock when it smelled of pu’erh once steeped.

Well, well. I was a little wary, but I let it cool as I wrote out more cue cards for conservation. I finally braved taking a sip, and it’s not so scary. The scent is far more pu’erh-y than the taste. The taste has a nice chocolate profile with the unmistakable, but not overwhelming pu’erh base.

Thanks for the surprise VariaTEA!

VariaTEA

You’re welcome. That sample came to my from Kat_Maria who I believe got it from MissB. Since I tried it before, I knew it was not for me so I thought I would pass it along in hopes it would find a home with someone who might enjoy it :P. Gotta love how tea travels.

Stephanie

Chocolate puerh sounds good to me!

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drank Cola Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Well, this one is a bit bizarre. Added to this is that this is my first matcha soda and I’m not a fan of carbonation, but besides that it is just weird.

Is that licorice? It’s reminiscent of cola, but also not. I don’t really know what to say about this one.

Thanks for the sample VariaTEA! Yet another matcha flavour down.

I’m also happy I have a cup of Dolce Vita steeping away haha.

VariaTEA

I got licorice too but I have no idea why that would be.

Courtney

It was bizarre haha. Almost medicinal licorice too. I think it’s safe to say that one won’t have a home in my cupboard. :P

Stephanie

The thought of this one creeps me out

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drank Sweet Seduction by RiverTea
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It’s official. I’ve now had two nougat teas, and nougat is awesome.

The nuttiness works great with the green tea base here. It’s very similar to Divine Temptation, and the almond is pretty subtle if it’s there at all, mostly nougat I’m getting here. Either way, it’s really tasty.

VariaTEA

Yay! I am glad you liked this one as well. I was a little hesitant about the green base, especially after trying the awesomeness of Divine Temptation, but I thought it really worked.

Courtney

It worked well! My friend ordered this one in our joint order, but I may actually pick some up next time myself. :)

VariaTEA

I plan on grabbing this in the RiverTea order I eventually place. I think it might be my favorite of the three nougat teas I had.

Courtney

Which other nougat have you had?

VariaTEA

This, Divine Temptation, and Cornelia Bean’s Sweet Temptation

Roswell Strange

This one that I’d pick up too…

Amariel

Mmmm, nougat teas. You can’t go wrong, I don’t think.

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Having this delightful tea as the first cup of the day. I’m nearly done this paper, then it’ll be on to studying for my two hardest exams, but also my two favourite classes.

It seems I’ve finally perfected steeping this to my liking. I can drink it a bit more often now that I’ve managed to decrease a touch of the syrup-ness.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Lover of tea, animals, the ocean (http://eastcoastbest.tumblr.com/), science, travel, and all things summer.

That’s my mug! I may have a slight love of Star Trek.

I love black teas. I pretty well always drink my tea straight. I’m also fond of herbals, but they rarely make my permanent collection. I prefer my tea hot, but occasionally I’ll cold brew.

Oolongs I enjoy, but I’m not generally in the mood for them. I only truly enjoy subtly fruity flavoured greens. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino).

Pu’erhs I’m working on at a snail’s pace, but so far I’m not loving them. Rooibos/honeybush have to be well hidden for me to enjoy them. Mates and are not for me at all.

Likes:
Coconut, creaminess, yogurt, toffee, cacao (true dark chocolate flavour), rhubarb.

Dislikes:
Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss.

Location

Canada

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