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This tea is just sitting next to me now and I attempt to work on my presentation. The scent coming from it is not very “real” smelling. I’m excited to try it, but I’m so picky about my fruit. I like fresh fruit and that’s it haha – not chocolate fruit, not fake fruit – just fresh and delicious. Hopefully it will come off more as a strawberry dessert made with real strawberries :)

The taste is an improvement from the scent, but there’s something in there that comes off as “artificial”. It’s certainly nice and creamy, especially for a green and white tea, which is quite lovely. I really wish the strawberry flavour was more true to actual strawberries.

I may put my leaves in the fridge to see how well it tastes cold brewed. Update: It’s better cooled, but I’m still not enjoying it enough to repurchase.

Thanks jessiwrites!

jessiwrites

Haha, I am just drinking this! I was a bit disappointed in the artificial taste in this one, too. It was better cold, but still definitely nothing I’d ever order again.

I mixed it with Jasmint today, and it’s quite lovely like that.

whatshesaid

I felt the same about this one.

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So I over caffeinated the other day in my attempt to keep my caffeine levels relatively stable to stay up late and work on a presentation. However, the delicate caffeine balancing act went awry and for the last 2 days I’ve steered clear of my morning Guayusa and Copabanana.

I have all day to work on a presentation and study for exams so I’m starting my day off with this lovely tea. I’m always a little wary of mint teas, butI like to give every tea a chance. After White Christmas yesterday, mint teas are really looking up :)

This is so creamy and chocolate minty. But it works so well! The mint and chocolate balance each other in the mint isn’t so in-your-face and the chocolate isn’t sickeningly sweet. Then there’s an awesome creaminess. That must be from the vanilla. Considering this tea is made of things I’m usually not fond of and generally avoid – it’s pretty delicious!

This held up well to a resteep :)

Thanks jessiwrites!

jessiwrites

I am going to convert you into a lover of mint teas. Mwahahahaha!

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Thanks jessiwrites :)

This one is definitely what made all my other teas smell maple-y.

I suppose I could say this is more “crumbly” than “blueberry”, but really when I think of crumble I think of cake, not maple syrup. I’m not getting too much blueberry, perhaps a bit in the background but the maple flavour is much too overwhelming for me.

The second steep was more tolerable, but I still don’t think it does the name “Blueberry Crumble” justice. Thank goodness I enjoy so many other Della Terra teas :)

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drank White Christmas by 52teas
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This was a sample jessiwrites sent my way, to add to my awesome collection of samples she sends.

I really only like mint when I’ve got an upset stomach but the review jessiwrites wrote on this really intrigued me. So today I made a cup and actually ended up pouring it out – not because it was bad, because being in an envelope for a week with other teas had given it a very maple-y scent that made me feel nauseous.

However, once I got a chance to make a resteep the maple-y scent had worn off and I could actually smell the tea itself. Yum. I’m really impressed with the resteep – I actually have to keep reminding myself it is a resteep.

The black base works really well here and the mint is not overpowering at all thanks to the marshmallow root. The marshmallow root also gives this tea a subtle sweetness. This tea is really quite awesome, I’d actually consider keeping this in my cupboard, only that isn’t an option. Darn!

jessiwrites

I JUST WANT MORE.

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I’ve been really trying over the last few days to acquire a taste for traditional matchas and in my Caramel Matcha experience today I’ve noticed some success in the acquisition. Yes!

Also I wanted to make this tea note to share that my fiance ordered me a new kettle today :) The silicone round the handle of my current kettle has split, so he ordered a lovely glass Breville kettle. Yay!

whatshesaid

And obviously THAT’S why he’s your fiancé ;)

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drank Bollywood Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I went to David’s today to refill some of my herbal stash since they’re all getting low and I decided to pick up 10g of this, despite my “meh” feel about chai teas. It may be wise to take this tea note with a grain of salt considering my limited experience in the chai department.

This has a creamy texture to it that I wasn’t expecting. I can taste the fennel and peppercorns and a sweetness that must be the “candied fennel”. The peppercorn scent reminded me of Hot Lips, hence the reason I picked this up. I do so love Hot Lips. The cardamom adds a nice flavour as well. I’m not too sure I can taste the ginger – thank goodness, I don’t care for ginger at all – or the vanilla flavouring. I’m thinking the cardamom and cinnamon blend together, so I’ll say I can taste the cinnamon too.

Overall, the ingredients listed can all be tasted in this tea (with the exception of the ginger, though that could just be me). I’m really enjoying my cup of it but I don’t think I’ll keep it on hand regularly – perhaps every so often when the mood strikes me I’ll pick up another 10g.

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drank Guayusa (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I mixed equal parts of Guayusa and Luscious Watermelon for my morning tea today. I’m just sipping away at it now and it’s great!

The sweetness of the Luscious Watermelon really balances out the earthiness of the Guayusa. Guayusa continually amazing me with it’s flexibility and deliciousness.

Happy Easter everyone!

Update April 5/13: I chose Guayusa with Copabanana this morning. This may be the best mix yet. I want to love Copabanana more than I actually do and this mix just makes it for me. I’m tempted to pick up some more for the sole purpose of mixing it with Guayusa. The Amish cinnamon bread I’m enjoying with my tea for breakfast probably isn’t hurting either haha.

Hope everyone has a great day!

Update: Tried this as both a 1:1 and 1:2 ratio for Copabanana. I ’d say the 1:1 ratio is tastier. These teas work so well together in both balancing and bringing out the best flavours in each other.

Sil

did you go edit all your posting notes?

Courtney

Sorry I edited a bunch – although this one I did enjoy this morning.

Kittenna

Don’t worry, I edited a bunch of mine too! Apologies to all!

Sil

lol no biggee just wanted to make sure that i wasn’t losing my mind

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Thanks jessiwrites for sending me this one :)

This does taste just like genmaicha and marshmallows. It smells much sweeter than it tastes – thank goodness. The tea is bang on for the description, but I’m not sure that it’s for me. I’m only on my first steep so I’ll update as I steep some more.

Well I’m not sure if something went wrong with the resteep but the second steep tasted just like genmaicha. I love genmaicha but there was absolutely no hint of marshmallows.

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m enjoying this tea much more so than I thought I would. The only other experience I’ve had with star anise was in Merry Cranberry. Merry Cranberry was quite tasty but the spices made it very definitely a holiday tea.

This is a nice blend of sweet and spice with an added creaminess from the white chocolate. It’s not too heavy for a black tea and it doesn’t give me that specific holiday tea feel. It’s nice in that nothing is overpowering, and the balancing act of coconut, star anise, and white chocolate seems to be just perfect. I can see myself keeping this one on hand in smaller amounts for when I’m in the mood for it.

Shmiracles

i had the same reaction :) i was like “hey i had no idea i’d think this was good whoa!” it IS a very nice balancing act i agree. smart observation.

jessiwrites

Eeeeeee! I’m so glad you tried this one. It’s just so lovely. :D

Kittenna

I’m still putting off trying this one, haha. i keep reading that it’s not so bad though…. should just suck it up and try it!

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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Thanks Sil for sharing this with me!

It does smell like a warm strawberry rhubarb pie.

This has a lovely taste of strawberry that is not at all fake with a slight bitterness to it. I’m thinking that’s the rhubarb? Or perhaps the hibiscus? Hopefully I didn’t just oversteep it. As it cools more of the pie pastry flavour comes out.

I prefer this much more as it cools, the bitterness subsides and the pie taste really comes out with the strawberry. Delicious.

The second steep of this was just as flavourful.

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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.

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