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After reading Jacqueline’s note about how delicious this was with milk and sugar, I decided I just had to have it that way today. The cream really smoothes out the taste and brings out the sweetness of the coconut and the spices are more refined in taste. Think I may need another cup, as this was gone before the note was finished!

JacquelineM

It really does become gone before you know it!! Thank you once again for turning me on to this :)

Meghann M

No problem, I’m glad you like it!

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Finally got around to brewing a sample of this tea. Wow…the cinnamon in this is quite strong…phew! The plum is sweet and a bit tart. Not sure I enjoy this one but will finish the cup. It tastes too much like a liquid potpourri and the fall scented candles I’m burning around aren’t helping the cause.

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For our one year anniversary my husband and I spent the weekend in the town we met for the first time. We went to dinner and a movie and spent the weekend at a hotel. While killing time before our dinner reservations we wandered the large mall. Low and behold, it had a Teavana in it. We stopped in to try the samples, and I wanted to smell some of the new teas I hadn’t ordered (yumberry oolong was one). My husband really liked this in samples, and has each time he’s tried it. Since he’s not much of a tea drinker, and I was so happy to find something he liked unsweetened, we got 4 oz of this blend to take home.

I brewed up a 24 oz pot with 4.5 tsp of leaves, 170F water and 3 minutes steep time. These leaves made me happy as they are similar to the colors and smell present in Frank’s Apple-Vanilla white chai. I know the taste won’t be the same, as there is citrus in this mix and no apple, but it may be my replacement for when Frank’s stock/my cupboard is cleared of the white chai. Very pretty blend this mate/white tea mix is from Teavana. It smells delicious too.

The taste is pleasant, but after tasting the sample in the store I know I’m missing something. It’s not as sweet, so I added half a teaspoon of rock sugar to my cup. A little better with the sugar, but I wonder if I need to brew at a hotter temperature or longer steep to get it to taste more thick and spicy like the sample at Teavana. I’ve heard that they use white honey to sweeten their tea samples, anyone know where one can purchase that? I’ll have to do some research and see if that might help. I do like this, but I know it can taste better.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Kristen

I love this tea but also have trouble getting it to taste like teavana’s sample- they add alot of rock sugar but I have found that if I steep around 205 for 3min I actually get a better taste! It is too weak for me at 175!! I have played around with temp and kept increasing by 10 degrees and think 205 is the ticket. I want to try it @ 212 next time just for kicks. Let me know how it works for you. Hope you had a Happy Aniv!

Krystal

I used a bit of sugar also and it was more like how thier samples were but not quite the same. I have heard that they use a higher temp & winter white honey which is on their site (I have not tried it though) hope this helps!

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Decent cup of Minty goodness. A simple mint tea.

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Enjoying the fact that the hotel room I’m staying in has something other than Lipton. If it was for more than a day, I would have brought some tea tools, but I new I’d be near a teavana and caribou and would survive a day with out my own teas.

This is a lighter Assam. It holds up to a splash of cream and packet of sugar to be just what I need to clear my hea this morning. They also have a peppermint which I will have next to help with the sniffles I have.

Jaime

I hope the sniffles go away soon!

gmathis

Most of the hotels I land in consider Lipton upscale :) This sounds nice!

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Tried this latte style after robotics dinner out. Some simple syrup was added and soymilk and this is my new favorite latte. Noticed that caribou now carries a Hot Cinnamon Spice black tea in sachets in a tin and also they have Pomegranate Oolong. I am curious to find out if Harney and Sons may supply teas to them through wholesale. They have such similar teas.

I really enjoyed the sweet candy cinnamon the tea latte had. Will definitely be trying some of the other blends.

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Finished up the last of the bags Jaime sent me to try. I hope they still have this at World Market, as I know it isn’t available anywhere else, and I want more. This is a favorite evening cup. I think I may like it better than the Pineapple Lychee…but that could just be because I decupboarded the Pineapple Lychee over a month ago and haven’t replaced it. This is so naturally sweet and fruity that it is amazing hot, and just as amazing iced. Can’t wait to get more!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Jaime

If yours doesn’t have it, let me know. Mine had loads last time I was there, and I plan on making a trip later this month!

Kristen

Can I ask what World Market is? I have never heard of it and was just curious.

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
558 tasting notes

Having a pot of this so late in the night is not a standard practice for me, but when I saw I still had a few teaspoons left from what Jaime had sent me, I knew it was what I wanted this evening.

I can’t say much that hasn’t already been said, but I certainly enjoy this dessert-y treat of strawberries and cream (more creamy because I added milk and sugar to it). YUM.

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Finishing off the last of the sample oOTeaOo sent my way with a bit of added rock sugar in the teapot. This is even more vanilla-y with some added sweetener. I will have to pick up some of this blend once I’ve cleared some space in the cupboard. Another stop at Adagio’s retail store is inevitable…when does the Skokie location open?

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drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
558 tasting notes

I think I’ve found my little cup of heaven. I brewed this up (a bit longer than I meant to, around 5 minutes instead of 3:30). Then I added 1 T of Coffeemate’s Pumpkin Spice creamer. OMG…..this is better than sex chai. I love pumpkin spice latte’s, pumpkin spice coffee, pumpkin spice tea, and now, pumpkin spice mayan chocolate chai. This creamer plus the heat of the cayenne and the chocolate is AMAZING! I have only enough Mayan Chocolate Chai to last another pot, I will have to place an order for another pouch now that I have tried this. Wow…yummy.

Will have to try with the last tsp of Matador’s kiss from Jaime to see if it gets the same results:) So spicy, but so good!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

LOL! YES! Pumpkin spice mochas are the bomb. It’s my fave seasonal combo (because I drink and eat mint/chocolate 24/7). I haven’t made them this way, but I’ve added dark chocolate creamer to Twinings Pumpkin chai- AMAZING!

Meghann M

I love it, but my mouth is on fire right now! Glad I bought 3 bottles of creamer, as good as it is in coffee, this is so much better. I’ve found my way to drink this chai. I will have to try this creamer in the chocolate cheesecake chai and see how it fares…I really like it with the oversteeped cayenne though!

Cofftea

Haha funny, I steep it for 6 when I add creamer/milk. And I use a lot of leaf=D

Meghann M

O_o…..wow! :)

Michelle Butler Hallett

This is the note that made up my mind to order Mayan Chai. Shall report soon …

Meghann M

I hope you enjoy it Michelle. Now to keep my husband away from my stash of pumpkin spice creamer!

The DJBooth

sex chai?

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Live in the cornfields of IL, but not too far from the city. Expecting a baby any day now (due Oct 24 2011). Sticking to mainly herbal and low caffeine teas for now. Trying to encourage my husbands tea drinking, but he adds so much sweetner he may as well just drink diet pop. I love trying new teas, and will try any tea once.

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