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drank Pistachio Ice Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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Not sure when I got a sample size of this, but I’m finishing it up now. I love pistachio flavored things, so I had to give this one a go. I like that it is on a black base and there is a good pistachio flavor at the beginning of the cup. It is sweet on it’s own and I have found cream to dampen the flavors, so I’m avoiding that in my last cup. As the cup cools, it becomes less delicious. More of the fruit comes through, particularly apple and the pistachio takes a supporting role at that point. Overall I like it. I don’t feel the need to go into hoard mode, but I’d get another small pouch of it if I see it on the shelves again.

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

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drank Vanilla Chai by Ovation Teas
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After over two years, this tea is finally starting to loose some of it’s edge. The flavors seem a bit weaker than they have been in the past. After having bought a pound of it during the closing sale (lesson learned to never buy tea by the pound cause I’ll never drink it all down) I think I’m down to my last 2oz bag, which is a fitting time for the flavors to weaken. I may try boiling water or a longer steep time in the future to try to squeeze out the last bit of flavor.

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

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drank Sweet Love by Kusmi Tea
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I have been telling myself for years now “no more buying tea”, but I don’t listen and find some excuse for buying a tea I stumble upon. This time is was a tin of Kusmi’s Sweet Love for $6 at Homegoods. $6?!?!?!? HOW could I pass that up?! I couldn’t, especially after getting a whiff of the chai like flavors. I am now richer in tea and more poor in sense and cupboard space.

I taste cinnamon and cardamon that give this tea a chai association. The end of the sip has a touch of sweetness from the licorice root. The flavor of anise comes out in the sip as well, mingling with the other spices. If you are an anise/licorice hater, move along, this is not the tea you are looking for. Overall this tea is well balanced, warming and I can’t wait to try it with a little cream. It was a good purchase, once I don’t foresee regretting.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Banane Chocolat by Lupicia
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I am not digging on this tea. It is old and I do have other banana teas I prefer, so it’s not being done any favors by that. The banana flavor is light on the sip and leaves me with a sour note in the aftertaste. I can’t really pick out the chocolate. It is all very perfumey, but not in a pleasant way. This tea is making it really easy on me to chuck it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Looks like I have slowly been working my way through this tin because I can see the bottom! I’m still not super thrilled with this tea, but it has been reliable with what it delivers; a mellow ginger that is fairly evenly balanced. It’s strange, because I don’t think I have tried this cold steeped yet and I love cold steeping teas. I’ll have to try that next and if it doesn’t somehow transform into magic that carries me away to mystic flavorful lands, then I’m not likely to seek this one out for a second tin.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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It is a sad day when you come home from a summer away from your tea stash, excited to get reacquainted, only to discover that your precious stash of Three Friends is finally past it’s prime. I can smell the orange, but there is none left in the taste. The chocolate has dissipated as well. The friends have gone. All that is left is the base, which is a damn good base and is totally drinkable and enjoyable on it’s own, but it isn’t the amazing blend I so loved. To be fair, this tea is likely three years old and can’t be expected to last forever. Ah the problems of a tea hoarder! How to enjoy all your tea before it is past it’s prime. The struggle is real folks.

VariaTEA

Oh no. It hurts when this happens…especially with Butiki teas. You want to hoard them so they last forever but then you miss out on their peak deliciousness :(

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drank Mango & Chili by Trader Joe's
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I love TJ’s dearly, but their teas are mostly a let down. I should have known better and resisted, but the lure of a spicy tea was too much for me to pass up. I cold steeped this overnight in the fridge and woke up to a tea who’s first taste is of alkaline, which I always equate to dirt. Dirt tea, mmmmmmm! After the alkaline washes away, I am greeted by some heat and the flavor of fruit. Over all, it was a let down. I might try adding some creamer to see if that helps with the dirt, but I’m worried that it will tame down the chili which was the selling factor for me. :/

Preparation
Iced
juliebeth

oh that stinks. this one has tempted me, as well. maybe i’ll pass…

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drank Earl Grey by David's Tea
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I’m away on summer holiday/work trip and failed to pack a decent assortment of tea. The nice thing is that there are plenty of places to buy tea, including a David’s nearby. I have been drinking two cups of this tea every morning for the past few days. It seems like a good solid EG, but nothing to get super excited about. It is reliable and is an enjoyable cup that I have with a little creamer, but it isn’t something I’d want to keep in stock or would even turn to if I had my tea cupboard nearby.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I have been eyeing WP teas for a while now, but couldn’t resist a promo sample offer that was posted recently. When my cup is hot, I get a ton of clove and some cardamon to back it up. There is a little malt in the back of the taste that comes out a little more as the cup cools. It has an overall hearty taste and is well balanced. I’m having it without any additions, but would love to try a cup with some cream. Adding cream… it seems to dampen the flavors a little. The malt is dampened, but it does have a sweeter creamier taste overall. I think I prefer it straight. I had my first cup yesterday in class and the caffeine level seemed to go a good job of getting me through the day. Overall I really like this tea!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I could have sworn I wrote a note for this when I tried a hot cup of it a week or so ago… Anyways, I put the rest of the sample in a mason jar and stuck it in the fridge. I didn’t like the taste of it hot. It had a weird alkaline taste to it that I have experienced in some pineapple teas. It is much better cold steeped! The alkaline taste is still there, but is muted and subtle. The mandarin is very bright and dominating the sip and aftertaste with a creamsicle flavor. There is a little bite at the end of the sip that I don’t much care for, but the rest of the sip is great. The vanilla works well to soften the sharpness of the citrus and the other ingredients seems to give it some depth and low notes, making it really well rounded. I could see this working well with a little sweetener to fill out the fruity taste. Overall I’m pretty impressed!

Preparation
Iced

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My name is Dustin and I like tea.

I’m an added flavor kind of tea fan. I want my tea to remind me of cookies and cakes with coconut and almond slices with a hint of chocolate drizzled on top. I want dancing ponies and flying monkeys shooting off fireworks! I like a little sugar in my tea. I love caffeinated tea, but since I limit myself to one cup a day, I have been exploring more rooibos and honeybush teas. Rooibos now = meh and I have upped my caffeine tolerance. BRING ME CAFFEINE!!!!

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