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drank Amandine Rose by Teavana
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It is a little late for caffeine, but it hasn’t been effecting me as much as usual lately and I have been so tired today. I’m also bored of my non caffeinated options… hopefully this doesn’t turn out to be a bad idea come bedtime!

I’m having this with a little soy creamer. It tastes a little light, but not bad. The almond is coming through as more of a baby powder flavor that I get in a lot of French teas with almond. It is such a weird association, one I wish I didn’t have. The rose lays low in the flavor mix, but is detectable. It is nice, but isn’t really hitting the spot for me at the moment.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I buy too much tea! LOL! Looks like I have had this in my cupboard for a couple years now, have just finished the bag and liked it much more in the beginning when it was fresh. I had it cold steeped over night in the fridge for these last few cups and it wasn’t very remarkable at all. Hard to say if it was the preparation or the age of the tea, but I’m not feeling like I need to restock this. Ever. At this point in my tea journey I feel like honing in on my favorites instead of trying everything in sight, finding one or two gems per dozen or so that I try. I still have so much tea to go through before I can really get my cupboard dialed in. :/ Rough life, eh?

Preparation
Iced
mrmopar

We all do…

Nattie

Seconded.

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drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
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This tea is old, but holding up surprisingly well! I over leafed it on purpose in anticipation of it being weak and added cream. The nutmeg is still coming through and it warming on this suddenly winter day. We had 80 degree days last week and then there was a quick drop into winter temps which has sent me searching for extra warming teas. I have several Butiki teas left that I have been trying to get through, but get distracted with other teas. Overall this tea is good, but I still prefer the Nutmeg Custard that Butiki did.

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drank Raspberry Macaron by Fauchon
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It’s been ages and I still don’t get this tea. It is so light, tastes like perfume and is all high notes. It seems really unbalanced and fluffy. I have found some brands of French teas that I have a better success rate with, but I’m starting to think Fauchon and I just aren’t meant to be.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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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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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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