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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
404 tasting notes

This is a very buttery green. I really like that part. I taste the toasty walnuts and that part is really nice too. Other than those two features, I don’t get much else from this tea. It is pleasant enough, but dull. I’d love to have some other flavors in there to make it more interesting.

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

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drank La Naissance by Fauchon
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I got a sample of this from Dinosara, thanks x a million!
I have been eyeing all the tasting notes and buzz about Fauchon teas and this will be the first I have tried, so I’m extra excited about that aside from the fact that I love almond teas! I’m slightly stuffed up this morning, likely due to a fun allergy we call Cedar Fever here in Texas, so I’m sure this tea is a little more complex and bold that what I can pick out right now, but I can’t wait to try it.

First thing that I taste is a tiny bit of jasmine followed by an almond biscotti taste. I think I can pick out the rose and that mingles in the aftertaste a bit too. When the cup has cooled a little I get a blend of rose, jasmine and almond in the sip with almond showing most in the aftertaste. I’m finding the flavor present, but not super strong. I tried using less water on the resteep, but the flavor wasn’t any more intense. The second steep has more almond in the sip and reminds me of the powdered almond drink I’d find at Asian markets. I do love that stuff! Overall this is a really smooth tasting almond tea that I’m quite enjoying and it is leaving a good impression of the Fauchon brand!

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

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Thank you goes to Mercuryhime for this sample!
Pancake breakfast, what a strange and intriguing flavor for a tea! I can taste the maple and the butter, but I’m not able to pick out the pancake part. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to let the other flavors let my imagination fill in the pancake part or it there is a component that I am missing. Either way, I like it and am glad I got to try it.

Yvonne

Mmmm…this is on my must try list.

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drank Dirty Chai by Della Terra Teas
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Wow, this is pretty good! I can taste the orange and cinnamon is powerful. The espresso beans add a depth to the flavor that I like. It reminds me of another tea that I had growing up and enjoyed. A touch of sugar was nice. Milk ended up making it a little less delightful.

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I got this in a very generous swap from Chuckieroy!
It has been a long time since I have had pineapple (and I have never had pineapple upside down cake), but I think I can identify the taste and I’m not tasting any in this tea. What I do taste is caramel, which is lovely, but not pineappley as I’d expect based on the name. The tea is nice, but not grabbing me like it has so many others.

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drank Chestnut Green Tea by Lupicia
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Thank you Mercuryhime for this sample!
At first, I didn’t get this tea. It just tasted like green tea with a little bit of flavor that I couldn’t put my finger on. As it started to cool, I could pick up on the chestnut taste. The more it cooled, the more I tasted. I do love chestnuts and the flavor seems pretty dead on with this tea. This might have to go on my shopping list to try some more!

Stephanie

This one sounds amazing

Dustin

It was pretty good. It had me fooled at first that it was a little boring, but I think with a little tweaking on the brewing I could get a better cup earlier on. I’d love to see more chestnut teas with other flavors. Citrus and chocolate?

Stephanie

I love nutty teas. Your flavor mixing ideas sound intriguing :)

Dustin

Now I’m looking through The Flavor Bible to see what goes well with chestnut! Raspberry and caramel? Looks like Lupicia has a few chestnut teas including this one with chocolate… http://steepster.com/teas/lupicia/5726-marron-chocolat

Stephanie

I’m putting that chocolate Lupicia one on my shopping list :D Caramel sounds great with anything nutty, really…

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drank Sun and Cloud Mist by 52teas
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This stuff smells like a frosted lemon cookie! The first sip I took was a little too citrusy for me, but it mellowed out quickly. The taste isn’t as potent as a frosted lemon cookie, but the tea still holds some of that flavor I could smell when I opened the packet. It’s good and it is light, but it doesn’t quite captivate me. I like it, I’m not in love and I’d drink it again!

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This tea isn’t really doing much for me. It smells pretty good in the bag, but I’m not getting much flavor which is disappointing. I put a bit of sugar in it and that brought out some taste, but not enough for my preferences. I’m finding I favor DT’s rooibos blends much more than the blacks.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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The name says it all. It’s mellow, it’s mango, it’s peach. I’m not impressed, but it’s FAR from the blah that I have come to expect from peach teas.

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Wow, did someone put out a campfire in my mouth?! Sat down with my tea at breakfast this morning and my husband said he smelled a fire. I casually told him it was my tea and he had to sniff it to believe me. Then I had to hear how it’s probably filled with carcinogens which is bad for you. I’ll just pretend he didn’t say that part. It’s so smokey! I like it!

Stephanie

I drank a Lapsang Souchong at work one time and got funny looks from people LOL

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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.

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