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drank Cherry Blossom by Harney & Sons
276 tasting notes

Thank you Marcel Duchamp for sharing this with me!
I am liking this. It is a light and floral green. I’m not sure exactly what cherry blossoms are supposed to taste like, but this is nice. It tastes similar to a Le Palais tea that I have and checking that bag reveals it is a cherry blossom tea too, so I guess I am learning the taste of the blossom! It isn’t as strong as the Le Palais tea, which I’m thinking I prefer, but it doesn’t have the astringency I was getting on the other either. It is in a convenient bag for steeping on the go, so I think I will save the other bag for when I need tea while out of the house.

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

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drank Strawberry Paraiso by Teavana
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I did a rare trip to a mall today and had one of the best Teavana experiences ever! The sales people weren’t pushy or rude at all! The main gal I was talking to was really chill and it made me feel really comfortable and didn’t raise the urge to run out of the store like I have done before.

I decided to get a cup of this iced to go. It smelled really good and didn’t have hibiscus in it like the other strawberry tea I was interested in. The first few sips were good, but then it changed. The beginning of each sip was nice, light and strawberry like, but then it morphed into a light, but very distinctive smoked salmon taste. Like lox without the salt. I’m sure if I added salt it would be dead on. I really do love lox, so I was able to drink it, but I think I prefer that taste NOT in my tea. Glad I didn’t get any of this to take home!

Preparation
Iced
Anna

Aww, that’s so great about your store visit. Less great about the, uh, salmon. Fish should never be liquid.

__Morgana__

LOL. Liquid fish makes me think of SNL and the Bass-o-Matic.

Dustin

I think there is a time and place for liquid fish… like in a bisque with some fish chunks, but I think that is the ONLY time and place.

I never saw that SNL skit. I’m going to have to youtube it.

Dustin

Found it. Oh god… ewww! Drop some strawberries in that blender and it’s probably a close match to that tea!

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I tried steeping this in hot water and pouring it over ice because I was too impatient to cold steep and it was quite a fail. It tasted genmaicha like, but there was no cherry or cheesecake and it was quite sad. Cold steeping and planning ahead is the way to go with this tea. I’m going to put some in the fridge right now and do it right!

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drank Grape Oolong by Butiki Teas
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Dry this tea is smelling like fruit, but steeped it smells floral! It is a very light oolong with slightly floral flavors. As it cools, the floral flavor turns into grape with a strong grape scent. I sweetened the last bit of my cup and it intensifies the flavor but is still pretty subtle. This tea is interesting, but I’m not sure that it packs enough of a flavor punch for my taste. I’m still on the fence about oolongs. Glad to have gotten to try it! Thanks for the sample with my order Butiki!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I’m not usually a big breakfast tea fan, in fact I’m totally baffled by it and don’t understand what makes a tea breakfast type, BUT despite all that I’m enjoying this cup. I got a small bag of it in bulk while tea shopping in California, figuring I’d give it a try since I wasn’t likely to be able to find sample sizes again. This is a really solid heavy tea, relying on heavier base notes. I get a deep smooth malty flavor which isn’t bitter at all! I’ll be interested to see if it grows on me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
MzPriss

I’m with you. I’ve never really understood what makes a tea a breakfast tea.

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I steeped this then poured it over ice for a cool drink. It is very similar to a genmacha with that roasty flavor, but there is something different at the bottom of the sip. Almost plasticy, but not in a super gross way. I have had roasted buckwheat tea before and enjoyed it, but this one isn’t impressing me the way the other did. It’s okay, but I think there are much less expensive options for this at my local Asian market.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
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Mmmmmm, smells like sun lotion! Not in a bad way, just in that brings me back to my childhood, laying by the pool with my grandmother in the warm California sun while she oiled herself up with Hawaiian Tropic and toasted to a dark brown kinda way. That stuff always smelled so delicious! I’m glad I never tried drinking it. The scent lightens up when steeped. I tried a few sips unsweetened and it was okay, but didn’t really work for me. With sugar, the whole thing perks up. I don’t get too much on the actual sip, but the aftertaste leaves me with this amazing coconut banana flavor! I can taste the tea on the back end of the sip and it has a light feel to it. If I drink it too fast, I don’t get as much of the flavor so sipping slowly seems optimal here. I do wish the banana flavor was a little more intense, but I am known for my odd love of over the top banana flavoring which often doesn’t translate well to other people’s palates. I have to say, this tea is pretty tasty!
Thanks for the sample with my order Butiki!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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I love free samples with my order! Thanks Stacy!
This tea didn’t smell like much when dry, but once steeped it is root beer explosion! The flavor is really dead on. I get a tiny bit of rooibos flavor and it seems to only add to the authenticity of the whole thing. I was enjoying it unsweetened and decided to add some sugar to amp it up. The amount I added didn’t make it better, but before the last gulp I added a little more and that seemed to work. It is like there is a sugar dead zone where it works in reverse making it less enjoyable. I’m liking this one and will have to consider picking some up on my next order.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Lemon Souffle by White Lion
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I have been wanting to try this tea since Azzrian’s review about it that made it sound super delicious (I’m so easily influenced) and thanks to Marcel Duchamp’s generosity, I get to try a cup!

I was searching for the steeping instructions but wasn’t able to find any even after looking on White Lion’s website and that is always a little disappointing to not have any guidance on where to start with a tea. I ended up going with a default 1m steep at 185 because that was the generic white tea instructions that I was coming across.

I’m finding this tea to be really subtle, but very smooth. I can just barely pick out lemon and there is a hint of spice, like curry ever so faintly in the background. Each sip is smooth and fades into a light creaminess. Sweetening it brings out a bit of the richness and after a few minute break from the tea, I think I can pick up on a little more lemon than before, but it is still far from bursting lemon that others mentioned. I’m wondering if lemon is one of those flavors that doesn’t hold up well over time which would explain a lot in my lemon tea experience. Still, I’m super glad to have tried this!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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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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