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This is from the here is hoping traveling teabox.

I drank this one on my way to work today. The dry leaves SMELL so sweet and nice, almost like a lighter marco polo.

The tea when brewed is not nearly as aromatic as the dry leaves. It still smells good but as I was expecting marco polo level of scent – this is very slight.

The flavor has notes of peach and mango. The green tea base is kinda lost with the flavors. I like this tea but I do not LOVE it.

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drank Catuaba by Infussion
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This is from the here is hoping traveling teabox.

This dry infusion looks like a fibrous root. It almost looks like the shavings I used as a child for my gerbils. The dry root like infusion has a cedar smell.

Once steeped it is deceptively rosy in color. It looks pretty. However, at first sniff it is bitter and goes into my sinus cavity much like a vapor rub. A deep sniff of this makes me wince. There are notes of chlorine and wood in the smell.

I researched information about this herb online and found out that the fruit from this tree is not edible. I am not surprised. This root is barely edible…err…drinkable.

The flavor is hard to discern. I can say that it is VERY bitter. It puckers the edges of my tongue.

While I am rating this tea 0 the entertainment factor as I sipped it with a friend is 100. We had fun drinking this, reading about its supposed benefits and having a laugh.

Thank you Tea Sipper for putting the teabox together. I may not like this tisane but I appreciated the opportunity to try it and (comically) give it a review.

Marcel Duchamp

Your reviews today are very spunky. haha.

Donna A

Your writing is very poetic.

Ellyn

My comment got deleted! DANG!

My reviews today are from: 1. having fun with the traveling teabox, 2. being in a great mood due to a win at work 3. trying tea with a friend and 4. enjoying new things even if they are somewhat funny!

Thanks for reading!

Ellyn

also had 1/2 day due to snow!

Ellyn

Donna a: thank you!!!

Alphakitty

Yeah, I did not like this one either! I wanted to but oh my goodness was it bitter

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drank Schisandra Chinensis by Infussion
217 tasting notes

This tea is from the here is hoping traveling teabox.

This tea may have health benefits. But it is gross.

The infusion is a light yellow color.

There is no tea in this infusion nor is there anything resembling leaves. It is just dry peppercorn looking berries.

The dry berries smell like cedar chips and vinegar. I am not joking. This is repugnant and fierce. I can appreciate that infussion.eu is trying to spread chinese herbal medicine and know that there are interesting supposed benefits. However, you REALLLLLLY need to want the benefits in order to choke this down.

The prominent note is SOUR. It gets under your tongue with a ZING! (And not a good zing.) It is very vinegar and dill tasting. Perhaps you could use this to make pickles!

I am glad I got to taste this but will stay away from this herb in the future. If you are going to try this herb please be aware that it gets more pungent as the cup cools.

I finished the sample from the traveling tea box – but I do hope that others can try this and let me know if I am crazy in my taste!

Note: I was googling the various health claims on this tea and found that this tea is not suggested for people who are pregnant. I am not a dr, however, I am just relaying what I read on the interwebs.

Marcel Duchamp

This sounds weird and intense. haha.

Emily M

Wow…that sounds… interesting?

Ellyn

Marcel Duchamp: It is seriously intense. wow.

Tea Sipper

Ah, I didn’t know it wasn’t suggested for anyone pregnant. Could you write that on the package of this one? In case anyone else in the teabox doesn’t know? thanks

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drank Jasmine & Lavender by Premium Steap
217 tasting notes

From the here’s hoping tea box

I love both lavender and jasmine. I selected this tea from the teabox because I am always on the lookout for Jasmine or lavender flavors and have never seen them together.

This is a great tea. I am also getting a citrus flavor which is an interesting addition.

The tea is an orangy-tan in the cup. The dry leaves smell GREAT. I love it if this scent came in an air freshener! I am really enjoying this tea and added it to my shopping list!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
KeenTeaThyme

I love both jasmine & lavender as well, and haven’t seen them together – at least not that I remember. I added this to my shopping list as well – sounds divine!

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This tea has pretty rose-amber color in the cup. THe dry leaves are very attractive blend of black tea heavily sprinkled with beautiful pink rose petals. THis is a very attractive tea in the dry leaf. The dry leaves also smell VERY aromatic of rose.

A pleasant rosy cup of tea. No bitterness. The rose flavor is somewhat muted. However, when searching for the flavor in the sip it is clear this is a rose tea. In a lineup of teas it is clear that this one is rose.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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This is from the Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox

THIS IS SO YUMMY. I very clearly get the light baked good flavor. Oh, Yum! I wish I had more of this to try. I am so glad I got to try this sample!

Once brewed the tea has a beautiful amber color. Wonderful.

Thank you for setting up the teabox Tea Sipper!

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This is from the here’s hoping traveling teabox!

This was good, non-bitter black tea. The flavor of orange and cranberry get lost but this is a mellow tea. It has a nice sweetness for having no sugar.

Thank you Tea-Sipper for setting up the teabox!

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drank Pom Tango by DAVIDsTEA
217 tasting notes

I thought I would LOVE this tea. Don’t get me wrong, I like it alright. However, at the end of the sip, in the back of your mouth there is just a taste and sensation that is not my favorite. It is okay, the fruit flavor is nice. But that end of the sip feeling…blech!

Did anyone else get that feeling?

whatshesaid

I didn’t love it either… I’m going to try it cold though. I’m glad I didn’t buy a ton!

GiggleGoddess

I haven’t tried it…did you buy alot of it or was it a sample? I kinda got that feeling with DayDreamer…it has a slight artificialness towards the end of it. I downed two cups though, lol.

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drank Jubilee by Fortnum & Mason
217 tasting notes

Not feeling so good this morning…I drank this on the way to work as it is slightly sweet and honeyed. See previous notes for HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS TEA!

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I’m not sure what I did wrong. I am not getting any caramel notes just a kinda blah black tea. I had to dump it out! Too much leaf? not enough leaf? I don’t know. Not rating this one because I am not sure what happened here….

GiggleGoddess

How much did you use and for how long? Frank suggested to try using more next time for Cinnamon Roll HB to see if that’ll bring out more of the sweetness of the brown sugar and cream cheese.

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I like all kinds of tea and am open to new things. I am learning about all kinds of new tea and am working on pushing my palate with new tastes.

Looking for new tea shops/houses/cafes and finding new teas to sample is often part of the adventure!

Bringing varied teas to work makes the day interesting

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