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Samurai TTB #59

I’m not generally a fan of jasmine teas (too many of them are overpoweringly floral and make me feel like I’m drinking perfume) but Jenni King has spoken so highly of this one, I just had to try it when I saw a single sachet in the TTB. And I’m so glad I did! I think this is the best jasmine tea I’ve ever had. Even though it was in a teabag, the pearls were beautifully rolled and unbroken. When steeped, they unfurled into a bright green, fresh-tasting tea with notes of citrus and a pleasantly soft floral flavor. A second steep was almost as good as the first!

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Jasmine, Smooth

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank The Buzz by DAVIDsTEA
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Samurai TTB #58

This tasted like something I’d want to drink when I’m sick…a bit of citrus, lots of spicy ginger, and a lingering aftertaste of licorice root. I think it would be soothing to a sore throat the flavor would be strong enough to cut through congestion. But since I’m thankfully NOT sick right now, I found the ginger and licorice to be a bit overwhelming and more like taking medicine than enjoying a nice cup of tea.

Flavors: Citrus, Ginger, Licorice, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I enjoyed this one! Green rooibos seems to have a much milder flavor than red, which I appreciate. This blend had a nice fresh, minty flavor that balanced well with the lemon…not much blueberry that I could detect. I enjoyed it hot, but guessing it would be even better iced!

Flavors: Lemon, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

Yes, green rooibos is very different. This flavor combination sounds amazing!

Courtney

Green rooibos is so nice. I wish more tea companies used it!

Inkling

I agree; why do so many companies use red rooibos when green rooibos and honeybush are both so much tastier? (At least in my opinion…)

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Samurai TTB #57

Michelle kindly included a sample of this one in the TTB for me. I’ve loved most of the golden snail-style black teas I’ve tried in the past, so I was eager to give this one a try! The aroma was very rich with notes of cocoa and honey. The tea brewed up a rich reddish brown with intense chocolatey flavor and a dense, almost chewy mouthfeel. I loved the first steep, but was disappointed by the second, as the flavor became quite thin and the aftertaste was pretty astringent. This is a great one-time steep but I wish I could get more out of it!

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Honey

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Orange Spice by Tea of Life
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Samurai TTB #56

I’ve had lots of orange spice black tea blends before, but I don’t recall another one with a green tea base. I actually found this a lot more enjoyable than the classic Constant Comment. The green tea base is nice and smooth and the orange flavor was distinctive without being overwhelmed by sweet cinnamon (as is so often the case in such blends). Here, the cinnamon just added a gently warming note. I honestly enjoyed this so much more than I was expecting!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Citrus, Orange, Smooth

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
ashmanra

I prefer Harney’s Green Hot Cinnamon to the ever so popular black one!

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Samurai TTB #55

Of the four fruity green teas from Tea of Life I tried in the TTB, this one was my favorite! The green tea base was buttery-smooth with a subtle vegetal flavor and the passion fruit flavor was quite distinctive and natural. Hot, I wasn’t getting much flavor, but the passion fruit really started to pop as my cup cooled down. I think this would be a delicious iced tea!

Flavors: Butter, Passion Fruit, Smooth, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Youth Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
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Samurai TTB #54

I didn’t know anything about this one, but I was hoping it might be similar to Teavana’s Youthberry. Unfortunately, this one is completely different…mostly hibiscus (which I’m emphatically NOT a fan of) with hints of rose and tulsi. It’s quite tart and has a somewhat medicinal quality to it overall…definitely feels like a tea you would drink for the health benefits and not for the flavor!

Flavors: Floral, Herbaceous, Hibiscus, Mint, Rose, Tart, Tulsi

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Samurai TTB #53

I love caramel, so I had to give this one a try! The dry leaf is VERY finely ground (almost like matcha) but I followed the directions to steep it like a traditional tea and add milk. The aroma was intensely sweet and caramelly, but I didn’t get much of a caramel flavor from the brewed tea…it just came across as a sweet, milky rooibos. Pleasant enough, but not the rich caramel experience I was hoping for.

Flavors: Medicinal, Rooibos, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Lime Cola by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
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Samurai TTB #52

This is the only tea I sampled from the TTB that I ended up dumping without finishing my cup. There was a little bit of lime in the flavor, but it was overwhelmed by the earthy, herbaceous flavor of the yerba mate and lingering aftertaste of the cola nut. Not a great experience!

Flavors: Earth, Herbaceous, Lime, Sour

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Samurai TTB #51

Another standout green tea from the TTB! Smooth and sweet with a mild nutty flavor and a buttery finish. This one is staying with me!

Flavors: Butter, Nutty, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ~ C.S. Lewis

I was introduced to loose leaf tea by a roommate in 2012, but it wasn’t until I stumbled upon Steepster in 2014 that I discovered a world of tea that went beyond Teavana and the grocery store.

My tastes continue to evolve, but black tea is currently my favorite. I am especially drawn to strong, malty breakfast blends to wake me up in the morning and flavored dessert teas to sip throughout the day.

Just about everything in my cupboard is available to swap, so feel free to ask!

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