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drank Niagara Icewine by Pluck
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I’d never heard of Pluck Teas until we started selling it at the Chapters bookstore where I work. We only sell five blends although apparently the company makes quite a few more. I acquired this one when I was receiving a box of teas and accidentally cut too deeply with my utility knife, slicing the top pouch open. My boss knows I Iove tea, so she just wrote it off and gave it to me.

This white tea is a bit – twiggy I guess, lots of little bits of stems, although there’s plenty of nice, whole leaves too. The icewine flavour is quite distinct, a slightly boozy fruity grape flavour – it actually verges on being a bit too much, so I don’t think I’d steep this tea longer. Altogether I quite enjoyed it – maybe I’ll see if I can’t ‘accidentally’ acquire more Pluck teas from work. ;)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
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These ingredients seem to be a bit of an odd combination but I was drawn to it because it had mango in it but no hibiscus (ick). Also I’ve been on the look-out for more herbal/decaffeinated teas as my supply of those is getting low (and yet my tea cupboard is still overflowing).

I’ve always liked the flavour of chamomile – good quality stuff has a herbal apple/pineapple flavour to it and here it mixes well with the fruity mango flavours. It’s a very smooth blend with a rich, creamy undertone.

I only purchased a small amount as a tester but I’ll definitely replenish it when I’m done.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I’m drinking this tea with skim milk this morning – I wasn’t sure how the oolong would handle it but it seems to work out fine. The robust Irish breakfast black tea seems to dominate anyway, although I get a bit of a woodsy undertone from the oolong. The milk really brings out the vanilla and hazelnut flavours nicely making it a soothing, comfortable tea to be drinking on a grey, cold morning like this.

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

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drank Raspberry Chia by GT's Kombucha
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drank Blood Orange by Búcha
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80
drank Wild Strawberry by Adagio Teas
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I’m glad that I took enough of this tea to try it iced as well as hot, because cold it’s miles away a better drink. I did it up the lazy way where I brewed a cup, sweetened it with a spoonful of local honey and let it cool in the fridge. It literally tastes like fresh strawberries were juiced into my glass. I’m not sure whether it was the temperature or the honey that tamed the hibiscus but thankfully it’s barely an afterthought. So tasty and thirst-quenching. I’ll have to buy more now that Adagio has (finally!) lowered their international shipping rates.

Preparation
Iced 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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From the GCTTB. Red rooibos generally gets a ‘meh’ response from me at best, but the addition of the lemongrass livens things up a bit. It gives the tea a lemony flavour without any of the tart sourness that would accompany actual lemon fruit. So it’s not bad – but still not really something that I’d shell out money for.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I’m very picky about my jasmine teas and I find that most of them are overly perfumed for my tastes. This one however is nice and subtle and it’s quite natural. There’s a bit of sweetness underneath which might be from the green tea itself or from the jasmine, but whichever it is, it compliments the floral notes well.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
TeaBrat

Totally agree about the jasmine!

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drank Magicienne by Nina's Paris
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Another offering from the Traveling Teabox – I’ll hopefully have time in between classes to pack it up and git it shipped out tomorrow.

This one isn’t bad, but it’s unfortunately tastes like a lot of other flavoured green tea blends out there. There’s a mild sweet pineapple flavour and green tea used as a base is a good one, not being harsh or bitter – but really there isn’t anything special about this blend, and from a nicer company like Nina’s Paris I expected a little bit more than what I’m getting.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I’ve never heard of this tea company before I found samples of some of their teas in the Canadian Traveling Teabox. But I’ve had a look at their site and their teas sound quite interesting, so you might be seeing more reviews on their products from me in the future.

Non-Chinese white teas are a relatively new thing to me, but this one seems to take some of the traits from a traditional bai mu dan and mix them with characteristics I usually associate with Indian teas. The flavour is quite green and fresh – it’s vegetal but gently sweet at the same time. Then there’s an interesting muscatel-like note that comes in at the end and lingers in the mouth much like what you’d taste in a Nepali and Darjeeling black tea. Very enjoyable.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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