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drank White Christmas by 52teas
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I was looking forward to finding out what the twelfth tea was going to be this year. Aaaand surprise – there’s more marshmallow!!! Good thing I like marshmallow. ;P

Adding the cool mint give the tea a flavour that makes me think of candy canes. I bet it would be great with milk too – next time. ;)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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85
drank Butterbeer by 52teas
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This is tea #11 from the sampler. I’m sitting on the couch sipping it while I relax from a crazy day of work at the bookstore. I’m back on Boxing Day too, blah.

I’m not sure what butterbeer is meant to taste like as I’ve never tried any of the fan-made recipes floating around the internet and I don’t think it was ever described in the books. I’m going to assume a similarity with rootbeer as this is what this blend tastes like to me – and that’s totally okay as I love rootbeer. There’s a bit of something more in there that’s harder to define – it’s smooth and slightly creamy with a bit of natural sweetness. Very yummy!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Boo-Berry Cotton Candy by 52teas
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79
drank Lemon Cardamom Chun Mee by 52teas
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Twelves Teas of X-mas #9. I find that I like this particular lemon green blend better than the Sun and Cloud Mist – I’m not quite sure what it is, but part of it I think is that the base is milder and the lemon isn’t as strong or sharp. The cardamom is subtle but adds a little bit of spice that makes this blend unusual – there are a lot of lemon-flavoured teas out there but the cardamom makes it stand out.

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

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78
drank Mint Green by Wiseman Tea Company
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I used the last of this tea to make a really nice iced tea and then mixed it with mango juice. So good!

Preparation
Iced

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Maybe I need to steep the tea longer but I’m not getting very much chocolate flavour – certainly not enough for something labeled “Double Chocolate”. The base itself is nice though, robust and malty with a slight hint of smokiness.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

I didn’t much chocolate from it either.

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Twelves Teas of X-mas #7 (the last tea I can recall blogging about was #5 so I think I might be missing one somewhere in there). Somehow Frank has managed to make this tea taste not like lime, but actual, bona fide lime jello. I’m not sure if I can describe what the jello part tastes like but there’s clearly something more there than just the tang from the lime. The marshmallow works perfectly with the other flavour and don’t seem out of place like they do in other blends.

I’m noticing a theme of green-teas-with-marshmallow in this sampler, BTW. :P

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Southern Boy Teas

That’s funny. When we were finished making the samplers this year it dawned on me: wow, we got a little marshmallow happy this year. LOL. In my defense, I think marshmallow is an awfully fun thing to put in tea, and I don’t see it being done by any of my competitors (though I could be wrong about that).

Frolic

The marshmallow teas are some of my favorites!

Indigobloom

go marshmallow go! love it :P

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69
drank Sun and Cloud Mist by 52teas
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This is from way back on Day 3 of the twelve teas of X-mas.

Everyone else seems to love this tea but I only found it to be okay. The green tea/lemon combination was a bit too harsh in this instance and together with the marshmallow (which is rather faint) gave the tea an odd, slightly chemical taste that doesn’t do to much for me, I’m afraid. I’ll mess around with the steeping parameters a bit with what’s left of my sample to see if matters improve.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to meeeeee…… ;P

This is another tea I already have a pouch of, although I’m certainly not complaining about having an excuse to drink it again. In the past I haven’t been too impressed with Frank’s pumpkin-flavoured teas as I couldn’t seem to get much actual pumpkin flavour out of them. This blend, on the other hand, manages to hit the mark quite nicely. It’s like pumpkin pie with caramel drizzled on top. The cheesecake flavour is milder though I suspect adding milk to this tea would bring it out better. It’s sweet, creamy and decadent, and it’s great for wiling away the evening while the cold winter winds blow outside.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Earl Black by 52teas
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Twelve Days of X-mas tea #4. Yes this is a day late and I missed #3 as well – work has left me too busy to do much tea drinking. This is the first of three days off though, so I intend to take full advantage and catch up on my tea-drinking. ;)

The dry teas smells like nothing so much as grape Kool-aid which must be from the black current flavouring. Thankfully, the tea doesn’t taste like Kool-aid, though the most dominant flavour is the fruity black currents. The bergamot is surprisingly subtle, but it gives the tea an interesting citrus tanginess.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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