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Thanks to the wonderful MissB for thoughtfully including this in my order.

There are little heart-shaped chocolates in the blend. Poor things never stood a chance of making it into the tea. I gobbled them up about as soon as I saw them. Nom nom nom. They taste like praline chocolates and booze (though I’m not sure if the booze flavor is real or imagined).

I decided to go twee with this one and brew it up in a little teapot covered in hearts, then drink it from a little teacup. Silly, but fun!

This was initially rather bland, until I thought to add some rock sugar to compensate for taking out the sweetness of the chocolate. The sugar really helped. It tastes very much like a liquid praline chocolate truffle. Slightly artificial, but it works. Equally tasty on a second steep. I’m not picking up any strawberry, but that’s fine by me.

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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Caramel Oolong by Della Terra Teas
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I don’t do Valentine’s Day, but I am making a very narrow tea-related exception and only drinking teas I love today. This one comes to me courtesy of BrewTEAlly Sweet. Thanks!

This is both straightforward and delicious. Smooth caramel goodness over a solid base tea. Only one serving left, but I might polish it off tonight just to make some room in my cabinet.

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drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
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Another sad sipdown today. Lime creamy goodness, as always. At least I still have an oz of the Lemon Chiffon to comfort me :-)

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drank Autumn Leaves by Della Terra Teas
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Waaaah, sad sipdown. This first came my way from Short Sorceress. I picked up more from BrewTEAlly Sweet‘s stash sale and now that’s all gone too :( This tea really grew on me as a lovely maple dessert brew. It will be missed.

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drank Champagne Cider by Butiki Teas
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This tastes just like an apple version of one of my favorite kosher wines, Bartenura Moscato. Crisp, not too sweet, and just a touch of bubble. I have no idea how Stacy managed it, but this does produce a (pleasantly) fizzy feeling on the tongue. Pretty awesome.

I actually first tried this tea on New Year’s Eve. I tried to make the cocktail recipe that came with it, but I had to substitute too many ingredients – sparkling apple cider for regular and rum for bourbon, and no cinnamon stick for garnish. It came out terrible. So terrible that I was entirely turned off this tea for over a month. Two nights ago, I finally gave it another shot. Two and a half 16-oz mugs later, the tea is all gone. So this is a tea-sad sipdown. Not a tea that I would keep in my regular rotation but one I definitely enjoyed. It’s more of a fall tea than a New Year’s tea, I think.

The recipe suggested by Amoda:
- 1 heaping tsp of Champagne Cider
- 1 oz bourbon
- 1 oz real apple cider
- cinnamon stick to garnish

Steep a cup of Champagne Cider. Leave a little room in the mug. After 5-7 minutes, remove the leaves and pour in the cider and bourbon. Stir with a cinnamon stick and enjoy!

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drank Maple Pecan Oolong by Butiki Teas
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We need a term for the feeling one gets when running low/out of a favorite tea, or learning that a tea is discontinued or otherwise unavailable for sale. I propose “tea-sad”, but I’m certainly open to suggestions!

Anyway, I’m feeling tea-sad about this one. I’m running super low and I managed to mess it up this morning by both underleafing and oversteeping. Still tasty, but not quite as awesome as I’ve come to expect from this tea. And now I can’t even get a good resteep out of it because I left the leaves in the water so long the first time. See previous tasting notes for more about the tea itself.

I blew the rest of my tea budget for the month on a cab ride this morning, so I can’t restock this tea for a little while. It definitely warrants a place in my regular rotation, though.

Stephanie

Bummer about the cab ride and the underleafed tea. This is one of my faves, too! We DO need a term for that “tea sadness”…but I don’t have any ideas.

ifjuly

feeling emp-tea, har…

Nicole

“Emp-tea”… I like it.

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drank Orange & Cream by Della Terra Teas
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Noooooo! Sipdown! My precious hot creamsicle in a cup! So sad to see this one go, it’s just wonderful.

Preparation
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Picked this up from BrewTEAlly Sweet’s stash sale.

The name of this one is very confusing. I just don’t see it as a morning drink. Even if it was caffeinated. It’s more of a refreshing afternoon blend. The citrus and mint combination is lovely. The mint flavor lingers nicely. That said, I’m not a huge fan. I really don’t like lemongrass, and it’s certainly discernible here. I should have checked the ingredients list.

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I picked this up from BrewTEAlly Sweet’s stash sale and am so very glad that I did. It’s just a lovely, thick, floral brew. Not generically floral, either. The rose, jasmine, and lavender are distinct without clashing or tasting artificial. The peppermint doesn’t really come through except as a refreshing, mildly tingly aftertaste. This holds up well to a second steep, though it has an ever so slightly thinner mouthfeel.

This is labeled as a white tea. Also a green tea. I’m not sure which it actually is. The floral flavors obscure most of the base. It looks like a green tea, though.

first steep: 180F, 3 mins
second steep: 195F, 5 mins

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Thanks for sending this my way, RogersCK!

The dry leaf smells like vanilla and something sweet that I can’t quite place my finger on. Almost rosy, but there’s no rose in this blend. Brewed, the tea smells almost like chocolate. The flavor is sweet, creamy, and tart. I’m picking up more strawberry than raspberry, but it’s nice. This has a medium body. Best as a fruity breakfast brew, I think.

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