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drank Smoked Maple Banana by Butiki Teas
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I had the second steep of this for my breakfast tea today. I added rice milk on a whim. The smokiness was much more prominent this time than it was when I had the first steep unadulterated yesterday. As it cooled, the smoke mellowed out and the sweet creaminess of the rice milk played up the banana flavor. I have not decided yet whether I prefer this with rice milk or straight…

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Wonderland Teas were a special request when my friend went to Disney World. I’m pretty darn charmed by the tin alone. So far the tea itself is decent too. This particular blend is good hot brewed and then cooled. It reminds me of Arizona iced tea – sweet honey flavor with a touch of lemon. Yum.

Fjellrev

Aww, that’s cute that they sell tea like that!

Sil

the tin is also really funny…lots of things to smile about if you read through all the sides etc. heh

Kaylee

The tin is definitely a keeper!

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drank LVP by Hooker Tea
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I picked this up in store when I was in Tampa. It smells delightful. The mint hits first, but the lavender and vanilla are quick to follow. The flavor is an even balance of refreshing mint and soothing lavender, rounded out with vanilla and a woodsy rooibos. The mintiness lingers long after the sip. I’ll be sad when this is gone…

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drank Smoked Maple Banana by Butiki Teas
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Trapped in a dull meeting. Ugh.

I had this for my travel-mug breakfast tea today. I generally dislike smokiness in my tea. However, it is fairly mild here. Turns out smoky works well with maple. The banana adds a sweet creaminess that rounds out the flavor. Overall, a solid start to the day.

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drank Rouge Bourbon by Mariage Frères
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Thanks to Dustin for sending me some of this! The trick to this blend is to steep it with a cinnamon stick. I don’t know why, but that really brings out the vanilla and a touch of creaminess. The rooibos base here is quite good, too – woody and clean. One of the better vanilla rooibos blends I’ve had.

Flavors: Cream, Vanilla, Wood

Jashiin Jashiin

Thanks – what a great suggestion! I didn’t have a stick, so I simply added some ground cinnamon to the leaves. Terrific! Some time ago I’ve moved on to MF’s Rouge d’Automne, and had a large stash of unused Rouge Bourbon… I guess I’ll go back to vanilla for now :)

Kaylee

So glad you liked it this way!

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drank Pan-fried Barley by Lupicia
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Hello childhood! This tastes just like buckwheat. Deep roasted and nutty. I have been drinking it straight, but I’m curious how it would taste with milk. Maybe next time. I’m also intrigued by the fruit-flavored versions of this. I’ll have to pick some up in my next Lupicia order.

Flavors: Roasted

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drank Sweet Banana Crème by TeBella
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I split 2 oz of this with my hostess when I went to Tampa a few months ago. It smells fabulously banana and creamy. It brews up a little weak, but overleafing + rice milk = creamy banana flavorful goodness. There’s just a hint of apple in the background coming from the chamomile. It works well with the banana. Overall, this is a nice evening dessert tea.

Flavors: Apple, banana, Cream

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drank Root Beer Barrels by Butiki Teas
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The flavor here is uncanny. It’s just dead on for root beer soda or candies. I can almost feel fizziness, even though I know it’s not actually present. Thanks to rosebudmelissa for sending some of this my way!

Flavors: Candy, Root Beer

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Waaah. They seem to have reblended this. The creaminess just isn’t here anymore. Now it just tastes like a basic lemon rooibos. A yummy and natural-tasting lemon rooibos, but not the special amazing creamy awesome lemon that I adored in this blend before. Even adding rice milk doesn’t help. And of course I now have a ridiculous quantity of it because I stocked up. I’m actually dropping my rating a few points based on the changed flavor. Nothing stays the same forever, I suppose.

Flavors: Lemon

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drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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The coconut creaminess here is a little heavy-handed, but I like it! The lavender makes a nice backdrop for the coconut. Overall this is a very soothing blend that’s perfect for evening sipping. Unless you dislike coconut, in which case this is most certainly not for you :-)

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