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Spoiler – This is the second tea from the 12 Teas of Christmas 2013 box by 52Teas. It’s been one I have wanted to try for a while now. Though I have never had a rootbeer float I do enjoy the idea of one, I like rootbeer and I like ice cream so fundamentally I should like it.

Oh wow..that definitely smells like rootbeer. It’s strong and thick but in an almost sticky sort of way. I have no idea how to describe the smell of rootbeer to anyone that has never tried it…medicinal? herbal? It just smells like rootbeer, that is as best as I can describe it.

It tastes like rootbeer though somewhat milder than it’s scent but with added vanilla which adds a perfect creamy finish. I’m having trouble detecting the black tea, it just tastes exactly like rootbeer that has been warmed up with a touch of vanilla added. Delicious!

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Great review… Thanks for sharing! Hubby is enjoying a bit of 52Teas Butterbeer I picked up and I was wondering how their root beer faired. Might be something we have to try.

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My second Bluebird Tea Co Christmas blend. It smells like citrus gummy sweets rather than mulled wine, it’s not spicy or especially orange enough to be mulled wine. It is still a pleasant enough scent but just not mulled wine.

The tea is dark hibiscus red and smells like orange and cinnamon, much more like mulled wine than it’s raw state.

It tastes sweet but with waxy orange and sour hibiscus notes. The cinnamon is coming through in the after taste but I still don’t think it’s spicy enough to be mulled wine. Needs more clove and less hibiscus, maybe some nutmeg. It just tastes like a hibiscus heavy orange tea with a touch of cinnamon. Great if you like those sorts of teas but I hate hibiscus.

Another disappointing Christmas tea from Bluebird. I have one more to try and hopefully it will be better.

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drank Smaug Tea by 52teas
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SPOILER – This is the first tea from the 12 Teas of Christmas 2013 box from 52Teas.

I have Smaug in my collection anyway so this is not a new tea for me, it is however very delicious. Enough in the bag for 2 cups so that is one for me and one for my husband. Yummy.

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drank Red Christmas by Yumchaa
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Thank you Scheherazade for this tea.

It has strong clove and aniseed flavours and as I sip it really is does remind me of Christmas. Though it’s not my favourite of flavours I still find myself enjoying it. I think it works well with the Rooibos base, keeps it light and with some sweetness. Besides the clove and aniseed I can taste cinnamon and pepper but the other ingredients are very subtle and I can’t really detect them specifically.

Not a bad blend at all, very Christmas appropriate.

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Quick notes on this one. I’m watching Breaking Bad (on series 4 now) and I ordered an Indian takeaway and felt like having a black Indian tea while we wait. This one is nice, it’s bold, malty, smoky and wooden with a slightly dry after taste. It does has some astringency and the more I drink the dryer the after taste becomes and it also has a leather like taste.

I like it, not one of my favourites but a nice Indian black all the same. The strength would also make a good breakfast tea.

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This arrived yesterday and was an impulse buy thanks to the awesome Teavivre Black Friday sale.

The leaves are dark brown with some golden tips and stem amongst them. They are small for the most part but are squiggly and thin. It has a rich cocoa and sweet wooden scent.

Using my new Gongfu teapot which holds 200ml with 7g of tea.

1 minute – Smoky, sweet, musky and wooden. A rich first steep with a wonderful dark and smoky base that carries on through to the after taste.

2 minutes – The smoke has carried through but this steep is sweeter than the previous steep. Also getting some fruit behind the smoke and wood, like mature prunes. The after taste has some cocoa.

3 minutes – It’s still smoky and smooth and the prune is thicker in this steep. So very wooden and mature.

It’s a nice smoky black tea and though it will never replace my beloved Yun Nan Dian Hong Golden Tips this is a nice alternative for when I want some variation. Very happy I got this tea, it’s certainly a welcome addition to my black tea collection.


Do you have a pic of your new teapot somewhere?


I put one onto Twitter this morning as a few people have asked to see it. It works beautifully, I just have to get used to the shape. My original one was round where as my new one is pear shaped.

Here it is – Being used with Lakyrsiew Black by Canton Tea Co.


that looks like a nice gongfu :) i have a similar gongfu and i don’t use it very often, but when i do pull it off the shelf i use it A LOT over a short amount of time and enjoy every second. it’s user friendly nature just inspires me to brew brew brew!

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Thank you Lala for this sample. From my Secret Pumpkin package. :)

The cinnamon is strong in this blend but there is something spicier lurking behind it, like pepper or chilli…it tickles my nose as I sniff.

Flavour wise I had to double check I had the correct tea…I can taste cocoa mixed with cinnamon and spices. No pumpkin though which is a shame. The black tea is strong compared to the rest of the blend and at best it tastes like a black tea with mild spices.

Some sweetener lessens the black teas thickness but there is even less spice if none now to speak of.

This tea is just not for me, it’s disappointing but at least drinkable.

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Wowsers….this is super pepperminty with a gentle touch of vanilla resembling Twinings – Butter Mint. It looks like mostly finely chopped peppermint leaf (with some dust) and some small to medium sized Oolong balls amidst it.

The flavour is very mild considering it’s strong scent. In my first few sips it took a few seconds before any flavour came through and when it did I feel the strongest was the cocoa. It’s sweet but also creamy and very light. I wish the peppermint was stronger.

This blend is too mild, I may try and double the dose or the steep time for my next cup. So far this one is disappointing.

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I’m 26 years old from Leicester, England named Kayleigh. I have a wonderful husband called Richard whom I am very lucky to have in my life.

I started off many years ago drinking herbal and fruit teas which over time peaked my interest in trying new types. Eventually I began to import and sample many different teas and cultures which I still do today. My life goal is to try as many teas and ways of having tea as possible.

Tea wise my cravings change constantly from pu erh one month to jasmine green to the next and so on.

I adore cats and have four of my own called Honey, Cassie, Mr Soots and Ivory.

I also have two fish tanks which thankfully my cats have no interest in. They house an array of tropical fish and shrimp.

I am a proud vegetarian and have been for the majority of my life. When I say vegetarian I mean just that as well, no fish or seafood, no chicken now and again, no animal products such as gelatine and cochineal.

I also enjoy watching Japanese Anime and horror films.

I am always up for tea swaps so if you see anything in my virtual cupboard then please contact me.

A short list to help swapping with me easier though honestly I am not fussy and am willing to try anything. Plus the notes below are usually, sometimes I love a tea that has an ingredient I tend to dislike and other times I hate a tea that I thought I would love.

Likes: Any fruit but especially melon and orange, vanilla, all tea types (black, green, white etc), nuts (any), flowers, ginger, chai.

Dislikes: Licorice, aniseed, clove, eucalyptus, lavender.



Leicester, England, United Kingdom



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