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Another tea from the first round of the EU box. I decided to steep a large batch of this one so I can have enough for my new flask to turn it into iced tea. I think Rooibos and lemongrass would make a nice iced tea combination. Anything to get me through work tomorrow :)

It’s a nice blend, simple, sweet, lemony, smooth but very delightful. I love lemongrass teas but have not tried it blended with Rooibos before, probably because I’m not a huge fan of it but together they work well. The balance is nice, the Rooibos is a little heavier to start with but towards the after taste the lemongrass shines through. The Rooibos is thick so it does have that unusual chemical flavour but luckily it does not last for long.

I can’t wait to see what this is like iced, possibly better than it is hot.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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I was lucky enough to be chosen as a winner for the pre-launch, I asked for an Oolong and received this wonderful Formosa Jade Oolong. Thank you River Tea

Brewing this tea in my new kettle teapot which can hold up to 1.5 litres and has a retractable egg steeper. I brew three large spoons of Oolong and infused it in 1 litre of water for three minutes.

My result is a yellow tea with a mild yet sweet and floral scent.

The flavour is also mild but tastes sweet, almost honeyed, and has a fresh, floral and fruitiness to it. Rather like subtle forms of honey suckle flowers and lightly toasted peach slices. Not only is it light but it also has a buttery after taste too.

A nice Oolong that will be perfect to use in my new flask to take to work. Due to it’s sweetness and general lightness I’m imagining it would be amazing iced.

http://www.rivertea.com/formosa-jade-taiwan-oolong-tea

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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My second tea from the EU box.

While my husband was making this tea he said it smells like TCP, not exactly what I want in a tea. It does smell chemical, not sure it’s TCP like but maybe like a floor cleaner.

I can taste thick Rooibos and some vanilla which also has some sweetness. I can’t taste any champagne or anything similar. It’s now a bad blend but it it’s too Rooibos heavy for my personal liking. It was not a lost cause though because my husband may have disliked the scent but enjoyed the flavour.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Anna

Is it the same chemical note you got from Studio 54?

It’s SO much fun to read someone else’s reviews of these teas.

KittyLovesTea

No not the same as Studio 54. The chemical in this blend is related to the Rooibos. I often find that strong Rooibos blends have an unusual chemical scent and flavour and this one was a perfect example to that. I like Rooibos if blended equally with other flavours but this one was just too heavy for my liking. My husband liked it though, he asked for more.

Anna

All the standard rooibos you get in your average Swedish tea shop is VERY heavy, just like this one – everyone imports from pretty much the same German companies, so there’s definitely a lack of variety.

Now I’m really excited to read your Rouge Provence review!

Nicole

I hope TCP doesn’t stand for what it stands for in my neck of the woods! Because I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have been able to make myself taste it! :)

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drank Studio 54 by Bönor & Blad
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This is my first tea to sample from the EU Tea Box since it’s return to base. While adding them to my cupboard the flavours caught my attention on this one which is why I jumped at the chance to try it first. I have been in the mood for something sweet but delicate and hopefully this will be perfect.

Hmm..unusual flavour. It tastes like artificial yet perfumed strawberry which is a new experience for me. The black base is at least light enough and sweet enough to be pleasant. Champagne? Well I can’t taste anything, unless the perfume I get from the strawberry is supposed to be it? Cream? That I will vouch for, it’s lightness gives it some creamy qualities that make it easy to drink. Though I have mentioned the black base is light it is also malty, a nice earthy quality to contrast the sweetness.

Overall it’s a nice tea, somewhat artificial but pleasant enough. Perfect for those times where you are not fussy about what you have.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec
Anna

Yeah, I agree – it’s that ‘champagne’ note that makes it weird, definitely. Their strawberry tea is very natural-tasting, so that has to be it.

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drank Gingerbread by Adagio Teas
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Another Christmas tea that I forgot to drink (until now that is). Another bagged tea from Adagio’s Christmas tea collection.

It smells like cinnamon rather than ginger but it does have a biscuit style scent to it.

As cinnamon and biscuit like as it smells it tastes more like a strong black tea with a slight cinnamon after taste. I wouldn’t say I could taste ginger at all let alone gingerbread and the black tea is far too strong in comparison to what I should be able to taste. Glad I didn’t drink this one over the Christmas holidays.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Gingerbread by Adagio Teas
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drank Cranberry by Adagio Teas
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I have this as part of the pre-bagged Adagio Christmas blend set. I still have lots of Christmas tea left but at least it will cure my cravings later in the year. As for this tea I remember receiving it for Christmas last year and forgetting to try it there and then, good thing they come in decent storage tins.

It smells sweet and berry like but the black tea is thick against it so the fruit is mostly in the background. Still it’s a nice enough smell, enough to whet my taste buds.

The taste matches the smell for the most part. The berry is sweet and a little sour in the after taste, it does taste like cranberry but the black tea also makes it rather astringent. When you add sour/tart and astringent together it equals a harsh blend. I’m sure it could be softened with milk and sugar but I hate to add those to my teas now a days, plus honestly for me it’s already sweet enough (edging on too sweet).

It’s not a bad tea but neither is it great and as for being Christmas themed I would say my Christmas wouldn’t be ruined without this one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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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.

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