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drank Sweet Orange Cream by Kally Tea
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Thanks Sil for this sample.

On first smell it is very delicious orange creamsicle smelling, then BAM – Hibiscus! I figured I had to give it a try anyway, sometimes hibiscus can be deceiving.

I am unsure of the smell of this tea. I can’t quite put my finger on what it smells like. Maybe creamy hibiscus.

I am also having a hard time describing the taste of the tea. I am getting the Rockets taste, like Raritea. There is creamy vanilla, citrus, hibiscus, slightly floral, but not necessarily rose. There is a sweetenss to it but it is also tart. Knowing the name of this tea I can certainly understand why it is called sweet orange cream. But if I had this tea in a blind taste test without knowing the name, I am not sure I would come up with sweet orange.

Overall is a good tea, but it feels a bit all over the place. I have some left and will try a cold brew to see how that tastes.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

so uh… in terms of orange cream… you need to try the one from herbal infusions that we just got lol. it’s SO much better than this one. it tastes like this one smells….

Lala

I will have to keep this in mind.

Sil

If I buy some of the other one, ill send you a sample..just poke me if you see it turn up in my tasting notes again lol

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drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
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I made the last of this as a cold brew. It turned out ok. Something about the lemongrass is just hitting me the wrong way. It tastes very lemon peppery to me as a cold brew. I feel like I would like this tea if there was no lemongrass in it. It is not bad but I thought I would love this iced when in fact I prefer it hot. Guess you never know until you try :)

Kittenna

I hated this cold-brewed. Blech! Still don’t know what I did wrong!

Lala

I’m thinking its just not meant to be cold brewed. But I wonder if it would be better brewed hot, then iced.

Kittenna

Very possible! DT doesn’t ever recommend cold-brewing, to my knowledge, just brewing extra strong an pouring over ice.

Lala

Thats good to know.

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73
drank Scorpio by Nina's Paris
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Thank you Nina’s Paris USA via Kittenna for this sample.

The dry tea smells strongly of rooibos, there is a nutty or woody scent.

The flavour of the brewed tea is very strongly rooibos. There is still a nutty flavour. The tea is very creamy. There is a very slight fruit flavour. I am not sure if I would say it was peach or apricot without reading the description of this tea first.

Overall the tea is good. I am just not a huge rooibos fan.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Received this in a swap from Sil.

The dry tea smells like a buttery green tea. The brewed tea smells buttery and nutty. As it cools off more, there is more of a fruity smell to it.

There is definitely a caramel taste to the tea. A fruity type caramel flavour. The aftertaste is more nutty, buttery green tea.

Overall a good tea. I am not too fond of the fruity flavour, but it goes well with the caramel.

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

Yay for trying new teas….the giant box in my house is calling my name…

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Another sample from Sil. She spoiled me!

On first opening the little bag of this, I was a bit worried becuase I could smell an earthy aroma, which I associate with a pu-erh. I then looked up the description of this tea, and was greatly confused. Black tea scented with orange? That can’t be what I have here.

While brewing I could still smell the earthy aroma, I got from the dry tea. But after brewing and once it started to cool, there was that orange scent! It was a black base with a light orange scent. The taste is absolutely awesome. Very refreshing. I almost want to try putting orange slices into my black tea to see if I get the same taste.

Thanks Sil for this tea. I quite enjoyed it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

this tea confuses me as well. it smells totally NOT how it’s described. Its actually stopped me from trying this so far hahahaha

Lala

It actually tastes quite good. Does NOT taste like it smells. You should try it.

Sil

haha yeah. there IS a reason i bought a whole tin of it – reviews had me thinking it was good but i just keep forgetting WHY i bought it when i smell it lol

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96

Brewed this one cold last night. Brewed for about 14 hours. It brewed the most beautiful bright fuschia liquid. It tastes like what I imagine dragonfruit juice would taste like. There is just a touch of sweetness. No need to add any sweetener to this one. I think I prefer this one cold.
This tea is going to become a cupboard staple I think.

Kittenna

No hibiscus?! Onto the shopping list this goes! Sounds neat!

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I had this one cold in a water bottle this morning, as a practice run for when I bring it to work.

When I first opened the ziplock I had the open package in, I was hit with a whiff of raspberry. I think this one just needed some time to cure a bit because It did not smell like this when I first opened it a few days ago.

Drank cold, there is a strong cinnamony and pastry type taste. You can taste the cream. There is a very slight raspberry taste. I think I almost like this one better cold, than I like it hot. I forgot to put a bit of sugar in it too, which I usually do. I think adding a bit of sugar will bring out more of the fruit sweetness.

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96

This dry tea is just large chunks of dried fruit. The dragon fruit pieces are fair sized slices, and the cranberries are whole. I have to admit I ate some dried dragonfruit. I was super good. The only downsize was I bought 50g but it didnt give much becuase of the weight of the tea.

The tea brews up a beautiful dark pink colour. It smells of dragonfruit and slight tart berry, but not necessarily cranberry. The tea is quite light. I thought it would end up tart with the cranberry, but it isn’t. It tasted predominately of the dragonfruit. I did have to add some rock sugar to sweeten it a little bit.

Jule, the owner of Cuppa T, recommended to try this one cold brewed, so I have a pitcher in the fridge brewing overnight.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

Looking forward to seeing your coldbrew review :)

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I finished the last of this off as a cold brew. It is more strawberry, and very creamy as a cold brew. I do not get any rhubarb at all. The only bad thing is I am getting a bit of hibiscus. I had an earlier mishap with hibiscus in a cold brew that required me to dump the whole pitcher. I am glad that I only cold brewed this one for about 4 hours.

jessiwrites

Mmmm, I love this one cold!

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92
drank Holy Basil Spa Blend by Verdant Tea
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This tea looks like a mix of chopped mint, fennel and basil.

The dry tea smells like sweet mint and fennel.

The brewed tea smells like sweet mint, fennel, basil, slightly salty. Initially I can taste the mint, it is sweet. It is followed bly the basil and fennel. To me is tastes slightly salty, but not too much. There is a warming sensation that I attribute to the ginger. I think this would make a great thirst quenching drink when it is iced. This tastes like to me it could be a soup stock. I now want to make soup out of this tea.

Overall I really enjoyed this tea. But I prefer a straight spearmint tea.

Edit: After drinking this tea, I am actually more thirsty now. Not sure why. But I shouldn’t be thirtsy as all I have done is drink tea all afternoon. I switched to caffeine free type teas a few hours ago.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I am a lifetime tea lover.

I did foray into the world of coffee for a period of time, but I returned to my true love. I still, however, enjoy a good cup of java.

My all time favorite tea is Earl Grey, which I drink every morning, the stronger the bergamot the better. I definitely prefer natural oil of bergamot to artificial flavouring.

I mostly like black and dark oolong teas. My current favs are Fujian blacks, Keemun and Assams, and Wuyi oolongs. I gravitate towards anything with lychee in it. I also drink a lot of herbal blends but am wary of hibiscus. I do not favour mate, or pu’erh tea, although I have found a few blends that I like. (I so badly want to like straight pu’erh tea but it all tastes gross to me. I keep trying though). Rooibos, green and white teas fall somewhere in the middle. I find myself gravitating towards heavily roasted oolongs and teas from Paris/France based companies.

I love iced teas and cold brews.

My current tea goal is to make the perfect cup of chai from scratch – almost there…I think.

I am in love with the whole experience of tea.

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