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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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89

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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73

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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drank Holy Basil Spa Blend by Verdant Tea
827 tasting notes

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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67

I am not a fan of dessert teas, or rooibos, but I had to try this because it had pistachio in it. I love pistachio.

The dry tea is a mix of rooibos, dried apple pieces and whole pistachio nuts. The dry tea and brewed tea smells like nutty pistachio.

The brewed tea tastes like candied apple or dried apple pieces, there is the taste of pistachio, very nutty tasting. But there is also a strong rooibos taste.

Overall this tea is OK. It certainly lives up to its name.

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

Sounds promising… except for the strong rooibos taste :(

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95
drank Grand Amour by Nina's Paris
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Thank you to Nina’s Paris USA via Kittenna for this free sample.

When I was growing up, we had red currants growing in our yard. My dad used to make wine from them. I can remember going out and picking the currants off of the bush when they were ripe.

The dry and brewed tea smell like red currant. There is also a hint of raspberry. The brewed tea has a smell of strong caramel.

The tea tastes like red currants and caramel. It is not sweet but also not bitter or tart. I like it this way.

J’adore Grand Amour!

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

I really like this tea, but haven’t found another one yet that I like as much, and shipping is pretty expensive.

Lala

I made an order through Laurent, and shipping was not too horrible (compared to some tea companies), but I had to order a lot to make it worth while. I hope that once the company gets started that shipping will be better.

Nina's Tea USA

Hi Lala,do you receved your order?

Sil

I have this one on deck to try

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89
drank Grapefruit Dragon by Butiki Teas
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I am not obsessed with dragons, but for some reason I have an obsession for trying teas with the word “dragon” in the name. So far I have not been disappointed.

This dry tea and brewed tea smell like the peppery spicey taste you get in a tart rind of the grapefruit. The brewed tea itself taste like a pink grapfruit. There is still that peppery spice taste that I get with real grapefruit. The grapefruit taste gets stronger as the tea cools. When the tea is hot the predominate flavour is the dragonwell. I did not feel I needed to add any sweetener to this tea as it was not tart or bitter. But I do think it would have tasted more like a sweet grapefuit with sweetener.

Very nice blend. I have never had a tea that actually tasted like grapefruit, but this one fit the bill.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Ysaurella

so you may try Thé du Dragon from Mariage frères to continue with your obsession :)

Lala

That sounds good. Definitely will have to try!

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drank Cantaloupe and Cream by Butiki Teas
827 tasting notes

Wow!!!! Thanks Sil for sending this in a swap.

The tea is white tea leaves with small yellow flowers in it.

After brewing, I smelled the tea an exclaimed, to no one as I was alone in the house, “Wow! That smells good!”. I have been sitting and smelling it for the last 10 minutes. I didn’t even want to taste it becuase it smelled so good. It smells like juicy canteloupe. There is also a creamy scent. So far it definitely lives up to its name.

And it tastes just like canteloupe. Wow (again)! This is one good tea. I am going to cherish my sample of this one.

Thanks a bazillion Sil!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Courtney

This is definitely one of my all-time favourites!

Sil

Yay I’m so glad that you liked it!

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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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