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I finally decided to create a couple of samples from Design a Tea. This is a green tea flavored with apple and hazelnut essences, and it is really good. The apple is like a green apple taste, a little tart, but also sweet and juicy. The hazelnut is a bit subtle but I think it would have gotten stronger had I allowed the tea to mingle a while, I was just so excited to try it that I forgot to allow it time to cure.

It’s yummy as it is though!

Kittenna

Hmm, do you think inadequate ‘curing’ time might be an issue with their custom teas not tasting all that great? I hadn’t thought of that, but have read more than once about flavoured teas needing some time, and given then the turnaround time from sample ordering to arrival is less than 2 weeks…

LiberTEAS

It can be. Before I started reviewing teas, I flavored and blended my own line of teas, and I found that a tea that I would flavor “today” would not taste the same today as it would three weeks from today. That’s why I would never just flavor a tea and sell it immediately, I would allow it to cure for three weeks, and then do a tasting to make sure the flavor was correct.

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Kittenna

Hmm, do you think inadequate ‘curing’ time might be an issue with their custom teas not tasting all that great? I hadn’t thought of that, but have read more than once about flavoured teas needing some time, and given then the turnaround time from sample ordering to arrival is less than 2 weeks…

LiberTEAS

It can be. Before I started reviewing teas, I flavored and blended my own line of teas, and I found that a tea that I would flavor “today” would not taste the same today as it would three weeks from today. That’s why I would never just flavor a tea and sell it immediately, I would allow it to cure for three weeks, and then do a tasting to make sure the flavor was correct.

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:
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I also review teas for the Tea Review Blog:
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In addition to my passion for tea, I am also a mixed media/altered arts artist. You can see some of my art here: http://eccentricpastiche.blogspot.com

I am also a self-proclaimed foodie. I review local restaurants and the food I buy online here: http://hungryinportland.wordpress.com

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My favorite teas are Yellow Teas with most Oolong teas at a close second. As far as “flavored” teas go, I love Earl Grey, Chocolate and Jasmine teas.

I also am intrigued by flavored teas with an unusual or unique flavor combination.

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I don’t do a whole lot of swaps anymore, however, I do occasionally sell sampler boxes here: http://liberteas.teatra.de/ I don’t always have sampler boxes available as it depends upon how much time I have as well as packaging supplies. I usually post at least one or two sampler boxes per month, though, so if you’re interested, keep an eye out or PM me and I’ll let you know when I have some posted.

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Most of the teas that I record in my notes here are going to have a fairly high rating from me. This is not because I am not discerning, but because I do not usually waste my time on drinking tea I do not care for, nor will I waste my time on writing about it.

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