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This is a fabulous white tea from the Darjeeling estate of Margarets Hope. It has notes that are very Darjeeling-esque: I can taste the sweet, crisp, clean fruit notes of a Darjeeling, but this is even lighter than a black Darjeeling as it is a white tea… then again, it is not quite as light as a typical Bai Mu Dan or Silver Needle might be.

I find this tea to be fascinating and so good that my mouth seems to water in anticipation of a sip! Delightful … absolutely delightful. I’ve tasted a few “White Darjeeling” teas but this one might just be the best I’ve tasted yet.

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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea.

I knew I’d be running some errands early today, and probably wouldn’t have a lot of time for tea, so I brewed this early in the morning in my breville and allowed it to cool so that I could try it as an iced tea (since this is the iced tea version of this blend).

I did happen to take a few sips of it hot though, and I got to say, it was alright hot, but this one is definitely better iced. The primary flavor is that of the black tea, and that’s the way it should be. After that flavor settles on the palate, I begin to pick up notes of the mango, the passion fruit and mere hints of the kiwi. I find myself wanting a bit more kiwi, but, as I continue to sip, this flavor (as well as the other fruit notes) develops a bit more.

A very refreshing iced tea!

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drank Lemon Karkade by Shanti Tea
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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tisane.

I was a bit freaked out when I measured this out into the basket of my breville. THERE IS A LOT OF HIBISCUS! Ugh! But I tried to keep an open mind, and it’s not really too bad. The lemongrass does soften it up a bit, gives it a slight buttery creaminess, and a nice citrus-y hint of flavor that compliments the berry-ish tones of the hibiscus.

However, I do disagree with TeaEqualsBliss – I think this is better hot than cold. When it cooled, I noticed that the hibiscus seemed to pop and the lemongrass sort of retreated. When it was hot, it was actually quite soothing … sort of like a mulled wine or something, but without the spice. This would be nice with a cinnamon stick in there, though!

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drank Rooibos Noir by Vintage TeaWorks
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I like this a lot. It’s really quite good. The fermented grape flavor comes through but tastes a bit more like currants than strong wine, and there is a sweet/tart flavor from the blueberries and raspberries, and a delicious, smooth sweetness from the mango. And might I add … next to NOTHING from the hibiscus. I steeped this for 10 full minutes, and I do not feel the syrupy texture from the hibiscus. I barely taste the tartness from the hibiscus, and what little there is, it is there to accentuate the flavor of the berry and currant, rather than detract from the flavors.

I don’t taste much rooibos either… only hints of rustic woody notes and nutty tones, none of that funky, sour wood or weird sweetness or aftertaste.

I’m very pleased with how this one turned out. Very nice.

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drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I needed a pick-me-up after attending my youngest daughter’s orientation for the new school year. There were too many screaming kids and just too many people for this agoraphobic. And I forgot to take my Ativan before attending so I ended up walking away with my body seizing up and in pain. Ugh… the joys of a panic attack.

So I needed this. I made a latte again, and I really like it like this. Usually, I’ll go for the traditional style preparation for the flavored Matcha but, the cheesecake is just so much better with that little added creaminess. It’s good in the traditional preparation, but as a latte, it’s awesome.

And even with the extra flavor that the milk adds, it doesn’t mask the flavors. In fact, I think I can taste the flavors better with the milk than without with this one. I can taste the cheesecake: the sweet, creamy, tangy flavor of cream cheese and even the crust. I don’t know that it’s really “graham cracker” crust that I’m tasting, but, I do taste a buttery, pastry like taste. It’s really yummy.

Helena

panic attacks are really annoying! I have had a few myself so I can sympathize. Oh well it’s time to drink tea and relax :D

LiberTEAS

Not just annoying for me, but, really very painful. I feel like my body is going to explode. I’ve been hospitalized a couple of times for them because those around me thought I was having a heart attack because my heart rate would be through the roof.

Yes, thank goodness for tea. It does help me calm down.

Sil

Mmmm and what a way to relax :)

Indigobloom

oh no sorry to hear that! I’ve had a few anxiety attacks myself (not the same I know!)
feel better soon xx

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drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Oh… YUM! I’ve had this twice today, actually. The first I served traditional style, in a bowl, whisked with water until frothy. It was good like that. But for the serious YUM factor, you’ve got to do this one as a latte. It gives an added boost to the creaminess of the cheesecake flavor, that if I didn’t know better, I’d swear I was drinking a cup of warm liquified cheesecake. So very good.

Just warm some milk, sift the matcha, add the warmed milk, and whisk (I wouldn’t use your bamboo whisk with the milk, as it might encourage bacteria growth. I’d get a wire whisk or a hand frother) until completely incorporated, and drink. …that last part happens very quickly, as my cup is already empty.

Yummy… and certainly glad I got it. Is it my favorite Matcha flavor from Red Leaf? No. Pear is still the best. :)

DaisyChubb

Have you tried making pear cheesecake matcha yet? :3

LiberTEAS

No… I try to limit myself to 1 matcha per day… I’m already breaking that limit with this latte. I can’t drink that much matcha otherwise I’ll never sleep.

Nik

This sounds like the perfect use for my milk frother fancy gadget thingamabobby. I’ve never had matcha, will investigate.

ashmanra

I just broke down and ordered the Mocha Matcha to make some lattes from eldest daughter and myself. Sigh. I wasn’t going to give in, but Azzrian and the rest of you guys led me down the path…

Azzrian

MUAHHHAHAHAHAA

Lynxiebrat

I can’t wait to get a set of Matcha bowls and matching kettle, even if I don’t like Matcha, still be great to have, when I am feeling especially ritualistic about tea time. I am hoping I can find a better set in person, other then going to Teavana.

LiberTEAS

@Lynxiegrl – unless you’re really set on having a set like this, might I suggest visiting Etsy? That’s where I’ve bought all three of my Matcha bowls. They don’t match or anything, however, I am sure that if you find an artisan that you like, I am sure that they’ll make you a matching set. Maybe not the kettle … but, the bowls will match. I prefer to buy handmade stuff direct from the artisan, that way I’m supporting an artist rather than Teavana … and as an artist myself, I like doing that. :) http://www.etsy.com

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Oh yum. I wanted to wait to try this one until I had a day when I needed something to wake me… today is that day. My daughter’s wedding was Friday, yesterday I was practically a zombie but I didn’t want much motivation yesterday, I was just kind of enjoying the fact that I didn’t have anything that I had to do. I didn’t have to make cupcakes, bouquets, programs, or anything else. I just pretty much vegged out yesterday, wrote a few reviews but that’s basically it. But today, I need to wake up and get back to the normal routine. So I’m looking for a little Guayusa turbo charge.

Mmm… I love the way that this tastes fresh and citrus-y, but there is enough of a creamy note so I’m not getting that acidic taste of the citrus. Just the sweet, bright flavor of it. This is really quite good, and I can already feel it start to energize me.

It is incredibly smooth and delicious!

DaisyChubb

Congrats to your daughter!
I hope it was a magical day to remember :)

Azzrian

Yay! Happy for you all!

LiberTEAS

It was a wonderful day. I am really proud of the young woman she’s become. And she’ll even drink tea now. LOL (There was a time when she rebelled against anything “mom” … including tea)

Butiki Teas

Congratulations on your daughter getting married! :)

__Morgana__

Congrats on the wedding and yay for enjoying having nothing you have to do!

gmathis

She sounds like a wonderful young lady. Joy to your whole family.

Rabs

Congratulations on surviving the wedding! Glad that you got to recover with a yummy tea :)

LiberTEAS

Thank you everyone. My daughter was breathtakingly beautiful on her special day (and I’m not just saying that because I’m her mother!) and I don’t think I’ve ever seen her happier. I know that her husband is a good man and will treat her right, he adores her and really, what more can we want for our kids but to find that kind of happiness and joy with the right person? She’s got herself on track with her career (she is a cosmetologist, and she’s loving every minute of it) and she’s on track with her personal life too. And while she’ll always be my baby girl, I am so proud of the young woman she’s become.

tigress_al

You sound like a very proud mother!

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drank Sweet Lily by Teavana
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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this… I’m not a big fan of it. It’s a strong floral taste, and normally, I do enjoy floral teas, but, I’d like the white tea to be more apparent.

It’s OK, but not outstanding in any way. Nothing that makes me want to get up and do the happy dance. Yeah… and good tea generally does make me want to get up and do the happy dance. Usually, I just mentally get up and do the happy dance, but, on a rare occasion, I’ll physically get up and do that dance.

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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this blend.

But, I do have to disagree with you… I’m not finding this to be equal parts tulsi and green tea. I’m finding this to be mostly tulsi with a hint of green tea – not just in appearance but also in flavor. I taste the tulsi, but the green tea is just barely there.

It’s still enjoyable, but, not quite what I was expecting.

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This is an interesting Sheng Puerh because it has a very strong earthiness to it – stronger than I’m used to with a sheng. This is much more like a shu to me. But it has a lot of interesting flavors to it – sweet, bitter (which also surprised me, this savory bitterness), even sour notes that morphed into a gently sweet aftertaste.

A rather unusual but enjoyable Puerh. I look forward to trying more from this company!

Tina S.

OMG that set is absolutely amazing!

ashmanra

Wow. That price is not bad for all those pieces.

Azzrian

OMG I love trees!! I have stumps from tress others have sadly cut down all over my yard. I want this!

DaisyChubb

oooooh SO beautiful! Also want!

HyBr1d

I like the idea and look of the set, my only question/concern is about steep times… It seems to be missing a gaiwan/teapot, so would you not be able to brew something for say 20/30 seconds? Or would you just pour what is in the pitcher back over the strainer for the additional steep time?

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