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My first cup of the day. Getting a somewhat later start, because I got to sleep in a bit.

Yum ~ I do love Earl Grey…

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drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
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This is my second steep.

This is quite a bit weaker than the first cup. Not bad though, in fact I kind of like it… I don’t know that I necessarily like it better than the first cup because they are both a bit different from each other. In that same way I have a hard time comparing this tea to my own chai because they are quite different. This one is good, but if I had a cup of both in front of me and I had to choose one to drink, I’d choose my own.

This time, I added honey but no milk. I feel like if I would have done so… the tea would be indistinguishable… it would be like drinking sweetened, spiced milk. Which… might not be too bad actually…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Sencha by Tea Forte
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This is a very good Sencha. No bitterness and a nice nutty flavor. It’s pleasantly rich and smooth. Not at all grassy.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank White Summer Rain by Art of Tea
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Having a glass of this that I brewed last night for the chill box.

OK… this is going to sound a little strange, perhaps, but, when I smell this tea, I am immediately reminded of the seedy flesh of a fig. A fresh fig. It honestly brings me back to the days when I was young, living on a farm and picking fresh figs and eating them straight off the tree – still warm, right in the farm’s orchard. I don’t know that it tastes like that… exactly… but the scent and initial taste really transported me to those memories.

Of course, this tea is not supposed to remind me of figs… but melon and jasmine and white tea. And I suppose if I break away from those memories and focus on it… I can taste the melon and the white tea … even a faint note of jasmine …

It is very good, refreshing… and cooling (especially after drinking that spicy chai!)

Batrachoid

What a idylic childhood you must’ve had. It’s great when something unexpectadly reminds one of home. There’s a chocolate bar I like just because it tastes like a horse farm (which I grew up on). People say it doesn’t taste like that. But who cares about on what they miss out on, eh?

LiberTEAS

@Batrachoid – I don’t know that I’d call my childhood idyllic… but those memories on that farm, for as short a time that I was there – were definitely idyllic. I was very young so these are some of my very first memories. :)

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drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
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I ordered this along with the Fruit Cocktail green tea (I also ordered the last of the Banana Split).

I feel like I should preface this by saying that I am quite biased when it comes to Chai tea. I love my own chai blend and I truly have found no chai that can measure up to that thus far. Including this one. (However, I would like to say that even though I’m biased, I think that if I were to find one that measures up to my own chai, I would say so)

But… this chai is quite different from my chai. Mine is not a chocolate chai, nor is it “Mayan” – that is, it doesn’t have chili pepper.

And those differences do make this tea quite good. The smell of the dry leaf was very intriguing… the aroma of the almonds is quite strong… and provides an interesting contrast to the peppery fragrance of the chili and the sweet chocolate.

I am enjoying this as a latte which is my preference for this tea (I did try it straight with no milk or sweetener and I didn’t really care for it as much).

It’s good.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Can totally agree w/ being biased. Except this is the one that makes me biased:) I buy it by the pound:)

Cofftea

I’d be curious as to what you’d think of it at 5 min. Inspite of a lack of milk I still think it tastes like mexican drinking chocolate when steeped that long. But then again I also use quite a bit of tea per cuppa.

LiberTEAS

Perhaps I’ll try that next time… I’m a little hesitant to brew any Assam past the 3 minute mark though… it’s sort of like a default setting in my brain – Assam – 2 1/2 minutes … 3 minutes is pushing it.

Cofftea

I can see that logic, but there’s also other goodies mixed in w/ the Assam:)

LiberTEAS

I know … but that doesn’t stop the Assam from becoming bitter, which is the reason for my “default setting.” I will simply have to over-ride the default… LOL and it should be interesting – it will be like an internal debate in my brain. haha

Cofftea

Never fear, the cayenne burns out bitterness:)

LiberTEAS

how is this in the re-steep?

Cofftea

It’s a chai mix so it’s a little different each time, but I’ve done as good as 4 steeps.

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This tea has a very nice strawberry flavor: sweet and just slightly tart. YUM! Very much like a fresh strawberry.

The black tea base is smooth and mellow.

This tea hosts no real surprises, it is what it is – Strawberry and Black Tea. And it’s very good!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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This is a very smooth Ceylon tea. Not quite as bold as some breakfast blends I’ve encountered, but where it lacks in robust gusto it makes up for in delightful layers of flavor. Lovely fruity notes, a hint of floral… very nice.

My first cup of this tea I tried first without sweetener, and it was nice. Mellow and smooth. A little sweetener brings the aforementioned fruity tones into focus. The second cup (which I’m enjoying now) I decided to add a little milk and honey to see how it would fair as a “traditional” breakfast tea – and it’s so so so good like this. Creamy. Pleasant. A very good breakfast blend, indeed.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I started the day with breakfast (hubby made breakfast this morning!) and my cup of Earl Grey… I grabbed this one from the cupboard today.

Nice… please read my previous notes for my thoughts on this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank White Summer Rain by Art of Tea
4423 tasting notes

This is going to be the next tea that I chill for iced tea – but I thought I’d try it again as a hot tea since it’s been a while.

I wish that the jasmine was a little stronger, but, overall, I do like the flavor of this tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I’m the first rating this tea?

I got my order today from 52Teas, and couldn’t wait to try this one. I too am a big fan of fruit cocktail – it was about the only dish that my stepmother could prepare properly, since all she had to do was open a can.

This tea is really very good. The cherry is a very prominent flavor and I like that – since the cherries were always my favorite part of the fruit cocktail! There is also a nice pear flavor to it that isn’t overwhelmed by the pineapple or peach. A very nice balance.

It is very sweet and fruity and I like that. But I can also taste the green tea. A great cup of YUM!

I look forward to trying this one chilled!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Bit leary of this one since it has everything but the kitchen sink. Glad it was good though!:)

52teas

I liked the cherry best too, so I was a little heavy handed with it. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

Angrboda

Have you tied the white tropical one? How is it as compared to that? Something similar?

TeaEqualsBliss

This sounds neat!

LiberTEAS

Angroboda – yes, I’ve tried the white tropical one… hmmm… I would need to try it again though to be able to fairly compare them… I shall do so a little later.

TeaEqualsBliss: I’ve already got some portioned out for you!

TeaEqualsBliss

Thanks girlie!
I’m glad it doesn’t have bananas in it!

LiberTEAS

This one is pretty spot on when it comes to the “old fashioned” canned fruit cocktail. No bananas in that! :)

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