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drank Cup Cake by Tea Temptations
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When the tea was really hot it tasted sort of thin, but as it cooled it became more full bodied and absolutely decadent. I taste marshmallow – I guess that is the crème brûlée. It also has a lovely caramel vanilla flavor. It’s like drinking a dessert that would have had hundreds of calories in it. This isn’t a chocolate cupcake, it is a vanilla cupcake – maybe a vanilla cupcake with caramel icing! The finish is long lasting, sweet and decidedly caramel. I don’t taste almond at all so it must just be in there supporting the other flavors.
Full review and photos: https://tealover.net/2015/07/tea-temptations-cup-cake/

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The mouthfeel on this brew was incredible – I have a Steepster friend who calls it “pudding mouth” and I don’t think it was until today that I fully understood what she meant. It’s not that the tea was thick because it wasn’t really thicker than any other tea, but it had a wonderful mouth-coating quality that made it seem extremely decadent. If you are a texture person, you will love this tea.

The flavor definitely conveys the description on Kat’s site, which says the tea is the “perfect blend to drink on a chill night in a hobbit hole.” While I was drinking it I found that I had a cozy feeling just because of the tea’s flavors. A bit of toffee, a bit of spice, wonderfully balanced with the black base. I was transported to a place where it was cold outside but I was cozy and warm inside, maybe watching snow fall outside a window. Comfort in a cup.
Full review and photos: https://tealover.net/2015/06/solstice-brews-hobbit-hearthwarmer/

Nichole

Perfect description of this tea. I’m a fan of Solstice Brews. Kat is amazing!

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The instructions said to brew the tea for three to five minutes, so I went for four. The flavor was lighter than I expected. Tasty and tropical, but I wasn’t smacked in the face by the flavor. It also had the tiniest bit of astringency on the finish but it wasn’t unpleasant.

It was very nice but not remarkable. Hot it was a tea that I could definitely finish but might or might not reorder it.

And then I iced it.

Full review and photos: https://tealover.net/2015/06/specialtea-teas-organic-caribbean-cooler/

sren

I totally make family members taste when a tea surprises me. My husband, always cooperative, is actually becoming a more discerning tea drinker, which is fun. :)

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drank Citron Vert by Dammann Freres
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I love this tea. The lime is balanced perfectly with the base and I have an awesome lime aftertaste in my mouth.

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I brewed the tea at 175° for three minutes. I liked that the resulting tea was tinted pink. I don’t know why but I like my tea to have a little color, and white teas usually don’t have much. It was probably the hibiscus turning it pink. Sometimes I think that hibiscus adds too much tartness to blends, but in this case there was a tartness that I felt in the back of my palate, but it tasted more like a fresh raspberry sort of tart rather than just a hibiscus “tart for the sake of being tart” note.
Full review and tea porn: https://tealover.net/2015/06/do-you-tea-raspberry-rejuvenation/

Nichole

Love! I haven’t tried the ones I rec’d yet. I should review the Spicy Coconut one just for you :p

Jennkay

Pretty! The color goes especially well with your cup and saucer :)

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drank Turkish Delight by Tin Roof Teas
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Tin Roof’s Turkish Delight tea looks beautiful. Long twisty black leaves, whole pistachios, sliced almonds, cardamom pods, pink peppercorns. The dry leaf smells lightly spiced and exotic.
Full review and photos: https://tealover.net/2015/06/tin-roof-teas-turkish-delight/

Nichole

Oh awesome. I’ve been curious about Tin Roof Teas. Nice!

Marzipan

I put the last couple of teaspoons of this in your box.

Stephanie

That sounds good!

Fjellrev

Love that you picked up some actual Turkish Delight to try alongside the tea! I love that stuff, especially coconut and pistachio.

Marzipan

I actually bought lichee on the same trip, for the same reason. I have never had it!

TeaBrat

I might have to order some of this :)

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The dry leaf smells strongly of caramel, and there are little squares of toffee mixed in. Naturally I had to eat one right away. Wouldn’t you? It was hard, which was nice so it didn’t get stuck to the surrounding leaves. The flavor was ooey gooey caramel, buttery and with a hint of coffee.
Brewed the coffee flavor fades away. The caramel is balanced really well with the base. I think I like this better than Kusmi’s Caramel, which has been my favorite until now. There is a slight buttery flavor but nothing that is too forward. It’s really just a big caramel hug in a cup, and I can’t get enough of it. This is one of those hidden gems and you should definitely check it out.
Regency themed photos and full review: http://tinyurl.com/oshsvn7

Christina

Sounds delish!

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
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I always hate those long, drawn out posts that go on and on about the different steeps, so I’m going to make this fairly abbreviated and let the pictures speak for themselves.

I gave the pu an initial rinse and dumped it. Then the first steep was 30 seconds. This steep was super dark, a little bitter, notes of leather and tobacco. I decided to dump this one too and go with a shorter steep (15 seconds) this time. The second steep was delicious. Strong dark tea flavor, hints of leather but very pleasant and WHOA is it possible that I already have a tea buzz?

Full review and photos: https://tealover.net/2015/06/special-dark-ripe-puer-2006-mandala-tea/

mrmopar

Yes it is….

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
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Tea drunk off of this, more tomorrow.

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It is not often that I am at a loss for words, but I have had a really difficult time finding a way to describe the way this tea tastes. Forgive me as I muddle through it, ok? It’s not the tea’s fault – it’s my lack of experience with figs and dates and Middle Eastern flavor profiles that make this difficult, but I’m going to do my best.

The tea is very flavorful. I find myself thinking about the tea every time I take a sip, instead of drinking it absent-mindedly and forgetting about it. The flavors pull me back with every drink. It is savory overall, although the natural fruit sweetness pulls it back from being too savory. I almost get a glimpse of a salty note, but it runs away before I can fully tell that it’s there.
Full review and photos: https://tealover.net/2015/06/the-owl-the-pussycat-date-fig-sesame-black-herb/

Liquid Proust

Date fig sounds as appealing as prune tea ___
Glad you enjoyed it though!

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Likes/dislikes: I love black teas, especially strong/malty ones. I am ok with flavored teas if the base is strong. I like some whites. I really don’t like any tea that tastes “green” – if I wanted to drink something that tastes like green beans, I would cook some green beans. I am not big on green teas or genmaichas. I am learning to like puerhs.

If we are trading, I have a STRONG aversion to coconut, banana and licorice. I love citrus, vanilla and spice. Not a fan of florals.

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