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953 Tasting Notes

78

I swear there was some sort of Fujian base in here, as I’m getting faint chocolate notes along with the black tea and mint. It’s a lovely cup, although very different from the Moroccan tea I’m used to having after a meal. (Perhaps theirs is full of honey though). A solid offering.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80
drank Lemon & Ginger by Clipper
953 tasting notes

This smells just like it should – ginger lemon – and tastes just like it should as well. I’d love more ginger (as always) however I’ll bet I could coax it out with a longer steep.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Ubacat

I haven’t had a good experience with the one Clipper Tea I bought so your review gives me hope they’re not all bad!

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80
drank Serenity by Country High Tea House
953 tasting notes

Just take a look at the list of ingredients for this one. I dare you. It’s quite the herbal tea! A little bit of everything, luckily all things I like (except for maybe the roses). I’m not sure if I’m getting all of it (grapes? cardamom? jasmine? balm-mint?) however there are parts that definitely stand out in the creamy mix… and it reminds me of Kapha from TeaGschwendner, minus any sort of heat.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80
drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
953 tasting notes

My favorite of the 52 Teas honeybush blends. I’m on a hiatus buying anything from 52 Teas right now, however if this came again, it’s the only thing I’d consider breaking that hiatus for. Huge thanks to Janelle for selling me some so that I could stop hoarding!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Marzipan

Do you find that the 52teas are good overall?

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82
drank Rooibos Chai by Zen Tea
953 tasting notes

Gosh I love this stuff. Another huge cup that managed to make it to tonight.. I may need to make more.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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93
drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
953 tasting notes

I am (almost) positive this is what Helen in Australia sent me, and I’m overjoyed that she did! This is an amazing tea, and exactly as it should be: rich, thick chocolate with minty goodness only accentuating, not overpowering. Just like a thin mint. Must get more of this…

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
ifjuly

i love this one too. i rather like harney’s chocolate teas.

sherapop

Yum, sounds good. I need to try this one, as I really like their Valentine blend, which is chocolate.

Suziqzer

I’ve had my eye on trying this one… When I eventually place an order with them, this will likely be something I try. I did find a bookstore about an hour away that carries a few of their sachets, but not any of the flavors I was hoping for and &no loose leaf :(

MissB

Valentine Blend? Off to look… The Chapters by my house also carries some H&S, also no loose leaf however. If/when I do order again, I’ll wait for a sale, or go via Amazon, where shipping is much more reasonable to Canada.

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72
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
953 tasting notes

Sooo… I’ve had this since Black Friday, and an obscene amount of it too, as the other folks I ordered with, I mixed up somehow and thought they wanted more. Even after swapping, selling and sharing a lot, as well as those that wanted some through Black Friday, I still have several ounces left — and this is the first time I’m trying it. You can understand my bias, at this point! :)

For some reason I thought this would be a chocolate fruit tea. It’s more of a berry caramel tea, kind of…? I have to wonder if I brewed it wrong, as it’s okay. Just okay. I mean, it’s nice and all, however I’m finding it a touch trying, and I want more caramel or just flavoring in general.

Flavors: Berries, Caramel

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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69

Hm. This is what I have, but in loose leaf format, purchased at Acquired Taste in Edmonton, AB. Well.. it’s okay. I’m finding something really acidic/drying in each of The Republic of Tea’s chai blends, something that I find really offputting because it lingers, and lingers,and lingers. It’s just…. ruining the enjoyment of my other teas, because of course I have another three on the go at the same time.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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92

Wow, it sure does take a while to get through a pound of tea, especially one that’s so light and fluffy… just sayin’.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
JustJames

yup! i still have some from our black friday buy that look like i haven’t touched them, lol.

Kaylee

You bought a pound of this? I mean, it’s good, but a pound?

MissB

Ha! I know right? I was told it was limited edition, so I wanted enough for the year for me and my kidlets. It was surprisingly inexpensive.

JustJames

fruits d’alsace…. it doesn’t matter how much i drink. the amount stays the same!!!! i like it but come on!

Suziqzer

I imagine that a pound of this one would last forever!

Suziqzer

Just so light and fluffy

MissB

Oh, don’t get me started about Paris and Fruits d’Alsace. I only tried Paris today!

Suziqzer

I need a bottomless tea tin too! Lol… Sounds like fun.

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75

Another tea from the lovely Helen in Australia. Color me confused though, because I’m not getting truffle – I’m getting coconut cocoa again, much like The Republic of Tea’s Coconut Cocoa. I know these are two very different teas, so it’s far from a confused MissB brewing the wrong thing, and yet, I see them as almost identical.

Flavors: Cocoa, Coconut

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Teaholic, with a leaning toward rooibos, green, puerh and white teas, although I’m trying some black tea again. Missing living near a tea shoppe that offers a lot of options; my only (within walking distance) choices are currently mall-bound. Still, I have a whole cupboard dedicated to tea.

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, single mom, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time either running, swinging kettlebells, or hanging with friends.

I love tea swaps, and will gladly swap anything I have that I have enough of to share.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, and thus I’m avoiding these for now as well. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

Location

Burnaby, BC, Canada

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