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drank White Ayurvedic Chai by Teavana
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Grabbed a cup of this iced from Teavana while shopping with the kidlets, in an attempt to spice this cold to death.

Yep, just as yummy as the first time, and I love the bite to it.

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drank Super Ginger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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This definitely smells like Christmas in the bag, which surprised me a bit that I’d have such a strong association to childhood memories and a smell. Orange, cloves, cinnamon, cardamon and apple all came through easily, making me excited to try it!

Steeped, it smells like black tea, orange and cardamom. I’m okay with that, if a bit surprised. Sipping it too hot seems to give me zero taste yet again, however cooled it’s quite lovely. Mostly cardamom with a hint of orange in there at the end, and something drying, possibly the cloves. There’s something else in there I’m missing though, and it’s intriguing. Something herbal and light.

I wanted something spicy today, and I could’ve used something more chili-like, however this is still a very pleasant cup.

EDIT: I’ve pegged it now! This smell just like the scented oranges my Mom used to make during the holidays with me and my sister: fresh oranges pierced with cloves, and left out for the month.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Spiced Fantasy by LuxBerry Tea
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Okay Spiced Fantasy, it’s time to wow me.

Dry, this smells lovely, like a fruity chai with a strong pepperyness. Steeped, it’s more fruit than chai, and the pepper smell comes out more. My first sip, as per usual, was too hot, and I only tasted rooibos. After I let it cool a bit, it’s definitely an unusual tea. There’s some almond in there, with pepper still, and a bit of coriander. Fruit still lingers (plum, maybe? hard to place) and orange notes. The spice tingles the back of my throat slightly, and I love it.

Sweetened with Truvia, it’s the orange that pops, followed by only faint spices and still the tingle. Is it cakey? I’m missing that, however it is smooth. I could drink this often.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Spiced Fantasy by LuxBerry Tea
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drank Secret Garden by LuxBerry Tea
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Second massive cup (I drink from 2c mugs), and this time it’s quite different now that it’s cooled. I have to wonder if it’s my tastebuds/sense of smell, or if it’s really the tea.

Now, I get a very strong apple flavor, along with the same tartness mentioned earlier in the last cup. Almost sour, almost puckeringly so. Very dry. This time, it’s just the tea; I’ll leave the sweetener for another time, as it’s definitely sweet enough now. I’d say this is mostly apple and hibiscus at this point, which is okay if those were the only ingredients.

Again though, I feel harsh here. Maybe it’s just the cold.

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drank Secret Garden by LuxBerry Tea
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I’m going to hold off on rating this until my tastebuds and smell return to full force. Fingers crossed that that’s tomorrow! :)

A huge list of ingredients here made me think this was what I should try out this evening, in the hopes of giving my immune system a kick in the pants to get to healthy again. I smelled zero anything dry, and steeped it smells like rooibos to me – how odd, considering this is just an herbal blend.

All I’m really getting is tartness here, enough that I’m puckering up a bit at the end of the sip. It’s quite dry, which is okay by me, I just thought there would be a lot more sweetness considering how much fruit there is. Adding some Truvia made this much more complex and interesting: definitely some lemongrass and orange, as well as a floral note, and lots of apple/fruit flavors. Much more enjoyable.

EDIT: This is another of those really heavy teas; 2tsp per cup, I always make a liter at a time (4 cups), which almost emptied out the 50g I ordered. There’s probably enough left to share a cup or two in a swap.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 30 sec

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drank Black Forest Cake by LuxBerry Tea
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My LuxBerry order came in this morning, strangely in two separate bubble envelopes – I’m assuming because then they’d fit through the notorious Canada Post mailer slot that, if too big, increases the cost of mailing exponentially. This was the tea that kept on calling to me… even though it’s ambitious, to say the least. Okay, I’m throwing caution to the wind and having some green and mate tea at 4pm. Living on the edge!

I should note that I’m sick, so my sense of taste and smell are a bit off. I should just stick with my known favorites, and yet… this is new tea, dammit!

Opening the bag brought a strong, natural cherry scent, which concerned me somewhat. Steeped, it smells similarly, with a hint of cakeyness. Tasting it, I’m just getting black tea again. I really want to love this tea, so I add some Truvia. Uh oh, now the cherry is coming back after the sip, and it’s both astrigent and, dare I say, chemical-tasting. Which is odd considering there’s only natural flavoring in here. I get where the ‘cake’ bit comes from, as there is a cake-y mouthfeel.

Gr. I should just stick with the cold herbals until I stop coughing. :( Going to hold off on the rating until I feel better, or until my daughter gives me her opinion.

EDIT: My teenage daughter says, “Yep, it kinda tastes like cherry. I like the other one (Cinnamon Star) much more.”

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Cinnamon Star by Tea Desire
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I’m sick, and wondering if I’m missing some taste bud awesomeness here, as this is tasting like… well black tea.

Opening the package, I smelled little other than cinnamon. Brewed, I smelled black tea, and tasting it was just like a simple black tea. Adding some Truvia helped bring the flavors out a bit more, and now it’s a nice, basic chai-like flavor. I’ll have to try it again when I’m feeling better to see if I’m doing this tea justice.

EDIT: Things must be clearing up as when I composed the tea leaves, I distinctly smelled cinnamon bun. Lovely!

ANOTHER EDIT: My teenage daughter says, “Yum! This is a lot like a cinnamon bun. Can I have the rest? No Mom, I’ll leave it without sugar.”

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
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Ohh, do I ever miss this one! I may have to make an order sometime soon.

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Sipdown!

Liking this more with one tsp of Super Ginger added, as I’d predicted. Seems to mellow out everything a bit more, and I can actually taste the tumeric this time around. Will I order it again? Guess it depends if I wake up head cold -free tomorrow.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites and rooibos blends, straight blacks and greens, and have a long-standing adoration for herbals/medicinals. Dessert teas top my list along with anything cocoa-y (like Laoshan Black, any of Verdant’s chai’s and Whispering Pines’ Mint Chocolate Chip). Missing living near a tea shoppe that offers a lot of options; other than DAVIDs a few blocks away, I’m buying most of my stuff online. Still, I have more than two cupboards devoted to tea, and a ridiculous amount of it!

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.

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