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Yay! I have some again! So happy. :) The cup is already gone though, even though I just made it. I’ve really missed you, ClariTea. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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A honeyed black? That’s about all I’m getting from this, other than maybe a weird aftertaste as it cools… something almost soapy? Can’t quite put my finger on it. Liked it better piping hot than as it cools, although it’s in the Timolino, so it’ll be warm for a while still. ;)

Thank you OMGsrlsy for sharing! I’d had this on a mental list to-try for a bit now, and am so glad I was able to.

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

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drank African Chai by Justea
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I bought a few gift packages of this a while back, and while going through my tea, realized I wanted to try it instead of giving it all away. It’s a clove-based chai with lots of floral notes (and a ton of flowers in the brew). I’m much happier when it’s less floral and more chai/clove tasting, which is most of the time as it cools. Very creamy too, even without cream added – quite a tasty chai.

Flavors: Cloves, Flowers

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Okay, more research needed before going further into this tea. I smell and taste Lapsang smokiness, yet Steepster tells me it’s an oolong, which is normally something (I find) I have a strong, severe reaction to within minutes of drinking. I get violently nauseous, and while that’s all that happens, it’s really quite horrible. This is the first oolong in… many years… that I’ve had zero reaction to. Nice! This makes me think it’s a lapsang though instead of an oolong, especially because of the taste, so I’m off to figure out what’s what, and why.

…… and I’m back. Okay, so Lapsang is really only referring to the roasting process, which of course makes sense (although I do feel a bit silly). So it’s a roasted oolong, and that’s why I’m getting campfire/pine needles out of this. It’s earthy and slightly sweet, with lots of smoke and woodsy elements to it. I also get something gummy, resin-like out of this, maybe myrrh? Dunno.

I’ll have to re-steep this a few times to see what else I can get out of it. Verdant’s descriptions of cream and chocolate? Far from this experience for me, so far.

Thank you Sil for generously sharing this with me; I realize it’s no longer available, and quite pricey to boot. Truly appreciated!

Flavors: Cedar, Earth, Honey, Pine

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

Glad it didn’t make you nauseous! Sorry about that…

Kat_Maria

That’s interesting, I have a similar reaction when I have more than two cups of black tea in a row, or if the two cups I have happen to be too strong.

MissB

Sil, it’s really okay… I’m actually glad I just drank it! If I’d checked I would have just passed it along, and I’m so glad I went for it instead.

Kat_Maria, I used to have a similar reaction, then that stopped outright. Now it’s just (I guess certain) oolongs. I wish I could figure out the rhyme or reason behind it.

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drank Blueberry Purple Tea by Butiki Teas
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I’ve wanted to try this one for a while before ordering a bunch of it from Stacy, and now is my opportunity. Having said that, boo me, because I grossly oversteeped this by 20 minutes. So much going on at my house? That’s all that I can really say as to why. :(

This smells like a few of the other teas I’ve had from Butiki, in a good way. It smells… familiar. Comforting. Unique. I can also smell blueberry something-or-other, and that’s about it. Brewed up, even messed up as I have, it’s still amazing, if more subtle than expected. It has a thick mouthfeel, a bit tangy in the berry department, and only slightly sweet. Luckily I have a tiny bit more to try out, and see how it differs with a more reasonable steeping time.

Several people have sent me samples of this, however this one most definitely came from JustJames. Thank you!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Mayflower by Mariage Frères
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Ah, figs. I do love them, although more so cooked than fresh… we have two huge fig trees at this house, and the fresh just plain overwhelmed me last fall. Lots of cleanup, lots of mess everywhere, lots of animals (skunks!) coming to feast on them as they plunked to the ground.

This tea ? It’s a rich, baked fig to me, however much less sweet and with a creamy black base. Yep, this I do like!

Ysurella you sure do know how to pamper someone with French teas. Thank you so much for this!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Ysaurella

you’re very welcome :)

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Zesty grapefruit, times two? Sounds tasty to me! Thing is, it smells like a black to me, and I’m getting little grapefruit out of it. Did I brew it incorrectly? Perhaps….? I always do my blacks at 2-3 minutes, even when 5 minutes is recommended, and I also used 2 tsp for 8 oz. as suggested on the package… I think I must have missed something. Still tasty, just not at all like grapefruit to me.

Thanks OMGsrsly for sharing this with me! :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
OMGsrsly

I find this one so much like pithy yellow grapefruit it’s sometimes hard to drink.

And I think that it was actually 2 tsp in the baggie. Did I really write 2 tsp/8 oz? I’m gonna blame the painkillers.

MissB

Yep, but it’s okay… I’m tired and a bit out of it, so I’m cool with it being what it was. Still tasty though!

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drank Green Darjeeling by Fru P Kaffe & The
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Green Darjeeling? I had to look it up. It’s as simple as it sounds: same tea bush, it’s just the green isn’t oxidized. Which makes it a green tea (hey, I had to check!) and thus I brewed it correctly. It’s a basic green tea with something apricot-ish in the background. I like it, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to try it. I likely wouldn’t order more, but now I know what to expect with a green darjeeling. Yay!

Another Fru P Kaffe find from Angrboda – thank you again! It’s a lovely thing, being a tea tourist in a country I have yet to get to, and I really, truly appreciate it.

Flavors: Apricot, Grass

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Sweet Toffee by Tea Desire
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For the first time, my son turned his nose up at this tea last night. I get it… there was something less desirable about it. More floral, less caramel goodness, a touch drying. Not the normal cuppa I’ve had, although that’s likely because it was the end of the bag…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Caramel Chai Red by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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Had a cup of this last night: 2 teabags for a 12 oz. cup. A pretty good brew, especially because it’s rooibos. Yes, I can taste the rooibos, however it’s faint and way in the background. This is mostly caramel with only a hint of chai spices. I wish the chai was more present, but otherwise I’ll have zero issue drinking this down – especially since it’s so rich and has zero added sweeteners.

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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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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