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79

Made it again from scratch, underleafing it this time like others suggested. NOW it’s delicious. NOW I can recommend it wholeheartedly. I get every note in there that’s supposed to be: cream cheese icing, blueberry, danish pastry. So glad I re-did this so that my daughter had something nice to wake up to! Not so happy about the 10 tsp of tea I wasted prior, though.

Which makes me wonder: does Frank try his teas before making them? If so, why does he avoid offering any sort of steeping instructions to help his customers avoid such mishaps? Thank goodness for y’all here though, or else I would have given up on it.

1.5 tsp in 16oz.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
VariaTEA

I don’t know why companies don’t make recommendations. It is quite annoying when you are trying to figure out how to best brew their teas. You would think they would know.

Sil

No comment on that one.

keychange

Yeah, I find that frustrating as well, although often I find that if you wing it, you’re more likely to (eventually) find parameters that work for you. Verdant comes to mind—I’m not a fan of one-minute steeps for blacks and such, but it’s what they suggest—and hey, maybe that works for some people.

Suziqzer

So glad you got this one to work for you.

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64
drank Eggnog Honeybush by 52teas
949 tasting notes

This is… interesting. I get honeybush, I get eggnog spices, and I get a weird cream-like flavor that’s a bit… different. Maybe this is boozy eggnog? It’s very different than any eggnog I’ve had, even though it tastes good… I’m just having a hard time falling in love with this blend.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cream, Nutmeg

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
VariaTEA

I’m sorry this blend was not what you were hoping for though it does ease my mind a bit in knowing that I am not missing out on something amazing.

MissB

I’ll still send some to you, because your tastes may differ.

VariaTEA

No need MissB. You have sent me so much already. I appreciate all of it but it is too much. You should enjoy your teas :)

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79

Oh my goodness. What on earth did I do wrong here? This was, by far, the worst cup of tea I’ve had in years. One sip and it was so bitter, I had to dump 1200mL of it. Even did it up in the Breville the “proper” way, because my daughter had asked for some to put in a jug for tomorrow.

1.5 tsp per 8oz.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
LiberTEAS

I would have gone 2 minutes in the breville.

MissB

Less time and I overleafed. Thanks for the suggestion!

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72

Wanna hear weird? I definitely get cheesecake out of this, however it’s missing any sort of cherry whatsoever. How on earth did I manage that? Also getting a bit of the metallic taste as I did with the Cantaloupe Watermelon as it cools. Oh, wait. There’s the cherry, kind of, well after the sip. Think I’ll let this one marinate a bit before trying it again.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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72
drank Cantaloupe Watermelon by 52teas
949 tasting notes

Hm. Much better hot than cold, this is very cantaloupe-y with less watermelon than I’d expected in the mix. Also, was a bit disappointed to see this was a 1 oz. bag, when it’s the same price as the 2oz. bags in the same order. Yes, I realize white tea takes up more space – however I also need more of it to brew, and if I’d known it was double the price, I likely would have passed. My bad for ignoring this important aspect of buying.

Really though, it’s a very authentic cantaloupe, even if it gets a bit metallic as it cools. Watermelon comes in a bit at the end of the sip.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

This is delicious cup of mostly creamy caramel, with a tiny hint of chocolate at the end. It’s really quite lovely both hot and cold, although I do prefer it warm-ish.

I think (?) I bought this from Starfevre in her tea sale, and I feel badly that I bought it at a time when I’d yet to think of marking each sample with the handle of the person who sent it to me. :$ Silly MissB. So, to whomever sold this to me at a greatly discounted price because it was in a different tea’s bad – thank you!

Flavors: Caramel, Cocoa, Cream

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Tuscanteal

I adore this tea as well… so delicious!

MissB

Where do you get yours, Tuscanteal?

Starfevre

Nope! Not from me.

Starfevre

I haven’t had a tea sale.

Tuscanteal

When The Urban Tea Merchant carried MF, that’s where I got it… now I am SOL

Dustin

Dean and Deluca has it. Not sure if it is a good price or if they ship to Canada.

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93

Want to go with a guaranteed winner this morning with the matcha -so this naturally is what I reached for! So delicious, and so surprising each time just how bang-on it really is.

Had to overleaf significantly for some reason; I’m a bit confused as to why. Perhaps the high fat content of the heavy cream I’m having to drink? Will need to investigate. 1 tsp in 1/3 cup of heavy cream.

Flavors: Caramel, Cream

Preparation
Iced 1 tsp 3 OZ / 78 ML
VariaTEA

This one is amazing!! Now that my matchas got here I will have to send half off to my friend and that means sending away the rest of this. I will definitely be getting this in my next order though.

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78

A hint of orange with some sweeter spices in there (cinnamon, maybe? it’s hard to tell), this is a lovely tea that I’m quite happy to start my day off with.

Trying something new with Steepster today. Due to the snippets only showing the first certain number of characters from a community review, I’m sharing my thanks, my stories, my personal details later in my tealogs. Why? Because while I truly LOVE hearing about all of your lives, when I’m looking up a tea, I only want to read details of the tea specifically in those blurbs. Thus…

Thanks to TeaTiff for sharing such a lovely brew for Day Two of the 12 Days of Christmas Swap. This sipdown is a bit of a sad one, because this is the kind of tea that reminds me of growing up, and the kind of thing my Mom would make for me.

1.5 tsp in 12oz.

Flavors: Orange Zest

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Starfevre

That’s a really good idea.

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72

Hello nondescript honeybush that still tastes yummy. You may be missing a lot of the elements (for me) in the label for this tea, however I still think you’re delicioso.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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93

I love this tea WAY too much. I crave it, sometimes I want to have it nightly. Unfortunately, I’m getting seriously scratchy throat drinking it, which makes me very sad. Perhaps I’ll just put it to bed for a few nights and try again.

Flavors: Cream

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Butiki Teas

Oh no, sorry to hear about the scratchy throat.

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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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