1221 Tasting Notes

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drank Serenity by Country High Tea House
1221 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
drank Republic Chai by The Republic of Tea
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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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73
drank Liquorice Legs by T2
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Late last year I sent a tea care package to a friend in Australia, and just yesterday I received a package in return from her. Imagine my surprise when I found a bunch of T2 teas in it, some of which I’ve coveted, yet haven’t been able to purchase as they only ship within Australia. So, thanks Helen! You rock.

I was expecting licorice like the Dutch licorice I had the other day, or even So Long and Thanks for All the Licorice from Butiki. Nope… this is anise, fennel and peppermint tea. and I’d imagine this would settle even the most upset of stomachs. Word of advice though: leave it unsweetened. It’s surprisingly sweet on it’s own.

Flavors: Anise

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

T2 have been shipping internationally for a while now – Just so you know. No GST is charged on international orders (orders with a billing address outside Australia).

International shipping is calculated based on the total order value, as follows:

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Spend $250+ FREE
T2 complies with Australian regulations; however, your country may have different requirements for importing our products. Now, we can’t be liable for any additional duties, taxes or surcharges that you may have to pay on delivery to your country. If you are unsure, we suggest checking with local authorities before placing your order.

Im a total T2 girl but i do get envious when i read all the DavidTea reviews. Ah the cost of International Shipping V I want that Tea :-)

MissB

Oh? Good to know. Last I looked and talked to them, they were still only able to ship within Australia. Andrea, if you’d ever like some DAVIDs, I’d be happy to get some for you (if I don’t already have some) and send it over. I live within a few blocks of a store, and I ship things to Australia quite regularly.

MissB

Although I should note the last time I sent tea to Australia, it was held for quite some time – the authorities thought it was marijuana, and were all excited at the “huge” bust! lol

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What, what?! This is an oolong? Well fancy that. The second oolong that I’ve had where I’ve yet to notice (up until recently, all oolongs made me violently ill within minutes).

I opened the pouch to share with someone who asked for a taste, and though I should try it myself. Very light color (I wondered if I should steep it longer), smells like pea shoots to me. Very clean and fresh. Tiny bit of dryness at the end of the sip, bright peachy/stone fruit notes, and a delicate jasmine scent and flavor. I’m really enjoying this!

Flavors: Peach, Peas

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

I have to be careful with oolongs (especially the green ones) & green teas, because if I haven’t eaten recently they will make me sick.

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites, green 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.

I own an obscene amount of tea, and am always happy to share. Having said that, I’m traveling indefinitely (currently in France, was in Ireland and England prior, next up Belgium) so my stash will sit and wait for me, as I send back tea to explore more when I get home again.

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 exploring, playing board games, reading, hiking, hanging with friends.

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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