1157 Tasting Notes

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Another one that soothed me during my fight with the nasties (read: the worst cold of my life, thank goodness it’s gone and done).

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sami Kelsh

So glad you’re feeling better! snuggles and more tea

TheTeaFairy

Glad it’s gone, yay!

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drank Almond Dream by Souvia
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Gosh I love this tea. Must grab more! Finished it off when I was still fighting off the ick a few weeks back, and it was incredibly soothing even then (y’know, when I couldn’t taste anything). Thanks again khamilton611 for sharing this with me, and for me having my first Souvia tea, it was a fantastic experience!

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Cinnamon, Cookie

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sami Kelsh

Oh, it does sound scrummy.

khamilton611

No actual tea in it, so you can EAT it! The store said that they have a customer who buys it just to eat it.

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81
drank It's Chai by Informal Tea.
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I like this one more today than I did last time – likely because I brewed it for longer. Smooth, light and refreshing, this is mostly spices with some black tea added in.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Sugar

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100
drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
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Not loving this as much as I did last time, likely because the banana is much more present today than the other times I’ve had it. Or maybe I’m just a weirdo. :)

Flavors: banana, Sugar

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

I hate when that happens. I think sometimes as teas settle different things are at the top than are at the bottom, so that first cup is different than the last. Or it could have to do with age.

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drank Ginger Fresh Peach by Tea Desire
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Somehow I’ve had this a handful of times since I bought it late last year, however I’ve yet to review it. This time, I’d decided prior to steeping it that this would be an all or nothing kinda thing. If I liked it, I’d keep it. If I didn’t, into the swap box it goes.

… and into the swap box it goes! I’ve brewed this way too long, yuck. I’ve now brewed it for just over a minute, and while it’s more flavorful, I’m just not feeling it. Little to zero ginger, and the peach just tastes like something other than what I was looking for.

Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers, Malt, Peach

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

sometimes it’s nice to just say “goodbye” to teas you’re not in love with..

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drank Bollywood Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Grabbed a tiny bag of this when I was sick at the recommendation of the staffer. While ill, I found this really comforting and spicy. When I had a cup of it yesterday, I found it overly sweet and a bit cloying. Will have to try it again, as I have another few cups left to play with.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Fennel, Sweet

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

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84

Super smoky chai. I had this a few weeks back when I was still fighting off the worst cold of my life, and even then I could taste every really clearly — which surprised me. I ran out of my free sample (thank you so much!) before I could get home again to grab some marshmallow leaf and add it, to see if this could be more of a s’more chai than just a smokey one.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Dustin

Oooooh, that’s a neat idea with the mallow addition!

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drank Ginger Herbal Tea by Fresh & Easy
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This is a really spicy ginger tea! I mean, I purposely oversteeped it to bring out the ginger, but holy wow! Really yummy. Getting only hints of the cinnamon and fennel in here, and zero mint at all. Really tasty though, and it feels very soothing, it spicy.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fennel, Ginger

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

We used to mystery shop Fresh & Easy until they sold.

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80

Grabbed a loose leaf tin of this at the San Jose store, and am glad I did. It’s a mild chai, smooth and mellow, with a hint of vanilla. I might be slightly biased here, as I bought it from a lovely young gent that told me I’d have to come back to try more… just to have my tell him I live in Vancouver, Canada, and that the trip I just returned from might be my last to that specific area.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Vanilla

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

Fingers crossed that he’s there if you go back ;)

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79

Odd how the reviews for this are quite poor, yet I had it iced the other day in-house at one of the San Jose stores, and I really liked it. Couldn’t even taste the rooibos, found it sweet even with zero sweetener, and lightly spiced. I’d definitely have more if I were to find myself in that same parking lot in the middle of nowhere again.

Preparation
Iced 12 OZ / 354 ML

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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 Ireland) 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 either running, swinging kettlebells, or 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.

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