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Thanks to CelebriTEA for sending me a few samples of this!

Spicy comes through loud and clear, and something… soapy? I’m confused. Heat from pepper, spice from cardamom and cinnamon, and something.. weird. It doesn’t taste like soap, it just has the mouthfeel. I have no idea what this is, or why I’m feeling it. I like the heat though, it’s making my eyes water and there’s a tiny bite that I quite enjoy. Still, this weird mouthfeel is getting to me, and there’s zero vanilla in here.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Cinnamon Roll Honeybush by 52teas
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I wish this was as amazing as the last time I had it, and I’m trying to figure out what I did differently. Oh yea, I steeped it at a lower temperature. Need to remember to do that next time!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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drank Lemon Zen by Herbal Infusions
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Thank you Herbal Infusions for the free sample in my last (first) order!

I oversteeped this a huge amount – 33 minutes – because I like my mint’s strong. Perhaps that was a bit of a mistake, or maybe just right? All I know is, this is a very strong lemon rind flavor coupled with mint. Zen? Perhaps. Tasty? Definitely, if you like a lemon mint tea. A bit rind-y for me though, and likely something I’ll pass over on my next order. Still grateful to have tried it, and more than enough to share if someone else would like a taste.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Ginger Snap by Della Terra Teas
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When something has the word ginger in it, I want to taste the ginger. Unfortunately, I’m struggling to find the ginger in this, or anything really. Sweetened I got more pineapple and mango than anything, and zero cake or cookie. Still moderately tasty, just should be called something else (in my opinion).

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Whispering Pines Tea Company

These ingredients are very strange for a Ginger Snap tea…haha

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I used to drink a tea like this all the time from the Tea Centre on Vancouver Island. They were the first company (many years ago) to introduce me to yogurt in my tea, and how it created a creamy tang that really added depth to some teas. Although far from a ‘purist’ perspective, I really enjoyed it.

This tea has the exact same name as that tea, and so I had to try it. The differences between the two however are immediately noticed; this has cornflowers (I think) in it, and it smells little of anything other than rooibos to me.

Steeped, it’s okay. I don’t get much apple or cinnamon other than lightly with both, however some Truvia did sweeten them up and bring them out nicely. An okay tea, probably one I’ll not re-order though in the future.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Mango Rooibos by Assam Tea Company
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Decided to steep this up as I packaged some up for a swap with Sil. I should try it first before sending it out, right? :)

This smells strongly of mango, and tastes only moderately so when it’s straight. Add some sweetener though, and holy moly mango! By far the most authentic and strongest flavored mango tea I’ve had to date. Got a bit bitter at the end, almost like a black tea, yet this is most definitely a rooibos. Maybe it’s late/early, or maybe I’m just tired. Still, getting some tartness at the end bottom of the cup.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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drank Sweet Red Mango by The TeaCupany
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Thanks to Dexter365 for a taste of this cuppa love!

I remember Dexter saying something about this (or a related) tea, that The TeaCupany was playing tricks on us with naming conventions. With this, I wholeheartedly agree. This is far from sweet, but rather, quite tart due to the high level of hibiscus. Truvia does sweeten things up, but it’s still a bit underwhelming. I want mango, darn it! I get little.

I can see how this would be really great cold steeped, so perhaps I need to use the rest of it for a cold-steep experiment.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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drank Orange Zen BIO by Dammann Freres
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SPOILER: Day 15 of Dammann Freres Advent Calendar.

I’m unsure what to make of this. It smells like an herbally green tea to me, and tastes little of anything orange until wwwaaaayyyy after the sip. Definitely a chamomile blend. I mean, it’s okay, but I just don’t get it at all.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Retro Ted by Bluebird Tea Co.
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Forgotten that I’d rated this already when I grabbed it tonight for a swap with someone else. Decided to have one of the last cups of it, and then to put the rest in the swap box for someone else to try. Have I mentioned how much I love swaps (and how many I have here right now, waiting for me to send them off? A huge bag full, that’s how much).

Anyway. To the tea! Like last time, this smells infinitely better than it tastes. Even just sitting here at my desk I get a wonderfully fragrant, decadent coconut wafting over to my nose, with some subtle fruits in the background. Drinking it however just isn’t the same. I want more flavor dear Retro Ted, and less tartness.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec

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Out of the bag this smells just like a Shirley Temple to me, likely because of the grenadine. I love Shirley Temples (or, used to)!

Steeped it smells like a black with a hint of something floral. Drinking it wasn’t terribly exciting – a black tea, basically – so I added some sweetener. Now this tastes like a tea Shirley Temple to me, and it’s quite tasty. Still not a fan of the base, as it’s gotten bitter really quickly even with a short steep (and zero instructions to give me any sort of guidance).

I’ll try this with a shorter steep next time, maybe even a slightly lower temperature, and hopefully then the bitterness disappears.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 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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