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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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73
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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71

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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84

When I want an excellent herbal without rooibos, this has become my go-to tea, especially when I’m fighting a cold. What more can I say? I love this, and am drinking it yet again this afternoon.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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95
drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
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Had this last night, and it was a lovely treat. Think hot cocoa minus the milk, yet still creamy and delicious! I will definitely be drinking this often.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Courtney

So delicious!

Dexter

I got my herbal Infusions order in the mail today. I too will be drinking Cacao soon and often. :))

MissB

Yay! Have you had the chance to try it yet, Dexter?

Dexter

Yeah, Courtney had sent me a sample – LOVED IT – so I picked up some with my Cyber Monday order. It’s going to be one of my “must have” teas….

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Did I review this one already? I know I shared quite a bit with others, because this is a sipdown already. Ah well, it wasn’t that memorable.

I get zero red cake, zero cake, zero anything really. Oversteeped, overleafed, both in an attempt to really get the yum out of this – and actually saw a few chocolate bits in there. Yay? Well, I guess yay if I could taste them. This just tastes like flavored water.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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Very unusual tea, one that evokes many a childhood memory camping, and even more surprisingly, of my neighbors burning former Christmas trees in their backyard after the holidays.

I get zero mint or berry in here, although perhaps I would if I steeped it more. What I do get is smoke, strong smoke, and pine. It’s literally like drinking a smoking pine tree, and adding sweetener only makes me think of marshmallows dropped in the fire, caught on fire, with some pine needles stuck to it and their oil singeing the soft mushiness.

Really, really difficult to rate this one. I admire the creativity and thought put into this, as well as the evocative nature of the tea. At the same time, I’m less of a smokey tea person, and this is the first time I’ve had anything even remotely pine anything in a drink… that I know of, or consciously put in there… I did spent almost a year living in the forest.

I likely won’t order this again for myself, but I definitely will for friends whom I know will go gaga for this.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec
NofarS

You spent a year living in the forest? Do tell. We don’t have anything that can qualify as a true forest here.

MissB

Oh gosh, surrounded by them here (BC, Canada). It wasn’t quite a whole year, however my then-partner and I worked/volunteered for BC Parks, and managed a few campsites for them. All we had was a tent, and zero power or running water. We did manage electricity however to power my laptop (via a battery that plugged into the car), and drove into town as needed for supplies, food and companionship. It was really, really hard at the time and not a lot of fun, but now I remember it fondly. We were all over the place, but the majority of the time was spent in Kaslo, BC. There’s a yearly music festival there that takes place on the beach… musicians on a floating stage, festival-goers on the sandy beach. Was amazing!

Tuscanteal

I love our BC forests here.

OMGsrsly

My grandparents used to host at various campgrounds every summer. It was so much fun to go visit them. :) That sounds like an incredible experience.

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67
drank Green Tea Tropical by Mighty Leaf Tea
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Had this earlier while out with the kids, because it was the only tea on their roster that appealed to me. I doubt I got the full effect, as it came to me already immersed in boiling water; I took out the teabag immediately. I wish I’d let it steep a bit longer because the flavor was weak, however the water was just too hot, and I was too impatient. I wanted tea!

The tropical fruits (mostly mango from what I could tell) mingle nicely with the green. It’s okay, however I wouldn’t seek it out in the future.

Preparation
Boiling

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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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Burnaby, BC, Canada

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