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drank Vanilla Green by Tealuxe
257 tasting notes

TTB 3: I’m really hesitant with greens. I’m still not great at steeping them, and I’ve had some really horrible flavors because of that. Something like this tea could change my mind though! The green tea, vegetabley taste is here, but not overwhelmingly. The vanilla is soft and creamy, and almost a marshmallow flavor, mixing well with the green. I’m surprised that I’m only the second review for this!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cheri

Sounds yummy!

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drank Cinnamon Stars by TeaGschwendner
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TTB 2: I can be really wary of cinnamon teas, because the few I’ve tried have been ridiculously strong. This one is not that! I’m not sure if I would even call it cinnamon. It seemed more caramel to me as I was sipping it. I also didn’t get overwhelming rooibos flavor either!

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drank Cheeky Lychee by DAVIDsTEA
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TTB #1: Backlog from yesterday! I am using office water, so this won’t be the most accurate representation of this tea, but it should tell me something at least. This tea had a vague sweet fruity flavor, but not one I would necessarily call lychee. I would like to cold brew this one and see if more of that flavor comes out through that method.

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drank Rose Garden by Twinings
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Office Water Tea This smells very nice and rosy as soon as you open the bag! Steeping, the scent is rose, but not overwhelmingly flowery and floral. The taste follows suit. It is a gentle rose flavor, not too over the top at all. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is scared of rose teas or has had bad experiences in the past.

Flavors: Rose

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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So the office water comes out to about 165. Not great for black teas, but I think I’ll bring in cheaper teas, and flavored black teas. And of course, there are teas that like that temperature.

I tried steeping this one a little longer to make up for the water temperature. I’m not sure if it was that which caused this tea to not go so well, or this just isn’t a great tea. It left a bitter, tart, almost metallic taste in my mouth. I won’t rate this, or any tea I try at the office, bad just in case its the waters fault and not the tea.

Flavors: Metallic

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Swiss Mountain by Della Terra Teas
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Another tea made with the unidentified-temperature office water. This one tasted about like I remember, so the water is at least hot enough to make semi-decent black tea. The tea was definitely a bit weaker than normal, but the chocolate and mint flavors almost came through better because of it. I’m definitely going to bring a thermometer with me tomorrow to test out the water temperature. I would love to be able to drink tea all day at work, but knowing what I should and shouldn’t bring will be very helpful.

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint

Preparation
3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

Flavored teas work pretty well in an office environment with microwave water. My office tin has lots of bagged minty and spicy stuff for that reason.

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I got a sample of this in my monthly Love With Food box. The package says to brew “just under boiling.” I’m no green tea expert, but that seems too hot to me. However, it didn’t matter either way, since I’m at way work and only have one “hot” setting here. I think I may bring my thermometer and find out exactly what temperature it is. Whatever it is, it worked out well enough for this tea. Brewing, there was a strong pineapple scent. I’m almost not getting that in the taste though. At the very beginning of the sip, its almost as though a pineapple just rolled by my face; the tiniest hint of pineapple is there. Then it’s all green tea. And I’m not getting any of the mint everyone else mentioned! Overall not terrible, but not great.

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Any time I drink a Whispering Pines tea, I feel like I should be wandering through a forest. I’m sure its at least partially the name and vibe that the tea company has. But I know its also the wonderful and unique ingredients and flavors in all of their teas. This one is no different.

It is smoky, as some others have mentioned, but in a very gentle way. I feel like that’s the word I would use to describe this whole tea: gentle. I’m having difficulty saying what individual flavors I got out of this, I will need to try it again and pay close attention.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cheri

I feel the same way when I drink their teas. At least part of that is because I’ve been to a lot of the places Brenden talks about in his descriptions.

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This is a new local company that I’ve seen popping up a lot in stores near me. I’m always excited for new local tea places! If anyone is interested in trying these teas please let me know :) (website: http://www.whitecloudworldteas.com/)

I cold brewed this overnight. I definitely added too much for this. I forgot how much oolong poofs up! I can get the strawberry flavor, which is a bit sweet and candyish. But the tea is a bit too bitter. I will try this again with about half as much as I used!

Flavors: Strawberry

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Cold brewed! This one is sweet but not overly so. I definitely get the pineapple, and a general tropical feel. I think I prefer this one cold to warm!

Flavors: Coconut

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 6 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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