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drank Hairy Crab Oolong by Virtuous Teas
225 tasting notes

Finished the rest of this off today! I’m still inexperienced with oolongs, so I’m not super sure of what I’m saying. But I would say this was a nice, lightly floral cup. It was very refreshing and kept me alert while studying!

Nxtdoor

Wow. I wonder how well this is selling, with such an inviting name! :)

Emilie

I received it in a traveling tea box, and I was definitely a bit hesitant at first!

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Uh-oh. This smelled a bit soapy before I steeped it. I’ve heard stories about coconut going bad, and now I’m worried to drink this! Of course, I just showered, so it could also be that..
After steeping, it still smells of that delicious bakey coconuty smell that I was expecting. Maybe it hasn’t gone bad!
Hmm, so there’s definitely not as much taste, most likely because I’ve had this for a while, but it doesn’t taste bad. I’ll have to finish the rest of this off quickly just in case!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I received this in an exchange with wheezeybee, thanks! I really love smoky teas, which seem to be something that most people feel very strongly about, either love or hats. I needed something yesterday evening to keep me going through studying. This seemed perfect! I don’t remember much about it now, but I do know that I enjoyed it!

Kittenna

Teeehee, love or hats! Apologies, typos/funny autocorrects make me giggle :D

Emilie

No, its pretty funny! That’s what I get for typing on my phone!

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Cold brewed this so that it was ready to go when I got back from class. I think I like this one better cold honestly. I feel like you just get MORE. More of each flavor, but with no single one overpowering the others

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Holiday Chai by Stash Tea Company
225 tasting notes

Study study study! This class is keeping me busy and tea is keeping me going. I have a couple of bags of this that I haven’t tried, and I was looking for something to brew up quick so I could get back to studying. I added some milk to it, and I really liked it! A nice spicy chai. Probably one of my more favorite of the bagged chais that I have tried. Even better than some weak loose leaf chais honestly.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Assam TGFOP1 Blend by Unknown
225 tasting notes

Finished off the last of this! I’m up bright and early to start my EMT course. I’m really excited and nervous, so I wanted a cup to calm me, but I also wanted caffeine to keep me going since it is a 6.5 hour class! I haven’t had much straight black teas yet, so it’s still difficult for me to comment on this. I really need to try more so I can understand the differences between bases and really know what people mean when they talk about Assam, Ceylon, etc.
As for this tea, I added in some interesting almond and cashew cream that I found at the store and thought would be fun to try. This is smooth and not bitter or astringent at all.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
canadianadia

mmm…cashew cream, that sounds yummy!

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drank Valentine's Blend by Harney & Sons
225 tasting notes

I received this one in a swap, thanks to whoever sent it to me! I really enjoy chocolate teas and I’ve been excited to try this one. I normally steep my black teas for about three minutes if I don’t have a particular time for them. However, on the bag was written a recommendation for five minutes. A bit long, but I wanted to give it a go.

As soon as the water hit the tea, a sweet smell floated out. After the five minutes, I finally get to taste it and…it’s bitter. I don’t get any of the flavors, just a bitter tea taste. I added some milk to help cut the bitterness, which it definitely did. I’m still not getting any chocolate though.

As I sit here typing this, and it cools, however, I feel like I’m getting more creamy chocolatey flavor. Yep, definitely chocolate, though not a very strong flavor. I think next time, I’ll drop the time down to four minutes and give that a try. At some point, I’ll also try a cold brew to see if it brings out the flavor any more. For now, I’m not super happy with this tea, but I feel like that may be due to my brewing and not the tea itself

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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My boyfriend came to visit this week, and left yesterday. Even though I’m sure I’ll see him again soon, I still wanted something comforting, and I also needed something without caffeine. I thought it was finally time to try this. I can’t remember exact details, but I remember liking this. It wasn’t tart, it was a very pleasant creamy lime flavor. I feel like this would be a good cold brew candidate

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Tea Earl Grey Hot by ThinkGeek
225 tasting notes

I participated in a Star Trek swap and this was one of the items I received. I believe it is made by Adagio. I haven’t had the best luck with Adagio Earl Greys in the past, and this one was no different. The bergamot is way too strong and I don’t have much of a tea taste. I added in some cream to make it more drinkable. This isn’t the best tea, but I can enjoy it with milk and sugar. The tin is the part I really want anyway!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

At least the trek reference part was awesome!

Emilie

Exactly! Feeling like Picard every time I drink this is definitely a bonus too!

Stephanie

<3 Picard :)

Fjellrev

Oh Patrick Stewart. I love that man.

JustJames

lol, love the name! i am also insanely picky about bergamot, and tend to dislike it. my defacto earl is ‘the earl’s garden’ from david’s teas. low in bergamot, higher in fruit but still a very nice black.

Emilie

I might have to try that! I like the flavor of bergamot, but I find it overwhelming in a lot of teas.

JustJames

well, i have a whole tin that i can draw from in a swap if you’d like (it’s one of my faves so i keep it in stock).

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drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
225 tasting notes

As much as I enjoy Earl Grey, I haven’t had very many Earl Greys or variations. I decided to have this as my “morning” tea (more like lunch, but sleeping in it makes it morning for me!) While hot, it seemed bitter, and I didn’t think I would like it much. However, as it cools, I am enjoying it more and more. The smooth creaminess is able to come out more with the lower temperature. This seems like it could be interesting iced.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I’m a premed student at a university near Austin. I’ve recently started getting very much into tea, but I’m still learning. I’ve lived in Hawaii, Mississippi, Colorado, Maryland, and California, and each place has it’s own charm, but Colorado was definitely my favorite place. I also knit quite a bit and sell things on my etsy when I’m not busy with school.
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