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60
drank White Blueberry by Adagio Teas
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I’m rather new to white teas, but will have to be the weirdo reviewing this one as it was rather underwhelming. Everything is extremely subtle despite the wonderful fragrance. I don’t suppose that means it is bad, because it isn’t—I just had a hard time picking up the blueberry notes. Perhaps my kettle just can’t get the water hot enough? It’s not horrible, it’s interesting, but just too subtle for my taste. I’d recommend it for white tea fans, but if you’re after a big blueberry flavour, you may be disappointed.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90
drank Citrus Dream by Butiki Teas
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This has to be one of the most soothing, relaxing teas in my cupboard; it is perfect for evening or calming down after stressful events (or just plain Mondays). Not only is it simply pretty to look at, the flavours are all very subtle without being wallflowery, so to speak. There’s a nice subtle lime note, and of course the chamomile.

What fascinates me most about this one is the sort of buttery mouthfeel—that’s the only way I can describe it. It’s not oily or anything, it’s just…Smooth. Creamy. It sort of “fills the mouth”, if that makes sense. It’s quite wonderful, a real treat, and I’ll definitely be ordering more of this one!

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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94
drank Berry Blast by Adagio Teas
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Finally, I’m able to review again! (Blaming my computer.) I’ve sipped t his one a few times and really enjoyed it. It’s definitely fruity—not sugary sweet, but fruity—with a beautiful deep blush colour and marvellous, well-rounded flavour with just the right amount of tang. There’s a bit of cherry in it, though I don’t think there’s cherry IN it.

There’s a little green in it—not green tea or green grass, but sort of like raspberry leaves (which I don’t really recommend making a habit of, but that’s what it made me think of). Not a lot, just enough to add depth. A very good tea—consumed without sweetners, by the way—that I’ll definitely be buying again.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Central Ohio is several days into another deep freeze, and though I initially reached for something tropical to induce fantasies of warm breezes, palm trees, and lazy days on the beach with a stack of books, this vanilla chai caught my eye, and the promised warmth proved more alluring.

It yields a nicely blended, almost entirely smooth cuppa, especially with a splash of whole milk. The spices really come through at the finish, which explains my “almost” smooth reference—cinnamon nips your tongue at the end, though not unpleasantly. The vanilla and chai are what hit first, making it all a rather interesting and enlivening sip. I’m on my second steep of the leaves right now; occasionally glancing out of my studio window to the subzero, under-a-foot-of-snow world outside as I work, I do indeed feel warmed up and cozy.

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

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73
drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
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Butiki included this as a sample with my order. The first Chinese tea I’ve ever tried, I had no idea what to expect but popped it in the tea teapot while keeping my husband—working late from home Sunday night—company. So for not having ANY idea what it would be like, I enjoyed it! It wasn’t as “eggnog” as I expected (I’m a "Make-That-Eggnog-At-Home-From-Scratch Alton Brown kinda gal, not the store-bought excremental eggnog kinda girl), but even so, it’s quite good.

Definitely picked up on the “creamy” aspect; there is a mild sweetness with vanilla notes that I enjoyed a great deal. This tea smells very good! It seemed to have a slightly “oily” mouthfeel, if that makes sense. Again, it’s not really eggnog-like, but it’s good and light, and I might buy it next time around, definitely! I drank it straight, no sweeteners or cream/milk; it also gave me really nice flavour for three steeps (obviously lighter on the last one especially).

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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50
drank Ginger Snap by Della Terra Teas
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Unlike many of the other reviewers, I did not expect a lot of ginger in this (despite my love for the stuff)—my thought was gingerbread cookies, and to me, that’s very much what this tastes like. There are interesting cinnamon and even nutmeg-y notes coming out in this one.

Overall, very good though I don’t think it is one of my favourites. Perhaps I need a crackling fire before me to really enjoy it! If you like gingerbread cookies, though, you’re going to love this.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Honeybush Mango by Adagio Teas
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I thought I’d try this after sipping Butiki’s Mango Lassi earlier in the week. Today was snowy, bitterly cold, and therefore perfect for sipping and reading, and the Honeybush Mango seemed like a really good fit for these activities! I didn’t get all the way up to the recommended 212F because I was really impatient, but it worked out just fine: the tea has a definite ‘tea’ note, particularly up front, but sweetness, too (granted, this is my first honeybush—I like rooibos a lot and this seemed like another good choice).

There seems to be a bit of sweet sunshine-ness in this (if that makes sense), especially on the finish, and I don’t add sweetener to my teas very often; the sweetness is not overwhelming or hyper-mango, but it is good! Definitely a keeper. Also, one mug cooled a bit (hey, I’m reading a really good book)—it’s good cold, too! So this would be marvellous iced as well.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Cantaloupe & Cream by Butiki Teas
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This is SUCH a delicious tea—I felt deeply, deeply affectionate toward it right off the bat. For one thing, it’s extremely pretty to look at; also, the nose is intoxicatingly mahhhhvellous. The tea itself is a lovely golden colour, like liquid magic hour sunshine, and the flavour! Fruit and flora dance upon your tastebuds like little cantaloupe-bearing angels.

No, none of that is exaggeration.

This is my first white tea in ages, and really, it’s doubtful I’ll ever need another.

(Just kidding. But this is delicious!)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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83
drank Mango Lassi by Butiki Teas
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This is my first tea review, so do be kind!

I tried this unsweetened, though sweetener is recommended, and liked it very much; it actually seemed to have a slight coffee note, making me think it would be a good sub in the morning; the cardamom did not hurt (but it is a favourite spice of mine).

The mango isn’t too strong at first, though it shows up a bit better once the tea has cooled just a little bit (I’m never able to resist that first, lip-burning sip) and as I drank more of the tea, though it wasn’t as mango-y as I expected until it was flat out cold (busy day). It’s a well-rounded, full-bodied tea, not as sweet as some other rooibos. Though it could certainly benefit from some sweetening, it’s fine without, and would probably be pretty yummy with a splash of cream. The second steep turned out nicely as well—I actually may have liked it a little better than the first! Overall, I liked it a great deal.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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