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This is a special tea for me. Not because it is super delicious, but because it was the tea that made me start being an active member here on Steepster! Ashley (no longer active here on Steepster) sold me some of it because she had to get rid of her tea because she was moving. I was really excited to try it because I had read so many cool things about it and I can’t get any David’s tea here in Ecuador. So, one thing led to another, and I am here to stay on Steepster, but, as I realized this morning, I haven’t written a review for this tea yet!!!

The dry blend is really colorful and fruity. There are easily identifiable pieces of all kinds of fruits. Oddly enough, there are even carrots! It smells a bit like a mix of watermelon and banana candy. Very tropical fruity. It doesn’t quite scream watermelon, but it does flaunt its deliciousness as a fruity blend.

Once brewed I taste a bit more banana than watermelon, but watermelon is definitely there. It is super sweet without adding any sugar to it. Once iced, the watermelon shows up a it more. Sweetened it tastes like candy. I think that it could use a tiny bit of tartness to make the flavor stand out and make it seem less like candy water.

I really enjoy this tea, but it must be iced and only once in a while. It is super sweet, so when I want something sweet and fruity, this is exactly what I reach for. :)

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I miss Ashley! She’s my FB friend – she’s moved around quite a bit but she seems to be settled and happy now :)

Daniel Scott

Yeah, this one definitely needs sugar to bring out the melon.


Ninavampi: I bought some tea from Ashley as well, and I enjoyed all of it (my first exposure to 52Teas and DavidsTea)! DaisyChubb: I am glad to hear Ashley is doing well.

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drank Vanilla Black by Babington's
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Vanilla, the queen of flavors in my life. Long live Vanilla in her creamy sweet glory! :) I am still trying any vanilla that crosses in my path in hopes that I will encounter a vanilla tea that truly leaves me in awe.

This is one of the teas that I bought when I went on my Europe trip a few months back. I found it in a nice little tea shop called Babington’s in Rome. It is at the end of the Spanish steps where all of the super expensive shops are, needles to say, these teas were a bit expensive as well. I only bought the minimum to try, but since my cousin lives in Rome, I know that she could always bring me some when she visits. :)

The dry leaves are larger than I am used to seeing in a black flavored tea. The scent is super high on the creamy note and a bit light on the actual vanilla. The vanilla in this tea reminds me a bit of the smell of a birthday cake in the oven, only a bit more relaxed.

Once brewed, the burgundy brown tea smells amazing. It makes my tongue do a happy dance in anticipation. It is shockingly smooth, the vanilla, creaminess and black tea work all together and surround you like a huge wave of vanilla icing!

Unsweetened it tastes delicate and dainty. Smooth and creamy with a dash of astringency from the black tea. The aftertaste tingling on my taste-buds as pure vanilla delight. Sweetened it is decadent. Wow vanilla cream tea! It is like liquid vanilla bean ice cream! It is so tasty that I downed my entire cup so quickly that I immediately needed to make another! My only critique for this tea is that it could use a tiny bit more vanilla over cream in the flavoring… But hey, almost perfect!! One step closer to perfect vanilla black! (I am so happy my cousin is able to bring me some more of this one day, I am going to be sad when I run out!)

Perfect way to start a Sunday, vanilla, Sencha (my dog), cloudy skies, and Dr. Who!! Now, back to Dr.Who on Netflix (and more tea of course!)!

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How fine! I know the area around the Spanish Steps where there are a couple of Tea Shops! (Love Rome) It sounds like you’ve got the best plan for Dr. Who viewing too.


http://www.babingtons.com/Shop-per-te.htm I am so jealous (in a good way!) of your travels…. sigh …. :)


Yaay Doctor Who! nothing like a good cup of tea and Doctor Who :D

Terri HarpLady

Yay Dr Who!! I actually ordered the ‘farewell Ponds’ blend from Adagio, even though I usually detest blueberries in tea, LOL, I just had to try it.

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drank Raspberry by Adagio Teas
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I am backlogging this from yesterday. It took me a week to get a little better of my cold. Yesterday was the first time I wanted tea during the week, before that I could barely breathe through my nose and everything tasted exactly the same.

I might have had this a little too early, because I still couldn’t really taste much. Thankfully it is strong enough that I could sort of make out the raspberry flavor and a hint of black tea. Tasty enough for my first cup of tea after a long week in bed recovering from the worst cold I have ever had… So glad it seems to be coming to an end! On a positive note, I got towatch a lot of Dr. Who!

If you want a proper tasting note on this tea, where I can actually taste it, please see my precious note! :)

Hesper June

Glad you are feeling better!


And on that note, I am happy to report that I finished the Season 16-17 Tom Baker scarf this morning, including the fringe!


That’s so cool, Ashmanra! Can we see it? I love Doctor Who.


Hesper June Thanks! :)

ashmanra Please share a pic! :) That is so cool!

ashmanra I am going to take photo of my daughter in it shortly and I will post a link in my next review! :) She is wearing it to Star Wars Reads night at Barnes and Noble tonight. My son and godson are “trooping” in their SW costumes, so there will be plenty of geeky folks like us who will know what it is.

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Cranberries are tasty. Mostly they remind me of Thanksgiving and Holiday-like festivities. Like most things that remind me of the US, is it very hard to find cranberries in Ecuador. If you do find them they are in dry form or in super sweet drink concoctions. I was surprised to find out that 95% of all cranberries are used in fruit drinks and sweetened dried fruit. No wonder that is the only way I can find cranberries in Ecuador!

When I opened the golden packet of cranberry matcha, I did get a hint of cranberry scent. It reminded me of fresh homemade cranberry sauce; it was quite inviting and festive. It even had a promise of tartness to the scent. I love the way the scent of the green matcha stands through the flavoring of all of the Red Leaf Tea Matcha I have tried so far. I always order delicate flavoring to make sure that I don’t miss out on the deliciousness of the green tea flavor!

Once prepared and nicely frothed (no sweetener in my matcha!) the scent became more delicate, almost like a shadow of the strong scent that the powder had. Each sip was a short stroll through all the flavors that showed up in this tea. Upfront stood the cranberry, it filled my nose and taste buds just for a second, immediately after the flavor of green tea took over. Sweet and smooth the green tea flavor finally gave way to a tasty fruity aftertaste. It wasn’t quite cranberry in the aftertaste, mostly just fruitiness. There is no doubt that it tasted like cranberry, but what made it exceptionally good was the fact that there was more than just one layer to the cranberry flavor. Thankfully, there was no tartness in the flavor, tartness just doesn’t work in matcha for me. I am particularly happy with this tea. I don’t think I could have though up a better tasting cranberry if I had tried!

All the tastiness plus the fact that it is good for you makes this tea something you really should try! You can get some for yourself here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/cranberry-matcha.html

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drank Peppermint by Adagio Teas
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It happened… My body finally gave into the virus that was threatening to give it a cold. I am so angry at it! It hit so bad that I actually had to stay home from work. It is awful. I have spent my day in bed sneezing and blowing my nose, dealing with a fever, and worst of all with no appetite… That means, I have no yearning for food or tea! It is pretty terrible to be home with all my tea and not want to drink any of it!

Finally I got my self to go eat something and made myself a HUGE cup of this tea and iced it. I didn’t want to drink anything hot… Just iced! It tasted spectacular! It even cleared my sinuses enough so that I could taste my food! :)

This is possibly the best peppermint I have ever had. I am in love with it! Sadly, I do tend to drink it when I am sick, so it reminds me of feeling icky… But I still drink it when I am healthy from time to time and it is great.

It has enough of a kick to it that it leaves you feeling cleansed and refreshed, but still sweet enough that it can be a tasty anytime drink. I especially like it sweetened. Yum yum yum…

It is also really great to mix with Adagio’s Vanilla Black. The resulting blend is the best candy cane flavored tea ever! You have to try it for yourself to believe it! Trust me, it is worth it!

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welcome back Ninavampi ! Always nice to read your reviews about hot or iced teas


This is one of my favorite peppermint too. I hope you feel better soon! I love mixing this with Adagio Vanilla Rooibos. :)


Feel better soon! When I have cold lemon and ginger seem to make me feel better.


Aww, so sorry you’re sick. Feel better soon!


I’ve never tried mixing peppermint with vanilla, sounds like a good mix


Thanks everyone! :)

teatime traveler

Straggling in on this conversation, I’m glad you’re feeling better, Nina! As a foodie as well as a steepster, I like to sprinkle some high quality dried mint (spearmint in bulk or emptied from a teabag) into yogurt with cucumber, almost any kind of salad, if you eat meat at the end of cooking, try it! Fresh mint’s the bomb for food but even dried makes a nice accent.

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I am ashamed to admit that I still have samples untasted that Teavivre sent to me. Tonight, after a productive work day, I decided that it should also be a productive tea day. So, on to tasty Teavivre samples! This particular one was one of the ones I was most excited to try.

The smell of the dry leaves is a mix of malt and hay. I get a hint of chocolate, but mostly I get malty notes and even a bit of molasses. The leaves are a beautiful mix of black, brown and golden.

The brew is a dark burgundy brown. It smells thick and inviting. I can see how it reminds some people of chocolate. I get sweet molasses notes and a hint of creaminess. The flavor is malty and still holds hints of hay. There is a strange sour flavor that lingers at the end of each sip. I added a little rock sugar and it helped smooth it out a little. It did taste quite a bit like malted chocolate balls! (or Milo which is malted chocolate milk that they have here in Ecuador!)

Sadly it, isn’t quite what I wanted but I recognize that it is very very good. I can see how it could be some people’s favorite. :)

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I love this one dearly. Oh, and Teavivre will remind you if you fall behind on your reviews, haha.


I think this is a really good standard black tea also. I agree that it’s best sweetened and I add milk for morning tea. This pairs with the maltiness very well.


Tabby – Hmm… I guess that means that I am not as far behind as I thought! :)

Bonnie – I will have to try it with milk! :)


I have several untasted Teavivre samples as well, so don’t feel bad. So much tea, so little time!

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This tea has been sold out for a while… I took my time to purchase it and actually snagged one of the very last ones. It is really hard for me to keep myself from purchasing the cheesecake blends from 52teas, they are so tasty!! It has taken me quite a while to get around to trying it. I am trying to make myself drink through a few of my teas before I allow myself to try new ones. I am mostly succeeding, except when I don’t and fail miserably and buy more tea and drink new ones before I drink down what I should… Oh well! :)

As soon as you open this tea it smells like freshly cut apricots. Mouth-watering. There are a few large leaves, but mostly they are large fragments of fuzzy white tea. The leaves has small diced pieced of apricot that seem to be dried apricot. Yum!

Once brewed, the light yellow tea smells undeniably like apricot with a hint of tartness to it. I am not really getting any cheesecake scent from it. I am getting, strangely enough, a coconut rum scent. Yep… Coconut rum… It was so odd! I had to sniff it a few times, but surely enough, I kept smelling something that reminded me strongly of rum…

The taste was all apricot. There was a hint of creaminess and tart that was evidently the cheesecake playing in. I had it unsweetened, so I will have to try it sweetened to see how it plays with the flavours. I really enjoyed its natural sweetness and smooth flavouring. The apricot worked really well with the Shou Mei. All in all a delicious experience. Just in case you were wondering, I got no rum flavour at all (in my case, this is a good thing!)

All in all, even factoring the random rum scent I found, this is a really tasty tea. I great way to end a long and particularly stressful day! :)
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I am drinking the last little bit of this. I am really sad that it is gone… It was a really enjoyable fruity blend. Once again, thanks for sharing Angrboda!

This time around I feel like I tasted both the orange and the strawberry! The strawberry during the sip and the orange as the aftertaste. I taste a tiny bit of something buttery, which must be there to represent the scone part of this tea. The scent still reminds me a whole lot of 52teas sherbet, which is a good thing. It is delightfully fruity. There is a tiny little kick from the black tea at the end of each sip that makes this tea delicious. All in all, a great way to start my day!

I read my first note on this tea before I wrote this one and remembered pretty much exactly what was going on in my life at the time. It made me smile! For those who are wondering (from my previous post on this tea where I talk about opening a new store), the store is up and running! While it isn’’t the huge success I wanted it to be, it is still doing really well! : ) Thanks everyone for the encouragement you gave me while I was working on it! It really is great to have a Steepster family to lean on!


That’s great to hear! All the best for your continued success. :D


Congrats!! I know it will continue to thrive under your watch! :)


Thanks! :)


Yay! Congrats! What kind of store is it? If I was in Ecuador, I’d stop by and show my support! :)


Hi CHAroma! It is a retail chain. We sell a bit of everything. Mostly electronics and stuff for your home like coffee makers, toasters, etc. :)


Ooh cool! I’m so happy for you that it’s going well! Keep up the great work!

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drank Rosengarten by JagerTee
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This is one of the teas that I brought back from my latest trip to Europe. I found it in a neat little tea shop in Vienna called JagërTee. First of all, Vienna is an incredible city. It was really hot when I was there and I found this tea shop walking towards a museum from the hotel. I was with my entire family at the moment, so I decided to come back on my own because I knew that I would be taking a while looking through their teas. They had a huge variety as well as a nice little shop with a tea room adjacent to it. I took my time and chose a few teas. This one was love at first sight.

The dry tea is beautiful, no doubt the prettiest and most feminine I have yet to encounter. The elegant black tea leaves are decorated with tiny rose buds, rose petals and slivered almonds. The scent is breathtaking. It smells like fresh made marzipan with rosewater, mouthwatering and delicate at the same time.

While brewing, it truly fills up the room with a freshly baked pastry scent that mingles in the air for quite a while. The brewed tea is amazing. It tasted rich and has a thick sensation to it. Almost as if you were drinking almond milk. I had it slightly sweetened and it was one of the most tantalizing tea experiences I have had so far. The marzipan flavor with the rose water scent make it a delicate tea with a rich involving flavor while the thickness of the almond makes it creamy.

The black tea base was well chosen. It gave it the right amount of bitter to keep it from being an overwhelmingly sweet blend. It has a honey aftertaste that works well with the flavoring of this tea.

I regret not buying more of this tea… I doubt I will ever get a chance to get it ever again… If you ever go to Vienna, I highly recommend going to JagërTee and looking for this blend. If you happen to get enough to share with me, that would be even better!!! :)

On an unrelated note, my boyfriend’s brother who lives in Spain and hasn’t been to Ecuador for the past 5 years showed up for a surprise visit to be here for their other brother’s wedding (next Saturday)! It was a neat surprise and I have been busy going back and forth everywhere with them. Last night we went to a magic show that came from Las Vegas (I think…) called “The Illusionists”. It was incredible!!! I have seen magic shows on TV, but being there and seeing it live was a completely different experience! I really enjoyed it!

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“marzipan with rosewater” – that sounds great!


This sounds lovely. And I loved your tasting note, too. =)


Surely you went at Demel’s in Vienna? Did you go for a cup of tea with a Pastry ?

Terri HarpLady

Beautiful review, Nina, & the tea sounds amazing!


soooooo romantic, I love the way you describe it …. sigh :)


Thanks everyone!
@*Ysaurella*- Yep! It was spectacular! I loved the pastries! Everything in Vienna tasted sooo good!

@*Fleurdelily*- Thanks for the link!! Now, I only need to find someone who speaks German to guide me through it1! :)

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I was really excited about this tea. I was a bit worried about the honeybush, but decided that it was too good to let my worries get the best of me, so I went ahead and ordered it. I do, after all, really love 52teas blueberry flavoring. So, here I am with a peculiar smelling cup of tea.

The dry tea smells like blueberry pastry through and through. Then all of the sudden BOOM honeybush. If you like honeybush, this should be by no means a problem. Sadly, I’m not a huge fan. But I like blueberry enough that I am willing to risk it!

Once brewed, the light liquor smelled deliciously buttery with the sticky blueberry creeping through the creaminess of the scent. The taste was smooth and sweet. The honeybush was a bit strong for my taste, so I decided to sweeten it. It was deliciously blueberry and pastry with the right amount of sweetness. Sadly, the honeybush was still too present for me. If I actually liked honeybush, this tea would be a favorite. I don’t like honeybush… So I am sadly going to have to pass on it.

If anyone is interested in swapping some or all of it (I only have used 2 teaspoons of the brand new pouch) just let me know! It is delicious and completely worth a try! Just beware of the honeybush! :)

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Ugh, if I had the time to set up a proper swap, I’d be all over this :(


LOL, you’ve really got blueberry on the brain lately, haven’t you? :D maybe I should say, blueberry on your tastebuds. I await your verdict for the ultimate blueberry tea :)

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I love tea and have since I was a little girl. Once I could buy my own tea, I began to explore and learn about the extensive and delicious world of tea!

Also, love my French Bulldog (named Sencha…) and my tea oblivious boyfriend. I enjoy ice skating (I am a part time coach), reading, writing, baking, running, and lots of sweets!

My favorite teas tend to be on the sweeter side. Both flavored and plain teas are great to me. Currently going through a flavored tea phase. Enjoying it greatly! : )


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