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drank Romeo & Juliet by Cornelia Bean
1162 tasting notes

My browser crashed and I lost my note. Sad panda. :(

This tea is really interesting. The ingredients really made me do a double take… I mean, caramel, rose, and rosemary? What?

But the tea is pretty good! A little floral for me because I ended up with a whole rose bud in my steeping basket, but a really interesting combination of flavours.

Thank you for suggesting this one, VariaTEA! Or did I suggest it? I don’t remember anymore. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

SAD PANDA!

Sil

omg, don’t be trying to take my panda from me

__Morgana__

I love that phrase, but my favorite part was “I don’t remember anymore” because I feel like that all the damn time. LOL.

VariaTEA

Haha I think this was a collective decision since I mentioned it because of the name and you jumped on it because of the rosemary.

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1163 tasting notes

Ahhh…. Sil-vert prize caramel matcha. Thank you, Sil!

Something is wrong with my taste or something, because this isn’t as caramelly as I remember, either.

Oh well. It’s still good! Definitely get a sweet taste from it. And this one IS caramel, unlike the butter flavour of the Special Offer caramel matcha. :)

Sil

hahaha

OMGsrsly

I need to work on my name-puns, I know. :)

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Oh no! This is the first Adagio tea that’s gone bitter on me. What did I do wrong?

It’s supposed to be blackberry and vanilla, and it smells really nice dry. It smelled really nice steeping as well, but I added a touch of sugar (felt like it needed it) and some almond milk, and BAM! First sip is not quite right for me.

But! As I sip through the cup, the blackberry and vanilla come forth. Not that I can identify blackberry, but there’s a nice berry flavour and there’s definitely vanilla, and some creaminess there.

So yes, I’m up and waiting for an online meeting to start. I’m ready for work, except I’m wearing cat cuddling clothes because I don’t want to end up going to work just coated. Eating lasagna, drinking tea, the sun is shining and I have my 3" of morning sun coming through the window. This has the potential to be a good day!

Oh shoot, and because I didn’t do it first thing, I forgot to thank Shmiracles for the lovely teas! :) Thank you!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
oddree

Cat cuddling uniform \o/

OMGsrsly

Yes! All grey for the grey kitty.

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Hmm. AKA Rooibos Cream.

Yeah, IDK, VariaTEA. It’s not quite rooibos, but the rooibos is very very present. Of course, it’s screaming hot at the moment, so it might change as it cools down. Too bad I need to go sleep now. I might update in the morning (if I remember), how the tea changes when cold.

:)

Better tasting note later, for sure though.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Amande Amaretti by Dammann Freres
1163 tasting notes

Sadly this tea doesn’t do it for me. Still, I’m glad Shmiracles gave me the opportunity to try it, as I’m pretty sure I would have purchased it.

The tea is thin. The amaretto flavour is present, and accurate, but it is thin. This might be because amaretto = coffee for me. We always used to spike our coffee with it when we went camping (Yes, even as kids. I know, I know. Mom and dad would put ~1 tsp in a coffee or hot chocolate for us so we were drinking a “grown up” drink.). So those flavours are irrevocably linked.

So while this might be a good tea for some people, as the flavour itself is really nice, it’s not a tea for me. The almond tea I have and prefer is La Naissance by Fauchon. Almondy birthday cake.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Sweet Temptation by Cornelia Bean
1162 tasting notes

Yep, this is Divine Temptation by Bayswater in rooibos form.

Yum yum yum.

Mostly nougat, really nice with a little almond milk, would buy again (but probably local as this is available in a couple places here).

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
VariaTEA

I think I prefer Divine Temptation as it was as sweet but they are definitely very similar.

OMGsrsly

I haven’t tried the Divine Temptation rooibos yet. I think I’ll have to, though. Yum yum tea.

VariaTEA

Is there a Divine Temptation rooibos??

OMGsrsly

Well, she said they had it the last time I was in. Green, as well. But their website is seriously out of date and it’s not listed.

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drank Mocha Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Sil, this is WEIRD! It’s coffee, but it’s green, and it’s matcha. My brain doesn’t know what to do!

I’ve made it as a warm latte. It’s pretty good, but the flavour isn’t quite right, nor is the colour. :) I think if I want a coffee, I’ll just have a coffee.

Thank you for sharing, but this isn’t a flavour I’ll be keeping on my list! :)

Courtney

I have trouble with coffee flavoured teas too haha.

Sil

hahahahaha

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Tea, you taste sort of like roasting marshmallows on a campfire. When the smoke gets in your eyes, and the marshmallow is aflame, making the air smell so sweet and burnt.

Interesting, but not something I think I’d go for myself.

Thanks for letting me try this, Shmiracles! :D :D

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drank Mandarin Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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D for Distinctive, I believe.

This sample is from Sil! Thank you! :D It’s been sent all over, and now I have ALL THE MATCHA in my apartment. My apartment smells like raspberry candy, wow that raspberry flavour is strong.

I’ve made it as a soda, per Roswell Strange. 1/2 tsp matcha and a bit of sugar dissolved in warm water, then mixed with club soda. And some ice.

Surprisingly tasty! Wow. I’m not really getting mandarin from this (all I can smell is raspberry – my WHOLE APARTMENT smells like raspberry!), but it’s tasty all the same. Maybe when it’s had a chance to air out more than just a few hours. :)

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TULSI MULTI, WE MEET AGAIN!

And I will gulp you down, om nom nom.

Thank you, Ceylon Star!!! So much awesome, so many rainbows. :D

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Ceylon Star

Never underestimate a Bear with a roll of rainbow duct tape :P

(also, damn you, I had to pick myself up some when I grabbed yours because it smelled sooo good and I somehow had never tried it. ohmygawd YUM!)

OMGsrsly

Sooo good! I don’t even know what the flavours are, just good. :)

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