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drank Rooibos de Provence by DAVIDsTEA
1165 tasting notes

A sample from MissB. Thank you. :)

So first. Ingredients.

Website:
South African rooibos, rosehip shells, black currants, rose leaves, lavender, red currants, blueberries, natural flavouring*.

Package:
South African rooibos, blueberries, rosehips, rose petals, rose leaves, lavender, raisins, black currants, red currants, artificial blueberry flavouring.

DavidsTea! You need to do better. Which one should I believe? Are there blueberries in there? Rose petals? I have no idea! Thankfully I’m not allergic to anything in either of the ingredient lists, but it doesn’t make me feel like I could trust either of them. I could serve it to a friend and find out about surprise!raspberries, or surprise!strawberries… and honestly it wouldn’t be that much of a surprise. Because this keeps on happening.

Anyways. The tea smells amazing. Yes, like Blueberry Jam or Blue Lagoon. I guess the same blueberry flavour is used in all of them. But since this one is a rooibos, it is a bit woody. Maybe it’s a tiny bit floral, on the end of the sip. IDK. It’s hard to tell, what with all the blueberry.

This is another rooibos I like that isn’t a dessert flavour. Nice and fruity. But would I have room in my cupboard for both Northern Berry from Zen Tea, and this one? Probably not. And I’d probably go with Northern Berry because it has cranberries in it. Mmm, cranberries.

(Sample pack in 16 oz. 1/4 tsp honey.)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Sami Kelsh

This sounds delicious, but Davids, surprise ingredients is silly!

OMGsrsly

It’s terrible. There are some teas with allergens that are either there because of cross-contamination, or because they haven’t updated their ingredients lists. :/

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
1165 tasting notes

This is very tasty this “morning”.

I slept through my alarm, and am still exhausted. Pain takes a lot of energy to deal with!

So now I’m off to the clinic to see my x-ray results, then to work for a few hours to hopefully manage the next step in an experiment. Not too sure about that, due to the sore, but I’ll see. If not, I have paperwork to do and I can do the next step tomorrow.

(1 tea bag for 12 oz, 1/8 tsp sugar, almond milk)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
CrowKettle

I hope your x-ray scans went well.

OMGsrsly

Me too! :)

mrmopar

Hope you feel better! I am on the hurt shoulder wagon for a day or two myself.

OMGsrsly

Thanks! You too. I’m hoping for a CT scan in the next week or so. Whee!

TeaBrat

what happened? you can read some of my whiny posts on my humerus fracture. :)

Sami Kelsh

Hope you’re healed soon! In the meantime, tea helps ;)

__Morgana__

Feel better!

OMGsrsly

Haha! Teabrat, my story is not so humerus. ;) (Couldn’t resist!) I slipped at work and exacerbated an existing neck injury. The natural curvature of my neck is straight due to extreme muscle tightness, and as the muscles get tighter during the day I start losing feeling in my right arm and hand. Whee! Not recommended, actually. It’s a pain in the neck. :)

keychange

Uggh pain and hospitals and tests! I hope you feel better soon. And if it makes you feel any better, it’s my “morning” too right now (because I slept all day!)

OMGsrsly

Yeah, it’s frustrating. Hope you’re feeling better today, keychange!

TeaBrat

feel better!

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drank SBT: Butterbeer by 52teas
1165 tasting notes

WAY better as a cold brew, wow.

6 cups water, the leftover leaves from hot brewing, the other 7g of leaves, overnight (about 18 hours).

The base is nice and mild, although the tea is a little drying, and I like the smell/resultant flavour better.

This is the way to do it. Probably still only 1/2 packet at a time though, as 8 cups is a lot of one tea.

Preparation
14 g 51 OZ / 1500 ML
Fjellrev

Cold brew FTW!

OMGsrsly

Exactly! I still think I prefer my fruity teas as cold brews, though. That way I can chug them after work and not worry about the caffeine.

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drank Kalahari / Khalahari by Tea Desire
1165 tasting notes

This is a terrible description, but also really accurate. It’s like Murphy’s Oil. Woody, lemony, orangey. Not really rooibosy, but woody.

I really like it with a little honey. Really really. Definitely something to consider picking up when I finally make it to a Tea Desire.

(It’s taken me 20 minutes to write this and I totally forgot to thank MissB for the sample! Thank you. :) )

(1.5 tsp/14 oz)

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

My brother loved this one back in the day. I’m sure he probably still has some lurking in his place since he seemed to get out of the tea craze haha.

OMGsrsly

It’s kinda nice to have a rooibos that isn’t super dessert flavoured. I need more fruity teas with no caffeine that aren’t just fruit!

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I fed the last of this to my BFF and she’s had an allergic reaction to it. I’m sorry, BFF! I didn’t mean for this to happen!

Too bad, because we both enjoyed the taste.

Thank you, Dinosara!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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Ok, ok, I lied. I’ll have a white or green tea tonight. This one is from VariaTEA. :)

Basically it was an “Anything that smells amazing!” choice. As long as “anything” wasn’t a black or oolong.

So this. Dry, it smells like fruit candy. Mmm.

Steeped (for 5 mintues!!), it smells like fruity candy plus tea.

This is really good! I don’t specifically get rhubarb and pineapple, but I do get tea and fruit and sweet-with-a-little-tart. Really nice balance. I wonder how this is iced, or cold steeped. Hmm…

(2-2.5 tsp per 14 oz)

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 5 min, 15 sec
Dexter3657

I love this one – happy you are enjoying it too. (It’s really good cold steeped…)

OMGsrsly

Good to know. Now to decide whether to put it on tonight, or to wait… I’ll put a cold steep on tonight. :)

VariaTEA

Yay! I am glad you liked it.

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drank Pineapple Bacon Rooibos by 52teas
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I have Dexter3657 to… thank for this. ;)

I decided to brew it up now because 1) I’m feeling awful and will be sticking with non-caffeinated teas tonight and 2) I am starting a soup with bacon (it will have loads of veg and homemade chicken stock). Bacon goes with bacon, right?

Umm, wrong. Oh, the smell of the tea is not making me happy. It’s making me extremely apprehensive. The smell of the bacon on the stove, however, is making me look forward to my soup.

So I tried the tea hot, and I tried the tea cooled somewhat. It smelled bacon-ish, but tasted like woody dirty sour socks.

It might just be me today – I have another cup worth that I’m debating on trying in the future, or maybe giving away to someone.

(1.5 tsp/12 oz)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Dexter3657

LOL I seem to remember you asking if it was good – I don’t think I promised good, I think I promised unusual. I actually think this is better cooler water shorter steeps. 90C 3 min – something like that – a hint of salt will bring out the bacon or a hint of sweet will bring out the pineapple – or pass it on…. :))

OMGsrsly

You only promised unusual. :D I’ll try that steep, on a night I’m not cooking real bacon!

MissB

The bacon flavoring smell is definitely offputting.

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This sample is from MissB. Not the latest batch, but the batch before!

I quite like this one. Caramel and spices. Mmm. I took it to work with a little brown sugar, and I’m doing a second steep now in almond milk on the stove, to which I will also add brown sugar.

So yeah, I’d consider getting this tea again. In the distant future. Once the trouble with tribbles samples has been taken care of a bit. :)

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

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drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
1165 tasting notes

Another sample from Dinosara!

I don’t know that I’d exactly call it chestnut, but it is definitely nutty and delicious!

Really! It’s SO good. Reminiscent of chestnuts roasting outside on a cold day, really.

I’m having it with a little sugar and almond milk because I don’t want to be getting ready for work right now. So tired. So sore. And first up I have a 2 hour meeting of sitting in uncomfortable chairs, which… no. Maybe I’ll sit on the floor.

Anyways. This tea. Delicious. But if you’re completely and totally anti-smoke, don’t try it. It is roasting chestnuts, and all that entails.

It’s going on my wishlist too. :)

(1.5 tsp/12 oz)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
keychange

omg my lupicia shopping list is getting out of control!

OMGsrsly

I KNOW! And I’m on a no (well, really limited) buy right now, until I get my tribble-like sample collection under control.

Sil

keychange – once i open up all my packages from lupicia, i’ll send you more of them..just hadn’t opened them all yet :)

keychange

OmgSrsly, that’s some serious self-control you’ve got there. And sil, yaaaaaaayyyy lupicia!!

OMGsrsly

Tribbles, keychange! It’s like my samples are multiplying.

keychange

You can do this! and then go on a lupicia spree when it’s under control.

OMGsrsly

Tealux as well! I have such a wish list. :)

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drank Eggnog Honeybush by 52teas
1165 tasting notes

When I opened the package, I was almost overwhelmed with the smell of rum. That’s pretty much all I got from the tea. (Edit: Apparently it’s bourbon and brandy flavours. Well. Booze then. It smells like booze.)

So I decided to mix it with a little marshmallow leaf. And it’s really good this way, although I don’t notice any cinnamon or nutmeg flavours at all. Just rum booze, sweet marshmallow leaf, honeybush.

I think this will need to marinate a bit longer to reach full potential. Either that, or I need to shake up my package better.

(1.5 tsp honeybush, 1/2 tsp marshmallow leaf)

I’ve also mixed up some of the honeybush and marshmallow leaf in a small tin, as an experiment. Same ratio. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 14 OZ / 414 ML
Hello.Kiki

I can’t say I’ve ever had a boozey tasting tea.

Sami Kelsh

Yeah, booze tasting tea is new to me too. I mean, I’ve made a blend to evoke the flavours of gin and tonic, but, like, the botanicals, not the alcohol. This intrigues me and I can’t decide if I think it would be good! :p

OMGsrsly

It’s easy to do yourself! Just get some good quality, alcohol based baking flavouring. Dr Oetker does rum and brandy I think. Add a drop to a big mug of tea (or the leaves before steeping) and ta daa! ;)

I may have done this before. It actually works well. I also have some oil based Dr Oetker flavours that work even better with tea.

Sami Kelsh

Or you could just add a slug of brandy to your tea. Though maybe not for breakfast. I’m not an animal.

OMGsrsly

:D Sometimes I do… (and yes, it’s been known to happen at breakfast.)

Hello.Kiki

Booze & Breakfast- That’s what Bailey’s is for, am I right? lol

OMGsrsly

Hot Toddy’s when sick. :) O’Connor’s Cream (I know) tea goes well with whisky!

Sami Kelsh

Wonder what would happen if I added Advocaat to a chai latte?

OMGsrsly

If you like advokaat, I would imagine it would be delicious. :) It’s kinda like liquid, alcoholic custard, right?

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

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