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drank SBT: Butterbeer by 52teas
1165 tasting notes

Steeped up half the package again. This time in 1.5 cups hot water for 4 minutes, then diluted with ice and room temp water to 3.5 cups.

This is way better than the almond milk, although it’s a bit on the bitter side of things.

I think I’m just going to cold steep these going forward. It’s easier, although not as fast, and produces a more mellow base.

(Edit: I can always hot steep after to suck any remaining goodness out of the tea. :) )

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 7 g
Suziqzer

Looking forward to doing this one and others like it iced this summer :)

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drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
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Thanks, Dinosara!

This is a SOLID earl grey. I wasn’t too sure of it as I was steeping it this morning, because the bergamot does initially smell quite strong.

But then it sat in my thermos for a couple hours, and… MAGIC. It is really good! This is definitely an EG worth picking up in the future (ie: once I have fewer teas) for those days when only an EG will do.

Thank so much for sharing this with me!

(1.5 tsp per 14 oz)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Sadly this is kinda meh. It’s a sweet, very slightly nutty, somewhat weak, iced tea.

I did a hot steep with half the packet (diluted to 4 cups), then I tossed the leaves into a cold steep that I will let sit until I get home later.

So far, not impressed. I think that for the other half of the packet I will make it as 2 cups of tea.

(Also, it was 14g including the giant tea bag. What?)

Added: 1/2 tsp rock sugar to the 4 cups. Also tried: with almond milk, but it’s WAY too dilute to make a milky tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 7 g 32 OZ / 946 ML

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Hmm. Having the last bit of this in a cup of unsweetened almond milk. It’s better with a little sugar – regular milk is actually quite sweet.

It’s nice, though. Smells of oreos, and almost tastes of them. I’m not getting any chemical taste today, just almond milk and cookie.

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drank Citrus Lavender Sage by Teavana
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I got 28g of this free with a Sbux reward star. YAY!

The other orangey tea I like from them is only $6/50g, and this one is over $9, so obvs I got this one as a freebie.

I love this tea. It’s orange vitamin C Vicks flavour, herbs, other stuff, IDK why I like it so much but I do.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
VariaTEA

Yay for free tea!! Not that you need more :P

OMGsrsly

:) I really like this one, so opportunities to get it free are hard to pass up!

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Holy moly this is fantabulous today! Mixed it up in some unsweetened almond milk (1/2 tsp matcha, almost 2 cups milk, 1/2 tsp sugar) and YUM. Not really getting “cookies and cream”, but it is definitely sweet creamy goodness.

Thank you, Cavocorax! I have one serving of this left. :)

Courtney

What flavouring level is this?

OMGsrsly

No idea. It was part of Cavo’s winnings, which were really random. :)

OMGsrsly

And it definitely smells like oreos. I am so full I don’t need to sit here sniffing oreo-like substances.

Courtney

Haha oreo-like substances. :P

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drank Sublime by Silk Road
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This is exactly what I wanted right now.

I’ve been drinking a lot of lemongrassy teas lately, I think I have a craving. I even made bo kho, with super strong lemongrass tea (didn’t want to go to the store to get a couple stalks) and it was so amazing and lemongrassy. Yum.

I added a couple small pieces of rock sugar while it was steeping.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
TeaBrat

yum, i like lemongrass too :)

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drank Blue Lagoon by DAVIDsTEA
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Sooo… this doesn’t work as a cold brew. Neither me nor my bff like it at all. Blech.

It’s thin and tastes a bit like cold syrup.

2 tbsp (14g) in 6 cups water overnight.

Fjellrev

Right? It’s so thin and watery, I don’t get it. I mean, does a person have to use like 20g/6 cups of water? I want to get more and give it one more shot, at least.

OMGsrsly

It doesn’t have hibiscus or really anything else to make it seem thicker. I think an iced hot brew would be fine, but it’s a bit of a PITA.

Fjellrev

Yeah, yet I can’t help but think of Zen’s strawberry chokeberry one. That one is thinner due to a lack of hibiscus but is so flavourful.

OMGsrsly

It’s better now that it’s been sitting out on the counter for a few hours. Both warming up and steeping more. I stirred it up and it’s actually a decent blueberry colour now. Still not my favourite, which sucks, because it was so promising hot.

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Lemon. Meringue.

Would be fantabulous with honey if I felt like trying to get the bucket open.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
JustJames

lol…. me too…. too tired.

OMGsrsly

You would also be fantabulous with honey? ;) Please try to sleep, James! It’s so important for remembering what you learn. :)

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:(

This smells so much more than it tastes.

Smells of juicy strawberries. Just. Amazing.

Tastes of sweet-tart sorta-berry honeybush.

I added 1/4 tsp sugar to my 14 oz mug, and it’s helped. But it’s not enough.

I will drink this up (with a friends help), but it isn’t really what I hoped for. Maybe it’ll be better iced or cold steeped.

Oh well.

Edit: Much much better as it cools. Much.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Fjellrev

Aww that sucks when the flavour doesn’t match up to the scent. :/

OMGsrsly

I think it’ll shine either iced or cold brewed.

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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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