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drank Sansangria by Tea Desire
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That’s weird. I could have sworn I’d done a tasting note for this tea. I had it at a friends house shortly after purchasing it, and drank it ALL. I refused to share!

This is another very orangey tea. I love citrus teas, especially in the summer. I wouldn’t say this is like a sangria, really, but rather it’s reminiscent of Tang (Thanks, CameronB!). It’s mostly orange, with some pineapple, lemongrass, and hibiscus.

Today I iced it, and added a little honey. I don’t think it needed the honey – the pineapple is candied, so there’s already sugar in it, AND there’s not a lot of hibiscus. I think most of the colour comes from the beetroot. I like it hot and plain, as well. But it was a lovely day today and I went hiking, so iced teas are feeling just a bit more refreshing right now.

(Hot steeped, poured over ice to make 16oz.)

Flavors: Lemongrass, Orange, Pineapple

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

oooh neat

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drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
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Sample from Dinosara!

Today I iced it. Normally I like an iced Earl Grey, but normally I also use a much less strong one, like Silk Road’s Canton Orange, or even Royal Abkhazi. So while this is tasty, it’s also incredibly furniture polishy. Would be better if I had some OJ to add to it, both for added sweetness and to make the bergamot taste more toned down.

That being said, this is staying on my list. If I do order from Lupicia, this is a tea I’ll be getting for my BFF, as she loves a strong EG.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Pumpkin Milkshake by Butiki Teas
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Whoops. I underleafed this cup today, but it’s still delightful. Vanilla, delicate spice, a hint of pumpkin.

Thanks for sharing, CrowKettle!

Flavors: Pumpkin, Vanilla

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Mango Fruit Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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Cold brewed overnight.

It’s kinda like orange-pineapple tang, but with a bit more of a chemical aftertaste.

Definitely prefer this brewed hot and over ice. Somehow that takes care of a lot of the chemical aspect of the flavouring for me.

Flavors: Orange, Pineapple, Strawberry

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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91

Om nom nom.

With a tsp of sweetened condensed milk today, to make it more like maple ice cream. Only hot, and in tea form. So not really like ice cream at all.

:)

Flavors: Maple

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
VariaTEA

Oh OMGsrsly, you always, always have the tastiest editions. This sounds amazing!

Cameron B.

Like those little leaf-shaped soft maple candies! Mmmm…

OMGsrsly

Soft maple candies? I’ve only seen hard lead-shaped maple candies. What have I been missing out on?! :)

OMGsrsly

Lead-shaped. Umm. Leaf-shaped, I mean.

Cameron B.

http://www.vermontpuremaple.com/buy_maple_candy.htm

It’s basically maple and sugar, lol. It’s kind of a fudge consistency. Yum yum yum!

OMGsrsly

OMG. I have some of the hard candies near the bottom of that page. But it looks like they either don’t ship to Canada, or I have to email them to find out about the cost. I really dislike having to email orders in, because even if shipping is $$$ I feel guilty about not ordering after I’ve bothered them.

OMGsrsly

I couldn’t resist, so I emailed them. If shipping is $$$, I will have to find a Canadian source. :)

Cameron B.

I just googled to find a source, I haven’t tried them from that company specifically. I would say if the shipping is high, try finding another site that sells them. :)

OMGsrsly

I figured, but they look legit and I don’t think the prices are too high as-is. :)

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So this is weird. Cornelia Bean is where we got this tea, but underneath the name on their website it says “Algonquin Tea Co” so that’s where I’ve put it. Sorry if that confuses anyone (Like VariaTEA, who has the other half of the pouch. I think.).

I decided to try this one tonight because raspberry leaves are useful. It smells really neat. Almost licoricey, which has got to be the anise hyssop. Very herbaceous.

Ooh, that’s nice. It’s a medicinal tea, so it’s very herbaceous. The hyssop and clover make it somewhat sweet. The eensiest hint of licorice. I sweetened with a little honey, as that’s generally how I like my medicinal drinks (Well, and sometimes with some whiskey or rum as well. Ha!). This could be really good iced.

Definitely drinkable. I’m not sure what all the medicinal effects are, but it’s tasty and so I’ll probably go through this fairly quickly.

(Shipping to Canada from Algonquin Tea is only $3, so I’ll probably get more directly from them. They have a sweet grass and sage tea! I love sage teas.)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
OMGsrsly

Uhh. I really REALLY hope that someone else has some of this because I only have 15g left, and this is the first time I’ve had it.

yyz

I like sage teas too. I’d be interested in that one because I’d be interested in how the sweet grass translatesinto tea. We had sweet grass in the garden when I was a teenager, non of the nurseries near here have it though.

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drank Mango Fruit Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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I picked this up the other day when I bought the precious root beer float.

It’s not bad. Mostly pineapple-tangerine, I’m really not getting any mango. It tastes very similar to Teavana’s Wild Orange Blossom or Citrus Lavender Sage, with respect to the orange/tangerine flavouring.

I made it as a “tea pop”. Filled a big canning jar with ice and filled about half way with club soda. Then I brewed about 14 oz tea with 1 tbsp leaf, and poured it right on over. Because everything in the jar was already cold, and there was already liquid, I didn’t have to worry about the glass breaking and it chilled super quickly. Tea pops aren’t necessarily my favourite, but I needed to use up the last of the club soda, and it worked.

I won’t be getting this tea again, mostly because I prefer the ridiculous orangeness of Wild Orange Blossom. It’s also a little cheaper AND only has natural flavourings.

Flavors: Orange, Pineapple

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
MissB

Wow, two of you with the same tea in a row!

mj

Haha I noticed that too. Tea twins!

Cameron B.

Hello, tea twin! :P

OMGsrsly

That’s hilarious! And yes, it’s like Tang. :) Wild Orange Blossom is even more Tang-like. Must be why I like it!

Cavocorax

Ooh! That actually sells it on me because I’m done with teavana but I do like orange/tangerine!

OMGsrsly

I steeped it again and had it hot, Cavo. It was nice that way as well. I still got more pineapple and orange than mango, but I might just be weird. :)

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Steeped up my last bit of this, and was having problems identifying the lingering toasted/charred flavour. Almost like roasted chestnuts, but without the sweet creamy nuttiness that makes the flavour delicious.

Oh. Oolong. But definitely not a green oolong at all.

If it weren’t for this aftertaste, I’d really like the tea. It tastes cake- or pastry- like, and was really good with a little milk.

Thank you for sharing, Shmiracles! :)

(1.5 tsp in 12 oz)

Flavors: Cake, Roasted, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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So strong. So good. If you like kick-in-the-pants teas, or have a fondness for CTCs, then find this and try it. This version is barely bitter, with a touch of that cardboardy assam-isness. Takes milk SO well. I would call this a comforting, easy tea… although you do have to be aware of the short steep time. Steeping in paper would add a papery taste reminiscent of bagged tea, although the tea flavour is so much nicer.

http://instagram.com/p/py-dsER5OR/

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is what I drank all day. A travel cup in the morning, a thermos at work, more at home. I kept the “leaves” (aka cinnamon chunks) and am resteeping to top up my pitcher.

#captivated

And here I was thinking I wasn’t as into DavidsTea anymore.

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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.

No: Spearmint or peppermint, licorice root, gluten (cookie bits, wheat, rye, barley, I’m OK with oats)

After sending my first box to the USA, bubble-envelope swaps are where it’s at.

When I rate, my ratings are based on the little faces, and depend on what face I make when I sip the tea! :)

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