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drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
1174 tasting notes

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
1174 tasting notes

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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Thank you for the (seriously gigantic, omg) sample, MissB!

I might try all the non-caffeinated ones tonight. That could be fun. I’ve started trying to tin some of the larger amounts up. The O’Connor’s Cream does not fit into the DavidsTea tin quite yet. I’ll have to make a couple cups before it’ll all squish in. :)

Anyways. This tea. It tastes like these: http://ii.worldmarket.com/fcgi-bin/iipsrv.fcgi?FIF=/images/worldmarket/source/18863_XXX_v1.tif&wid=2000&cvt=jpeg

Like, it REALLY tastes like them. A LOT. But somehow, in tea form, the flavour isn’t nearly so terrifying for my taste buds. It’s probably a texture thing.

Still. I think I’ll be passing the rest of the sample along to my brother (who LOVES those cookies) or my BFF (who loves chocolate and chai). I am so glad I didn’t get sucked into buying 100g of this. I was soooo tempted. But I resisted. And that was a good choice.

:)

(1.5 tsp in 12 oz)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
VariaTEA

Haha now you have an excuse to drink cup after cup of O’Connor’s Cream

OMGsrsly

snort Yep I do! I might need to get more whiskey tho.

Fjellrev

Those German things look tasty. :D

OMGsrsly

BLECH. :) Freshly homemade, maybe. But I really dislike the packaged ones.

Fjellrev

Oh yeah, well bought cookies always suck haha. I was picturing a homebaked variety in my mind too.

OMGsrsly

I’ve only ever had the packaged kind. :) We used to get them sent over from Germany at Christmas…

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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)

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