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drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
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Yay! I have this tea again! So awesome. :D I love the flavours so much. (50g! WOO!)

It’s more like roasted chestnuts that you get on the city streets in the winter. There’s a bite to the flavour that tastes like the roasted shell. So awesome. The tea itself is a little thin this morning, but the water was cooling and I was lazy, etc. I’m also drinking alongside some Welsh Cakes I made last night (baked because, again, lazy) which are surprisingly rich for a dry-ish biscuit. What a great (late) breakfast.

Thanks for enabling me, Sil, and sending me this and those delightful samples. :)

(In other news, I’m dressed up for work today because I’m interviewing people. OMG, some of these applicants are SO terrible. Others are SO annoying. I applaud anyone in HR who does this sort of thing for a living.)

Flavors: Chestnut, Roasted, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Amariel

It’s a pretty good tea, right? I like it a lot.

Sami Kelsh

Chestnut tea and Welsh cakes? That’s living the dream, right there. Mmmm, baby.

OMGsrsly

It was so good! And now I’m drinking a resteep of this tea, which although more roasted-shell flavoured than sweet nut flavoured, is delicious.

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drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
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Seriously, Steepster? THREE copies of this tea? Isn’t that a little excessive?

This sample is from Sil, and I kinda hate her for it. This is sooooo good! Rich, a little earthy, chocolatey. YUM. I could probably stand to steep it a bit longer, but since it’s a puerh blend I can try that in a second steep.

How do I get more?

;)

Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Earth

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

Talk to Terri heh

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
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OMG.

I’m not worthy.

This is SO FREAKING GOOD! And I don’t even like melon! But it’s so good! What is up with my taste buds?!

Thank you SO MUCH, Sil, for sending this to me. And thank you to Anna for infecting us with the Lupicia bug. I totally need more of this. I could drink it all the time.

(Delightful floral green oolong with a slight touch of bitter. Amazing melony flavour. YES.)

Flavors: Floral, Melon

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

It really is AMAZING! I don’t even like oolong but I stocked this :P

Sil

Hahahahahaha I was hoping this would be the case since you were all like FEH! Melon! I spit on you! Booooo melon.

OMGsrsly

Ahaha! Was I really that bad? I’m sorry for disparaging everyone’s tastes. :)

OMGsrsly

Second steep is even more floral. So lilac-y. I really like these lilac-floral oolongs. :)

Amariel

It’s good, right? I have (had?) the melon white and the golden honeydew (not tried yet but smells amazing) and think that this can only be as good.

Sil

you weren’t that bad but i did giggle because it’s a magic tea… almost everyone loves it

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drank Bartlet Pear by Steam Tea House
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Why am I trying this tea? Because Sil and Anna are mean, that’s why. They should know that I have to try almost all the teas (almost because there are some things that are just “no’s”).

So it’s pear. Ripe jelly bean pear. And rooibos. Yep.

It’s not terrible, but I really dislike ripe pears. Please give them to me when they are hard and crunchy. Thanks.

:)

Flavors: Pear, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

Pear!!!! Pear pear pearpearpearpearpear

OMGsrsly

Haha. I got there 10 min before closing so I just bought 50g. How should I split it? Will you and Anna duke it out in the comments?

Sil

Uh however/whatever makes sense? I’m happy for a couple cups, half….whatever. I feel like Anna gets more because it’s harder for her to get it…..you and I are “closer” lol

OMGsrsly

Closer as in on opposite sides of a huge country rather than country + ocean? :D I’m having fun packing up MORE for you. Hope you’re ready for that.

mj

I love sil’s comment: “Pear!!!! Pear pear pearpearpearpearpear”. That’s also how I feel about pear

VariaTEA

Poor Sil will never reach her goal at this rate :P.

OMGsrsly

Her packet is only 439g. :D

VariaTEA

Oh dear.

Sil

Goal? What goal…my fake cupboard is going well….

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It’s not terrible, but it’s not for me. Even steeping at a lower temp and starting the 2-min countdown as I started pouring the water, it’s still leaning towards astringent and bitter.

The strawberry flavour is nice, but somewhat weaker than I expected from the scent.

I have one or two more of these, and I’ll drink them, but they definitely aren’t for me. Iced caffeinated tea isn’t something I love to drink all the time, so IDK what I was thinking when I bought the SBTs.

(Steeped in 2 cups of water, added ice and cold water to make 7 cups.)

Flavors: Astringent, Strawberry

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Another lovely sample from Shmiracles. :) I adore the name of this tea. So much fun to say.

But.. poppy, biscuit and marzipan flavours? What? This is a sweet, fruity, floral tea to me. Are my taste buds confused due to the coffee I had earlier? What is going on? I LOVE marzipan, so why can’t I taste it?

But.. poppy, biscuit and marzipan flavours? What? This is a sweet, fruity, floral tea to me. Are my taste buds confused due to the coffee I had earlier? What is going on? I LOVE marzipan, so why can’t I taste it?Sorry, tea. I’m feeling kinda let down.

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

My pronunciation skill is regrettable … Coh-kleh-oh?

OMGsrsly

Something like that. :) I know it’s not the best, but I always turn to Google Translate to refresh my pronunciation of French.

Virginia

It’s more like coh-klee-coh ;)

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Woo! I was right! From my sniff, I decided it was apricots and peach. :)

Taste-wise, it’s not as good as others I’ve had. I tend to prefer apricot or peach mixed with ginger for a tea, so that might be why. I also don’t get any caramel, which is interesting, as I almost always get the caramel in these blends! The base is also quite prominent on this tea, and it has some flavours I don’t enjoy. Almost… cardboard. Under the fruit. Hmm. :/

It’s also not what I’d think Elven Nectar would taste like… it’s been so long since I read the books, I have no idea what the description was. But I’d think a melomel, but potentially not fermented long. Maybe just fermented for some fizz. IDK.

Thanks for the sample, Shmiracles! It’s so fun to try all these fandom blends. :)

Flavors: Apricot, Peach

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

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I sniffed this one and it smelled cinnamony so I decided to give it a go.

Solid food is still iffy, so I’m supplementing my all-fruit “ice cream” with tea. (I still need to make congee…)

Floating apple pieces, you make me lol. Sadly the flavour just isn’t enough when I’m sipping it. It pales in comparison to my favourite chai, and it’s not different enough for me to want to keep it around. Maybe I should have steeped it longer.

Thank you for the sample, Shmiracles! Definitely one I wanted to try, so I’m sad it didn’t live up to my hopes and expectations. :)

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

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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Oh Pairs, you’ve done me well.

I’ve really enjoyed this tea, and would like to keep an Earl Grey + something tea in my cupboard. Maybe you, maybe something else, it all depends upon availability.

Yum.

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

It’s funny – earl grey on its own does pretty much nothing for me, but combine it with other things and it becomes sublime. I remember having this in the Harney shop in Manhattan and loving it.

OMGsrsly

That’s pretty much it! I’ll still have eg when I’m out and about, but I also tend to add milk and honey when I’m out. These extra flavoured ones tend to be delicious on their own.

gmathis

Me, too. I feel disloyal to the tea community by not being an EG fan…but I’ve learned to enjoy it when carefully blended with something else.

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drank Honey Lavender Rooibos by Tea Time
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Steeped 3 min today and it’s less overpowering. Such a good tea before bed, though.

Night. :)

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

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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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