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I made a mug of this about 5 hours ago, and it’s still somewhat warm! I put loads of honey in this tea this morning, and the honey flavour just isn’t doing it for me right now. That might be because i broke down and had a latte this morning (Such a mistake! My poor tummy.), or maybe because I’m not feeling so great (See: latte.).

I think I’ll dump this and remake it with some brown sugar, or cane sugar if i have it, instead.

(I did another 3 minute steep with 1.5tsp tea for about 15 oz. A splash of soy creamer, and way too much honey.)

Kittenna

Ooh. A latte. My tastebuds are jealous, but my stomach spasms in sympathetic pain. I still love them, but I definitely do not love what they do to me…

OMGsrsly

Coffee is my first true love, but I really can’t drink it anymore. Stupid stomach. Oh well… tea is an acceptable substitute!

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Made a cup this afternoon, after trying to get myself hydrated this morning. It was really good. Strong, super in-your-face breakfast tea that takes a LOT of cream and sugar. Totally having this in the morning, too.

I actually bought this to blend with my Della Terra flavoured blacks, because their black base is so delicate. I need more TEA in the morning, under all the flavour.

It’s probably time for me to start exploring unflavoured black teas. Once I get my Verdant order, I’ll think about it. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Orange Brulee by Della Terra Teas
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Hot damn.

This tea smells amazing. It’s like candied orange peels with a deep dark sugary background. Steeped, it smells even more amazing. I didn’t take the temp of my water, so I have a feeling it was a little too hot, but the oolong base is still amazing. The tea is creamy, but not like a milk oolong. The candied orange taste comes out, as well as the deep rich sugar. I wish I had got more of this one. The first cup is going down so well, and I’m excited to do a second and third steep.

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2 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Sounds wonderful! (Mentally inventorying cupboard in hopes that I still have some candied fruit stuck in the back somewhere to gnaw on…)

OMGsrsly

I’m surprised I like it so much. Candied orange peel and ginger in tea sounds like a tasty combination now that I’ve tried this one.

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drank Pink Grapefruit by Steam Tea House
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Yum! This was a good option tonight. I made it a couple hours ago and sipped on it while it was hot, then napped and now I’m sipping on it cold. I really like this fruit tea. Nice and grapefruity and tart. It’s not one I’ll drink all the time since the flavour is quite strong. It “stains” the lids of my Contigo mugs, and it took a week of plain teas, lots of washing, and a couple soaks with denture tablets to only get most of the smell out! So, uhh, be warned.

I chucked some into cold water in the fridge to try a cold brew. I’ll be having that in a ceramic travel mug tomorrow, because I don’t need my nalgenes to smell like grapefruit tea!

Edit: Oh wait. Tomorrow is a PJ day. No work or school yay!!!!

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I need to try this with cooler water. I was patient enough to wait till 170F, but I don’t think that was cool enough.

First impressions: Tasty, but where’s the strawberry?

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170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Had this in a travel mug today, and I’m quite impressed with how well it holds up to my modifications AND a morning in a mug.

I added 1 tsp of english breakfast to 1.5 tsp of this in a 16 oz mug. The english breakfast helps the tea flavour come out more, and the spice in the pumpkin pie tea is more than enough to deal with the added tea leaves. Just a little soy creamer to make it taste richer and more dessert-y, and ta da! Delicious tea in a travel mug.

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drank Lemon Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
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Yum. Creamy delicate lemony tea. I’ve never had honeybush plain, but I’m guessing that’s the interesting flavour behind the lemon. I do like this one!

I didn’t add anything, and it doesn’t need it. It might be really nice as a latte, though. The lemon is creamy rather than tart, and I would have it with almond milk. 1 oz is actually a lot of tea, so I have plenty to play around with. Mostly it’s nice to have an evening tea that isn’t based on vanilla flavours!

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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After smelling this, I didn’t actually want to try it. But since I had opened the package, I thought I should give it a go. I’m pleasantly surprised! Smelling it is just a whomp of chocolate flavouring, which really isn’t my favourite thing. The tea leaves in my bag are all stuck to the strawberry pieces, so I’m guessing the strawberries weren’t as dry as they might have been before they were incorporated into the tea.

Again, it’s a light black tea background with a lot of other flavour. The chocolate tastes like chocolate coating, and the berry flavour comes out when steeped. I think I’d like this better if there was more strawberry and less chocolate. I’m kinda sad that I ended up with a 2oz bag of this one, but I’ll give some to a friend and pack up some samples to bring to the swap that’s happening next weekend.

tl;dr: It’s a good tea, but the chocolate flavour isn’t my favourite. More strawberry! Less chocolate!

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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YES. New teas! WOO!

This was the third tea I sniffed, and the first I decided to try. (I also sniffed chocolate covered strawberry and oatmeal raisin cookie.) Dry, it smells sugary and spicy. Not particularly like pumpkin pie, but definitely of spiced fall baking. Steeped it also smells of delicious spiced baking. The leaves are in pieces, but the pieces are big. I still kept the steep length on the shorter side, and the water temperature a bit cooler. It was off the boil for a couple minutes, so temp is an estimation (as always).

Because there’s candy in this, I just added a bit of creamer. Oh my, this is delicious. The tea flavour isn’t as strong as I’d like it to be, probably due to my shorter steep and cooler water, but the spices are just perfect. It reminds me of a masala chai, but the scent and taste is much more “baked good” than just spices.

Yum! I’ll have to try this with a longer steep. I think I’ll also do a second steep to see what I think. So far, so good.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Cranberry Apple by Bigelow
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With honey, as this tea is rather tart.

It certainly smells good, and brews up such a pretty deep ruby colour. I’ve decided to start steeping my bagged herbal teas for the recommended amount of time, to see if that helps reduce the hibiscus-tartness. The apple flavour definitely comes through a bit more hot. I hope it stays tasty as it cools!

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Chizakura

Yeah I’m always disappointed by bagged herbal teas because of the tartness factor too. It seems no matter what brand, they all INSIST on loading up on the hibiscus, so at the beginning of a sip you get tasty fruit and then a punch in the face from the hibiscus. DX

OMGsrsly

Yep, it’s pretty disappointing. It certainly smells apple-y, but it tastes super sour, even cold and with honey. I definitely prefer the hibiscus in the grapefruit tea I have, but the flavour was too powerful for me last night!

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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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