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(From zentealife.com) I don’t really know what verbena and blackberry leaves taste like, but wow I like this. I can see this being amazing if steeped “forever” and then served on ice or reheated.

Yes, it’s a bit medicinal, but that’s pretty normal when you get things like nettle and lemongrass! Definitely use a fine strainer, as the nettle crushes quite easily and I have a lot of floaties.

As it cools I’m getting a tart cranberry flavour! Yes! Just make sure you get a piece of dried cranberry in your spoon.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 45 sec

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(From zentealife.com) I got this one because apparently tumeric is really good for inflammation. I’m not sure I’d ever drink enough tea to make a difference, but it’s nice to have something “healthy” to sip on after my caffeine cut off.

After the 7 minute (!) steep, nothing really overpowers the ginger. There’s licorice in the aftertaste (quite strong, actually), but ginger is still front and centre.

I added a little honey, and it’s… pretty good. I think it’d be better cold, but maybe with a 5 minute steep, or cold-steeped. That licorice has such a weird sweet aftertaste that I apparently really don’t care for. With less licorice, this tea would have a super high rating. Sadly, with the licorice, I’m feeling rather meh about it. It’s not undrinkable, but it can’t even approach a licorice-free rating.

If you like licorice and ginger, this tea is for you.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Hmm, I’m not so eager to try this, although I’d planned to tonight. I do like licorice, but not ginger at full strength. This sounds like an odd combo.

OMGsrsly

Have you tried David’s Super Ginger? This one is not as gingery as Super Ginger, likely due to the licorice. But the ginger is definitely there. I vote to try it. And if you don’t like it, feel free to dump it! I ended up doing that. I just couldn’t get over the licorice. Need to try it cold brewed, just in case.

Cavocorax

Good point! Cold brewing is great for mellowing out some questionable teas.

OMGsrsly

I picked out all the identifiable licorice bits from another tea, but they’re too small in this one! Make it work, or give it away… right?

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drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
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Edit: Apparently this is the same as the one by Zen Tea, as Zen Tea seems to be zentealife.com. Just FYI.

O tea, are you the strawberry tea of my dreams?

So far, sniffing it in the bag and sniffing it as it brews, I’m hopeful but not 100% pleased. Of course, my ideal might never be achieved by a tea, so I will be happy with “really really close.”

This company has free shipping in BC (right now at least) so I ordered ~$20 of samples to see what they were like, and to increase the stock of random herbals in my cupboard. Their samples are 20-50g depending on the tea, and they also included 2 smaller samples in my order. Yay!

I used 1 tsp per 8 oz cup, and almost boiling water. I accidentally steeped closer to 3 minutes than 2.5, so my initial (sans additives) taste was a little astringent. I added a little soy creamer and a tiny pinch of sugar.

And… I over steeped it. Still drinkable, but 2-2.5 minutes would be infinitely preferable.

The base isn’t super strong, and the flavouring is a lot more understated than Della Terra. I do like the flavour, so I hope I can come up with the perfect steeping parameters!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Cavocorax

I can’t believe I ordered 12 samples but it was just SUCH A GREAT DEAL.

OMGsrsly

I KNOW. I didn’t think I had ordered THAT much (10 + 2 samples!), but I opened my wee box and it was packed full! Just FYI, this seems to be the same as Zen Tea on Steepster. I am not moving this review, but I’ll be posting other reviews as “Zen Tea” teas!

Chizakura

Glad you’re getting closer to your ideal strawberry tea! :D

And free shipping in BC!? … Trying … to resist … I’ve been ordering so much lately, I need to reign it in, but … D:

OMGsrsly

Free! Shipping! So awesome.

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drank Golden Phoenix by Silk Road
1574 tasting notes

This is better. Moved onto this from Teavana’s Spiced Mandarin Oolong.

This one is not sour, yet still has citrus and spice. Not quite what I’m aiming for in a mandarin spice tea, but amazing and well-loved nonetheless.

Also, since I’m a classy lady, I didn’t bother with a basket so the orange peels are floating in my cup. I keep accidentally drinking one, and then spitting it back. Oh yeah. You know you live alone when… :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

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This would be so much better without the hibiscus! While I long for a strawberry tea of deliciousness, I also long for a mandarin spice oolong and/or black tea.

One day I will find you, tea. One day.

Edit: Oh gods. Had to dump the cup. Moving on. Too much hibiscus AND the cloves are making my tongue numb. Next time, maybe not 3 minutes when I end up with a clove in my basket.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Oh yeah, I could only imagine what a weird sensation that would be. Numbing cloves + drying hibiscus. Ahhh!

OMGsrsly

It was pretty terrible! I think I rinsed it last time, and did a shorter steep. I should look up my notes, or note better instructions on my tins! :)

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Another one I got, searching for a strawberry tea. I like the flavour of this one quite a bit, even though it’s pretty sweet as-is. I’m not sure I’ll get lots more of this unless I find it on sale, as it’s so expensive for dried fruit + flavouring.

Sigh. This would be amazing as an iced tea in the summer.

(IDK where they get the 2 oz makes 25-30 cups. I got 12 cups or so out of 50g, as it’s 1.5 tsp per cup of water. Meh.)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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When they say buttered rum, I tend to think dark rum with brown sugar and spices. This is not that kind of buttered rum. It’s more a hot coconut rum with sugar and vanilla kind of drink.

Not a favourite, but I’ll probably finish the package I bought.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Chizakura

Yes, this is EXTREMELY sweet. Like, extremely. At my first initial sips I found it too rummy, but by the time I finished the cup, I felt kind of sick. Had the same experience on the second cup. To be honest, since I only bought a small amount (20g) I just tossed the rest. I don’t drink tea to feel sick. D:

OMGsrsly

It’s weird because I loooove buttered rum (I make my own mix!), but this just doesn’t even come close to the flavour I expect. I might end up tossing what I have left. There’s something about it that I just don’t care for.

Chizakura

Yeah, I’m surprised at how well received this tea is. For a bit there I was enjoying it (I likened it with those snowball chocolates) but in the end it was just sickeningly sweet.

To be honest, I actually hate rum! Ha! I bought it because I was intrigued by the coconut and vanilla.

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drank La La Lemon (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Ok, so my tea tastes are changing a lot. Wow.

I used to think this tea got super bitter when steeped as directed (1+ tsp in 8 oz, 4-6 minutes), and now I don’t.

I’m comparing this tea prepped two ways. First, 1 tsp in 200ml water, 5 minutes. Second, 2 tsp in 250ml water, 1 minute then iced. The water cooled for the amount of time it took me to crack the ice cube tray and fill a glass with ice, then get distracted by cutting the top off a freezie.

Now while I really do enjoy this iced this way, I generally like my iced teas a little sweeter. Normally I’d put some lemon honey in it while steeping. This adds to the lemony flavour and 1/2 to 1 tsp is enough honey for me when making a giant glass. This is my “drink immediately” iced tea making method. I don’t think I’ve tried this cold steeped, but that might need to wait until the weather is warmer, as I’m not sure I really want iced tea tomorrow.

Hot, this tea is also good. Again, I’d prefer it sweetened a little, either with sugar or lemon honey. It’s not that it’s bitter, it just has that deep, almost astringent (but not really, that’s mostly the lemon) background that I’m learning to associate with Yunnan black teas. Not my favourite, but definitely drinkable.

So cool to see how my relationship with tea is changing. :) I still prefer this iced, but hot isn’t nearly as objectionable as it used to be!

Now I have a LOT of lemony tea to drink up. Heh.

(This tea hot does tend to make my teeth feel almost sticky. Anyone know why that might happen?)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
petitecanuck

I’m having an Earl Grey now, and then I’ll have it, I think I know what you mean about the sticky teeth thing

OMGsrsly

It’s rather odd, but tones down if I add honey or soy milk to it.

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drank Orange Brulee by Della Terra Teas
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This is accompanying my rice pudding breakfast – the first time I’ve made rice pudding from uncooked rice. It worked! But wow, it took a lot of liquid! (Raisin, vanilla and a little lemon zest. Yum!)

It’s good, as the second steep. I do enjoy this tea even though it’s not an every day tea for me.

Oh, and look. I have to leave in 7 minutes. Time for the quickest shower ever. (So I got distracted with tea. It happens!)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Sounds like the rice pudding turned out really well! I tried making some once and it was too soupy, wouldn’t absorb ENOUGH. Maybe it depends on the rice.

OMGsrsly

It was very good! I used arborio rice I picked up for risotto. But then i forgot about it and used partially de-husked (? It’s not quite brown but not quite white) sushi rice for risotto, so maybe I just have luck with rice?

Fjellrev

Who knows! It may depend on the recipe too. Maybe the one I made was meant to be soupier. The addition of lemon zest sounds nice.

OMGsrsly

It’s incredible how much liquid the rice will soak up if you let it sit overnight, or just keep cooking it. Congee is something like 6-8 cups water and 1/2 cup rice. I usually end up adding more water because I cook it with the lid off!

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drank Orange Brulee by Della Terra Teas
1574 tasting notes

I searched through my sample and realized I only have 1 caramel piece! Haha. Oops? I have lots of orange peel, though.

1 tsp in 8 oz water. I really like this tea. Sweet candied orange peels, it’s so good. I think I prefer 1 tsp in a travel mug, so I’ll do my second steep in more water.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Fjellrev

You know, I never even thought there would be actual caramel in here! Mine doesn’t have any, I don’t think. Just the orange peels.

OMGsrsly

I didn’t realize until I saw someone else’s review! Of course, then I had to go searching. I might just eat the caramel piece. :)

Fjellrev

It’s going to tempt you until you do it. :p

OMGsrsly

Yes, yes it is. But it’s in the bottom of the bag!

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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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