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drank Cranberry Acai - herb by Zen Tea
1163 tasting notes

Out of all the weird-ass herbals I have, this one might be my favourite. It’s a bit of a toss up between Kapha by TeaG, Cacao Mint by Samovar, and this.

I think this one is more drinkable at any time, so it might take 1st place.

Sipping it hot with cranberry honey tonight. So juicy and medicinal… Yep, it’s a winner for me. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
Hello.Kiki

Cranberry and acai are two flavors I have a hard time enjoying. It’s like once in a blue moon the craving will hit me. Any time outside of that- forget about it! lol, it’s fun to see how people’s tastes differ :)

OMGsrsly

The most prominent flavour is the nettle leaf, which I love. :) I do love cranberries, but I wouldn’t say this tastes like acai. More general berry juice, I think.

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With maple syrup in my travel mug this morning.

Nice and spicy, sweet, lots of flavour even though my travel mugs can kill straight teas.

I like it. I’m not too sad it’s hard to get. If there’s some available when I do another Verdant order, I’ll probably get some. :)

Thank you, Sil.

I’ll probably have a second steep tomorrow.

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

Aw I sent off my whole bag to Sil. If I knew you enjoyed it so much, I would’ve split it between you guys.

Sil

I’m sure I can give her some :)

OMGsrsly

Oh, it’s fine. I liked it, but I’m not rushing out to get it. I have So Many Teas! And Assams are still my favourite. :)

OMGsrsly

Sil: Don’t you dare! I know what your “little boxes of tea” are like…

Courtney

Hehe Sil, that’s true. And I will be blissfully Zhu Rong free. :P

Sil

I dunno what you’re talking about…. ;)

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Sweet buttery floral oolong of loveliness.

Seriously. This is SO GOOD.

Thank you for the sample, MissB!

1 tsp/8 oz/180F
2 minutes: Delicate, floral (reminiscent of honeysuckle), buttery, green.
3 minutes: Stronger green and buttery, very floral, maybe a little mineral? Hard to say.
4 minutes: Stronger, the leaves have finally completely unfurled. I would call this floral-mineral, with a side of green.

Not something for me to drink every day, but a really delightful treat. I have a feeling it’s quite similar to one of the Teavivre Tie Guan Yin’s that I’ve tried, but I don’t know enough about the teas/haven’t had them recently enough to actually make a comparison.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Apple Pie Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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This is a sample I wasn’t expecting from MissB.

It’s, umm… hmm. It smells lovely – baked apples. Mmm… But tasting it, it’s apple pie-ish, but it’s also a bit chemical, and I don’t think I can drink it.

:(

Sad tea story.

(1/2 tsp in 1/2 cup-ish almond milk)

Fjellrev

Aww yeah, I think I recall Varietea (so weird to look at with the new spelling haha) said this can easily turn a bit chemically. Blech.

OMGsrsly

The smell made the whole drinking thing a total letdown.

Fjellrev

Oh yeah, I imagine. The macadamia matcha does the same for me.

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drank Citrus Lavender Sage by Teavana
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This tea is so good. It deserves a better rating.

I’m having it with honey, and …roasted fennel I haven’t put away yet. It’s for a beet-fennel-orange salad, probably with cranberry honey.

Can you get the munchies from tea? It’s ridiculous, the way I’ve been nibbling on veggies all evening. I haven’t even had dinner – just more and more vegetables! The idea was to cook them all and then eat them with lunch for the next few days, but then I ate, umm, most of them.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Courtney

Haha! Raw veggies are the best.

OMGsrsly

I did roasted carrots and cauliflower and fennel. And I made salad. So many veggies!

Fjellrev

That sounds like such a badass salad. Raw veggies are so easy to polish off once you have them all cleaned!

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drank Boléro by Mariage Frères
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A sad sipdown. It’s also sad because I think this is going onto the “don’t reorder” list. I do like it, but I don’t think I like it enough.

With cranberry honey, it’s really fruity even though I steeped it for something ridiculous like 10 mins. Apparently I forgot to press “go” on my timer! Oops. :)

Thank you for the chance to really try this one out, MissB.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
VariaTEA

I agree. It was a good tea but not good enough that I would want to reorder it. I was sad to see it go though.

Courtney

Cranberry honey. You have the best additions/ideas.

OMGsrsly

LOL. I even have two kinds of cranberry honey – one made from the flowers, and one with cranberries in it. :) Since I don’t eat bread, my options are to eat it with a spoon or put it in tea.. and it’s also really nice drizzled on oranges.

Courtney

Where did you find it? I want some now. :)

OMGsrsly

PNE! They have a bee section in the barns where you can see them pull honeycomb and spin it, and then they also have really expensive local honey to buy. :)

Courtney

Ohh PNE. I was hoping it was a grocery store. I have a list of things for when I next visit now haha!

Courtney

Look at that. Brilliant. I’m already excited and I don’t even have it yet!

OMGsrsly

The orange blossom is really nice as well. Good thing about going in person, is there are tasters. :D I just like the slightly sour thing the cranberry has going on.

Courtney

I love cranberries hah! I’ll be exploring this site more for sure.

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Yep, another earl grey this morning.

When it’s not straight EG, I’m finding them quite delightful right now. Wisps of memories, rather than POW :)

So yeah. I enjoyed this tea this morning. Not something I’ll be sad to sipdown, but enjoyable enough.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Sipdown!

I do like this earl grey-ish tea, but I prefer the blueberry-caramel earl grey.

Still, it was very tasty. Thank you for sharing, MissB!

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

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drank Northern Berry Kyss by Zen Tea
1163 tasting notes

Sipdown.

With the cranberry honey, this is really berryful and delicious.

It’s now on the ‘will probably get more’ list. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Banana Pudding Black Tea by 52teas
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This is a sample from wheezybee! Thank you. :)

It smells like the package says. Like banana pudding. I added some almond milk just to help the illusion.

I steeped almost-3-tsp in 16+ oz water. Yes, it’s a big mug, and it holds more than the advertised 16!

The tea feels kind of coconutty as well. Sweet coconut. Is that what those white pieces were? Coconut?

Surprisingly for me, I really like this tea. Normally fake banana flavours make me cringe, but this reminds me of a banana smoothie. All good. :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Courtney

I also got coconut from this one!

Courtney

This just reminds me I have Banana & Cream matcha en route. Drool.

OMGsrsly

I checked after I posted, and it has coconut in it. :) So we’re not imagining things! I have matcha en route, but I have no idea what flavours. #excitement :D

Courtney

That is exciting! I may have broken down and ordered the 5+2 deal. It wasn’t really a difficult to convince myself either, more like I opened the website and the next thing I knew I had an email confirmation of the order. :P

OMGsrsly

These are Sil-samples. :) I don’t drink much at all, especially in the winter. I might consider a fruity summer order for breakfast smoothies though.

Courtney

I got Sil-samples in too last week. She is so awesome. That is what started my matcha madness. Combine that with just starting up drinking milk again and this is what happens.

Memily

Everyone* is drinking banana teas lately and I want them. I want them ALL.

*perhaps a slight exaggeration

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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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