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drank Orzo - Caramel & Honey by Lupicia
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The only thing that really confuses me about this tea is that there are strawberries in here. Which I can see, but that’s as far as it goes. So i have to say, I’m in agreement with everyone who has mentioned that this is NOT a tea for you if you don’t like coffee. I on the other hand, am a fan of coffee type latte beverages and so this? This is wonderful!

There is a nutty, sweet, caramel taste to this that I can really get behind. I’m sure if i added some milk to this is would taste eerily similar to a latte. I wouldn’t drink this every day but I am game to keep this in my cupboard for those days when i want something a bit punchier and more reminiscent of a coffee latte. :) mmmmm thanks to Kittenna for inspiring me to get around to trying this heh.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Nature’s tea Leaf was amazing enough to send me some samples of their tea via my friend in the US. I’ve had them for a bit now, but wanted to make sure my taste buds were back to normal before trying them.

I have to say, if this is a hint of things to come, I am really looking forward to the other teas from Nature’s Tea leaf…even if i do have to get them via my friend in the US. I am totally down to do that! This is a really nice “every day” black. The tea is smooth and slightly sweet, though not so much as my earlier teas from this morning. it’s not an overly malty black but that’s ok because the sweetness and the flavour going on is great. The back end of the sip really is reminiscent of honey.
Thank you Nature’s tea leaf for letting me try this one! I’m looking forward to the others :)

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

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Sipdown! heh Stacy was kind enough to send this to me with my last order and since I seem to be on a black tea comparison kick this morning, I figured I’d add this to the list.

This is a really great black. It’s neither malty, nor chocolaty but it’s delicious! I’m looking forward to the re-steeps on this one AND being able to pick up more of this from Stacy!

The aroma of this tea is a sweet, not quite fruity but almost kinda could be fruity only it’s not. Sipping this it’s like a sweet candy. There’s no bitterness to this and it’s not robust and rich….it’s unique. I am digging the after taste in my mouth as well.
Stacy! You found another winner!

Edit: Resteeps of this have proven equally enjoyable and delicious.

Bonnie

Great taste!

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Verdict is out, I much prefer the non upgraded version of Stacy’s premium Taiwanese Assam. That’s not to say that the upgraded version doesn’t taste yummy, but the notes that come alive when the tea is brewed are to my preference in the non upgraded version. This version is a bolder, stronger cup of tea that is less fruity and chocolate that the first version. It is malty and i do get the cocoa notes, but the sweetness in the non upgraded version isn’t in the upgraded version. Still a fine cup of tea that I’m glad i tried, but final verdict is that i prefer the other version :)

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drank Premium Taiwanese Assam by Butiki Teas
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Doing a bit of a comparison this morning to see whether i prefer this version or the upgraded version from Stacy. This tea is one of my favourites. I love that there are notes of chocolate as well as a sweeter fruitiness almost. I just recently restocked this one and I’m so happy it’s back in my cupboard. I love having this one as part of my morning rotation of straight black teas.

CrowKettle

and my Butiki shopping list continues to grow. Thanks for the comparisons!

Sil

you might like her other tea that i reviewed today… uh the wild mountain one. It’s different from the usual malty chocolatey teas that are delicious blacks.

CrowKettle

Yes, I put that one down too! :)

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drank Mango Silly Antro by Custom (Butiki)
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Thank you indigobloom for sharing your custom blend with us! I’ve been wanting to try this forever since i love me some mango. I figure my tastebuds seem to be back to normal so this came out. I have to say, this is pretty darn delicious! I’m not getting much in the way of cilantro but i AM getting the mango and that makes me super happy! Even cold (since i got distracted) this is still delicious!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

Yay! so happy you like it!! :D

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This might be the very first tea of stacy’s that i’m just not loving. Besides the random ones that are because i don’t generally like X kind of tea. This is a flavoured tea which has my favourite blend of things – orange and chocolate! This time it tasted better than before but there is still that bitterness at the end of the drink that i can’t get past. Asked my other half to try it and see if i was imagining it and he tasted it worse than i did. leisgh I have one more cups worth of this to try…going to add a bit of rock sugar to it to see if that helps. Milk didn’t. :(

Kittenna

I find it so unfortunate, because the initial flavour of this one is divine, seriously. But yeah, that end bitterness just wrecks it for me. Did you try a 1:30 or 2-min infusion? I of course only had enough for one cup so couldn’t try that, but maybe that would help??

Indigobloom

I wonder if it was just a bad batch?

Butiki Teas

Hmmmm, maybe trying reducing the serving to 1 level teaspoon per 8oz of water? I’m also wondering if you are having issues with the orange peel. Maybe try removing them and see if that helps? The orange peel we use which has a kind of a cookie-like taste but can be a little sour.

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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SIPDOWN! Thank you raritea for this one.

I don’t even know how to explain how disappointed with this one i am. lol both kittena told me to re-steeps this and watch how the flavour changed. So i brewed this. and damn near gagged when i smelled the aroma of the first brew. I tried to drink it, but the artificial coconut like flavour was just too much. Funny story though? If this tea tasted like the aftertaste left in my mouth? I’d totally be in love with it!

So i resteeped this a bunch of times, and gradually the coconut went away and i was left with a creamy cherry coconut tea…that was tasty…but all previous steeps were pretty much down the drain lol.

Ah well…at least i tried! Thank you raritea for letting me try this one :)

Kittenna

OH totally forgot you didn’t like coconut! I’m sorry, this one definitely is coconutty. It’s quite good for coconut lovers though!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I have a sample of this somewhere. I need to find it.

Sil

i love the cherry piece of this one.. and the aftertaste :)

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drank Gooseberry by Simpson & Vail
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Thank you Indigobloom This one comes across as that random “berry” flavour that some teas have, though it’s leaning towards almost being gooseberry. There’s a bitterness at the back end of this that reminds me of rind. I’m trying this cold brewed as well over the weekend since I’m thinking that might be the way to do this one. Not a bad tea, but i think i prefer S&V’s baked good teas :)

Kittenna

I just brewed up the sample of Strawberry Cupcake from momo. Hopefully it’s tasty! There’s tons, haha.

Sil

shaaaaaare! lol

Indigobloom

cupcake?? oh yum!
Agreed about the rindy note

Kittenna

Sil – it was for both of us!! Of course you’re getting some, haha. Approximately half, assuming I like it :P Indigobloom, if you’d like some as well, mention it in our thread.

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Thank you hesper june! I’ve been wanting to try something from whispering pines company for a while now and she was happy to oblige me. A first scent of this one, I’m not really sure what to expect. There’s a really strong spice smell, not just cloves but cloves and….something. I think I was expecting something with a bit of smoke to it, which I don’t smell.

After brewing this one, I’m left with what I’d call a kind of boring cup of tea. Th strong spice smell that was present in the aroma is muted. I can’t taste any of the orange and the tea blend almost has too much going on for The tea to decide what it wants to be. It’s not a bad cup of tea, but its not wonderful either. Ill be looking to try a few more from this company though as its possible that this sample had too much of the spices and not enough tea.

Thanks again to the lovely Hesper June for sharing with me :)

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So no real clue what to write about myself here. A friend got me into drinking loose tea and it’s something I thoroughly enjoy though I have nowhere near the experience that many folks on the boards seem to have.

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