My blend arrived today! Yippeeeeee! Of course, I had to try it immediatley, even though our own LiberTEAS suggests waiting three weeks for full potency. I will just have to review it again later! I did not get my order into the website on time for a free custom blend, but I was able to find a free shipping code by liking their facebook page.

I definitely get the honey and vanilla. The black base is smooth and pleasing, which is usually where I sometimes have issue with flavored teas. The presentation is lovely with large coconut pieces, the jasmine flowers and the orange safflower petals. The caramel looks slightly sticky as it is hot outside in my mailbox! It did not at all affect the blend. In three weeks, I expect the flavors to slightly intensify, but if not, this is a winner in my cupboard. I am quite pleased, overall, and am planning my next order as I type this. Truly a fun experiment, and I will definitley drink all of this. I like the options Ovation has to enhance the teas beyond just flavoring. I also feel the amount of tea in the pouch is a good amount for the price I paid. I did also get a few coupons in my order for my next purchase. Thank you, Ovation Teas!

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RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I love the name you came up with. :)

DaisyChubb

That blend sounds 100% drool-worthy

Uniquity

I wish I had caught the free blend…I so want to order from them now, but am guessing that wish shipping to Canada in mind I do not want to place a small order to test, but I don’t want a large order in case I don’t like the things I chose. Argh!! : )

SimplyJenW

@Uniquity..if I get a blend without coconut (you are not a fan, right?) I can send you a sample.

Uniquity

You’re so right! I was thinking how good yours sounds if only it didn’t have coconut. : )

SimplyJenW

I am still in the planning stages for my blend. What strikes your fancy? We might be able to come up with something stellar to share.

Uniquity

I love that you have planning stages!! Tea blending has never really been my forte, but I will check out the Ovation Teas website again and see what I think. They have a number of pre-made blends that really intrigue me!

Angrboda

Bees Knees! What an awesome name. :D

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RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I love the name you came up with. :)

DaisyChubb

That blend sounds 100% drool-worthy

Uniquity

I wish I had caught the free blend…I so want to order from them now, but am guessing that wish shipping to Canada in mind I do not want to place a small order to test, but I don’t want a large order in case I don’t like the things I chose. Argh!! : )

SimplyJenW

@Uniquity..if I get a blend without coconut (you are not a fan, right?) I can send you a sample.

Uniquity

You’re so right! I was thinking how good yours sounds if only it didn’t have coconut. : )

SimplyJenW

I am still in the planning stages for my blend. What strikes your fancy? We might be able to come up with something stellar to share.

Uniquity

I love that you have planning stages!! Tea blending has never really been my forte, but I will check out the Ovation Teas website again and see what I think. They have a number of pre-made blends that really intrigue me!

Angrboda

Bees Knees! What an awesome name. :D

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My motto: Drink the good tea!

Tea enthusiast, trying to keep up my cardio for the zombie apocalypse. I have come to accept that I am a western brewing black tea drinker as that is where my ‘tea heart’ lies. I started on loose leaf as a way to have my dessert and not suffer the caloric issues. Once I tried it, I was hooked.

I drink what I like, which is mostly China blacks, a few traditionally scented blacks and Earl Greys, plus a flavored tea here and there. I don’t mind spending a bit on premium varieties on occasion, but an expensive tea has to deliver. My favorite places to order are Harney & Sons and Upton Tea Imports. TeaVivre is great for Chinese tea.

My ratings are pretty subjective. If it falls under 70, I may not take the time to post about it unless I had something specific to say. If it is 70-80 I like it, but I will probably not rebuy. Favorites are over 80 and up, but sometimes the less expensive or more easily obtainable version of a similar taste will win out for my cupboard space.

Usual teapot steeping method: 24 oz teapot, 3 perfect scoops of tea (4 1/2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual mug steeping method: 15 oz mug, 1.5 perfect scoops of tea (just over 2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual pan method: 1 1/2 cups water, 2 perfect tsp chai (3 actual tsp). Simmer for 3 minutes. Add 2/3 cup skim milk. Simmer for 2 more minutes. Strain and sweeten.

Usual pitcher method:
5 or 6 Perfect Spoons of tea (this means about 7-9 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, brewed essentially double-strong in my 24 oz teapot for 4 minutes. Fill my Fiestaware Disc pitcher (about 60 oz.) halfway with ice. Add brewed double-strong tea to the pitcher. Stir it a little and enjoy. No additions.

(*SRP is my Sample/Stash Reduction Plan starting on April 12, 2012. I got so far, but just decided it was too fussy to keep track.)

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