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drank Coconut green by Zen Tea
102 tasting notes

I had a cup of this on Friday afternoon when I was in the mood to try a green… they aren’t always my thing but I do get in the mood for one and eventually get through samples.

This one being coconut sounded like a good choice since I’m enjoying my teas w/coconut right now. Maybe it’s my longing for Spring/Summer that is pulling me towards the flavor… Seems a never ending winter this year!

Dry leaf, this one smells of sweet coconut. Steeped I get both green tea and coconut…. but with the green coming through just a bit too much for my liking. Must have been the day since it looks like I really enjoyed this the last time.

Flavors: Coconut

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Snowing Again!! I thought it was supposed to be Spring!

I had this late last week and just now getting around to writing a note. I love coconut & spice in tea, so theoretically this should work for me… Thanks MissB for sending some my way to try.

I finally got around to trying this one. I sometimes have trouble getting myself to try teabags because I think I’ll save them and take them with me for easy tea on the go, but then I always forget them.. sigh.

This is the first tea bag I’ve seen that seems to turn itself into a bubble and float while it steeps. I was a bit annoyed at this at first, but decided it must be the way it’s made and let it go.

I found this tea to be an interesting blend. First sip I got all coconut with a touch of spice behind it.. Yum! The following sips were more of a blend of the flavors, although I had to think about coconut to notice it sometimes. I’m not used to having chai w/other flavors, so maybe it’s something to get used to for me. I like this one, not my favorite chai right now, but thinking it may grow on me some.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Coconut

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90
drank Bamboo Integrity by Zen Tea
102 tasting notes

I’ve been wanting to get this in the fridge as a cold steep for some time, but somehow couldn’t muster the effort to do it. When it’s chilly out, I find I would rather have something warm in my hands to drink.. especially now that I found loose leaf teas late last year. Actually, this is one of my first attempts at cold steeping.

I do have cold juices in the fridge, and the occasional soda, but I don’t find that I make much tea in the winter months… and this winter just seems to linger on. I think that another reason I don’t often make iced tea in the winter is because I always add fresh spearmint from our garden in the summer and it just isn’t the same w/o it. Maybe I’ll have to dry some this year so I have plenty to add to teas next winter!

I cold steeped this one a few days ago in the fridge for the day and strained it in the evening. I took a bit out to try it myself and sent the rest with Hubby to work. Last night he came home and was asking if we had more of “that tea”. Of course, he was speaking of this one.

Cold steeped this one comes across as sweet, lemony, and refreshing… I added my normal touch of sugar to this one. Nothing acidic or tartness in this one. Just smooth and refreshing. This is my first try of bamboo tea, so I couldn’t pick that out. This would be a nice summertime drink.

I went online to Zen teas website to see what all they offer and see what the cost of this one was and it wasn’t currently on their website, although they did have one w/lemongrass and cranberry that sounded like it might be a nice summer blend. I am coming around to citrus in tea… Thanks to a few kind people sending samples my way!

I have another bamboo one to try cold steeped and we will see how that one turns out. Hubby is ready to explore the cold steeped blends on his days at work… So, I’m going to have to figure out a system to have them ready for him. He usually leaves when I’m still sleeping, so would need to have them ready for him to grab and go w/o straining them himself. I’m thinking I will steep them during the day and strain them in the evening after dinner. I will likely be shortly behind him in my interest in cold blends and will try what I send with him daily to get a taste for what we might want to order for larger batches this summer.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C
carol who

I can’t wait to try some of these teas as a cold brew but I just haven’t been able to in such cold weather (Illinois). :( Maybe spring will come soon!

Suziqzer

I’m right their with you carol who… I’m in Indiana. :) Hi fellow Midwesterner! Yesterday was so nice..!

I’m not quite ready for cold brews myself but want to get a head start so I know what I might want to order before summer gets here.

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Yesterday morning I went for this one as I was looking for something black, and chocolate sounded good too.

I’m pretty familiar with Della Terra teas being that they are the only company that I’ve ordered much of so far… their sales real me in too easily! Now.. if they did 30% off and free shipping .. I’d be in trouble, and likely w/multiple orders!

This has a nice black base and the chocolate is just that… a nice chocolate. Not too rich, not bitter, but good. A touch of raw sugar and my Hubby called this dessert in a cup.. Sounds good to me. I have found a few chocolates in tea that just aren’t great for me.

I will admit that as I drank it, all I could think about was “What could I add to this?”. I like my black chocolate mint teas and this was missing my mint… A good tea, but I was missing something. I was considering an order of Harney and Sons the other day with their free shipping to try their SoHo (chocolate and coconut), but didn’t call in time (didn’t want a full tin & was going to ask for 2 oz if they could do that)… With that in mind, I wondered how I could add my own coconut flavor to this. Hmmm.. & if I had some more of this tea I could add fresh garden peppermint to the mix instead of buying it already in a tea blend…. Which would make it cheaper… a tiny bit, since I was adding my own mint & not paying for them in the blend…. Hmmm.. First time I’ve had a tea and thought about what I could add to it, I think.

Thanks EvaGrimm for sending me a sample of this one :)

Flavors: Chocolate

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Backlog from St. Patrick’s Day.

I saved this one for dinner so my husband and son could all have a taste of this one…. I was able to get my 8 year old to try it since it was a “perfectly named tea” for the day. He drank it down just fine and said he liked it… Yeah!

Hubby and I didn’t really get too much Irish Cream or cheesecake in this blend. It was creamy and rich. I added a little raw sugar to mine and still a nice creamy tea. It went well with our corned beef and cabbage dinner (a favorite of my Hubby’s).

Thanks MissB for sharing this one. I ‘m glad I somehow managed to save it for the proper day … Sometimes that’s all it takes to get my little guy to try something ;)

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Wanted something to go with Saint Patrick’s Day and for some reason I thought “mint”… Probably because I enjoy it so much and haven’t had any for a few days. Why did I even need an excuse anyway?

Saving the Irish Cream Cheesecake tea for later when Hubby and I can enjoy it together. :) & who knows.. Maybe I can get my little guy to try is since it goes with the day!

This one good as always.. mostly minty black with a bit of chocolate to round out the cup.

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95
drank L'Automne by Fauchon
102 tasting notes

I started a note on this a few days ago and didn’t get it finished. I was hoping it would still be here when I was ready to finish it, but no go…. Vamoosh! It’s gone.

I’ve not been real adventurous in the citrus area when it comes to tea. My dad always used to try and make us drink iced tea and lemonade mixed together when I was a kid and we had the unfortunate timing of having them both in the fridge together at the same time…. He loved it, so thought we should too. Then, my first experience with bergamot was too much for me, so I’ve kind of been avoiding citrus and tea together.

Earlier this week, I had a cup of Three Friends, by Butiki… Loved it! The citrus was present for me, but as a nice surprise at the end of the sip, and so pleasant. I admit I had been kind of holding off on both Three Friends and this one because of their citrus notes. After trying Three Friends, I decided I was ready to venture on to something with even more citrus flavor… this one.

Dry it smells sweet and lightly of orange zest.

Steeped I got wonderfully sweet orange, nothing like the bergamot experience that was too much for me or the acidic addition of lemonade, but pleasant sweet orange loveliness with a hint of chocolate. The flavors don’t compete & it is mild and delicious. I’m glad MissB thought enough to send both of these teas my way as they were a nice introduction to orange & tea… From someone who didn’t think they would like citrus in the main flavor of their tea… Thank You!

Flavors: Chocolate, Orange Zest

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Cacao Mint Black by Teavana
102 tasting notes

This one is in my cupboard thanks to my Hubby taking me on my first trip to Teavana.

I love mint chocolate teas so this one was going home with me to try.

Dry this smells very chocolately with a mint that reminds me of mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Steeped it is much the same. I don’t get any of the black base tea, but mainly chocolate and mint (like the flavor of ice cream mint, not peppermint or spearmint). If you’re up for a really rich, thick mint chocolate tea, this is it. I added a bit of raw sugar to bring out the dessert quality in this blend.

I’m finding Teavana’s blends to be much like what you get at Starbuck’s when you order a flavored beverage… Overly flavored & overly rich. I can see wanting something like that once and awhile, but not an everyday thing… at least for me. When I get something at Starbuck’s, if it’s a mocha, I always ask for half the mocha or I can’t taste anything but chocolate… why have something coffee flavored if you can’t taste the coffee?

Steeped as a latte & sweetened, I could see this blend tasting much like a mint chocolate chip hot chocolate. Saying that… I like this one, but only when I’m looking for something like a true dessert. chc

Flavors: Chocolate

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67
drank Hot Lips (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
102 tasting notes

Another backlog from earlier in the week, and another green.

I so wanted to like this one because of it’s spice and all of the reviews I’ve seen here describing it as tasting something like red hots, or candy cinnamon hearts.

I got mostly a vegetal green tea base with a hint of spice. A bit of sugar brought out the green tea even more for me. Often as a green tea cools some I can get more of the other flavors, but not so with this one. Maybe I’ll try a lower temperature and longer steep time with the next cup and see if that changes anything for me.

Thanks Janelle for sending this one my way in the mystery package.

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

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83
drank Love Potion Sencha by Tealish
102 tasting notes

Another green! I’m making my way through some of the samples I have.. and trying some of the greens. If there are enough flavors that pair well with the base, I do well… if I taste mostly green, I give the cup to Hubby if he’s home. I must say, I’m doing better with greens though. :)

Dry this smells sweet & spicy.

Steeped I get a light tea that I’m not sure how to describe. I reminds me so much of the little craft/home décor stores that you walk into that smell so good. Kind of fruity, sweet and a bit of floral, but then at the end of the sip I get a kick of spice… must be the peppercorns &/or cinnamon. I’m not real familiar with currants, so maybe that’s why I have a little trouble with the description.

I’m finding I enjoy this more than I expected (even with an accidental over steep) … a really light tea, green base that is just a base and not acting as part of the flavor, and a nice surprise of spice at the end. A touch of raw sugar made the fruit/floral flavor pop a bit.

Thanks MissB for sharing this one!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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37 yr old wife and mother who left her day job to take care of our son. Now running a property management business with my hubby.

I grew up on Lipton -hot w/milk & sugar, Lipton iced w/fresh spearmint and sugar, and Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime … Don’t criticize.

I came across Good Earth Original Sweet and Spicy out of chance and it spurred my interested in trying new teas because it was a flavor I had never had before in a tea. I’m now new to the world of loose leaf teas and looking forward to learning what I like as I journey through some new flavors. Hubby has always enjoyed the occasional cup when we’ve been out and about at restaurants.. now we will find out what good teas are really all about! On with the adventures!

Still relatively new to loose leaf, but I’m learning… Coconut, cinnamon, chai, chocolate, mint, & pineapple are just a few of the flavors I enjoy. I have found that I can do green teas so long as there are other flavors as well and it isn’t the primary flavor. I have only found 1 rooibos blend that was too woodsy for me, most of the time the base is hidden or blends well enough w/flavored versions for my liking. I’m beginning to enjoy fruit teas more and more. I occasionally like a straight black tea.

Hubby likes milder flavors, any base, berry flavors, sweet aromas, sometimes tart, and or floral, and chocolate to my surprise! Almost the opposite of me.. go figure!

My 8 year old just took interest and loves root beer.. so far Butterbeer is a hit, but we haven’t tried any root beer or cola teas yet.. soon thanks to the Marvelous MissB for sending some samples. He enjoyed Winter Nog (Della Terra) recently, but turned away something else I gave him.. darn if I can’t remember now what it was!

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