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drank Cotton Candy Black Tea by 52teas
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’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #4

Steep #1 // 10 mins after boiling // 2 min steep
I’ve always wanted to try this one! It does actually smell and taste exactly like cotton candy! As a cotton candy tea, this is definitely accurate, unfortunately, I don’t love the black tea base. Sweet carnival cotton candy – oh how I wish I was at a carnival! I haven’t had cotton candy in ages. That’s what tea is for. :D I guess I should have known 52Teas knows cotton candy, since I’ve had their Booberry cotton candy, which I like more because it’s a different base. I think everyone just starting out with 52Teas should try at least one of each of their base teas, especially a honeybush blend. Personally, if I just tried the black tea (and with any other tea company, I might have), I would have been disappointed.

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drank Hazelnut Truffle by Tea Forte
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’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #3

Steep #1 // just boiled // 3 min
I used two teaspoons of leaves. There is cacao in this, which I think every chocolate tea should have! I like it for the dusty chocolatiness of it… it does taste like a truffle. But oh if only this one didn’t have the sour coconut in it, it would be so much better. The coconut gives it an off scent that isn’t very appealing. But I like it anyway, so I kind of ignore the coconut.

Steep #2 // just boiled // 5 min
I added some of Zen’s Peppermint to the second steep since I had a headache and I’m pretty sure the peppermint made my headache disappear. But this cup was nice – chocolate & mint! The ingredient list is well thought out, but I’m cutting a few points in the rating for that coconut. I will probably remove some or all of this one from the teabox, as I’d love a cacao tea in my collection, but I’d also love it if others could see how nice cacao chocolate teas can be.

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drank Blueberry by Adagio Teas
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’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #2
The second to try from round two of the ’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox. It just made it back to homebase! I’m so thankful for the success so far. Looks like there are a ton of teas I have to try before the box moves on.

I might have oversteeped this one, a bit astringent, but it seems like the blueberry flavor isn’t what I’m looking for anyway. It’s too faint to really tell what the blueberry is like. Sad, as I usually love Adagio’s teas. The base wouldn’t have been terrible if I didn’t oversteep. I swear most suggestions on tea pouches are for oversteeping! I knew that, but it went over anyway.
Steep #1 // 2 min after boiling // 4-5 min steep

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drank HappyTea by Raizana
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’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #1

I went for this tea after hearing the news that ripped my heart out – Community, the best TV show that will ever be, has been cancelled. I wasn’t even worried about it this year since they said there was a high possibility it would continue! I can’t talk about it anymore, I’ll start crying again.

I thought the tea would NOT make me happy since there is hibiscus here, but the blend is actually a nice balance – the cup is dark, but not hibiscus dark. I can’t tell what would be making the cup this color. I can taste sweet orange, some chamomile, a hint of hibiscus. There is something making it smooth, maybe licorice? And as the cup cools, I think there could be splenda here. Many other teas would make me much happier, but I think any tea could make me slightly less miserable right now. Basically, this show for me is like if one of Abed’s shows gets cancelled. Not cool. Not cool. Not cool. Maybe cable will buy Community like they did one of Abed’s favorites: Cougertown. Tea. I need gallons of it right now.

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Another one from the $1 trial I was very thankful I was able to try. I’d definitely subscribe if I had the money to spare. (It’s rare that I don’t like a type of tea, so since they have a tea from each type every month, it would definitely be something for me.) To the tea: This is nice! I used a teaspoon and a half or two. I was hoping to see peach piece in the blend, but not in those two teaspoons. There is peach flavor on the leaves themselves, sometimes that is a bad thing, but this is definitely a tolerable peach flavor – a sweet, ripe peach. Not too much to detract from the perfectly-paired with bai mu dan base. I like it!
Steep #1 // 25 min after boiling // 2-3 min

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Thanks for this one in your sale, MissB! I’ve been trying to try more of my teas I haven’t gotten around to yet, before I delve into the teabox, to get a better handle on what to add to the teabox. I will start on those soon! I thought this would be like Joy’s Teaspoon Almond Cookie (ESP emporium also has a blend similar/same). It is slightly, but not quite and not as those blends. Almond Cookie is mostly almonds, apple, cinnamon and beet root to give it a lovely pink color. This one has some other ingredients: brazil nuts, & cocoa nibs (with the apple, chocolate sounds like a weird combo.) The color of this cup was not pink, so I don’t think there is beet root. This blend tastes more apple than cookie/nutty so I don’t think it actually is “nutty enough”. I couldn’t really taste any chocolate in the blend, even using more than two teaspoons and steeping for quite a while. It really just seems like apple. It’s an okay blend, but the Almond Cookie is pure perfection!

Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Toasted Caramel by Fusion Teas
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Oh now this is a nice decaf dessert tea! The rooibos brewed in a T-Sac didn’t bother my throat at ALL. I think it was the cup of rooibos that least bugged my throat that I’ve ever drank. I think it wouldn’t be a problem if the rooibos was always bigger pieces, so they can’t sneak through infusers. The flavor was really nice – the caramel is just perfect with the rooibos…big caramel pieces! The toastiness is lovely with it too, but I could have used more of it. I had a second steep the next day and it was a completely different cup – strawberry. And all the caramel was gone…. I doubt the caramel melted completely the first time. Maybe rooibos naturally tastes like strawberry, especially if steeped a while? The perfect rooibos blend to have around.
Steep #1 // 8 min after boiling // 4 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // quite a few minutes

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Thanks so much for the $1 box, Simple Loose Leaf! This is a very thin cut dark grass texture. Not clippings from the lawn yet! just good tea. The 32 minutes cooling might have a bit too long, but I was worried it would get bitter at a hotter temp. This is tasty but light because of the long cool – buttery, sweet, nutty, sugary somehow. When it cools it starts tasting like tomato soup again! What is going on with my tastebuds? The second steep was nice too – seemed to have hints of citrus, though I’m not sure how.
Steep #1 // 32 minutes after boiling // 2 min
Steep #2 // 22 minutes after boiling // 2-3 min

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drank Earl Grey Lavender by Zen Tea
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ANOTHER one with no tasting notes yet? Could it be… all the blergamot and lavenblerg fans?
I don’t think that Zen’s Earl Grey Crème can be topped. It might be the best current EGC that is actually for sale today. It will be my go-to for Earl Grey Crème. I expected great things from a lavender EG. I think though, that it’s asking too much, as that EGC is just perfect and even if you add some lovely lavender, it just isn’t the same. It’s very good.. but the lavender or bergamot just isn’t strong enough for me, or they cancel each other out or something. If I want lavender and bergamot, I guess I want a lot of it. Maybe that’s too much for most. I do like the black tea base for this one… it isn’t like the one with the Vanilla Black I’m not a fan of. A nice black tea with bergamot and lavender is just what I crave once in a while. Give this one a try but the EGC is a MUST try!
Steep #1 // two minutes after boiling // 3 min steep

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drank Yerba Mate by Zen Tea
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No tasting notes for this one yet! Sad sad. A solid no-nonsense yerba mate! This is a good yerba mate to stock up on if you want some energy in the morning and a change from black tea. This yerba mate is also a great price! For yerba mate newbies, I do NOT suggest you use boiling water, as it burns the yerba mate… it might scare you away from mate for good with that brisk flavor. A lower temperature is best! The flavor is very earthy and sweet tasting – just like you expect a yerba mate to be. Apparently there are a ton of vitamins and minerals in yerba mate as well (I could always use more of those). This is the plain yerba mate I would keep in stock at all times. This yerba mate is also a great price! It seems like Zen is my source for many cupboard staples.
Steep #1 // 35 minutes after boiling (unintentionally a little too long) // 5 min steep

180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite teas:
52 Teas – zoomdweebies.com

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! I was bored one day and found out that most of them have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
40-65 – Okay
1-40 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. :D

Happy sipping!



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