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drank Black Currant Tea by Cameron's
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’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #6
Steep #1 // just boiled // 3 min
I had to try this one with such a high rating! I really don’t think black currant is for me though. This isn’t a bad flavor, but it’s pretty light anyway, both the flavor and the black tea itself. I think there was one blackberry leaf in the infuser and it made itself known in the cup anyway! Not too much else to say…

Whoa do I have to get moving with this teabox if I want to mail it in a week. so many teas to try! Basically if I want to try it, and there is only a teaspoon left, I’m taking it out for later. Trying the teas with more than one teaspoon now!

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88
drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
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’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #5
Steep #1 // 25 min after boiling // 1 1/2 min
Steep #2 // 20 min after boiling // 2-3 min
Another one I’ve always wanted to try. Wooee – I’m kind of surprised at how strong this one is… especially with these parameters! I also only used one teaspoon. If I had let it steep any longer, the green tea would have been bitter. But I love the refreshing spearmint… I just wish there was more mallow. It’s a nice combination though, especially with the green tea. It basically tastes exactly as I imagined, but with a stronger green base. The second cup was just as nice as the first.

Dustin

No other spearmint tea will ever compare. * sigh *

Tea Sipper

Zen’s Moroccan Mint is pretty good!

Dustin

I’ll have to check that out! Just tried Teavana’s MM and it was horrid!

Veronica

I second Zen’s Moroccan Mint. It’s delicious. Hands down one of my favorite summertime iced teas.

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90
drank Lychee Licious by Fusion Teas
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Another one from my Black Friday Fusion samples, just trying now. I don’t think I wanted to try this for the lychee, but for the other ingredients: strawberry, rose, jasmine. All of the lychee teas I’ve tried have tasted like plastic to me, albeit a very fresh tasting plastic, so if all five or so teas have tasted like plastic, that should be an accurate lychee, right? This is the same. I really don’t taste any jasmine or any rose but there is a hint of strawberry. I like the sencha base and it also has a really nice texture, very silky. If I had to choose a lychee blend to have in stock, it would be this one, but it isn’t a favorite. I thought of ESP Emporium’s Lychee tea and searching for the description for that one, it looks like the same ingredients. No wonder I thought of that one. I don’t think ESP’s teas are all that bad… I liked the five or so I bought and even the free samples they sent along ended up being pretty tasty. I just got an e-mail today actually: 30% off all teas using code TEASALE30 at espemporium.com until 5/18/14.
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 3 min steep

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72
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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83
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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65
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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73
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!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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86
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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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:
teavivre.com
zentealife.com
butikiteas.com
fusionteas.com
theteamerchant.net
steepcityteas.com
bluebirdteaco.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
joysteaspoon.com
dellaterrateas.com
adagio.com
52 Teas – zoomdweebies.com
tealux.ca
goldenmoontea.com
tealiciousllc.com
whisperingpinestea.com
verdanttea.com
steapshoppe.com
thenecessiteas.com
Specialteas

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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