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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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Felt like something cozy since it was raining all day and I’ve been freezing!!! I thought it might be weird to have this tea at this time of year, but it was perfect and delicious! I also made some cookies while drinking it. :)

Now it’s sunny out! Must be magic tea!

gmathis

Pie is never out of season!

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drank Chocolate Delight by Tealux
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I almost was going to pair a piece of chocolate with this tea, but decided that would take away from the chocolate-y goodness of this tea. I haven’t enjoyed this one in a while, but it’s still my favorite chocolate tea by far. It just has that rich, almost chewy chocolate flavor. I wonder if it’s the barley. Anyhoo, it’s delicious! I was thinking about taking advantage of the 20% off sale and restocking, but I’ve been kinda bad lately, so I’ll hold off for now. ;)

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Made probably my last iced latte with this sample. I’ll probably mix the remainder with one of the flavors I ordered. I bet that would be delicious! I’m so impatiently waiting my matcha order. The USPS tracking keeps saying “pre-shipping.” So hard to wait, especially now that my cheesecake sample is done! I wonder what next month’s sample will be!

New obsession alert! And it won’t even take more room in my cupboard because I’ll keep it in the fridge! Wheeeeeee!

pyarkaaloo

haha…i keep mine in the fridge too! which i didn’t do with matcha prior to ordering from Red Leaf. their Cheesecake sample was great! i enjoyed it. i had also ordered a large Caramel along with the sample since it had been on sale & i figured why not.

i placed my 2nd order with them a while ago & am eagerly awaiting it. matcha seems to finish itself so quickly, jeez!

Tealizzy

What did you order in your second order? I got caramel and strawberries & cream. :)

pyarkaaloo

that’s too funny. i placed an order for the Starbucks matcha latte the 2nd time around.

my mom is curious about matcha and ended up ordering the strawberries & cream. i also convinced her to add the special offer Caramel (at 80% off) & the Royal Matcha.

i’ll probably end up pilfering most of it ;)

Tealizzy

Nice! ;)

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drank Granny's Cake by RiverTea
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Another sipdown! This one didn’t last long…it was definitely my favorite tea from my first RiverTea order. Spicy and sweet, it was extremely satisfying. This one will likely be included in any future order. :)

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Wow, these monthly samples are quite generous. I think I’ve had 5 iced lattes, and there’s still a bunch more in there! I think I’ll be keeping a lookout each month for the next flavor. :)

Anyhoo, I still think this isn’t quite cheesecake-flavored to me, but it’s got a buttery goodness to it. I went ahead and ordered two matchas and two tins this morning!!! Aaah! The madness! I hope I like them!! I waited a couple of days to see if the deal of the day would end up being one I wanted, but they just have too many flavors, so that was going to take forever, and I want it now! I ordered the caramel and strawberries & cream matchas. So excited!! :D

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drank Honey Pear by Golden Moon Tea
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Sipdown on the sample! And it didn’t quite make a second 12 oz. cup, so I added some French breakfast in there, which turned out to be an excellent idea because I think I tasted more honey this time. This is definitely a delicious pear tea, dessert-y and not too floral. If I were to order more pear tea, this one would be it!

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Enjoying a big fat mug of this tea. It’s been so long since I’ve had it! It just wasn’t a flavor I was drawn to during the colder months, but now that it’s warming up, it’s hitting the spot! Next time I will ice this! Can’t wait!!

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Sipdown! This is always a yummy tea, but gotta make room for my new matcha obsession! ;)

Courtney

Haha matcha obsession. :P

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I took Stephanie’s recommendation and ordered the free sample of the month from Red Leaf Tea. I’ve been curious about these flavored matchas, and wanted to try them before I placed an order. They’re pretty expensive and I didn’t want to end up with a bunch of matcha I didn’t like. I’m also kind of particular about green tea. Some I like, some I don’t, so it’s a bit of a risk! I wasn’t sure how vegetal it would be.

So, I got my sample in the mail yesterday and tried it out immediately. I kept looking at people’s reviews to find out how they prepared it, and for some reason I thought you could just whisk it into some milk. Well, I used my mini kitchen whisk, since I haven’t invested in a matcha one yet, and sifted and then whisked the matcha into some almond milk. Well, that didn’t dissolve very well, no matter how vigorously I whisked. Not great.

Today I tried the recommended method, where you whisk it into hot water, and then add ice a milk. THAT was the trick! Worked out perfectly. Yay! :)

Soooo, the flavor. Well, the dry powder didn’t really smell like cheesecake to me…it was more like a buttery cookie smell. Once made into an iced latte, it still tasted like a butter cookie. It makes me think they mixed up the cheesecake with the French butter cookie flavor. Weird. Still, it tasted good, and I didn’t really get much vegetal or even really a matcha flavor. I wonder at what flavor level these samples come…distinctive? Robust? Anyone know? Overall, I enjoyed it and think it would be a nice upgrade to my usual cup o’milk with breakfast. Now I just have to figure out which ones to buy! I’m thinking about caramel, cookies & cream, or strawberries & cream. :)

Also, anyone know the shelf life of these? I don’t want to order too much and have it go bad quickly.

Courtney

I would say I had mine close just under a year before the taste started to go. I also kept mine in the cupboard, but I know many people keep theirs in the fridge for a longer shelf life.

Tealizzy

Thanks, Courtney! I wrote Red Leaf about the flavor level this morning, and they already got back to me! Awesome customer service! And btw, all their samples are basic grade and flavor. :)

Courtney

Thanks for the heads up! I had thought so, but it’s great to know for sure. They do have great customer service, I agree.

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drank Grape Expectations by DAVIDsTEA
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So I’m not so sure about this tea. When I went to DavidsTea for the spring teas, I wasn’t originally planning on picking this one up, but the ladies who work there recommended it, so of course, I got some. ;)

I made it hot, but I think I’d like to try it iced. Hot, it has that artificial grape smell, which is good, but I don’t think I like that combined with tea. With each sip, you get that grape flavor up front, and then the green tea flavor hits you. The ladies at DavidsTea said it tasted crisp, which is kinda right, although I would also say the green tea has a dryness about it. Steeped at 2 minutes, the flavor wasn’t too prominent, so I resteeped for 3 minutes, and now the green base is a bit bitter. Hmmm, definitely gonna try it iced.

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I have recently become tea obsessed! I’ve always loved an occasional cup and my mother is a daily tea drinker, but in the last year it has become my favorite thing! Started out by having a cup of black tea in the morning. Loved going for afternoon tea with my mom! Since fully immersing myself in loose leaf tea, I have become nuts for it!

I am now exploring more and more companies, and trying to go beyond my comfort zone of flavored black teas and try more oolong, green and white teas.

My favorite teas are evolving. I love teas from DavidsTea, Lupicia, Harney and Sons, Della Terra Teas, and Butiki!

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San Francisco Bay Area

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