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drank Granny's Cake by RiverTea
670 tasting notes

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! I knew it was going to be amazing when I smelled the dry leaf last night, and it was so hard not to make a cup last night, but I knew I better wait on the caffeine. To me, this is a chocolate chai done right. There are so many chocolate chai’s where you don’t taste chocolate at all, or in the case of the Starbucks chocolate chai, taste like chocolate soap….ewwww! This one is perfect!

I also have a hard time with chocolate flavored teas, since most don’t taste right to me, but the chocolate in this tea goes perfectly with the spices. I have to admit, I made sure to include a chocolate chunk in the leaf I used for this cup. Hopefully the chocolate flavor translates even when you don’t get a chunk in your cup.

On the spices, they are delicious! I love star anise, as shown by my love for DavidsTea’s Ceylon Star, which I think they are getting rid of (nooooo!). Well, in that case, I think I just found a substitute in this tea!

Overall, I’m very impressed with RiverTea, and this is only the first one I’ve tried! On to the next!!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Roswell Strange

Yay! Spread the RiverTea love! But I’m gonna take that as a “yes” on tasting the anise? ;)

Tealizzy

Yes, it’s there, but subtle. There are a lot of other spices that peak through too. :)

Cavocorax

Yay! I’m happy you one this too! I always worry that I’m overreacting when I rate a new tea just because it’s new and exciting!

Sil

so glad you liked this! exciting :)

pyarkaaloo

i love star anise too! it’s really great in Cha Yen Thai (black) by Teavana. also, agreed on Starbuck’s Chocolate Chai…it’s god awful!! it tasted like chocolate lavender potpourri! it’s nasty…they just like to ruin chai..

Tealizzy

So, I tried to add steeping parameters, and found that problem with the tsp round down. I used 1.5 tsp for 3 minutes. I really wish Steepster would change the scroll to a more precise field, as it doesn’t work well on my iPad.

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drank White Christmas by Lupicia
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I sipped this down today. It was pretty darn good, and I wouldn’t mind picking more up at some point, but it’s probably seasonal, so no more until next year. That’s actually a good thing because I’m on a “I want lots of new teas to try” kick lately, rather than a “I want to restock favorites and always have them around” kick.

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Sipdown! This was good, and I enjoyed it while it lasted. That is all!

Courtney

Short and sweet!

Tealizzy

Ya, I’ve been in sipdown mode lately. Gotta make room for new tea!

Fjellrev

Sometimes, that’s all you need to say. :D

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I sipped this down yesterday! I enjoyed it so much, I pretty much drank a cup of it every day until the package was gone. It was a great breakfast tea! Yum!

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drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
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Over the last couple of days, I started drinking my flavored black teas without added sweetener, and I think I started to get used to not having it. I mean, there’s a sweetness to these teas anyway, considering they are flavored. I’ve just always had a sweet tooth, and milk and sugar have always been staples when I drink black tea. I think I’m going to continue this trend, but today, I’m taking a departure, because this tea tastes so delicious with some added brown sugar! ;)

Now that this cup is over, I want to drink something else before we head out to see I, Frankenstein, but my little kitty just got comfortable on my lap. So hard to disturb him! :)

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This is freaking delicious! I’ve been meaning to try this one, and recently received a sample from my mom. It smells like peach and milky oolong, but the taste is like straight peach juice from a can of peaches. I like how thirst quenching it is too! Mmmm! Like most oolongs, it resteeps nicely. Next time I’m in Lupicia, I’ll be sure to get some!

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This is definitely one of Frank’s better blends. He seems to be kind of pro at breakfast/baked good black tea blends. :) I really am enjoying this tea. It definitely tastes like banana bread. I think as far as banana bread flavored teas, this one ranks higher than DavidsTea’s version that I enjoyed last year, but not quite as high as Butiki’s Foxy Roxy’s Banana Walnut Treat. I think it’s because I like the banana flavor better in Butiki’s, but seeing that I don’t have any of that one, this one is hitting the spot! This bag probably won’t last long!! Yum!!

VariaTEA

I was very tempted by this blend. It sold out soo fast though. Oh well, I suppose it was not meant to be.

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drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
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Made a cup of this tea with a large spoonful of honey for my poor sick hubby. It’s funny how he has to be sick to enjoy hot tea. :P

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Since, I just ordered more tea ;) I’ve also been trying to drink down more of my older teas. I just had a big cup of this one, and I still enjoy it! The key is overleafing, because the raspberry leaves are voluminous, which means you might not get enough black tea in there. I still have at least one more big cup of this one left, but it’s getting there!

I just got hot buttered banana bread tea from 52teas in the mail this morning! It was early too, because it was supposed to come on Tuesday! Nice to be able to enjoy it over the holiday weekend! Maybe I’ll make some NOW! :D

Fjellrev

Perfect time to get something new to try!

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My second Monday evening watching Downton Abbey, while enjoying a cozy flavored rooibos. This episode was pretty jarring. I’m all worked up now, but at least there’s still time to wind down before bed, unlike when I watched the final episode of last season. :P I think I have a love/hate relationship with this show! Maybe I need another cup of rooibos…

In other news, my husband got me some flowers, just because. I love when he does that!

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Another profile facelift! My tastes have changed a lot from when I first discovered loose leaf tea.

I can trace my tea journey back to October 2012, when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed high tea at An Afternoon to Remember, which has since closed.

I went through a period of wanting to try all the teas, and was really into flavored teas, especially dessert blacks, but my tastes have substantially changed over time.

I still enjoy the occasional flavored black or rooibos, but I’m more into unflavored black teas right now and recently, puerh. Chinese black teas are amazing…with their notes of chocolate or sweet potato, who needs a flavored tea? I had a much steeper learning curve when it came to puerh. I used to dump out cups of puerh for tasting like leather. Now, I am really enjoying them. I think it took finding good quality puerh and steeping them gong fu style to really enjoy them.

I also, on occasion, enjoy a good oolong, white, or green tea.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Mandala, Teavivre, Butiki, Golden Moon, Lupicia, and DavidsTea (for teaware mostly).

Just a note: I don’t rate my teas numerically because my iPad doesn’t like the scroll bar. Maybe someday that will change…hint hint, steepster! ;)

P.S. My profile picture is of one of my 2 cats, Holly, who is a little princess but very photogenic, and she loves boxes, including those that bring me tea! :)

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