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drank BetTEA's Blend by 52teas
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A nice, subtle honeybush blend. I was expecting a little more pear flavor, but there is a subtle fruitiness. A nice after dinner or bedtime tea.

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drank Rumchata Genmaicha by 52teas
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I have to admit I’ve never had rumchata, but I love horchata and rum flavor. This tea is a delicious tribute to the two. The combination with the toasted rice flavor of the gemaicha is perfect. This time I had it plain, but next time I might add some soy milk/soy creamer.

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drank Gingerbread Coffeecake by 52teas
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I was hoping for a variation on the Gingerbread Chai from a year or so back, and this didn’t quite deliver. It doesn’t have the spiciness of the chai. However, the sweet coffee cake flavor is delightfully apparent when the tea is not oversteeped, and there is a hint of spiciness. I recommend adding a little brown sugar — maybe next time I’ll be adventurous and try molasses. I would definitely recommend green tea steeping temps for this one (175F) to bring out the delicate flavors.

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drank Lemon Meringue Chai by 52teas
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drank Lemon Meringue Chai by 52teas
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I have to admit that this reminds me a lot of Bigelow’s Lemon Lift. I actually really like that tea, but I somehow didn’t put together that a lemon chai would be similar to that. It makes me want to do a side by side taste test. I think this offering from 52teas is a little sweeter and more nuanced, but I could be mistaken. Either way, I do enjoy this tea hot and am looking forward to trying it iced, with soymilk and sugar, etc.

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drank Lemon Meringue Chai by 52teas
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drank Ginger Snappish by Bigelow
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It’s a comfort tea sort of day. Is it weird that I’m drinking a winter holiday tea in the middle of summer? Well, no matter. I have mixed feelings that I seem to only have me bag left. I might miss the tea, but I could use the space. I used to prefer the Celestial Seasonings gingerbread herbal tea, but last winter I found I liked the subtle lemony flavor and cookie undertones of this one.

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Not weird at all. This is another “seasonal” that I really regret isn’t available year round. (Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie is another.)

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The first time I made this tea, I found the pu-erh flavor was too strong and I couldn’t taste the coconut. There was an overwhelming bitterness. This time, I tried steeping for a shorter time (2 and a half minutes), and result is much more enjoyable. The earthy pu-erh is balanced by the subtle sweetness of the coconut. The flavors come through best after the tea has cooled a bit, and I suspect this would make a great iced tea.

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drank Coconut Oolong by Rishi Tea
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This makes an excellent iced tea – the subtle flavors come through very nicely.

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86
drank Matcha by Custom
190 tasting notes

Another matcha limeade – a perfect pick-me-up for a summer afternoon.

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