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From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

Meh. The vanilla in this is nice and strong, but the base tea seems weak which makes the tea seem watery. I could probably play with the parameters and find something that I enjoy, but since I’m already in love with Zen Tea’s EGC I will just stick with that one.

CelebriTEA

Too bad about this one~ The name sounds intoxicating

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From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

I have wanted to try a Milk Oolong for a while now, so when I saw that this and the unflavored Jin Xuan were in the tea box I was excited.

This is good. Really good. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it’s a pop of fruitiness followed by cream. The tea feels thick but not heavy, and it’s very smooth and silky. I’m surprised by how sweet this is, but at the same time it’s not too sweet which is good because it allows the buttery notes from the Oolong to be tasted. This was great from start to finish, and that’s just the first steep.

I’m probably condemning myself to a sleepless night, but I want to try several steeps of this and see where the flavors go. And then I have the other Milk Oolong to try. And then there are the 12 or so other teas in the tea box I still want to try. And then there’s….

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So I told myself that I’m only allowed to drink teas out of the traveling tea box today because I want to get it in the mail on Friday, and I still have a bunch of teas I’d like to try. I failed. I wanted to sit on my porch and watch the rain, and I wanted a tea that I knew I would enjoy while I was out there. After a quick look through my stash I chose this one. I love the dark chocolate notes, and the mint is really good. It was a lovely relaxing moment in my otherwise chaotic day.

Cheri

I’m in the same boat. I’ve got to get this TTBC out the door so others can try it, but I’m just not quite ready to send it along. (Plus I have to figure out how I’m going to get all this tea back in it!)

Veronica

Getting all of the tea to fit is quite tricky! I ended up drinking down several teas that only had one serving left, and I sampled a bunch of teas, but I didn’t even make a dent in the box. Not sure how I’m going to add more tea to it, but I will find a way! :)

Tea Sipper

Please don’t rush with the box, if you’re still trying teas! I know you’re working on it. :D And you can always take out the teas you loved out of the box (instead of just trying one teaspoon). Sometimes I take a few teaspoons out of a tea that I liked and leave the rest. :D

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From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

I liked the lemongrass and berry flavors in this tea, but the mint tasted too much like toothpaste. It was sugar sweet instead of herb-y sweet, if that makes sense. I think if the mint were different I would like this one a lot.

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drank Cinnamon Fig by Art of Tea
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From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

After reading some of the reviews on this one I was a little afraid to try it, but I like cinnamon, and I like fig. I decided to throw caution to the wind and give it a shot.

Not bad! Cinnamon is the main flavor, but it’s not a super intense cinnamon. It’s a softer, warmer spice, and it pairs well with the fig which is sweet and gives the tea some depth. The base tea didn’t have a lot to offer, but it didn’t detract from the flavors either.

Given that a couple of the people who participated in this tea box thought this tea tasted like a stinky shoe, I feel like I dodged a bullet. This isn’t a tea I would purchase for myself (although I’d love to find a good fig tea!), but I’d drink a cup if it were offered to me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
carol who

Have you ever tried Fig Rose from Teavana? It’s one of my favorites!

Veronica

I haven’t. Thanks for the recommendation! I have to go to the mall this weekend, so I’ll see if my local store carries it.

Tea Sipper

Oh, I’d love to find a good fig tea too.

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drank Black Currant Tea by Cameron's
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From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

Tea of the morning. Black currant is one of those flavors that I think I won’t enjoy, but then I try it and really like it. Then, after a few months, I think I don’t like it again. What’s up with that?

Anyway, I like this tea. It has a wonderful sweet/tart flavor, and I find it very comforting. We’re having a cold and rainy day here today, and being curled up with a mug of this tea and a good book sounds like heaven.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Jealous of the home with book aspect of your day!

Veronica

It was just wishful thinking. I spent my morning at the doctor’s office with my son. Poor kid has a sinus infection. :(

gmathis

:( indeed. Hope you can find some cozy time soon.

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drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
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From the Here’s hoping Traveling Tea Box

I like the mix of mango, vanilla, and chamomile in this tea. It’s juicy and really relaxing. I can see this being excellent as a cold brew, but it’s also nice as a warm before bed tea.

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drank Chocolate A-Peel by SerendipiTea
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From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

Nope. This tea is not for me. It has a strange sour note that I don’t enjoy at all. I’m not sure if it’s from the orange peel or the yogurt, but blah. I ended up dumping the last few sips because I just couldn’t drink anymore.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Blueberry Limón by Handmade Tea
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From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

I was expecting blueberry lemon. I got smokey lemon. At first I thought the tea had been contaminated from sitting in the tea box, but after reading other reviews it looks like the Keemun base of this tea is over ridding most of the fruit flavors. After I accepted that there wasn’t going to be a lot of blueberry action going on in my cup I was able to enjoy this tea for what it was. I do wish I had a lemon to squeeze into my cup, but I settled for a bit of sugar instead.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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First, thank you to the kind folks at Just Organic Tea for the amazingly generous set of samples they sent. I’m looking forward to trying them all!

Just Outstanding Orange Spice was the sample I originally requested, so it is the one I chose to try first. The dry leaf smells amazing. It made my entire kitchen smell like Christmas, all cinnamon and clove.

I steeped the tea according to the directions on the label (195 degrees for 3- 5 minutes). The liquid was pale amber, and the smell was still full of spice, but it wasn’t as strong as the dry leaf. The taste, not surprisingly, was also spice. The dominate spice was cinnamon, but there was a fair amount of clove as well. I could not pick up any orange flavor which was kind of disappointing. I will say that the base tea is really, really good and has a presence even with the strong spices. It is smooth with no bitterness or astringency. There is also a forest floor note that I really liked.

If I were in the mood for an orange tea I’d have to look elsewhere, but if I were in the mood for a cinnamon or spice tea I would happily take a cup of this.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- Zen Tea Life
- Harney and Sons
- 52 Teas
- Teavivre

My Rating System:

100-95 = Teas I actively seek out and keep in my pantry. If you are a guest in my home chances are I will offer you one or all of these teas. Also, if/when these teas are discontinued I openly mourn their loss.

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84-75 = They’re good teas and I enjoy drinking them on occasion.

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