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drank Lychee Coconut by Tea Forte
882 tasting notes

This is the second tea I decided to give another go. One of the advantages of being up before the sun is having extra time for the kettle to cool so the water for my white tea is at the correct temperature. I think I rushed this the first time around.

So, after letting the kettle come to a boil and then cool for 25 minutes I steeped the tea, and even while it was steeping I knew I would like it more this time. There was a nice strong coconut scent and a very floral note that smelled fantastic. [Note to self: Try other lychee teas!!] The tea in my cup was darker than I expected (Maybe I under leafed and/or steeped last time?) but the taste was sweet and fruity with the coconut flavor most present at the end of the sip. Nice! Very summer-y, and a tea I can see being fantastic iced.

Thanks VariaTEA for this sample. I’m glad I gave it another try. Bumped up my rating to reflect my current thoughts.

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I’ve been awake since 4:30 for what I thought was just a sore muscle in my back, but now I’m wondering if I’m getting a bad cold because I also have a headache and the chills. Not fun.

Since i was awake and in need of something warm to drink I thought I’d play with a couple of teas that I initially didn’t think highly of but thought might be better if I babied them. When I first had this tea I thought I would love it, but it fell flat. I thought I’d give it another go and see if I could eek some more flavor out of it.

Unfortunately, this tea continues to miss the mark. It taste like any generic black peach flavored tea. The Oolong flavor is missing completely. I’m not even sure how that’s possible, but it is. There is also no tropical like flavors to be found. So while this one is entirely drinkable it fails to deliver anything resembling its namesake. Sad sigh.


Oh no, I hope you’re not getting sick. :(


Going grocery shopping has forced me to admit that I’m sick. This stinks because I’m helping to host a rather large baby shower on Sunday. I can get well between now and then, yes? :/


That’s terrible. If you have the time to relax and rest, it may be doable. Nothing’s worse than forcing yourself to go to work and dragging out an illness.

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Another tea gone from my cupboard. This was such a delightfully spicy yet smooth tea. I really enjoyed the depth of the vanilla in contrast with the bright citrus notes. I’m so glad I choose it for my afternoon tea. It was wonderful down to the last sip.

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I’m getting down to the dregs of this one! I had a cup yesterday during my bubblebath, & love it so much. I’ll hate to see it gone, but thus is life.


I was sad to see mine go, especially since that last cup was sooo good. On the other hand, I’ve learned my lesson about hoarding tea, and I’d rather drink it while it still has flavor and character. :)

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drank Juicy Blueberry by Zen Tea
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I’m drinking the last of this herbal as a cold brew, and it is very nice. I like the whole sweet/tart mix of flavors. This tea certainly shows off its best side when cold brewed. Something I’ll have to remember if I reorder at a future date.

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Drinking my last cup of this one. I have loved, loved, loved the banana coconut dessert that is this tea. I’d be happy to reorder this once I get my current number of teas wheedled down a bit. This is, hands down, my favorite banana tea to date.

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank SBT: Cotton Candy by 52teas
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I made this yesterday afternoon as a treat for my kids (and myself). They each inhaled a glass when they got home from school and then continued drinking it through dinner. It is definitely a big hit around here.

I was able to sneak a glass for myself, and the sweet spun sugar taste is really delicious. It immediately made me think of picnics, birthday parties and waking on the boardwalk in Ocean City. Happy thoughts with a happy tea!

So my kids have decided that we need Cotton Candy, Bubblegum, and Watermelon SBT on hand always. I have a few other teas to add to that list, so it looks like we’ll be planning an order with Frank sooner rather than later.


So does the SBT version taste better than the normal Cotton Candy black?


Yeah, it does. It actually taste like cotton candy rather than generically sweet.


Oh cool. Perhaps I will have to pick that up the next time I get SBTs. I have so many right now because I made the mistake of letting my brother chose what he wanted – that is how I wound up with Maple Bacon :P.

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Tea of the morning and exactly what I need today. This is strong, rich, steady, and simple. Oh, and good. Did I mention this is really, really good?

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

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My before bed tea. My husband is planning on staying is staying awake so he can play the new Diablo III expansion. I, on the other hand, am counting down the seconds until my head hits the pillow. I’m happy to have this sweet, creamy, lemony treat to help me unwind. Tonight’s cup was really good. So bright and full of citrus without any of the woody rooibos flavor that I’m not overly fond of. Yay for yummy herbals!

Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

Husband has been excited about the Diablo thing as well. (Or Dibley as it’s commonly called in this household) He came home from work and made a bee-line for his room with a silly little-boy grin on his face. It’ll be interesting to see if I can lure him out when dinner’s ready. :p


My husband was up until 3am (at least that’s what he told me). I brewed him a pot of coffee before he left, and he made himself a pot as soon as he got to work. And we’ll do this all. week. long. :)

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drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
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I cold brewed this one and had some this afternoon. I’m still on the fence about liking it. My initial thought was that it was much better hot because the marshmallow-y notes are more apparent. However, halfway through the glass I found myself loving the spearmint flavor. It was so cool and refreshing. I think I’m still leaning toward keeping this for hot tea, but if anyone offered me the iced tea version I wouldn’t pass it by.

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drank Masala Chai by Wegmans
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The weather has turned cold again, so I thought a nice chai would be a good way to start the day. To make it a little more special, and to tempt my daughter to the kitchen table, I added homemade cinnamon vanilla syrup to our cups instead of honey or regular sugar. It was an absolute stroke of brilliance on my part. It took the tea to a whole new level. The chai I use is pretty light on the cinnamon, so the additional spice in the syrup didn’t mess up the balance of spices in the tea. The vanilla lended a smoothness that turned this into a new tea in the best possible way. I’ll definitely add this syrup to our chai -and probably many other teas – from now on.

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I wish I lived closer to a Wegmans…sigh.

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- Single Origin Teas
- 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.

94-85 = Teas I truly like, often have in my pantry, and sometimes restock. These are my variety-is-the-spice-of-life teas.

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

74-65 = These teas are ok, but not really my thing.

64-55 = meh.

54-45 = I will if I have no other option.

44 and below = Coffee, please.


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