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This appears to be new at Stash (online) and is offered in loose leaf variety. The leaves look amazing and promising. What I missed in the description was the “vanilla nut” part. What kind of nut? Well, my tastebuds are telling me hazelnut, and that’s unfortunate…hazelnut and I don’t get along. Hazelnut booms my tastebuds and everything else fades into the background. I don’t taste bergamot, only a little vanilla (but at least the tea base came through, which is really good).

For not being an Earl Grey, as titled, it’ll get low marks from me (sad).

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
SimpliciTEA

Back in the day when I used to drink flavor-added coffee, there was a flavor I didn’t care for, and I think it was hazelnut. It did the same thing to me that it sounds like it does to you in this tea: it stood so boldly in the forefront of the overall taste that “everything else fades into the background.”

Cheryl

Speaking of coffee, I can detect that taste in anything and everything too (and do not like it at all). Love chocolate, unless it’s “mocha”. There we a few split seconds when I wondered if there was pistachio in this tea, then it boomed back to hazelnut, so who knows.

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SimpliciTEA

Back in the day when I used to drink flavor-added coffee, there was a flavor I didn’t care for, and I think it was hazelnut. It did the same thing to me that it sounds like it does to you in this tea: it stood so boldly in the forefront of the overall taste that “everything else fades into the background.”

Cheryl

Speaking of coffee, I can detect that taste in anything and everything too (and do not like it at all). Love chocolate, unless it’s “mocha”. There we a few split seconds when I wondered if there was pistachio in this tea, then it boomed back to hazelnut, so who knows.

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Originally started testing teas, to replace a lifelong Coke (Coca-Cola) habit. Now I’m just amazed at all the choices. Still in beginner stage of tea education. Until I get really good at iced/cold tea, the Coke habit remains, but is down to a minimum.

My cupboard here on Steepster was ridiculous, containing each and every sample size that I have been accumulating. It now only contains non-sample size teas. Loose leaf outweighs the bagged teas, but it doesn’t look that way by the list (over 100 samples).

I started my tea journey testing flavored teas. My favorites are chai and mint flavored teas, along with Earl Grey. Also like chocolate, caramel, coconut, almond, vanilla, cinnamon, clove and some others. Most flavors are better with a nice black tea base. The mint ones seem best paired with greens. I’m branching out now to unflavored teas and it is way more overwhelming then the flavored category. Phew.

My (grown) son has decided that he wants to try to find tea that he likes too, so I’ll be passing along the ones I don’t care for to him (with instructions to then pass them on to his sister…evil plot? yes!). So I’ve removed my shopping list from Steepster and moved it to a spreadsheet (swaps are out for now). My shopping list had grown to 197! By going through each one, I was able to split that in half (since many were added in beginning, before I knew what I like/don’t like).

While not swapping, if there’s something in my cupboard that you’d like a sample of, please feel free to ask : )

Ratings (for now):
90s: Must have in personal rotation. Crave it.
80s: Makes me a happy tea drinker. Very good. Unsure of long term relationship.
70s: Like this. Will drink what I have (sample/tin/box), but unsure of whether I’d buy again.
60s: Probably a good tea for what it is. Just not to my personal liking.
50s and below: Do not like…at all. Either poor quality, yuck flavor or … (see tealog).

Old (and still current) obsessions: books, music and fragrances. Hopefully my tea collection stays much more “normal” then those. (too late)

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