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I finally got around to trying this after having it tucked away for several months. While I absolutely LOVE caramel flavors in tea, rooibos tea bases aren’t my favorite. This tea, however, tastes divine! The rooibos had a nice woody, earthy flavor and complimented the caramel notes perfectly. Adding milk and sugar turns this into an extreme caramel-y decadent experience! Completely comforting and mouthwateringly delicious. My one complaint is the rooibos does leave a dry mouth feel. Otherwise, I can’t find anything I dislike.

Flavors: Caramel, Nuts, Rooibos, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
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I am currently attempting to get my tea drawer a little more controlled, which means trying to drink tea more often (oh poor me :) My husband keeps eyeing my stash like it’s some audacious atrocity. He has at least 75 video games, why can’t I have 75 different teas? Anyways, I digress.

To me this tea tastes like holidays. I am getting an intense flavor of cloves, with bare whispers of cinnamon, and maybe some ginger playing in the background. Overall, it’s nice, but nothing terribly memorable. There is very little chance of me purposely attaining more of this. If however, I ever do get a hankering for a cup of liquid cloves, I will instantly know what will do the trick.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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Wow. This is amazing! It seriously tastes like I’m drinking hot chocolate right now, with a little hint of matcha. I wasn’t expecting this to taste so, chocolate-y, but it really really does! Yum. I love how this isn’t extremely sweet on its own, and incredibly creamy. Kind of odd, but I’m almost getting a floral taste at the end. A little off-putting, but nothing too noticeable. I don’t think that I would buy this in large quantities for myself, but it is a fun flavor to try out!

Flavors: Chocolate, Flowers

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This is a tea I could probably drink on a regular basis. I love the vegetal grassy notes alongside the pistachio flavors. Oh my goodness. So very yummy. Event without milk or sugar you can still detect a distinct creaminess. Adding both really kicks the decadence up a not. This a tea worth skipping dessert for!

Flavors: Cream, Grass, Nuts

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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drank Raspberry Vanilla by Zen Tea
70 tasting notes

Got a generous sample of this to try in a tea swap. Currently my brain is fried and I can’t remember who gave this to me, but thanks to whoever you are!

I’m not a big fan of rooibos tea, but I’m learning that I do enjoy some flavored varieties. This is a blend I could definitely drink on a regular basis! It’s got a little burst of tartness from the raspberries, but the vanilla helps sweeten and round out the taste. A lot of roobios teas have a very dry mouthfeel, which I absolutely hate. I am loving the fact that this doesn’t possess this quality. Ordinarily I take sugar and cream with my teas, but this one I can actually drink without any additives because of its natural sweetness. I bet this tastes divine iced as well. If I have any leftover I might just try that when temperatures warm up a bit.

Flavors: Berries, Cream, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Thank you to TraceyC for sending this in our swap! This definitely feels more like a winter-time tea ,personally, so I doubt I would buy this during the summer months. It would be perfect for a chilly, damp fall evening curled up next to a fire. I can’t say I’m too fond of the Oolong Darjeeling base, but that’s just my taste. The pumpkin, cream, and spice flavors are presented beautifully together. A lingering essence of caramel finishes each sip perfectly. If you’re looking for a great pumpkin tea that doesn’t have a common straight black base, this is a great option.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp

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I am constantly tempted to buy tea even when I have drawers stuffed full of it at home. Out grocery shopping yesterday, this caught my eye and I could feel my resolve breaking. Truth be told, I’m very glad it did. This tea is terrific. The smell alone of it is purely intoxicating. I love how the vanilla doesn’t taste artificial and how the black base doesn’t fight for dominance. As a bonus, it’s decaf! Now I have a tea I can drink while curled up on the couch knitting when those bouts of insomnia hit.

Flavors: Cream, Vanilla

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

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Enjoying a cup of this today after having it in my cupboard for far too long. Mmmm, this is divine. Reminds me of flaky, warm, buttery croissants and other delicious baked goods. It’s got that perfect nudge of spice to compliment the decadent silkiness. If I can’t have fresh pastries, this could definitively be a suitable alternative. Overall lovely, but for some reason I can’t see myself buying more for myself. Can’t figure out why because I really do enjoy this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
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I have been craving a cup of this all last summer and autumn, and am extremely delighted to have it again in my cupboard. The first time I drank this tea was almost 2 years ago but for whatever reason I never got around to reviewing it. Ah well, better late than never…

The dry leaves have an enticing, smoky, sweet and salty aroma to them. I steeped them for roughly 4 1/2 minutes. Tea liquor has a deep golden hue with a strong scent of black tea. The first tastes are of liquid caramel with creamy undertones, supported by the full bodied black base. It has a pleasing, decadent mouth feel. Creme and sugar brighten up the nuances of coconut and toffee quite a bit. I’m not really tasting any salty flavors here, but there is a deep smokiness which balances the sweeter elements of this tea perfectly. Overall, a fabulous tea. By the way, thanks to whoever sent me samples of this, I’m not remembering at the moment. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
MissB

Pretty sure that was me! Could be wrong though… regardless, glad you enjoyed it!

VariaTEA

I know I sent you some as well. It was not for me so I am glad it went somewhere it would be appreciated.

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
70 tasting notes

I think this was the first tea I decided to put on my shopping list on steepster. I’m finding ironic that I am finally, after over a year, trying this.

Mmm, this is divine. Silky chocolate, cool peppermint, creamy vanilla, and just a nudge of heat from the peppercorns. Yum yum yum. This definitely sets the right mood for winter, and especially the holidays. I am definitely taking this with me when I go travel to visit relatives over Christmas.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
VariaTEA

I am glad you like it :)

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I can’t use chopsticks. My favorite smells are lemongrass and fresh coffee. If I were to die of something fatal, it would probably be caffeine poisoning. Reading, photography, traveling, and cooking are just a few activities I enjoy. I am a native of Krasnoyarsk, but grew up in Alaska.

I enjoy most types of teas, but am partial to flavored black and green varieties specifically.

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