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This has been an old favorite of mine for at least 15 years. It has been a while and now it seems a bit sweet and all I taste is cinnamon and star anise. I actually like cinnamon a lot so I don’t really mind. I can’t imagine drinking this with sweetener but with soymilk/milk it’s pretty good and it has helped me to cut down on a lot of dessert cravings over the years. When it comes to herbal teas I try to pick a less expensive brand….

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drank Autumn Rose by Verdant Tea
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my foot has been hurting so I’ve been drinking a lot of tea today at home today. Time to switch to decaf. This was incredibly good with a bag of decaffeinated Ahmad Evening Tea. It ended up being like a berry flavored coffee somehow. yum!

Ninavampi

Hope your foot gets better soon!

TeaBrat

Thank you…

Dorothy

Get well soon (:

TeaBrat

thanks Dorothy. :)

Charles Thomas Draper

Elevate it. Be well

ScottTeaMan

Nothing too serious I hope :-O

TeaBrat

I think it’s Plantar Fasciitis or something, not too serious just annoying

SimplyJenW

Ugh. It just takes so long to get over Plantar Fasciitis. Lots of stretches every am and pm, especially in the morning, and good supportive shoes…all the time. No going barefoot for a while. Hang in there!

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drank Red Rocks by The Tea Spot
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this was nice with a bit of dried orange peel and a cardamom pod. :)

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Thank you to Scott for sending some of this my way and for helping me to get over my fear of darjeelings…

Foe a long time I thought I did not like them because the ones I had were so astringent and full of tannins but now I am learning quite a bit more about the different kinds of darjeelings, I am sure I will be able to find some I can really appreciate.

I did steep this with water that was not quite boiling for 3.5 minutes. Its a lovely dark yellow cup. This tea has a nice fruity aroma (like mild apricots) but also I’m detecting a bit of spiciness, like a cinnamon/peppery type of quality. It does have a bit of “bite” to it but has a fairly gentle pungency. Just a bit astringent & not very floral.

I’m finding this to be fairly mild which is nice for me this afternoon. I am liking the first flush teas I have tried a lot and will need to get more someday I think… Maybe I will become a darjeeling convert soon! :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
ashmanra

My first experiences with them were not good, but when I started treating them more like a green I got much better results. I just can’t drink them when prepared like most black teas.

TeaBrat

that’s good to know ashmanra!

ScottTeaMan

This is supposed to be a more refined (not in your face) Darjeeling. Was it too mild for you, or was the flavor satisfying enough?To get more of the floral quality, you have to steep it longer-say 4 minutes. Then there is slightly more astringency. I hope I gave you enuff to experiment with.:))

ScottTeaMan

Apricots is a good description, but cinnamon?? Hhhmmmm, Im gonna have to have more soon.

TeaBrat

I did not think it was too mild, will try steeping a little longer next time, I still have some left. :P

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drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
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This one came as the result of a swap with Brandy 3392 – thanks Brandy!

Green rooibos is def. a lot better than red in my opinion, much more clean and herbal tasting, less medicine-y, etc. I just wanted to comment that I seem to have the most difficult time spelling “rooibos” – I always have to look it up!

This was steeped for 5 minutes with boiling water. It definitely lives up to the name – VERY fruity! I am getting a lot of mango papaya type flavors, it’s also great that this isn’t too tart and doesn’t have hibiscus in it as far as I can tell. It reminds me of Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia but I think this one might be a little better. I love fruity teas so this really hits the spot. Probably would be great iced as well… i’m digging it!

I haven’t placed an order with David’s Tea for eons but I would get this one again. Great for a non-caffeinated type of moment.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Amariel

I really like this one, and I have to agree with you that green rooibis is more palatable than red. I’m probably going to get some, as I am sure it will be a great tea in summer, iced.

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A big thank you to David for including a sample of this in my last order.

I got lazy and decided to make two quick steeps of this in the gaiwan and then put them together in a glass mug – I used water that was around 205 degrees but did my steeps for 30 seconds each.

I wasn’t sure if I would like the charcoal roast but it’s pretty yummy. The color is dark yellow, and yes it is toasty tasting. There is an underlying buttery flavor and a nuttiness that reminds me of toasted chestnuts or pecans, perhaps some buttered toast. This has a very smooth mouthfeel and is very clean and bright.

I also did steeps #3 and #4 together in the same mug and now that the leaves are opening I am getting a honey, nectar like sweetness along with the chesnutty-ness. It also reminds me a bit of a good quality – walnut oil? Or something of that nature. I’m amazed it feels so rich and decadent without any calories at all!

Their instructions say a full 3 minutes at 205 F (and that it’s a great pairing for afternoon sweets), but I rather liked it this way using shorter steeps in the gaiwan. It’s very yummy – another outstanding oolong from Asha. Definitely recommended if you like roasted style oolongs.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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Every so often I need to try making myself drink things like this that I’m not hugely fond of. I do like cinnamon and plums but this tea is very light, and weak. I wonder what base they are using here for the black tea, perhaps it’s a ceylon, I’m not really sure. I would not be too tempted to buy this one again, it’s overpriced. You’d need to use at least two teabags in an 8 oz mug.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Amariel

That’s what I found when I had this many years ago. I expected to love it, but it was just meh.

TeaBrat

I have yet to find a Republic of Tea that I think is really good… I am just planning to not buy them anymore.

Amariel

I was the same way…I really really wanted to like them, but I just didn’t. My husband (mostly) created their logo many years ago, incidentally.

ScottTeaMan

I agree completely with your review Amy.

TeaBrat

Maybe I should try cold brewing it before I throw the rest out, not sure I can bring myself to finish it

ScottTeaMan

I think cold brewing it would work fine…. you probably already know to add extra tea for cold brewing. ;)) I even add extra RoT tea for hot tea.

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85
drank Pu-erh Blood Orange by Rishi Tea
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It was a beautiful day in San Francisco this afternoon and after a very long walk I took a nice nap and am having a bit of this to revive me. I really like the blood orange and grapefruit blend mixed with the pu-erh here. It’s still good even with the hibiscus, which I normally loathe (see my previous tasting notes). Steeped for 4 minutes with boiling water.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Lemon Drops by The Tao of Tea
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It’s been a while since I’ve had this and I am enjoying it this morning. The blend of nilgiri and lemon myrtle makes for a very zesty, fruity and citrusy cup. This would make a really great iced tea, I need to try it that way someday. It is also very fragrant! If you don’t like lemon I would not bother… see my previous notes

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Part 3/4 of the basic darjeeling set – I know this is sounding snooty of me but after I bought this I was really wishing I bought the premium set that was a little more expensive. But now I have a lot of darjeeling tea I need to finish before getting more. :)

This was steeped in an infuser mug for 3.5 minutes with boiling water that had cooled off slightly. This is a great tea to drink plain without milk or sugar. It is light bodied and a bit on the fruity side, slightly earthy. Little to no astringency and no strong tannins which makes it a good one for me. Very enjoyable. Not as aromatic as some darjeelings I’ve had, there’s not a pronounced floral smell. I would consider purchasing this again as an every day type of tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
ScottTeaMan

Yes, this would be a good one for everyday. Some of the soft withered 2nds I was talking about aren’t real flora either, but they are tasty everyday 2nd flushes.

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I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

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