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drank SBT: Mango Peach by 52teas
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Like the other SBT blends, this has a nice tea base that doesn’t disappear under the flavorings and the flavorings taste really natural to me, but whether the flavor emphasis shifts like another reviewer mentioned, I can’t say.

I made this tea Sunday morning rather early. My son’s girlfriend came over and drank three glasses in a row. When hubby passed through later, I asked him if he would like to try some. He said he had already had three or four glasses of it. When I checked the dispenser in the refrigerator, it was nearly empty already and I had made a full gallon.

So it must be good! But I still don’t know if the flavors change when it sits overnight! I will make it again and hide a bit of it!

CHAroma

Hahaha, that’s hilarious! “Hey, anybody want some tea?” *Goes to refrigerator…no tea left. O_O

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I have been very slow in getting my sampler from Verdant tasted and reviewed. Let this be the beginning of setting that straight!

This tea knocked my socks off this morning. I made it western style and didn’t even look at their recommendations for steeping, which I hear is a big No No for Verdant Teas. So this went in my 22 ounce pot and I gave 203 F for about three minutes, except I was making toast and omelets at the same time, forgot to set a timer, and had to estimate how much time had passed.

In spite of all this, the first sip totally wow’ed me. I think my hair blew back. Nutty, deep, dark, rich, and yes, yes, the warmth of ginger with none of the bite as they said so aptly, and yes, burnt caramel. Creamy, smooth, full bodied, and in short, amazing.

I looked at hubby and said, “Oh my goodness! This tea is amazing!” To which he replied, “I know. I already had three cups.”

TheTeaFairy

That’s great! Now you know you enjoy it even if you mess it up :-) Love forgiving teas!

Terri HarpLady

This tea IS amazing, & delicious!

CHAroma

OMG, I just love your husband. So freaking hilarious! Everybody is always drinking up your tea!

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drank Unknown Puerh by Red Leaf Tea
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Not long ago, Red Leaf Tea announced that they had received some puerh by mistake and we could have it for the cost of shipping it to us. I signed up and received mine yesterday. My daughter got some as well and had it shipped here because she works twelve hour shifts and the apartment complexes have those postal boxes like bird houses and I am concerned that they get too hot.

This has led me to wonder if I should order tea in the summer at all. My mail is left in a box on my house, under the porch, but in the meantime it has traveled quite a bit and sat in the back of a hot mail truck before arriving. Does anyone else think this might make a difference? I have never noticed a tea not tasting good and attributed it to heat, though, so maybe it doesn’t matter. Thoughts?

Anyway, I love making puerh the way Bonnie suggested and have enjoyed it very much. She has a cup hot and then puts the leaves in cold water to steep in the fridge. It is too blooming hot here this morning to drink anything hot, so I actually just poured some hot water on two tuocha, left it a minute, and filled the pitcher the rest of the way with cold water and cold steeped it.

The resulting brew is quite dark, so I poured a glass and refilled the pitcher with water. The tea is SO good and refreshing! My friend was astonished a few days ago when I told her I loved iced puerh, no sweetening, but you really should try it! It is a very refreshing drink, and my tummy was a little angry about Chinese food last night followed by popcorn with coconut oil and butter on it. The tea seems to have helped a lot!

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I really love Huang Shan Mao Feng teas. They are so excellent with Asian food. At first taste way back when I didn’t believe it would be so, since it was such a gentle, subtle tea. Somehow it still makes itself shine with food and it doesn’t “get lost” in the flavors. Instead it complements meals nicely. Two steeps of this tonight with hubby for a total of 44 ounces.

Shelyteadrinker79

I’m going to have to try them.

TheTeaFairy

Tea is very much like wine with food, isn’t it? All about finding the right combination! I’ve had many successes, especially with green teas…

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drank Tochiotome Green by Lupicia
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I served this as the second tea at writers’ group last night. At the rate we drink tea during our meeting, I can not believe I have so few sipdowns! No exaggeration, we regularly finish two LARGE tetsubins and sometimes have a gong fu session or a small Beehouse pot to boot!

Not much to add on this one except to say it is a lovely green with very nice strawberry flavor, very drinkable with or without food, and everyone in the room seemed to enjoy it a lot.

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drank Cotton Candy by Southern Boy Teas
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I only bought one each of this one and Rainbow Sherbet, but I may get more of this one. I am DEFINITELY getting more Earl Grey Iced, or are we supposed to call it “Sorry, Captain”? And pink lemonade, more pink lemonade flavor!

I made a gallon this morning and I am watching the level of the dispenser drop rapidly and steadily. Hubby is working in the chicken pen (which they don’t stay in, they free range but you still have to do some maintenance) and it is HOT and sticky. He said he likes this one better than Rainbow Sherbet, which he did like, just not as much as this one, and I think Pink Lemonade flavor is still his favorite of this year’s batch.

If I bought these one at a time, I wouldn’t feel so free to make them so often, but when you buy ten at a time it really comes into line with the price of soda, which isn’t good for you and makes your teeth feel icky. Buying ten at a time, they come down to 1.99 per gallon of really delicious tea. (Autocorrect just changed delicious to devious. Frank? Is there something you’d like to tell us? >grin

DaisyChubb

I like how you broke it down… I think I’m going to break my wallet down and go buy 10 iced tea packs now lol

ashmanra

And shipping is already included! So it is a win-win!

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We just finished a gallon of this one today. I always make a gallon at a time and it often disappears in just 24 hours. I have the Pottery Barn drink dispenser that looks like a vintage cocktail shaker and the small sized one (1.9 gallons) fits nicely on the top shelf in my fridge. It makes it super easy and convenient to keep filling up your tea glass!

This is nice, and doesn’t taste like tea with strawberry flavor. It actually tastes like tea with a hint of strawberry sherbet. I am sure the other flavors are there, too, but I noticed the strawberry most because it seemed to linger on the back of the sip. Very nice.

Fjellrev

I googled that drink dispenser. It’s beautiful!

ashmanra

Thank you! I saw it on the Pioneer Woman’s blog and she said it didn’t leak and she has had it in her fridge for years, so I waited for a sale and bought both sizes. I love them.

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drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
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Last night was writers’ group night at my house, which means I make lots of tea! This was the first tea served. I made it in my large Teavana tetsubin with the warmer.

Before serving the tea, I told a few people the story of Nina’s, how they began and how they made perfume for Marie-Antoinette, how the tea we would be drinking was flavored with apples from the King’s kitchen garden at the palace of Versailles.

One of our members does not care for green apple flavor, but the rest were effusive in their praise of this tea. A couple of members had come in late and did not know what we drinking, so I know they were not affected by the romantic tale of Nina’s Tea, yet they actually interrupted the group to say, “I don’t know what this is, but it is GOOD!”

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drank SBT: Earl Grey by 52teas
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Wow! I am the first to drink this? I thought everyone would be geeking out on Patrick Stewart’s birthday last week and drinking it! And hurrah hooray, Steepster is letting me back on after not recognizing my iPad for a day or two.

Every Southern Boy Iced Tea I have made so far has given me a whole gallon, not just two quarts. It resteeps beautifully, and I combine the two steeps right away rather than having one stronger and one weaker steep.

This one surprised me. I know Frank doesn’t do anything by half, like just making a bergamot black tea and putting Captain Picard on the label. But this has a special candy flavor to it that was weird, but I loved it! It makes the tea taste sweeter than it really is, based on sugar added. I would say it reminded me of the great big pieces of grape bubble gum from my youth that were really soft. Don’t expect a plain Earl Grey experience here.

The gallon disappeared in record time, lasting just under 24 hours. I am probably going to have to re-order this one, though hubby likes the Pink Lemonade Iced Tea best of the new bunch. I am still hoping for Razzleberry Iced to come back, too!

Fjellrev

I totally agree about the resteep value. I’d say I’ve gotten nearly that much out of every single tea bag too. What I do is when I get halfway through the first jug (so like a quart, I refill it up with the bag left in there, and repeat a couple more times.

Thanks for the review. I was wondering how this new one would turn out!

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I honestly don’t remember why I picked this one as me of my free samples with my order. Maybe I was broadening our horizons now that hubby and I drink green tea together often, and have it with a lot of meals.

Either way, this is a strong contender for a shelf staple. The aroma of the dry leaves was fresh. I think of green teas as belonging to certain families, like the spinach, buttered veggie, oat, or grassy families. Some are astringent on the sip and give way to sweet rising aftertaste. I wish I was a super foodie who could detect and describe more accurately but I have gotten better since joining Steepster!

This one belonged in the creamed spinach family for me, one of my favorite types. There is none of the bitterness that dark green leaves (like spinach, mustard, turnip) can have, just the smooth veggie taste of spinach – the best part of it.

My description does not match theirs, but honestly I don’t know what chestnuts taste like well enough to say the tea tastes like chestnuts…or not.

We drank three steeps of it and it had a nice amber color every time. The creamed spinach flavor kept coming through, so I call this a winner.

Stephanie

Sounds up my alley!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Spinach is my favorite too!

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about six years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

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