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drank Cookie by Lupicia
69 tasting notes

Heeeey, this is kinda tasty. The smell of the dry leaf was so strong I worried about whether it’d taste like a melted Yankee Candle, but it mellowed out and was quite pleasant with cream and sugar. Yes cookie, yes tea. Wouldn’t drink it plain, but it’s a nice dessert.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Kiwifruit Cocoanut by Handmade Tea
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Brewed properly (ie. not in a contaminated strainer), I really love this tea. Solid black base with a little astringency and bright leathery notes, which are nicely matched to the sweet kiwi and creamy coconut. So far all the Handmade teas have been well-balanced to my palate—not too much of anything, usually exactly enough.

So far I’ve only had this plain & hot, but I think it would be great iced or dessert-style with loads of sugar and cream.

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drank Scottish Morn by Harney & Sons
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It’s definitely strong, but sorta missing something. Just kind of generically malty and dark and … and strong. I wish there was more depth to it. Not bad, just not for me.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank SBT: Monkey Fart by 52teas
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drank Kiwifruit Cocoanut by Handmade Tea
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Wow, it’s been a long time since I posted! (Not that I haven’t been drinking tea, mind, I’m just spending very little time at the computer.) LET’S DO THIS.

1. Opening the canister is a treat. Creamy coconut, the bright sweetness of kiwi, and… well, let’s not pretend. Coconut is Queen of this blend, at least in dry form.

2. Oh CRAP, this infuser smells like orange peel

3. OH CRAP, MY TEA IS RUINED FOREVER

4. At least orange is remotely harmonious with the other ingredients? But still. I can’t rate this one yet.

NO MORAL

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drank Sencha "Matsuri" by Lupicia
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Let me preface this note by saying that my experience is probably just a matter of personal preference, so I’m not rating this tea. I love some green teas, but they tend to be mild and sweet varieties, with delicate vegetal and/or floral notes. The stronger a green becomes, the less likely I am to love it.

I wanted to like this tea. There was a strong green-bean aroma in the dry leaf and the broth was very green, thick, and salty, like soup. Unfortunately, with each sip it took on a bitterness that crept in incrementally until its presence was overpowering. I actually had to spit out the last sip I took because I thought about it too hard and the bitter notes in the cooling tea activated a gag reflex (I’m sure you wanted to know that…?).

The good news is there’s probably someone out there who would love this freshly-opened package of tea.

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Whoa, hello mixed reviews! I can’t remember where I got this sample, but it’s been staring at me for weeks through the wire mesh tea-bin and I finally decided to polish it off last night.

When I opened the pouch, the smell of cinnamon was so hot it felt like my nose was burning (or I had to sneeze?). It brewed up a medium brown with sweet cinnamon aroma and an astringent black tea undertone. I would have preferred a more rounded blend; the dry mouthfeel was at odds with the spicy sweetness. I did appreciate that I could taste the tea under all that other stuff, so there’s that. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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I love tasting things. Slowly, I’m getting better at it.

I am a coffee convert; the 5+ cups of strong coffee I used to drink every day has trickled down to 1-2 cups a week, if a pot’s already brewed and I’m feeling lazy. Otherwise, tea all the way!

It’s been a few months now, which is enough for me to know that everyone likes different things about their cup. Personally I like my teas the way I like my men—strong and naked, with no artificial flavors or preservatives. Also dry, and in a tin. Hah!

Life is interesting and occasionally irritating. Because of this, I am sometimes laser-eyed, but a nice cup of tea usually helps.

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