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drank Adagio by Lupicia
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Yum! So far, my favorite flavored rooibos from Lupicia. I’m working my way through them pretty methodically. This green rooibos smells heavily of citrus in the bag and you can see the little pieces of grapefruit and lemongrass that cause it. It brews up into a light golden amber and when hot, the cardamom pods poke through the light citrus taste. Cold-brewed or just cold, this rooibos really develops into a grapefruit-y tea. It’s not sweet, but it’s not mouth-puckering either. A nice drink to wind down at the end of the day.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Absolutely loved every cup of this tea. When I ordered it, I was looking for a gunpowder/mint combo and I noticed, but didn’t fully realize what effect the rooibos jasmine would have on this. Maybe I’m just easy for mint/green tea combos, but this tea is fantastic!

The jasmine adds a little depth and maybe even a hint of sweetness that tempers the smoky gunpowder and sharp spearmint. This tea makes a great travel mug, producing delicious cups even under questionable hot water conditions. Cold, the spearmint gives you that refreshing feeling. Definitely something I would buy again.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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87
drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m happy I tried this one! Though this isn’t 100% pina colada to me, it’s still a really tasty smooth pineapple flavor. The coconut does come through in the creaminess and aftertaste. I only had a little bit of this, but I’m thinking of getting some more and making some popsicles because it tasted great super cold.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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92

This is tasty! I think cold-brewed is definitely the way to go, just as many other tasters advocate. If you brew it hot, the rooibos pops out a bit more and you don’t get as much lime dessert flavor. It smells great and citrusy, and the taste honestly reminds me of lime jello, even though it’s been at least 10+ years since I had any. Not a whole lot like jello! Just a little bit.

I’d definitely order this again. So far I’ve had success with rooibos blends from Della Terra, but haven’t been thrilled with anything else. I think the flavourings just might not be for me. ….So does anybody want some Blueberry Crumble, Rabbit’s Garden, or (maybe a few cups worth) Citrus Splash?

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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66
drank Mint Julep by DAVIDsTEA
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A creamy black tea with a minty kick. I think the creaminess might have been the coconut. It tasted best super cold – the spearmint really came through then. I found it a bit mild, but maybe that’s what you want in a refreshing summer tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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part of the sweet indulgences sampler.

This just isn’t for me! I thought I was okay with lavender tea, but I find this tea too full of perfume. Hot, it comes across more like a soapy flavor to me, which might be the coconut? I hear sometimes that causes a soapy taste, but I haven’t had that problem with coconut in other things from David’s, so who knows. Either way, this is better cold, but still not great for me. I can do flowers, but not perfume.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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This was one of the first loose leaf blends I tried, and for that reason alone, I am fond of it. It made a good morning cup of tea, though it’s a bit finicky and sometimes the bag needed shaking up. When steeped at less than boiling for about 3 minutes (or a smidge less), the almond oolong and caramel got along perfectly well. Go a little bit long and it was too bitter for my tastes. I won’t be ordering this again for a while, but it was fun while it lasted.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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I was expecting more of a kick from this tea, but it’s a surprisingly mild-mannered chai, despite the visual presence of peppercorns and chili pieces. It is a bit thin-tasting, but not unpleasantly so. All in all, it’s more like a cocoa with a pepper taste to it, but I wouldn’t call it spicy. It’s not bad, just that I prefer other chocolate chai blends.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Apple & Berry by Lupicia
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Got this freebie teabag last time I went into Lupicia. Dry, it smells like applesauce. It steeps up to a nice golden color, but doesn’t really carry through with that apple flavor. It’s more like drinking a savory green tea base with a slight hint of apple joining the party. The berries might have RSVP’d but they certainly didn’t show up.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Rhubarb & Strawberry by Lupicia
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From my Lucky Bag.

This tea smells amazing. Dry or brewed, it’s a really beautiful sweet strawberry scent. I’ve never actually tried rhubarb in real life, however I think it’s that and the rose petals that give this a bit of perfume and floral edge. It’s not a creamy-style strawberry tea, but the black tea base it still quality. I drank this hot most of the time, but sticking it in the fridge was also pretty tasty.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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I’ve just recently discovered the world of loose tea and am really enjoying myself. I’m still in SAMPLE EVERYTHING mode, and likely always will be.

I love green teas, chai, and citrus flavors. I don’t mind hibiscus. I will drink a bitter green tea, but won’t drink bitter black tea. I’m working on figuring out which black teas work for me.

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