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drank Berry Cream by ESP Emporium
124 tasting notes

This is a nice tea. The flavor is subtle, but it’s there and it’s good. (“Berry cream” really does describe the flavor perfectly.) I steeped this a bit longer than the recommended time (about 3.5 minutes, I think), which was probably the max I could do without it becoming bitter. Despite the long steep, the flavor was indeed subtle and while I usually like my teas a little stronger than this, it was still a very tasty tea.

(Sample from silentrequiem. Thanks!)

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75
drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
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My opinion of this tea has greatly changed since I first tried it ~2 months ago. I thought it was a decent masala chai, but I was looking for “the perfect” masala chai and this wasn’t it. This was the first masala I tried when I began my search, and now, coming back to it with more experience, I really like this and I think it’s actually stronger and has more body than the masala chai I’d settled on getting from another tea company. Perhaps I wasn’t steeping this long enough (or was using the wrong amount of leaves) when I first tried it… In any case, yum! This is very good.

Of course, I’ve already forgotten how I made it last night (that turned out so perfect). I think I used 1.5-2 tsp for ~14 oz and steeped it for about 5 minutes with about 3/4 tsp of rock sugar. I’m not completely sure… I’ll have to pay attention and make sure I get this right in the future.

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Silentrequiem gave me a sample of this (Thanks!) and noted that it was a little weak, so I steeped this for quite a while (10-11 minutes) and added a bit of rock sugar. What an interesting flavor… It does smell and taste like autumn, but there is no apple flavor (from the name, I would have expected apple pieces in it). The orange flavor is strong and the taste isn’t bad (although it smells better than it tastes). I feel like this could taste better if blended with something… Maybe something with apples? :) It did taste a bit syrupy, but that may have been from my steeping it for so long.

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drank Iced Lemon Mint by Handmade Tea
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This makes a very nice iced tea. I’m typically not a huge fan of iced black tea, but the lemon (subtle) and mint (not subtle) give this a very pleasing flavor. I made this with a little bit of rock sugar and steeped in for quite a while (at least 6 minutes) before putting it in the fridge overnight.

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drank Iced Lemon Mint by Handmade Tea
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It’s been probably two weeks since I tried this (I am way behind on my tea-logging), so I should probably log this when I next try it. The aroma of the dry leaves is… weird and not appealing, so I was nervous about how this would taste. Fortunately, the taste was much better than the smell! It was subtle and relaxing. It has a flowery flavor, but not the lack of a sweet flower aroma made it taste quite different from other flower teas (basically, the polar opposite of jasmine, which is strong, sweet, and demands attention). The subtle flavor made it a nice “wind down” evening tea, but I wasn’t particularly excited about this. I have so many other teas I like more than this right now so I may have some trouble finishing my sample of this… It’s not bad, but it’s not distinctive.

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drank Chinese Flower by Harney & Sons
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This smells AMAZING, but I think I steeped it too long. The taste at the beginning was a bit bitter, but it became smoother as I continued drinking. I look forward to trying this again, hoping that I can get the taste to match the incredible smell a bit more.

(Sample from silentrequiem. Thanks!)

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I made this last night and decided to skip sugar, risking that the flavor might be weak without it… The banana flavor was actually quite strong (I can’t remember how long I steeped it) and I think I could taste a bit of the coconut. This was a fun tea. It’s both flavorful without sugar and caffeine-free, so I’ll definitely be happily finishing my sample of this in the evenings.

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drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
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I made this with a bit of rock sugar and steeped it for about 6 minutes. Very tasty! It was more sweet than spice, but the spices complemented the sweet taste very nicely. At first I thought this would be better with cream, but as I continued the cup I decided it was just fine without it. I look forward to finishing my sample of this, but I don’t know if I like it quite enough to buy more.

(Sample from silentrequim. Thanks!)

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Debbie

Glad you like it… you like it better than me. If you want to buy the rest of my bag from me let me know.

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This tea was not bad, but it wasn’t what I expected. I recently learned that I enjoy earl grey white tea, so grey herbal tea sounded like it could be good as well. The bergamot oil flavor was very light (I’m not even completely sure I tasted it, or at least it’s very different from what I’ve had in other earl grey teas), and the primary impression I had of this tea was fruitiness. That’s funny considering that there doesn’t seem to be any fruit in this tea… I’ll have to try it again, perhaps steeping longer and adding rock sugar.

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I started drinking loose leaf tea in December 2011. I usually use Teavana’s Perfect TeaMaker at home, and their Remi Mug at work. Some day I would like to have a cast iron set… a red one with dragons!

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