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Man, I’m sleepy already – and I swear all I’ve done today is sleep! So, we’ll see how many notes I can post before The Voice is over, and then it’ll be time to cozy up in bed.

This one is from the Amoda February box. I don’t know how I felt about it seeing it included; it’s not an overly unique blend is it? There are a lot of lavender EG blends out there. One thing that is really cool about this one though is that part of the sales for this one go to The Chilliwack Hospice Society. I wonder, if I were to buy this one straight from the Amoda site would some of the proceeds still go to that charity?

I cold brewed my sample; there’s supposedly hibiscus in this (WHY!? GOD WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT TO EG!?) and I thought that’d make it the least noticeable. However I didn’t see a single piece of it in the leaf when I was measuring everything out. Was I just that lucky?

This has a really floral start; the lavender is almost soapy but doesn’t quite cross that line. It gets awfully close though; like middle schoolers’ pelvises at their parent chaperoned dances. LEAVE ROOM FOR JESUS! And the wave of lavender transitions into a really brisk black base and very heavy handed bergamot notes. Nothing too strong, though. It finishes on a really soft, velvety vanilla note that’s to die for. Best part for sure; and it’s what drove me to finish this as quickly as I did.

Overall, it’s relatively average but that finishing note makes it a little better than the usual lavender Earl Grey. Mmm!


‘Leave room for Jesus!’ OMG. I was pretty mad at the fact that they put hibiscus in this. Why would you do that???

Roswell Strange

Did you actually see any in your sample though? ‘Cause I’m convinced mine didn’t have any.


Huh. I did! They were few and far between, but quite noticeable. When I saw those it was like I had met the Mayor of frown-town.

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From the Amoda Tea box February 2015!

I love(d) lavender Earl Greys. I went through a discovery point in my life where I hated everything about lavender buds in my cup. While I am still probably in that phase, something about the combination of bergamot and lavender still gets to me.

The cream in this tea smells almost coconutty. Like cream of coconut. Steeped in my travel mug, it is slightly reminiscent of vanilla yogurt. I can’t say if it is a good thing or not. The first two mugs I drank straight, and the third cup I thought I would try adding some cream to it. It brought out the cream and the early grey-ness. The lavender, thank goodness, was pushed to the back burner.

I am at this point in the winter where I am bored by the winter-y flavors and heavy scents. I am waiting impatiently for the newest crop of spring harvests to arrive and am itching for some fresh AF tea :P

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The cream is great in this. Everything else, not so much. In fairness, I am not a fan of earl greys or lavender so this was doomed from the start. Still, I could see someone who enjoys those flavors being pleased with this tea.

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drank White Cherry by Aromatica
4833 tasting notes


I liked this blend. The aroma of the dry leaf was STRONG cherry notes, almost to the point of smelling medicinal. However, I’m grateful that it didn’t brew up to taste like cherry cough syrup. I like cherry cough syrup just fine when I need it to control a cough, but I’d rather not drink a teacup full of it when what I desire is tea.

Fortunately, this has a really good balance between sweet-tart cherry notes and tea flavors. I tasted the green tea notes as well as a hint of earthiness from the white tea. Jasmine notes are lingering in the distance. Rose creeps in after a few sips. The coconut offers more of a hint of creaminess to the overall cup rather than a profound flavor.

Overall, a really well-conceived blend from Aromatica … thank you to Amoda Tea for including it in the February box for me to try!

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drank White Cherry by Aromatica
45 tasting notes

I’m new to finicky teas, which to me means anything other than: drown it in boiling water and forget about it until you remember it again. ;-)
(well, not quite that bad)

But reading the ingredients, I was really curious about this one – the dry leaves smell very nice, especially the cherry smell.
So I steeped this carefully, according to instructions – letting the boiling water sit for 5-6 minutes to bring the temperature down to about 175F (I also tested it with 2 different meat thermometers, just to see; the digital one read 179F), and then timed it to steep for 3 minutes exactly.
I added about 1/4 tsp sugar.

The steeped tea still smells really nice, mostly the cherry. There are subtleties and complexities that I can’t really describe – probably the green and white tea leaves. I’m not sure I can pick out the jasmine, coconut, rose… but the overall blend of aromas and flavours is pleasant.

For me, there is a sort-of acidic or bitter taste that detracts from the overall. I tried adding a little more sugar (up to 1/2 tsp), and a little milk, and that improved it. I just tried eating one of the dry coconut chips, and that was strangely bitter/acidic/unpleasant (maybe stale?), so next time I’ll fish those out of the dry leaves before I add water.

This tea is interesting and appealing enough that I think it could grow on me, once I get more familiar with the flavours of green and white teas. I do love the cherry smell.
And as I get down to the bottom of the large mug, it’s tasting better!

The description says “5 different types of tea”, but I count only 4 in the ingredients list that I copied from the package.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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