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drank Starry Night by Art of Tea
436 tasting notes

The dry leaf and steeping smell was quite malty, surprisingly. But it didn’t really stick through the taste much. It wasn’t just your average vanilla tea. It was more of a vanilla bean vanilla. So way more stronger, with a touch of malt.
Wish that there had been more malt in this one, but it was still pretty good!
Suppose if I want a malty vanilla tea, I’d have to go to Capital Teas Ltd! But this one was like a lighter version of it. Still pretty good! Just won’t buy more of it.

Flavors: Malt, Smooth, Vanilla

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drank Caramelized Pear by Art of Tea
436 tasting notes

WHERE IS THE CARAMEL!?!??!?!
I must be the only one because every tasting note on here mentions caramel and honey. I got this BECAUSE I expected caramel and honey. But No.
It just tastes like pear and apple.
Don’t mind pears. Used to eat them all the time growing up. Don’t have much flavor, and the texture is kinda weird, but they weren’t bad. And of course, I hated apples. xD
The mix of caramel and pear sounded amazing though.
The dry leaf smelled strongly of pears….stronger than real pears even taste. xD And while steeping, the woodiness came out.
Pear and apple were the only flavors I could taste in this tea. So disappointed by this one :/ Maybe I just got a crappy batch…I don’t know…

Flavors: Apple, Pear, Wood

Sil

nope i was with you on that. i didn’t get anything remotely like caramel when i tried it

Ost

Glad I’m not just crazy! XD

Kittenna

Strangely, I did! :P

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drank Orchid Oolong by Art of Tea
436 tasting notes

Oh my goodness, this has to be one of the strongest floral teas I’ve ever had-at least smell wise. The dry leaf smell was super strong. When I steeped it the strong aroma went away a bit.And when I began to drink the tea, the strong floral notes came back.
The buttery flavor actually threw me off in this one. It smelled so strong that I didn’t think it would be buttery at all, because usually I can smell it before.
But the buttery flavor wasn’t overwhelming. It gave it more depth.
I really love this tea! Definitely one I’d buy again, but only in a really good sale because it’s kinda a lot of money. And the smallest oz you can get of this one, other than the sample tin is a 4oz bag. So that’s kinda annoying.
Well, definitely a good tea to remember for next year’s Black Friday sale! :P

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Smooth

Nicole

Wow. That sounds really appealing. Buttery oolongs are my favorite kind and I like floral teas.

Ost

It’s really good! I definitely recommend it! It’s worth picking up-and the sample sizes are good for a few cups! :D

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drank Banana Dulce by Art of Tea
436 tasting notes

So…after a disappointed dr appointment this afternoon, I came home to my AoT order waiting for me. Got a couple ounces of this tea, because I was sure I’d like it.
Doesn’t seem to be so popular here, but the reviews seem to be good for it.
They were all right!
This tea is wonderful! While I can definitely taste the chamomile, the banana flavor is very present in this one. I don’t even like bananas, but I love love love banana flavored things! Even if it’s like a super fake banana flavor I usually like it. xD
So this was definitely a winner! Not sure it will be a staple in my collection just yet. I’m sure I will know once I finish the rest of this bag.
It was a very nice and relaxing tea for this evening. Was much needed today.

Flavors: banana, Sweet

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drank Garden of Eden by Art of Tea
1 tasting notes

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drank Bluebery Cheesecake by Art of Tea
133 tasting notes

Another sample from carol who! This one was okay, but not great. I definitely taste the blueberry, but nothing that even remotely reminded me of cheesecake. And the rooibos base was very woody.

Flavors: Blueberry, Rooibos, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
carol who

I was sort of disappointed, too. :-(

Inkling

Oh well. That’s the point of samples, right? To find out what you like and what you don’t? I’m having so much fun sampling teas from these companies I’ve never even heard of before! :)

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Okay, so in a previous review, I stated that i was looking for a bolder oolong… something with a little more kick… and i do believe i found it.

Thanks goes to Ost for hooking me up with this guy…
And a small disclaimer- I do believe this is the right tea, however, there were two options when i searched for this tea… so

This one wowed me a little more than the last i think. I had a beautiful roasted flavor and aroma from the get. I love it.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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So, Ost hooked me up with this one and I will doing a full review of it in due time. I just wanted to let everyone know that in may not be on tomorrow because it my second anniversary with my darling girlfriend Elaine :) . I may be on shortly but if not, I will be on Sunday. After this, its ho!w free until my birthday on November 14. Thanks for making my days so much more doable and keeping me going. I couldnt do it with out you all.

Have a wonderful day tomorrow.

Steven

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Another backlog… Thanks Ost! A little too rooibos-y and honey bush in the blend. Blueberry cheesecake? well maybe… I do taste a bit of blueberry but not really getting the cheesecake.

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drank Jasmine Pearls by Art of Tea
125 tasting notes

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drank Tea for Her by Art of Tea
1 tasting notes

After I steeped Tea for Her, the chrysanthemums open up and the rose petals turn a vibrant pink. It is a really beautiful tea with organic ingredients. Sipping it, I find that these beautiful ingredients combine in perfect balance and the result is exquisitely delicious. Drinking Tea for Her has both a calming and uplifting effect on me. It is perfect after a day of attending meetings, having conference calls and analyzing reports. For me, Tea for Her is my late afternoon “reward treat” that pairs well with my ginger snap cookies. It really helps me to finish my day strong, productive and with a positive attitude.

Preparation
3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Uji Gyokuro by Art of Tea
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Sometimes a tea comes along and it makes me wonder where it’s been my entire life— this is one of those teas. It’s quite distinctive in the realm of Earl Grey Creme teas. The French vanilla provides a much more substantial body than the more traditional vanilla and reminds me of the thick, creamy custards I enjoyed during my visit to France over the summer. The black base, bergamot, and French vanilla balance perfectly; the contrast between the tart orange bergamot and sweet French vanilla really appeals to my sweet tooth. This was exactly what I needed to end a rough day.

You can read the rest of the review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2014/10/14/tuesday-tea-earl-grey-creme-art-of-tea.html

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Backlog:

Generally, I try to avoid blends like this (blends that have 2 types of tea in them, in this case, a black tea and a green tea) because to brew it properly to get the full flavor from the black tea, I would probably scorch the green tea and cause it to be bitter. So I instead brew it at the lower temperature and add an extra minute or so onto the brew time so that I can (hopefully) achieve flavor without bitterness.

That said, this is actually a pretty tasty blend. I like the combination of jasmine and passionfruit. The passionfruit is sweet and the jasmine adds a soft, beautiful floral note to the cup. The black tea is the strongest flavor of the tea base (not surprising) but I can still taste the green tea. It’s a softer taste for a black tea (again, not surprising because of the lower brew temp), but I still get a nice black tea flavor as well as a pleasing buttery note from the green tea.

Overall, a pleasant cup. I don’t know that I’d order it again. But I enjoyed what I had of it. It’s really good iced.

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This is the matcha I use for matcha lattes and matcha palmers at home. I also usually carry a travel tin of this to add extra matcha to my lattes from Starbucks as I feel the syrups can be a bit much.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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94
drank Happy Tea by Art of Tea
1520 tasting notes

Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox Round #3 – Tea #12
This one sounded like an interesting combination of ingredients! (And I could have used some happy today.) Upon opening the pouch it smells like super sweet strawberry. The blend itself looks like plain guayusa. I don’t miss the hibiscus.. hibiscus does NOT make me happy,in tea anyway… looking at those big gorgeous flowers is different! But the ripe candy strawberry is a really nice pairing with the guayusa flavors. I would have liked the apple and jasmine to make an appearance though. I’m saving a couple teaspoons of this one for later! Also, since this is guayusa I wouldn’t steep more than a teaspoon at a time.
Steep #1 // 10 min after boiling // 3 min

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