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81
drank Butterscotch by Art of Tea
160 tasting notes

TTBC2 #16

I generally prefer my white teas to be fruit flavored rather than dessert-candy-creamy flavored, but this blend is pulled off real nicely.

I have noticed that if I like the look of a blend’s dry leaf, I usually like the steep it makes. So was with this one. Adorable little peppercorns among beautiful, intact white tea leaves. And gorgeous-smelling. Just like butterscotch. And I am not even a great fan of buttercotch, but this tea smelled heavenly.

It turned out to be delicious as well. Strong buttescotch, caramel and cream notes that nevertheless did not overwhelm the delicate nature of white tea. What’s not to love? A very well done dessert white blend!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79
drank Liquid Jade by Art of Tea
10 tasting notes

Earl Grey, green version indeed! Fabulous.

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80

Sweet, thick, very good oolong

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80
drank Ancient Forest by Art of Tea
17 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Dragonwell by Art of Tea
20 tasting notes

Steeped it for about 4 minutes and the taste was very subtle on the tongue, with hints of Asparagus & Escarole. It also had a very calming effect on me, so it’s probably loaded with l-theanine.

Flavors: Asparagus

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70
drank Liquid Jade by Art of Tea
20 tasting notes

It’s named aptly as it steeps to a jade color, and has a wonderful Bergamot scent, but overall, I found it a bit lacking in taste. Slightly floral with hints of green grass and green beans.

Flavors: Grass, Green Beans

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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66
drank Welcome by Art of Tea
931 tasting notes

Sipdown no. 139 of the year 2014.

I just realized that until now, I’ve had no tea or coffee or anything to drink today except water (and a couple of glasses of wine with dinner). No wonder I have a headache. Caffeine withdrawal!

This blend isn’t helpful for caffeine withdrawal, but I am going to have to try to go to sleep soon. The work week is already looking scary and I’ve been staying up too late.

I continue to find this something that was pleasant enough while it lasted but unfortunately not the highest on my current list of preferences for herbals. If someone were to offer it to me I’d drink it, but I have learned enough about my chamomile preferences lately to know that I prefer sweeter chamomile without the intervention of other herbs intended to take away from the sweetness.

Kirkoneill1988

quite the interesting name for a tea eh? :)

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80

This tea is definitely made for anyone who smokes cigarettes. It has a pronounced taste of tobacco with hints of Morel Mushrooms, alongside a hint of Musk. It is definitely not a tea for the faint of heart. If you like strong, woodsy teas, then dial this one up.

Flavors: Mushrooms, Tobacco

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80
drank Starry Night by Art of Tea
455 tasting notes

Tea of the morning. Lately I’ve been craving plain blacks for my morning tea, but today I thought vanilla sounded good. This one is as nice as ever. Decent vanilla flavor with a good tea base. My daughter was more than happy to grab an extra cup to drink while waiting for the bus. She also asked if I was going to resteep the leaves to make a cold tea for later today. When I told her yes she claimed a cup for after school. And here I thought I was the big tea drinker in the family! :)

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Flavors: Earth, Honey

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66
drank Welcome by Art of Tea
931 tasting notes

This tisane is the current front-running sipdown candidate among the herbal/fruit/otherwise decaffeinated mixes in my cupboard just because it’s my current least favorite. I didn’t reread my first note before I steeped it, so I didn’t intentionally overleaf. I must be sure to do that next time to see if it makes a difference.

It’s certainly not something that I dread having to sip down (there have been many others in this category), but it’s not my favorite chamomile blend. I’m still liking the Harney Yellow and Blue for that designation. Tonight, even without overleafing, this chamomile is a bit sweeter than I remember, which is a good sign. It’s also a little straw-y, which isn’t.

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79
drank Welcome by Art of Tea
1608 tasting notes

Tea #29 from Considering a new TTB
This is the last caffeine free option in the TTB. It’s an interesting combination of ingredients, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the pink peppercorns in the blend, but they don’t seem to lend much of a flavor. The florals are present, without being soapy with a slightly tart flavor from the rose hips. Overall, this isn’t a bad tea to end my day with, but it isn’t something I’m likely to order for myself since there are so many chamomile blends that I prefer over this one.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95
drank Mandarin Silk by Art of Tea
1083 tasting notes

Thank you QueenOfTarts for a sample of this one a while back! As I expected, I’m pretty sure this is the same blend as The Tea Merchant’s Silk Dragon. Same ingredients, same taste. Not a bad thing! I have a bit of the sample left of that one, and I’m happy to have a bit of this one left. It’s a nice oolong with a hint of lemon and vanilla. This blend seemed to have less vanilla, but maybe the Tea Merchant’s blend was as fresh as possible when I first tried it. It’s a nice one! I just wish it had more lemon or tasted more like creamsicle like another tasting note mentioned.

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70
drank Green Earl Grey by Art of Tea
21 tasting notes

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51
drank Dragon Crisp by Art of Tea
10 tasting notes

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51
drank Dragon Crisp by Art of Tea
10 tasting notes

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79

Very delicate tea. Mild coloring. Not like a typical oolong at all. Color is mild, but feels very full and thick on the tongue. Smell is sweet yet slightly vegetal.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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75

another one from awkward soul via Terri. This is a pelasant enough oolong, but it remains a green oolong. Just not one worthy of making me want to keep it around.

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48

Not sure…… need to give this more time, maybe it will grow on me. Disappointed that it is not creamy and coconutty. It smells good

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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98
drank Cinnamon Fig by Art of Tea
3 tasting notes

This is the tea that pushed me off the coffee wagon for good. I look forward to my morning brew as much as I did for any cup of coffee.

I do add a tad of german rock sugar. It really pops and blends the flavors. Very smooth.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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68

This is almost like a tart creamsicle and if you add a little sugar to it you have full creamsicle flavor in a cup of tea. I think that anyone who enjoys orange and is looking for a caffeine free option will enjoy this tea. It also makes a very tasty iced tea, I ran out of time to sit and enjoy my tea and put it in the refrigerator for later. When I noticed that the temperature was hovering in the mid 50’s I decided to pull it out and give it a second chance. In Wisconsin mid 50’s is definitely iced tea weather, for us that is a regular heat wave! It’s such a shame that we’re expecting snow and cold weather the rest of the week, but the warm weather reminds me that iced tea weather is almost here. I can’t be the only one excited about this, can I?

You can red the rest of the review on my blog
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2014/3/11/tuesday-tea-lemon-meringue-art-of-tea.html

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
moraiwe

http://imgur.com/MqzipPU

Yesterday was that day for Wisconsin.

Short Sorceress

Yup, I’m definitely irrationally optimistic, but can you blame me? mid 50s yesterday, low 40s right now, and we’re expecting snow tonight. I just can’t get used to springtime in Wisconsin.

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96

Slight smoky flavor. It reminds me a lot of pu-erh, which I later learned that Yunnan used in this blend is aged longer to form pu-erh blends. This is really my favorite of the black teas. That’s saying a lot when previously my favorite was chai.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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