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Thank you LiberTEAS for sharing a sample of this with me. It certainly smells malty as I let it steep. The taste is surprisingly not bitter like I have come to expect with most breakfast teas. It tastes a bit malty and rich is the word I would use. But in such a good way. I might at a little sweetener, but I don’t think I’ll need it, have to see as the cup goes. Perfect tea to kick start this perfectly rainy day in NY.

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec

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94

Thanks for sharing this, brandy3392!

I’m loving this. It is delicious! It could use a touch more sugar, but the raspberry flavor is strong without being overbearing, fruity without being tart. Definitely one I plan to keep around!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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84
drank Cream Earl Grey by Culinary Teas
4835 tasting notes

Finishing off what I have on hand of this tea … it’s been a “sipdown” kind of day for me.

A lovely Earl Grey cream. It almost makes me miss the days when I was blending tea, as I had a pretty awesome Earl Grey Creme myself. But, this is still pretty good. Sweet and creamy meets tangy bergamot and brisk black tea. A very lovely combination.

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84
drank Cream Earl Grey by Culinary Teas
4835 tasting notes

This is another treat from TeaEqualsBliss! Thanks!!!

I love me some Earl Grey, and this is a really lovely Cream Earl Grey. The aroma presents the vanilla in the forefront, as does the taste, but the bergamot weaves its way throughout the sip. The black tea brisk without being too aggressive. A very nice, soothing cuppa!

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85

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.

This is a stout tea with some real heft to it! Strong, malty, rich and delicious. A great breakfast tea for those days when you really need some extra gusto! This tea has it!

IllBeMother221B

I’ve never tried a Scottish breakfast. I don’t care for the English breakfast teas I’ve had. Loved most of the Irish breakfasts I’ve tried. I’ll have to look into this tea.

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80
drank Maple Tea by Culinary Teas
6770 tasting notes

SIPDOWN – backlogging.

Something I noticed yesterday was something that tasted like grenadine or something similar in addition to the maple. Still a tasty cuppa tho!

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80
drank Maple Tea by Culinary Teas
6770 tasting notes

Thanks LiberTEAs! I have been craving Maple flavored black tea for a while. This is alright but not overly flavored maple. Still pleasing, however. A very nice cup!

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60
drank Russian Earl Grey by Culinary Teas
522 tasting notes

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93

So after trying The Tea Table’s version of this tea, I had to try this version that we found in a little shop in Kensington Market to see if it was as good! It’s nearly there, though it doesn’t have quite the body as the other. Still, it’s a very close second, close enough that I won’t have to try and find a way to get the other tea shipped to me, I can just stock up on this one! Very yummy, I love the vanilla and the earthiness of the rooibos and mmmmmm.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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57

This tea is interesting. At first I thought that it had that gross liquor smell that a lot of these rooibos blends have, but then I realized that it was almost a bit minty! This is a smooth cup with a very nice sweetness. I’m not very fond of mint which is what ruins it for me, but I think this would be a great cup for someone who likes chocolate/mint together. I’m not even sure if it contains mint, but that’s what my tongue is tasting in tonight’s steep. Many thanks to Brandy for a sample!

Paul M Tracy

A lot of rooibos have a minty flavor for me. I think it’s their high phenolic content including methyl salicylate which is a primary component of wintergreen.

Paul M Tracy

Sorry, I should have included a “chemistry geek alert” with that last comment.

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87

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this delightful Darjeeling.

A very deep flavor to it, a stronger flavor than I’m used to with a Darjeeling, but I like it! A nice muscatel in the background, a bit of astringency at the tail. Very nice Darjeeling!

Satish Bomzon Max

I was so glad and proud about Tukdah my home place…

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77

nice and light. i mixed in some honey for my sore throat and it is really sweet and good! nectar like!

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24

This tasted really artificial Like an air freshener! I am going to have to retry this iced or some other way. I added a bit of honey this first time, but it was bitter and strong. I didn’t taste anything resembling chocolate, as the strawberry flavoring was really overpowering. Maybe I brewed it too strong? (I may have oversteeped it) Maybe it needed milk too? Something went wrong obviously! I was really looking forward to this one and am a bit disappointed. Will try again.

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With a name like Chocolate Caramel turtle, you would think this tea would be wonderful. Unfortunately, I think the flavors are trying too hard. The tea itself seems weaker than others. I can taste all of the flavors, but it is just too much going on. This one was sent to a better home.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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83

Thanks Ashley!

Tastes like a papaya flavored green with the slightest hint of flowers! Pretty tasty!

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95

The last few weeks have been crazy for me (flooding, evacuating my home, moving back into my home, and now possibly having to re-evacuate my home). So today I decided I will drink only “Happy Teas” to make me feel better. This was the first one I reached for. It’s just as good as I remembered.

brandy3392

Apparently mother nature needs some “happy tea”. I’m evacuating again. Wishing luck to all my friends and neighbors.

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95

This is the best chocolate tea I’ve had! Very, very chocolatey. I’m also tasting just a hint of nut and caramel. I wouldn’t really call this Chocolate Caramel Turtle tea, I would just call it CHOCOLATE tea. Will be repurchasing this once my sample runs out. Prepared with almond milk and stevia.

Batrachoid

Maybe try it with chocolate hazelnut milk. Such a shame pecan milk isn’t available. I’d probably drown in the stuff.

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89

I’m finishing up the sampling that TeaEqualsBliss sent me, and quite enjoying it. A delicious take on Earl Grey… although I know that Earl Grey purists probably wouldn’t consider it to be an Earl Grey because it is quite different. But I like it anyway.

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89

Very nice – and quite a surprise. I had expected a smoky tea (It’s the “russian” in the name that made me think that this would be a smoky tea), but it isn’t. It is smooth, rich and delicious. Pleasant citrus tones – the bergamot mingling with the orange and lemongrass creates a softer, smoother tasting bergamot. LOVELY!

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73
drank Brandied Apple by Culinary Teas
69 tasting notes

Think more buttery apple tea. Not much brandy to speak of. Overall, tasty. However, the AWOL brandy is a little disappointing.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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74

This is a lovely green tea that is rich and pungent, but with a sweet floral aroma. This is on top of the richness and makes a lovely cuppa

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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76

This is kind of an experiment for me, to see how my taste buds are doing. I wanted a more delicate tasting tea than the tea I’ve been drinking (mostly black teas with a lot of ginger and cinnamon and other spices) to see if I could detect some of the lighter flavors. And they seem to be in check! Woot!

The pear flavor is quite lovely, as is the flavor of the green tea. Fresh, slightly vegetative, and the fruit flavor is light yet sweet and delicious.

As for TeaEqualsBliss’s challenge, Um… well… here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rbm6GXllBiw … Pear-adise City!

TeaEqualsBliss

Thanks for playing along!!!! Awesome song choice!

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