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OMG Roswell Strange, I think you found a winner!! This is amazing! First off, it smells awesome and though the smell doesn’t 100% transfer to the taste, it still has this amazing vanilla silkiness that takes over. Pair that with a nutty/almost burnt caramel and you have one big cup of delicousness. Thanks for the share!!

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Cold-brewed the last of my sample. It was much better this time around than hot. The coconut became more present and the cinnamon and citrus hung out in the background.

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Thank you Roswell Strange for the sample! I set this tea up in my ingenuiTEA to brew in the morning, and I didn’t check to see what kind of tea it was so I used just boiling water. Which could be worse, considering it’s a darker oolong and can take the heat :P I got a nice big hunk of orange in my sample from Roswell that I threw in. There was such an odd myriad of potpourri ingredients tossed in, rose, coconut, orange peels… I feel like none of them stood out to me. It was like drinking the inside of a craft store. There was not enough mouthfeel or ‘why hello, it is I, tea!’ kind of sensation I usually get. Ah well, you win some, you lose some.
Sorry, this one just isn’t for me.

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CURSE YOU INTERWEBS! I was looking at this note to see where the company was from, and I couldn’t find it anywhere. Like it had been eaten by the levatious tasting note gods. Le sigh I am so lucky I write my notes on my computer and then post them. … usually.

First of my swap with Roswell! this was the first tea I dug into, because it was late and I all I wanted was some dessert. I have given Rooibos a bad rap in the past, and I think I needed to give it another chance.

This was a good second chance! The nutty honey Rooibos was accentuated by the other goodies inside. Or rather, I should say that the goodies were accentuated by the Rooibos. It was as crème Brulee as it could be. Silky, Creamy, and vanilla bean-y. As much as my chefs at culinary school made me want to hate this dessert… shouting in a French accent in my ear about how I am not using the right temperature to temper my egg yolks and cream… I go ahem apeshit for that delicious dessert.

Yay for swaps! when I got the package last night, I squealed at the stickers and promptly stuck r2d2 on my dog’s forehead. Man, Ros, I demand a re-do! If only a purple glitter monkey lamp would fit in a bubble mailer….

Flavors: Cream, Vanilla

Preparation
2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
Roswell Strange

Yay! I’m so relieved it made it to you! And I’m happy you liked the blend – I definitely thought it worth sharing since it’s got such unique ingredients :)

kieblera5

I love crème brulee.. This sounds amazing!

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Cold brew that I came home to Sunday morning after drinking with Billi and the gang…

I’ve been kind of mixed about this one; it’s got good qualities but it can also feel like too much is going on because of the vast ingredients list – and some of the flavours are a little weird together. This cold brew was under leafed specifically to try and avoid that.

It still came out tasting heavily of potpourri; cinnamon, rose and coconut in particular. However, with a very mild hangover there was something super, super appealing about that to me and I guzzled it down. In a normal “state of mind” I think I likely would have found it too intensely floral and perfumey. Maybe it was good I was kinda hungover?

Downside to having a hangover on a Sunday though? It happens to be the landlord’s day off too and lately his new renovation project has been replacing all the tile flooring in his half of the house. So from noon until about ten thirty at night (dear God; regardless of being hungover WHY is it necessary to be doing construction THAT BLOODY LATE!?) it was just constant hammering, pounding and drilling. Would’ve been annoying on its own – but was made that much worse by already having a slight headache.

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Cupcake binge…

Tre gets back in from Regina sometime tomorrow so I thought it’d be nice if I made cupcakes tonight so he’s coming home to something sweet. It also doesn’t hurt that it’ll probably help with him feeling less ticked off that he was gone a whole week and a still haven’t done the dishes. For anyone curious, I made Butter Pecan Zucchini Cupcakes with a chocolate frosting! Instead of a cup of water, I used 1/2 of milk and 1/2 cup of Southern Butter Pecan creamer, which has only made them even more over the top rich and indulgent. Mmm; moist and yummy!

I am both the best and worst roommate.

Anyway, this was the tea I brought with to work today! I’ve only had it once before; cold brewed, and I think I felt pretty impartial to it – you know, it wasn’t necessarily really good but it wasn’t awful either. Hot was quite nice though!

There are a lot of ingredients in this blend, and so the combination of flavours is a little bit overwhelming. You’re tasting so many at once, and in different proportions – but it comes together to make one nice flavour. For me, I greatly tasted the sweet, floral rose among other floral notes from the oolong base and cinnamon, pineapple, coconut and a dulled down cranberry flavour. It kind of reminds me a little of DAVIDsTEA’s Alpine Punch blend if I’m being honest – but a touch more tropical and with no marzipan flavour. It’s like drinking a really, really good potpourri?

I’m confused about what time of the year/temperature it’d be appropriate to drink this though; it has the sweet fruity flavour of a summer tea (I mean common; Pineapple/Coconut) but the warm, snuggly comfort factor that a good winter tea also possesses. Have I sent this one out to anyone else? I’d really like to see what other people think of it…

Anyway; it was better the second time around! Gonna play around a little more with hot preparation styles since I have lots left and now know I prefer hot to cold with this one.

Kristal

I just made red velvet cupcakes for my husband’s birthday for the first time. My goodness, they are dangerous!

Sil

a whole week with no dishes being done… oh man. i’d freak hahaha

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This is one of two new teas I picked up for myself in December when I was down in Regina. For my first time having it I prepared it as a cold brew; I actually wrote out much more thorough jot notes for this blend than I tend to typically do, and since I wrote out a lot of them I’m just going to paste them straight into the note instead of expanding on each point. I still have quite a lot of this one since I had to get 50g, so I can write a more structured review at some point down the road…

- Definitely not quite what I was expecting
- Notes of cinnamon, roses, cranberry, and pineapple are most present
- With lesser notes of coconut and vanilla and other less descript floral qualities
- With so many additives, the oolong base was well masked
- It seems, really, more like an afterthought
- I was expecting a more fruit heavy tea similar to Pina Colada but with a twist
- That’s definitely NOT what this is, though it wasn’t bad either
- Curious where the name comes from: none of the ingredients scream PINK to me
- And the liquor was more an amber colour than anything else
- So far not something I’d want more of, but happy to have tried it!
- And will try it again several ways because this seems worthy of exploration

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My tummy has the gurglies…

I just finished baking two dozen cupcakes and I most definitely ate too much cupcake batter because I’m a foolish person. It was fun playing around with new recipes though; the ones I made are Vanilla/Cherry/Zucchini with a Strawberries and Cream matcha icing. I can’t even think about trying one right now – but Tre played ‘Guinea Pig’ for me and tried one without the icing and one with. He says that without is amazing; very moist, with a good balance of zucchini and cherry. With, he didn’t like as much – though it wasn’t because of the vegetal factor like expected. It’s ‘cause the strawberry blends into the cherry too much and it gets too strong taste wise. Of course, I’ll test them for myself later and record a note for them…

This is a queued tasting note.

Made this one up in my timolino with a little bit of milk splashed in. I realized that with the change of season, I’ve been neglecting my rooibos teas pretty badly so I pulled about five of them out of my cupboard to incorporate into the work week. This is the first one I steeped up.

The mouthfeel was very thick and rich, and the creaminess of the milk only help extend that feeling. Creamy vanilla bean notes dominated the cup in a way that made me think of thick, frosty vanilla milkshakes (only hot?). The last few sips were a touch medicinal tasting; perhaps from the rooibos base, sitting in the timolino for an extended time or possibly a combination of both.

Milk seemed to simplify the complexity/layers of this blend – but it was enjoyable overall, and perhaps the best way to drink it in a timolino. I find with more complex/nuanced teas, the timolino strips that away anyway or it just becomes too much of a distracting paying attention to the tea when I just want something casual to sip on during my work commute.

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Next up in the queue; I wrote lots of jot notes for this one since I was very excited about it.

I picked this one up in store when I was in Regina mid December; I had planned to get at least one new blend to try, but I definitely wasn’t anticipating it being this one. In part because I picked up two other rooibos blends at the same time, and in part because I already stock another Creme Brulee blend that also uses rooibos (albeit green rooibos) for the base.

But the ingredients in this were rather unique in my opinion, and I’d never seen a blend with them sold by any other retailer so I got swept up in the excitement and bought this one. I mean, it’s got sweet blackberry leaves, puffed rice, and tonka beans. Definitely a bit different. I even had to look up tonka beans because while I’d heard the name before I was so unfamiliar with them I didn’t know what the flavour was supposed to be like and I’d never seem them mentioned in tea before.

A brief lesson of sorts on tonka beans: They’re most commonly used in perfume because they have a sweet, almost vanilla like taste and smell but they’re uncommon in food/drink because they got a “bad wrap” years ago for being toxic. Except, they’re toxic in the same way that nutmeg is toxic: you have to consume a whole lot of it. More tonka beans or nutmeg than any sane/rational person would ever or could ever consume at one time. So really, they’re not harmful at all. Just kind of… taboo.

And so now you know!

And guys, as soon as the water hit the tea leaf my house smelled incredible. This tea is really, really aromatic with such a smooth, soft vanilla/caramel kind of smell to it. I’m sure it must be from the beans – I really did immediately kind of understand why they’re so often used in perfume. It really carries, and lasts!

Taste wise, the liquor in this scrumptious smelling tea isn’t nearly as smooth as the smell would suggest it should be, but it’s still really good regardless. The vanilla (or rather “tonka”) flavour in this is really silky and powerful, and the most noticeable thing in the blend, but there’s also this lovely caramel flavour that feels just a little burned. Toasty, gooey caramel. The puffed rice contributes a roastiness that I didn’t realize I wanted to be there until I tasted it – and now I’m sure that it needs to be there. And it’s so subtle too; just a fleeting roasty quality made noticeable right before that first taste of vanilla and then again right after it’s faded.

As for the base, it’s decently masked but still a little present. I actually like rooibos though so I don’t mind it at all though. I’m gonna love having this sweet, accurately named dessert tea around for before bed though. I’m sure of it!

What a fantastic blend to come out of a fairly quaint little store. I really don’t know anywhere else I could find such a unique Creme Brulee blend. Just dying to know where they sourced it from!

Tealizzy

Sounds yummy! Never heard of tonka beans before, so thanks for the lesson!

Fjellrev

I always dreamt of a tonka bean tea since I fell in love with the essential oil. Sounds awesome.

Amariel

I think LUSH uses tonka bean in some of their products…I’ve never heard of it outside of there though, til now. This tea sounds really appealing, even if it is a rooibos.

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Thanks to Lala for this tea! I immediately thought of using this to cold brew, and one litre later, I’m sharing some with my mom. It makes without-a-doubt-lemon iced tea without all the scary sweetness in Nestea and the like. My mom even swears the base has a floral note? I see where she is coming from.

Thanks again, Lala!

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Not wonderful, but a pleasant enough rooibos. None of the flavours particularly stand out in this blend and it is pretty unoffensive. I left one serving for the SSTTB.

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Thank you Roswell Strange for the share. When brewing, this smelled amazing and as I sip, I am enjoying it more than I anticipated I would. The base is a faint orange flavour but add to that a touch of pepper and a nice dose of spice and you have a surprisingly pleasant cup of tea. However, I do want to mention it is best hot because the flavors change as it cools and they aren’t as good. 265.

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Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing this tea. I made this last night in my carry mug and as I sip, I am happy it is still warm but I am finding this to be quite bland. It is slightly orangey and has a hint of nut but any flavor there was may have been drowned out by its long stay in the thermos. Luckily my tea twin shared enough that I will be able to try this again.

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I got this in a sample swap from Roswell Strange – thank you! I have wanted to try this one for a long time. I love melon teas and was intrigued that this one is a black tea.

I enjoyed this last night while sitting in my floofy chair watching TV, after a 2 hour nap. Isn’t that the life?

The tea was good, for sure. I’m the first to say that my palate isn’t the best, I know what I like but I can’t always pick out exactly what I am tasting. So when I was drinking this it had a top note that I recognized, but didn’t recognize as melon. I liked it, but couldn’t figure out exactly what it was.

It’s very different from other melon teas I have tried, and a really enjoyable tea. Thanks RS! I hope your end of the swap comes today.

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So I have had several cups of this one iced this afternoon. I used 6 tsp of tea in about 1/2 litre of boiling water. Then added a whole lotta ice. I didn’t need to add any sweetener as it is sweet on its own.

This one is definitely better iced than hot. The artificial lemon taste is quite blunted. It tastes like a light black tea with candied lemon. Kind of like those little candy lemon drops, but there is no sour, just sweet.

I would say this one is not a favourite but it was nice for an extremely hot and humid day.

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I purchased this one quite a while ago with the intention of making iced tea. I never did, it just sat in the bottom on the tea cupboard. I have been getting sick of some of the iced teas I had been making on the weekends so I decided to pull this one out.

I did make it iced, but it is currently chilling in the icebox. I also decided I should try it hot for completion.

Hot, the tea is ok. Honestly it reminds me a bit of no name brand lemon dish soap.I really feel this one was designed to be iced. I hope the same taste does not translate over to the iced version. The black tea base is mild. There is a definite candied lemon taste to the tea, it is bordering on artificial though, hense the lemon dish soap reference. It is a little more sweet than I would like my hot black teas, but I did not add anything to it, that is the way it came. The liquor is very thick and there is a slight astringency at the end of the sip but only if you hold the liquor in your mouth for a little bit before swallowing.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Jeez, I’m really going through the teas I got from Roswell Strange. Every time I go into the kitchen to choose a tea, I end up with one of hers. This one is “generic” black tea leaves with a few slices of almond and some red flower petals. It smells of sugar and caramel with some almond and cinnamon in there too. I did a 3-minute steep at 200 degrees, next time I may go for longer.

The brewed aroma is cinnamon and honey roasted almonds. Yum! I added sugar to mine, and it’s lovely brown sugar-candied almonds with just a little touch of cinnamon. There’s a definite caramelized taste here, and a little hint of buttery pastry. Mine came out just a little bit weaker than I would have liked, so I will probably try a longer steep for the other half of my sample. Overall, I love the flavors here. :D

Flavors: Almond, Brown Sugar, Butter, Caramel, Cinnamon, Pastries, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Roswell Strange

Very rarely do I criticize Butiki teas; but this one is the flavour I really wanted from Almond Indulgence, but didn’t get. Plus it’s cool supporting a local company, too. :)

Cameron B.

I considered ordering Almond Indulgence, but it didn’t end up making it into my order. I really like most almond flavored things.

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Sipdown!! (160)

Lately I have been reaching for lighter teas – those with whites and green bases and fruity flavors. I attribute this preference to the warmer weather. And yet, tonight, I wanted something rich and dark and flavorful – something I could hold in my hands to warm me up and with a scent that is cozy and comforting. Honestly, I was thinking about Nutmeg Cream but I figured I should focus on swap teas and older teas first before diving into that. Plus, last time I had it, it was rather astringent. Then, I considered Brioche and as I rummaged through my draws, I remembered the sample of this tea, courtesy of the amazing Roswell Strange that definitely reminded me of Brioche tea, at least when it came to smell. So I settled on this because it was both a swap tea and one I felt could fit my mood.

Brewed up, the smell is definitely something that is fun to just hold and sniff (wow, that sounds weird). Like Brioche, it is bready and nutty and reminiscent of delicious baked goods. Yum! Unfortunately, compared to Brioche, this falls a bit short. It has the nuttiness but lacks the bready element I love so much. Also, it is a touch more astringent than I would like. That is not to say it is not a good tea in its own right, but seeing as I have Brioche in quantity in my cupboard, I don’t think I will be stocking this anytime soon. Nonetheless, I am grateful to Roswell Strange for the chance to try something new so thank you tea twin!!!

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drank Ice Princess by Cuppa'T Specialty Teas
6135 tasting notes

roswell strange sent this one my way and i’m glad that she did. While it’s not the crazy intensly delicious melon flavour that lupicia has…it is also a black tea! and that makes me happy. I much prefer this one of the black melon that the teafairy sent me. I’m finding this one to be just the right balance of fruit and black tea today. Thanks a bunch RS!

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I put roughly 5 teaspoons of mix to steep into 1 litre/35 oz of cold water for approx 22 hours. The result is a pink/red liquid (watermelon coloured) that has a sweet, refreshing yet tart fruit scent. Very dragon fruity.

Flavour is very sweet with a slight tart after taste but liquid is quite thick and sugar syrup like. Similar to some instant iced tea mixes I’ve had before (I think they were Lipton). My cup even has some sort of white sugar like substance on the bottom, if I hadn’t known it was a fruit mix my guess would have been instant blend. Despite that though this is very nice, the flavour is nice, clean and refreshing yet it has enough sweetness to work well as an iced tea and a pinch of sour to stop it being too sweet. Fruit flavour wise it is heavy on the dragon fruit but also has a peach, mango and light mixed berry tones.

I have enough for another cold steep with the same parameters so I will do that for tomorrow, two of my husbands brothers are over for a drink and sleepover before they go to Wembley on Saturday to watch a football finals match. I don’t see them often, I live in Leicester and my husband is from Derby but moved here for me and though our cities are next to each other his family rarely visit and I rarely visit them. I’m putting it down to the fact that none of us can drive. Still it will be nice to have family over and this iced tea will be great with a splash of vodka or scotch :) Party iced tea.

Preparation
Iced 5 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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I believe this tea was from Lala so thank you Lala for my night time cuppa.

Once steeped the tea smells like almond, it’s sweet and nutty yet light and with some rooibos scent. Like a sugar almond sweet mixed with rooibos.

Flavour isn’t as almond like, in-fact it’s thickly rooibos with an almond after taste. Has some sweetness though it’s more from the rooibos than the almond and there is dryness in the after taste.

Not as nice in flavour as it was in scent but it wasn’t a bad rooibos blend, it was something I happily finished a pot of which is a rarity for me and rooibos. The almond just gives it a nice subtle touch.

Flavors: Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 5 g 20 OZ / 600 ML
Lala

It was me, and you are welcome.

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My swap arrived from Roswell Strange!

This one is tasty! The melon comes through clearly and the base tea is neither over- nor underwhelming. It is slightly strange to have a melon black tea, but it actually works really well.

Thanks Roswell Strange!

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I waited in all day for a re-delivery that failed to actually be re-delivered, my early morning and severe tiredness from lack of sleep was all for nought. Now I just have to hope my parcel isn’t being sent back to Asia, customer services said they will contact me in a few days. Pft, bloody Royal Mail!

Now I’m tying to relax by watching House MD (on my fourth or fifth re-watch in completion) and by sampling this tea, I do love almond and am in need of something sweet.

Served with a splash of milk. Once steeped it has a subtle nutty scent (like almond and walnut ie sweet yet creamy) and a hint of cinnamon spice.

It tastes strongly of mixed roasted nuts which is a little dry with some sweetness in the after taste. I think it’s one of the nuttiest teas I’ve ever tasted, though I’m not digging it’s dryness (which nuts tend to be) I am liking the flavour. From time to time I do like nuts, I eat them often as their good for vegetarians. It tastes a little like candied almonds but more like old stock from a pub machine that isn’t used often.

I do like this one, not sure if it would be something I would purchase (if I could) but I could certainly drink it again happily.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML
Nxtdoor

Loooove House. I miss that show. I don’t want reruns though, I want more new episodes. :)

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Sipdown (110)!

Well, this is the last cup. I managed to squeak one last one into the night because I had some serious tea cravings left unchecked, and this was a caffeine free sipdown just waiting to be pounced on!

This cup was warm, comforting, Autumnal and delicious with oranges, cinnamon, and pistachio ruling the cup. I never really wanted this tea and when I got it as a birthday present I definitely was not excited but I have to say that on the whole it far exceeded my expectations and I never did really have a bad cup of it – which is something I can’t say about ever some of my favourite blends.

So not too shabby on the whole.

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