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Finished off the rest of my sample this morning. I’m taking the day off as it is my birthday and already managed to make a tea order (oops). I still like this but it’s not special enough for me to want to get more. Sipdown (why is this so satisfying?)!

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Hmm I’m pretty sure now I know Lala was my secret pumpkin!

In any case, maybe it’s my cold, or maybe I didn’t steep long enough, but this is a very light spice. I’m not detecting any pumpkin. I added a touch of sweetener. It’s not bad by any means but I’m not sure I’d go out of my way to purchase.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Lala

Ha ha. Not too hard to tell it was me, hey?

jeweledthumb

Well when the only other review was from you, it was a good clue!

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Made this one again this morning. I made the tea double strength and then added some brown rock sugar and milk. It is much more pumpkin pie/pumpkin dessert like this. I am getting the taste of pumpkin and autumn spices, I am also getting a bit of pastry taste. It is also very creamy, most likely from the milk I added but it is working well with this tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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This is not a tea I would normally have purchased. I picked it up for the Secret Pumpkin exchange. Stepping outside the box!!

This one smells like a chai to me. Reminds me of Christmas spices, lots of cinnamon smell.

The tea tastes quite good. It is reminded me of pumpkin oatmeal cookies that my mom makes. Its essentially an oatmeal cookie with pumpkin paste mixed in. They are super soft and delicious. Pumpkin is not necessarily my favorite in pie form, but cookie form – delicious. There are definitely pumpkin pie spices. I taste cinnamon, maybe nutmeg.

I think the liquor could have been thicker, so next time I will have to try using more tea. I used 1 tsp for this cup. I think some creamer or milk may have helped bring out the dessert taste in this.

Overall not bad. I was worried that there was hibiscus in the ingredients but I can’t even tell its in there.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I actually did not intend to buy this tea. But I wasn’t paying attention and this is what I came home with.

This tea smells very sharp. There is definitely an almond smell. I would describe this tea as candied almond. There are small pieces of chopped up almond in the mix. The brewed tea smells like sweet almond. I almost get a hint of Granny Smith green apples.

The tea tastes strongly of rooibos. There is a sweetness from the rooibos. There is also an almond taste. Very slightly like marzipan but not quite. I get that little bit of apple flavour in the aftertaste.

Overall an ok tea for a rooibos blend, not what I wanted but I guess I should be paying more attention next time. Its like I get into a tea store and can’t even focus…there is too much to see and smell and I just want, want, WANT…ha ha. I think it is safe to say that is a common occurrence for most of us… :P

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

Lol, I always get carried away in tea shops, and Cuppa is no exception!

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Picked this up at the local farmers market. I couldn’t resist the blood orange. I do wish though, I would have asked which tea was used to make it before I purchased it.

This ice cream was made with this tea: http://steepster.com/teas/cuppat-specialty-teas/36763-organic-blood-orange-rooibos which is a rooibos tea.

The ice cream did not taste so much like blood orange but more orange creamsicle, which is fine by me. But there was still a rooibos taste, which is strange in ice cream. The good thing is it wasn’t medicinal rooibos tasting. I would also describe it tasting like blood orange but without the tartness, like sweet orange maybe, and very creamy. So I am going to go back to saying it tasted like orange creamsicle.

This ice cream was good, but I think I would prefer an tea ice cream that is not made with rooibos.

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drank Pai Mu Tan by Cuppa'T Specialty Teas
1212 tasting notes

Thank you for a sample of this, tigress_al!

This is a sweet, creamy, nutty white tea. I am apparently really in the mood for white teas tonight. Love love love the hazelnut in here. This is a nice, light tea to round out my day.

Just kidding, I’ll be up till 3 playing this stupid game.

Dylan Oxford

Do tell! What stupid game?

momo

This game: http://songpop.fm/ nothing very exciting but I CAN’T STOP

Amber

Isnt it awesome when tea companies care about what we think so much that they gift us with samples? I always love that in my mailbox.

Helena

I love samples because then I get to try something I might not have picked up otherwise.

tigress_al

Glad you liked it! This is one of my comfort teas!

Dylan Oxford

Hahaha, yeah, I just got sucked into that one too. Sadly it’s device restricted for Android, so I can only play through Facebook though :(

momo

I started playing it on Facebook and then downloaded it to my phone, but the sound is so low I can hardly hear it. So Facebook it is for me until they fix that or something, I feel uncomfortable listening to stuff with headphones when it’s just me in here.

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SIPDOWN! (236) mwahahahaha Now that’s what i call getting organised. :) I really like this one with just a splash of sugar to sweeten it and take the edge off the hibby :) Thanks as always lala!

Lala

Your welcome as always!

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77

Made this one as a cold brew and i’m not sure if this is the heat or what but it is PERFECT tonight and hitting exactly the spot that i wanted it. I am digging this a lot and it’s making the perfect tea tonight to help beat the heat. thanks lala!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Lala

Glad it is helping you survive that wicked heat wave!

Sil

it’s insane…flood one week…next week heat warnings..

Lala

well as long as you (and your tea) are safe

NofarS

Keep safe!

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77

another cup of hot brewed, cold tea this afternoon. Trying to mix it up a little this afternoon to work on some of my larger samples and try some of my teas that i haven’t yet sampled. Overall a very relaxing afternoon, playing PvZ on facebook and reading and getting vacation stuff a little more organised.

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77

thank you lala! so uh…i’m going to have to give this one another shot. I totally lost track of brewing it..so i’m pretty sure it sat there for about 15 mins. End result? um sour that makes the side of my mouth do that watering thing. lol so yeah… potential for good things here, ruined by my inability to pay attention tonight haha sorry lala! luckily i have more to play with so thank you for that!

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Ok WOW!!!!!!

A local tea vendor started selling tea infused ice cream at the local farmers market.

This is delicious. It is creamy, thick, ice cream. It tastes exactly like a creamy iced London Fog. The Earl Grey is strong but not too strong, it is sweet and creamy – just the way I like it. Will definitely have to try all the other flavours: chai latte, jasmine latte, campfire maple, and rose marzipan.

Chelle

Wow! I would love to try those.

tigress_al

Oh my!! I will have to check out this ice cream! Sounds amazing!

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I’m not a fan of this tea. A white tea, so I brewed for 3 minutes with 180 water. A pale yellow liquor, almost clear. Slight citrus aroma when hot but it all disappears when the tea cools. It has a tangerine flavour and unfortunately a bitterness envelops the tongue at the end of the sip. I didn’t oversteep and I didn’t use too hot water, it feels like the bitterness is from the citrus rinds.

Will not resteep and will not finish the cup. Sorry Sil ! It sounded like it would be so good too! Bummer.

Sil

white teas are tricky buggers :)

Nxtdoor

Or maybe I’m a peasant.

Sil

Haha naw…

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Thank you Lala for this sample.

This tea has an interesting smell, sweet and fruity but also nutty..like almond. Much nicer than your average Rooibos. Personally I’m not a fan of pistachio but my husband is so it will be interesting to see if we both like it.

Once steeped this tea is red/brown in colour and has a sweet almond and gentle apple scent.

Flavour is very sweet and appley with a sweet but dry nut finish. It’s not overly sweet but on the brink of being so (for me at least). It’s more almond than pistachio which works in my favour so the taste is quite pleasant. Very creamy and delicious.

Two cups in and I still cannot taste much Rooibos at all which is a very nice surprise. Remains refreshing and light but with a large apple and nut explosion that can be enjoyed in the after taste.

My husband loves apple tea and this is one that he gulped down with delight…well, as much delight as he can muster. He is never enthusiastic about anything, he says ‘yeah it’s alright’ about every tea.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Lala

So happy you and your hubby liked it! This is one of the few rooibos blends I really like.

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sipdown! finished this off as a cold brew.. ick. sorry lala this is not the tea for me! There’s something in the blend that doesn’t mesh wll with the other flavours. ah well, there are always other teas!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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mmmm thanks lala I’m not yet sure how i feel about this tea. I’m not overly a fan of white teas most of the time but this tea has enough flavour going on that i think i can get behind this.

There’s a citrusy smell to the dry tea that is quite enticing. Brewed, this isn’t overly tangerine like but it’s not bad either. There’s a sweet and spicy taste going on here that is unique from a lot of teas that i’ve had. I’m not sure what about this tea is supposed to make it “parfait” like, but i’m fine with that lol. I quite like this, though i also really want to try it cold brewed to see what happens. thank you lala

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Thanks to Lala for a wonderful surprise sample of this tea!

I’m not getting much oolong (ok, any really) from the flavour, but what I can taste is a delicious, lightly spiced tea. A bit citrusy, primarily orange, with cinnamon, and what tastes to me like either fennel or anise, but at a very agreeable level. It reminds me of Christmas, although it’s not a series of flavours I can recall tasting in a tea before. There’s some creaminess too, at the end of the sip.

This is probably not a tea I need more of, but it’s actually surprisingly delicious. As indicated by the fact that my cup is also now empty! I have another cup’s worth left, and I don’t imagine it will take very long to finish it off!

Thanks again Lala!

ETA: Oversteeped second infusion was surprisingly not at all astringent, but the spice wasn’t quite to my liking. I preferred it to be a bit more subtle. Still drank it, though!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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SIPDOWN! i think i have about 11 more to go over the weekend if i want to hit my goal of 250 before next week starts…no idea if i’ll make it but i can sure as heck enjoy some tea while trying! :) thank you lala for sending this my way. never did figure out what tea it reminded me of but i really enjoyed this :)

Sil

Haha er 250. I’m tiiiired leave me alone! :p mooooooommmm kittennas being meaaaaan!

Kittenna

Ahaha. I was just momentarily very confused :P

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thank you lala for this one. I swear it smells and tastes VERY much like another tea that i’ve had though i can’t seem to recall which one it was. This is a really nice apple-y sort of strudel tea. I just wish i could remember which tea it reminds me of. I am really enjoying this one on this super cold, gross afternoon of hail, rain, wind and minor sleep deprivation from last night haha time to make cookies!

Amariel

Sounds yummy!

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Shut up, the smell of this is insane. It’s like the freshest most fabulous apple pie ever in a mug on my desk right now. Ya know what it really reminds me of? A baked apple fresh out of the oven with cinnamon and some nuts mixed in, it definitely has that nutty warm scent. Maybe it’s cinnamon sugared nuts mixed into a baked apple. I haven’t even sipped it yet, I’m just dying over how fabulous it smells. I’m really nervous I’m going to love this because I don’t live in SK…I live in the US.

Anyway, got this in a SURPRISE swap from Lala and am just getting around to it now because I need something easy on my stomach (I’m a notorious black tea addict) and this rooibos sounded heavenly. Yes this is a problem. I love this tea. I get a bit of the rooibos taste, but the first layer of the sip is more like apple cider. Stop it. This is so good. This is the most spot on apple pie type tea I’ve tried. I generally hoard apple teas because I LOVE apple, but then I remember I don’t usually like apple tea, and then I have a bunch of apple tea that I’ll never drink. But this one is different, it’s special! I love it!

oh my God, so delicious. try it. seriously just try it.

CHAroma

Sounds amazing! If only I liked rooibos. :/

Sil

ooh this sounds totally interesting

Lala

Happy you like it. If you ever want more, just let me know. I’m sure we could arrange a swap, some US goodies for some Canadian ones!

TastyBrew

Yeah, everything about this tea sounds amazing… Except the rooibos part. Hmmm.

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1.5 tablespoons for 375 ml

Hint of astrigency. Vanilla sugary sweetness. Blunt lavender overtones. White tea taste is very nice into aftertaste.

Thanks to Sil for sharing this with me.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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72

Made the last of this tea as a cold brew. I found this tea to be a bit heavy on the hibiscus so I only brewed it for 3 hours. I find that I do not like cold brewed hibiscus. But it seems that 3 hours was still too long. The tea brewed up a beautiful dark ruby red colour. At the very beginning of the sip, I get an awesome blood orange taste, but then the bitter/sour hibiscus kicks in. I even added some white sugar as a sweetener, which did sweeten it up, but it is sweet and way too bitter at the same time. The blood orange taste kicks in again in the aftertaste. I think I will be able to choke this one down with a puckered mouth, but I will keep it as a hot tea if I ever purchase again.

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I remember this tea smelling different in the store. When I first smelled the dry tea I thought it was dead on blood orange. Now that I smell it one day later at home, it smells more like candied orange peel.

The brewed tea smells like creamy tart citrus with a healthy does of hibiscus. The tea tastes very tart (the hibiscus). There is an spicey orange flavour. Slightly creamy. The aftertaste it a dead ringer for blood orange. But it only lasts for a split second. The hibiscus doesn’t ruin the blend, which is nice for a change.

Overall this fruit blend is ok. I have had better and have had worse.

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

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