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The rich, fruity flavor of this tea is perfect for a summer day or when you feel the need to chase away the blues.

It’s juicy and ripe with the mango, pineapple and papaya flavors front and center. I can’t say that I would be able to identify each individual fruit flavor but they meld into a holistic blast of fruity goodness.

I’ve it iced and hot with a touch of sweetener and splash of half & half. It’s wonderful either way. This will definitely get re-ordered.

Flavors: Mango, Passion Fruits, Tropical

Preparation
2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Part of a sampler I received, and tried this morning for the first time. Several steeps from the same leaves produce the typical golden hue and very light aroma found in gunpowder green. Slight grassy flavor with second steep producing more tones of light smoke and copper. I am not usually a big fan of this type of tea, but found myself watching the tea pellets unfurl and dance in the pot, and finished 4 cups before I even realized it!

This type of tea is essential in the Maghreb where it is used in the preparation of North African Mint tea (Berber Tea Ritual). This inexpensive gunpowder green would be a good candidate for this purpose.

Flavors: Cut grass, Smoke

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I was gifted a sampler from ESP, and found this Russian Samovar tea much to my liking. The blend has some nice flavor from Assam leaves, with a very faint smokiness in the background. A bold, hardy brew that is satisfying and smooth.

Flavors: Brown Toast, Dark Wood, Smoke

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

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drank Happy Colada by ESP Emporium
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Teeny Tiny Traveling Tea Box round Two

Drinking this iced right now since it’s STILL SUPER HOT.
It’s a lovely fruity, hibiscus-y tea. It didn’t turn super bitter from the hibiscus, which tends to happen whenever I drink any tea with hibiscus. I think this could have done with a tad more agave, but it’s pretty good!
A nice fruity tea, and back in the box it goes!

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I’ve tried this tea three times so far. I really enjoy its fruity, sweet flavor but I have to admit its flavor reminds me more of Twizzlers or Red Vines than of any vineyards. Then again I’ve never been to a vineyard so perhaps that’s why my associations are to candies.

I’ve had it hot each time I’ve drunk this tea (with a touch of sweetener and milk) but I’m sure it would be wonderful iced too.

Flavors: Peach, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Butter Truffle by ESP Emporium
33 tasting notes

This is not bad. The bag smell is overwhelming and a bit artificial, but brewed it’s more tame. I don’t get very many savory notes (cumin? whaat) other than the nuts, but my tolerance for savoriness is pretty high (love it). I get butter and creaminess for sure, and it mostly tastes like a more complicated cookie to me. Great for making butter tea with too. Big indulgence :)

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I steeped this tea according to directions. I steeped it for 2 minutes at 190 degrees F in a porcelain teapot of 24 oz of water ad 4 tsp of green tea.The toastiness was very prevalent but was perfect. It did not overshadow the green tea but smoothed out the green tea where green tea tends to be a little bitter if not careful at times. I love the toasty aroma and how well the tea went down very smoothly. I paired this tea with a wild greens and kale salad topped with diced vegan chick strips and a poppyseed dressing. The tea and wild greens/kale salad paired well with the green tea bringing out a beautiful meal accompaniment. I made a 24 oz pot so I drank the remaining pot of tea after my salad was done. The tea holds well without a meal. The smoothness, toastiness, and slight vegetation of the green tea was perfect.

Flavors: Smooth, Toasty, Vegetal

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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A Wellness herbal tea that is similar to an Ayurvedic Yoga Tea but about double the additional herbal ingredients. It has the ginger, rose petals, black pepper, and cinnamon of a traditional yoga tea minus the cardoman and cloves. I steeped it per the directions at the higher steeping time of 10 minutes using 4 tsp in 21 oz of water using my glass tea pot. I had this before bed and decided to go a similar traditional yoga tea preparation of adding milk (I used a non dairy milk-Almond milk) and honey. The tea was very relaxing and prepped me for a restful night sleep after a long work day and week. I tasted hints of tart apple and some rose petals but not too tart. The cinnamon, eucalyptus leaves, and pepper were faint. The lavender was what I am sure placed me in slumber land in no time . I highly recommend this tea for a “get ready for bed and a restful night sleep” tea. You may want to try it without milk and honey/agave but I think this slightly tart tea needs the milk and honey/agave to mellow out the tartness. I lit some Frankincence Incense as I drank the tea, played my Buddhist Chant CD, and inhaled the beauty and calmness this tea evoked before going to bed.
Tea Ingredients: Apple pieces, fennel, China bamboo tea, ginger pieces, orange peel, carrot flakes, cinnamon pieces, blackberry leaves, eucalyptus leaves, black pepper, rose petals, white rosebuds, basil, raspberry leaves, lavender blossoms, marigold blossoms, beetroot.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 4 tsp 21 OZ / 621 ML

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I like to think outside the box when pairing tea with food. I steeped this tea according to the directions for 4 minutes at 212 degrees F. The tea was like a dry red wine with hints of raisin more reminiscent of a dry Cabernet and a light almost unnoticeable smokiness. I accompanied this tea with a Pizza dinner rather than my usual wine accompaniment. The pizza was a mushroom, spinach, garlic, and white cheese with oregano and hot pepper sprinkled on top – made at home. The tea was good like a nice dry red wine paired with this pizza. If I was to pair this almost wine-like tea with a Jazz album, I choose Duke Ellington & John Coltrane ’s 1962 collaboration which I own on vinyl. The album is spicy, smooth, hip, and cool and so is this tea.

Flavors: Raisins, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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Thsi is the best China Lapsang Souchong Black Tea that I have tasted so far. It is not just the smokiness which was reminiscent of my hubby and I camping and backpacking on one of the Appalachian Trails that gets me, it is the meditative state that it puts you in. I mean, I felt so relaxed and meditative after drinking this tea.

I tried this tea alone after a long day at work, and it relaxed me and put me in a state of meditation as though I just finished my daily 4:30 AM yoga practice.

I also tried this tea with a meal of a vegan BBQ Mushroom sandwich of saute mushrooms and onion in a spicy homemade BBQ sauce that I made at home. I placed the BBQ mushrooms and onions on a hard toasted roll with a topping of a coleslaw marinated in apple cider and sugar. A southern BBQ sandwich but veggie style that paired perfectly with this tea. The BBQ sauce and the smokiness of the tea reminded of a summer outdoor BBQ with family and friends. A perfect tea alone to meditate or to pair with a fun BBQ meal.

Flavors: Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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Star TrekI steeped a pot of this tea for a relaxing breakfast on a holiday off from work. No need to rush for work, so hubby and I decided to go to the local donut shop (something we rarely do but who cares…a little indulgence on sweets adds to the sweetness of life…smile) and purchase donuts to bring back home to accompany my tea and to accompany his coffee. I choose ESP Emporium’s Russian Caravan Black Tea Blend for breakfast because I love the feeling and meditativeness I get when I drink cups of China Lapsang Souchong Black Tea where this Russian Caravan is suppose to also give a similar smoky note but smoother. Perfect for a morning where I wanted a little more depth to my tea but also lately as fall approaches I have pleasant memories of camping and backpacking with hubby where I think we need to get back on the trail :)

The tea was smoky like a China Lapsang Souchong Black Tea and reminiscent of a campfire; but, the smooth texture and smooth feel on the mouth going down as you drank it rounded out the smokiness and added a slight butter texture mixed with a little smoke. Believe me the slight smokiness and butteriness paired well to establish a smooth tea. I like to experiment in pairing my tea with food and as I said we purchased donuts. I had a coconut donut and a pumpkin crème filled donut with this tea, and the smooth and buttery texture yet smokiness that gave the tea a nice strong breakfast tea melded perfectly.

I forgot to mention that we also watched an episode of Star Trek Enterprise on Netflix this morning as we relaxed to a breakfast of tea and donuts :) Something about a smoky tea and sweets just melded perfectly with Star Trek, aggressive aliens, and the sweetness of some of the crew members to make a situation come out perfect :)

Flavors: Butter, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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A beautiful brisk and meditative 7 AM 6 mile walk this morning to start my day. The sun was just starting to rise and the sky was colored in orangy streaks and hints of gray as the evening mist and fogginess from last night’s summer humidity subsided to a beautiful sunny Sunday of clear blue skies.

After my ritual Sunday 6 mile walk of 1.5 hours, I headed back home to a waiting hubby and dogs . My husband timed me perfectly to get the kettle started for my morning tea pot. I chose ESP Emporium’s Nilgiri Thiashola SFTGFOP1 Organic Black Tea.

A somewhat dry but nicely strong tea that has a wet earth, slight pepper, and raisin taste and after note at the first sip. I paired this tea with a meal of scrambled tofu and Kale greens in a slight curry seasoning along with potato tots, buttered toast and jam, and vegan sausage. The nicely strong tea held up with this hearty Sunday breakfast that seemed as though I was drinking a strong Scottish Breakfast tea and traveled to an old village English café for a Sunday hearty meal.

If I can bring in a book character with this tea to enjoy the tea and meal, I would bring up the Psychlo Terl of the book Battleship Earth by L. Ron Hubbard. Terl is strong and earthy like this tea, hence his time on earth as an invading alien. Terl would love a hearty meal with a strong drink to match.

Resteeping note:
I resteeped this tea for a second time later in the afternoon. I kept the earlier leaves in my tea pot (I used a two pot method earlier in the morning, steeping in one tea pot and pouring the tea in another teapot to reserve the leaves in the first teapot for a second infusion) after this mornings tea and breakfast. I resteeped for double the time and notes of butter and a smooth raisin note came out. The butter was very prevalent at the second resteeping. It was smoother and not as dry as the first steeping. Even better the second time around :)

Flavors: Butter, Earth, Pepper, Raisins, Wet Earth

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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drank Butter Truffle by ESP Emporium
23 tasting notes

Drank the last of this tea yesterday. Still smells like a sweet, sweet treat and tastes almost the same. I really liked this tea because it smells like a treat, but tastes like a full bodied black tea. Great for pick me ups in the morning.

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drank Butter Truffle by ESP Emporium
23 tasting notes

I really enjoy this tea. It smells like a yummy dessert, but is full bodied enough to satisfy my black tea needs.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Butter Truffle by ESP Emporium
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drank White Grape by ESP Emporium
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drank Punch by ESP Emporium
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Herbal Traveling Tea Box

I’m so glad I tried this one. I was almost about to put it in the “not try” pile since the name suggested fruit punch, but I’m really glad I gave it a whirl, since it’s almost exactly like Davidstea Green & Fruity (which also like the name gives you the wrong idea), but is so good! Also, gotta love the green rooibos. I’m swear I’m getting mango even though it isn’t on the ingredients list and some creaminess from this, though I did add sweetener. Think I may be keeping the remainder of this since it is just so delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Cinnamon Roll by ESP Emporium
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Herbal Traveling Tea Box

I received the 2nd round of the Herbal Traveling tea box today which was a nice surprise as it’s been a long week!

Hmm, this is an odd one. I really didn’t taste pumpkin, though it was pleasant and creamy. I think this is my first try of an ESP Emporium tea and (at least) nothing is telling me to run far away from the company!

I intentionally overleafed and added sweetener and still no pumpkin to speak of.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
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Hmmm…trying to decide if rooibos and pumpkin are similar enough in flavor that they just sort of overlap instead of standing out distinctly. On the other hand, it sounds like a logical combination.

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drank Shalimar Oolong by ESP Emporium
21 tasting notes

This is the third time I’ve enjoyed a glass of this flavorful tea. Twice I had it hot and once iced. I enjoy the fruity, tropical flavors of a hot cup of this tea. I’ll be honest, the fruit flavors do seem to overpower the oolong a bit but I don’t mind.

I made this tea pretty much the same way I’d make black tea. I put two teaspoons of the tea in a strainer and pour almost boiling water over the leaves. I tend to make 2 cups per each strainer of tea, steeping it longer the second time. I add a little sweetener and I’m good to go. (Someday I’ll probably get a gaiwan but for now this will do).

I think the juicy, fruity flavors are perfect for a hot summer day and this tea is wonderful iced.

Flavors: Fruity, Mango, Passion Fruits

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Watermelon by ESP Emporium
23 tasting notes

Ugh. Way too sickly sweet. I brewed this to turn into ice tea, but had to throw it out. Didn’t cut well with a fuller bodied tea either. Just not a good herbal tea.

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drank Pearl of Fruits by ESP Emporium
87 tasting notes

This made cold in my french press is amazing. I used to say I didn’t like green tea, but I’ve found that matcha and blends both do just fine by me. Goodness is this yummy.

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drank Miami-Ice by ESP Emporium
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I enjoy this iced but actually think I would like it better hot. The basil and lemon are both present, but are mild. The lemon is artificial but because it is more of a background note, it isn’t bad at all. Overall, I’d say nothing to write home about, but a solid choice.

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

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