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drank Finally Summer by ESP Emporium
469 tasting notes

Ehhhhh, I don’t think I like this one too much. It has a little bit of a citrusy taste, but it also has a Chinese herb taste too. Doesn’t make me think summer at all.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Fruit Bowl by ESP Emporium
469 tasting notes

Mmm, yeah this is fruity! It is a nice light tea with lots of fruit flavors in it, mostly strawberry. It’s pretty good, but has a little flatness to it. I bet it would be even better as an iced tea!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Ginseng Berry by ESP Emporium
469 tasting notes

I don’t know why, but the taste of this tea reminds me of a Vegas casino. How very very strange! It is a very light and mild tea. I can taste some of the ginseng and maybe a little fruitiness too. It is okay, but isn’t anything awesome.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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The first few sips are good, bright flavor, but after a while it gets to be a little sickening sweet. Can only be drunk piping hot.

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drank Wellness by ESP Emporium
22 tasting notes

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Flavors: Flowers, Orange Zest

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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91

Delicious, perfect for a rainy evening. Minty and sweet and light.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Caramel by ESP Emporium
22 tasting notes

Very tasty and sweet

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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52

From Another TTB. This was alright for a black tea. I got a bit of flavor from the peach/strawberry, but nothing like from a herbal. It was a decent middle of the road tea.

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55

TTB Tea 6: While looking for a tea for the morning in the giant pile of TTB teas, this one stood out to me, with an odd ingredient called “peach crunchy.” Looking at the other reviews, it looks as though other people were drawn in by it as well.

Dry, it definitely smells fruity. I’ve been really craving fruity teas lately, so yay! However, I’m really not tasting much besides the black tea. Perhaps this is an old batch and it’s losing some flavor? I think I’ll sit this one in the fridge for a cold steep and see if that helps any. It’s not terrible, but right now it’s not impressing me either. I was expecting much more tasty fruit flavors after reading the other reviews!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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65

I made myself a pot of this because I wanted something sweet to help me wake up today. The first glass had a lot of coffee notes to it, and now that its cooled its almost all almondy roobios. I wish the coffee would’ve stuck around longer but I’m not angry with what I have. All in all a good tea I’m glad I have more of.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 5 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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drank Watermelon by ESP Emporium
87 tasting notes

Holy wow guys. I bought this on a whim because I had seen lots of people rave about watermelon tea. Its something I would have never thought to try otherwise, even if melon in any format is usually one of my favorite things in life. I read its best served chilled so I made a cup and put it in the fridge to cool while I worked out.

This stuff is absurdly good. I am so glad I bought it. Wven at room temp the sweet and tangyness of it is just outstanding. (Why yes, an accidental couch nap did occur, I blame the work out) I will definitely be looking for more melon teas to try out. Recommendations welcome.

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89

Oh my, was this ever good! I made a cup for Mr.K after he got off work. He typically doesn’t choose flavored teas, preferring pu-erh and oolongs but today he chose this so I made up a cup. He asked for it no sugar, as typical and was disappointed when it tasted like “somebody put a dash of coffee in his tea.” I took it back from him, tasted it and decided it would benefit from some sugar. He okayed it, I returned to the kitchen to add the sugar. I tasted first before taking it to him and opined that it would greatly benefit from a splash of milk. Surprisingly, he also agreed to this and allowed it, but reiterated just a splash. Well, that splash made it. This ended up being a delicious, creamy dessert tea. Totally yummy!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Irish Morning by ESP Emporium
15 tasting notes

When I first opened this tea the aroma of Starburst-like strawberry wafted to my nose. It was very sweet and juicy. When I took the first sip the strawberry flavor was still there but more subtle and not as artificially sweet as I feared. It remained juicy and sweetly strawberry. I didn’t taste the coconut, at least not as strongly but the tea flavor was good. I enjoyed this tea. It would be perfect for a spring or summer afternoon.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Enchanted Forest by ESP Emporium
4401 tasting notes

Backlog:

An interesting blend of green tea and yerba mate. I didn’t hate it, it was tasty, but I was still a little disappointed because the description suggests a black forest cherry cake flavor and that’s not what I got.

I got a sweet, vegetal taste from the green tea and earthy notes from the yerba mate. Hints of floral notes. A sweet, invigorating taste.

But I got no cake-y flavors, no chocolate, no cherry, and there really is nothing to this blend that even suggests that these flavors might come forward with the exception of a very faint whisper of a sour cherry note. But that is so barely there that it’s not even worth mentioning.

I wanted chocolate and yes, I’m a chocoholic and there’s never enough chocolate but there wasn’t ANY chocolate here.

Disappointment!

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drank Bon Bon by ESP Emporium
35 tasting notes

I am so surprised at how much I like this tea. I got it as part of an ESP Flavored Tea Sampler “Chocolate Infusion” and I wasn’t expecting much. To me it comes across as a combination of hot chocolate and light coffee. I only added my usual teaspoon of sugar and WOW! My taste buds were very happy. I consider it to be a great dessert tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Pink Earl Grey by ESP Emporium
124 tasting notes

I had this a few nights ago and it was delicious. I particularly enjoyed the rose flavor. The flavors combined very nicely into something completely unique and original. This may be a get-again tea.

(Sample from silentrequiem. Thanks!)

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drank Earl Grey Cream by ESP Emporium
15 tasting notes

Okay, I’ve had this tea for a few weeks now and I have to say the taste has improved. I don’t know if the ingredients needed to age a bit in order to meld together into a flavorful whole but it has finally arrived.

The bergamot has softened and the vanilla/creamy flavor is now more apparent. No one flavor is too overwhelming and it produces a flavorful cup of tea. I’m glad I didn’t give up on this tea. My only disappointment is that the bag is almost gone now.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey Cream by ESP Emporium
15 tasting notes

I want to be sure I give this tea a fair try before giving up on it. This time I added 2 generous teaspoons of tea to a large mug, added boiling water and steeped for 3 1/2 minutes. I even used spring water rather than my usual tap water.

I added a splash of half & half and sweetener and gave it a taste. Once again I was let down by the flavor of this tea. I thought the first time I made it I had over-steeped the tea, almost cooking the leaves, but even with a shorter steep time this tea tastes weak and dominated by bergamot. I can smell the aroma of the creamy vanilla but can’t taste it.

This tea is not so awful that I won’t finish up the rest but I regret ordering the 100g size. I’ll keep toying with the steep times and water temperature and hope I’ll finish the sweet spot to produce a better cup of tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Earl Grey Cream by ESP Emporium
15 tasting notes

When I open up the bag in which the tea shipped I can smell the bergamot and a touch of cream/vanilla. It smells promisingly yummy.

I made a cup of tea following the instructions provided by the vendor – 1 tsp of tea per 6oz water, a steep time of 4-5 minutes and water temperature of 205-212F. When I sniffed the steeped tea the bergamot was the primary aroma that tickled my nose. I did smell a hit of vanilla or cream as well.

Upon tasting I was disappointed. The bergamot flavor came through but not much else. It overwhelmed the flavor of the black tea and the cream/vanilla. In fact the flavor seemed almost faded, as though this tea had been sitting in the back of the cabinet for some time.

I really wanted to like this tea but I find myself disappointed by its lack of flavor and complexity. All I get from each sip is bergamot and not much else.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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68

I just received my order from ESP Emporium (woo hoo!) and this was the first tea I decided to try.

The description is yummy and the tea looks wonderful. When I opened the package, the aromas of cinnamon and star anise wafted up to my nose. As it steeped those flavors intensified a bit.

When I sipped it (after adding some half & half and a touch of sweetener) the licorice flavor of the star anise seemed to overpower the other flavors. I think I detected a bit of the cinnamon but it was very mild, unlike its tantalizing aroma.

I want to give this another try. It’s not bad at all – the licorice flavor is good, but it’s not what I expected based on the description.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Butter Truffle by ESP Emporium
616 tasting notes

Tea #19 from HHTTB2

The name of this tea totally made me think of of chocolate truffles filled with buttercream. Or something praline-esque.

Obviously I was not alone.

Obviously I was wrong.

So, as I was sitting here reading the ingredients while my tea was steeping, I was very much having second thoughts, and reviewing my life decisions that brought me to this point. (I jest.)

Once brewed up, this smelled mildly spicy. I definitely got cumin, coriander, and pepper from the aroma. It smells a bit like my kitchen when I’m making Aloo Gobi. There should be some cinnamon all up in here!

While the truffle mark is all sorts of confused in here. This is a really nice savory tea, with a very gentle amount of spice with notes of nuttiness. All packaged nicely with a smooth butteriness.

On second thought, this would make amazing tea-infused dark chocolate truffle coated in pistachio nuts. Oh man oh man oh man.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Nxtdoor

I loooove aloo gobi but I wouldn’t think it if I saw “butter truffle”. Many ppl think chocolate when they hear truffle. I think of fungus but only because of work, probably.

moraiwe

The mushrooms crossed my mind for sure, because truffles are amazing. But butter truffle totally makes me think dessert in just about every context.

JustJames

i had truffles in italian cheese the other day. this review is AWESOME!!! i’ve had a few of those moments. i think the last one was with a ‘macaron’ tea. somehow i thought ‘macaroon!’ nope. still excellent, but WRONG! =0)

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drank Ginseng Berry by ESP Emporium
786 tasting notes

Decided to try this one out of the Traveling Teabox B. Hmm… I can’t decide if the flavor is good or not… My boyfriend said it tastes like breakfast. Like eggs and hollandaise sauce.. It does have an odd taste to it… It’s sweet from the berries but I don’t think the ginseng blends well. I keep trying to like this cup but.. I just don’t think it’ll happen..

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Tea #12 from Another Traveling Tea Box

So I’m not sure if I did something wrong or it was something else. I don’t think it was me because I followed the instructions on the package. Though maybe I over leafed it since I drink 8oz and the instructions were for 6oz.
Anyway, this smelled good in the bag, and even the wet leaf had a vaguely fruity smell to it. But the execution pretty much fell on it’s face. It was very bitter for me (and my Mom who was over having dinner). Even after adding sugar it was undrinkable. I’m debating on if I want to try again with less leaf and shorter time since I think 4 min is much too long to brew black tea. At least, for me it is.
I’m holding off rating this until I try again, or I’ll just leave it unrated because I’m not sure I want to try again. Lol.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Fruit Bowl by ESP Emporium
218 tasting notes

Tea #9 from Another Traveling Tea Box

I’ve had this box for nearly a week and I haven’t gotten though everything I wanted to try yet. So I figure I’d better get my butt in gear and start trying some stuff. Lol. This is the 2nd tea I’m hoping to get through tonight, though I started later than I wanted, so we’ll just have to see.

This one smelled very fruity in the bag, though it did have a vaguely plastic-y sort of edge to it. But mostly I just smelled fruitiness.

Brewed I get plenty of fruit and it’s actually a pretty tasty tea. Straight it tastes like unsweet fruit juice. The fruit comes out so much better after adding a bit of truvia to it. Though it’s still strangely weak/watery tasting to me. Maybe that’s because I’m used to drinking black/oolong tea that have a bit more body to them. Next time I might try brewing this a bit longer, or possibly upping the temp a bit higher just to see what happens.
Watery-ness aside, this is one green tea that I wouldn’t mind actually ordering in the future.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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