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82
drank Lime Deluxe by ESP Emporium
979 tasting notes

It smells like lime but there is also a strong coconut element there too. Like some sort of posh tropical cocktail I could just imagine drinking on a beach in Hawaii…with Alex O’Loughlin from Hawaii 5.0 sitting next to me of course. wink wink

The flavour is strongly coconut again and it takes over the lime and citrus tones. The coconut is sweet and creamy, rather fresh and pure tasting which is a nice surprise. In the after taste there is a slight sourness from the lime which is where it really makes itself known amongst the blend but it remains very mild.

I really like this blend, it’s subtle but very exotic and fresh. I have a fair bit of this left too so I can try and play around with the temperature, maybe try it iced.

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

I am so addicted to Hawaii 5-O right now. I watched a rerun during the summer and ended up recording all the previous seasons and now spend all week waiting to watch for each new episode.

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66
drank Formosa Oolong by ESP Emporium
80 tasting notes

The more Oolong I drink the more I realize I love the heck out of it. The first time I made this I made a whole pot and boy was I glad. Easy to drink and smooth on the palate, I could drink this pretty much daily.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Tea Sipper

Glad you like it! :D

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63
drank Exotic Fruit by ESP Emporium
596 tasting notes

Tea #42 from Another Traveling Tea Box

A pretty standard Green Currant tea. I don’t get any of the vanilla flavor that is described, but the currant has a nice sweet-tart flavor. Good, but nothing special.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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47
drank Fruit Bowl by ESP Emporium
596 tasting notes

Tea #30 from Another Traveling Tea Box

You ever just smell a tea and know you’re not going to like it? While I gave it the benefit of the doubt, that ended up being this tea to me.

The dry leaf smell was, while not necessarily chemical, very plastic and artificial. That taste unfortunately bleeds into the tea. I don’t get much in the way of pineapple, but the passion fruit and strawberry both come through with the sweetness and flavor of candy. Maybe it would be better cold steeped, but I don’t necessarily care to find out.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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70
drank Ginseng Berry by ESP Emporium
596 tasting notes

Tea #29 from Another Traveling Tea Box

Last caffeinated cup of the day. Probably shouldn’t have picked something with ginseng, but I’m used to insomnia, so it’ll be nothing I’m not well acquainted with if it happens.

I don’t love this tea, but it did help me realise that I like ginseng in my tea the most when I can’t taste the ginseng. I’d suspected as much, but it’s the only component here I’m not loving, so that pretty much cements it.

The sencha is very sencha-y, the strawberry is light and fresh tasting, the rose and orange blossoms add a subtle sweetness. Then there’s the slightly spicy, very earthy ginseng and that component seems so out of place. I guess it gives the cup a kind of mellow edge, but it’s not for me.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Tea #25 from Another Traveling Tea Box

I think by name association, my brain wanted this one to taste like grapes. Or at least kinda grapey.

Spoiler: It doesn’t.

The combination of flavors in here weren’t quite peach, but were almost peach. There’s a little bit of tartness in the aftertaste, that is definitely tangerine flavored.

I don’t dislike this one, but I could give it a pass.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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73
drank Pina Colada by ESP Emporium
124 tasting notes

I thought this was a pretty decent rooibos tea. I could detect both the pineapple and coconut flavor (I added a small amount of rock sugar), but neither was overwhelmingly strong. I’ve had it twice as a wind-down evening tea, and I’ve enjoyed it both times. It’s not good enough to get again, but I’ll happily finish what I have.

(Sample from silentrequiem. Thanks!)

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65
drank Finally Summer by ESP Emporium
596 tasting notes

Tea #17 from Another Traveling Tea Box

I don’t really see this as a summer tea (at least not hot), but it works great for fall.

Basically, it’s a lemongrass-green tea with more interest. The base is unremarkable, and maybe a little overwhelmed by the other flavors. The dominating flavor is the lemongrass, but there’s a definite sweet orange note, possibly more orange blossom-y. I don’t necessarily pick up the strawberry as strawberry, but there’s a sweet berry note that lingers.

It’s tasty, but I’m not blown away. Or even really all that excited.

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

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73

Traveling Tea Box C #11
Wow! Yup! This is a chai! And yup! It is spicy! You get the black pepper and anise right away and all the normal chai spices last. This dry leaf smelled just like any other chai…lovely. and the same as it steeped. This was fun tea to try! Its not one I would keep or buy but I loved trying it. I turned it into a latte q little later to see if the spicyness calms a little and it does but it is far from lost. And is not too bad:)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Tea #34 from Another Traveling Tea Box

This was an interesting tea and while I generally like currant teas, I didn’t care for this one. The flavor of this is both sweet and tart, but it was a bit more tart than I care for.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Tea #27 from Another Traveling Tea Box

This ends up being a pretty generic tasting berry green tea blend. I liked the lemongrass in it and I’m not usually a fan, it balances out the strawberry well. I really should have paid closer attention to the ingredients, I didn’t realize this had marigold in it, no wonder my lungs are getting itcy… I’m allergic to it, so this one had to be dumped out.

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

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Tea #26 from Another Traveling Tea Box

I made this last night with the intention of drinking it so I wouldn’t fall asleep on the couch… and then I fell asleep on the couch before I could drink it. When I woke up it went in the fridge so I could have it iced today.

I really don’t like this tea iced, it has an almost gritty texture to it that is just odd to me. I didn’t really notice it last night while the tea was hot. I’m also not really a fan of the overall flavor. I can taste the orange blossom at the end of each sip, even though I’m not a fan of it, I think it really balances out the blend a bit. I’m getting a somewhat berry flavor, likely from the freeze-dried strawberries and can hardly taste the rose at all.

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

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Tea #9 from Another Traveling Tea Box
The list of ingredients for this tea immediately struck me as odd, what in the world is a peach crunchy and why is it in my tea? I tried not to think about it much and just enjoy the tea, but odd ingrediends like this always bother me.

I think I probably should have tried this as a cold steep rather than drinking it hot, but it was in the 40s when I woke up making it more of a hot tea day. The flavors in here didn’t exactly remind me of peach, but it was pretty close, just a tad sweeter than I would expect. Peach is such a hard flavor to translate well into tea. I think the freeze dried strawberries helped cut the sweetness down a little.

Tomorrow is suppose to be warmer so I may take a few Tablespoons and cold steep this to see if I like it better.

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

Cracking up so much at the, ‘what in the world is a peach crunchy and why is it in my tea?’

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I had this last night and, not surprisingly (for me), I’ve already forgotten most of my impression of it. I recall the red rooibos flavor being strong but still detecting the strawberry. It was good, but not great. Definitely palatable, but there are too many other teas I like more.

(Sample from silentrequiem. Thanks!)

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Huh… I guess I must have tried this and failed to write a tasting note about it previously? There was definitely only one cup’s worth left (yes, sipdown! 867), and I know CHAroma was generous enough to send at least two cups of pretty much everything.

Anyhow! I have now for sure tried it, AND written a tasting note :D It’s a pretty decent flavoured green – nice sweet candied berry flavour, kind of like Della Terra’s Double Berry Burst, but perhaps a bit tastier. The green tea is pleasantly vegetal in the background, and there’s no astringency or bitterness. Overall, a pretty tasty cup. One of the few flavoured greens I’ve actually enjoyed!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

Awesome! Success! I’m really glad you enjoyed it. :)

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26
drank Plum/Lavender by ESP Emporium
124 tasting notes

What IS this? It tastes like there’s basil, thyme, rosemary, or some other heavy cooking spice in it. None of these are in the tea description, although there is the ambiguous “flavoring” listed in the ingredients…

My reaction to the first sip was “EW!” because I wasn’t expecting the heavy spice taste. Steve tried it and said that if I’d told him it was tomato tea, he would believe it. It’s gotten better with the subsequent sips because my expectations have changed, but I wouldn’t exactly say I’m enjoying it… This is a weird tea.

(Tea from silentrequiem. Thanks!)

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69
drank Berry Cream by ESP Emporium
124 tasting notes

This is a nice tea. The flavor is subtle, but it’s there and it’s good. (“Berry cream” really does describe the flavor perfectly.) I steeped this a bit longer than the recommended time (about 3.5 minutes, I think), which was probably the max I could do without it becoming bitter. Despite the long steep, the flavor was indeed subtle and while I usually like my teas a little stronger than this, it was still a very tasty tea.

(Sample from silentrequiem. Thanks!)

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71
drank Winter Pine by ESP Emporium
262 tasting notes

I like this. It’s very light, and more flowery than I expected. The citrus is a nice touch and is what I notice most. The peppercorns and almonds add a little nutty and almost (but not quite) spiciness to the tea. I don’t really see this as a winter tea though, despite the name and the very Christmas-y look of the tea.

The flavors do taste a bit artificial though. I would have rated this higher except for that.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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65

Sipdown!
Finally, I wasn’t really into this tea as it was kind flat. I made a 2quart pitcher of this tea iced to finish it off.
It came out pretty good and better than the last iced tea batch and any other steepings I had before. Its tastyness is probably from the addition of fresh lemon slices and 4 strawberries that soaked in the tea overnight. I can taste the strawberry, which brings out the mango.

Now that I’ve cleaned out all my ESP teas, I figure I’m not going to buy off them again. I wasn’t that impressed with their quality and their shipping is overpriced.

Preparation
Iced

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63
drank Winter Solstice by ESP Emporium
4221 tasting notes

Backlog:

I didn’t dislike this quite as much as some of the others who tried it. I liked the touch of spice. I’d rather there not be hibiscus in it, but, I’m glad that it isn’t a heavy amount of hibiscus in this blend. I like the blend of the fruits – I could taste the pomegranate, the orange and the cranberry. I found myself wishing I could taste more star anise.

Overall, it’s an interesting blend. Not my favorite, for sure, but I didn’t hate it.

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65

Thank you takeya iced tea maker – it is really helping me sip down fruity teas. I just make a huge pitcher full of iced tea and drink it throughout the day.
This tea is much better iced, so I should be able to drink all this in one more giant pitcher worth. Still meh on flavor, wish the fruityness was stronger with better white tea base.

Preparation
Iced

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53
drank Pina Colada by ESP Emporium
262 tasting notes

This tea has the distinction of having both weak flavor and artificial-tasting flavor. SIGH. I am so done with this company. Every rooibos has been a miss (minus one – but the only reason I didn’t hate it was because the flavor was weak). I have some regular tea I bought from them so maybe I’ll try those next to see if they are any better.

I am really baffled because previous reviews said the flavor was really strong. Maybe the company just has a large quantity in stock and it sits on the shelf for a long time losing flavor?

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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

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