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80
drank Shalimar Oolong by ESP Emporium
22 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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21
drank Watermelon by ESP Emporium
24 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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60
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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90
drank Miami-Ice by ESP Emporium
1 tasting notes

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70

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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Smells delicious and fruity, like peaches! When I taste it, it is smooth, fruity and well balanced. The aftertaste is fruity too. Sweetening it perks up the fruit a bit. I don’t know why, but fruity teas say “drink me iced” and this one screams it! I like this one!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Exotic Fruit by ESP Emporium
474 tasting notes

There is something sort of powder tasting and flat about this tea. :/ Other than that it is pretty smooth, a little fruity and mild. Nothing I’m writing home about.

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

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drank Finally Summer by ESP Emporium
474 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
474 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
474 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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50

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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70
drank Wellness by ESP Emporium
24 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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91
drank Caramel by ESP Emporium
24 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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80
drank Irish Morning by ESP Emporium
22 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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43
drank Enchanted Forest by ESP Emporium
4453 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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68
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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81
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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80
drank Earl Grey Cream by ESP Emporium
22 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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