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While I was organizing my teas last week I stumbled across some samples that I had ordered during Fusion Teas Black Friday sale last year. My goal for the week is to finish any teas I still have remaining from last years orders (there aren’t very many) that way I can open up my new teas as they arrive. I didn’t place nearly as many orders as in previous years, so I think I’m finally out of the “I need to have all the tea” phase.

Maybe.

I ate a ton of food while we were back home last week and now that we’re home I’m regretting being such a glutton. I’ve had a stomach ache the last few days so I hoped the ginger in this blend would calm my poor overfull belly down. The ginger was the strongest flavor in this tea and I liked that it wasn’t over powering. It didn’t have that strong bite you normally get with ginger, but it made itself known above all the other ingredients. You could taste hints of blueberry and lemongrass, but the other flavors seemed to blend together. I felt like this needed to be a little bit sweeter so I dropped in a few pieces of german rock sugar and my sample was gone in no time. A really nice blend, not something I would turn to often, but definitely something I would order again.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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While I was organizing my teas last week I stumbled across some samples that I had ordered during Fusion Teas Black Friday sale last year. My goal for the week is to finish any teas I still have remaining from last years orders (there aren’t very many) that way I can open up my new teas as they arrive. I didn’t place nearly as many orders as in previous years, so I think I’m finally out of the “I need to have all the tea” phase.

Maybe.

I ate a ton of food while we were back home last week and now that we’re home I’m regretting being such a glutton. I’ve had a stomach ache the last few days so I hoped the ginger in this blend would calm my poor overfull belly down. The ginger was the strongest flavor in this tea and I liked that it wasn’t over powering. It didn’t have that strong bite you normally get with ginger, but it made itself known above all the other ingredients. You could taste hints of blueberry and lemongrass, but the other flavors seemed to blend together. I felt like this needed to be a little bit sweeter so I dropped in a few pieces of german rock sugar and my sample was gone in no time. A really nice blend, not something I would turn to often, but definitely something I would order again.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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While I was organizing my teas last week I stumbled across some samples that I had ordered during Fusion Teas Black Friday sale last year. My goal for the week is to finish any teas I still have remaining from last years orders (there aren’t very many) that way I can open up my new teas as they arrive. I didn’t place nearly as many orders as in previous years, so I think I’m finally out of the “I need to have all the tea” phase.

Maybe.

I ate a ton of food while we were back home last week and now that we’re home I’m regretting being such a glutton. I’ve had a stomach ache the last few days so I hoped the ginger in this blend would calm my poor overfull belly down. The ginger was the strongest flavor in this tea and I liked that it wasn’t over powering. It didn’t have that strong bite you normally get with ginger, but it made itself known above all the other ingredients. You could taste hints of blueberry and lemongrass, but the other flavors seemed to blend together. I felt like this needed to be a little bit sweeter so I dropped in a few pieces of german rock sugar and my sample was gone in no time. A really nice blend, not something I would turn to often, but definitely something I would order again.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Thai Chai by Fusion Teas
721 tasting notes

HHTTB

Not sure how old this sample is, but the coconut is doing that old coconut thing and tasting a little soapy. Beyond that I get a nice lemongrass flavor. A little bit of spice, but not much is getting past the lemongrass. This tea is okay, but it isn’t impressive either.

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

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First steeping note for this tea? Shame shame! A few odd ingredients here, I’m not sure would work, which is probably why I didn’t try the sample I bought seven months ago. Yikes. I wasn’t sure chocolate and apple would work together. I also wasn’t sure what type of green tea was in this one. I really wish companies would list specifically which green tea as there is a big difference between a sencha or a hojicha in a chocolate blend. I didn’t see any bright green leaves, most everything was brown, so I’m guessing the green tea is actually a roasted one BUT the picture actually shows green tea leaves. hmm. There is no apple I can detect: just sweet creamy milk chocolate with a medium bodied base. Very similar to another Fusion chocolate tea, but I can’t tell which one right now. Just pure milk chocolate here! The second steep was just as chocolatey.
Steep #1 // 10 after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5 min

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drank Caribbean Nectar by Fusion Teas
2135 tasting notes

Oh my gosh! I think this is very high up there on my favorite herbals! Just from the scent alone. I just wish the base wasn’t rooibos… can you imagine honeybush with these giant pieces of papaya, banana, orange, coconut, mango? The honeybush would have fit so much better but the rooibos in the Fusion blends are always the most tolerable of all rooibos anyway. This should be called the giant fruit blend. I think there is banana flavoring with the bananas, because I don’t see the bananas alone leaving this flavor, but maybe it’s the coconut adding sweetness and creaminess. Even if there is some artificial banana, this blend is amazing. Even though there was an entire quarter of an orange slice in the blend, I don’t taste much orange… maybe just some tanginess. This was PERFECT on a hot day. I’d definitely order this one next time I order from Fusion (and not just this sample size), but I think the honeybush idea is so much better!

Zack S.

Just wondering how you measured this for brewing? Measuring by volume as recommended is kind of ridiculous since the pieces are so large!

tea-sipper

Hey! I just eyeballed it, I guess. There isn’t really a way to oversteep it without things like hibiscus or black/green tea in the blend!

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Before I iced this down I decided to try a few sips of it hot. I have to say that this is one tea that is definitely better suited to iced tea. When served hot the tartness from the lime takes over completely and obscures the other flavors. Once I had put it in the refrigerator to chill for several hours it became a whole new tea, the flavors blossomed into the perfect balance of sweet and tart. I was amazed by how much this resembled a fresh juicy watermelon. The flavor isn’t a perfect match, but this is the closest to authentic I’ve come across yet. I may have started out doubtful, but in the end this is a really nice summertime tea.

You can read the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2014/7/1/tuesday-tea-watermelon-lime-green-tea-fusion-tea.html

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Lemon Rose Bud by Fusion Teas
1221 tasting notes

From the here’s hoping teabox 3! The lemon here is very nice. With the ginger it kind of tastes like lemon grass too. Might of been the luck of the teas spoon, but not much oolong flavor. After taste has a some rose adding a nice feminine touch.
Btw, writing this on my new phone to test it out.

Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank August Peach Oolong by Fusion Teas
1060 tasting notes

Nice. The peach flavor is fresh and juicy, and the oolong has a thick roasty taste. The combination is very pleasant, and I can see myself drinking this a lot this summer. This is another tea I want to try iced or as a cold brew. I bet this is even better cold than it is hot.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Key Lime Ceylon by Fusion Teas
181 tasting notes

TTBC Rd2

Bah…for some reason my earlier note didn’t come through.

Good tea – very mellow with interestingly layered lime flavour that was just as nice in the second cup as it was in the first. Thus far I approve of the tea and I’ll definitely be considering adding some into my next order.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I made this as a cold brew. Yum yum! We are finally have a string of lovely weather. It feels like summer. Perfect weather of the iced teas. I finally got some easily removable labels to put on my iced tea pitchers. since I often have several in the fridge. I always tell myself I’ll remember what it is but I never do. They are blackboard stickers that you can write on with chalk and then erase. I’ll see how they do. :-D

Preparation
8 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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drank Very Velvet Oolong by Fusion Teas
1060 tasting notes

Tea of the morning. I’m not usually a morning oolong person, but today this sounded so good. The tea is smooth and buttery with a light strawberry flavor and a good bit of floral. It’s a lovely tea, and since I can get at least four infusions out of it will see me through most of my morning. This is also a sipdown which is nice!

On a different note how is it the first of October?!? I just got myself settled into September!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Anlina

Everything about the way time is passing this year seems weird.

Veronica

Anlina- So true!

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drank Very Velvet Oolong by Fusion Teas
1060 tasting notes

How have I not reviewed this tea? My bag is almost empty, but somehow this is my first time logging this tea.

I really like this one. The strawberry flavor is a tiny bit artificial, but the oolong flavor is great. So incredibly buttery with a slight floral sweetness. It’s light with a nice clean finish. Really, it’s a great spring tea. Subsequent steeps lose the strawberry flavor, but all the great oolong notes remain.

This is one I will reorder, but I’ll get it in a small quantity because it’s not something I’ll reach for during cooler weather.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Anna

I’m sold, I will add this to my wishlist now.

Veronica

It’s a nice one. I have been really impressed with the quality of Fusion’s teas.

Anna

I feel like a lot of people have been saying the same thing lately! I’ll look into shipping and stuff when I get back home.

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drank Lemon Rose Bud by Fusion Teas
2135 tasting notes

’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #12
Somehow I didn’t manage to order this one in Fusion’s Black Friday sample sale! I think I just wanted to go with one oolong. Their oolongs are nice. The dry blend has plenty of roses, both buds and petals, but they don’t really make an appearance in the flavor. The lemon is dominant, more sweet than tart and I don’t think it’s just the lemongrass that is making it so lemony. It’s very tasty! Very refreshing.. would probably make for the perfect iced blend. I’m guessing the oolong base was great, but it was tough to tell through all that lemon.
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // 30 min after boiling // 4 min

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drank Lychee Licious by Fusion Teas
2135 tasting notes

Another one from my Black Friday Fusion samples, just trying now. I don’t think I wanted to try this for the lychee, but for the other ingredients: strawberry, rose, jasmine. All of the lychee teas I’ve tried have tasted like plastic to me, albeit a very fresh tasting plastic, so if all five or so teas have tasted like plastic, that should be an accurate lychee, right? This is the same. I really don’t taste any jasmine or any rose but there is a hint of strawberry. I like the sencha base and it also has a really nice texture, very silky. If I had to choose a lychee blend to have in stock, it would be this one, but it isn’t a favorite. I thought of ESP Emporium’s Lychee tea and searching for the description for that one, it looks like the same ingredients. No wonder I thought of that one. I don’t think ESP’s teas are all that bad… I liked the five or so I bought and even the free samples they sent along ended up being pretty tasty. I just got an e-mail today actually: 30% off all teas using code TEASALE30 at espemporium.com until 5/18/14.
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 3 min steep

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