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drank Gavati by Handmade Tea
513 tasting notes

I pulled this tea from the T&C TTB today. When I opened the package, it was confusing to look at because I didn’t realized that it was a blend of black/oolong/herbal. Despite my confusion, I went ahead and steeped it at about 185 F for 3 minutes. Even though I am usually not a fan of lemongrass, the lemony flavor went well with the green oolong in this tea. I couldn’t really pick out any black tea in either the flavor or the smell of the tea. Perhaps it was just the teaspoon that I scooped out happened to not have so much of the black tea? Anyway, I can see this tea being good for when your throat is feeling sore. I’m glad to see that I can actually enjoy a tea that contains lemongrass.

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This is the August 2014 blend. I was so excited to open this package today and see an earl gray inspired blend….. earl is my favorite afternoon-pick-me-up tea.
This one is like a minty earl… It’s yummy and refreshing
I like it with milk and agave syrup.

Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Seed Harvest by Handmade Tea
250 tasting notes

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drank SummerBerry by Handmade Tea
48 tasting notes

Cold brewed this for the ladies at work today. It was a big hit. It brewed up light with just the right hint of berry flavor. I haven’t tried it hot yet.

Caleb Brown

Glad to hear it! I really enjoyed this as a cold brew as well.

Saradiann

Nice job with this blend, Caleb!

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80

From the Here’s Hoping Teabox 3

Hmmm.. this tea reminds me of curry – it must be the cumin seed in it. Actually, I don’t mind this tea. The black base is flavorful, smokey with the spices making this tea kinda savory. I’m getting cumin first – I think luck of the teaspoon as I see more notes on people tasting the fennel/anise. The fennel and anise add a neat sweetness at the end.

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drank Blueberry Limón by Handmade Tea
422 tasting notes

HHTTB #6/18

I was hoping for a fruity, citrusy tea. It smelled pretty nice, but in taste this tea didn’t deliver. I didn’t get any berry fruityness and I only got a hint of lemon. This was tar like for me. I read a few reviews after drinking a cup and it must be the keenum? That might be a bit of a harsh statement. This tea looks like it has been around the block a bit, so maybe it took on some weird taste from the TTB, but this one is not for me.

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drank Seed Harvest by Handmade Tea
799 tasting notes

I honestly didn’t know if I’d like this tea because the aroma of the dry leaf really got to me. I hate the smell of cumin so I was super hesitant to try this tea. Steeped up it’s actually a really interesting tea. The smokey black tea is what pops out first, then a touch of spice, and after all that the anise and fennel. Surprisingly I really like this tea. The flavors blend well and it makes for a bold, unique cup.

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drank Hempmaicha by Handmade Tea
251 tasting notes

Method: 1.5 tsp @ 180 degrees, 8 oz, french press

Dry leaf aroma: Roasty!

Brewing Aroma: Roasty!

Flavor: the tea is milder than most traditional genmaichas. I really like it. It does taste a little hempy, but mostly the flavors taste nicely blended. Thumbs up!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Perry Tart by Handmade Tea
784 tasting notes

So I just realized a few days ago that I never reviewed this one on steepster.

This one is a good blend. It is very lightly smokey. There are large, LARGE, chunks of dried fruit in the tea blend. However, they mostly look like cranberries. I don’t get much fruit flavour out of this tea. But the fruit does add a light sweetness to the black blend.I was hoping for a bit more “tart” out of this tea. But it is still a decent blend.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Maia Lemoniou by Handmade Tea
251 tasting notes

This was my first month of Handmade Tea. I could barely smell and taste the lemon, but I still like this tea. I added a little sugar and I liked the result. I thought this tea had a lovely mild flavor. I’m going to try this as a cold brew later. I may add a little extra lemon and see how that goes.

Edit: I made this as an iced tea, and it’s very good. I used some sweetener and the result was very refreshing. Thumbs up for summer!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Maia Lemoniou by Handmade Tea
305 tasting notes

This was my first tea from Handmadeteas. I have to say, the presentation of what came in the mail was really nice. There was even a wax seal on the interior envelope (swanky!)

This month’s tea is a black tea mix with glazed lemon peels. I’m drinking a cup now. I’m not really getting lemon from it, but as a tea, it’s nice and strong. I won’t have any issues finishing it up, and I like it enough to stay subscribed.

As a side note, if anyone wants to subscribe please let me know, if I refer you, I get double tea one month. MORE TEA!

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drank Harvest Brew by Handmade Tea
251 tasting notes

This tea was pretty good, but it didn’t wow me. I could taste the autumnal spices, but I didn’t think they were really strong enough. I believe a tea with cinnamon and cloves should have a good, strong flavor. I received this in a tea swap, and maybe it’s just the wrong time to be drinking this, also. I think my mind is in spring-mode!

Thanks to Hapatite for the sample!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
hapatite

I agree, spiced but not enough for me. Just… Okay.

Sarsonator

It needed double the spices!

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74
drank Murmur by Handmade Tea
251 tasting notes

This is yummy! It has a light strawberry flavor. I don’t pick up much cocoa, but I like it anyway. I did need to sweeten this with a little rock sugar to enjoy it more. Without sweetener, the strawberry didn’t pop!

Thanks to Hapatite for the sample!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Balché by Handmade Tea
251 tasting notes

I am kind of mixed about this one. I received it in a swap (Thanks, Hapatite!), and on it’s own, it tasted kind of plain, though I did get a little kick at the end. Then I looked up what it actually was and suddenly, I could taste a little cocoa.

So on the one hand, I feel like I should have been able to taste the flavors without knowing what it was. But maybe some of us just need to know what we are looking for when it comes to flavors!

I do think the peppers could have been a little stronger, but then I adore spicy things. I guess most people don’t want fire breath after drinking their tea!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Murmur by Handmade Tea
368 tasting notes

Thanks for this sample Hepatite! Thanks for giving me enough to put in the Brevile since I have to use enough tea for 2 cups. That is about the only problem with a Breville, it has to make a minimum of 500 ml.
Caleb Brown from Handmade Tea was kind enough to respond to my question about purchasing from Handmade Tea. All I had been able to see on line was their subscription program. :-( But Caleb let me know that now they also have started having a General Store where tea purchases have been made available to us without a subscription. :-D

Lovely dry scent. Mild well balanced flavor. The smoothness of the white/peony allowed the strawberry and chocolate to come into play. They balanced nicely. For me, it needed a little sweetener and it made a very nice cuppa!
Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
hapatite

Glad I could introduce you to a new company!

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drank Yerbaberry Mint by Handmade Tea
368 tasting notes

Thank-you Hapatite for this lovely sample from Handmade Teas. I haven’t had a yerba mate with mint before and I really like it. I don’t taste any berry flavor but that’s okay. I think this would also be a nice cold brew… nice wake up quality and yummy fresh mint. It’s too bad that it’s not readily available.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Harvest Brew by Handmade Tea
368 tasting notes

I have to thank the lovely and generous Hepatite for this tea.
I wasn’t sure about having an autumn tea in the spring but it works well. It reminds me of some chai teas. The spices are well balanced with out any overpowering flavors. I like cinnamon, ginger, cloves and allspice :-) so I’m a happy girl! The black tea adds a bit of body. I’ve had several similar teas made with rooibos lately but they just don’t have enough body to make it. I have enough for a couple more cups, so yeah!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Seed Harvest by Handmade Tea
743 tasting notes

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drank Seed Harvest by Handmade Tea
536 tasting notes

This tea is interesting and savory, but I feel like it is all cumin. I’m used to cumin accompanying other things. Like when I use it in sweet potato quesadillas it is carried by the creamy sweetness of the potato, making it much more rounded. I don’t think I like it much on it’s own. It is kind of sharp.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Seed Harvest by Handmade Tea
789 tasting notes

From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

I like savory teas, and that’s just what this tea is. Apparently I also like fennel in tea. Never in a million years would I have thought that, but I like Verdant’s Holy Basil Spa Blend which has a strong fennel note, and this tea has a lot of fennel in it as well. I also like the anise note that’s present here. It’s noticeable but not overwhelming. I do wish the base tea were stronger. I can’t taste the tea at all which is a shame. I think with a better base tea this would be outstanding.

Not something I’d drink everyday, but I can see myself wanting a tea like this every now and then.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sipdown (182/186)!

Long, lost forgotten sample from the super kind Lala back from early/mid January when we met up for tea together. I probably only forgot about this because it’s a green blend. Recently rediscovered/remembered it, however, and so I saved the sample and stuck it in the sipdown drawer.

I debated going hot or cold but ultimately cold won out because I knew that would use it up all at once. Maybe cold was the wrong direction though because this cold brew is pretty foul. Maybe it’s the hops or maybe it’s just the green base in general but this tastes like some kind of slimy seaweed coated fruit. I feel like it should be vibrant green and gooey…

However I drank the whole dang 20 oz. of it! I had a very long (10 hours), stressful shift and I wasn’t allowed to leave the store for all of it (for several reasons, but the main one being I was the only member from the management team present so I couldn’t abandon my sole cashier for the day – if she got stuck or needed cash/to void something there would be no one there to do it) so I made due with what I had available to me – even if it was just slimy, seaweed fruit tea.

Sorry Lala – but I just don’t appreciate this blend (even though I more than appreciate your generosity). Happiness is not Hoppiness.

Caleb Brown

Roswell, I’m super happy you were adventurous enough to try this brew…and drink all of it! That being said, I’m very sad to hear you didn’t enjoy it. I think this tea was a polarizing blend in general however, I think part of your negative experience had to do with the age of the tea. There were fresh hops in Happiness is Hoppiness which were only good for about 4 months. This blend is from April 2013. I do think I should have been more clear about that on the packaging in retrospect. Again, super sad you didn’t enjoy it but I absolutely understand. If you have any questions at all feel free to contact me here: [email protected]

VariaTEA

At least the name is fun :P

Roswell Strange

@Caleb Brown – more than likely it was just the green tea in general: I’m not usually a fan. However this was still definitely worth trying and I’m glad I did :)

Lala

Sorry you didn’t like it. But that is ok, you can’t like every tea that is out there :)

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drank Blueberry Limón by Handmade Tea
789 tasting notes

From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

I was expecting blueberry lemon. I got smokey lemon. At first I thought the tea had been contaminated from sitting in the tea box, but after reading other reviews it looks like the Keemun base of this tea is over ridding most of the fruit flavors. After I accepted that there wasn’t going to be a lot of blueberry action going on in my cup I was able to enjoy this tea for what it was. I do wish I had a lemon to squeeze into my cup, but I settled for a bit of sugar instead.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Tea #37 from Considering a new TTB
Spring is the wrong time of year for me to be drinking floral teas, but I had to try this since I’ve never tried anything from Handmade Tea. I love the combination of Jasmine and Rose, they were well balanced and managed to be floral without reminding me of potpourri. I’m not a huge fan of lemon balm, but it paired well with the floral flavors in the blend. It added a subtle lemon flavor that even as a citrus hater I found enjoyable.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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