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72
drank Sweet Velvet Fog by iHeartTeas
1296 tasting notes

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I will echo TC by singing this teas praises. I love strawberry teas, I love flavored oolongs, so this one was love at first sight! I only did one steep yesterday (will try to resteep this afternoon) but the strawberry flavor was so fresh, and the smoothness of the oolong still comes through. I didn’t get much rhubarb but I think the tartness was there. Yum!

whatshesaid

Sounds yummy!

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I snagged this tea as part of the last iheartteas sale on etsy! WHoooooo! Is this one discontinued?

This is really good cold steeped! Really bright raspberry flavor! Overnight was a bit much though, it got a little too strong of a white tea taste/ going bitter verses last night deliciousness. Hot or iced? I don’t like as much – the raspberry tastes not as good – too much like raspberry juice powder in a way, but coldsteep the flavor is much better!

Uggg, really dragging my butt today to do my RushFit for the morning. I’m working out so much, but I need to drop all that winter weight! Plus that rich dinner last night, and I snacked on a few polvoron filipino shortbread cookies over the weekend (very good with tea btw)

I was thinking of skipping it, but I HORRIBLY rigged it on my HabitRPG to make doing Rushfit count or I lose lots of HP (or do it and gain lots of EXP and Gold!) https://habitrpg.com

Argg, must work out! Once I finish this cup, I’m gonna do it! Noo, I’m out! /cry

Preparation
Iced
Starfevre

OMG, I NEED to play this game.

Shmiracles

oh hah i’m using Neufit! which is kinda like the same. you get XP and loot and stuff like in a video game. uh oh now i have even ANOTHER think to log my exercise in :(

Awkward Soul

I’m gonna check out Neufit, blah, well, I’m on the list to get the invite.

HabitRPG is pretty cool for also applying it to other stuff other than fitness. I got stuff like “Do laundry” and “clean office” on my list. I’m hoping they get the phone app out soon!

Shmiracles

(if you want an immediate invite feel free to message me your email address. i’d invite you personally but i used up all my invites already.)

Shmiracles

hi! i have a friend that should invite you soon if she hasn’t done so already :)

Awkward Soul

got it! thank you, lol neufit looks pretty fun, reminds me of world of warcraft a bit! Also reminding me I should get a fitbit

Shmiracles

i freakin love my fitbit. i will willingly be late to work if i forget it at home because i feel totally naked without it.

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88
drank Winter Frost by iHeartTeas
125 tasting notes

This is the first of a few tealogs I owe the lovely Rachel (who is currently and bravely without tea, keep up the spirit!) for the beautiful .5 oz samples she sent me after I won her blog give away last month.

I reached for this one this morning for my first latte of the day. Brewed it up with a bit of aguave and some frothed milk on top. And all I can say is, yum! Such a great idea mixing cinnamon with mint. I made sure not to oversteep so I can’t say how astringent the base was, but this is such a great Christmas tea. It reminded me of the flavors I like in the winter, and I can see the bite of this one being the perfect thing to enjoy on a cold day. I’m glad I tried this now when I still have an appetite for these flavors. Yum :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I am glad you enjoyed this blend. It’s the hubby’s favorite. He has a cup every night. :)

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Enjoying this delight as my last cup this evening. Decided to end with one of my favorite classic comfort teas. It is sweet, creamy, and wraps around you like a warm blanket. A fitting end before a start my one week “tea-fast” tomorrow.

To read more about it and follow my daily updates check out my blog… www.iHeartTeasTheBlog.com
P.S. Be prepared for some rather emotionally charged blog posts starting tomorrow while I go through tea withdrawal.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
canadianadia

Gasp! A tea-fast! I can’t even imagine.
Good luck

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I LOVE this tea. Part of my winning contest prize pack from Rachel.
I was a bit leery as I’m not a rhubarb fan, but the strawberry is awesome and the rhubarb is mellow in the background. I loved the oolong as well. I did a quick rense of this then just 180 for 2.5 minutes (pretty fast and low) and it worked great. Good stuff!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I am so thrilled you enjoyed this! You helped make my day!

Sil

how “oolongy” is this one? lol I love me some strawberry rhubarb but oolongs are usually not my hapy place. Glad to hear that this blend is a winner though!

T.C.

I don’t “personally” feel the oolong is too strong. I thought it melded good with the other flavors. However I generally like oolongs. If that helps

Sil

yep! thanks :)

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drank Creamy Pumpkin Spice by iHeartTeas
370 tasting notes

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I’m so very tired and I need to be up early in the morning as I’m awaiting a parcel redelivery (and postal delivery starts at 7am) plus my food shopping is coming early. My husband has a day off tomorrow too and it’s always nice to share our days off together. We plan on cleaning all day (as if I’m not sad enough already.

My final sample of the night to be used in my new green teapot. In loose form this tea has an interesting appearance, with lavender, rose petals, green tea, black tea and what looks like vanilla pod all being noticeable. That seems to be all of the ingredients, it’s not often that I can so easily spot and separate them. As a whole the blend has a sweet floral aroma.

Once steeped the tea has a rich lavender scent and is mahogany in colour. The lavender is quite strong in taste but it’s not as thick and heavy as other lavender based teas that I have tried. The black tea gives it a deep richness but the green tea helps to keep it lighter with a little more freshness. The rose brings a little sweetness but is lost in comparison to the lavenders unique medicinal taste.

This is just really a lavender tea that has been blended to be on the lighter side but with a good amount of flavour. It’s very nice all in all and I usually don’t like lavender teas because of their heaviness and strong bitter taste. It also leaves a nice floral after taste. The lavender does thicken the more I drink but that bitter astringency that it has is minimal in this tea. It’s even a hit with my husband :)

Yawn looks like the tea is doing it’s job. Goodnight all.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

How wonderful to hear and wonderfully described. :) Sweet dreams

Azzrian

Sounds lovely!

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drank Creamy Pumpkin Spice by iHeartTeas
370 tasting notes

Dry tea smells of cloves, cardamon, and cream and a little bit like graham crackers. Brewed scent reminds me of starbucks pumpkin scones which I adore, so this is promissing. initial taste of ginger and cloves and something almost floral. the spicing is very pleasant, enough to create a pleasant, warm and comforting flavour but not to create heat. Undertone of vanilla underlying the spice, mixed with a faint sweetness from the pumpkin. The base is pleasant, edging towards a slightly bitter and earthy taste that I enjoy in hot drinks. Aftertaste leads to cooling sensation in my mouth. This is perhaps from the cardamon. A pleasant and soothing cup.

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60
drank Sweet Velvet Fog by iHeartTeas
4831 tasting notes

Tried this one again. Bumping the rating a little as I seem to have found a better balance between the temp and steeping times. Still not my favourite though – there are better caramel/vanilla type teas out there.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Thanks for giving it another chance. :)

Sil

Rachel – of course! I really love your apricot green tea! This one just isn’t my cup of. heh

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

No worries Sil, it happens. If we all like the same tea then what would be the adventure in variety. :)

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Thanks Kittenna! All of a sudden samples from you that I’ve been holding on to for forever have made their way to the forefront. Probably a good thing.

I’m not getting much flavor from this in the way of raspberry or apricot. Sencha though? Definitely. And there is a subtle fruity sweetness to it but it’s kind of hard to tell what it might be.

I let it cool off and I can taste raspberry for sure now. I think I will save the rest of my sample to cold steep.

Also I am so excited for hockey I am already plotting places I want to go in Raleigh. I can’t believe how long North Carolina is, it’s only 65 miles further to go to Tampa and driving back from Tampa felt like AGES. Short list: Tin Roof Teas, tea buying moratoriums stop when you’re somewhere new right?

But I know my boyfriend wants to go to Tampa because they have tesla coils in the arena. Wah wah wahhhh there aren’t even schedules yet what am I doing.

Chuckieroy

Tin roof is awesome! I always go there if in near Raleigh

Kittenna

Hahaha, I need to locate my last box from you! And sipdown the samples you sent in the first box :D (Which should be easy, about one cup each is left!)

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81

This tea was delish, like comfort food in a cup. The caramel, cream and vanilla were all there but not overdone or artificial tasting.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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99

I was so happy to see that iHeartTeas had this for sale! I was wanting more after my sample from Granville Island Tea but it was a little cost prohibitive after shipping from GIT.

It’s looking like Sourenee, Sungma & Mim are becoming my favorite Darjeelings. This one is smooth and quite strong on the muscatel notes. I steeped it a bit too long so these first couple of cups are a little on the bitter side. Not an entirely bad thing but I’ll be more careful next time.

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

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93

Backlogging from last night…also a SIPDOWN

Sil

yay for sipdowns!

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What a tiring day, a cup of tea and then I’m off to bed. :)

This was from a large sampler I bought from iHeartTeas a few months ago. It sounded sort of Winter/Christmas like so I kept it for such a day like today to try it.

Firstly the tea itself is brown with leaves that look tightly rolled and cut into small pieces that smell earthy yet sweet. Once brewed it leaves a dark brown tea with a fruity and creamy vanilla fragrance.

(Please note I have not added any sugar or creamer). The first few sips reveal sweet smoothness with a vanilla and caramel sort of taste. I can understand the fog part from it’s name, the blend is not strong nor weak and it has a slightly smokey/misty flavour which I believe to be the black tea base. A nice evening drink.

It could be enhanced with sugar to create a stronger caramel mix but it’s sweet enough for me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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80
drank Winter Frost by iHeartTeas
1075 tasting notes

I have been saving my sample of this for December time, particularly when I wanted to feel more Christmassy. Now is the time, I did some cleaning yesterday and wrapped some presents and I can begin to feel it drawing closer but the only thing that can get me into the festive mood is candy canes. I love candy canes! This one says it contains candy cane which is beyond amazing!

This blend is a mixture of finely chopped black tea leaves with some sort of finely chopped green/brown leaf and red candy looking pieces. It smells sweet and creamy :)

Once brewed this tea forms a dark brown liquid that smells sweetly of cinnamon.

My first few sips reveal earthy cinnamon with a sweet vanilla flourish followed by a breeze of refreshing mint. It’s a rather subtle blend overall but the ingredients compliment each other well.

If I was to say anything negative about this blend it would be that there is not enough candy cane in there for me and I was hoping it would be a little mintier.

Not sure if I feel more Christmassy but I’m certainly more happy at any rate. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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79
drank Sweet Velvet Fog by iHeartTeas
1582 tasting notes

I received a sample of this blend a while back from Rachel and I thought I had logged it soon after I got it, but clearly I was mistaken (see guys, this is what happens when you’ve got too many teas!).

I wasn’t so thrilled about it when I drank it plain, but when I added milk it really made the flavours pop. The caramel flavours are especially apparent with smooth, sweet vanilla topping it off. It’s definitely not a tea that needs extra sweetening and it has a decadent feel to it that makes every cup a treat.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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81

I don’t know about you but if I was going to be stranded on an island I would love for it to be a place called Strawberry Island.

Whilst raw this consists of lovely small cut black twisted leaves with green chopped up parts (that look like a leaf and after reading the ingredients must be the raspberry leaf) and some sort of dark brown stick (maybe vanilla). All of this blend of ingredients smells like sweet strawberry gummy sweets (so it’s somewhat artificial smelling).

Once brewed this is a dark reddy brown colour (similar to an assam but a little redder…maybe the exact colour to describe this would be red honey). The boiling water has brought out more of a berry smell rather then focusing just on the strawberry but it’s still as sweet.

First few sips bring out a fair bit of berry sweetness and a touch of earthiness and a slight bitterness in the after taste. A sugar/sweetener would take the edge nicely off this tea and may bring out the berry/fruit flavours but for me this is sweet enough. I’m still finding that the sweetness tastes a little artificial and usually I am not a fan but this is balanced nicely.

The fruity flavour comes out once the tea has cooled slightly so I would recommend drinking this one around 70-80 degrees (if you opt for a hot tea and not iced that is). Perhaps reduce the steeping time slightly as well to remove the subtle touch of bitterness in the back.

A very good effort and a nice sweet fruity tea, this is definitely something that I could drink happily. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

This is such a wonderful tea! And yes I would not mind being stranded on STRAWBERRY ISLAND should I have to be stranded on one :) Matcha Island would be nice too though… hummmm now Im thinking about the best islands haha.

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72
drank Strawberry Lemonade by iHeartTeas
4366 tasting notes

I received a sample of this tisane with the last order that I placed with iHeartTeas (thanks Rachel!) – the label ingredients does not list rooibos, but I could see the rooibos in there and the website lists rooibos.

This is tasty. The strawberry flavor sweet and tart – with the tartness further emphasized by the lemon notes. It is more tart than sweet … and tart is not my favorite kind of flavor, but, I’m still enjoying this.

Not bad … not my favorite lemonade type tisane, but, it’s agreeable.

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80
drank Sweet Velvet Fog by iHeartTeas
1032 tasting notes

Thanks to Kittena for a sample!

I get to look at my wedding venue today, 2 weeks before the wedding, lol! Yeah, last minute and totally laid back. More excited about eating beef tongue burritos afterward! Heheh! I’m not a wedding person and rather save the cash for a fun honeymoon… once I get my greencard and can leave the country.

I wanted to start my day with a nice black tea and Sweet Velvet Fog appealed to me.

STEEPED: Dark brown colour, malty caramel smell

TASTE: Smooth black tea and surprisingly sweet. Hit of caramel and vanilla. Not getting any astringency or bitterness. I can totally get the caramel and creamy creeping up on me.
Sweetened (not that it needed it, but I already presweetened a batch) the creamyness comes out more. Personally, I think the sweetness in the tea is perfect and does not need further sweetening.

COMMENTS: Very good! I think I might try more of iHeartTeas stuff! Overall, a good dessert tea for peeps who like black teas that are nice and smooth.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

I really enjoyed this one too

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Yay! So glad you enjoyed it. :)

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I think I’m in love. I’m a milk oolong addict and this blend was perfect. It was creamy and sweet with a really nice vegetal aftertaste. The coconut was present but not overpowering. The coconut flavor starts to fade after the first infusion but the tea leaves themselves can definitely keep going for more.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Oh I’m so happy you liked this. It’s one of my favorites. :)

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64
drank Creamy Pumpkin Spice by iHeartTeas
2229 tasting notes

Next up is a generous sample of this tea from Rachel at iHeartTeas!

Like Butiki’s, this tea doesn’t smell particularly spiced, perhaps because it isn’t. It does smell pleasant though, creamy and sweet and like black tea, but I’m not getting a pumpkin aroma per se.

This tea is definitely more strongly flavoured than the version from Butiki, and is a little bit… sharper, perhaps? In the base tea, at least. Again, no real pumpkin flavour that I’m getting, although there’s definitely creaminess and some sweetness. There’s maybe just a touch of astringency.

Sweetened, I’m still not really getting a pumpkin flavour here. It’s definitely a nice tea, and the black base shines through and is pretty tasty, but there isn’t much in the way of spices or pumpkin flavour, specifically.

Overall: this tea definitely has the best/most flavourful and enjoyable black base of the four I’m comparing, and while it’s a tasty tea, the spice aspect is again lacking.

(Teas under review: Butiki – Pumpkin Creme Brulee; iHeartTeas – Creamy Pumpkin Spice; DAVIDsTEA – Pumpkin Chai; Della Terra Teas – Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

I miss the 52teas version of this!!

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60
drank Sweet Velvet Fog by iHeartTeas
4831 tasting notes

This tea is another sample I picked up in my exchange with kittena and indigobloom. I wish I could say that I loved this tea….but I can’t. It starts out lovely but thetail end of each sip reminds me of the few adagio teas that I’ve tried and haven’t been a fan of. I REALLY love the way each sip starts out though….

Azzrian

Someone PLEASE correct me if I am wrong as I hate spreading mis information but Sil I think this IS a recreation of an Adagio tea. If memory serves, which it often doesn’t, I think that this one is actually a lot better than adagio’s blend.

Kittenna

This one is from me :)

Terri HarpLady

This sounds so wonderfully delicious!

Sil

Azz-I’m pretty sure you’re right on that one. I’m sure this blend is better than adagios’. (mostly cause I find I don’t like adagios teas) haha

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