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drank Bon Rouge by Janet's Special Teas
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This one is definitely better with milk. Sadness. I’ll probably try to finish the travel mug of this today for hydration, but the rooibos is really coming out and it does need to be softened with some cream IMO.

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Oh yeah, I recall only liking it with milk, but was impressed with the flavouring when it was fresh.

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one from omgsrsly that is pretty decent. My other half did come to find me while i was waiting for the water to boil… “uh hun…whatever’s in the red basket smells like vomit…” “no love, that’s blueberry.” “maybe that’s why i don’t love blueberries.”

:)

keychange

Hmmm, how do you find this compares with blueberry jam? can you remember? LOL.

Sil

i hate blueberry jam. :)

Sil

(the tea from david’s i assume you mean)

Indigobloom

Sil, would you say that this is the same as Blueberry jam minus the stevia?

OMGsrsly

LOL. I think I liked this one. (And also, more blueberries for ME! Hope the bag of them in your freezer get put to good use. :) )

Sil

IB – no because I hate blueberry jam and I like this tea lol

Omg – I love blueberries….he doesn’t understand why ppl love them

Indigobloom

Its a finicky tea for me. Sometimes I adore it, other cups not so much! But I totally get the blueberry hate. I despise certain foods with it – like yogurt or muffins. Blech. I love tarts though. Go figure…

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drank Black Forest by Janet's Special Teas
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another from omgsrsly this one is more woodsy rooibos than i like though i can detect a little chocolate and cherry…just not enough to make this a happy place for me. Glad to try it though…

Final Count: 170 gah!

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sample from omgsrsly thankfully i have a bunch of herbal samples from people. This one isn’t half bad. It’s not terribly “woodsy” in the rooibos department, and there’s enough of a sweetness to this one to let the fruit notes sort of come through . no floral notes here either, in spite of the rose petals :)

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I cold brewed a sample of this in 1 L of water.

I see where Fjellrev get Rockets from. :) It’s sweet-tart, almost fake berry. It’s worked well in this application, but there are other berry fruit teas that I like better.

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I picked up a sample of this a while back at a tea meetup (WOO!), and for some reason (perhaps my general tea apathy) I hadn’t tried it yet. The sample was 3 tsp so I did the whole thing in my mug.

I quite like it! The leaves are really big, the chocolate is NOT fake at all, and the caramel is a nice accompaniment. It is a little watery, even overleafed, but I think that’s because I expect something that tastes like cocoa to be thicker.

I would definitely get more of this. I’m very happy with it. (Sorry Sil, none left for you. :( )

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This was pretty good, but I’m not sure I’d call it “black forest”. At least, it’s not chocolate and cherries.

Still, Janet has a good taste for rooibos and this was pretty mild, and not too woody at all.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I picked this up, with encouragement from Plunkybug, ages ago with the Victoria group meet. I think I came away with more than sixty new teas from that event, and I haven’t even started digging through that stash in a meaningful way…

This one is smooth, maybe even watery, with a good Caramilk vibe. I’ve been in a “decadent” dessert mood lately, so it hits the spot right now. I’m going to need to wean myself back on tea after over a month without!

Flavors: Caramel, Cocoa

Preparation
Boiling

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Additional notes: This one is so delicious, yes I’m having it this soon after the last time. Now it’s gone! A delicious sample that has my eye on Janet’s Special Teas. I also finished Nature’s Tea Leaf’s Lavender Pu-erh. That is another one I will miss. But sipdowns are a good thing!

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I received an awesome tea sale package from MissB. Thanks so much! So many goodies. :D I went with this little surprise first last night. PLUM?!?! There is definitely a nice floral plum flavor here, it’s actually pretty strong after only a minute steep. I can’t even really tell this is rooibos. It’s just plum… I’d name it “sugar plum”. So nice to get some plum flavor for once. The second steep was even more plum! I only have a teaspoon left of this one, but it sure fits a plum craving when there aren’t actual plums lying about. And it’s ORGANIC. Awesome.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // few minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 2-3 minute steep

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This tea is confusing me!!! Minty and nutty and coconut and… bah!
At first it was so flat that I couldn’t taste much of anything at all except the brazil nuts. Not impressed. So I added some sugar and apparently too much. Only half of a teaspoon! Sheesh. Now it’s all super strong mint and coconut and I don’t know what else… but something else too.
Now I do think I like it. I’m just not sure how much! somewhere in between a 75 and 85?

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When I got this one right it was simply amazing. Two out of half a dozen steeps tasted of a potent raspberry infused honey. Nectar of the gods.

While this was also good the other four times, the couple of awesome experiences set the bar really high and made me envious every time it didn’t turn out like that. It was often just not enough raspberry, or not enough honey, or a little too much black tea astringency.

Amariel/Plunkybug recommended this one, and now I’m hooked.. although it sometimes feels a little like gambling as the flavours aren’t always consistent. Raspberries and honey make me weak.

Flavors: Honey, Raspberry

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

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This tea smells incredible! There is actually a fruitiness here that is so strong and mouthwatering. It smells like strawberries to me. Is that right? It’s at least like other berry black teas I’ve had.

The liquid was dark almost immediately after I poured the water over. The color is red, a deep mahogany. The tea is brisk and just has so much flavor. It’s exceptionally rich and layered.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 200 degrees + 6 minutes

This cup is lighter and not as flavorful as the first. It’s not bad, but I’m not sure it’s worth the second steep.

Thank you so much to Plunkybug for sending me some of this to try! I hope there is a way to get this from Canada to the U.S. because I need more!

Flavors: Berry, Fruity, Strawberry

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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In one of our first meetups, OMGsrsly got me hooked on black currant flavoured things. Now every time I see them listed in teas I can’t resist picking up some.

This particular rooibos doesn’t quite live up to my expectations, but it’s still enjoyable. I just want more specific black currant and less dry and fruity-berry rooibos.

Flavors: Berries, Black Currant

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The only other ice wine tea I’ve had was a white base and I didn’t care for it much. I think the sweet fermented grapes benefit from the fuller body of the black tea base here. It’s crazy easy to drink, hot or cool.

Flavors: Raisins, White Wine

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

Nice! I always avoided picking this one up since I’ve always seen negative reviews on ice wine teas in general. Glad to hear hers is decent.

Plunkybug

I have yet to try mine…I just have not seemed to be in the right mood for this one yet.

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I kind of like this one! It’s green, it contains tangy limes, and there is something dessert-like and almost creamy about it. Many happy meringue and key lime pie vibes, at least with this session. It reminds me a little of 52Teas’ Lime Jello Salad tea, and the Lime Gelato from David’s Tea.

This would potentially make a good iced batch, but if I tried that I’d only have one serving left instead of two..

Flavors: Custard, Lime

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Fjellrev

Oh damn, I never saw this one. Anything that is reminiscent of Lime Jello Salad must be great.

CrowKettle

I’m not sure I’ll ever love a lime tea as much as I did Lime Jello Salad, but only time with 4oz will tell. Next time I’m in Sydney I’ll pick up enough to share!

Sil

ooooooh

Fjellrev

I don’t think anything can ever top Lime Jello Salad, either. So freaking delicious.

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Sooooo I got a sample of this when I was in Victoria, and it was the first tea I could steep with hot water that I pulled out of the BIN OF DOOM (seriously, so many samples).

It’s really good! Of course, I have a bunch of milk in it, so YMMV. But I really like the flavour!

I’m sending the rest off to Sil, but this is definitely something I need to revisit.

(2.5 tsp, 16 oz, 195F, 3 minutes.)

leaf in hot water

what does ymmv stand for?

Maddy Barone

Your Mileage May Vary (if OMGsrlsy doesn’t mind me chiming in)

OMGsrsly

:) Yup! That’s it.

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I have some of this and the rest is going into the box for Sil la la la…

I added milk, but IDK that I should have. I just LOVE milk in my tea. It smells nicely fruity, with low levels of rooibos woodiness.

It’s lovely, actually. Not sure I’d want a lot, but I am quite enjoying this large mug! Nice and fruity. Sweet-ish. Not too floral. I’m glad I picked up a sample!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

oh god..

OMGsrsly

I got about 10 samples from Janet that I need to try and pass on. Plus the puerh. :D

Sil

feel free to make it uh a birthday box….in like July. bwahahaha

OMGsrsly

It’ll take me that long to get through everything. Sigh.

Sil

perfect!

Plunkybug

This one had rose petals in it, right?

OMGsrsly

Pretty sure it did.

Plunkybug

Yeah, I think I looked at it and had to put it back because of that.

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I think I like this one better than Bumbleberry, but the berry flavour isn’t quite as rich as the “Grandma’s Fruit Garden” tea I hold in my memories. :)

I’ll have to get some and compare.

Still, this is a good juice tea. Definitely sweet-tart berries. More sweet than tart.

Cold brew overnight.

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New tea! Cold brewed for a couple of days because I forgot about it in the back of the fridge.

It’s yummy. I get a lot of strawberry from it, which is nice.

Also, hi! I’m not around much at all due to busy, but hi!

Sil

Hihihihihihihi

OMGsrsly

omgggggggggggg! You!

Sil

Me?! No wai!

OMGsrsly

Liek omg totally

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The cherry flavouring in this rooibos crosses all cherry territories, including my favourite cherry blasters and actual cherries. Tart hibiscus and goji are extremely subtle. When I do pick up on those two ingredients, they add a layer of depth the otherwise syrupy sweet cherry profile.

Bear With Me recommended this in the store and I’m glad I was easily persuaded. This is my favourite go to tisane in the evening right now; it tastes so “red.”

Flavors: Cherry, Goji

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I had this earlier today, and it was a nice, mild green tea, with a mellow mango taste. Neither taste dominated the cup, though maybe the mango was a little stronger, but not by much. It was a nice cup, and I will probably make one more before sending the rest of my sample to a friend of mine.

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Backlog…not my favourite rooibos, and not as good as the plum, but definitely not bad either.

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