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From the Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box.

I was excited to try this one. I’ve never had buckwheat tea before! There isn’t much to say other than it tasted like buckwheat… It’s also slightly sweet. And the liquor is a lovely gold. Overall, this a cozy tea.

I drank it while watching the first Hobbit film, and now, I think, each time I’ll watch it in the future, I’ll get the taste of buckwheat in my mouth.

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

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I don’t drink much rooibos as I mostly taste Robitussin when I drink it. This was a Christmas gift from my daughter and I am trying to drink less caffeine late at night so it was high time to try it.

The smell is really wonderful. I thought of orange creamsicle, but oddly enough the description says nothing about orange being in here. The dry mix looks like it has orange peel, though. There were flat, light colored pieces of something in there! Also there were pretty red flower petals…poppy? Hibiscus?

I was disappointed that when the water hit the leaves the powerful rooibos aroma rose immediately. As I drink this, the cinnamon and clove are becoming stronger with each sip, building more and more as I get to the bottom of the cup.

It is reminding of African Autumn by Harney and Sons, which does have orange and a touch of cranberry, as well as hibiscus, though I don’t taste hibiscus in either of these. COULD they be the same tea? It has been a very long time since I have had African Autumn so I really don’t know. African Autumn also mentions no spices, so maybe not.

If you like rooibos you would probably enjoy this. I will drink it as a caffeine free nighttime cuppa.


Rooibitussin? Heh.


I 100% agreed on “ROOIBITUSSIN”, lol. There should be a red rooibos blend of this name, it’s so appropriate and accurate!!


I agree!


Aw, why all the roo hate? ;) Though I don’t know that I’d care for it with spice…it seems better suited to ice cream flavors like vanilla and chocolate. And strawberry? Have I ever had a strawberry rooiboos? Have you?

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While not an inexpensive earl grey, the white silver tips provide the cup with a majesty that is well worth savoring and paying up for. I have yet to find a comparable earl grey product that provides the satisfaction provided by this near perfected blended tea. The aroma of the leaves is just ‘that’ much better than other EG’s.

It is not necessary to steep for an extended time, so about 3.5 minutes in ~boiling does the trick. Given the sweetspot of MarieBelle it seems as though this tea was made to eat with tea cookies. Sublime.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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While it’s good enough weak and with no tweaking in small cups, I prefer it lightly honey sweetened and served piping. Yes, at $7 for a 2oz tin it can be a bit on the expensive side, but fear not. It is worth the investment. Pick some up in SoHo if you’re in New York and try the hot chocolate while you’re at the store.

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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i know health benefit from dattan soba cha and I was so happy when i found this tea. it is so relaxing and it will help to build stronger veins. In japan it cost me $15 for only 100g.
but at Mariebelle, more than 200g for only $16. It is a good deal. I am drinking every day and i put sobacha in the soup and salad.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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One of the best dessert teas of all time: sweet and full-bodied with just a touch of rosy floral in the background, and with cream and sweetener it is perfection. This is the sort of rosy/sugary/fabulous tea that Marie Antoinette might have enjoyed — before she realized that the populace tends to get a little peeved when they can’t eat on a regular basis, of course.

The chocolate flavor here tastes exactly like dark chocolate, too, without the overbrewed flavor that some chocolate ceylons can aquire without careful attention to steeping time. The rose flavor is far more delicate (read: less evident) than the chocolate flavor, but that’s appropriate, after all, unless you are a honeybee with an agenda.

Chocolate tea seems like something of an art. Like chocolate itself, some are full and rich, some are light, some are better when blended, some are … bright.

I like rhymes with my rococo-inspired chocolate tea. Sue me.

Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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This flavored black tea has a nice balance of tanginess and sweetness. Thankfully, it avoids the usual traps: it is neither syrupy sweet nor annoyingly fruity. It is a tea that could be enjoyed all day.

205 °F / 96 °C

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My favorite English Breakfast tea. Full of flavor and the toasty notes make it feel filling, almost as if you’d had it with a pastry.

185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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