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Alphakitty split some of this with be from Ovation’s closeout sale a while back. (Hope you and yours are doing well!) I’m not sure why I’m just now writing a tasting note for this one. I love the giant pineapple chunks and blueberries. My infuser had two pineapple chunks but no blueberries. I remember this one tasting fruitier last time… I hope it isn’t already aging too much! But I love the flavor anyway… it’s a nice green base. The pineapple taste is very subtle this time around… hardly any blueberry. Definitely no fake flavoring though. Unless I needed to get more pineapple and blueberries in the blend, this one lost some of its magic.

I put three fairly decent sized tea packages together for sale and added teas to TWO teaboxes and it hardly seems to have made a dent in my tea stash! Yikes! Hopefully that is just because I was parceling out most of the teas.

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Tea #14 from Another Traveling Tea Box

I’m still on the hunt for the perfect chocolate tea, so I was excited to try this one. I’ve never had anything from Ovation before and always like trying out a new company. The dry leaf was impressive looking, it had nice sized chunks of raspberry in it. This gave me hope that I would be able to taste raspberry once the tea had steeped.

While the tea was hot all I could taste was the mint, but once it cooled I could taste all three flavors. I liked that I could taste the raspberry and mint, it wasn’t drowned out by chocolate flavoring like many blends I’ve had. I’m just not sold on the combination of the three together. I do wonder how this would taste when cold steeped, but there isn’t enough in the TTB to find out.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Tea #7 from Traveling Tea Box C

For some reason, I found this to be a little harsher than the lavender earl grey, which leads me to believe I may have very slightly overleafed my cup. Regardless, this was quite an enjoyable cup of tea. The citrus and raspberry components came through quite well and stayed around for the second steep. I would have preferred just a tad more raspberry flavor to better balance out the flavors.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Thirteenth tea sampled from TTB-C

I forgot that I tried this one already until I saw my tasting note here already.
This time around, I noticed the orange more than the chocolate. strange how that is. But one thing is the same: It’s still very very bitter.

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

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Tea #2 from Traveling Tea Box C

I can be a bit picky about lavender. At times I find it can be overwhelming and it leaves a weird stinging sensation in the back of my throat. Other times it is a subtle addition which turns pedestrian flavors into the extraordinary. This tea falls into the latter category.

The base is quite robust, and I love that it contains some Ceylon. The citrus component of the flavor tastes more like orange than bergamot, which may be a plus for bergamot-shy drinkers. The real star, however, is the lavender. Without it, this would be a perfectly decent Earl Grey, but nothing great. The lavender flavor is subtly strong— while there’s absolutely no denying it’s presence, it works more in the background to smooth out the other flavors.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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89

Sipdown! I took this one to work with a touch of cream and sugar. I enjoyed it. Lovely balance of flavors.

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77

I liked it a lot, but not as an earl variation, can’t taste the bergamot, but it’s tangy & floral. I bet iced is great. The black base is nice, but I need to brew it a little less time, a little too strong with 5:30 minutes. Quite yummy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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drank Green Apple Tea by Ovation Teas
4044 tasting notes

sipdown! (224) another tea from CHAroma! I’m not sure how old this one is but while it smells delicious, the tea brewed is a rather tasteless. i don’t really taste apple or the tartness i associate with granny smith apples. However, as it was just a sample i’ll hold off rating it until i can try it again :)

CHAroma

I found this one rather lackluster from day one, so I don’t think it’s due to age.

Sil

good to know :)

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drank Cherry Joy Black Tea by Ovation Teas
4044 tasting notes

There is no cherry joy in my cherry joy….it’s a coconut joy with a bit of fruit in the background which is likely cherry but might not be :) I do like the base tea of this one, though I am not a fan of coconut. If you DO like coconut and cherry this is the tea for you, emphasis on the coconut :) still happy to have tried this one as its another tea off my list! Thank you CHAroma!

CHAroma

I think it was named Cherry Joy to be like Almond Joy plus cherries.

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Additional notes: oh man, I can’t believe I am STILL the only person who wrote a tasting note for this now non-existing tea. Today’s cup was especially good so I guess this tasting note will just be steeping parameters for future me:
1 &3/4 teaspoons waiting for the boiled water to cool for 10-20 minutes and steep for 4-5 minutes.

I was especially tired today but just the deliciousness of this tea woke me up! It couldn’t have been the caffeine because it was instant! It’s a good thing I have a ton of this one though because I could probably drink it every day. (And I’m also still not sure this is different from Ovation’s Assam blend I have.) I’ll put some in tea boxes though for others to try! Oh how I wish I knew how good Ovation was before they went out of business!

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I haven’t quite gotten the hang of this tea yet. I have tried it hot and cold brewed now and either way it still has this uneven edge to the taste that turns me off just a little. I love chocolate and orange, and I get that in every sip, but it just doesn’t balance out as well as other chocorange teas I have had. I bought a pound of it during Ovation’s closing sale, so I’ll have plenty of it around for a while to try brewing different ways in the hopes of a better cup.

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drank Chocolate Orange Bliss by Ovation Teas
4044 tasting notes

SIPDOWN! Once again, thanks to kittylovestea for sending this my way a while back in our swap. I have apparently been drinking this without logging it in my distracted state so now it’s allll gone! It was a nice change of pace while i had it. Thanks for sharing Kitty!

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drank Chocolate Orange Bliss by Ovation Teas
4044 tasting notes

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I don’t like chocolate teas too much, but since I don’t completely hate them, I figure I should give them each a chance when they show up in my cupboard, as has this one from Shadowfall.

Not a big surprise, but I don’t like this tea. The chocolate is very bitter and I don’t detect much orange.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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87

Why don’t I drink this tea more often?? It is delicious. Although this is an older tea it has been stored in an airtight pouch and so it’s still very flavorful. The bergamot, orange and jasmine are awesome together, and the white tea adds a nice depth to it. For some reason in just the past week I have been enjoying white tea more and more than I ever used to.

It’s also a shame that I will never be able to get more of this tea now that Ovation is gone. I do think I could probably come close with Harney’s Winter White Earl Grey and some jasmine pearls, though.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Monarch Blend by Ovation Teas
358 tasting notes

I had a cup of this from the Traveling Tea Box the other day and forgot to log it, oops! Overall, I liked this tea. It had a fun fruitiness to it, with a little hint of floral in the background. Maybe not one that I would chose every day, but it was certainly nice for a summer cup first thing in the morning.

-Dry blend has large black tea leaves and twigs with large pieces of dried fruit, yellow petals, pink rose petals, and small lavender petals.
-Dry leaves smell lightly musty and of dried fruit. Tea liquor aroma is malty and of sweet fruit.
-Tea liquor is a clear dark brown color.
-Tangy fruit flavor and finish with a small amount of bitterness. Strong floral aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Good tea. A very fruity cup with floral hints of lavender and rose.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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This is a sample sipdown, and I am ashamed to say that I have probably had this for about two years, maybe longer. I really want to place some orders, but I have SO. MUCH. TEA. My bestie busted out laughing a few days ago when I made tea for us to share. I asked what was so funny and she said it was because there are all these tea tins on display in the kitchen, and then I bend over and open a chest and it is full, too! Oy.

Even though this was old, it was quite good. The base was smooth, not very strong, though it may have been stronger long ago. The bergamot is moderate here and I can smell and taste another citrus here, maybe orange? But I can not find blueberry in this cup at all. Other reviewers mentioned it being in the forefront and being quite strong. It is probably because my sample is old, or the food was competing with it. We had brownies with a dark chocolate drizzle, sugared strawberries, and homemade vanilla ice cream with white and semi-sweet chocolate chips in it, also drizzled with homemade dark chocolate “Magic Shell.”

I have enough for one more cup, so I think I will try it again sans food and see if I can detect those blueberries. (My other blueberry teas taste like violets to me.)

MsWhatsit

Sounds interesting. Blueberries and Earl Grey sound like a good combination.

MsWhatsit

I know what you mean about having too much tea as well. I keep avoiding Savoy now when I’m at the mall because…to quote you, I need more tea like I need a llama.

Incidentally, I’ve been using that expression so much, my husband is threatening to get me a stuffed llama for Christmas.

TassieTeaGirl

Ha! I totally get the over purchasing problem! Desperately trying to get my stash down too. My cupboard on here doesn’t do it justice, I have so many samples and swap samples a bit like you!

gmathis

It stands to reason that since blueberry/lemon is a conventionally acceptable combo, the lemon-ish in the bergamot would blend nicely. May have to give that an experimental whirl—I have both flavors in my llama collection.

K S

Llama? That’s just silly. Everyone knows the real money is in Alpaca! I tend to cringe when anything is added to my earl grey but reading gmathis’ reasoning, I can see how this might be good.

gmathis

Mason jar steeping in the fridge right now. Maybe I’ll get a goat instead. I’m tired of lawn mowing.

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drank Blueberry Earl Grey by Ovation Teas
293 tasting notes

Tastes unlike Earl Grey and also unlike blueberries but isn’t bad – a little bitterish.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

I bought this because Ovation was closing and they were selling everything for like $1 an oz. I was hoping it’d be tasty but… meh.

Ozli

When I lived in Vic I used to get EG from Murchies and then steep it with whatever fruit tea I had around (which was a blueberry rooibos sometimes or a grapefruit herbal) and they were pretty yum – so this tea is definitely a good thought, but it fell flat, yep.

Cavocorax

That’s a good idea! I haven’t tried mixing anything around at all.

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This is a little bit too lemon for me, but the raspberry is very nice! I kinda wish I’d cold-brewed it for Kelly, because this is basically his jam. Gonna resteep it later and see how that goes.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
Cavocorax

Mmmmm.. and with lemons added in? I bet that would be tasty.

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Additional notes: This one tasted a bit like mint this time. ARGH. Because I have my stronger smelling teas stored together, and even though this one was double baggied and some minty teas were also double baggied (separately), the mint still contaminated this one. Lesson learned. Four bags! And also, I think if the teas are contaminating or even has any scent from the closed bag, it’s a good indication I should be drinking those faster than better stored teas.

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Got another sample of this, this time from Tea Sipper although I have no idea when but I’m sure it was months ago. This time this tea was not that great. I don’t know what I did to it, but it is quite bitter, even with the addition of milk and sugar.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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