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A sample from KittyLovesTea. On first sip, this one reminded me a little of 52 Teas Rainbow Sherbet. I’m guessing it’s the fruit flavours and almost-acidity, but there’s something of the same “fizziness” about them, paired with the black tea base. The lemon comes over most clearly here, perhaps understandably, but is followed by a slightly bittersweet, tart raspberry flavour. Both come across very naturally — nothing artificial or fake tasting here! I’ve enjoyed three cups of this from my sample over the past few days, and like it equally well with or without milk. It’s a fruity, slightly acidic tasting black tea, clearly flavoured and very enjoyable. Thanks to KittyLovesTea for sharing this with me!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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The pearls seem like such a novel way to form tea. It smells nice and jasmine like when dry and the smell once brewed is the same, but the taste is a little lighter than I expected. It is a nice clean jasmine taste with the leaves tasting a little buttery at the end and no bite like some jasmine, but it lacks the strength that I prefer in my jasmine teas. Still, I wouldn’t turn my nose up at it. I might try a heavier leafing next time and see how that goes. I’m a little unsure of how many pearls to use for a cup.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Time for another tea! My scarf is almost done, but I’ve decided to make another after this. Thank you to JennyFur for this tea. I love earl grey teas, so I have high hopes.

I steeped this one at boiling for 4 minutes. I ended up using about 3 teaspoons for 16 oz. I only steep 16 oz at a time, so I just decided to use the whole sample bag thing.

First sip:
Very nice! So smooth. It isn’t too harsh and isn’t overwhelmed with flavor. It is a good balance between the flavor and the actual tea. There is no bitter flavor at all.

Finishing off the cup:
I am very happy with this one! The flavor was so refreshing and not too heavy. Really solid tea. It knew what it was. I loved this.
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Overall, I loved this tea. I won’t be buying it any time soon though because I have so many earl grey teas to finish off. I will keep it in mind if I ever end up running out of earl x).

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Brewed to long slight bitter aftertaste. Try knocking down brew time about a minute.

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

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Tea #12 from Another TTB

The mint is strong in this one. Hmm, I didn’t intend for that to come out sounding like a Star Wars reference, but now that it does… :D

I can’t detect the raspberry or chocolate, but it has that nasty aftertaste that some chocolate (and caramel too) blends have. Why doesn’t anyone else ever notice this?

I love mint, but it’s not enough to compensate for the icky aftertaste here.

KittyLovesTea

Lol I read the first line with Yoda in mind too :)

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I have 2oz of this tea thanks to darby who was willing to split her Ovation Teas order and ship them to me overseas. I got 6oz of Ovation Teas for $20.43 including the shipping. Bargain :)

This lavender blend could be just what I need before bedtime tonight. I have a craving for something black based and lavender makes me sleep like a new born kitten.

The blend has a sweet orange and lavender smell but overall it’s only mild in strength. Much more subtle than expected but that’s something my husband will be happy to hear, he hates lavender.

The steeping instructions estimate a time of 5-6 minutes which in my opinion would be a bit too strong. The blend has a lot of black tea, I feel it would only harshen the flavour. So I shortened the time but will eventually try the full 6 minutes, depending on how this cup tastes.

The first few sips reveal a malty and subtly smoky black tea with an after taste of lavender with a sweet and sour orange tang.

I think I was correct to lower the steep time, I think it would have been far too thick and astringent otherwise. As it cools the black tea dominates quite heavily and it thickens. The base is so strong I’m wondering what this would be like as a night time iced tea? Will have to try that at some point.

The good – The lavender is mild and fresh
The bad – For an Earl Grey the bergamot/orange is too mild

I enjoyed this tea but wished it was a little better. It’s not quite what I imagined when I thought of a lavender early grey. But never mind, it’s still a pleasant night time tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Tea #18 from Traveling Tea Box C

Ohhh… this one tastes like stocking stuffers on Christmas morning! The chocolate tastes so chocolatey, and the orange just twines with it perfectly. I like this one! Actually, I think it would fit in perfectly with my next blog project, so I hope no one minds if I hold on to the rest of the sample. Besides, I don’t think my husband would let it leave… it was hard enough to get my cup back when I let him try a sip… or three ;)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Tea #16 from Traveling Tea Box C

This one bites back! I have to admit, I love raspberry whenever I can get the flavor without those horrible seeds, so I was very curious about this blend. I followed the directions on the bag, but I think less leaves and a slightly shorter steep would have helped. This is somewhat intense, with more briskness than I anticipated. The raspberry is also not very distinct, and falls into more of a vaguely fruity category.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Chai by Ovation Teas
1721 tasting notes

Thank you to Dustin who sent me this a while ago— when Ovation sadly went out of business. I’m sorry I didn’t buy ALL their teas. I was able to try quite a few of them buying an ounce or two here from many kind Steepsters!

I only had this once before, even though I thought it was my favorite chai since I had it. I skipped a tasting note that time. This lovely tea sure smells very spicy opening the bag, even though there is a fair amount of non-CTC black tea leaves here. I saw ginger, cinnamon pieces, cloves, big green things that I had to see the description to tell that it was cardamom and apparently there is also black pepper. The flavor is a nice amount of strong chai but the black base here seems to be different than many of the bases from Ovation – this doesn’t seem to have too strong of a flavor. And there is also no vanilla flavor for me. I would have said this was my favorite chai, but that was before TastyBrew sent me Necessiteas Vanilla Chai. So I guess this makes my second favorite chai that I have in stock right now.

This is why I have only had this lovely chai twice since I acquired it a while ago:
Well, I had time to update my cupboard with tea company samples, teabox scores, and generous packages from other Steepsters. The number went up to 502 (!) before I took all of the teas off that went in teaboxes and the packages I sold. Now it’s at 474. Oh no, that is still too high! They are all mostly smaller amounts, but even if there is only one cup of tea in each sample, that’s still 474 cups… not to mention resteeps. Ah well, I love my tea collection! I certainly have variety though (but it doesn’t help when I want to be drinking six different teas at any given moment!

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Tea #4 from Another Traveling Tea Box

What this is: A solid Mint Black Tea with a very subtle, but good, chocolate flavor.

What this isn’t: Balanced.

The mint is very, very potent in this blend. Which is fine for me, because I really enjoy a good mint tea! The chocolate flavor is also quite good. It’s cocoa-y and doesn’t have that chemical flavor that so many chocolate flavored teas do.

I was a little disappointed that the raspberry disappeared completely after the second or third sip — it’s like it slipped out the back door while the mint kept me entertained.There is a bit of berry aftertaste after the tea cools some, though, which was welcome and rounds it out better.

This is a pretty tasty blend, I wish the mint was a little more tamed and gave some of the other components a chance, but I still really enjoyed it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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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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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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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
6342 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
6342 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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I bought this a couple years ago now and when I first bought it, it tasted sharp and unbalanced. Now that it has had time to mature, I’m liking it much more! The orange has mellowed out and is even with the chocolate. It makes for a much smoother cup!

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

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Tried to give this tea some time to mellow out in my cupboard, but the orange is pretty strong still and has a little bite. The chocolate comes out well and I do love the combo of orange and chocolate. With a little cream and sugar this is a pretty good cup. It isn’t as decadent and delicious as some other orange/choco teas, but it is very enjoyable which is good because I still have a ton of it. Never. Buying. Tea. By. The. Pound. Again.

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

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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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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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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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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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