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drank Caramel Delight by Praise Tea Company
1296 tasting notes

Opening the bag reminded me strongly of the tobacco my Dad used to roll into cigars. Thankfully, after steeping the smell changed, although there’s still echoes of tobacco in the flavor. Funny, it’s a first for me to say I like this. Normally, I shy away from anything tobacco-ish, other than maybe when it’s leather. Anyway, I digress.

I understand the intention behind this tea, however it’s too drying and tobacco-y for it to be a true, chewy caramel. It’s still nice, full-bodied and rich, it’s just not the cup I wanted this afternoon.

This came from (I think) my first swap on Steepster, from Allie. Thank you again!

Flavors: Caramel, Tobacco

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

My father-in-law went through a pipe smoking phase, and though I don’t smoke or like it secondhand at all, I did love the scent of his pipe tobacco.

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drank Pure Rose by Praise Tea Company
4825 tasting notes

I’m currently sipping on this pu-erh. It has a very strong fishy scent that I don’t really care for. The rose is in there too, so it kind of smells like fish and roses which is kind of a weird scent. I’m trying to not allow the aroma to prematurely affect my opinion of the tea.

I did a quick rinse and then 45 seconds for the first infusion.

This is alright. It definitely tastes better than it smells, because I’m not getting that fishy or brine-y taste that I expected since I experienced such a strong fishy scent. It has an earthy flavor, but, not fishy. It reminds me of the deep, earthy flavor of a mushroom.

The rose comes through nicely too … not a strong rose essence, but it compliments the deep earthy flavor of the pu-erh. Overall, an enjoyable pu-erh. I’m glad that I didn’t let the aroma stop me from tasting.

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Since I nearly gagged one one chamomile-related herbal today I figured I would try and throw down another one I have been holding off on.

This has no color. It looks like water. Smells like Lav and Cham.

Tastes like Cham & Lav. Not bad for those two ingredients but not my fave ingredients at that. This one is certainly more stomach-able than that last one. I just wish I liked these two flowers in herbals more. No rating for that reason. Perhaps if you love those two ingredients you would love this tisane and I don’t want to taint that.

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The peach flavor is spot on! It has a peach essence with a very light floral note at the end. The smell alone is divine.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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The white chocolate and orange are very prominent. The chocolate tastes rich and sinfully decadent, while the vanilla is sweet and creamy. These two are in a pleasing balance.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Saturday Sample Sipdown #2

Thanks to Amanda for this sample. Not something I would buy, but it was ok.

My original review of it, written in character on International Talk Like a Pirate Day, is here:

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First, thanks to Amanda (the “Be a Fruitloop in a world of Cherrios” Amanda, there are 2 Amandas here) for this tea!!

I’m sitting here, eating breakfast & sipping tea with my left hand, & typing with my right hand. I thought that might occupy little T so I could write this review in peace. This is the 2nd of 3 teas she thought would fit the “talk like a pirate day” theme. (The third one is Buttered Rum, by Davids Tea, which Bonnie sent to me. I already reviewed it last week).

Dry, it has a fruity & buttery aroma. A dark tea with bits of cacao nibs, very enticing. I brewed 1 tsp in 8oz for 3min.

“arrrrrr…tastee! Buttery, creamy, bold, & worthy of a sea-farin’ swag like me…a wee bit of a bite, but not ‘nough to blow a man down. Tastes more like rum than whiskey, to my per-view, & I likes me whiskey, says I, says I. She’s a lovely diversion, a beauty for sure. Takes me back to the beaches of Moroloro, where I sat, stranded for a year, aye, yes it does. ’twould’ve been a miserable one, that, had I not found a treasure in the cave: barrels of black tea, 50 cases of rum, & some food rations. Endless supply o’ coconuts on that Isle…aye,… ’twas a year of wonder…”


Aaarrrr, aye should uv talked like a pirate in my review too….

Terri HarpLady

next year we must remember!!!

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drank Oolong Royal by Praise Tea Company
1979 tasting notes

My back is still sore and I am a little flighty from the two Flexiril I took last night. Youngest made a pot of this lovely oolong for me so I could enjoy it on my heating pad!

This is such a good tea, and I am still drinking that sample from SimplyJenW. it was a BIG sample. Thank you!

The aroma is fruity leaning toward a minty scent rather than a candied scent. It is described as softly flavored, and it is. There is enough flavoring, but it does not interfere with your tasting the oolong base. Very good!




Rest well, hope your back feels better soon.

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drank Oolong Royal by Praise Tea Company
1979 tasting notes

I wasn’t planning to review any further steeps of this one since I had done four already, but this merited an extra word or two. I continued to resteep and had this with a simple lunch of Mac and cheese and Chinese buffet style green beans. Even though it was the sixth and seventh steeps, this was excellent with food. I mean REALLY excellent with food. Around the eighth steep it started getting pale and weak. This was a great tea for today.

Special note: don’t drink eight steeps of anything prior to a round trip of fifty miles into the country for the puppies check ups at the no kill shelter that is basically a big barn. It doesn’t matter if you pee five seconds before you leave, you WILL have to go again! And you can’t stop at a Hess station with three squealing puppies and a largely untrained mama dog. LOL! So glad to be home…

The DJBooth

Ha ha good advice :)


I stand in awe of many of my fellow Steepsters—I just don’t have the uh, shall we say constitution to remain ladylike and delicate, to drink that many cups in a day! :)

teatime traveler

Geez, that happens to me on one steep! Oh, goddess….

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drank Oolong Royal by Praise Tea Company
1979 tasting notes

This is a sample, albeit a BIG one!, from SimplyJenW.

I am brewing this gong fu fashion. The dry leaves smell like super juicy mango. What a fabulous aroma!

I steeped a bit longer than I should have on the first two tries, but it isn’t bitter so much as very drying. I learned my lesson and cut my time way back on the third. The water colored instantly when it hit the leaves, so I knew I could cut way back on my time steeping it this way. (I was chatting with hubby on his lunchtime for the first two.)

Third steep is still fruity, but now the tea isn’t drying at all. I can tell the oolong base is woodsy and medium dark. The fruit flavor is a high note rising mostly after the sip to me, and the flavor of the oolong base lingers.

Fourth steep – still excellent, lots of flavor, both the oolong base and mango. The mango may be more noticeable at the beginning of the sip now that it was at first. I think this still has a few steeps left in it, but I will end the reviewing at four so I can give this tea my full attention.

Thank you, Jen!

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My long journey for real chocolate tea has just ended. And beleive me, it’s been a long long journey. This is the real stuff.

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The last of my goodies from Fairyfli! This was so fun!

Carribean Flair is really good….lightly chocolate and very coconutty! It definitely satisfies the need for dessert. It tastes very sweet and the cream comes out with a little sweetener. Luckily, I have at least one or two more trials of this!


Love good coconut tea!

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Subtle chocolate notes with a spicy finish.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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A naturally sweet infusion has a smooth and mouth-filling body with well-rounded flavors of lemon and mango.

Boiling 7 min, 45 sec

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All the benefits of oolong, bu with a subtle fruity oolong taste. This one is close to flawless and a great value.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Tried to make a s’more latTEA by using 1 1/4 TB leaf, 1 cup each Fat Free Smart Balance milk and water, and 2TB marshmellow mocha creamer. I love my s’mores ozzing chocolate, but for a drink this was really good inspite of a pretty weak chocolate flavor. The nuts and spices of the tea really bring out the toastyness of the marshmellow and even a graham cracker type taste. It’s REALLY good.

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

Yup, have got to get me some of this.

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Sample 2/7

Wow! This hasn’t even been put in the data base til now. I’m really getting anxious for my December vacation for my best friend’s wedding (37 days!) so I reached for this for my daily milk consumption.

The dry leaf smells very strongly of spice and just a hint of fruitiness.

16oz cuppa: 2.5tsp, 8oz water, 8oz Smart Balance Milk

Ok… I’m worried. I steeped in in only half the total liquid it calls for and the liquor is really light. Here goes nothing.

Yummm! What a wonderful suprise! I love how my brain works though. My immediate reaction when I took my 1st sip was “Hmm… it’s like a nutty, spicy, hot egg nog without the eggyness”. Anyway, it’s insanely good. It’s not chai like, but I could see myself switching to this for the month of December. And the orange is light enough that it does NOT taste like a hot creamsicle which is a major plus for me. I’ll wait to rate it til I try it clean.

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Meghann M

oooh, a tea you might switch to? I’ve got to try this one! And hot egg nog like drink without the eggyness? This is going on my wishlist for sure!!!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

This sounds very good and right up my alley.


This sounds delicious! And I know that hot creamsicle flavor you are talking about – don’t know why orange teas seem to fall into that.


lol! Yes, I may switch,but ONLY around Christmas time (don’t worry Frank)

RachanaC, this prep definitely gets a 100- it even has a different texture. It’s amazing

Caitlin it’s cuz orange+ milk= creamsicle so of course it would be a hot creamsicle. I love Market Spice chai (mainly cuz it’s a Seattle blend, not so much for the actual flavor), but I just can’t bring myself to add milk to it.


I’ll be getting some of this one with my next order!

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The smell of the dry leaves is amazing…crazy fruity!! You can smell the different fruits individually.

After brewing, though, the fruits meld together so that none of them are really identifiable individually. There’s a taste that’s definitely “fruity/flowery”, but no matter how hard I try, I can’t assign it to any particular component. I ended up brewing for 5 minutes based on the dry smell (if it’s going to be fruity, I want it strong), and there’s a slightly bitter astringency that I think wouldn’t be there if I had brewed for 3 minutes. Will play around with it more.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Rich and hearty, with a bold and heavy body. Yet, its’ nutty and sweet. The second infusion is just as delicious as the first.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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A traditional green tea. The leaves are a nice bold green, giving a beautiful green tint to the tea. The flavor is simple and clean. A must try.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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Oh my. In all fairness I can’t bring myself to say who sent this to me. They are too kind in every way and the other tea’s were fine.

This one, is haunted with the taste of raspberry beets. Not good and sweet beets but canned vegetable soup tasting beets.

I must protest…my tastebuds yelled at me. One cursed.

Dear, oh dear.

This tea is fired!


LOL … I’m now envisioning taste buds yelling and cursing.


Your review made me giggle :)


well at least only one taste bud cursed. I’m sorry Raspberry Black (organic and fair trade) but we have to let you go. Don’t ask us for references :D


Taps! (Two little taste buds with tap shoes on…tap, tap, tap!)
You know that something might be amiss when the tea has been miss labeled and says Raspberdy. “Bye, Bye Raspberdy.” (As in the Musical)


Raspberry…beets? 0_o


Woh!! You mean fired , as in Donald Trump fired? This is serious tea unemployment!


Yes, Fired! And I want to see a Birth Certificate too!

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