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drank Absolute Spearmint by RiverTea
223 tasting notes

Marco Lewis TTB

I can’t really give this a real numerical rating because I’ve come to dislike flavored teas lately. This is Spearmint flavored oolong but I taste all spearmint and no oolong. I feel like I could have just drank actual spearmint instead, y’know? That being said it does have a nice minty flavor with a hint of ginger in there.

Flavors: Ginger, Spearmint

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Was very happy to sip on a mug of this in the early evening; it was exactly what the doctor ordered! A little caramel, a little mulberry and apple, a whole lot of papaya. This one never disappoints! It’s the perfect mix of gentle and robust taste and sweet and fruity.

(I may be browsing the RiverTea sight right now to see if an order is justifiable)

On a sadder note; Tre is watching Big Brother without me! And this episode has Zingbot in it! But, I was busy finishing an episode of Gossip Girl and he got impatient. This is kinda our thing though? Don’t tell him, but sometimes I do like spending time with him…

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drank Midsummer Night by RiverTea
4831 tasting notes

I really like this tea with a bit of honey. Without the honey, the lemon is a little tart and hard to take. With the honey, it softens in to a really deliciously sweet, refreshing, lemon tea. Not sure if i’d restock it again but i wouldn’t turn away a cup.

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drank Granny's Cake by RiverTea
102 tasting notes

Wonderful tea…running out, so will definitely order more when it is gone.

I don’t think of this as a chai, but I guess it really is. It tastes like a chocolate spice cake…the spice gives a good contrast to the chocolate taste (which usually isn’t good on it’s own). There’s a lot going on, but I think it works well together.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Golden Yunnan by RiverTea
4831 tasting notes

i had this tea today and it was a really pleasant cup. this might be one of my favourite straight teas from RiverTeas, as i’ve vastly preferred their fruit teas until now. This is a really smooth brew and flavourful. I’ve had other Yunnans that i’ve enjoyed more, but this over the assam that i had from River Tea imo. :)

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drank Boatsman by RiverTea
228 tasting notes

Lewis and Clarke TTB

I decided to make this as a tea soda, following Roswell Strange’s method of using ~1T to 1oz boiling water, steeped 4 minutes, I then added the stevia equivalent of 2.5T of sugar to make a concentrated syrup, that I then added to carbonated water.

The result is interesting. I just notes of vanilla, cinnamon, and fruit, but not all in the same sip. Each sip is a little different than the last. Keeps things interesting.

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drank Adventures in Africa by RiverTea
1673 tasting notes

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drank Ocean Breeze by RiverTea
228 tasting notes

Lewis and Clarke

So I went to my dad’s today. I ended up having day old pizza for lunch, and Italian takeout for dinner. I think all the heavy food after eating pretty much nothing but oatmeal isn’t sitting well, and my tummy isn’t feeling good. I saw this and thought, hey it’s got ginger, maybe it’ll settle my tumtum.

This isn’t bad. Lemony and gingery. Not my favorite, but it’s still nice and it seems to be helping my stomach.

Flavors: Ginger, Lemon, Lime

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

That sounds like pretty heavy food in general! Now is the time for sencha! :P

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drank Swedish Cocktail by RiverTea
1424 tasting notes

Revisiting this cold brew, it is a very very weird tea. Super strong cream notes, coconut and berry flavours.

Super interesting to try, but not something I want to keep around in my cupboard.

Thanks for the sample, Roswell Strange! :)

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drank Magic Summer by RiverTea
1877 tasting notes

I cold brewed this a while ago and then forgot about it until my mom reminded me that it was in the fridge. I feared that it have gone bad especially since I brewed the whole sample from Roswell Strange but luckily it did not so now I am sipping on what tastes like a combination of watered down fuzzy peaches and sweet honeydew melon. It is really interesting and stands out from the other herbals I tried. I don’t know if I would want this in quantity but I am certainly enjoying this bottle. Thanks tea twin!! 166.

Roswell Strange

Mmm, I definitely want to restock this one. Sadly there’s nothing else from RiverTea I want/Need at the moment so it’ll have to wait until I restock some stuff…

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drank Boatsman by RiverTea
727 tasting notes

This was the sample included with my RiverTea order. This is not a tea I would have chosen on my own.
The ingredients make it sound really weird. Mango, banana, cinnamon, vanilla? Don’t think so….

Really all I’m getting is cinnamon and vanilla in a black base. It’s nice and light, not in your face offensive, but I’m not getting any fruit at all. This just confirms that this one is not for me, but always happy when companies include free samples for you to try.

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drank Golden Yunnan by RiverTea
261 tasting notes

From Tea & Cards TTB

This tea must have suffered from being in the TTB. I was excited to see it and it was the first one I tried, but it tasted like absolutely nothing. I dumped it out and found solace in some Bailin. I’m not rating it because I don’t think this was a true representation of the tea.

Cheri

That’s always disappointing.

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drank Sweet Meringue by RiverTea
449 tasting notes

The more I have this tea, the more I like it. It’s sweet and nutty, and I don’t really have anything else in my cupboard that’s so unabashedly candy-like.

One day I’ll mix this up with the remainder of my sample of Granny’s Cake, and then, it shall be glorious.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
gmathis

This note makes my mouth water!

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After yesterday’s black tea kick, I felt like having this tea this morning. However, I have to admit that it’s so strongly scented and flavoured (with the rose coming forward more, rather than the fruit) that this is definitely only a once-in-a-while tea.

I didn’t even finish off the final cup in the teapot. Today’s been a bit hectic.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C

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drank Granny's Cake by RiverTea
449 tasting notes

Backlog from yesterday:

Oh yeah. This is the stuff. I will totally restock this when I break my tea hiatus in September. It helps that I have a coupon code.

The first time I steeped this, there was a whole star anise seed in the leaf, and I think there were also a few chocolate chunks. This time I tried to get as much plain leaf as I could to see what difference it made, and I think it tasted BETTER than before.

I just love the spice blend in this. It’s sweet, eggy, vanilla-y, and it genuinely does smell like a warm cake fresh from the oven. You don’t even need sweetener, that’s how good this is.

EDIT: Bumped the rating up a bit. The more I think about it, the more this is definitely a winner according to my rubric.

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
pyarkaaloo

this sounds soo outrageous & i simply adore star anise! of all teas that are on my wishlist, your review of this just about placed this at no.1 ;)

spicy, sweet vanillary cake….i’m getting hungry! would u say it’s chai-like in any way, or is it just as cake-like as i imagine it to be?

Christina

I suppose it’s kind of chai-like, as the ingredients list includes cassia (which is similar to cinnamon), star anise, cloves, and cardamom.

However, it doesn’t have any ginger or peppercorns in it, which I understand are traditional chai ingredients. It DOES have some unusual ingredients though, like raisins (I haven’t seen any in my sample), rose blossom leaves, and vanilla.

So yeah, I’d say it’s more cake-y rather than chai-y. I really am amazed at how much it smells like there’s some sort of egg batter in the mix.

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drank Golden Yunnan by RiverTea
1293 tasting notes

I don’t recall others mentioning the light touch of smoke. To me that is what sends this one over the top. I love Yunnan black teas and this one is currently a favorite. Ever since having it with bacon flavored grits, I now catch a old leather note in it each time I have a mug.

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drank Swedish Cocktail by RiverTea
1424 tasting notes

A lovely sample from Roswell Strange. Thank you!

I cold steeped it overnight. It’s so weird! Fruity, and almondy. That’s what I thought. But it’s apple-hibiscus-coconut? What? IDEK.

I’ll have to think on it some more when I get home and finish the jar. But my initial impressions don’t jive with the product description.

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drank Mulberry White Tea by RiverTea
120 tasting notes

Thank you, Marzipan, for sending this my way! This is delicious!

The scent of the dry leaf was so amazing. Very rich and intoxicating with its fruity scent. I definitely taste the papaya. It’s the dominant flavor, but the berry is present too. It does remind me ever so slightly of cantaloupe & cream in taste, which is really strange because it doesn’t smell ANYTHING like that.

So yeah, delicious. Might have to add this to my wishlist!

Marzipan

I’m glad you like it, I know a lot of people say this is one of their favorite white teas.

Stephanie

Dang, I haven’t tried mine yet!

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drank Loco Lime by RiverTea
1673 tasting notes

(151)
Even though I finished this now, I hadn’t reviewed this because I was undecided while I sipped it.

I drank some of it cold-steeped earlier today with dinner, and I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t memorable enough. I tried to have a goodnight cup of this but my daughter pushed into me and I ended up spilling the cup down the stove and into all the burners. Le sigh. :p

So now I’m making chamomile to relax!

VariaTEA

Oh no. That is very unfortunate. At least you got to enjoy one of the two cups.

Cavocorax

Yeah, totally! I feel like I’ve had too many disaster tea posts! I really got to stop knocking things over…

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drank Mulberry White Tea by RiverTea
1424 tasting notes

Thank you, Roswell Strange! This is from the SSTTB, but it was a sample added just for me. :)

This is really nice. I really like the papaya in it. Quite different from Gold Rush. Not nearly as sweet, for one thing. Also, no coconut.

This tea is sweet and creamy. Definitely something I’ll pick up if I order from River Tea.

First I’ll do a couple re-steeps, then I need to cold steep and see how it works that way!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Celebration by RiverTea
1877 tasting notes

I iced this, and though the cup was underleafed it is still as delicious as last night’s cup. Creamy, sweet, and tastes amazingly of cake and icing and happy things. Thank you Roswell Strange for introducing me to this tasty brew. I am sad to see it go but it will be making it into my RiverTea order when I eventually place one. 159.

Roswell Strange

I think you definitely like this one more than me. Do you prefer this or Buddha Bamboo? I still think Buddha Bamboo wins.

VariaTEA

I think I may prefer this. Lately I have been getting a lot of currant flavor in my Buddha Bamboo and I don’t love that, though I still really enjoy the cup. I just really enjoyed this. Thanks again for the share :)

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drank Infinite Good Feeling by RiverTea
1877 tasting notes

Thank you Roswell Strange for sending me yet another sample of this tea to try since I stupidly decided to hot brew the last sample I got. This is certainly better cold. There is a lot of creamy vanilla and quite a bit of currant flavor. Raspberry also comes through in a taste that is true to the fruit. At the back of each sip, there is definitely hibby tartness though it is not offensive and I am sure it could be muted with a shorter steep time. It is a good tea and I am glad I got a second chance to try it but it is not something that I urgently need restocked. I would consider adding it to an order though if I were placing one. 160.

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drank Celebration by RiverTea
1877 tasting notes

Oooooh Roswell Strange, you know me so well! This tea is delicious!! It is creamy strawberry and vanilla all bundled up in one perfectly magical caffeine-free cup. Yum! Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing as this is definitely a tea for me.

ETA: As I continue to sip, I realize that this reminds me of Butiki’s Birthday Cake…a lot. And I LOVE Butiki’s Birthday Cake!

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drank Bancha by RiverTea
449 tasting notes

My first experience with this tea wasn’t pleasant, but I remember that someone suggested that I try steeping this tea at a lower temperature. So this morning I went for steeping at 74C instead of 80C.

Result? It’s not the steeping, it’s the tea itself. There’s just this weird musty undertone to it that I don’t like. I made a whole pot and disliked it so much that I couldn’t even finish half a cup and poured the rest down the drain.

I guess the remainder of this will go into the swap pile…

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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