Sands Of Thyme

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drank Druid Magic by Sands Of Thyme
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I love this tea. Last year, after having tasted it for the first time, I ordered it from Sands of Thyme. They billed my credit card, but refused to ship the tea to me. They answered one of my emails about the matter, and said the tea was shipping that week, but that never happened. By the Druid Magic tea, it’s wonderful; but don’t buy it from Sands of Thyme – they are nothing but thieves.

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drank Chai Indienne by Sands Of Thyme
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This is one that I came across after organizing my stash recently. It is a little old, but I’m not one for wanting to waste tea so I decided to brew it up today.

Hmm… it is really still quite flavorful, I can taste each of the notes – the spices, the vanilla, and the rose. Even the black tea. It’s a tasty chai, although when compared to the Vanilla Rose Chai from Tea Chai Te that I had a couple of weeks ago, I prefer the Vanilla Rose Chai. This may not be the fault of the tea, though, given the fact that it is a rather old sampling. Because of that, I’m not going to rate this one numerically, I don’t think it would be fair.

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drank Cherry Fiesta by Sands Of Thyme
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drank Cherry Fiesta by Sands Of Thyme
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Another tea sent by my SweeTea. This tea smells like lemon curd when sniffing the dry leaf. I know there is lemon and rose in this, which is a bit different than the traditional Earl. Wow does the lemon curd come through in the taste, with a bit of a floral background. The bergamot is there too. I just have to play around with this a bit more to see if I can tone down the lemon taste of it. It’s a bit too much for my mouth to handle.

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drank Banana Jack by Sands Of Thyme
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I tried it once. I felt the taste of the black tea so weak, I could not taste any trace of bergamot. I have to brew it a couple of times more just to make sure.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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Hmm… this one is OK. It is not quite as chocolate-y as I hoped it would be. The orange is bright and flavorful, but the chocolate is almost like a background flavor. The Assam has a nice bold flavor with a hint of malt. Overall, an enjoyable tea, but, not as good as I thought it would be.

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me this one.

I’m really enjoying this. It isn’t a strong “earl grey” – that is, the bergamot is quite subtle. But, it is still really good. It has a stronger floral quality than a citrus quality, but it isn’t the typical bergamot floral/perfume-y kind of taste that is sometimes tasted with Earl Grey, but rather, it is a soft and sweet kind of flower note that melds quite nicely with the other flavors of the tea, and mellows the citrus notes out just enough so that they taste less tangy and a bit on the sweeter side.

An enjoyable twist on the classic.

LiberTEAS

Hmm… was going to go check out their website but it seems to be gone.

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Really like this tea. The blend of the black and green with all the fruit notes makes it delightful!

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This is quite yummy. I tried to locate it in the Sands of Thyme shop on Artfire, but no luck. Must be out of stock… I hope they’ll restock soon, because it’s quite tasty.

But, I’m glad I had a chance to try it in sampler form. The flavor is rich. Not as chocolate-y as this chocoholic might want, but, it is still quite chocolate-y, especially in the aftertaste. I like the way the coconut flavor and chocolate mingle here. It tastes a bit like a candy bar in a teacup. YUMMY! The other flavors are also distinguishable: I can taste notes of peanut and almond, and I can even taste the rose in this. The Assam in the blend gives a bake-y kind of taste to it, so I get the “cookie” aspect too.

On another note, I wish that Sands of Thyme would work a little bit on their shop on Artfire. They should utilize the tools that are given – like shop categories – so that the teas are easily separated from the dog chew toys and wool roving and spices. It would make shopping for tea so much easier.

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You know when you go to Folk Art Fairs and you smell dried fruits and spices in potpourri…that’s what this smells like! Very nice…very home-E. The ingredients go well with the Rooibos here. I can first taste the cherries and cinnamon/stick as well as a hint of vanilla and sugar. I can also pick up on subtle hints of pineapple, mango, and anise. The after taste is sugary-fruity-sweet. This is tasty!

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drank Snow Flake by Sands Of Thyme
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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea to try.

This is yummy. The coconut is the strongest flavor, but I am not finding this to be an overwhelming coconut flavor. The black tea is brisk and pleasant. No bitterness to it. A very smooth, sweet, delicious tea. Makes me wish for winter!

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Thanks LiberTEAs!

Backlogging!

This wasn’t bad, really, and kudos for being a little different, however, I didn’t really get much EG, nor did I get much of the bergamot – if any. The lemon was like lemon pudding or something which, for me, was the highlight of the taste due to it being different and it making me think, but I didn’t really care for the rose with this as much.

Again, not bad, but not awesome either.

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drank Cherry Fiesta by Sands Of Thyme
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Teas from Sands of Thyme have been hit or miss for me. I’m happy to say that this one is a hit. The flavor is very pleasant – the cherry flavor is sweet with a hint of tart, and I love the spices in this one. Nothing too overwhelming but at the same time, not too gentle either. At the tail there is the slightest cinnamon-ginger kick that hits the palate. Not strong, but, I like that its there to keep my taste buds attention. Every flavor here is accounted for but at the same time, nothing is too overpowering. A nice balance of interesting flavors.

I also like that I can’t taste much from the rooibos. A little bit of that woody-nutty taste, but not a lot.

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drank Earl Grey Cream by Sands Of Thyme
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The lemon in this is interesting – but I don’t know if that’s a good interesting or a bad interesting just yet. The bergamot seems almost hidden behind the lemon notes of this, and it becomes more of a lemon-y custard (lemon curd) kind of taste with hints of bergamot rather than the Earl Grey Cream teas that I’m accustomed to.

The Assam in this imparts a bitterness. I only steeped for three minutes and I’m getting Assam bitterness. I don’t think that this is an Earl Grey Cream I’d buy again.

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drank Banana Jack by Sands Of Thyme
1454 tasting notes

This is my last cup of this, so let’s see if we can’t add anything else:

The coconut is subtle, which is a good thing, because sometimes the coconut gets too strong and has a sickly chemical taste to me. Maybe that is just artificial coconut in other teas but in this one it is good. It helps the banana flavor be more banana I think. I don’t see any cornflower blossoms in the bit of tea I steeped (about a teaspoon and a half). This is a nice sweet and creamy tea. There was a big ol banana chip in my steep. But again, the black tea isn’t strong, but if it was it wouldn’t help the banana stand out. This tea is good! I think I’ll up the rating a bit.

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drank Banana Jack by Sands Of Thyme
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This smells great. The black tea isn’t a strong tea, so it showcases the banana and coconut flavors nicely.

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Thanks LiberTEAs! This one is ‘ok’. Out of all of the ingredients in this one I would say the black pepper is probably the strongest thing I am tasting but none of the ingredients are overly heavy. There is a slight cocoa-likeness to it, but, again, not overly-so. It’s ‘alright’.

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drank Mayan Cocoa by Sands Of Thyme
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Eh… this is OK. Is it the best chocolate tea I’ve ever had? certainly not.

Normally I like chicory root in a spiced tea such as this, but, I think that the balance is off. It is overwhelming the flavor of the ginger and pepper and giving the overall cup a sort of funky artificial taste to it. The chocolate does not taste artificial, but it just tastes … off.

Kind of disappointing, really.

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This tea has a fantastic banana flavor. I would like for my other banana teas to taste like this! The thing that bothers me, though, is the black tea doesn’t taste very “fresh” or of good quality. The base really brings down the cup of tea.. making it just okay. Thank you to JoeCool for sharing!

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This is really good. I like that the green tea is stronger than the black – the black seems to add a little body to the cup while the green tea is doing most of the work.

The fruit flavors are sweet but not too strong. The pineapple arrives first, with the papaya coming in just afterward while the kiwi is just barely there. It is a lovely blend of tropical flavors – unusual, and delicious!

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drank Lemon Cream by Sands Of Thyme
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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea – it’s yummy!

I didn’t have any jasmine pearls in my measurement of tea, but, I can definitely taste jasmine in this blend. It’s subtle but its there and I like it. The lemon and the cream tastes are very nice. It is a sweet, tangy cup!

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