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85
drank Morrocan Mint by SerendipiTea
3 tasting notes

This is a wonderful mint tea, I really loved it from the first brew. Read my full review here: https://whoisapneet.squarespace.com/blog/serendipitea-moroccan-mint-tea

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Temple of Heaven by SerendipiTea
2 tasting notes

very good taste ;)

Preparation
4 tsp 200 OZ / 5914 ML

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drank Faux Cocoa by SerendipiTea
25 tasting notes

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drank Milk Oolong by SerendipiTea
511 tasting notes

The scent of this tea is much more green and floral than I was expecting. I hope that it offers something more than that in the flavor!

Sipping… I detect light flowers, sugar and raisins. This cup has a thicker mouthfeel, but it’s not necessarily buttery or milky which is what I look for in a milk oolong. I’m a bit disappointed. This is a drinkable oolong, though, if you like them to be on the greener and more floral side. I feel like it’s just not really milk oolongy enough for me. Oh well, onto the next!

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78
drank Black-n-Blue by SerendipiTea
154 tasting notes

TTBC Rd2

I can’t figure out what to make of this tea…it smells like blueberry pancakes, almost, but the flavour comes across slightly more dilute. There’s still the heavy, ripe blueberry notes but there seems to be another fruity something in behind it that I can’t quite put my finger on.

It’s not a flaky pastry tea like Della Terra’s Blueberry Crumble, but it does take sweetener well enough. I have a sneaking suspicion that this one might be better iced, but I’m sadly not in a position where I can test that theory.

With that said, though, this is a tasty little fruity thing. I’m not going to keep it, but it was a fun cup to try out.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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1
drank Lili'uokalani by SerendipiTea
25 tasting notes

This tea taste like fruit and flower soaked linen. Smells amazing, but has a very coppery, acrid taste with a foul lingering aftertaste. I’ve had it for a year and still have 3.5 out of 4 ounces left to it, it’s so bad.

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drank Monk's Mead by SerendipiTea
1273 tasting notes

’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #36
I love the name. This seemed to have other ingredients, but it really just seemed like oddly strong chamomile. Chamomile shouldn’t be this strong! The description mentions mango, but I really don’t taste it. I would love one good chamomile tea in my collection.. I guess right now it’s just Adagio’s Sherlock’s Molly Hooper. Sherlock!

mj

If you like lavender, I highly recommend Butiki’s organic lavender chamomile!

Tea Sipper

I tried a sample of that one ages ago, it was delicious!

jeweledthumb

Thank you for warning me. I hate chamomile!

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’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #35
Black currant and chocolate here. An odd combination, unless you think of the tart with the sweet. Sadly, there isn’t too much flavor here to notice either way. I really think that any tea that claims to be chocolate should have more than cocoa nibs.. they just aren’t chocolatey enough. Dump in that cacao!! Everything is just mild here – the black tea, the currant, the chocolate. But it might be too offensive in flavor if it wasn’t mild.

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drank Monk's Mead by SerendipiTea
216 tasting notes

Yet another from “Another Tiny Tea Box” – reading past reviews, I think this tea is well traveled! Initially it wasn’t so bad, just a really apple-y chamomile. But the more I drank the more thirsty I felt, and it wasn’t because the tea was astringent. It was really odd. I ended up not finishing it and chugging a lot of milk straight from the jug. Yeah, I’m that girl.

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80
drank Chocolate A-Peel by SerendipiTea
1273 tasting notes

’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #15
Steep #1 // just boiled // 5 min
The description of this one sounded not too bad, but looking at the blend, it seemed like all orange peels and rooibos. The first sip wasn’t bad though! I always think orange and chocolate aren’t my favorite combination, but then I remember that the Terry’s chocolate orange earlier this year convinced me otherwise. To be fair, the taste of this one reminds me more of a creamsicle type ice cream, rather than chocolate. Maybe a orange/vanilla/light chocolate swirl? The cup turns out pretty dark, even though there doesn’t seem to be much black tea in my scoop. The flavor is a bit tangy with hints of orange, chocolate and rooibos.

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drank Black-n-Blue by SerendipiTea
197 tasting notes

Tea #4 from Traveling Tea Box C Round 2
This was to make up for the bleh that I got from the s’mores genmatcha. It smells fruity enough though I’m a bit daunted by the hibiscus in the blend. I’m not sure if the tea that I’m trying is different, or they just don’t list the entire ingredients list. The ones listed for this tea here are certaintly different from the ones listed on the package. I’m not entirely sure if I should edit the list here or not since the one on Steepster is what it says on SerendipiTea’s website.
Not too bad of a brew, though the hibiscus makes it tart like I was worried about, but it thankfully doesn’t take over. Mostly I get nice blueberry smell and taste with a tart hibiscus poke. I had to add a bit more Truvia than I usually do to get it drinkable though. I’m not sure if the slight mouth puckering that I’m getting after a sip it astringency on the part of the tea, or a side effect of the hibiscus. I tend to avoid blends with hibiscus since I don’t have very good experience with them. I enjoyed this, but not really enough to want to have it again or even order it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chocolate A-Peel by SerendipiTea
644 tasting notes

From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

Nope. This tea is not for me. It has a strange sour note that I don’t enjoy at all. I’m not sure if it’s from the orange peel or the yogurt, but blah. I ended up dumping the last few sips because I just couldn’t drink anymore.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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90

Buttery, creamy, floral with spring in the air this tea is even more wonderful cup to enjoy and appropriately named. Happy Spring!

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Flowers

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Lavender by SerendipiTea
865 tasting notes

I originally purchased the Organic Lavender from SerendipiTea with the intention of making lavender-flavored and scented ice cream. I was really into experimental ice creams, and it seemed like a good idea at the time. After a while, I stopped making homemade ice cream for some reason. It may have coincided with my purchase of a bread machine. I guess that I only focus on one genre of culinary gadget-produced creation at a time!

Tonight I decided to brew up some of the buds to see whether I actually enjoy drinking straight lavender. It’s definitely a different experience. To get into the spirit, I donned some lavender perfume. I do love the scent of the infusion, but I don’t like the taste as much as that of straight chamomile. To be honest, I have always found Herbes de Provence to be a bit heavy on the lavender. It’s an extremely potent flower, so next time I might use less or else mix it with some loose leaf chamomile to make my very own Yellow & Blue!

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Fu Man Chu by SerendipiTea
2855 tasting notes

Sipdown No. 88, from Sil, who got it from Cavo. Thanks girls!
There is something about this tea that I just really don’t like, at least not today. I guess it’s the Jasmine, which I do tend to enjoy, but there is a mintiness, perhaps a camphor like taste from the Puerh, or somethings, that just isn’t working for me.

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89
drank Milk Oolong by SerendipiTea
141 tasting notes

This is one of my three finalists for the milk oolong spot in the collection. I guess I need to retaste them all in quick succession. If memory serves – and it may well not – I think the scent of the dry leaves is a little less impressive than Mandala’s but the flavor is a touch better? And then I remember liking Capital’s version even a bit better than this one? For reference, my gold standard would be ‘punch me in the face with milky oolong flavor.’ Subtle, I am not. UPDATE: Having a little oolong-off here this morning, and the Mandala milk oolong is a bit more flavorful.

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72
drank Persian Nectar by SerendipiTea
124 tasting notes

Yesterday I had this tea hot (without sugar), and it was pretty good. It was very smooth for a black tea (it had none of the bitter smokiness that I don’t like about many black teas). The pear flavor was light but good.

I read another review recommending this tea iced, so I used the rest of my sample to make a container of iced tea last night. This time I added rock sugar while it was steeping. I’m drinking it now (I left it in the fridge overnight) and it is quite tasty as an iced tea. The pear flavor is enhanced nicely by the rock sugar. Pretty good. Not crazy good, but it’s something to keep in mind if I’m looking for good iced teas next summer.

(Sample from silentrequiem. Thanks!)

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Tea #34 from the Here’s Hoping TTB

When I first started drinking loose leaf again serendipiTEA was one of the brands I started with because they were selling their teas on Amazon. That meant if I ordered some tea with my books every semester my parents would never notice… not that I would have done that mind you. My dishonesty aside, their teas got me through some long nights studying and they have a number of blends that I really enjoy.

This isn’t one of them, sadly.

Everything started out ok, but then the medicinal flavor from the rooibos seeped in and soured my feelings a bit. There is also quite a bit more chocolate in this than I expected, because now I’m not feeling very well. I try to only drink chocolate in small doses, it makes me pretty ill, and this blend has Cacao Beans, Chocolate Bits, Chocolate Flavor (Natural), and, White Chocolate Bits. No wonder I don’t feel good. I’ve really got to be better about reading ingredient lists before make myself a cup of tea. With all of the chocolate in this tea I’m really surprised that I can’t really taste it. The primary flavor from this tea comes from the black currant, giving it a somewhat tart flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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54
drank Fu Man Chu by SerendipiTea
4644 tasting notes

for not focusing on sipdowns, i’m still managing to get a few in. I don’t have high hopes for meeting my goal at the end of the year but every cup made is a step closer! Not to mention that i have a few days of working from home next week that will help.

Cavocorax gave me this one…i didn’t realise it had jasmine in it. I had a sip but that’s about all i could manage since the smell was overpoweringly jasmine…eau de fleur is not my most favourite. Still though, it’s one off the list of all the teas! hahaha

Cavocorax

Oh – sorry about the jasmine!

Sil

Haha it’s ok :)

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90
drank Once Upon A Tea by SerendipiTea
33 tasting notes

My mom gave me 4 ounces of this (through my own suggestion) to me for Christmas. It’s hardish to find online, and my parents frequent an awesome coffee shop that sells it, so I thought I’d request she purchase it through the local business. I love this tea. I remember it from when before I drank tea, and from when I didn’t find rooibos disappointing, so I was worried I would like it less now. I do not. This tea is fantastic. It’s light and vanilla and chocolate with the addition of the mint. It’s probably the best rooibos tea I’ve ever had. I’m a huge fan and have been for years.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Water Sprite by SerendipiTea
52 tasting notes

nice smoky aroma. aftertaste is very pleasant. the actual tea itself is delicate, subtle, very mild. the common tea drinker would find this boring, and even i don’t find it memorable. it’s not a tea i would crave, or reach for when its lined up with others. but i don’t mind drinking the tea, i do enjoy it. so there you go.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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72
drank Slow Swing by SerendipiTea
1 tasting notes

This was absolutely delightful. The color is a breathtakingly beautiful hue – bright fuchsia – and it just smells so good. It’s fruity and sweet at first, with a mild bitter aftertaste. I put a smidge of honey in it, and it cut the bitterness a bit, but not so much that it didn’t have a zing to it. Very grateful I received this as a gift from one of my tea loving friends.

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drank Currantly Cordial by SerendipiTea
616 tasting notes

Tea #52 from HHTTB2

It looks like there’s red rooibos in here (and I’m 99% sure that’s what it is), settled at the botton of the baggie, but the ingredients say nothing of the sort. I didn’t get in my teaspoon, but just as a head’s up for the fellow anti-rooibos guild members.

Once steeped up, this smells strongly of berry and cocoa. And the taste is very much currant. The chocolate isn’t really pronounced, but does add an overall depth to the cup. There is definitely rooibos in this blend, because the medicinal taste is absolutely coming through in the latter part of the sip.

I don’t know if the rooibos in this sample baggie from SerendipiTea was a mistake or actually a part of the blend, but to me, it would be so much better without.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Snow White by SerendipiTea
1742 tasting notes

I didn’t realize I still had this tea, it wasn’t in my dedicated tea cupboard, instead I found it hidden behind my surplus flour while I was doing inventory on the kitchen. It may be due to age, but I wasn’t able to taste any of the apple or mango flavors that are suppose to be in this blend. It has been over a year since I’ve had any of this, so I can’t really remember how it originally tasted, but seeing as it was shoved to the back of a cabinet and forgotten I likely wasn’t overly impressed by it the last time I tried it.

I’m not going to rate this one, I’m pretty sure this tea is well over a year old, if not closer to two.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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