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I’ve tried it a couple times. I keep thinking from the spices it going to be like a chai but then there is the lavender. The lavender overwhelms the other flavors. I actually had to toss it out. You may have guessed lavender is on my list of evil flavors.

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drank Pina Colada by SereneTeaz
111 tasting notes

“I want to be the very best like no one ever was! To drink them is my real quest to review them is my cause!”…Could you imagine pokeballs filled with every single tea on this planet?? Oh my goodness. :D….so I got two packages yesterday one from the amazing Ost and one from the lovely Carol Who.. so I proceeded to google over my new tea samples and dance about my apartment gleefully singing this song. Anyways…on to the tea!

Even though summer has just recently ended, life makes it appear as a long lost memory. This tea is magical, though. It scours your brain and pulls the taste and smell memories from the far reaches of your hippocampus and amygdala and evokes the memories of summertime once again. The pineapple in this tea is sweet and prevalent. But as you finish out the sip you get the oh so delicious taste of coconut. The coconut in this tea starts out tasting fresh and juicy but as the sip finishes out, the coconut flavor is a bit artificial. This is definitely a summertime tea and I would love to try it iced sometime.

Thank you so much, Carol Who!^.^

Flavors: Coconut, Pineapple

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Pumpkin Pizzazz by SereneTeaz
386 tasting notes

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drank Pecan Pie by SereneTeaz
386 tasting notes

I went out to get a few more teas to add to the Santea Claus TTB. Now, of course, I have to try them. Darn… what a terrible thing to have to do:D

While I taste the pecans and almonds, I’m not really tasting the pie part of it. It is still very enjoyable. I taste a bit of caramel which brings the pecan pie together. The rooibos doesn’t bother me like it bothers some others and I don’t think it is overwhelming. Since it’s a nice summer-y day it’s hard to picture but I think this will be really be good as the fall and holiday season approaches!

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Caramel, Pecan

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Herbal Traveling Tea Box

Today was hiking Sunday! :D Today we went on a long, gorgeous hike that had nine separate waterfalls… man, do I love Washington. Hiking through the extravagantly green old growth forest and listening to the rivers rush is most certainly serene. I picked this tea to start out my last bit of the Herbal Traveling Tea Box marathon because I knew that it would continue that serene feeling… and it does!^.^

This tea is really quite light with a taste of fennel and cardamon. It is odd for me to have the flavor of fennel in a tea instead of a soup, but this tea does it nicely. The aftertaste has a little bit of a cooling effect for me. I don’t know why it does this but it is sure fun! :D A delicious light tea for those serene days—or maybe those days where you need serenity. :]

Flavors: Cardamon, Fennel

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 g 2 OZ / 59 ML
TheTeaFairy

Glad you had a peaceful day, sounds wonderful!
Totally my kind of Sunday :-)

albertocanfly

Thank you! I had a very social Friday and Saturday—more than normal—so it was really nice!
I hope your Sunday is lovely as well :]

TheTeaFairy

Lol, yes I remember reading your post about the party! Hiking in nature is a good cure:-)
My Sunday was wonderful, chores in the morning, books and tea in the afternoon…

albertocanfly

Most definitely! Nature, exercise, and tea cures most ailments for me:]
That does sound wonderful:]! Books and tea pair so nicely :]

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Herbal Traveling Tea Box

My first sip in on this tea, I was not a fan. But the more that I drink it, the more amazing that it becomes. It tastes very heavily of lavender which is an odd flavor for me to encounter in a tea.. but just like when it is in sachets, it is very calming. This is perfect. Tons of people are coming over to my house today as my cousins from Texas are here… so we are throwing a party. I don’t like parties >.< There are too many people in a room at one time. No me gusta. Makes me just want to hide upstairs and lock my doors and never come out:P tehehe…oh, well.

Flavors: Lavender

Preparation
1 g 2 OZ / 59 ML
Marzipan

Hello fellow introvert!

TheTeaFairy

I’m with you, not too comfortable with big parties either…

albertocanfly

I’m glad that I’m not alone in this!:] Go, introverts! :]

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This tasted very lemony, orange and zesty to me. Was worth a try and some others may really enjoy it. The bag smelled very nice and the leaves looked like confetti potpourri.

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Backlog. Another sample from Carol!

This is the first green tea that I have tried. I am not sure if I made it right. How do you know what temperature your water is? To me this one tasted like grass mixed with a little bitterness does that mean I brewed it too hot? It did have a little side flavor that smelled good, so I would be willing to try it agin, if it was just brewed to hot.

Marzipan

Digital variable temp kettle :)

RandomlyFascinated

Is there any way to tell the temp with a regular kettle? I am not planning to buy a new kettle right now.

Marzipan

Some people have written up how many minutes to let it cool to get to certain temps, I’m sure it’s on the board somewhere.

RandomlyFascinated

I’ll have to look for it thanks!

Angrboda

That would only really work if you boiled the same amount of water every time as they did. A small amount cools faster than a large amount. (And to a smaller degree to do with the surface area of your water, but that’s probably fairly comparable). It’s probably okay as a guideline, though. If you have a cooking thermometer you can measure your water with that.

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drank Chai of the Tiger by SereneTeaz
131 tasting notes

Thanks carol who for the sample!

This tea wasn’t bad, but the two different times I drank it, it tastes completely different. The first was nice, but not memorable. The second I had to toss. It was overwhelmingly bitter. I think since I have such a small sample size of it, different amounts of the ingredients are in each cup, which makes a huge difference.

Bummer this is my 100th tasting note!

Flavors: Bitter

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Cherry Vanilla by SereneTeaz
2576 tasting notes

Thanks to carol who for this one! I meant to try it before but it somehow got lost in my pile of samples. I do like the cherry flavor in this blend but I’m not really sure about the combination of black tea and rooibos. I’m kind of wishing for one or the other. The vanilla flavor is peeking out as well and was helped along by a dash of vanilla soymilk. Overall this is pretty good and I’m glad I got the chance to try it.

Flavors: Cherry, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Chai of the Tiger by SereneTeaz
563 tasting notes

T&C TTB#19: I kind of like this one. Not sure I’d keep it around and I don’t notice any rose, lavender or jasmine but it was a pleasant cup. The spices are somewhat mild. I wonder if I’d like it with a touch more sugar. I used about 2 teaspoons for a 16 ounce cup and I steeped with about 4 ounces of half and half as well as water.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Cherry Vanilla by SereneTeaz
563 tasting notes

T&C TTB#1: So, I couldn’t resist. I found myself with a couple of hours where I could drink tea! I started with this one. I thought I’d try these teas without looking to see what was expected of them first. :)

When I opened the package I thought I smelled red rooibos, despite the package saying black. And yes, I was right. It smells cherry, despite having that medicinal smell from the rooibos. But in the end, to me, it tastes like cherry medicine. Nope, red rooibos blends are not for me! But it was nice to have the opportunity to try some again to see if my tastes have changed! :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Carol Who was so kind to send some of this in a swap. I don’t think I’ve had a cherry tea before, so I was really interested in how this would taste.
The smell of the leaf had a bit of the tangy medicinal thing going on, but in an interesting way.
Tasting it, I felt that the flavour was a bit on the artificial syrup side, with the rooibos only enforcing it…. as I sipped, though, that all mellowed out, and I began to really like this cup of tea. It was comforting and so different from anything in my tea drawer.
I resteeped it, and while the cup wasn’t as strong, which was completely expected, it was still a really pleasant cup.
Thanks so much for such a different cup of tea, Carol Who :)

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drank ANGEL'S KISS TEA by SereneTeaz
74 tasting notes

T&C TTB

Elegant. This tea has light floral and fruity flavors plus a nice rose oil aroma. The green tea base is like a whisper in the background.

My daughter took a sip and said that the name and flavor of the tea made her think of a Doctor Who episode – “Angels Take Manhattan.”

Thank you for sharing this in the TTB CarolWho !

Flavors: Flowers, Fruit Tree Flowers

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T&C TTB
A Rooibos tea with a strong flowery, almost perfume-like, flavor at first sip. Adding a sweetener makes the delicate perfume taste linger longer and it makes me feel like I’m drinking Eau de toilette.

Flavors: Flowers

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drank afternoon delight by SereneTeaz
386 tasting notes

This is a lovely looking tea. I have it in a clear jar (Kept in a nice dark cabinet) and it just plain looks lovely. Aroma is flowery and nice gunpowder tea. Touch of lemon, as well as, the floral scent. Taste is well balanced. I always worry about anything that has rose in it because some times they sneak those tart rose hips in there. Luckily, there is no tartness from the rose. It’s a very comforting tea. No bitterness, no odd notes of flavor you can’t identify. I am enjoying it on another cold (Snowy!) Spring day. I mean really… It’s the middle of April! The temp was 21 degrees this morning. It was 75 degrees two days ago!!!! (Hey, can anybody tell me how to make the degree signs I don’t have to write degree all the time?)
I like this tea but I like fruity teas rather than floral, so this is not one of my favorites. I resteeped and it was still very good. One problem I have with the Breville is that I have to make any tea with a two cup minimum. If resteeped, I suddenly have 4 cups of the same tea. I took a quick sip of the resteep and then put the rest in the refrigerator and I’ll see how it tastes. Not a cold brew, just a chilled tea. I’ll try a cold brew another time. They recommended 1-2 tsp. and I went with 2 tsp/cup.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Chai of the Tiger by SereneTeaz
20 tasting notes

This tea wasn’t bad; tasted like the Tazo and Teavana chais I’ve had before. It wasn’t overly weak or strong.

I’m starting to think I don’t like chai, however, since I’m just not enthused by it.

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The flavors are licorice and fennel. It doesn’t list cardamon but I can see it and taste it. Reminds me of other licorice herbals I’ve had. Not much to set it apart from others. Nothing wrong with it. Will be good as an evening herbal but nothing exciting. And I definitely need more herbals. I was up half the night after my awesome experience with the Chocolate Yerba Mate. After being in Supercleaner mode yestesterday, I am soooooo sore today. Yikes. This is a good relaxing cuppa while I sit and watch some classic Doctor Who. Ahhhh.

Flavors: Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank almond cookie by SereneTeaz
386 tasting notes

The aroma is fantastic. The taste is a little bland on my first try. Luckily I have a full 2 oz. so I can play around with it a little. First steeping was only 2 min. I made a new pot and steeped for 3 min. I also put just a little more leaf. I wish the amount section below let us put in half teaspoons. I would say I did 1.5 for 8 oz. Just a bit of stevia and I have all I wanted in an almond cookie tea! I’m really glad I re-made this tea before rating it. The almond really comes up to the front with a burst of taste.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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T&C TTB 19/23

This one grew on me. I cold brewed this twice and sweetened it a little both times and it tasted like lavender candy with the added taste of rooibos. Not something I would be in the mood for very often.
Thanks carol who for sharing :)

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drank SWEET SIN (ROOIBOS) by SereneTeaz
250 tasting notes
T&C TTB 15/23

Maybe I cold brewed this a too long, 12+ hours. All I get is medicinal rooibos. I added some simple syrup and gave it to my son. He liked it. I asked him what it tasted like he said “sweet”. I asked to be more specific “a little bit like cantaloupe and cherries”. I thought that was weird and decided to try it again and in strange way I do kind of get ripe cantaloupe with it sweetened with simple syrup.

Thanks carol_who!

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This was my TEAlephone tea. I admit that it once again took me a bit to get into, but once I did, I really liked it. It’s much better for me as it cools. I have to try this as a cold brew.

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Another tea from carol who

This tea is an earl grey lavender tea. It’s very strong on bergamot and lavender. I will admit it took me a few sips to get into this one. I think I wasn’t expecting those flavors to be quite so strong. Once I got into it, I was into it. I definitely enjoyed this one. I probably could have used another caffeinated tea at this point, though.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank ANGEL'S KISS TEA by SereneTeaz
250 tasting notes

T&C TTB 8/23

I cold brewed this tea, it’s good. I mostly notice the pineapple and strawberry, both of which I love. The fruit flavors don’t over power the green tea either. I added simple syrup to see what my husband thought, he didn’t care for it. So I finished drinking it, with it sweetened I got more papaya.

Thank you carol who I enjoyed it :)

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