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69
drank Sugar Plum by Special Teas
925 tasting notes

Another sample from Ms. Heather. Thank you muchly!

This dry leaf smells faintly sweet. For me, it’s hard to make out what it’s supposed to be. I kind of did things backwards. I added a touch of clover honey to the first cup I had earlier, which to me, played very well with the base but drowned out the subtle flavours in this.

I’m enjoying the second cup without any additives, and the plum is now more noticeable, but still very subtle. I’m getting a subtle woody note in here too. Like birch or something? This is also quite astringent; slightly drying to the roof of the mouth.

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75
drank Sugar Plum by Special Teas
1618 tasting notes

With (cow’s) milk and sugar, this is a pretty darn decent sweet cup. Although possibly it would be better overleafed. Hmm.

It smells fruity and like spiced candy a bit.

Thanks for sharing, Heather! :)

PS. This is a sip down, so I need to remember to remove it from my cupboard.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Sugar Plum by Special Teas
1618 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample, Heather!

This tea smells really sweet. Which really shouldn’t be surprising, considering it’s called “Sugar Plum”.

I’m sitting here sipping tea, thinking it’s time for a nap. So. Tea pretty good. Nothing fancy. Need to time the steep next time so I don’t oversteep it. Nap now.

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68
drank Almond by Special Teas
925 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample, Heather! Almonds have always been my favourite nut, so I could always go for an almond tea. The dry leaf smells like almond extract.

Tast-wise, without any additives, the Ceylon base is quite smooth. Actually, I think I appreciate that the most about this tea. The almond reminds me of almond biscotti, but then again, probably due to the almond extract vibe.

I added a little bit of brown sugar and took another sip. It’s ok, but doesn’t really bring anything to the table. Then I added some 1% milk and this weird undertone protruded from out of nowhere. It’s probably the milk’s fault. I think 2% works better with tea.

Overall, I wish the almond popped more, and that there would be most of a roasted almond quality to this.

Amariel

It’s more of a desserty type of almond, I find.

Fjellrev

Ah yeah, I guess I would expect a little more out of a desserty type of almond, not just almond extract. I find actual almonds have more depth than almond extract too.

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65
drank Rooibos Earl Grey by Special Teas
658 tasting notes

This tasted strange last night. Woody and the bergamot was kind of muted. I’m not sure why; I steeped it 5 minutes in boiling water which seems pretty standard. But, the boyfriend liked it for some reason.

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65
drank Rooibos Earl Grey by Special Teas
658 tasting notes

I added this tea but can’t find a photo/description on the site as it’s sold out.

This is another from my Special Teas super-sale shipment.

I was worried that the rooibos and earl grey combination would really not work for me. It’s not bad, though. The flavours co-operate somewhat with the bergamot front and centre and the rooibos woodiness lingering underneath. It’s not blowing me away, though, and it’s not the same without a strong black tea base. Pretty much exactly what I expected.

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78
drank Assam Organic by Special Teas
658 tasting notes

It’s been a while since I had a nice, straightforward black tea. I was a bit worried I’d find it dull.

I picked up a black tea sampler at Special Teas during a summer trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake. I tried a couple and then largely forgot about it. Now I think I’ll revisit them, use them up, and perhaps order more (or grab lots when I go back this year). Looking through their site, there looks to be a great (huge!) variety of nice quality teas and interesting blends at awesome prices. I remember the store being nice, too.

This is nice, rich, and bold. I’m enjoying it while trying (and obviously failing) to write an essay.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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77

A really lovely light, orange-scented rooibos; tasted lightly of oranges, with sweet citrus undertones. Really enjoyable!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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