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75
drank Wild Woman by Tay Tea
967 tasting notes

This one also came from the December Amoda box. I have to say, for some reason it seems like blueberry teas get the brunt of the hibiscus abuse. And that makes me sad, because I love blueberry, but I hate hibiscus. Hopefully it plays a small role here. The dry tea reminds me of a very specific blueberry-flavored something, unfortunately I can’t think of what it is. It’s a very sweet and jammy blueberry smell.

Unfortunately, I can already smell the hibiscus tartness in the steeped cup. Why must they do this to me? This has a much milder flavor than I expected. And the flavor is actually quite lovely, mostly (fresh) blueberry with no real tartness. However, it’s a teeny bit bitter even though I only steeped for 3 minutes, and other than that the base doesn’t taste like much. Also, a touch of astringency is showing itself already. I do enjoy the depth that the elderberries and currants add to the blueberry.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Blueberry, Jam

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79
drank Better Than Sex by Tay Tea
664 tasting notes

Gee Tay Tea, way to set an impossible bar to clear with this name.

This is a tasty tea, but unless you have bad sex or just don’t like sex, it’s not better than sex. :P

Still setting aside unreasonable expectations, this is lovely. Peppermint forefront, chocolate next and a touch of sweetness, vanilla and maybe spearmint. The rooibos base doesn’t stand out, which is good.

I thought I was done with chocolate teas for the moment, but I guess not. This has a nice After Eight quality to it, without being too desserty.

Thanks to Lindsay for the chance to try this!

Flavors: Chocolate, Peppermint, Spearmint, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

hahahaha

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74
drank Tuk Tuk Chai by Tay Tea
4788 tasting notes

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This chai has an interesting set of flavors. The rooibos is lightly honey-like with earthy/nutty notes. These flavors work with the chai spices well. The cinnamon, cardamom and ginger are warming and balanced. The lemongrass adds a bright note to the cup. The vanilla softens the edges. It’s a nice blend.

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90
drank Better Than Sex by Tay Tea
445 tasting notes

This tea does not live up to its name. However, it is really good. I has a nice mix of rooibos, peppermint, and chocolate. The chocolate is foremost in flavor, followed by the rooibos, followed by the peppermint. It has a really nice flavor. I am again avoiding caffeine so I picked this one today because it is low in caffeine, having only a little from the dark chocolate.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 5 min.

Flavors: Chocolate, Peppermint, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
Kittenna

I lolled too :P

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85
drank Better Than Sex by Tay Tea
142 tasting notes

I steeped it for a minute longer this time, and I think that made it overly minty. Still good, but very much “mint tea with a hint of vanilla and other stuff”, less balanced. Good to know!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85
drank Better Than Sex by Tay Tea
142 tasting notes

Mmmm, this is yummy. It tastes pretty much the way you you think it should, based on the ingredients: vanilla rooibos, mint, dark chocolate… yep, they’re all there, and they blend together beautifully. It’s rich and comforting. This is a lovely dessert tea already, and I haven’t even added milk or sugar to this cup. I only got a sample (in Amoda Tea’s “Fall Picks Discovery Set”) but I think I’ll have to buy more of this.

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Duchess' First Love by Tay Tea
142 tasting notes

I ended up buying a tin of this from Amoda Tea, so I’m happy to report that I still like it. :) I’m getting more of a bergamot flavour in this than I did with the sample I tried earlier, balanced against the cream and caramel. I made it up with sugar and milk because I was in the mood for something sweet, but it’s also lovely plain.

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

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80
drank Duchess' First Love by Tay Tea
142 tasting notes

This is a lovely tea blend, with lots of creamy caramel flavours. I was surprised to read that it’s a cream earl grey blend, because I can barely taste the bergamot at all. The caramel and rooibos flavours are much stronger for me. I liked it a lot plain, and it was also delicious and dessert-y with a bit of sugar and milk. Yum.

Flavors: Caramel, Creamy, Nutty, Rooibos

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

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drank Berber by Tay Tea
274 tasting notes

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84
drank Muse by Tay Tea
7 tasting notes

What a day. I have had what I am now referring to as “Sore Throat Apocalypse 2014”. Three weeks of a nonstop sore throat and general yuckiness! And it just won’t go away!

Anyway, that means that every afternoon I have been napping at 1:30 or so until 2, and then wake up groggy and in need of something to ease me back to the world of the living.

This Muse Blend I bought from a little tea shop in Woodstock, NY (Yes, THAT Woodstock). I love that place. I could spend every penny I have there in an hour or so on all the pretty teaware and teas.

So, the Tea. Dry, the peppermint is nearly all I get, as tends to be the case when peppermint is in a blend. I was fortunate to have tried a sample of this at the store, as I am not a fan of heavy-handed mint, and the smell alone would have put me off.

Steeped, the scent of peppermint moves to the back of the line and lemon comes shining through.

Sipped, everything works together as a whole. Lemon first – the warmth of lemon balm -followed by botanicals in the middle – the rose and lavender shine here, and I love that combination – followed by peppermint, and finishing with lemon grass left on the palate, and a slight tingle from the spearmint. It’s a beautifully balanced tea, one that I appreciate, given how many teas I have had that strive for this type of balance but end up with either heavy mint or a strong pine-sol type effect from botanicals and lemon together.

In terms of herbal application, I also enjoy the balance here: lemon balm and lavender to calm the nerves, but peppermint and lemongrass to wake up the senses. I think especially useful after a rough night of sleep, or after a too-short nap.

Flavors: Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Rose, Spearmint

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Anlina

I hope you’re feeling better soon. This tea sounds absolutely delightful!

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84
drank Muse by Tay Tea
7 tasting notes

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78
drank Kaapstad by Tay Tea
445 tasting notes

This tea is 70 % savory and 30 % sweet. It does not compare to the absolute finest of teas but it is enjoyable to drink when you are looking to avoid caffeine and you have had too much caffeine already. This is one I don’t regret buying but probably would want to try something different next time.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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85
drank A Day in Provence by Tay Tea
8 tasting notes

Love the name of that tea, received it in the tasting box by Amoda. I am glad they included this tea because when I opened the bag I was pleasantly surprised with a lavender/rose smell. The red color of this tea is beautiful. I brewed 1 tsp in 8 oz of water for 4 minutes. I enjoyed it at the end of the day and it has a nice rose taste. I would drink this tea again.

Flavors: Rose

yyz

Nice!

Helene

Thanks yyz. I enjoyed it :)

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90
drank Duchess' First Love by Tay Tea
4788 tasting notes

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Revisiting this tea makes me miss Amoda! I really did enjoy getting their boxes each month.

This was a lovely Earl Grey creme with an interesting twist – the addition of rooibos to the base and a hazelnut cream caramel flavor. A very memorable Earl Grey creme!

The dry leaf smells scrumptious – strong with notes of vanilla. The flavors work very well together in this blend. The bergamot has a pleasant tangy quality that is softened by the vanilla, and the caramel and hazelnut enhance each other very nicely to create a really decadent, dessert-like tea. It’s one of the more unusual twists to the classic Earl Grey that I’ve tasted, but it’s also one of the most indulgent! I really liked this.

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76

Cheri sent me this from the TEAlephone. It’s a pretty good chocolate rooibos tea, especially paired with a chocolately dessert. The chocolate flavoring is strong enough to leak out of the baggie and outdo the woody base. It also has a roasted, borderline burnt, quality after the tea’s cooled a bit.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Berber by Tay Tea
268 tasting notes

So I’ve got three green tea-mint blends on hand right now and I’ve decided to do a head to head comparison: Berber by Tay Tea, Moroccan Mint by Teavana, and North African Mint by David’s Tea. One of the few green teas I’d like to keep around would be one with mint, so I’m trying to pick which one. Both Berber and Moroccan mint are just spearmint with gunpowder green tea, while the North African Mint has cardamom, peppermint, ginger, Japanese-style Hojicha green tea, licorice root, fennel, clove, and black pepper. So, it’s not really a valid comparison, but this study doesn’t have to pass peer review so it’s happening :-P.

This one is is the most minty in both smell and taste. The spearmint really dominates in an almost toothpaste-y way. I can’t taste tea at all, except that the mint is a little softer than it might be on its own.

The winner for me is, shockingly, the Teavana version!

The link to the Moroccan Mint review: http://steepster.com/teas/teavana/2028-moroccan-mint?post=252648
The link to the North African Mint review: http://steepster.com/teas/davidstea/6039-north-african-mint-organic?post=252647

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82
drank A Day in Provence by Tay Tea
4788 tasting notes

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Can I just say that I’m already feeling the loss of Amoda Tea? I know that it’s still early in the month of the first no-box-from-Amoda-Tea month, but, I probably would have received the box either today or yesterday … and I don’t have it and I miss it. It was certainly a lot more fun to receive that parcel from Amoda Tea than it is to receive bills in the mail! (I know, duh, right?)

This was a tea in April’s box. Yeah, I’m still behind. Big surprise.

A really lovely rooibos blend. I love the lavender, and I love that the rooibos isn’t a strong flavor. The currant gives it a wine-ish sort of taste that i enjoy, and there is a pleasant sweet-tart berry note.

A really nice cuppa.

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86
drank Berber by Tay Tea
4788 tasting notes

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A really minty blend. It smells like spearmint gum. But I’m happy to say that the flavor of the gunpowder green comes through, this isn’t so minty that I’m tasting toothpaste. It’s a strong mint note with a sweet, lightly vegetative taste of green tea. Very refreshing and smooth.

Clean and fresh tasting, it is a revitalizing tea. I enjoyed this one … I’m glad that Amoda included it in the April Box. sigh I’m going to miss my Amoda box!

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76
drank Berber by Tay Tea
497 tasting notes

I cold steeped this one yesterday morning when I finished the tea in my carry mug. It worked very well for me to do this, because then I had a cold tea to take with me when I left the office.

The spearmint in this really shined when cold brewed. Very nice.

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76
drank Berber by Tay Tea
497 tasting notes

This is a nice tea. I like spearmint a lot. This tea is a good spearmint and green blend. I’ll try this one iced to see how it is, but it’s good hot. I do have to say that I like The Tea Spot’s Moroccan Mint better, but that’s just me.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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82
drank A Day in Provence by Tay Tea
497 tasting notes

I apparently didn’t write the tasting note I thought I did last night. Maybe I never saved it? I don’t know.

This was the end of this tea from my May tea box. I will miss this tea. I will miss this tea a lot. So much so that I looked at ordering it from Tay Tea even though I’m kinda not supposed to be buying more tea. Of course, this isn’t a cheap tea. It’s $16 for the tea in a tin, plus $4.95 shipping…. You do get a pretty good amount of tea, and a tin (I love when tea has its own tin) but…I’m not supposed to be buying more tea right now.

So I will wait a little while. We’ll see how long that lasts.

But, I really liked this tea a lot. I didn’t even think I liked lavender until I tried this tea. Wow. I really liked this tea. Thank you so much Amoda!!!

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82
drank A Day in Provence by Tay Tea
497 tasting notes

I decided to have this one again today since my husband is snoozing on the couch so I didn’t expect he’d surprise me with bourbon this time. No bourbon, but plenty of tastiness. I quite enjoyed this tea, and I’m really glad that Amoda included it with the April tea box. It is incredibly well balanced between the rooibos and currant notes, with just the exact perfect amount of floral from the lavender. Absolutely delicious. I rarely sweeten my teas, but I wonder now that my mug is empty if just a touch of sugar would make this tea stupendous? Hmmm….something to consider for the next time I have it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
mj

If you like lavender in your tea, try the chamomile lavender by Butiki Teas. Holy crap is it good!

Cheri

I just placed a Butiki order (my first) and never thought to add this one. I’ll add that to my list for next time. Thanks!

mj

Too bad you’re right before me rather than right after me in the Butiki box #2! I could have put a sample in for you. If you are ever looking to swap, let me know.

Cheri

Thanks for the thought, anyway. Maybe I’ll get lucky enough for it to show up in one of the other TTBs I’m in, or maybe I’ll break down and get some in my next Butiki order. (I’m hoping my husband likes the Peach HoppiTea enough that I can con him into buying the tea the next time.)

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82
drank A Day in Provence by Tay Tea
497 tasting notes

I had this one last night. It was a really nice mug before bed. Quite well balanced between the rooibos, the currants and floral. Of course, half way through the mug, my husband handed me a bourbon and there went the tea. I finished it, but my palate was ruined for enjoying the rest of my tea. I look forward to having another mug of this one, though.

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85
drank A Day in Provence by Tay Tea
411 tasting notes

sipdown

This is still a very enjoyable and relaxing cup, but it’s too floral for cold weather. I anticipate restocking a Provence blend in spring or summer. I like Tay’s blend better than David’s, but perhaps there are others out there worth trying too.

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