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This was a one teaspoon sample I took from the Here’s Hoping teabox a while back. Not a terrible green tea, but I didn’t taste too much fruit flavor. It was in a nice pouch too, so I doubt the flavor had left by much. Hints of raspberry and acai on this sencha green. The green tea itself was not as buttery as I would have liked, but it’s gone now!
Steep #1 // 25 min after boiling // 2 min
Steep #2 // 20 min after boiling // 3 min

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It was one of those days where fate, destiny, whatever, decided that what I wanted to do and what I was going to do were two separate things. It started with a can of soup, which was going to be my breakfast, as soon as I placed it on the counter, poised and ready to open it…the power goes out, and we have an electric stove. Apparently last night’s storm damaged a tree which fell on the line, power was out for the whole street for several hours, so all my morning and afternoon plans went poof. It was all ok though, because in the evening I got to have fun tea time, meaning I am pleasantly tea-drunk now.

Today’s tea is Organic Wild Rose by Tea District, a blend of whole-leaf white tea blended with wild roses. I love roses in tea, it might be my favorite flower to add to tea, but clearly I will need to sit down and do a test one day. The aroma of this tea is clearly rosy, but not the really strong rose perfume you can get at times, it is like a faint rose garden. There are also notes of new growth, sage, and a hint of pepper. It is vaguely reminiscent of early summer.

Once the tea leaves have been steeped the aroma of the wet leaves is a balanced blend of sweet roses and fresh vegetation with just a gentle finish of pepper. The liquid without its flowery leaves is rosy and sweet with just a hint of hay and honey.

The taste is fairly sweet, like flower nectar and fresh roses. After the initial flowery taste there are notes of lettuce and a hint of sage.There is a slightly dry yet refreshing mouthfeel, and just a gentle hint of fuzzy trichomes. he aftertaste is a touch of fresh vegetation and morning dew. This tea is also quite good chilled, very light and refreshing.

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/07/tea-district-organic-wild-rose-tea.html

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Small Big Traveling Tea Box

The leaves of this tea smells like hay to me. Haha. But, luckily, lemon is the strongest flavor of this tea. I would suggest sipping it rather than taking larger gulps… the smaller the sips, the more lemon and the less grassy flavor you get.

Flavors: Grass, Lemon

Preparation
1 g 2 OZ / 59 ML

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Happy Steepster-versary to me! It’s been a year since I made my account now. Here’s to another!

This is a pretty fair tea. It appears to be a blend of estates, but it’s satisfying and comforting in the way that Darjeelings are. It has notes of cocoa and malt, but not as strongly as a second flush Darjeeling would, and slight notes of muscatel with an earthy/grassy finish.

I can’t see myself reaching for this over my second flush single estates, but I won’t have a problem with what I have at all.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
__Morgana__

Happy anniversary!

moraiwe

Thank you!

Indigobloom

Congrats!! :D

Courtney

Happy Steepster-versary :)

keychange

woohoo!!

boychik

Congrats!

moraiwe

Woo! Thanks, everyone!

Stephanie

One year in tealand! :D

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Thank you to justnord for sending me a sample of this one. The flavor matches the name perfectly. This tea contains both rooibos and honey bush but I think honey bush is the prominent one. Which is surprising because hibiscus is also listed and that is the one flavor that usually takes over but I can barely taste it. This tea almost has too many flavors going on.

Preparation
7 min, 15 sec 1 tsp

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Tea #5 from Another Traveling Tea Box?!?!?!

I had this the other evening and forgot to log it… or the NyQuill kicked in. From what I remember, the rooibos’ carmel notes were pretty distinct, but the lavender and coconut did make their presence known. A nice tea for just before bedtime.

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Dry this tea isn’t much to speak of – the rooibos is very finely shredded (to the point where it came through my strainer) and the only fruit I saw off-hand were the dried blueberries. Once steeped the liquid is deep purple/red and (thought this is going to sound odd) has a scent oddly reminiscent of black olives…not exactly pleasant.

A few sips in and this really does taste like black olives, also. I can maybe pick up hints of blueberry, but it’s certainly not palatable. I may try to resteep this at some later time, but for now it’s not one I’d be willing to try again.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Nicole

Hm. I love black olives but not to drink.

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drank Hawaiian Island by Tea District
178 tasting notes

(First review post-redesign, so my apologies if anything goes wrong)

I received this from justnord a while back and I’ve been looking forward to trying it out. I steeped according to my usual “herbal” guidelines – 2tsp into the cup, 2tsp of sugar and add water at boiling for ~5min.

It smelled a little unpleasant – kinda sickly, fruity sweet in the same way that the Youthberry did…but this actually steeped up rather nicely. It was a surprising deep red/burgundy colour in the cup and had a delightfully fruity taste (a bit reminiscent of Hawaiian Punch, in a good way). There’s a slight bitterness that I think comes from the hibiscus, but it doesn’t really detract from the other flavours.

This tasted much better once it cooled off, so I’d be much more likely to make it as an iced tea in the future. It’s quite tasty, though, and I’m glad I got to try it out.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Cuppa Paradise by Tea District
254 tasting notes

Tea #1 from Another Traveling Tea Box?!?!?!

My husband made off with my travel mug and used it for coffee… he managed to get the coffee taste out, but what I didn’t know is that he left a little dish soap flavor, too.

What of the tea I could taste – around the Seventh Generation – lived up to the name. A black base that did a quick-stepping little dance with the notes of a piña colada. Interesting!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Magic Carpet Ride by Tea District
752 tasting notes

From BrewTEAlly Sweet sale package.

Instructions said boiling water, but there is green tea in here? I did 85C for 4 minutes, and I got a nice fruity cup of tea. I think I’m getting more green base than black base, and definitely more papaya than pineapple.
This is a nice fruity tea. I like it.

keychange

Omg, its called magic carpet ride!

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Tea #40 from HHTTB2

The leaves are quite small and broken, so I was unsure they’d stand up to a 6 minute infusion time as was recommended. So I erred on the side of caution, so keep in mind my review is for the tea at the parameters below.

This is the least rose-flavored of the three rose teas I’ve tried in the box. But it’s still quite good.

The primary flavor that comes through is the white base, which is delicate with fresh hay and apricot notes. The rose adds a definitely rose flavor as well as a gentle sweetness. It’s not nearly as immersive as other rose teas I’ve had, but good for those who enjoy the flavors of rose, but can find it overwhelming.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec
BrewTEAlly Sweet

Yay another of mine. :)

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Tea #15 from HHTTB2

This was more floral and less fruity than I was expecting. I’m glad I didn’t cold steep a cup, because it toes the overwhelming line now.

I don’t honestly get much for raspberry (or tea base), but there a light blueberry-ish note that I can bring back to the acai. It also, unfortunately, shares the baby powder taste/feeling that River of Heaven and Bouddha Bleu also have on me.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Sample sipdown again! Thanks BrewTEAlly Sweet, this one was nice :)

It makes me excited to taste Butiki’s Champagne Rose Cream soon! :D

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Very tasty white tea with rose! I can’t believe I still have a cold. Anyway so I’m not going to rate this one yet…

Stephanie

Oh and thanks BrewTEAlly Sweet :)

Kaylee

Aw, feel better!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Feel better. You get sick way too often. I’m glad ur still finding joy in my package:)

Stephanie

It is unusual for me how often I’ve been sick lately! :/

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drank Orange Dreamsicle by Tea District
342 tasting notes

I kind of forgot about my water when it was ready so it must have been a lower temp than 212 but it came out really well. It absolutely tastes like Orange Dreamsicle! I was thinking it would need some creamer and sugar to make it really taste like it but the vanilla and orange comes out strong without it. I might need to buy this… a lot of it. Thank you BrewTEAlly Sweet!

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Freaky, I thought I tea logged this?

Anyways, I got a sample of this from Kasumi no Chajin, yay ty!
First time, I cold steeped it. Very very good! I saved the rest of the sample for a hot round, which did not happen. The last of my sample is me drinking it as another cold steep.
So good! I love the floral in this tea – its like jasmine but much better as it is also sweet and light. Why isn’t there more magnolia teas? The oolong is so crisp and refreshing and the cold steep works very well!
Gah, I should of tried this hot! Oh well, I might just have to order some myself!

Preparation
Iced

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drank Peach White Tea by Tea District
252 tasting notes

Cold brewed this up, but left it a little too long. A little bitter but still good, though I used all that I had for this. I wish I wouldn’t have forgotten about it!

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I get migraines around a pretty predictable schedule and have found mate tea to be helpful in reducing the severity so I’m always looking for mate teas so I get a bit of variety. What I’ve found is that there isn’t a ton of variety when it comes to mate. Most have some sort of chocolate base, which, if you know my tea preferences at all, you know I’m ok with.

This tea is a little bit more mellow than other chocolate mates and the vanilla gives it a different note than most. It’s less roasty-toasty and more cookies and creme. Very pleasant and I’m glad I got 2 bags with my groupon.

I’ll be doing a cost analysis on this vs a few of my other go-to mates to see which is the most cost-effective and hopefully adding this to my regular rotation.

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I just ordered this from the Tea District, using up a groupon, and based on recommendations from Earl Grey fans. Lavender has always been a favorite of mine – usually as a fragrance but more recently as a tea!

This pairing seems to be popular – lavender with bergamot/Earl Grey – and with good reason. I’m not usually an EG fan, but this is the gateway tea that is easing me into EG waters.

Enough babbling, let’s talk tea. This is one of the more tastier versions of this pairing, but that could be due to steeping. I was at work, called away from my desk, you know how it goes. (I won’t rate it this time; I’ll pay better attention and put tea before my work (ha!) next time. There is something very warming and comforting about pairing lavender and citrus, almost like relaxing on a summer’s evening.

I am currently in a Quest to Find a Tasty Earl Grey: http://keenteathyme.blogspot.com/2011/04/quest-for-earl-grey.html

Got any other suggestions?

Dinosara

I’ll be following your quest with interest, because I too have been looking for my favorite EG. Although I love traditional EGs, I like all the different permutations as well.

ColumbiaKate

Did I send you Metro’s Earl Grey Cream? That has been one of my top sellers.
Per the spelling, The British Earl IS “Grey” and Gray is a color.US. or Grey is a colour. British.
The Best Earl Grey tea however is a "Greyt’ quest. I have several yet to try. But Steven Smith’s Earl Grey, which I tasted at his booth at the food show, is right up there, In my opinion.

cteresa

It is not canonical, but my favorite earl grey is Lady Grey. Many companies do versions (bergamot, with other citrus particularly orange) many much fancier (Kusmi makes Anastasia for example) but for my money the best I have tried yet is plain old Twinings original Lady Grey. Have you tried yet?

KeenTeaThyme

@ColumbiaKate – yep, that’s actually my next tea to try today. Thanks for the input on the spelling debacle. I always thought it was “Grey” for the same reasons…
@cteresa – Lady Grey is quite nice! A friend of mine who loves EG recommended I try it and I liked it. I’ve only had it once though. I liked the name “Lady Grey” because it reminded me of one of my favorite ghost stories! :)

Laura B

I’m also a non-fan of EG but I’ve found that a rather strange ordinary enough brand, NUMI, has this “Aged Earl Grey” with aged bergamot… and I delight in it. The aroma knocks me out, and drinking it is actually a pleasure instead of a polite thing I tolerate when somewhere they are serving whatever random “fabulous” grey they think I’ll find irresistable :) Funny thing about lavender, which I’m allergic to in terms of the flowers being airborne (but can consume in creme brulee—my favorite use for it—or other foodstuff), I LOVE places that take a few fresh buds and put them on top of packed fresh ground espresso just before brewing. Makes a kick butt cup o’ joe (when the espresso is good, which is rare by my snootier-on-coffee-than-tea standards… and most consider me snooty on tea except for “candy teas” that are not real “tea” persay :D)

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Thanks BrewTEAlly Sweet! The flavor of this is mostly the sweet white tea. It’s sweet and fruity. Almost a peachy or apricot sweetness. The rose is in the background and adds a slight floral\sweet note. I really enjoyed this one! Thanks again!!

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drank Magnolia Oolong by Tea District
33 tasting notes

Got this in a swap from KiwiDelight. I figured I would probably be into it because I love oolongs and floral teas, and I was right. The floral taste is very similar to jasmine, like the description states. It’s also very naturally sweet. I will probably buy some of this for my stash, I think I’d like to try it again with a little more dry leaf for a stronger flavor.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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The lavender and coconut blend very nicely with the Rooibos to create a calming blend. (To me Rooibos almost has a vanilla-like flavor and both lavender and coconut blend very well with vanilla). Good for anytime during the day. Also good hot or cold. No sweetener needed. In fact, I encourage you not to even if you usually do. The pre-steeped smell doesn’t do the tea much justice but then the steeped smell doesn’t help much either. Regardless, don’t let the smell lead you astray. If you like Rooibos you have to give this one a try.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 6 min, 15 sec

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An interesting rooibos. Needs to be steeped for quite awhile; otherwise it ends up kinda bland. Honey gives it an odd flavor. The pre-steeped smell reminds me of fresh hay. Not one of my favorite but soothes a sore throat.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 7 min, 45 sec

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