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92
drank Caramel Pu-erh by Tea Drops
83 tasting notes

This tea is a real treat. The taste is robust and musty, and the bitterness is laced with this fabulous caramel taste that comes out so subtly that I find myself confused about what the heck I am drinking. Plus, you can re-infuse the leaves 4-5 times, which helps since I can’t buy it online and would have to drive down to Kansas City if I wanted more. I am going to enjoy this tea love affair even more since it is temporary!

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92
drank Caramel Pu-erh by Tea Drops
83 tasting notes

This is one of two teas I bought from Tea Drops in Kansas City. I took a whiff of this sample and the caramel smelled so fantastic I took a leap of faith and got 2oz after asking the woman’s opinion of it. She was honest and said she didn’t like it because it was too much like coffee, and that if I liked coffee I might like it. She also said that this was originally just a temporary tea for Christmas time but due to popular demand, they made it permanent.

I just brewed myself a cup, with a 1/2 tsp of rock sugar and it is fabulous. I haven’t tried many pu-erhs in my day, but the employee was absolutely right – this tastes like slightly sweetened black coffee with hints of caramel. This being said, it is bitter and full-bodied, and the caramel adds just the right amount of interest to this coffee-flavor. I will miss this tea when it’s gone, but I think my next cup I will add a bit more sugar and maybe a splash of milk. Bravo tea drops!

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82

I had a cup-o-this tea at a tea shop I stumbled across while exploring Kansas City yesterday. The woman behind the counter said that it was her favorite, so I had to try it. The vanilla was rich and creamy, and the black tea was strong and smoky. Very nice. Too bad the only way you can get it is to go to Missouri!

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75

I’m cautiously optimistic about this one it seems to have some yeasty sweetness in there but very unforgiving to brew which is strange for a Shu.
Upped my rating—once you get the steeps right they are yeasty sweet and have some mild astringency.

Preparation
Boiling

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65
drank Malabar chai by Tea Drops
90 tasting notes

Had a pot of this hen I was out for lunch today. The people at The Groove Train actually put the teabag into e pot of hot water for me! Wow! A lot of times they don’t, despite the fact that I.am.paying.THEM.to.serve.me.tea. WTF.

But I digress.

This is quite a nice chai, heavy on the clovey, star anisey side, a little light on the tea side. I quite often order it when I’m out though, because it’s a good, though predictable, non-powdered chai option.

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66
drank Honeydew Dream by Tea Drops
159 tasting notes

Hmmm, green tea with apricot flavouring and buits of dried honeydew melon. Served quite presumpively with no sugar on the side, so I drank it sugarless, it could have used a touch.
The apricot flavour was great before the water was added but disappeared in the brew. The underlying green was a little bitter, the melon covered it up. Not a bad effort for a silk baggy thing

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Blood Orange by Tea Drops
14 tasting notes

I love the hibiscus in this tea, gives the blood orange rinds a great tangy taste. I’ve noticed that it picks up the “flavors” your water might have very easily. Make sure to use filtered HOT water on this one.

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92
drank Lichee Red by Tea Drops
14 tasting notes

This is probably the best cup of tea I’ve ever had. I enjoy the fermented taste of the lychee and the nice richness and body of the black tea. It is strong, so caution on the steeping with this one. This has a PERMANENT place on my shelf.

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75
drank Moroccan Mint by Tea Drops
3 tasting notes

Strong mint flavor, but definitely needs to be steeped longer than recommended on the packaging. I tried it hot, but I think it would be great cold. We will see… :)

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75
drank Moroccan Mint by Tea Drops
3 tasting notes

I tried this with the specified amount of tea, but it was a little weak. I would suggest 1.5 teaspoons of tea for every 8 oz. of water, and let it steep a little longer for a stronger cup of tea.

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