Tea for All Reasons

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Well, back at work for the day – Calendar Club, since it’s morning. Which means more plugging away at queued up tasting notes. I have a new found respect for people who work more than one job; I’m just totally drained, and everything hurts so much. Plus, when I do get home I just don’t have time for anything. But I chose this, so really I can’t complain too much.

Thank you Marzipan for this sample: I don’t think I would have chosen it for myself, but I definitely would have looked at it because it sure does look interesting dry. Very aesthetically pleasing with the bright blue cornflowers and shiny little metallic gold stars and sprinkles and stuff. I prepped it in a timolino for work.

Unfortunately, this one was not a hit taste wise: I found the base was very choppy and haad an astringent, dryness to it. There was some berry flavour, perhaps a little more blackberry then anything else but it was fairly muddled and artificial. Drinkable overall, but I wouldn’t have another cup any time soon or recommend it.

Cheri

I love the name, anyway.

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Thank you DigniTea for this one a while ago! One of the teas I have yet to try… this one has been waiting a while. The dry leaves certainly have a sweet scent… has to be more than just those little caramel cubes (do they really have that much caramel flavor?) The flavor is certainly sweet too (and it might be hiding that cardboard flavor black tea I don’t particularly love). But with this caramel flavor it’s close to one of the MOST caramel teas I’ve tried. Well, if it’s sweet then it’s caramel, I guess. The color of the cup looks like caramel too.
Steep #1 // few min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5 min

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Flavors: Caramel, Creamy, Honey, Maple

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Flavors: Pumpkin, Smooth

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This was a tiny sample from the here’s hoping traveling box…
there were no blueberries in the sample and no taste of blueberry.
This simply tasted like maple syrup in water…not even the cinnamon flavor
that is on the top of blueberry buckle…such a disappointment :-(

Tea Sipper

aw, the blueberry must have disappeared since I last had it. :/

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I bought this awhile back when I came across the site and found this blend 50% off. I love Della Terra’s version, so at 50% off I thought I would give this a try and see how they compare.

This one is very much like DTT blend, but is lacking a bit of the flavor somehow. I can’t quite put my finger on it but I feel like it’s missing something. I do notice that a resteep of this blend doesn’t yield as nice of a cup as the DTT version, which I was doing because I was hoarding my last bit of it.. now I can sip it down :) This is still a nice cup and I might venture to grab it again sometime if I find it at a great discount again.

With this I get a nice flavor that makes you think buttery cake. I don’t know if I would think pineapple so much w/o knowing the name of this one, although I can kind of imagine it. I gave some of this to my now 9 year old, he’s growing way too fast!, and told him it was “upside down cake” flavored tea and he really liked it. If I had said pineapple he would have declined…that’s his typical take on fruit, unless your talking about orange soda. :(

Flavors: Butter, Pastries

keychange

Haha I love how you tricked him! My parents used to have to do that with me all the time when I was young, because I was fussy and didn’t eat anything.

Suziqzer

Yeah, sometimes that’s the only way I can get him to try new things! He is such my picky eater! He has been that way since he was a baby. It might be a good thing for him later in life. His eye doctor says most people who can’t see menus at places like McDonald’s have their favorites that they always go to. She said likely he will do the same.

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I’ve been away much of the warm season drinking my homemade iced tea and experimenting a bit with cold brewed teas… a work in progress. Can’t believe I slipped away as long as I did.. love checking what is going on here when I have the time.

I wanted something hot a few days ago and picked this one up because it was one that I had enjoyed just before the summer started. This was the bottom of the bag with all the crumbs and chaos and just wasn’t a good cuppa. :( I will disregard making note on it because I know I had a better cup than this one was. I didn’t even drink much of it. Felt good to have the warm cup back in my hands though :) Also good to be checking back in here too!

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I’ve had a couple of cups of this one recently, both cold & hot steeped and I think my first impression still stands. A nice blend that is pretty predictable and not finicky… I like that when I’m in a hurry.

I’ve enjoyed the chocolate covered strawberry in a cup idea as it felt like it could go with summertime treats… Hubby on the other hand isn’t so fond of the flavor combo. He would rather have the chocolate or the strawberry, but not together… yet he likes Butiki’s Three Friends…. fruit and chocolate, and he hates marshmallow.. go figure!

Flavors: Chocolate, Strawberry

Marzipan

I have liked the blends I have gotten from that store.

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I ordered this a few weeks ago when I stumbled on the site and found they had Pineapple Upside Down Cake on a 50% off sale.. & I’m a sucker for a sale. I just had to try it because I love Della Terra’s version and had to see how someone else did it. Anyway, this note isn’t for that.. so I’ll move on.

This tea was also on sale so I thought I would give it a try. I thought it might be fun as an iced blend, although I wasn’t sure how the chocolate would come through in a cold brew. Hubby likes fruit teas, wasn’t sure how he’d feel about the addition of chocolate, but thought it might work for him too.

Dry leaf smells mainly of rich chocolate with a hint of strawberry. The first attempt was at a cold steep. I wish I could tell you how long it steeped but I forgot to keep track.. :( I was surprised when I tried it how refreshing it was. The chocolate came through well and the strawberry and base was present also, although the strawberry was maybe a touch artificial. I’m guessing it is hard to do strawberry combined with rich chocolate w/o losing the strawberry.

Today I tried it as a hot cuppa to see how it turned out. My kitchen is chilly today and I felt like a hot cup would be a treat. I was surprised to find that the strawberry came out more pronounced and genuine in the hot cup when I had expected the chocolate to take center stage ( the chocolate is in the form of what looks like little chocolate chips which I assumed would melt). I’m wondering if I should hot steep this one and let it cool for an even better iced tea version of this than the cold steep.

I’ve enjoyed this more than I thought I might since I don’t often reach for fruit teas like my Hubby.. Maybe the chocolate helped? Or, maybe because I bought it primarily w/iced tea intentions. I will be sad if I go looking for this again and it’s not on sale… count me a frugal sale shopper. I guess that would give me an excuse to try something else instead. :)

Flavors: Berries, Chocolate

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thank you so much, DigniTea! Samples samples everywhere, but that is how I love my tea collection. This one smells divine – like a fresh baked blueberry sugary dessert. It is VERY similar to Della Terra’s Blueberry Crumble, if not the same blend, but I thought Della Terra blends their own teas (maybe just some of them? I really wish I knew the details of tea companies better – it doesn’t matter if a tea company doesn’t blend their own teas – good tea is good tea… I just prefer to know details about those sorts of things.) Anyway, the flavor is very dessert like! Sugary (since there is actually sugar in the blend) and bakey… almost like cake batter, or better yet, blueberry muffin batter! Hints of candied blueberries on a lovely green tea base. The dry leaves almost look like black tea, but it doesn’t steep like black tea. Very nice!
Both steeps // 25 min after boiling // 2-3 min steep

Suziqzer

I’ve been browsing their website for awhile and wondered if some of their blends were the same as Della Terra. I finally decided to send an email out to this shop and got a response that although some of the teas appear similar, in fact, that is just a coincidence. I am still curious of the accuracy of that as some just are so close in. I’ve enjoyed the Della Terra teas I’ve tried, curious how these compare… they’ve had some great sales. It would be nice to try a similar blend side by side for true comparison.

Tea Sipper

Well, of course I could be wrong, I did only have the DT blend once before.. so it was a comparison by memory. :D

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I as feeling “chamo-milly” tonight. Catching up on Orphan Black, 24 and Night Shift.

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This is a very pleasant nighty night tea. Calming and soothing.

Tonight I am watching “The Truce” on Netflix. It is about the liberation of Auschwitz.

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This is a pleasant, if unremarkable night time blend. Probably will not order again but I am fine finishing off what I have. I get more chamomile than anything. Very little mint. A little lemon.

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Of all of the teas I ordered from Tea for all Reasons, this was my favorite, and I will definitely reorder it. It’s a strong black tea (which I love), and it has an intoxicating berry scent and aftertaste, which I found natural and not fake tasting at all. I made it for my 17-year-old daughter and she loved it too. She kept taking drinks and saying over and over again how good it was.

It’s also pretty to look at, which I like. Yellow stars, shiny blue sprinkles, and shiny gold balls of sugar. I don’t think that adds much to the final tea result but it makes it more fun visually during the brew. It’s part of their Dr. Who collection, but since I don’t watch the show I can’t really draw any parallel there.

Flavors: Berries

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 11 OZ / 325 ML

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I haven’t had this one in a while, and I’m happy to say that I still like it. I hope I never get over being happy because of sparkly things. It’s the little girl inside me.

I have been re-drinking a lot of things lately and not posting reviews, I’m sorry! What usually happens is I go upstairs to make tea and I just have my iPad with me, and I hate typing long things on the iPad. Our house is a bit unusual in that the kitchen, dining room, bedrooms and two bathrooms are on the ground floor, then the great room, offices, laundry, storage and another bathroom are underground. So now I’m at my desk, with my computer, but on a different floor than my kitchen. The next house won’t have stairs, I have vowed.

So anyway, tea, reviews, stairs, iPad, blah blah. A lot has happened in the past week. We adopted a cat: http://imgur.com/D7s6Moy HIs name is Prince Pudding. It was really sort of sweet, we wanted a Ragdoll specifically, and I found one that was listed at the shelter one town over. So we went there, and when we got there he was in one of the “get acquainted” rooms with an older lady and we were SO SAD.

Then she motioned for us to come in, and she was the previous owner! She is going into assisted living and since she took him to the shelter, she has been going back every day to see if he was out for showing and to meet people to help find a good family for him. It was really heart warming. We spent about 45 minutes with her and with him, and it’s just the absolute right fit. You know she loved him a lot if she didn’t just drop him off and leave him. He had been at the shelter since the 2nd but the first day they put him out was the 8th, and we adopted him on the 9th. So there you go!

whatshesaid

Awwww! What a nice story :)

Cheri

Thank you so much, Marizipan, for adopting this cat in need! It’s so sad that her previous owner had to leave her, but it’s very sweet that she kept coming to visit every day. (I have tears in my eyes.) She obviously loves Prince Pudding, and I hope very much that he really fits in with your family.

Marzipan

Well there’s actually a little bit more. We went ahead and adopted him, but we are letting him stay with her for two more weeks so she can have more time to say goodbye before she moves into the assisted living place. It’s also when my daughter will graduate high school and have more time at home, so it feels like a very sweet and loving transition for him, and the prior owner is thrilled.

keychange

What a wonderful story. For you guys, the kitty cat, the former owner, your daughter. This is lovely.

Christina

Oh, that is so lovely. I have 2 cats and I can’t imagine giving them up for anything – it’s so wonderful that you were able to meet the previous owner, and that you’re able to give Prince Pudding (eeee!) a smooth transition.

Angrboda

Oh he’s sweet! I hope he makes the transistion to his new home easily. As I understand some cats can get a bit stressed by it, causing some irregularities in toilet habits. Perhaps you can send the old lady pictures/postcards now and then, so she can see that her cat is well taken care of?

Marzipan

I love that idea!

Cheri

I have a cat that I adopted for someone else when her son turned out to be deathly allergic (multiple ER visits and hospital stays in a year). In fact, he’s the cat in my profile picture. Anyway, I send them regular updates and pictures on how he is doing.

Megan

Aww I love this! You and your family are awesome for adopting an adult cat from a shelter! This is an adorable story.

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I admit, I like fu fu teas. This one has little pearls and pretty pink and blue flower petals in it. To some people that stuff doesn’t matter, but to me it gives me a pleasant visual sensory experience to go along with the great smell and taste of the tea. Girly? Maybe, but what’s wrong with that?

So I put the tea in my infuser and enjoyed looking at the “pretties” – but then after I infused it and it was in my cup, I started noticing that it looked all glittery too, and I didn’t notice that in the leaf. It was pretty mesmerizing. Might have just been the natural oils from the tea, I don’t know, but I liked it.

On to the tea. I like a strong black tea, and this was strong and black and a bit astringent on the finish. Not as strong on bergamot as some other EGs I have tried, and maybe that’s the pomegranate that is tempering it. I LIKE strong bergamot, so while this is a fine tea and I will finish it, I don’t think it will be on my reorder list. I might put some in a tea swap as well since I ordered a tin of it instead of a smaller size. But, there is certainly nothing wrong with it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 11 OZ / 325 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

Whenever I’ve come across a ‘fu fu tea’, I’ve liked them as well! (and, I’m not really a girly girl…). The one I remember even did that glittery thing you’re talking about, and I was entranced by it. I didn’t know tea could be sparkly. :)

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This is a disgusting exploitation of 9/11. How does putting red, white, and blue ingredients honor the tragic loss of life? Were these flavors even sourced from the US?

After going through the Tea for All Reasons website and etsy store I am given the feeling that this company is some project out of a basement.

Jen M

Based on their tea offerings? This is a DAVIDsTEA reseller. Operating from, more than likely, their basement. More than half of their teas are teas from David’s, some of them word-for-word identical (others have had their name changed to “camouflage” their source.

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Made this with 2 oz of milk and 1 tsp of sugar and it’s just like eating/drinking melted strawberry ice cream. I’m bumping up the score a little bit because this is uncanny and a little awesome.

Would I buy this tea? Still probably not, but I might change my mind when I whittle down my stash some. It has a niche it fills.

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Backlog

This is the last backlogged tea I took notes on.

This brewed up very light golden brown. I had to double check my steeping parameters. The strawberry is an inoffensive strawberry flavor that doesn’t cross into plastic tasting (as some can). Dry it almost smelled like there was a chocolate element, but steeped, it’s very clear that’s not the case. Really light strawberry vanilla cream tea. Slightly smoother mouthfeel than a normal black, from the vanilla as well. Thanks Shelley_Lorraine!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Yummy! Blueberry isn’t necessarily a favorite flavor of mine. I don’t dislike blueberry by any stretch … I like them quite a bit, but, they aren’t like at the top of my list of favorite fruit flavors. But I really liked this Blueberry Buckle tea.

The blueberry notes are sweet with a hint of berry tart. There are creamy notes to the cup, cake-like notes, and a nice background of light, fresh green tea flavor. A really good cup of tea.

If you’re a fan of blueberry teas, this is one I’d highly recommend to you.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/10/05/blueberry-buckle-green-tea-blend-tea-reasons/

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I have tried several of the variations of Earl Grey from Tea for All Reasons, and I liked those that I’ve tried. The bergamot is softer in this variety, and I like the addition of lemon, which adds a hint of sweetness to the tart bergamot. Like lemon curd plus bergamot! (Mmm … that sounds good. An earl grey infused lemon curd.)

The black tea is robust and supports the flavors of bergamot and lemon well. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/09/03/baroness-grey-black-tea-tea-reasons/

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This isn’t just an Earl Grey Creme tea … it’s a BLUEBERRY Earl Grey Creme! Oh yum!

It is really good, and it might be the first blueberry Earl Grey tea that I’ve tried. (Then again, it might not be. But, I don’t recall trying another blueberry Earl Grey tea, so it obviously wasn’t very memorable.) But this one … is much more memorable!

Tangy bergamot, smooth black tea base (a bit mild, but with the other flavors going on, I don’t know that I’d want a more aggressive tea), creamy vanilla tones and juicy blueberry. A little bit of sugar will amplify the blueberry notes just a little bit.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/08/06/blue-and-grey-tea-from-tea-for-all-reasons/

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