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drank Gingerbread House by Tealeaves
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Had a cup of this with milk and sugar today! It’s my favorite gingerbread tea so far. (I’ve tried three; the others were from David’sTEA and Adagio.) The dry leaf smells delicious, with lots of sharp ginger root, plus notes of cinnamon and allspice. There’s also chicory root and roasted carob, and vanilla. (Plus something called crystal malt? Interesting!) Once it’s steeped, the notes blend together well, and give the tea a sweet “baked” sort of flavor. I like that it has a definite dessert quality, instead of being just another holiday spice tea. I wouldn’t say it tastes exactly like a gingerbread cookie, but it has a good mix of spices and sweet notes that remind me of that.

I also like that this is a black tea. The spices work well with a strong base, and it’s nice to be able to add milk and sugar. Both of which are delicious with this, by the way… I’d like to experiment more with it in the future, maybe make a latte. I also tried a cup without anything added. It wasn’t as dessert-like, but very balanced—not too spicy or too dry.

Overall, this is a great tea! I’m a fan of gingerbread (my family has Russian and German ancestry, and we make the cookies every Christmas). So far, this tea is the best I’ve found when it comes to capturing that flavor. I’m excited to enjoy it during the holidays.

sweetea

Uhm. Yes. I think I might just have to bite the bullet and put in an order. Yesyesyesyes. I LOVE gingerbread.

Tealeaves

Thank you for your kind words, KatBender! Glad you enjoyed the Gingerbread House blend. If you liked it with milk and sugar, a latte would be delicious! You can also try condensed milk, or adapt one of our Chaippuccino recipes, found here: http://www.tealeaves.com/recipes/chaippuccino.html. Let us know how it goes!

KatBender

@sweetea Yay! I hope you like this if you do order it. :D

@Tealeaves Thank you for the recipes! I’ll be sure to check them out. :)

Tealeaves

Our pleasure, let us know how it goes!

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drank Vanilla Earl Grey by Tealeaves
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Story time! About a year ago, I was on vacation with my best friends at Disney World. We had afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian hotel, where one of my friends ordered this tea. She’s a big fan of Earl Grey—and from her first sip of this one, she was swooning. She had all of us sample it, and we even went so far as to ask our server about it. (We noticed the vanilla note was especially good, so we were curious where it came from.) Anyway, I finally ordered some a month ago. I was curious to see if it would live up to the memory.

Long story short, it does. This is the best Earl Grey with vanilla that I’ve tried so far. It’s also one of the few teas I own where I can see grains of vanilla bean mixed in with the dry leaf. (Golden Orchid from Whispering Pines is another.) This tea smells delicious in the bag, and when it’s steeped. The vanilla is soft and creamy, and the bergamot is sharp and bright; neither overpowers the other. It’s clearly a luxury tea (and expensive), so I feel pretty lucky to have it in my cupboard. Since this is a black tea, it’s a good idea to watch the steeping time to avoid dryness (I try to keep it to 3 minutes max). My friend visited a week ago, and I surprised her by making her a cup of this. It was just as delicious as she remembered.

Sil

interesting….and tempting even as a blerg hater haha

sweetea

Thanks to you, I just spent an embarrassing time on their site, drooling. Gaaaaaah!!

KatBender

@Sil Yeah, it’s a great Earl Grey! But still an Earl Grey, haha.

@sweetea Agh, I know right? Their site is gorgeous!

Tealeaves

Thank you so much for your kind words, KatBender! And glad to hear that you enjoy our site. We use all-natural top grade Madagascar vanilla in all of our vanilla teas, and first-press Italian bergamot oil for all Earl Greys, helping our master blenders to achieve that delicate balance you noticed. Happy tea drinking!

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drank Vanilla Earl Grey by Tealeaves
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Thanks to Nicole for this sample.
I drank this one this morning while fixing breakfast. It was a pleasing first cup of the day.

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drank Pear Oolong by Tealeaves
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I’m not a fan of oolongs as a general rule, but i do love pear. Nicole sent this one my way to try as such. Dry, this smells amazing..love it. Brewed up however is a different story. This is too floral for me, but when i DO get the pear flavour for that split second, it’s amazing. I just wish that this was on a green tea base or a black base lol thanks for the share nicole! :)

Ysaurella

you obviously prefer the heavily oxidized Oolongs. I remember you loved some I sent you.Pear is a flavour I love to get on an oxidized base for sure.

Sil

yes..roasty, oxidised oolongs are what i prefer (butiki has a few green oolongs i really love though…) but on the whole, i just don’t love oolongs.

Fjellrev

Pear is so damn tricky. Forsman makes a pear sencha but not sure if you’d even like that one either. It was quite artificial-tasting.

Tealeaves

Thank you so much for your feedback, Sil! If you’d like to try a similar blend on a green tea base, we do blend a Pear Tree Green: http://www.tealeaves.com/organic-pear-tree-green.
It’s been so popular over the years that we’ve added a classic teabag version, as well as a Pear Green iced tea blended to be at its best when chilled.

Sil

thanks for the heads up…i’ll have to see. Green>oolongs imo haha

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One of the exclusive blends offered at the Garden View Tea Room at the Grand Floridian Resort in Walt Disney World. Fell in love with this blend immediately, came back the next morning to purchase a tin of my own from the Tea Room staff. Also available on Tealeaves.com, this is a custom-blend herbal rooibos tea with vanilla and strawberry flavors. Very fragrant and rich in flavor. I tend to brew this at a lower steep time than recommended (4 mins) as I feel it gives a smoother taste, but I have a personal preference for light-to-medium-bodied teas.

Flavors: Rooibos, Strawberry, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Tealeaves

Thank you for your kind words, Krys! Glad that you like our Disney Princess Breakfast tea. Happy steeping!

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drank Golden Tippy Yunnan by Tealeaves
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I tried this tea while I was on vacation at Disney World (managed to snag a reservation for afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian!). It had a delicious aroma, very fruity with a touch of vanilla. As for the taste, I found it a bit dry for the first cup or two. But the brightness of the Ceylon complimented the fruit notes well, and when I added a little sugar to the third cup, it enhanced the sweetness and improved the flavor. So I’d recommend drinking this tea with sugar, or some other sweetener. Overall, this was a sophisticated black tea that went well with sandwiches and pastries, which made it a great choice for afternoon tea.

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drank Garden Party by Tealeaves
837 tasting notes

Hooray, my new Finum filter baskets came today! I left my other one at my mom’s house like a moron… I got the two-pack this time, and it comes with one green and one blue. I expected the green one to be the same as the one I originally had, which was opaque and a dark forest green color. To my surprise, this one is different! It’s a lovely jewel-tone turquoise and it’s slightly translucent, which makes it all the more beautiful. What a lovely surprise. :) And the blue one is very pretty too! Sorry, clearly I’m easy to please.

This is another tea from Nicole. It’s a black tea blend with jasmine. Now I’m not normally big on floral teas, but I do enjoy a jasmine tea every once in a while. The leaves of this tea are short and dark, and there are a couple of jasmine petals in mine. Surprisingly, the jasmine scent is not super strong, but it is quite sweet. I steeped mine for 3 minutes at 200 degrees.

The brewed aroma is much stronger in the jasmine department, and still quite sweet. Now, I was an airhead and added sugar to this for some reason… I’m not sure whether I was thinking “flavored tea” or what, but it was definitely unnecessary. The jasmine flavor isn’t too strong, which I appreciate. It also doesn’t taste like perfume, it tastes like fresh flowers! I don’t really get much black tea flavor out of this, but honestly I’m okay with that. It just provides a nice mellow base for the jasmine to play upon, and the two meld together well.

Off-topic! The taste of this tea with the sugar in it makes me wonder if there is such a thing as jasmine candies. If not, I think it could be a tasty idea! :)

Flavors: Jasmine, Smooth, Sweet

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

I think there are jasmine candies. I know violet and rose candies exist, and jasmine seems a logical next step (though now I cant remember if I’ve actually seen these, or am just imagining.)

Tealeaves

Thank you for your kind words, glad you enjoyed Garden Party!

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drank Pear Oolong by Tealeaves
837 tasting notes

Another sample from Nicole! I’m not generally a fan of green oolongs, so we’ll see how this goes! The pellets are fairly dark for a green oolong, and they’re somewhat small. I get a vague fruity smell along with a “green” scent. I did a 3 minute steep at 185 degrees.

I definitely get crisp pears from the aroma, which is lovely. The green oolong scent is also still there, unsurprisingly. Yum, pear! This is definitely a pear tea. The flavor reminds me more of cooked or canned pears than fresh, which is not a problem. There’s a lovely honey note that melds beautifully with the pear. I’m always unsure how to describe the flavor of green oolongs – it’s not really vegetal and not quite grassy. The only thing I can think of is that it tastes like leaves, which just sounds stupid to say. :P There’s a bit of a floral note here, which I pretty much expect from a green oolong. It’s rather mild though, so I’m okay with it! The pear is the star, and it’s very tasty! Thanks Nicole, this one surprised me!

Flavors: Floral, Green, Honey, Pear

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Eros by Tealeaves
837 tasting notes

I got this sample from the lovely Nicole (thanks dear). It was two servings originally, but I sent one to Roswell Strange in our recent swap. So technically this is a sipdown, I guess. Hah. Visually, it just looks like short, dark black tea leaves. The smell is vaguely sweet and vanilla, I don’t get any orange. I checked Tealeaves’s website and used their recommended parameters. In hindsight, I feel this should be steeped longer than 3 minutes.

Ah, there you are, mandarin! I can definitely smell it in the brewed tea, along with sweet vanilla. I’m surprised by how specifically mandarin the orange flavoring is, usually I find orange to be rather generic “orange”. But this time it’s definitely mandarin oranges, yum! The vanilla is sweet and creamy, and it rather reminds me of vanilla pudding or custard. There’s the tiniest hint of floral near the end of the sip for me, but it’s a very mild floral.

If I tried this one again, I think I would do a 4-5 minute steep instead. Otherwise, quite delicious! Thanks Nicole! :)

Flavors: Creamy, Custard, Floral, Orange, Vanilla

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

Thank you for your kind review, glad to hear you enjoyed Eros! Our Master Blenders were inspired by creamsicles in this tea’s creation process, so it also tastes great iced, and with a touch of milk.

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drank Pear Oolong by Tealeaves
2282 tasting notes

Sipdown (131/138)!

Last tea of the night! I’m ending on a sipdown from my swap with Cameron B. I must have really been in a pear mood when picking teas from her, because I chose three different pear teas! And, I know I was in a pear mood today too because this is the second pear tea for the day, I’m cold brewing a pear tea for tomorrow, and I pulled another pear tea from my cupboard to have later this week.

Mmm pears!

Somewhat disappointingly though, the pear is this tea is far too light for my tastes. If I didn’t already know this was a pear tea, I don’t think I’d be able to identify the flavour and that makes me kinda sad. However, it still has a very nice oolong base even if it is a really, really green oolong (I tend to like my oolong somewhat darker). The very faint floral notes compliment the light, sweet and generic fruitiness and the mildly vegetal base.

So overall this really isn’t bad; just very disappointing and not what I was hoping for. Kinda bittersweet to end the night on, but I’m still very happy I tried it (how would I know, otherwise?) and I do feel like I got a fair bit accomplished today in regard to doing stuff around the house, cooking, tea drinking/logging everything I drank, and updating social media and stuff like that!

I think I put my day off to good use!

Flavors: Flowers, Fruit Tree Flowers, Fruity, Vegetal

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drank Eros by Tealeaves
2282 tasting notes

Sipdown (135/142)!

Another from Cameron B.! The name of this is what compelled me, but when I saw what the tea was flavoured with that’s what really convinced me I wanted to try it. Also, this is a new company for me!

I have to say, this was a pretty good introduction to the company for me; dry this smells very, very fragrantly of mandarin oranges and flowers and steeped up this is still very flavourful! To me the mandarin flavour comes off very clearly, which seems like that’s a bit of a challenge to accomplish given how watery mandarin oranges can be. It’s also accompanied by notes of vanilla, flowers, tangerine, and maybe even some very generic melon notes (in that order of prominence)? That last one is a little iffy, but I swear I tasted that in a few sips. The black base was also nice; it was smooth with no bitterness/astringency and light enough that it really let the mandarin be the most stand out flavour.

Honestly, my biggest gripe with this one is that by the time I was nearing the last few sips of my mug it was almost far too "mandarin-y’. Like, the flavour just built in my mouth to the point where I was really losing out on the other notes I had picked up earlier. But overall this was not bad, and I think it’ll be a really memorable cup. Thank you Cameron B. for sending some my way!

Tealeaves

Thank you for your kind words, glad to hear you enjoyed Eros! Try it iced or with a touch of milk next time for the full creamsicle effect.

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Another Yunnan from (who else?) Nicole. The leaves definitely have a lot of gold in them, mine are almost all golden. So that’s a good sign! :) I can’t comment on the dry scent because mine kind of smell like Maple Moose Chai, hah! Which is my fault, not Nicole’s. I did my usual Yunnan method – 3 minutes at 200 degrees.

Aw, man… The aroma is very earthy and woody with smoke undertones. Sad face. Another forest floor Yunnan! The taste is basically the same as the smell – earth, wood, and smoke with some malt. I guess leaf color isn’t everything! Kind of disappointed by this one. :(

Flavors: Earth, Malt, Smoke, Wood

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

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drank Golden Tippy Yunnan by Tealeaves
582 tasting notes

While this is woody and spicy and without bitterness, it is an overall disappointing cup. I can get Yunnans I like much better, with much more depth of flavor, for less or equal price from other companies. It’s not awful enough to not drink but I can tell it will be a long time before this gets to a sipdown.

First cup was at work. Filtered water, probably around 190F and for 3 minutes, then 5 minutes. Second cup was here at home with unfiltered water just off boiling for 3 minutes, then 5 minutes. I’ll keep trying with some different parameters, but for now there just isn’t much there there to this tea and it won’t be the first or even fourth thing I reach for when steeping a cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
boychik

Maybe gongfu is in order

Nicole

I think I’ll try that method this weekend.

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drank Pear Oolong by Tealeaves
582 tasting notes

Wow, the leaves unfurl to majestic proportions! I do love that about oolongs. :)

Light and delicate with some of those buttery notes that I like in oolongs. The pear is subtle – as with most pear teas I’ve had the scent is stronger than the flavor. I’ll have to try this one at work with filtered water. And I perhaps had the temperature a tad too high as there are small bitter notes leaking in around the edges. I thought I let it cool down enough but I am fairly impatient. :)

No rating for now, but I have high hopes.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Megan

This sounds like a tasty combination! And I think oolongs might be my favorite just because of the leaves.

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drank Garden Party by Tealeaves
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Okay, this doesn’t count against me for my July hiatus since my mother bought it. :)

This is very nice. Scent is very jasmine but a sweet jasmine, if that makes any sense. Sometimes the jasmine scent in tea is a sharp floral, but this one is not. If I were to guess at why I’d say that the Yunnan part of the base is softening it. There is mild malt in the background but it all melds very nicely together. Not in the least bit astringent or bitter, though I did watch the time pretty closely because of the presence of the Ceylon.

This will be a pleasant tin to get through.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Cameron B.

Sounds good, but my goodness their tea is expensive! :(

Nicole

It does take a big gulp to buy from them. Per ounce (at least for the ones we got) it isn’t any more expensive than say Butiki but they only offer the 3.5 oz tin option. I wish they’d offer tinless refills and smaller amounts.

Unfortunately Mom & I got hooked on their Eros blend when having tea at Disneyworld a few years ago. So when we are out of that, we try to find other things to try as well. Maybe 1 order per year or so. :) And let me know when you are down on your samples, I’d be happy to share some of their teas. :)

Cameron B.

Lol, I don’t need more tea you crazy! :P

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I was introduced to this tea by my close friends after being invited to try the high tea service at Disney’s Grand Floridian. Our afternoon tea experience was just lovely, especially since we were one of the few groups enjoying the tea room that day. My friend couldn’t stop raving about the Princess Breakfast tea the entire drive out to Orlando, so I knew I had to try it to see what all the hype was about.
I was hooked after my first sip! I liked the subtle sweetness to the tea, although I don’t really come up with the strawberry flavor the tasting notes mention. It’s very smooth and the scent alone is to die for.
A few months later I took the resort monorail back to the Grand Floridian with the sole intention of picking up some of the tea to add to my stash. Now I can have my little cup of heaven and some Disney nostalgia anytime without a trip to Orlando. Definitely one of the most expensive teas I own, but it’s a nice treat every now and then.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Tealeaves

Thank you so much for your kind words, we’re really glad to hear that you liked it! We do offer this blend for sale on our website at www.tealeaves.com, for when you need to replenish your stash: http://www.tealeaves.com/disney. (The larger tin offers a better deal – about $0.36 for a cup of tea!)

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drank Pear Tree Green by Tealeaves
606 tasting notes

Once you go looseleaf, you never go back.
Bleh.
This tea was kinda gross? There’s a thing about bagged tea that I absolutely hate. It’s just so… no.
I mean, like I *think it’d be good? But I’m just so used to the taste of loose leaf that this one was just… I didn’t really care for it. Luckily it was free haah

Karel

lol. I love your reviews. They’re the best. I can totally hear you talking when I read this. hehe. MISS YOU.

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drank Monsoon Chai by Tealeaves
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drank Garden Party by Tealeaves
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drank Eros by Tealeaves
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drank Eros by Tealeaves
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No,no no no I didn’t make a mistake, I am not reviewing Eros of Mariage Frères but Eros by T.
I get this sample thanks to Nicole in our very first swap and never had the occasion to make a note about it.
It seems we are the 2 only persons to have drank this tea ?

It is a very pleasant tea,with a sweet aroma of orange (they say it is mandarin but it’s not very evident). The orange is perfectly blended with vanilla but there is a hint of bitterness even if I didn’t oversteep the tea.

A very decent tea but probably not one staple for me.
Thank you again Nicole for sharing some with me.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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