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87
drank Green YinZhen by Teas Etc
89 tasting notes

I had but a single serving sample of this tea from Teas Etc. I have delayed consuming it until my desire for a nice green tea was just right. It was worth it. This is a delightful tea, very smooth and pleasant. Great for these chilly afternoon wet-yuck days. It has now gone, but will be remembered in a future order.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Assam by Teas Etc
89 tasting notes

I moved away from black teas during the summer. Their flavor just no longer been interesting. But lately, I have a very nice Earl Grey, and this very nice Assam. Maybe it was the teas. Maybe it was the heat. Maybe it was Me.
But this is a very smooth, subtly favored Assam. I am surprised, and delighted.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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74

This is so SWEET and to bring the honey and vanilla out more I added a bit of Agave and wow did they ever come out. However, next time I will probably have it straight or maybe just a tiny bit of tea honey. Nevertheless, it is absolutely as described and will not disappoint. Can’t believe I was the first to log this one either.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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57

Not bad but had a taste in there I couldn’t identify. It wasn’t a bad taste but just couldn’t figure it out. Otherwise the rose was wonderful and most definitely present. I love rose so to me it may never be considered overwhelming but to those on the cusp it may be a bit much. I am not sure if I would purchase it but I am also not sure if I wouldn’t purchase it. This one is very much an in the mood tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
6770 tasting notes

Finished this from my stash today…had two cups/infusions…this will be missed…

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89
drank Honeydew by Teas Etc
558 tasting notes

This is byfar the truest honeydew flavored tea, honeydew flavored anything, I have tried. A gold star to Teas Etc for hitting this right on the mark. The white tea is the perfect pairing for the light honeydew flavor. I enjoy the lightness this tea has.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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92
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
911 tasting notes

I’m not exactly sure what I was thinking this morning when I made this tea. Normally I steep it for 4mins but today I did 2mins. OMG, what a lovely mistake. It’s sweet and creamy and malty and a tiny bit peppery hitting the tip of my tongue. The texture isn’t as stout as with a 4min steep but honestly? It doesn’t lose any of the flavor – in fact, I think the sweet notes might be more sparkly with this shorter steep time. Looks like I need to turn my brain off more often when making tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
takgoti

Three cheers for accidental discoveries.

Jaime

I love happy mistakes like that!

LauraR

This is one of my faves…now I need to understeep it too!

Auggy

Yay for happy screw ups! Though I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that this tea is so good, it’s hard to make it bad, you know?
LauraR, I look forward to hearing what you think of it!

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100
drank Lapsong Souchong by Teas Etc
2 tasting notes

This is my first of cup of tea each day. It is bold and full-flavored and a perfect start to cold weather mornings! The first time I had it, I couldn’t stop thinking about it and just had to have more. I now purchase it a pound at a time! :-)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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63

I finally got this after waiting months for it to be back in stock, I really wanted this to be as good as everyone else raved about. Unfortunately, drinking it straight it tastes like just a plain sweet rooibos and only when I add agave (I have to add stuff) do I even get a hint of coconut. It maybe personal preference, may be that the re-blend isn’t as good as the original. I just don’t know. All I can say is that I was disappointed and hope that it wasn’t my expectations that caused this. I gave it a higher score just in case it was me and because it was ok with agave. On the upside my 3 yr old enjoys it with honey.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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65

This is a sample that came with my order and it was very reminiscent of a mild sweet tart. It was very interesting, my husband liked it more than me but I am glad I tried it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Coconut Custard by Teas Etc
702 tasting notes

drinking the last of this today, sweetened it is an excellent dessert pie, i mean drink

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82
drank Earl Grey by Teas Etc
89 tasting notes

Compared to other Earl Greys, the leaves have a very strong, but pleasant, aroma. The brew however is relatively mild. Improving as it cools. This could probably stand a longer steep.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Qi Lan by Teas Etc
89 tasting notes

A definite sweet fruity taste. Probably honeysuckle, but I don’t know what honeysuckle tastes like. But, no chocolate taste. Maybe it is too subtle for me, but I have yet to have taste chocolate in any the teas which are supposed to have the flavor. That said, still a very nice, sweet, dark oolong.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Jaime

You’ve never had honeysuckle?

Kryptryx

No. I understand it is a plant that grows on the side of the roads and that people like to drink the nectar from the flowers.

Jaime

My parents have one in their backyard, and we had huge ones along the fence of my elementary school. When I was little, my whole class would line up during recess and pull the nectar out of the flowers to eat.

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87
drank Keemun by Teas Etc
89 tasting notes

Very pleased with this tea. More so as it cooled. The 1oz package will not last long.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Bohea by Teas Etc
158 tasting notes

Wanted something different from my usual for my BIRTHDAY TEA, so I am having the last of the Bohea that Auggy sent me. It’s just what was needed: something smooth and slightly sweet, but also very flavorful.

I really like this one best when it has sat for just long enough to reach that magical level of temperature that’s just less than piping hot, but not yet at ‘warm’. It seems to thicken up and get sweeter and fuller-bodied, with a delightfully smooth smoky finish. Mmm.

JacquelineM

Happy Birthday!!!!!!

Brian

Happy Birthday soph! :)

LENA

Happy Birthday!!! :)

Feisty

Happy Birthday!!

Auggy

Yay! Happy (oops, now belated) birthday!

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92

Yummy, yum, yum! I loved this one. It was like a pie in a cup. I even re-steeped it and then results were just as pleasing. The lime tastes so fresh and juicy. I really need to try this iced but it was a sample I received with my order so I need more. I do highly recommend it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Key Lime Coconut by Teas Etc
911 tasting notes

OMG. The dry leaf smells soooooo good. When I was little, my grandma would buy key lime pie from the store every time I visited her – I don’t remember the brand but I think it came in a yellow box. Anyway, she did this every visit from before I was born (though okay, then the pie was for my dad) until that pie was discontinued (or the area stores stopped carrying it) when I was around 12 years old. So key lime to me equals visits to grandma. And the dry leaf smells just like that pie did. Like exactly. Makes me feel like I’m at my grandma’s house.

The smell of the steeped tea isn’t quite as obviously key lime pie-ish but it’s noticeably key lime. There is key lime then a bit of creamy (which I think is the coconut ‘cause I’m not picking it up anywhere else) and then tea. I have a feeling that drinking this tea will be disappointing simply because it will not be an actual key lime pie bought by my grandmother.

Okay, it officially does not taste like I’m actually eating pie, but it does taste like key lime pie (if that differentiation makes sense). It’s not as shockingly and heavily flavored as the key lime pie of my memories, but I can’t not think about key lime pie as I drink this. I know it’s supposed to be key lime coconut, but whether it is the actual taste or just the mental key lime pie association I have going on, the coconut just reads to me as the creamy topping on the top of a pie combined with the sweetness of the graham cracker crust. The lime is the most noticeable thing – it’s very fresh tasting, crisp and sweet with a faint hint of tart. The actual tea taste is very subtle – it hides behind the lime most of the time except when I just hold the tea in my mouth for a few seconds. And even then it’s still pretty quiet and non-distinct. It might also lend a bit of the graham cracker crust feeling/taste, I’m not sure.

Figuring out how to rate this tea is tough. Because, quite frankly, I love it. But I love it because it tastes like key lime pie and that is a taste that has a lot of happy childhood associations for me and I know that is influencing me. I just can’t quite figure out how much I would love the tea if it didn’t have those associations. Would I be disappointed that it’s not strongly coconut? Would I be sad the tea taste isn’t stronger? Or would I say, “Hey, this is a kick ass key lime tea!”? I dunno. If this were flavored after a pecan pie (which I didn’t like until I became an adult), I have to think I’d still love how the flavoring was done. The flavoring is so nice that I think that, if Lupicia did key lime pie flavored tea, it would be very similar to this (which, considering how well I think they typically do flavored teas, is a big compliment). So thinking about it that way, I can’t think that I’m giving this more than 5 or 10 happy childhood bonus points. Which means, yeah, good tea.

I seriously want a key lime pie now.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Too funny I was just looking this up to review it. I loved it too. :-) Yummy, I want Key Lime Pie now too.

Auggy

Yay! I’m glad I’m not the only one that got pie in a cup! :) So tasty!

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drank Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc
1112 tasting notes

I’m having one of those never ending afternoons which never end ;) I think it is because I had a glorious lunchtime walk and now I have “Fall Fever” (most people get Spring Fever but leave it to me to be different!). I thought a nice light sweet cup of tea would help with this, so I made some Rosy Earl Grey.

Afternoon tea perfection. A little bit of everything I love: Jasmine, Rose, Earl Grey. Made at this low temperature it’s so elegant and nice to sip. I really should have a cup in the afternoon more often. I don’t think my Fall Fever was helped though – if anything I’m even more distracted and dreamy, wishing I was wandering the city to sit down to an afternoon tea someplace pretty!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
takgoti

I get fall fever too! It is my hands down favorite time of the year.

Brian

sadly we had a few weeks of fall in FL, but it’s hot again :( I want my crisp cool air back!

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90
drank Coconut Custard by Teas Etc
6770 tasting notes

Finished up what I had left…this one will be missed, indeed! Creamy, sweet, coconut…much like yogurt!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Still waiting for this one to be back in stock so I can buy it, I want to try it sooooo bad.

Geoffrey Norman

My great-grandmother used to make a delightful custard. To drink an equivalent would be awesome!.

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80

Short steep. Tea still has good body, while very light in color. Very soothing.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Geoffrey Norman

Is this the same as a pre-rain Dragon Well? I adore that stuff.

Kryptryx

No idea. The name comes from their web site. I’ve not heard of pre-rain.

Geoffrey Norman

No problem. I was just wondering. Qing Ming usually refers to a spring festival in China. Picking of tea leaves often takes place after. I had no idea if it correlated with rainfall or not, hence the query. :-)

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100
drank Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc
356 tasting notes

Okay, yes, I’m in no way shape or form being consistent on here — but life has continued to be uber-crazy for me (rescinding my resignation, putting in my notice at my new library, and awaiting a possible huge promotion at my original library etc etc). At least the weather’s getting chillier so hot tea has sounded so much more appealing lately.

I ran out of GTC’s perfect-for-summer Weight Loss Tea, have a few scoops left of Adagio’s Jasmine #9, but I have a huge stockpile of this fou-fou joy. So fou-fou joy it is! I’ve been using my JoeMO travel thermos almost non-stop and it did really well with the former teas I mentioned. I think that Rosy has trouble with that sort of confinement and long steeping times. It’s still good and I get my tea fix, but the tea seems more “flat” and almost fakey-frou-frou (like what Barbie would drink if she drank tea). But overall, it still is a great girlie drink to help me get through my hectic 2 part time job days (which may become hectic single full time job days). Overall TG, but in the traveler it’s NE.

Meghann M

Oh, no! Fakey-foo foo floral tea doesn’t sound like a good mix. Hope life slows down a bit and you can enjoy a not fake tea!

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drank Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc
1796 tasting notes

Finished this sample up today! Shared a pot with a friend and it is just as delicate, just as girly as ever – and that was a good thing! I already had a tea to kick me into gear this morning, but now it was afternoon and I was ready for a gentle tea to enjoy this beautiful weather. This was a great tea for that. I really taste the jasmine in this one, but it is so nicely balanced with the rose and neither are cloying or artificial.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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74
drank Coconut Custard by Teas Etc
252 tasting notes

Coconut macaroon! I usually drink my coconut teas iced. Each coconut flavored tea has a different style of coconut, from coconut milk to toasted coconut. This tea reminds me of the sweetened coconut you get in the baking supplies aisle at the grocery store. I didn’t pick up the custard in this tea. I personally wished there was more coconut! I have a little from my sample, I might have to add a little cream and drink warm to taste it as others recommend. Very good tea. Thank you AmazonV for the swap of this tea!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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10
drank Lavender Earl Grey by Teas Etc
21 tasting notes

To paraphrase an old commercial “Where’s the bergamot” A pleasant lavender tea, but not an earl grey. Phooey If the Earl was as good as the flowers, I would give it high marks, but this should not be labeled as an Earl Grey

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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