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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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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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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! :-)

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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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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.

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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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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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74
drank Coconut Custard by Teas Etc
264 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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88
drank Gen Mai Cha by Teas Etc
4 tasting notes

Gen Mai Cha is my go-to tea! It’s earthy, flavorful, and I especially crave it in the fall/winter. Goes great with rice and sushi.

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90
drank Assam Reserve by Teas Etc
429 tasting notes

This is a very nice breakfast tea. Its brisk, rich, malty, and chewy. It steeped to an amber color, not as dark as some assam’s I have drank but still very tasty. This is a great tea and is one of the better assam teas I have drank.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Assam Reserve by Teas Etc
429 tasting notes

This tea is brisk, malty, and biscuity. It does remind me a little of Mountain Malt. The health food store here carries Teas etc which is a plus. I asked them to carry more of their black teas. I loved their Golden Monkey and figured I would like this one. ( I also read JacquelineM’s review on this tea as we have alike tastes.) The tea is black with golden tips and smells very earthy. This is one of the best assam teas I have drank with one exception.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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59
It’s sweet and woodsy and comforting and refreshing… And for some reason I really like the sound the little pellets make as I toss them into my teapot. I find it relaxing watching the pellets trying to release into a leaf.

I am glad I took time to have a cup of this tea today.

Preparation
4 min, 45 sec

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59

This was second tasting of this tea. I still do not rate this tea as a favorite, however, I did feel like it was a light tea that was enjoyable with fresh fruit and a homemade muffin this morning.

Preparation
3 min, 45 sec

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59

I find It’s sweet and woodsy and comforting. For some reason I really like the sound the little pellets make as I toss them into my teapot. I do not rate this as a favorite, however, I liked the smoke and wood taste (after adding 2 packets of sugar). Without sugar I found this tea bland.

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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87

I think I died and I am in heaven! This tea is outstanding!!!!!! This is a tea I will keep in my tea vault to be drank on very special days (or nights). I did compare it to eating some fresh fruit (plum was what I tasted).

Preparation
4 min, 45 sec

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84
drank Jun Shan by Teas Etc
911 tasting notes

This is my last cup of this sample. So sad! Fortunately, it was a great cup to end on. In fact, I’m giving the rating a bump upwards just a tad because it is just so good.

It’s got some faint notes of a Chinese green – a little grassy, a little mineral/salty, a little sweet – and and some stronger notes of a good Silver Needle (I’m thinking specifically of Chicago Tea Garden’s SN which I had recently) with honey and nectar and bit of vegetal depth.

My little cup went very quickly and pretty much guaranteed that, when I next order from Teas Etc, I will be getting some of this tea.
2.4g/5oz

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

So glad you liked it! I really ought to revisit this one sometime, I think.

Auggy

I really do like it a lot! All the things I like in a Chinese green and a white, none of the stuff I don’t. So tasty!

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84
drank Jun Shan by Teas Etc
911 tasting notes

I’m still suffering from braindeadness but must review newly tried tea! Sadly, no Magnetic Poetry this time. I just consider myself lucky that I’m not drooling on my keyboard – anything more than that is pretty much a bonus.

I think I maybe have had one yellow tea before. (Very definitive, yes?) Considering that my brain isn’t working well enough to remember what I had for breakfast, there’s no way I can remember my impressions of the previous yellow I’ve had (or honestly, if I even have actually had one or just wanted to try one for long enough that now think I did). Regardless, it means I really have no idea what to expect from this tea other than something that is not quite a white but not quite a green.

The leaves look like dried Silver Needle. It’s simulatenously sad (because I do love the furry SN-type leaves) and nifty because they don’t look unhappy – just dehydrated. The smell (post-brewing) is like a sweet Chinese green. And oh, look at that! It tastes like a sweet Chinese green, too! A velvety, smooth, sweet Chinese green. There’s a little mineral-y taste that is similar (but much milder) to the salty taste I get from most Chinese greens but this also has a lovely little treat at the end of the sip – a bit of honey and maybe plum? Apricot? Something stonefruit-y. It’s sweet, but more fruit – or perhaps nectar – sweet than a more grass or vegetal sweet. There’s also a bit of an unexpected astringency that hits the middle of my tongue and makes my mouth water fairly pleasantly.

Considering that I couldn’t find the info sheet sophistre included in the teas she sent me (which means it wasn’t stapled to my head and I couldn’t manage to make the effort to look through the stuff on the kitchen table to find it) I think this turned out pretty nicely for guesstimating parameters. I don’t know how expensive it is, but assuming it’s not priced like titanium, I could see wanting to keep some of this around for the times that I crave something like a Chinese green (which always ends up being better in idea than in practice unless I have some sweeter, smoother greens on hand – this would fit nicely).

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

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