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So glad to finally get to try this! This is really the only Downton Abbey tea I would have considered purchasing without first tasting. These teas are more expensive than the other normal RoT tins, so it would have been a bigger risk. Thanks to Ost, I got to try it first and now probably will go buy it :) I could definitely drink this as a dessert tea, but it was mellow enough that I could drink this when I want a more breakfast-style tea, too. It has a caramel bread pudding sort of vibe.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel

carol who

Yummy! That sounds really good about now.

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This is my go-to tea in the evenings. Its really easy to drink, has a pleasing smell, and like other people have mentioned it is hard to really over-steep it. You can drink it alone or you can add milk if you like.

Flavors: Vanilla

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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So, my mom picked this up for both of us and then read reviews and was worried that it might be awful, but it’s actually pretty good! I followed her recommendations, based on what she read: 2 teabags (I used a 12 oz. mug), add milk and sugar. It tasted like a strawberry milkshake. No real chocolate to be found, but hey, that’s still pretty good for a rooibos. Yes, there was some rooibos flavor, but it wasn’t too strong. Oh, and 5 minutes does the trick. Glad to have another caffeine-free option in my cupboard. Thanks to my mom!


Seems pretty pleasant but will have to try the two bag version next time. I used one bag with about 6oz water, milk and sugar.

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This tea also came in TraceyC’s TTB. It didn’t brew as dark as I thought it would. I think I let it steep too long, and I added splenda. I think I’ll try it again later without sweetener, and I might try it iced, too. I don’t really taste the blackberry right now, but I think it’s mostly because I let it steep too long.

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I’ve now had two cups of this as free samples, and I struggled with how to describe it. It’s not a straightforward flavor. After some thought, I think I’ve finally got it: oatmeal with cream and honey. And rooibos. That seems weird for a tea but it’s not actually bad. There may be something raisin-y in here, too. This actually does make me feel better when I’m really off, and considering I had the migraine to end all migraines (well, I wish) yesterday, I needed it this morning.

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Overboard TTB #2

So apparently I was in a maple mood this week! This one wasn’t bad, but it didn’t hold a candle to the one from David’s Tea that I tried yesterday. It did have a pleasant maple flavor along with a hint of nuttiness, but I mostly tasted the strong black base. It was also a bit astringent. If I had this tea again, I would try it with milk…but I think for now I’ll just stick to Oh Canada! when I want a maple tea.

Flavors: Astringent, Maple Syrup, Nuts

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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If you like caffeinated Earl Grey, this is perfect for times when you don’t want caffeine. The bergamot flavor is very strong.

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This is a very creamy tea- more vanilla than figgy, but there was that earthy note in it. All in all, very pleasant. I enjoy it greatly.
Thanks Ost for letting me try!


Oh, I’ve got to find this! Can’t tell you how many times I have wanted to eat something cooked by Mrs. Patmore!

Maddy Barone

Of all the Downton teas, this one sounds best!


I must echo the sentiments of gmathis and maddy barone, it sounds lovely!!


I have this tea and am totally willing to share in a swap. So hit me up if you’re interested-and maybe we can work something out (:

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I’m glad that Ost has sent me a couple of these tea bags, as I have not yet formed a complete opinion. I should know better than to try a new tea on a busy morning, but I apparently never learn.
I can tell you that this is very rich and sweet, a touch of plum, a dollop of vanilla. It does feel somewhat pudding-y, and it was a hearty first cup of tea of the day.
I’ll give it an actual rating after the next cup, though.

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This is quickly becoming one of my new default evening teas. As the other reviewers have described, it’s pretty much what’s on the tin. Kind of like a carrot cake with creamsicle frosting. I wish there was just a LITTLE bit more tartness to really bring out the orange (maybe the addition of some hibiscus?) I have a feeling some fresh lime juice would work really well with this Rooibos.

I happen to love the orange/carrot mix so if you’re not into that flavor combination this may be a little weird to you.

Flavors: Carrot, Citrus Zest, Fruity, Tangy

200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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Cooking TTB

Finishing up my quest with the Cooking TTB and yep, I’m still not a fan of red rooibos. I love green rooibos but the red rooibos just has that medicinal flavor that is hard to look beyond, even with the yummy chocolate cake notes that are coming thru. I know a lot of people love it and I’ll keep trying it, but this one just isn’t for me. Glad I was able to try it. On to the next one!

Flavors: Cake, Chocolate


I totally agree with you. I like green rooibos and honeybush, but can’t stand red rooibos.

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This is a fair example of LS that is smoky smelling and smoking tasting. I wouldn’t say this is anything special, but a nice weekday tea for a morning pick me up. I can get it from the bulk tea at the local gourmet food market and is a staple in my cupboard when I don’t feel like it’s a pu-erh morning.

Flavors: Smoke, Smooth

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This is one of those teas that definitely tastes better as it cools somewhat. When it’s hot, you get great blueberry aroma but the taste is more just the cake. As it cools down, the blueberry flavor is more pronounced. This is one my kids love, and I like it pretty well. It has a lot of flavor, which I like, but it isn’t a particularly “refined” blend. Sometimes, that’s just fine, though!

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I’m going to be honest; I don’t trust bagged oolongs. Oolong is The one type of tea I think really needs space to bloom in the cup. That said, this is very good for bagged! It’s my favorite medium-bodied kind, a little bit floral. It’s not quite fruity, but it verges on fruity the way floral flavors sometimes do. There’s also some woody flavors, but they’re not as strong as in some oolongs. That might actually be a good thing for people who are new to this type of tea or who don’t like that kind of flavor. I’m glad I decided to try this one.

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To me this isn’t a chocolate tea at all, but that’s completely okay. Why? Because it tastes like dates and coconut, which might just be better. If you haven’t had date coconut rolls, and you can’t find them near you, this tea is a pretty good approximation. It’s definitely as addictive as they are! I’ll likely be restocking this when it’s gone thanks to my date (and coconut) addiction. Mm.

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Got this as a sample from my last RoT order. Haven’t tried any of the teas in their wellness collection yet, but I kinda wanna try them all. xD I’m rather intrigued!
Anywho, I don’t think I was expecting much of this anyway, but when I found out it was supposed to be like nuts and vanilla, I found myself getting a litter eager.
The dry leaf and steeping aroma didn’t smell like anything which was kinda odd.
But the real surprise came when I began to drink it.
It tasted like cardboard.
Not even joking. xD
I could taste a little vanilla, but maybe their nut flavor just ended up being more like cardboard…I don’t even know xD Seriously haha!
I work in a warehouse, which is basically a kingdom of cardboard. I am all too familiar with the smell/taste of it. And it really doesn’t make for a great cup of tea to be honest. xD
I really do like the vanilla flavor in this tea, and I think that the idea of nuts and vanilla would blend well. But…Vanilla and cardboard?
No thank you!

Flavors: Cardboard, Vanilla

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Cooking TTB #12

I must try out more ROT! This is very enjoyable, assuming you like bananas and let’s face it, why would you be sipping a tea called banana cuppa chocolate unless you liked bananas??? This would make a good after dinner treat or maybe something to drink in bed with a book on a cold night… The banana and chocolate are well balanced, neither overpowers the other and most importantly the banana doesn’t taste overly artificial… Yum!!

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I bought this Matcha on a whim. I brought it back and prepared it as recommended. I found that the quality was rather disappointing for the price. It was somewhat weak and watery compared to other Matcha that I have tried. It wasn’t quite as smooth or bold as many Matcha lovers would prefer. However, when the flavor is there, it is good. This would be good for someone new to Matcha, you’ll get the Earthy, full taste, but less bold than it is in higher-grade matcha.

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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This is surprisingly good! I got it mostly because teabags are convenient for dorm living and loose tea isn’t as much (oops), but I think I chose well. The pineapple is strong and sweet and makes an interesting contrast with the vegetal, almost spinachy green tea. The ginger is soft but there as an aftertaste, adding some spice and a savory herbal flavor. I like the combination a lot and will have to try it iced sometime.

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I don’t normally expect much from my pumpkin teas, (and I thought this was one in my history,) but this one was great. A great mix of spices and a hint of pumpkin. Glad to have gotten this sample.

Weird… site lost my notes.*

Flavors: Pumpkin, Spices

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