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80

This was my first experience with Lapsang Souchong! I’m not a huge fan of smoke flavor in food or beverages, so the strong smoky flavor of this tea wasn’t my favorite. However, it definitely seems like a high quality tea. The leaves are large and unbroken and have a lovely sweet/smoky scent. And although the flavor was too smoky for my tastes, the tea was nice and smooth with no bitterness or astringency. With a splash of milk to calm down the smoke, I found this a pleasant breakfast tea.

Flavors: Smoke, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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68

Added 1t of sugar. Pleasant, can taste the notes of pineapple. Not really sure what the “natural flavorings” are supposed to be doing.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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67

I appreciate that this tea is semi sweet without any sweetener. The aroma is pleasant and it brews up with nice body. It’s pleasant. But Uncle Filberts Nutty Dessert Tea is so much better, in a similar flavor profile.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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75

This tea was okay, mostly a nutty flavor, and fairly mild. I steeped it for 2 minutes the first time and 3 minutes the second time. It wasn’t that the flavor of the tea wasn’t good, it’s a pretty decent balance, not bitter or overwhelming at all, I just don’t think it’s my thing. I’d say it’s worth a try, but I won’t buy it again.

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88

Delightfully fruity and light.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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80

Thanks for a sample of this one a while back, Ali! This seems exactly like the type of tea I like. Spices, keemun… it’s supposed to taste like carrot cake. It kind of does! At first, there is a hint of apple which threw me, since carrot cake doesn’t have apple. But then it balances out to light spices on a mild black tea. There is something carrot about it. And somehow there is a flavor that seems a little like cream cheese frosting. I would have loved a solid base tea (keemun is a great choice though!) but overall an interesting blend!

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75

This is nice! I’ve never had green rooibos before, but I think I like it better than rooibos. It doesn’t have a lot of that rooibos flavor, which makes it much better for fruit flavoring.

Flavors: Fruity, Peach, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50
drank Bohea by The Spice and Tea Exchange
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To be honest this tea was a total let down for me. I had read about Bohea Tea… The tea that started a revolution. I couldn’t wait to try a Colonial Tea! While I was awaiting a shipment of Bohea from Oliver Pluff & Company, I thought I would try this tea from our local Spice and Tea Exchange. It wasn’t a terrible cup. But, it just taste flat! Way too much Cinnamon and not nearly enough true tea flavor.

Needless to say if you want a much better taste of the Tea of the Revolution. I recommend Oliver Pluff & Company’s Bohea. Which I will be reviewing soon…

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Orange Zest, Smoke

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

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75

I like it well enough, I guess. It is a very pretty tea with the corn flowers, orange peels and what not. However, it is not one of those teas that is very impressive. To me it doesn’t taste fresh, full bodied and smooth like other Earl Grey Cremes I have tried (Teavana).

Flavors: Bergamot, Orange Zest, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

This tea was a part of a Christmas gift I received. It sat on my tea shelf for a while, but one day I decided to give it a shot. I was not disappointed.

As someone whole generally steers clear from rooibos, I was somewhat skeptical. The rooibos flavor is quite light compared to many other blends I’ve had. This tea really does remind me of an orange cream-sicle! The vanilla almost overpowers the orange, but it’s not a disappointing combination in the least. Despite my normal habits, I did add almond milk and sugar as the tea is intended to be enjoyed this way. For blood orange lovers, this tea is definitely worth a try!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I enjoyed this. I didn’t necessarily agree with the ‘chai’ part of the name, simply adding cinnamon to a tea doesn’t make it a chai in my book. Sure, I know tea = chai but for me, chai = spices. Cinnamon isn’t enough to make this a chai for me.

That said, it’s still tasty. The pu-erh is smooth and earthy and mellow and I thought that the cinnamon and licorice root complemented the earthy notes of the pu-erh. The peppermint gave it a lovely freshness and the vanilla gave it a soft, creamy note.

An enjoyable pu-erh blend.

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78

This is good, very hazelnutty, but I can’t say I get a strong cookie flavor from it. It lacks sweetness, and is low on creaminess. I imagine if I add some sugar and milk that would help, but I was hoping for just a little more from the tea itself.

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

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83

This is SUPER blueberry-y…like seriously. This is going to be phenomenal iced. It is mostly sweet blueberry but there is a little hint of tart and it is SO much nicer than the chai I tried from this brand last week, I am shocked. I am also going to try cold steeping it.

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

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86

Coldbrew overnight because it was close at hand and I just wanted to go to bed, so I threw this in my mason jar and fell into bed.

It’s good! I’d forgotten how much I enjoy Earls cold. This is nice, but Earls will always be a “once in a while” tea for me.

rosebudmelissa

I feel the same way. I like Earl Grey, but only with milk, and only occasionally.

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60

Weak, and sad. That is pretty much all I have to say.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88

During our time in Gatlinburg, we visited The Village, an awesome little set of shops. Old friends of the family run The Cheese Cupboard there and so it has been a regular stop for as long as I can remember. Imagine my surprise when I looked at the website and discovered the Spice and Tea Exchange was just a few doors down from The Cheese Cupboard! They make my wife’s favorite coconut oolong, which she had just run out of.

It was a cute little shop, more spice than teas, and the teas were kept in glass jars and clear plastic baggies on the wall, which…sucked, but whatever. Each tea was bagged by the ounce, and you could get 3 ounces for $12, so that’s what we did. A bit pricey, but it’s also in a tourist part of town. This is one I immediately reached for and I’m glad I did. In the process of packing for the trip, I packed a lot of herbals for my mom, but forgot to pack anything caffeinated for me and the wifey.

More than half the bag is gone, this tea one I reached for often in the mornings. Now that I’m home, I set it to coldbrew overnight and it is yummy. Very fruity, but there’s a cloying artificialness that will keep me from trying to get more. Still, I will definitely stop in every time I’m in the area.

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First experience with a green rooibos here…I think I like it, but the fruit flavors are so strong it’s a bit hard to tell what’s what. Product name notwithstanding, the blend doesn’t lead with “peach;” it’s fruity confetti with the strawberry and orange flavors equally evident. A little too elegant to saddle it with a Froot Loops description, but close.

Fjellrev

That’s the good thing about green rooibos if you don’t normally care for red. It’s so delicate in flavour so you can easily taste the other notes and flavourings.

gmathis

I’m OK with red, but it does make its presence known!

Nattie

I looove green rooibos! This sounds lovely.

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85

Another delicious dessert tea! (I’m building my arsenal in hopes that I’ll have the willpower to reach for a cup of tea instead of another cookie this holiday season.) The Cookie Lady sent me a sample of this one in our recent swap and I’m so glad she did! It has a fantastic smooth, buttery texture (it’s almost reminding me of an oolong, actually) and an intense hazelnut flavor. It’s not super cookie-like, but the flavor is so nice that I don’t mind that.

Flavors: Butter, Hazelnut, Sweet

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

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I had some of this last night while over at some friends’ for dinner. It was nice. Pleasant, light, but I think I didn’t let the water heat up enough before I stopped the kettle (I have a glass kettle and can see when the water is just about to boil. They had a metal one.) because it wasn’t very strong. I think if I get the chance, I’ll have this again and steep it better.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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90

I’m finishing off this genmaicha as I just got some from Bird Pick Teas and felt I should finish one before I start the other. I have enjoyed this tea a great deal. It’s so different from most teas with the lovely rice, etc. The flavor is smooth and mellow. Very relaxing. Mmmmm!

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