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drank Kiwi Black Tea by The Tea Table
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This is a free sample I received with my last Tea Table order. I am such a sucker for tea companies that let you pick freebies! When I picked this out, I didn’t read the description completely. My thought process was basically “Kiwi tea? I’ve never had that! Done!” And so it arrived.

The scent of it really is unique. It smells very fruity and “tropical” for lack of a better word. I definitely do smell kiwi, but also pineapple. Yum! The pineapple was a bit of a surprise, as were the lime leaves. Another first there!

The flavor is lighter than I expected, with a hint of the kiwi’s tartness. You know how a kiwi is sweet, tart, and bitter all at the same time? This tea is sort of like that. Kiwi flavor is in the forefront, followed by pineapple, and banana. There are no banana ingredients in this, but I swear the notes are there. Or maybe I’m crazy. (That’s more likely.) I can’t say I taste the lime or blackberry leaves over the fruit, but I know they’re not really strong flavors to begin with.

Anyway, I don’t know if I’d come back for more of this, but it was a nice experience. I’ll definitely be back to The Tea Table for more samples!

Flavors: Fruity, Pineapple, Tropical

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Assam Mangalam by The Tea Table
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Boiling 1 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Boiling 1 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70

This tea smells great before brewing. It has a distinct grape aroma and I was hoping that I finally found a grape flavored tea that actually tastes good! Well, I brewed the tea and it still smelled great, but it tastes like rose and white tea. The rose flavor overpowered everything else in the cup. I couldn’t even taste the green tea in it. I shared this cup with a friend and they really enjoyed the tea. The tea tastes good, but it definitely didn’t taste as advertised, so I’ll save a recommendation either way.

Flavors: Grapes, Rose

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Anlina

Have you tried any of Lupicia’s grape teas? Napa Blanc is amazing.

kieblera5

I’ve never ordered from Lupicia before. How is the grape flavor? If I drink something that’s supposed to taste like grape, I want it to have a strong grape flavor.

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80

This was a sample in my recent order from The Tea Table. The dry tea smells like breakfast cereal due to the puffed rice. I brewed it at 180 for 90 seconds. The brewed tea smells and tastes like a lightly brewed hojicha, but you cant really taste the green tea due to the overwhelming puffed rice flavor. Overall, a good tea blend.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Tabby

I just got an order from these guys in the mail today! :)

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81

I was excited to receive this as a sample with my order from The Tea Table. I had never had gunpowder green tea before, so this was a new experience. The dry leaves smelled slightly vegetal and smoky. I brewed the tea using 1 teaspoon for a 16oz mug using 205 degree water (per the instructions). I was tentative to use such hot water since I typically use 165 for 45 seconds for most greens. The wet leaves smell like tobacco, which is very off-putting for me (I just won’t smell them next time). The tea is a light yellow-green color and smells lightly vegetal. The flavor is very light and sweet. After thinking about it for a while, I feel like it tasted “yeasty” which isn’t necessarily bad, I just can’t find another flavor to describe it! It definitely doesn’t have the same “seaweed” or “steamed green bean” flavor that other green teas have. There’s a slightly smoky element to it. Overall, there’s nothing to make me say “wow” about this tea, but there’s nothing wrong with it either and I’m looking forward to the next cup.

Flavors: Smoke, Vegetal, Yeast

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Assam Gingia by The Tea Table
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drank Assam Gingia by The Tea Table
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Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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85

A very good breakfast tea, my last try from the samples I ordered.

Robust, malty, black, smooth, and definitely layered for a nice wake-up appeal. Definitely drink this one hot, because I didn’t care for the flavor when it got cooled down too much.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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