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73
drank Chai Taj Mahal by Virtuous Teas
1538 tasting notes

Backlog from a couple days ago…
Thank you for the sale, Ali! I’m always up for trying a chai. This one seemed interesting as it seems to have a lot of powdery stuff – either cinnamon or nutmeg. A lot more of that than the CTC black tea leaves in the blend. I liked the idea of cinnamon and nutmeg and not a ton of other chai ingredients — it’s different! The flavor is on the lighter side, but I didn’t steep until eight minutes after boiling, so maybe that’s the problem. I also didn’t want to oversteep the CTC. The flavor was good though. Hints of cinnamon. This seems like one I will add a scoop to of another chai for extra cinnamon and nutmeg goodness. I’ll try at boiling soon.
Steep #1 // 8 min after boiling // 2-3min

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84
drank Russian Caravan by Virtuous Teas
1538 tasting notes

Thank you Ali for this extra in the tea sale I had to buy a couple things from. :D I’m very happy I’m able to try this as it just happens to have my favorite characteristic of a smoky tea – a sweet hint of marshmallow that I’m only tasted in one other smoky tea before this one. The base is perfect with the sweet smoke – smooth and not too tough. The smoke brings all the tough it needs, but also the taste isn’t too smoky. The second steep kind of lacked a little more flavor, in the tea itself, the smokiness, AND the marshmallow. But the first cup was a good one… also a good one to try if you’re not sure you like smoky teas. I wonder if there is supposed to be a flavor difference between a Russian Caravan and Lapsang Souchong? I’ve never heard of Virtuous teas but their prices seem very reasonable, looking at their site.

Anlina

Russian Caravan is lapsang souchong blended with another non-smokey tea. I think most of the ones I’ve had have ceylon and assam as the other teas.

Tea Sipper

Ah, okay.

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drank Candy Cane Black by Virtuous Teas
575 tasting notes

This seems to be a nice minty black. The tea is well balanced and I’m not getting any bitterness. The mint isn’t super powerful, but it is present. It is a good choice if you are looking for a pleasant no frills black mint.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

Rooibos is a sharp-tasting tea and the vanilla in this is strong and tends to soften it a little.

Flavors: Anise, Cloves, Vanilla

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 175 ML

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Travelling Tea Box C

Nice fresh spring oolong base, with a little bit of seaweed. Great berry flavor that is enhanced by a subtle, but noticeable floral undertone.

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79
drank Candy Cane Black by Virtuous Teas
616 tasting notes

Tea #38 from Another Traveling Tea Box

This is a nice mint tea with a background of vanilla. The addition of the vanilla is really nice, and adds a depth I wasn’t expecting to find. It hits at the end of the sip and reminds me of buttermints — a little creamy and quite smooth. Really yummy blend~!

Editing to add: I just got the coolest mug ever. The Cheshire Cat disappears when I add tea.

http://i.imgur.com/jlPhIL1.jpg

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Tealizzy

Mmm, buttermints. :) And cute mug!

Nicole

Gah! Must have mug. Where did you get it?

Nicole

Yay! Thanks!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Oh my gawd! I want that mug!

Shadowfall

That mug is pretty awesome. We carried those at my work about a month ago. I probly should’ve grabbed one before they sold out. Lol.

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70
drank Aloha Rooibos by Virtuous Teas
1538 tasting notes

I took the little bit of this out of the HH teabox! These teabags you can fill are so handy for rooibos blends. Much more enjoyable for me when I don’t have a billion wood chips sitting on my throat. I’m glad I bought two boxes of 100 from Red Leaf (two different sizes – but I think the big ones are easier to fill.. even with rooibos it is tough to fill the smaller ones). But I might drink so much more rooibos because of these teabags that I will go through these filter bags fast.

Anyway, this tea is lovely! A nice candy like strawberry flavor… I’m confused by the description mentioning three fruits… and none of them are at all like strawberry. I swear it’s strawberry! The rooibos is a great base for it. Nice!

Also, I should mention I’m such a Steepster geek that I can’t wait until I have time to add all the teas to my cupboard that I acquired from these tea boxes (and also remove the teas from my cupboard that I put in tea boxes!)

Starfevre

What tea bags where? I’ve been away for a while and I haven’t caught up yet.

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