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I don’t know, I made the mistake of reading the other comments on this herbal—something I usually don’t do until I finish my review post—and I’ve got a completely different thing going on in my cup. What I have here is mango, and papaya possibly, with a hint of yogurt-like tang. There may well be hibiscus here too, but a few shreds perhaps, nothing that screams hibiscus at me. It’s all quite delicious.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Mango, Sweet, Tangy, Tropical, Yogurt

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Scramble, scramble—the kettle had boiled and I had two minutes to make my tea and head out the door with my travel mug in hand. There was absolutely no time to dawdle and make tea decisions. This is one of the first ones I grabbed and it survived the travel mug test. Very nicely even.

Indigobloom

Love it when my tea comes together like that. I find too often when I rush, I get distracted and bad things happen (usually oversteep, or forget that its a green and burn the leaves etc. Or I forget to bring it with)

Evol Ving Ness

That happens too. :)

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Today all that and vanilla appeared. And maybe a hint of citrus peel. This will likely be a daily ritual until I get through either the leaf or this coconut beverage.

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I pulled this one out today, and it was the perfect choice. I’ve been avoiding dairy, but I did have some coconut beverage handy. Really really nice combination. Today all the cardamom and sweet breadiness came out with the slightest bit of cream from my addition. I had given the dry leaf a good shake to make sure all flavours were well represented. Yeah, good choice.

I can’t help thinking about Sil and her previous obsession with this one when I drink it. Hurray for tea obsessions.

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Rich cassis and berry goodness layered over a black tea base. No false notes detected.

Flavors: Berries, Black Currant

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Nice! I’ve smelled this a few times in their shop, always meaning to pick it up, but never did. Glad you enjoyed it.

Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, I have been enjoying this one. It’s got a very juicy berry thing going on. I hope it works for you too.

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For a person who is not all that keen on mint, mint in tea seems to find me.

This one in scent and flavour reminds me very much of 52Teas Peppermint Marshmallows in Hot Chocolate. The only flavours absent are the marshmallows and laoshan black. The mint insinuates itself gently, gently.

Black tea and vanilla is a win. The vanilla mellows the frostiness of the mint out. The cacao nibs do too. The assam base is punchy. Another win.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Mint, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Indigobloom

I’m not a huge mint person myself, but for some reason it takes on a different life in tea. And coffee! I loooove it in coffee?! so confused…

Evol Ving Ness

Ouf, coffee and mint—for me, a bit nope.

Indigobloom

I usually say the same. Or rather, I did… until I learned that coffee and a “shot” of peppermint is so very different. Or rather different than how peppermint presents itself in the lattes sold at xbux or second cup etc. No idea if it is a different peppermint they use but it tastes rather opposite to what I recall in the latte blended versions. For me. I was pleasantly surprised.

Evol Ving Ness

Hmm, thanks for explaining this. It helps me keep an open mind. :)

Indigobloom

Np! I need to remember to do the same myself! Esp since I find various combos good/bad. Like mint in chocolate? Bleh. Hate it. But mint chocolate chip icecream? I adore it. So yeah. I confuse me!

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I spent the day drinking multiple steeps of oolong from last night. It was delicious and the leaves were not quite spent, but I had had enough. I cold steeped the leaves for tomorrow. We’ll see what happens.

As the day drew to a close, I was craving a black tea before my caffeine cutoff point: not any particular one, just something frisky and black and delicious. This fit the bill though it is totally a surprise as it is my first cup of it. The name pretty much sums it up: creamy and sweet smoky coconut, buttery and lovely. The smoke is on the gentle side, but definitely present. This one is a winner.

I wonder whether I can manage a second steep before my tea deadline approaches.

Flavors: Coconut, Smoke, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Jillian

When’s your caffeine cutoff? Mine’s usually at 3-4 pm

Evol Ving Ness

Mine is usually 7pm, but sometimes earlier if I am going through a period of poor sleep.

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Note to self—-you do not actually need any more tea.

My real tea obsession began in February 2015.

Not, sadly, when I had been living and working in China, though I very much enjoyed sampling a variety of teas during my travels there as well. No, no, that would have been far too sensible.

I am a reformed coffee drinker. I still enjoy a long double espresso with a good quantity or milk or cream from time to time, but for now, tea is my thing. All day.

I tend to drink black, green, or oolong tea in the morning to early afternoon. Rooibos or
Honeybush or herbal in the evening. And perhaps some sort of sleepy-type tea in the wee hours.

This year, I’ve been discovering flavoured teas, so it may look like that is all I drink although that would provide a false impression.

Not a big fan of chocolate or mint in teas, but I will try them and, from time to time, have been pleasantly surprised. Also, usually I dislike a prominent cinnamon flavour, if untempered with other things, in teas. Again, I say usually, because there are exceptions.

Also, please note that haven’t quite gotten into the habit of updating my tea cupboard on Steepster, and it is unlikely that I will do this on any kind of regular basis.

I drink my tea black and unsweetened. If there comes a rare moment that I add something to it, I will mention it.

Finally, while I thank large and successful tea companies for tantalizing and beckoning me to the world of tea, I prefer to support independent ventures with real people, real enthusiasm and commitment, and real dreams.

Currently, I am researching monthly tea subscriptions. Perhaps it will keep me out of tea shops.

And here is Shae’s rating scale— which I am using with permission, of course— which more or less describes the way I have been rating teas. I am going to make more of an effort to stay very close to these parameters now.

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-40: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

41-60: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

61-75: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

76-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

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Mostly, but not always, Toronto, Canada.

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