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drank Yummy Chai by Nourish Tea
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drank Enchanted Forest by Joy's Teaspoon
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I really want to love this, but I don’t think I can. This would be a perfect medley of flavors, but whatever method was used to add the almond just ruined it completely — it tastes completely unnatural and weird.

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drank Guns N' Roses by Custom
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(Pardon the name, I couldn’t resist.)

I decided to try this after spotting a similar blend on Etsy; gunpowder green tea and roses are two of my favorite things to brew up, so it seemed like a good idea. I need to work on the ratios for this (did 50/50 this time) and I’m not sure I like it as much as either one individually, but I nonetheless am enjoying this blend.


I think that’s a great name :)

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drank Mulled Wine by Joy's Teaspoon
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My third sample! I should probably start this out by saying that I don’t really drink alcohol and thus have no idea what mulled wine is supposed to taste like. But I like the IDEA of mulled wine and the combination of flavors here sounded good, so I figured it was worth a try.

And… wow! I’ve always said that I’d drink more if booze didn’t taste so much like alcohol (and I’m sure some doesn’t, but I’m in college and here, booze means cheap beer). This blend doesn’t really smell or taste like tea at all, and not just in the obvious sense of it being a tisane — I would assume it was hot juice if I didn’t know any better.

As for how I’d describe the taste: super fruity, tart, and just a tad spicy. It makes me pucker my lips a bit, but I like that. This is a drink with presence. I was a little bit doubtful about how much I’d enjoy this one, but I’m in love and I wish I had more than two or so more cups’ worth so I could spend my entire winter with this. (And yes, this is very much a fall/winter tisane. I can’t imagine drinking it iced or during warm months.)

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drank Formosa Oolong by Joy's Teaspoon
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Another lovely sample from the lovely Naomi at Joy’s Teaspoon! I wish I could say something beyond the store’s description, but it’s pretty spot-on. This is a nice, pleasant oolong with a surprising lightness and a slight flavor of sweetness, flowers, and spices. I can’t see myself going out of my way to get more, but it’s yummy.

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drank Mintastic by Adagio Teas
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Feeling yucky today, but this makes things a little bit better. Warm and yummy without feeling heavy in my stomach.

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drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
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This time, I brewed up equal parts of this and lavender and got a rather lovely result. I wonder if I’m simply not a fan of bergamot and need something — anything — to disguise that particular flavor?


Earl Grey is one of the few teas that I just can’t stomach. I’ve tried everything (and anything) to mask the flavor, or complement it. Bergamot is a tough one. But I’d try a vanilla tea with it. I do enjoy earl grey creme. Or maybe a honeyed almond flavor?


Would you believe I don’t own any vanilla tea whatsoever? But that does sound like a tasty combo, I’ll definitely try it out when I do! On the almond note, I do enjoy this EG combined with SpecialTea’s almond cookie (although really, I enjoy ANYTHING combined with SpecialTea’s almond cookie).

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drank Almond Cookie by SpecialTeas
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I honestly can’t imagine anybody from Celestial Seasonings drinking this and saying “Yep, that’s tasty! Let’s make people pay for it!”

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Quick summary of ratings:

90s: Outstanding, I always want to have some of this on hand (though I really can’t afford having all of my favorite all of the time, haha)!
80s: Very good, there are some minor improvements I would make but overall I love it.
70s: Good, I might buy myself more of this someday but it’s not a priority.
60s: All right, I’m glad I got to give this a try but when it’s gone it’s gone.
50s: Not so great, I can drink this when I just really want tea.
40s and below: Various levels of dislike to hate. It just depends on how gross I think it is.



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