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100
reviewed Smart Soak by Mandala Tea
41 tasting notes

This stuff is amazing! Garret sent me a sample with my last order and I am in love. I just used it to clean my Breville One touch, Timolino Thermos, a plastic ice tea pitcher and a frequently used white tea cup. All from the one sample.

It was super easy. I just followed the instructions and was shocked. No scrubbing needed and they’re all sparkling clean.

I’m definitely buying more when I get a chance. I haven’t seen my Breville this clean since the day I bought it. to clean

Dexter3657

Agreed – I love this stuff. I have white counter tops, it takes all kinds of stains off that too.

Frolic

What’s the best way to use it on counter tops? I have a rather tea stained portion of mine by the kettle and I need to get it in better shape.

Dexter3657

Honestly – when I’m cleaning teaware I just let it “overflow” the top of the cup or whatever I’m cleaning. The bubbles usually explode up the sides of the vessel, I just let than spill over the top (I’m pretty careful to just let some overspill and not LOTS). I just let that sit for a couple of minutes on the counter top then wipe it up. Normally that takes most of the stains off the counter.
I used to have a really annoying beet stain that I couldn’t get off – for that one I just put a little of the powder on the counter and dripped a bit of hot water onto it to make a loose paste let that sit for about 10 minutes – wiped it off and stain GONE… It’s awesome stuff…

ifjuly

i may have to spring for this—i can’t seem to get my breville like-new clean while still being super gentle with the inner chamber. hmmm.

ifjuly

(my usual tricks aren’t working, i mean)

Garret

Yes!! Our first review on the Smart Soak! I consider this stuff a bit of a miracle. It has taken some seriously messed up tea gear and made them new again – in shop, at home and for many many customers.

I use it to keep my granite tea table at our sampling bar all shiny and tea stain free once a week in store. What a wonder.

Thanks for being the first to review this stuff. I hope others will appreciate the Smart Soak as much as you, me and Dex :)

Keep in mind that if you have hard water stains/calcium/lime deposits that this will not do it. You’d need to use our Water Heater cleaner for that. That’s how we keep all our Zojirushi water heaters and gongfu kettles free of calcium and hard water stains.

Grateful,
Garret

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100
drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
41 tasting notes

So so happy Frank decided to reblend this. I’ve been sorely missing it and kicking myself for not getting it when he had a stable stock of ManTeas.

Almost exactly like I remembered it. Only the almond is stronger than I remember it. The chocolate still hides behind the heat but it’s there. I still love love the heat and find it hugely comforting. It makes me wish cooler weather would come fast!

If you like a kick to your tea this is the one for you.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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98

My first ever flavored matcha and I am in love.

I got—

Size: Small (30g )

Matcha: Classic

Flavoring: Distinctive

My first task was getting the powder into the tin, no easy task and I’m very glad I put a sheet of newspaper down first. Once that was accomplished I put some water on to heat to 175 and about 6oz of coconut milk(my preferred latte base) in the microwave. I used my electric frother to mix the matcha into 2oz of hot water then mixed that into the coconut milk.
I took a tentative sniff and wrinkled my nose. It tasted, well simply it tasted like burnt caramel. I was getting nervous but I bravely went on bringing the cup to my mouth.
Then came the moment of truth…
WOW this is good! The flavor is round and true with the sweetness of the carmel. Not a hint of the burnt flavor I was smelling all sweet corn and butter and sweetness. This would make an awesome iced drink I think. Yesterday I went to a cafe that had coffee ice cubes so your iced coffee didn’t get watered down as they melted and I think that would translate well to iced matcha. Of course before i go making any iced drinks I suppose I better get some ice trays.
But I digress. This is delicious. I was a bit nervous trying a flavored matcha so I went with what I felt like was the safe rout of making it into a late but I think this would stand up by itself as a good wake up drink.

Find it at http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/caramel-popcorn-matcha.html

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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95
drank Grand Amour by Nina's Paris
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Mmmm. The house was freezing this morning. It was actually in the 50s. Now that might not seem cold to those of you from chillier parts of the country but here in SoCal it’s mighty cold. So it was with much effort I dragged myself from bed and into the kitchen. The thought of new tea to try was a huge motivator.

I decided I wanted a black tea to start the morning and went with Nina’s because they had been so gracious to send me a sample. On first sniff it was all cream and raspberry to me. After it’s been brewed the current peaks out a bit more and balances the raspberry.

The one thing that strikes me about this tea is the level of creaminess and underlaying sweet tones. It would be easy for a tea like this to become bitter but it tastes like a dessert tea even without an additives. I do taste a faint note of caramel that could be increasing the sweetness and giving it depth but I’m really not sure if that’s exactly what it is.

Next time I don’t know if I’d have this as a breakfast tea. It seriously feels like I’m eating dessert first. I was looking into ordering more of this but while the price is pretty reasonable the shipping from amazon is pretty steep to get just 50 grams of this which is what I would want.

Overall a wonderful tea. Thank you Laurent!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sandy'sCuppa

Out of the 3 samples I got from Nina’s this was my favorite!!

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94

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I love lime. Like I really really love lime. Some of my favorite teas have been Franks lemon lime cheesecake honeybush and Numi’s super tart Desert Lime tisane.

So while I don’t eat jello(gelatin and all) I was happy to see this tea. That and the fact that Frank does amazing things with marshmallow and I’m now convinced that he needs to offer a marshmallow sampler along with a cheesecake sampler.

So back to this tea. It smelled delicious and I was able to identify lime by my blind sniff of it before I checked the label. It’s really not tart at all but still very limey. I didn’t read the description before I drank it and wasn’t able to identify the pineapple but I can definitely see it there in retrospect. There is a general fruitiness about it. But oh the marshmallow. So very good!

Probably going to be a pouch for me. Frank you’re killing me this month. I’m already dipping into next’s months tea budget and will probably have to go beyond that and spend some christmas money. I’ve been trying to have less coffee outside of the house in an attempt to convince my husband that all the money I’m saving by carrying a tumbler of tea everywhere should go back into being spent on tea.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Yummy but a little on the flat side. I rarely drink anything other than my pg tips with milk and/or suger but I think this would be improved by it so I’ll hold back my rating till I’ve tried it that way. I’ll probably end up finishing the package but it won’t be a pouch order for me.

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

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58
drank Earl Black by 52teas
41 tasting notes

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Was not fond of this tea. It started off at a disadvantage because I don’t like earl grey. It wasn’t horrid but really just not to my taste. I don’t really have much to say about it so I won’t ramble on.

ETA— If anyone who didn’t get the 12 days of tea and wants to try it I can send it off to you.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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98
drank Lemon Cardamom Chun Mee by 52teas
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Mmmmm. This is another one that got away from me. I had actually forgotten about it so I’m happy to see it in my Christmas box.

It’s like sun and could mist tea’s older more sophisticated sister. While the fluffy kitty tea is lemony sweet and adorable like the picture on the pouch this is a more refined and savory tea. Perfect balance of lemon and cardamom. I was actually not familiar with Chun Mee but I might have to check some unflavored out because it serves as an excellent base here.

Held up to two good steepings, first at two minutes and the second at three. I think it might be good to use the leaves from the second steeping for cold brewing and might try than next time. It worked well for fluffy kitty tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

I liked this one a lot too.

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I’m a long time tea addict since my british grandma started me on english breakfast tea as a toddler.

Since then I’ve branched out substantially. Right now I drink mainly blacks, whites, greens, and reds. I want to to try purr-eh and more oolongs.

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