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I usually drink my Earl Grey with a splash of milk and vanilla syrup or brown sugar cubes to make myself a london fog latte. The strong aroma of EG stands out even after the addition of milk. So I’m not literally an Earl Grey enthusiast, though I always have several different EGs on my cupboard. It was my first time trying H&S EG Supreme, thanks to Janefan, and I have to say this is pretty good! The bergamot scent isn’t as strong once you steep it, but there is enough. Overall, a light EG that I don’t mind drinking straight.

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Courtesy of Janefan! I love sachet tea bags- they’re convenient while retaining all the goodness of loose leaf tea. I had this for my morning tea, and it was a very smooth Keemun with a pleasant sweet aftertaste. Not a sugary flavor, but just natural slight sweetness of tea. It would be also good other times of the day as it is not very strong.

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drank Matcha Kirara Rice by Lupicia
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Disclaimer: this is my first time trying any sort of genmaicha.

I was watching a hockey game and Michigan was on a power play, so I ended up steeping this a little too long, for three whole minutes. I suggest about half of that time, but for being oversteeped, it wasn’t too bitter. Because Lupicia listed this as one of the tea latte possibilities, I was expecting something somewhat sweet esp. with matcha, but it was more like a comforting food type of drink. Reminds me of asian snacks and sesame oil. Not my favorite, but would be a good mealtime tea. So, I wonder how it stands up to milk and sugar?

Added: Now I see that Lupicia suggests mere thirty seconds. No wonder I’m tasting some bitterness. Since I have a whole 2oz bag, I will try it properly next time. Keeping the rating rather neutral for now…

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drank Orzo - Caramel & Honey by Lupicia
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This smells amazing. I give extra points for being caffeine free, because I was looking for a night time tea that is not rooibos or chamomile. I used to drink plain chilled orzo like water when I was young (though it was slightly different being an Asian variety), but I came to like flavored versions. It reminds me of light to medium coffee, but not in a way that’s offensive to those who don’t like coffee. People have suggested that it goes well with milk too, so even better. It’s a very comforting cup.

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drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
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I received this from SoccerMom, who found out she wasn’t so fond of earl grey. I am always open to trying different EGs, so I was very happy to receive the package. I loved the smell, which didn’t smell like a typical earl grey because of the addition of vanilla and cream flavors. So far so good. I used 10oz water instead of the standard 8oz and steeped 2 minutes and 30 seconds, which is what I usually do when I drink my earl greys straight.

The result? I have to say, thank you, SoccerMom! I like this. As an earl grey, it is on the lighter side, more floral notes than bergamot. I am not a big fan of vanilla by itself but the sweetness made the floral scent less perfumy for me. I like it. I also like the blue cornflower that makes the blend look quite pretty.

SoccerMom

Gander,
Glad you like it and that I could find it a new home where it will be loved! LOL
Oh and the blue cornflower does make it cute!

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drank Italian Almond by Dilmah
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I ordered this because it was on 35% sale on Amazon until the end of February (I think). I was a little worried because my friend described it as having a “cherry-like” flavor. I had it straight this morning and now I know what she was talking about- it’s the stronger, slightly bitter taste of raw almond rather than the sweet nutty flavor of roasted almond. Like almond or amaretto syrup, if you have tried them. Pretty good.

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
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I had couple cups hot and straight this morning, and while I like it, I wasn’t blown away. I like this with milk because it’s round yet refreshing. The flavor remains strong when chilled, so I would love to make a shake out of this, except that my dingy student apartment is kinda cold, reflecting the usual Michigan weather. For now, I think I’ll try some more straight before making my final decision. But even if I don’t “love” this tea straight, I’d buy this again to drink with milk… Will be great in summer, too.

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
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I was hesitant to try 52 Teas because I’m rather conservative when it comes to flavored tea and their blends sounded too complicated or exotic. So it’s rather strange that I ordered this, especially considering that I’ve never had mate before. But chocolate and malt, those two can’t go bad, I thought, so I gave it a try.

And I’m happy I did. I opened the pouch and immediately smelled rich chocolate with a hint of malt, mixed with the mint (not exactly mint, but a distinct refreshing scent that I think comes from the mate). I’m sure this is great straight, which I will try perhaps tomorrow, but today I enjoyed it with milk and sugar. It has a lot of flavor but doesn’t get too heavy because of the mate base. I made a big mug-full so I left a bit to chill to see how it’d taste iced, and it’s very good. I can see myself making iced tea latte or shake with this one.

This is my favorite tea at the moment, but I’ll see how I like it straight and if it’s still as good as the first time after several more tries. As of right now, I would love it added to the permanent collection, esp. 52 Teas has yet to add a yerba mate!

Cofftea

I have only once been disappointed w/ 52teas’ blends. I have yet to try matcha but this is absolutely on my “must get” list!=D

Gander

It was pretty good! I think it’s something you can drink even if you don’t like mate… I have yet to try plain yerba mate, but you can kinda imagine the flavor.

Janefan

I can’t wait for mine to get here!!!! I’m so eager to try this tea :-)

Gander

I hope you like it. I think it’s really good with milk and sugar, and it’s also good cold. I really want to make a shake out of this but it’s kinda cold here…

Cofftea

I hear ya Gander. Unfortunately my tastebuds know no temperature.

Gander

My tastebuds know no temperature but my feet say otherwise. My apartment has poor heating… Guh. Drinking something cold outside is one thing, but to sit at your apartment hugging a space heater while drinking something cold is… somewhat pathetic! Haha. So hey, maybe I should make it, just drink outside!

Cofftea

Hey are you calling me pathetic? lol =D Many times have I drank something cold or eaten frozen yogurt wrapped in a blanket… or drank hot tea when it was so warm in the house I thought I’d pass out.

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drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
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Smells malty, not enough depth. It was okay but not fabulous. Slight bitterness towards the end; perhaps I should decrease the steeping time a little (I steeped five minutes as suggested) or try it with milk. I think Irish Breakfasts are best with milk, so I will try it again next time with milk; I just felt like drinking my tea straight this morning.

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drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
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Valentines was yesterday, but it happened to be on Sunday so I had to wait till the next day for my Adagio package. I am just starting to try flavored teas, and I have to say, at first I was intimidated by the strong scent. It did smell like chocolate covered strawberries, sweet with a slight sour tang, it smelled like. It was screaming dessert, so I added milk and a sugar cube. With the additions you can taste the flavors pretty well, and it makes a nice dessert cup. I don’t know if I’ll try this straight, because I liked how milk rounded things out… and to drink this straight wasn’t my original intention.

mattscinto

this sounds delicious with milk

Gander

It’s pretty good! If you like chocolate covered strawberries. I don’t know if I’ll like it straight though… I will still try.

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