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drank Cold Brew by Lipton
82 tasting notes

I got this as a sample in my April Hapa-tite! Tea Swap from Brittany~

I have to admit I don’t like iced tea as much as hot tea, and I definitely do not like plain black Lipton tea. BUT, I liked this!

My fiance was in the mood for iced tea, so I figure I’d be lazy and use a tea bag meant for exactly a thing, thinking he wasn’t as picky as I was in terms of tea.

I let it steep for a while in a big quart mason jar, around 30 minutes. The resulting flavor was actually quite refreshing and had a nice lemon flavor without the astringency I usually associate with Lipton black tea. It didn’t need any sweetening whatsoever, and 1 family-sized tea bag was the perfect amount for a quart of tea.

Flavors: Lemon Zest, Metallic

Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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For all of the ingredients in the description of this tea, I was expecting a sweet, burnt, and roasty cup. I got a clean grassy green tea with a subtle sweetness at the back. The second steeping of the leaves was a little more sweet.

Flavors: Grass

1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is a delightful pu’erh that balances the bitterness of coffee with the funkiness of fermented tea. It really met my caffeine craving and had a nice, deep roasted flavor (much better than the caramel macchiato from Lupicia or cafe mate from Capital Teas)

Thanks Nattie for sending me this from across the pond as part of our Hapa-tite! Tea Swap!

Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Espresso, Tobacco

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drank Earl Grey Bravo by Adagio Teas
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This is a quite pleasant Earl Grey. I find that it holds up well to steeping without getting too bitter, astringent, or floral.

Thanks Nattie for the lovely sample!

Flavors: Cedar, Earth, Flowers, Leather

2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I received a sample of this from Suziqzer, thanks! I drank some of this last week and actually quite enjoyed it. Unfortunately, I was unable to re-create whatever I did last wee because I just brewed this and had to toss it out. It was over-whelmingly bitter and it was un drinkable.


Oh no. Must be finicky?? I plan to try this one cold steeped and see how it fairs. I’ve not yet mustered the courage to try it hot, it smells so good dry I’m afraid it won’t live up to my expectations.. And I imagine it to be pretty heavy on the citrus flavor which I’m still adjusting to.

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I’m giving this another try and I like it more this time. It’s a black tea with an almost malty taste—I still don’t pickup on the mint or event the chocolate.

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Thanks for the sample Nattie!

This tea didn’t have the overpowering taste that most red rooibois has, though that is due to the blend of black tea. I didn’t get birthday cake from this at all. It actually tasted quite plain.

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Thanks Nattie for the sample!

I liked the spiciness of this, but a few sips had too much chili in it and caused me to cough a little. The zing is nice and warming, but a little too much for me.


Lol.. sounds yummy, love a spicy kick sometimes :)

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drank Lanikai by Lupicia
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The main scent and taste when brewed is that of vanilla. The pineapple is completely lost and the taste is very sweet. It smells less sweet than it tastes, but the vanilla is overpowering. The mixture of vanilla and coconut makes it lean towards a chocolate tea, and makes the black tea taste similar to a red roobois.

Flavors: Coconut, Vanilla

1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea has a nice balance of sweetness, acid, fruitiness, and spice. The tartness of the fruit and the spiciness of the herbs balance each other out, and the licorice keeps it bright and clean tasting. The combination of flavors is warming yet calming at the same time. The use of green roobois worried me since I don’t like red roobois, but this added to the fresh taste and to balance out the other flavoring a to keep it from being too potently spiced. The roobois is also more hearty and less vegetal than a green tea and can hold up to a longer brewing.

It is great to have a warm cup of this before bed time to unwind, especially since it has no caffeine.

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