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61
drank Raspberry Royale by Bigelow
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I’d been wanting to taste this one for a while now, but have been to lazy to go pick it up. Recently I moved from Kansas to Florida, and it’s been hectic. All my good teas are in the mail, I’m still waiting for them to arrive. I took the Amtrak from Kansas to here, a three day journey. I really expected my package to beat me here, all I’ve had to drink is what I packed in my case, good ol’ Irish breakfast and some dubious looking bagged oolong that my dad bought for me that I’ve been putting off trying for a long time.

I’m sitting in a hotel in Tamarac today and decided to try this tea, which was complimentary. I definitely oversteeped this, it’s getting me at the back of my tongue with this weird tannin thing. other than that it seems nice, the raspberry is prominent but I can still taste the black tea.

I seem to like most Bigelow teas, and this is no exception. I swiped a couple more bags to take home with me. I’ve been dying for a unique cup of tea for a long while.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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75
drank Butterbeer by 52teas
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This is my last note on this tea, I promise. Just finished my mug full of this using the latte recipe. I think I’ll use less of the milk mixture next time, I’d like to taste more of the tea. I can’t wait to try it cold. I don’t think I’d willingly drink butterbeer tea any other way after tasting it like this, honestly. At least guilt of drinking something so sweet will make my tea last longer :).

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75
drank Butterbeer by 52teas
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It was not much better cold, as I was hoping. It seems like its missing some sort of creaminess for me. I’m going to try the Latte recipe that 52teas has listed along with their coconut cream pie, I’ll report back in a few days.

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85
drank Irish Breakfast by Twinings
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This has become my everyday tea, which is a good thing because it’s easy on the wallet.

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91
drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
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I’m updating this review allready. I liked it so much I decided to go for a whole pot at about 2AM.

Like I stated before, this tastes creamy and marshmallowy up front with mint in the background, but that description really doesn’t do it justice. The mint in it is really just enough to taste in the background and cool your mouth on the exhale. The creamyness of the tea is really the star player, which is neat becuase I never understood what people meant when their reviews called a tea creamy, I totally get it now.

This tea is also pleasantly sweet without adding anything to it, in fact, I think adding sweetener to it would throw it off and make it taste like liquefied toothpaste (Isn’t that what mouthwash is? Maybe? I don’t know, I’m sleepy). I totally get where it gets its name from. It justs tastes like something you would drink if you wanted to go and goth out in a cemetery somewhere. It makes me want to go and goth out in a cemetery somewhere. I guess I know what I’m doing tonight.

The tea when brewed doesn’t kill my senses with mint like smelling the stuff dry does. Seriously you guys, this tea smells really bad when dry. Spearmint is my least favorite of the mint family, it reminds me of toothpaste. With this blend I definitely don’t get toothpaste like other reviewers had reported tasting. Thank God.

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91
drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
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I guess I like greens more than I thought.

I definitely don’t get toothpaste. It tastes creamy and marshmallowy up front with mint in the background, it doesn’t smack me in the face with mint like smelling the dry tea does. after I smelling it I was dreading acually tasting it. Spearmint is my least favorite of the mint family.

Related: I asked for them to draw me a picture of a dinosaur and send it with the tea. He totally did! A dinosaur drinking tea and eating a cookie. Well, it could be a scone, but in my perfect world, scones are triangular and cookies are round, so its a cookie. That made my day. :D

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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75
drank Butterbeer by 52teas
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I am so excited you guys! My order from 52teas finally showed up andI can smell! I’m not 100 percent better, but I can actually smell everything, so I can appreciate the tea that just came.

Being a huge book nerd, this is the first one I ripped open. I’m drinking it hot right now. I’m going to have to do some experimenting but I think this would be better cold.

It tastes sort of like what root beer would taste like if root beer tasted good (I don’t like carbonation). I could see the characters in the book drinking a drink like this. Overall I love this stuff.

I let dad have a sip. he wasn’t as thrilled. He looked at me and asked “What the hell is this?”

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Chamomile by Pampa
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Dad bought this for me because I’ve got the sniffles, I feel as if I’m just going to be sick all winter long. I’ll hold off on rating it until I feel better, because for all I know it could really be disgusting, but it’s certainly hitting the spot right now. I’m actually kind of irked that I can’t really appreciate flavors right now because I just got notice that my order from 52 Teas has shipped, and should be here in a day or two’s time because I only live about 80 miles from Wichita. I HAVE to be better before it arrives. I WILL be better before it arrives.

I haven’t added anything to it and it tastes wonderful, like wheat smells when it’s still green (Yeah, I’m from that part of Kansas). I haven’t added sugar and it’s still pretty sweet.

Another interesting note is that I can actually smell it! I’ve got Vick’s on my chest and I can’t even smell that stuff! What’s up with that?

Yeah, My Dad is great. I’m glad we still live close.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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15
drank Almond Fondant by Kally Tea
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I waited a long time to write this up because I don’t like saying negative things, especially when I’m pretty sure that’s how it’s supposed to taste. I’d never tried rooibos tea before I ordered this.

I did not care for this, but I can’t pinpoint why. It just isn’t enjoyable. I tried the other rooibos tea in my package and have came to the conclusion that I just don’t like rooibos.

As a side note, I also discovered that I don’t like my tea infuser ball. It works fine, but my teas seems to taste better if I just put the loose leaves in my pot and strain them out after brew time is over. So I’m still learning, and if anything this review is a reflection of that, and not a reflection of the tea itself. It is probably fine for someone who likes rooibos to begin with.

If anyone wants some free tea, hit me up. I didn’t use very much.

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77
drank English Teatime by Bigelow
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Dad bought me this tea because he didn’t like the idea of me drinking plain hot water while I was sick this week. Gotta love that man, even though I wasn’t drinking tea because I didn’t want to waste my little stash all up when I couldn’t enjoy the taste of any of it.

This stuff is pretty good, I had it with honey. It has a better taste than Twinnings, which I was surprised by. I got the water up to boiling and only set the bag in for about 45 seconds and it was surprisingly strong and flavorful.

I ended up dumping half of it out in favor of more hot water, after all, I was sick.

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Just getting into nice teas. I’m not aiming to become a tea snob, just looking for interesting teas that I’ve never tried before, I absolutely adore flavored teas.

If a tea has a lot of reviews, I’m not going to spend much time describing it for you guys, because I like a lot of strange tasting things. I’ll try to take the time to describe my feelings on teas with few reviews more thoroughly, but no promises, I’m both easily amused and distracted.

My shopping list is a dumping ground for teas that I think look good, and my ratings are pretty much arbitrary, based on whether or not I like the tea in front of or behind it more or less not on the ABCDF kind of system.

I’m going through and adjusting all of my ratings down, because they’re becoming really one sided, I didn’t give enough room between what i like and what I REALLY like.

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