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Given the general success with Teavana Spiced Apple Cider and random rooibos blends, I’ve been using it as a way to use up some of the vanilla rooibos that I really dislike on their own.

Yesterday I used the Adagio Vanilla Rooibos which tastes the same as the Tealux version (yucky). It mutes the cider just a bit but it still tastes like apple cider. I’ve been using 1 level teaspoon of the rooibos and 2 perfect teaspoons of the Spiced Apple Cider. You can barely taste the rooibos (or what smells and tastes to me like fake vanilla) and it imparts a nice creaminess at the end of the sip.

I’ve almost managed to get through my first 2oz of the Spiced Apple Cider. I have a feeling I’ll be drinking this combo all winter long. Maybe, eventually, I’ll use up the vanilla rooibos bags!

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So I took the last bit of my Almond Rooibos by Cuppa’T Specialty Teas (sipdown!) and the Teavana Spiced Apple Cider. Together, they are a really pleasant cup! If you have the Teavana Spiced Apple Cider, and it’s a bit too much for you, I highly recommend mixing with another rooibos blend. I didn’t have quite enough of the Almond Rooibos for its own cup and it’s not really a favorite of mine, but mixed together! Perfect.

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I think I finally figured this tea out. I had this yesterday for the record.

In my previous steeps, I didn’t find it flavorful and I was missing the cream cheese frosting bit that everyone raved about. Well, it turns out that whatever Della Terra uses as the “cream flavor and bits” had attached itself in such a way in transit, that it wasn’t allowing it to really detach from the leaves (or something). Because, once I took a spoon and almost roughly swirled the leaves in my steeping mug, lo-and-behold, cream bits suddenly appeared (and dissolved) and I was left with a much more flavorful cup!

I don’t know if it’s worth the effort to make this creamy and so I don’t know if I’ll repurchase, but I’m happy to say that I finally figured out a way to drink this and really enjoy it.

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We visited friends yesterday and it was absolutely freezing, so when they offered tea, I jumped at it. I’ve been put off somewhat from Yogi teas in the past, but this one was really good!

I added a touch of skim milk and let the tea bag steep away for longer than I would with pretty much every other tea, but it managed to be a bit sweet on its own. I’m not sure I’d stock in my cupboard as the taste wasn’t really hazelnut, more of a chai, but I wouldn’t refuse another cup.

And I wouldn’t deny picking up a box if I were to find it on sale.

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So… I feel kind of bad for liking this tea since most everyone who has reviewed it so far hasn’t really liked it all that much. I bought this for a ridiculously low price during the heavenly sale. Actually, I think I have close to a 1/2 pound of it based on my cheeky order of 4 of the “Holiday Favorites” collections when they put it 75% off (it was just under $6 for each set with the coupon code I found, how could I not?!?).

Anyway, this doesn’t taste like tea yet has the benefit of rooibos. It is a sweet cinnamon goodness with a bit of juicy tartness. Honestly, I don’t think I’ll have trouble finishes the baggies I have, especially since it’s a rather heavy chunky blend.

3 tsp + a dash of sweetener in my 16oz steeping mug

Reserving my rating till I try a 2nd steeping.

Second steep was significantly less flavorful, but still tasty. And to be honest, for the price I paid, I don’t mind only getting one steep out of it.

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My boss bought me a tin of this for the holidays, which was very sweet of her. I tried a bag today at work. The ingredients looked interesting but nothing really holiday-ish about them. Maybe I’m imagining things, but I swear this tasted slightly peachy but the description on here doesn’t mention it and the tin is at work. It’s nice, but not especially interesting or season appropriate. Still, a nice gesture certainly.


Even though i’m away from my tin as well, i’m like 98% sure it says it has peach notes in it, too! So you’re spot on.

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So I finished up the last of this today at work. My stomach has been bothering me today and that usually calls from rooibos! I know it’s kind of interesting that I claimed the rest of this was going to my swap box, but I decided to use it up myself. Although, I found some weird stuff in the remains of my steep that is a bit troubling, but I’ll reach out to the company before making any conclusions. Nonetheless, sipdown!

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drank Green & Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
298 tasting notes

I finished up the last sachet of this at work a couple of days ago. I was sad to see it go, but I’m sure it will eventually come into my life again… just not anytime soon, since I just received my massive Teavana order.

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Seriously, what am I doing wrong? I used 4 heaping teaspoons this time and steeped for nearly 10 minutes and unsweetened it was slightly sweet water. Sweetener improved the flavors and it is really tasty, but nothing like the other reviews. For the record, the 4 tsp also makes it look darker and almost thicker in a way which leaves a pretty nice mouth feel. Still, I’m not sad that Teavana likely discontinued this blend. I’ll enjoy while I have it, but eh.

And I think I’m going to try combining this with another one of my chocolate-based teas and see if that helps gives the chocolate flavor more oomph. It certainly can’t hurt!

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I never get a ton of chocolate with this tea. I like the banana sweetness to it, but I do find it works best when I just set it to steep and forget about it until the water is cool enough to drink.


I couldn’t get past the color. It was the color of white wine and suppose to taste like chocolate – couldn’t wrap my head around that. They say you eat with your eyes first – it didn’t look like chocolate and therefore it didn’t taste like chocolate. It was also really thin – tasted watery too me.
You can try blending it with another tea, or you can toss a few chocolate chips in your infuser.


@mewakeling: Next time, I’ll do that.

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drank L'Automne by Fauchon
298 tasting notes

So I somehow found a lone tin of this blend at Tjmaxx today. There was another Fauchon tin but it was cracked and open so I passed. This was sealed so I thought why the heck not. It was $9.99 and French and I’ve heard so much about Fauchon on Steepster.

Granted, it seems a lot of the blends that get a lot of raves on Steepster don’t hold up for me for some reason (most brands too). Maybe it’s that my expectations are just more than it’s reasonable for tea to be?

In any case, I was even more pleasantly surprised with this blend. It smells beautiful. I’m not a huge fan of chocolate and orange because the orange can sometimes seem artificial. This is like real orange. And real chocolate and it is just delightful. And, the end of the sip is creamy deliciousness with none of the fake-vanilla taste that some rooibos vanilla blends have.

I used 2 tsp in my 16oz steeping mug and added sweetener. Instant favorite.

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Lucky! Wish I could find another tin of this

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I recently discovered loose leaf tea and am already addicted (much to my husband’s dismay)! I prefer fruity teas iced and savory teas hot. Looking forward to drinking and chatting.

Some likes/dislikes I’ve been noticing:

Fruity White Teas
Assam Black
Most Oolongs (especially greener varieties)

Spicy flavors unless in chai
astringent black teas

For my own reference, I’m only placing “full size” teas in my cupboard.



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