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Looking over all the other reviews for this tea, it looks like I had the exact same experience. This was good but not the cheesecake flavor I had hoped for. I more compare this to a sweet creamy lemony treat with a hint of a toasted flavor running thru each sip. Still good tho. Very bright and very delicious. Still a fan even if it isn’t cheesecake tea love!


Happy Friday everybody! Enjoy your day!


I am having a similar experience with the Pumpkin Cheesecake one!




@Pattea: I’m sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with the cheesecake flavor coming through. I recommend letting the tea cool for a little bit (since it’s a black tea & steeped at a higher temperature, I’d recommend 10 minutes cool time) to allow the flavors to develop a little. I hope that will help the flavors come through a little more for you!


@LiberTEAS TY I will try that!


isn’t houjicha a green tea technically?


Jillian: yes, it technically is. I don’t know what I was thinking when I typed the above note! (Brain fart. That’s my only excuse.) With a green tea – I would allow at least 5 – 6 minutes cool time minimum!

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Thank you kieblera5 for this tea (I think I’ve got the right one here.) I haven’t tried many Darjeeling teas in the past so this was a fun try for me.

I’m really digging this unique sweet bite like flavor with each sip. I cold brewed and hot brewed it with about the same results. I didn’t get the mango flavor that was described on the package but I got a sweet like note.

Overall I’m happy I was able to try this and enjoy some time with a new tea.

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drank Peachy White by Tealated
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Peachy White was fantastic mainly because it reminded me of a semi sweet white wine I have at our local winery. So nice. Very peachy so you have to like peach to like this but the last lingering flavor is a bite that is very reminiscent of a wine flavor. I think this would be a great tea soda flavor so I’m going to try that later today. Yum!


Happy Friday eve all!

Flavors: Bitter, Peach, Sweet

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drank ShuiXian by ChaCeremony
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Yum Yum Yum Yum Yum! (Can you tell I liked this one?)

This is my first step into a straight oolong and not a flavored one. I’m so impressed. I wish I had brought some with me to work so I could have drank this all day. I’m craving it!

This tea produced such a beautiful roasted caramel sweet delight. I was at the 4th infusion before I had to leave for work so I’m excited for 5pm to come around so I can head home and have more!


Flavors: Caramel, Roasted, Sweet


Sounds nice!

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This hit the spot. I love Plum Deluxe’s black flavored teas. This one reminds me of orange ice cream but not like those orange dreamsicles (which are yummy as well). The orange flavor has a brighter fresher sweeter flavor compared to a dreamsicle. Not so tart. I’m renaming this tea Orange Love because that is what it is. Creamy Orange Love.

The cream is subtle but definitely there and the black tea base is outstanding. I love this one. Really enjoyed it. Drank this tea while watching Arrow. Anybody watch it? I’m hooked and I’m only on episode 4.

For the rest of the rambling about Arrow and this orange treat. . .


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drank Block Party Pomegranate by Teakoe
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This was a great tea for my son’s 10th birthday party yesterday. I didn’t go by the package instructions on how to brew it but instead went with just a simple cold brew. This was pretty good. If I hadn’t read on the package that this was a green tea I would have thought this was just a straight herbal. The pomegranate flavor is the fore front flavor you pick up with the sweetness from the stevia falling right behind. There is hibiscus in this blend but it is slight and only provides a nice contrast to the stevia, giving the tea some tartness. The tea went over really well. So far I’m impressed with this company.
For the rest of my ramblings on this gloomy Monday-

Happy Monday all!!

Liquid Proust

This has nothing to do with your review, but as I think about the amount of jealousy I have when I see all of the interesting tea finds you get to try… I think if there ever becomes an underground league that do unspeakable things, I imagine you being somewhere in the high ranks.

If this league already exist: Hello, my name is Andrew and I keep secrets very well…


You crack me up Andrew. . .But yes. . I will give you the secret code and secret handshake to get in the league. . .

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This tea was part of a monthly service from ChaHoney. ChaHoney is a monthly subscription plan that sends you 4 teas from a company so you get to sample them before you decided to place a full fledged order. They don’t create the teas but more or less provide samples from tea companies that maybe you wouldn’t think about ordering from. I kind of like this idea.

This particular box from ChaHoney featured Tribute Teas. A company I had never had any teas from before. First one I tried was this one, 2014 Yunnan Moonlight Buds-White Tea. I am impressed. Sweet, stone fruit like, delicate white tea love hit me all at one from the first sip. I’m now on the 5th infusion and the tea is starting to turn more sour and I’m liking the contrast. Not sure how much more this tea will give, but I’m thinking I’m about at that point.

For more of my ramblings. . . http://www.cuppageek.com/index.php/2015/07/17/chahoneys-monthly-box-review-tribute-teas-2014-moonlight-buds/

Flavors: Malt, Peach, Sweet

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drank Rainy Day Tea by Yokai Tea
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This tea fits in perfectly with the rainy season we have been experiencing lately. Geez. I was joking with a client yesterday about how we needed to start gathering the animals two by two.

On to the tea. . .This is one of the better earl grey blends. And it evens has lavender in it, something I’m not typically a fan of. I’m glad to see that the first tea I tried from Yokai Tea was a hit. Smooth, sweet, citrus like with hints of floral. The bergamot didn’t dominate the cuppa either. All around-a solid earl grey!


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I don’t necessarily agree with the name of this one. I think it should just be Happiness Green or Green Happiness instead of the Holiday part. This tea is just fab!!
Jasmine, mint, cinnamon, anise seeds, green tea, hibiscus. . . I know a crazy concoction of ingredients but they work so well together. Almost like a jasmine sweet chai. I’m hooked.


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This was a nice tasty tea. I had it kind of late last night so I added some cream to it, something I usually don’t do very often. I made two cups, one for me and one for Jason (his was plain). First sip of this plain and it was delicious. Rich, smooth, and well balanced. When I added the cream to my cup, I swear I could pick up honey notes. Pretty good.

For the rest of my ramblings. . . .

Any one else excited about the Ash vs The Evil Dead series? The trailer dropped yesterday. So awesome!

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Oh where to begin. Its been a crazy couple years. My life has completely been turned upside down but I’m very happy where I landed. I’m finally in a great place-Living with an amazing guy and his hilarious yet full of attitude twin teenage boys, and my two adorable kiddos in Central Illinois and there is no other place I’d want to be.

Now on to the tea: I love all kinds. I’m not a huge fan of red rooibos but I love green rooibos. Beyond that, I’ll try everything once or twice to make sure I didn’t bumble up the steepings. If you are interested in something from me, just holler at me. I’m always up for trying new tea blends or sharing with others!

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