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Backlog from yesterday.

With milk and sugar this actually completely transforms into liquid candy corn. And this is even when making sure I didn’t put one of the candy corns (there are whole ones in the blend) to steep!

So, flavor accuracy is there. The only thing is, it is really WEIRD to have liquid candy corn in your mouth. I really like that chewy texture of the candy corn and apparently that’s a big part of the experience for me. Brain is having trouble computing the whole drinking when you should be chewing thing. Which is even more silly because some of my favorite teas are things that you CHEW (Blueberry cream cheese danish, pancake breakfast, etc).

All that is to say I’ll drink this and it’s perfect for this time of year, but clearly I’ve got a mental short circuit that I need to work on. :) This is not one I’d reorder, but its a fun one time blend to try!

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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What a delicious Thursday morning.

The air is crisp outside and I have the day off. I’m trying to psych myself up to make an apple pie and chose this tea to get me motivated…and I think it worked! A little sugar and milk and I’ve got cinnamon apple amazing in my cup. There isn’t a note of crust, per se, but the cinnamon adds a sort of pastry note…. its heavy and comforting and complements the chill in the morning.

Had with some homemade waffles and maple syrup for breakfast, because it just seemed like the thing to do. Now off to go make some pie crust! I love fall!

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Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

MMmmm homemade waffles? Pie crust? You’re makin me hungry :)

Tealizzy

Sounds like an awesome day off to me!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Sounds like my day off

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drank French Toast by 52teas
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My whole body hurts. I did a 4 hour cave tour yesterday and a 5.5 mile hike the day before that. I got so muddy my jeans turned into khakis and I had to pressure wash them before doing laundry. Good thing I don’t work until tomorrow, because OW.

Before I left to go underground though I had a quick cup of this. The dry leaf smell REALLY nailed french toast yesterday, it was sweet and bready so I decided to have some with cinnamon toast. I added milk and sugar to 10 oz. of water at the below parameters.

SUCCESS! I don’t know if enough time has passed that everything has just finally blended itself together, or if I finally just nailed the right ratio of leaf to steep time, but THIS cup tasted like french toast with just a hint of powdered sugar. I got the toasty bread flavor!!!

It really hit the spot yesterday, for whatever reason. Now I’m just hoping I’ll be able to duplicate it!

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Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
JustJames

i always wanted to go spelunking…. i really liked this tea too. it boosted me through a couple of days talking to government officials, lol. it fixes stuff!

OMGsrsly

A cave tour sounds so cool. :)

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
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Whenever I think of Butterbeer I think of the first time Harry had it – when he snuck down to the Three Broomsticks in his Invisibility cloak. I remember the way J.K. Rowling described it – the way it warmed him down to his toes on that cold night. She was so good with writing things in a way I could feel. I think that’s why I’ve never been able to do the movies – they just paled in comparison to the fully fleshed out story she gave me to play out in my head.

I say that because this particular cup, this morning (with milk and sugar as additives), really managed to capture that warmth and comforting feeling. It took me right back to the middle of book 3, and for a tea called Butterbeer there really can be no higher praise, can there?

I have the next few days off, and I’m thinking I really should do myself a favor and spend it rereading some of those books. For the umpteenth time. With plenty of tea by my side.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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New tea to try! YAY! And it was the tea of the week last week, but it actually came out on my birthday (last Wednesday) so I am just self absorbed enough to pretend it was Frank’s birthday present to me! A birthday present I paid for, but I’ll go with it, haha. :)

It was really tempting not to eat that candy corn sitting so innocently, all whole and pretty, on top of the leaf. But I was good, and for the full experience, I let it just do it’s thing and melt into the hot water as it steeped at the below parameters. I did 1.5 tsp., no additives for my first cup.

Dry leaf smell – kind of musty, kind of vanilla-y? I feel like I’ve smelled this before. Maybe it’s the caramel flavoring Frank uses? Anyway, it wasn’t bad it was just familiar and not immediately discernible as candy corn.

Taste wise it did actually evolve into candy corn as the tea cooled off. At first it was just a generic sweetness in a black tea but then I did pick up on a caramel/vanilla flavor. I will try it with additives but it was good without – I’ll have to be careful if I do add sugar because I don’t think it would take much to make this overly sweet.

Pretty yummy, though – and I love how well timed it is for October!

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Jackie T

I ordered this for my dad and he’s visiting this weekend, I hope he brings the tea because I’m dying to try it!

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Backlog from a few days ago. I am so bad about starting these reviews and then just leaving them for hours lately.

This one was good. I just added some sugar, no milk, and a little more leaf than usual because I’ve had this a while and was worried about flavor loss. Nope. I mean, there’s strawberry, anyway. And it was still pretty creamy without creamer, and zabaglione is a kind of custard so that’s where that comes from.

I’m just in a tea rut, I think. It was a good cup but since it’s not really new to me I’m not really saying anything I haven’t said before. I do think it’s aged really well, though, because it has good flavor to it and it’s probably well past the age it should!

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Iced tea season is never REALLY over for me, but the weather is changing enough that I’m wanting to reach for hot tea about as often as cold.

This is still as awesome as the first time I had it iced – it has a creaminess without needing any additives and the sherbet really pops with my typical iced tea ratio of sugar.

I have a couple of these left and I’ll be hoarding them.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Mmmmmmmmmm making my mouth water

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And just like that, its pumpkin season.

Literally overnight the weather has cooled off and the days are shorter. Even a few days ago I wouldn’t have been reaching for a pumpkin flavored tea but it’s kind of nice to see the seasons changing.

Even if I do like summer and wasn’t quite ready to let go of it yet.

I made this with milk and got mostly the spices rather than any actual pumpkin, but I’ve had it for a while and that could be why. I think the flavor overall is a little weak but next time I’ll compensate by adding more leaf.

Anyway, it was a great introduction to fall this morning!

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Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
teataku

I also found that this tea lost considerable pumpkin-ness over time. Sad, really. :(

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Backlog from yesterday morning.

I made this extra strong yesterday accidentally, but it was a good accident. Probably the best cup I’ve ever had: really strong on the blueberry, creamy and desserty. I ordered an extra pouch of this with my candy corn tea (because CANDY CORN!) so that I would always have some on hand.

It’s one of my favorite teas ever.

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drank Butter Pecan by Compass Teas
779 tasting notes

Tea of this morning.

Prep notes: 1.5 tsp. leaf, 10 oz. water, milk, some sugar.

Mmm. I’m not an ice cream person but I make an exception for butter pecan. Seeing that butter pecan tea was a thing? Yes. Please.

As far as a tasting note, though, I’m not really sure I’ve got too much to say- it is absolutely dead on butter pecan, balances well with the black tea, and I finished the cup pretty fast. In general Compass Teas have been 100% on point with all of their tea blends, so if you are wanting to order from them you will definitely get the flavors they’re promising!

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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A few of my favorite teas (in no particular order):

*Dessert flavored blacks
*Breakfast blends
*Virtually any black tea (but lapsang/keemun!)
*Dancong oolong
*Sencha
*Dragonwell

When it comes to tea, I feel like the 10th Doctor says it best:

“Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. "

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