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Made this into a hot chocolate per boyfriends request since he adores mint. I drank it because it duh, it had chocolate and sugar in it, but the mint kind of ruined it for me – I just don’t like the flavor combination (it’s because I could take or leave the mint itself, I think).

But the boyfriend definitely liked it. He said he would have preferred peppermint, if we had it, but as it was, he practically slurped it down. :)

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 30 sec

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91
drank Buttered Popcorn by 52teas
770 tasting notes

Day 1 of the 12 teas of Christmas…

SURPRISE! Wasn’t expecting this! And then I looked up the date it was made and realized it was from November 2010 (but after the 2010 12 Teas of Christmas had already been finalized) I was hoping Frank would do it this way (why yes, I have given this too much thought) because otherwise a lot of teas could be excluded from the final list, if you only include teas from January – October.

Anyway, on to the tea! I’m trying to identify what the tea is before I look at the label, just to see if I can. When I first opened this pouch I could smell…fruity. But it also smelled familiar somehow. I eventually gave up and pulled the label out, and realized I was likely smelling the butter smell from other blends (Pancake breakfast, etc). Don’t know why the fruit essence came to mind, but it didn’t show up in the smell of the steeped tea.

I steeped up about 2 tsp. of this in my Breville (500 ml water) at the below parameters. The smell of the steeped liquor was BUTTER. Like in your face, without a doubt butter. During the sip the butter predominates, and in the aftertaste the popcorn makes itself known. I’m drinking this without additives (although I did try salt and some honey to bring out the flavors to the previous cup, but it hurt rather than helped in the end) and I think the taste is really accurate. It’s definitely a black tea, and the flavoring is in perfect balance with it.

I also have to admit I’m a little surprised at myself – I mean, I like savory teas, but I’ve never really gone for the idea of a savory flavored blend. I just assumed it would be not to my tastes. But it’s really, really good! And I came on to Steepster after it was produced last year so I would have never gotten a chance to taste this if I hadn’t gotten the sampler – so yay for new experiences!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
KeenTeaThyme

I wanted to try this too! It was in my 12-days of xmas pack, too, but it had split open and spilled all over! I tried contacting Frank about it, but I guess he’s too busy right now. This does sound amazing…

LiberTEAS

@KeenTeaThyme: I am sure Frank will make it right, he is very good about things like that. :)

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I have 3 pouches left on my site www.iHeartTeas.com and a coupon code for 25% off Code: SecretSanta25 just an FYI if you want a full pouch. :)

CHAroma

52teas also made a few extra fresh batches of all the 12 Days of Christmas blends. You can buy them here: http://www.52teas.com/in-stock/

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84
drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
770 tasting notes

This is one of the few flavored teas that the boyfriend will drink, so I tend to make it at night for the both of us as he doesn’t drink tea in the morning.

This also marks the end to a fabulous day – I’m officially done with my classes for the semester, grades are in and I did well, and the 12 teas of Christmas starts tomorrow – I can’t wait!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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66
drank JavaVana Mate by Teavana
770 tasting notes

Just one last test and I am DONE for the semester.

I’m almost out of this tisane. It is quite palatable with sugar, but I prefer 52 teas chocomate to this so I’m thinking I won’t be rebuying it when I run out. (Well, that and I’d preferably like to spend money at shops other than Teavana, if I can help it).

Anyway, back to studying!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
The DJBooth

This one actually does have assam in it with the Mate. Definitely one of my favorites.

JoonSusanna

You’re right – I always forget about the assam for some reason; probably because I can never taste it since it’s so overwhelmingly COFFEE! to me. And it’s definitely one of the better blends from Teavana, IMHO.

The DJBooth

Agreed their roasted Mates are some of the best there are. However I’m thinking I might have to try the chocomate now from 52 Teas.

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95

Backlogging a cup from this morning – it was just the calm start to the day that I needed.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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93

4 tsp. to 500 ml. water, at the below parameters in my Breville. Taken without additives.

Today when I prepared this the leaves smelled slightly spicy – cinnamon-esque with some cocoa, too. It retained that aroma once steeped, and the dark brown liquor tasted exactly as it smelled. The mouthfeel was starchy and chewy – with light astringency at the finish.

I love this – it’s going to go on my shopping list, as will samples of the other Yunnan black teas offered by Teavivre.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Dong Ding by thepuriTea
770 tasting notes

Second infusion from last nights’ leaves, 8 minute steep.

The scent of the leaves is surprisingly floral, and less grassy this time. The creamy mouthfeel is diminished this time around, leaving a green, grassy and lightly floral tea that I had (and really enjoyed) with my breakfast this morning. It does well when paired with food – better as a background tea than as the main focus, if that makes any sense. Not something I’ll be buying but I would not refuse a cup, if it were offered to me again.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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74
drank Dong Ding by thepuriTea
770 tasting notes

This is a very light, clean tea – I used the entire sample (which ended up being about 10 grams) of the tightly rolled green leaves in about 18 oz. of water at below parameters.

What I got was a pale yellow liquor with a creamy texture, and a spinachy taste and smell. Considering the amount of leaf used I can only imagine how light it would be if I used the 1-2 grams of leaf per cup that was recommended.

While it was a nice gentle tea – it was very straightforward in both taste and smell. I’m not really sensing any difference (besides the texture, I guess) between this and green teas. Is there something I’m missing?

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Mercuryhime

depending on the oolong, it can taste more like green tea or more like black tea since oolong is something between the two in terms of oxidation. Also, if you keep resteeping, the subsequent steeps with have a stronger taste. Are you new to oolongs?

TeaBrat

Maybe it was kind of a boring oolong… :)

JoonSusanna

@Mercuryhime – I just resteeped this but if anything noticed a thinner mouthfeel than after my initial steep. I’m guessing it’s because I do such long steeps to get the strength of the tea just right for my tastes. But, yes, I am very new to oolongs – so far I prefer the milk and dan congs because they have a little more going on than some of the others I’ve tried.

@Amy oh – I think that boring is actually a pretty apt description. It’s not bad at all, it just would be better paired with food than as a stand alone.

TeaBrat

I really liked the dong ding by naivetea but their version is baked and aged a bit, i believe

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100
drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
770 tasting notes

I made this as a tea infused hot cocoa since it worked so well on the Teavana almond biscotti yesterday. My hypothesis was that this tea + hot cocoa would taste like an Almond Joy in liquid form. I’m super happy to report that it actually kind of did!

I already knew that this was one of my favorite flavored teas, but if I could, I would raise it up above 100 because of how well it’s playing with the hot cocoa.

Seriously, this is a tea that can do no wrong.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ssajami

I totally agree! This is one of the all-time BEST teas

Ninavampi

Hmm…. Now I must buy this!

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83
drank Red Robe by thepuriTea
770 tasting notes

I used the entire sample provided by thepuriTea in 500 ml. water in my Breville.

The scent and initial taste of the dry leaf was very strongly reminiscent of an earthy black tea, but it turns into more of a roasted green (genmaicha-ish) in scent and taste once steeped. I’m not really getting any other nuances in this infusion, but the boyfriend likes it enough to go another round so we’ll see what develops.

As it stands, this is a nice solid tea that would pair well with savory foods.

ETA: As the first steep cooled, there was a distinct nutty taste in the liquor – I was hoping that it would show up more in the second steep, but it did not. The second steep (at five minutes) was much like the first, with the exception of it being a little lighter in taste and texture. Overall I think that it wasn’t a bad tea, just not an overly complex one.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 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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