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drank Bon Bon by ESP Emporium
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I got a sample of this (and a few other teas) from Rachel (RachanaC) from her teatra.de site. Thank you so much Rachel – they got here so quickly and I’ll be going through them in the next few days, I’m sure. :)

This smelled almost coffee-like when I pulled it out – and since I’m doing some studying for end of the semester finals I figured I could use this to keep me awake for the night! The smell actually seems reminiscent of the Javavana Mate from Teavana. That is strange to me, because the ingredients are quite different. I see some coconut and chocolate shavings (yum!) in the dry leaf.

I used 3 tsp. of leaf to 500 ml. water in my Breville, per steeping instructions. Once steeped the aroma turns more to the chocolate side of things – a dark chocolate smell to be specific. After the cup has cooled a little, I taste the black base and get the coconut and chocolate more on the swallow/aftertaste. I think there’s a faint hint of coconut but it’s not too strong considering the huge shavings that were in the sample. The black tea is strong but not bitter, which is always a plus for me.

This is a pleasant tea. There isn’t anything that stands out about it, so I probably won’t be buying more when there are so many other teas out there to try, but it is nice to sip on while trying to cram a semester’s worth of information (back) into my brain…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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With some added maple syrup these flavors really do pop, although before I added any I took a sip and was pleased to taste the pancakes right before the black tea took over. I ordered an extra pouch of this since it was being reblended and I’m super glad I’ve nailed the parameters for myself – I’m going to enjoy many breakfasts with this one!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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100

A latte made of this is the nectar of the gods.
I haven’t had this in a while so I’m glad that I found it tonight to enjoy before bed. It is so wonderful, and it tastes just like coconut cheesecake.
Sigh. The perfect end to a relaxing weekend.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Ashley Bain

“A latte made of this is the nectar of the gods.” I second that statement.

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84
drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
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Had a heaping teaspoon of this in 8 oz water directly after my French Vanilla Assam from 52 teas as a sort of comparison, if you will…I know they’re different animals but they fill the same niche in my life and one has to prevail.
This one wins on scent of the dry leaf…but it is a much thinner mouthfeel than the assam. I think that could be remedied with milk and sugar, though, and maybe doing longer steeps, as I did have to increase the assam to 5 minute steeping to get that mouthfeel.
I think for today the Assam is winning, though…good thing it’s being reblended..

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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95

1.5 tsp in 10 oz water.
I just love how you get the vanilla flavor FIRST, and black tea as an afterthought.
It’s so smooth and the mouthfeel is perfect- this is a thick tea even without additives. It is definitely a morning starter drink, which is great, because that’s how I’m drinking it!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I love this one too. It is so different than most vanilla teas. Also wanted to let you know your order will be shipping today. Thanks again!

JoonSusanna

Thank you so much! I just saw the picture you sent me and did a little squee…I can’t wait!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Awesome! It has been shipped you should see it early next week. :-)

LiberTEAS

This is my very favorite tea from Frank.

JoonSusanna

It is quite good, especially the way I had it today with the longer steeping time. How long do you normally steep it for?

LiberTEAS

I am generally very cautious when I steep Assam teas, because I find them to be too bitter when I oversteep. I usually go for 2 1/2 minutes to 3 minutes with this tea (and most Assams!)

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Got this sample from Life in Teacup a while ago, and I found it while reorganizing my stash today.
The charcoal roast in the name scared me a little bit, mostly because I was not sure I’d like it – given my tendencies to hate anything with a charred flavor – but when I tasted it the flavor reminded me mostly of hojicha, though it’s not as…dark as hojicha. It’s roasted more in the way of the green – and as it cools a lighter flavor kind of takes over and that’s where I get some vague flowery scents and taste.
This tea nicely stands up to extended steeping times, getting stronger rather than bitter. I’m glad I was able to find this on a day when I had plenty of time to sit and appreciate it. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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84

I had an ounce of this left, and decided it would be best put to use in making a gallon of iced tea. (I like to make tea by the gallon – it seems like so much but it goes fast enough when you’re drinking only that in the summer – and when other people see you and can’t resist, at least you have enough to share. :) ) So I followed my typical iced tea prep – 30 g leaves to 8 cups water, added 1/2 cup sugar, steeped for 4 minutes and poured over 8 cups of ice.
As a rule, when I think iced tea I think of Lipton. I’m a creature of habit; I grew up on the stuff for 26+ years and so now it’s kind of my standard. Nostalgia is hard to overcome. This tea does come quite close to getting me to break with tradition, though..
This tea is fabulous iced. FABULOUS. There’s a dark honeyish note that the sugar brings out that adds a whole other dimension to that classic black tea taste. My boyfriend tasted the difference immediately without me saying anything, and voiced his approval of the change. Shame it’s the last of my stash for now…

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Steeped in 10 oz. of water.
The dry leaf smells sweet and toasty at the same time, but also separate from each other, if that makes any sense. In other words, it smells like it looks, which is to say, genmaicha with marshmallows added.
As far as taste goes – it is really interesting!
I get the genmaicha on the front of the sip, and after it’s gone, there’s the marshmallow – it’s not sweet, really but it is marshmallow, none the less. If I added some sugar or sweetener this would be right on for a rice krispy treat. I’m impressed!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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OH MY GOSH YUM.
I’m having this hot only because I was too impatient to try it iced – yet, anyway. I will definitely be doing that soon.
This is an amazing combination of pineapple, coconut, and green tea – I can’t get over just how accurate it is. I’m going to have so much fun drinking this!!!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Green Kukicha by Den's Tea
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My last of the Den’s tea samples – and I have to say, my least favorite.
It tasted fine, it just wasn’t anything different than other Kukicha teas that I’ve had. I think the Sencha was my favorite, and I will likely be re-ordering that soon!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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I have come to the point (as of October 2014) where quality in tea is more important than quantity. Especially because I’m a seasonal tea drinker where hot tea is concerned, and a SLOW one to boot. I generally don’t resteep only because I’d be here all day if I did, though I do break out a gaiwan from time to time.

I adore French teas in practically every iteration, Japanese Sencha (specifically from the Uji region, as they offer the most seaweed flavor), and Dan Cong oolongs. I am trying to focus on plain teas and so companies like Verdant, Upton, and Butiki are on my favorites list.

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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