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Have you ever had a Thai Iced tea? This tea really threw me for a loop. I don’t know why I wasn’t expecting a hot Thai Iced tea, but I wasn’t. That is exactly what this is. It’s Thai Iced tea… except hot. So, I supposed if you brewed this, chilled it, served it over ice with some cream or soy creamer you’d have a pretty good Thai Iced tea. It’s even the right shade of red-orange and has the right ‘thickness’. It kinda freaked me out a little. And btw, it tastes and smells a lot better than it smells in the box.

I have to give it a decent rating because I assume that is what they were going for and if so, it’s spot on. It’s not really for me though.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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This tea has become an evening favorite. When I first got tried it, I was “meh, it’s pretty good” but had no plans to order it again. Now I drink it almost every night and I am down to 2 teabags. And, I just placed an order for another tin. They must put crack in this.

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Jim sent me a sample of this a long long time ago after I told him that I liked my oolong teas to taste like chinese restaurant tea. I thought I had logged it but I guess not. I know I’ve had some of it before now, so I don’t know why I didn’t log it! I found some of this remaining hidden in the back of my tea drawer. It seemed like the perfect choice for reading a book with a cat in my lap.

This brewed up pretty light, so I might not have used enough tea leaves (2 tsp). Despite how light it was, I could still taste a beautiful oolong with a touch of maltiness and nuttiness. It has no astringency. The color of the tea is exactly as pictured. I like it!

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Something to cleanse the palate after the Maple Bacon tea. This is perfect. I’ll be sorry when I run out of this one since SpecialTeas is gone.

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drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
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OK, I’ve been staring at this sample in my tea drawer for weeks now. Chris_s gave me a sample. I’ve been afraid to try it, worried it would be as bad as my experience with puehr (which to me, tastes like a fish market).

So, now I’ve brewed it. It sits next to me, mocking me. What to do. How long can I stall? When it was brewing, I smelled it and actually gagged. Meaty liquid ham smell.

Alright, here goes.

The smell of the brewed tea is black tea, smokey, and meaty. Not sure this works for a vegan (the bacon bits in this tea are actually not made of animal products in case you are wondering).

I tasted it. Hmm. Weird. At first sip, I liked it. It was a nice black tea with smokey maple syrup. The maple adds a mild sweetness (and I added a touch of agave nectar). But… at the end, the flavor of the bacon bits really takes over. The bacony meaty smokey ham-like flavor is all in the aftertaste. Alrighty then. Not as bad as I expected, but not going to finish this cup.

I also (like Lisbet) will give this a pretty high rating as it is exactly as advertised. But, it’s just not for me.

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Southern Boy Teas

For anyone who is interested, this tea is completely vegan. Even the natural “bacon-like” flavor we use is natural, vegan and KOSHER! (Sorry I find that amusing somehow.

But not as amusing as this review of our Smoky Bacon Tea: http://vimeo.com/14073554


Thanks Frank!

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I had a cup of this last night at book group. It tastes pretty good, but the pomegranate is pretty strong and overwhelms the white. If you’d asked me to identify what kind of tea it was, I’d have said herbal. I would not have guessed white. Even so, I liked it ok. I wouldn’t go buy it but also wouldn’t turn it down if someone offered me a cup. I had this unsweetened.

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I almost always hate pomegranate teas and this STILL makes me miss TJs. Wahhh! Habenero-Lime salsa!


I know what you mean. Before we got TJ’s here we’d take empty suitcases every time we went to Boston just to fill with stuff from Trader Joe’s. Even at their worst they’re still better than any other store.


They have some really great unique stuff. I loved their multi-grain chips. They’ll never come to TX though- the tax on selling their alcohol is too high, they say, so the prices they’d have to charge wouldn’t fit their business model. Sigh.


Now that you mention it… I wonder where she got this tea. There is no Trader Joes in Utah!


She must have a hookup :)

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drank Mayan Cocoa Spice by Yogi Tea
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This teabag was a gift from Lisbet. I luckily read the reviews here before I made it. I made a smaller cup with this teabag than I otherwise might have to increase the strength and I added a couple of tablespoons of rice milk to it. I don’t think I would have liked it at all without the addition of rice milk. It’s ok. Drinkable. I taste a mild chocolate flavor and a fair amount of cinnamon. It’s been a snowy morning here and this is a nice mid-morning treat.

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You know, when I first bought this one I really liked it. By the end of the box I found myself hating it. I think I’m off chocolate teas right now.

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drank Rooibos Chai by Harney & Sons
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Harney’s sent me a 1 cup teabag sample of this tea with my last order. I’m not a big fan of chai, so it’s taken me a while to get around to trying this one. And, unexpectedly, I like it. It’s not overly spiced and the rooibos isn’t overwhelming. It’s a nice lightly spiced rooibos with cinnamon, clove, and cardamom flavors. I added a couple of tablespoons of rice milk and no sweetener (can you believe that?). I sweeten almost all teas so I was surprised to find that I like this unsweetened. Perhaps that is what I need to do with all chais (add no sweetener).

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I can’t see rice milk and chai together w/o shuddering. I’ve only had authentic chai (at an Indian restaurant run by an Indian family) once, but it was horrible. It tasted like cardamom steeped in EXTREMELY scorched chocolate rice milk. I couldn’t drink it.


Well, rice milk isn’t my fav, but i get it super cheap at costco and it’s what I bring to work.

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drank Cranberry Autumn by Harney & Sons
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Cranberry and orange are definitely not my favorite flavors on this planet, especially not when put together, so this is something I wouldn’t look for normally. Chris_s gave me a large sample of this, so I got a chance to try it.

It smells like candy in the bag. Once brewed, it has a nice non-astringent black base and I can taste a light orange flavor in the background. The cranberry is more like a craisin (sweetened cranberry) and there is something both candy-like and lightly floral that I cannot put my finger on. And, I agree with TeaEqualsBliss that there is also a grape flavor to this. I kind of like it, but its not really my thing. If you like cranberries and orange and candy, then you will probably love this.

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I had a cranberry orange cupcake yesterday. It was actually delicious. As a tea I’m intrigued…. wouldn’t order it myself, but curious nonetheless.


I’m planning on sending some of this to you. Chris gave me enough to share and said he didn’t mind if I sent the rest to you.



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Bleah. Dislike. Raspberry kool-aid mixed with the flavor of melted crayons. I don’t think I need to elaborate further.

PS – Thanks Lisbet for the sample. :)

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Ew.. melted crayons. Wow.


Yeah I kinda hated this one too, but I thought just maybe, maybe it was me and you would dig it. Seems like no :)

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Rating Scale:
90-100 – Love it. Must order this one again.
75-90 – Pretty good. Maybe I’ll order it again.
60-75 – It’s ok. Drinkable. It’s not my thing, but someone else might love it. Won’t order again.
50-60 – Meh. I wish I hadn’t ordered it, but i’ll finish this cup.
30-60 – Barely drinkable. – Throwing away/giving away the rest of this one.
0-30 – Went down the drain. Too sad to even pass along to friends.


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