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drank Bravissimo by DAVIDsTEA
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Rough cough from allergies and yuck, so this is actually the first of the morning. (Kind of unusual for me to be drinking an herbal, first thing.)

The small amount of sweetness was interesting, but I liked the rest of the blend better.

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drank Super Ginger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Super ginger indeed! But I love the taste!

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drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
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Another Herbal TTB special, smelling strongly of strawberries, mostly. The taste is much the same. I wonder, though, how it would taste cold?

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Herbal TTB, you are pretty awesome. That is, the people of the Herbal Traveling Tea Box are pretty awesome folks.
Mango rooibos…a new flavor combination for me…enjoyable!

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drank Jolly Jellybean by DAVIDsTEA
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The first non-Adagio rooibos of the day from the Herbal TTB.
Weak. Tart. Kind of jellybean-flavored. Mostly fruity.

albertocanfly

That’s about what I thought about this tea.. strangely, when it cooled, the flavors were amplified a little bit..making it much better…but it still had less flavor than I was expecting, too.

Spencer

Hmm, I might have to consider another cup – cold this time.

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drank Rooibos Orange by Adagio Teas
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Enjoying the Herbal TTB, this afternoon. This one smells almost…bitter.
The flavor is a bit like that, too. Not a huge fan.

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drank Rooibos Earl Grey by Adagio Teas
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Another Herbal TTB
The aroma of the dry leaf was heavily bergamot’ed, but the flavor was quite smooth.

Preparation
8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Felix Felicis by Adagio Teas
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Hazelnut, honeybush, and rooibos…wow.

Another sampling of the 2014 Herbal TTB.

I had not yet looked at the ingredients list, when I opened the package, but it smelled amazing, and I could not wait to make a cup of it. Based on how my last two cups of the morning have gone, I fully anticipated oversteeping this one, too.

Only an extra minute got added onto the steep time. Hazelnut is prominent, but the taste itself is not overly sweet. Rather, it is more roasted nut flavor, which makes for a pleasant cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Rooibos Lemon Cloud by Adagio Teas
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Another blend from the Herbal TTB.

I brought a number of samples from the traveling tea box with me to work, and, as it looks to be a quiet day in the office, I should have good chances to do some sampling (without the internal pressure to review them, like I put on myself).

Slightly oversteeped (if that is even such a thing with rooibos), and it did not negatively impact the drink. Lemongrass and rooibos…not something I had ever tried, but definitely one of which I need to make a habit. As others have described it, this does carry a creamy taste/texture – not bad!

Sipping this certainly beats solely listening to the droning presenter in my current work meeting.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Rooibos Vanilla by Adagio Teas
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From the 2014 Herbal TTB, I accidentally steeped this for ten minutes, rather than five, due to a coworker, who would not stop talking, but…strong rooibos is good rooibos. Not overly sweet, and the vanilla merged with the rooibos wonderfully.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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