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drank Pineapple Oolong by Tea Licious
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I finally got around to trying one of my Tea Licious samples! Yikes.

This one reminded me a lot of DAVIDsTEA’s Long Life Oolong, flavouring-wise. That is a peach-flavoured oolong, so it will be interesting to try the Tea Licious peach oolong I also have. However, the oolong is much nicer. It’s fresh and green and stands up to the flavour really well. The flavouring is alright. I’m not a huge fan as I get a bit of the same slightly soapy quality from it as I do from Long Life Oolong. Overall, good but not stellar. I’m looking forward to the peach.

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drank Neapolitan Honeybush by 52teas
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drank Blueberry Bush by Teaopia
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This was better as a cold tea, but just something to drink. Not very flavourful.

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drank Golden Yunnan by Chi of Tea
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This sample had been floating about forever in my tea corner, and was perfect for this morning. Deep, dark, rich, smooth.

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drank Coconut Blossom by Tealish
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This stuff is so good. Creamy and slightly sweet, with that awesome fresh young coconut taste. A definite rebuy.

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drank Strawberry Tea by Narien Teas
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This is a nice berry tea, and I can tend to be picky with the berry-flavoured blacks. Subtle and natural-tasting strawberry.

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I think I am officially over ordering tea from the US, for the most part. I’ve found great options from the UK, and I cannot get over the difference in shipping cost. Also, I placed my order on May 29 around noon (i.e. end of working day in the UK), and I just received it on June 2. This is blowing my mind.

Anyway, on to the tea itself. This has plenty of green in it, though less than the Jungpana. The dry leaf smells quite like hay. The liquor is nice and gold-amber, and yum! This is definitely less green-tasting than the Jungpana and with a bit more body. Deliciously smooth and sweet.

Angrboda

I’m amazed that it isn’t both faster and cheaper from the US O.o Exactly how fierce is the US/Canada border control???

(UK based, I’ve had a number of interesting things from Nothing But Tea, they’re recommendable.)

Uniquity

What??? Delivery in three days…Holy Hannah, I need in. Something to consider next time I try out a new company – What was the shipping like?

Jessie

Thank you! I will check Nothing But Tea out as I’ve seen them mentioned before as well.

I’m not sure what border control is really like, but when I have packages with tracking crossing the border never seems to be the part that takes forever. It doesn’t actually cost a fortune to ship US-Canada, but a lot of American companies see it as a way to make some extra money off our orders which doesn’t seem to be the case with the UK companies I’ve looked at. A few American companies have been reasonable, but most are ridiculous.

Uniquity: I only ordered 125g of tea and shipping was something like $4 for air mail. Air mail wouldn’t be necessary, I think, because this was so fast!

Jessie

Oh, and this tea house mentions something on their site about optimized small package shipping rates for orders between 500g and 1kg.

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I only got two infusions out of this (spring 2011) before deciding I need something strong and black to encourage me to stay awake to study. It’s a shame. This is really nice, fresh-tasting, and refreshing. A little bit buttery, but lighter than the description makes me think it’ll be. Hopefully I will find time for the abandoned leaves in the morning.

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