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I have this one a few times now, from the generous sample included in my order from about a month ago. The smell was very intense, and incredibly orangey – but a good orange, not that sickly sweet orange that some teas can carry.

I steeped this a little longer than my usual oolong, and I really wasn’t getting oolong at all, just ginger and orange as the water slowly garnered a luscious amber tone. It was a very enjoyable cup, stimulating and tastey. The orange and ginger were well balanced, but the oolong was overpowered. I didn’t mind, however, as I really enjoyed this and appreciated the clear tisane-like notes.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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Bought a tin of gasp tea bags at a local bagel shop (bags, because they did not have the loose leaf pf this blend). I don’t know how long these have been on the shelf, or whether I’m just way past tea bags now. I was really hoping to love this tea. Rather, it was flat, like a can of diet coke left on a hot deck midsummer (not that I drink much diet coke any more). I’m wondering if the loose leaf would be better. A girl can hope…

Preparation
3 min, 45 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

I have never been happy with Republic of Tea’s offerings. And I want to like it. They sound like they’ve got it goin on. Like Celestrial Seasons, the write-ups are dih-VINE, but the actual brew lets me down. The amounts of leaf in theRofTea bags is pretty stingy, even for a mere 250mL / 8oz serving. I’ve heard of other Steepsteries using two bags per serving.

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drank Blueberry Merlot by Tea Forte
53 tasting notes

More sage, less hibiscus, and this would be a far better tisane. It smells lovely, but is a little too astringent. I love blueberries, so I was hoping for more. le sigh

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec

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drank Crème de Menthe by DAVIDsTEA
53 tasting notes

I love all that is mint. Flavored puerh is just wrong, but the other flavors with the creme de menthe base were calling – vanilla, licorice and cinnamon. Yumm!

Certainly no puerh to be found in this cup, as the other flavors overtake the base tea…however, that’s fine by me. It’s nice cup, not a perfect ten but certainly worth trying.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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Nice for a flavored black tea. The rum, the butter, the coconut and caramel are all there, nicely balanced with a good black tea base. I’ve taken to drinking this one after work I’m not quite sure why, but the decadence is quite relaxing. I wasn’t sure if I’d like the buttered notes, but indeed they are just right. This one will likely knock Earl Grey off as my standard flavored black!

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
53 tasting notes

So this is a serious fave now. So much, that I’m being naughty and am trying to recreate it at home. I don’t think I’ll ever match frank, but I’m coming close.

His rocks though. This energy boosting, choco- satisfying, coffee-busting mate is a real winner. You’ll love that I originally thought I was buying the honey bush for a night time drink, though. This serendipitous mistake totally has turned my morning beverage at work around!

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90

Mmmmmm….this was a winner. Elder son and I enjoyed some last night. The tea smells amazing when you open the bag. Is this really a tea, or a packaged tropical party waiting to happen? The visual appeal of the pineapple chunks and coconut flakes is superb. I wanted to eat them whole, but didn’t want to lose out in my tea. So I was good and didn’t num them right up before brewing a pot.

Sipping this tea really does take you to a beach somewhere. It reminded me of the endless pina coladas at caribean resorts, only lighter, and more refreshing ( and more appropriate in the middle of Canadian winter). For an enjoyable tisane, I’d drink ths any day! And with that, I ordered another four teas from Frank. I know I won’t be disappointed.

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
53 tasting notes

Major edit. My palate is not working — darn cold! Apparently when I brewed this, my colleague definitely had choco aroma drifting over…so I suspect I will be double-choco-wowed when my nose returns!

Hmm. Not quite sure about this one. It wasn’t what I had expected , but once I got over that, it was quite an enjoyable cup. I experienced the roasted, the cocoa nibs (but not so much choco as cocoa), missed the malt, but enjoyed the toasty warm, energizing unexpected cup I was left with. I also have a cold this week, though, so I may update this if my palate has a different opinion next week! Still worth it, especially as an alternative to coffee.
Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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