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drank Carnival Blend by Georgia Tea Company
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This is different. I let it steep for a really long time because it was pretty blah after 5 minutes. It’s somewhat better now, but nothing jumps out at me about it.

I get the apple and a bit of papaya, the sweetness comes with a beet flavor. I don’t know what the popcorn is adding, I got a big kernel in this cup, and I’m not getting anything toasty or savory from it.

I like this way better cold. I can taste the fruits in here a bit better, but I’m still not entirely a fan of it.
It tastes like very sweet cider. I’m gonna see if it’s any better if it’s cold.

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drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
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As soon as I opened the packaging, I liked this tea. It has that classic tea smell, earthy, smoky, sweet, all in one.

I love how much this tea tastes like caramel. I go through caramel obsession phases and I am in the midst of one right now.

It’s a good, hearty tea that is absolutely perfect to have with how cold it is here today. Perfectly smooth, just a tad sweet, and not at all bitter.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Thai Tea Blend by Teavana
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I still love this tea, and I’m glad it’s been tucked away since they discontinued it. It still tastes just as good as before.

I can’t figure out if I like it better hot or cold. I think it’s sweet enough on its own, and the flavor is so good that I don’t want to ruin it with milk, so I don’t make any sort of fake Thai iced tea.

I can taste everything in here: vanilla, almond, coconut. It doesn’t come off like a cookie like other teas I have of this same flavor, which is nice. Like I said, it’s just sweet enough.

My mom bought some of the more expensive “Thai tea” they introduced after killing this one off but she left it in the bag from the store so I guess I won’t be trying it anytime soon to see if it even tastes the same. I think it smelled spicier than this one so booooo Teavana, this one was good.

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I’ve never been much for white tea, but this one has made me think otherwise.

I always thought they were too light and delicate for my liking. Wrong. I steeped this three times, and I could probably keep going.

The first time it was so sweet and it really tasted like cucumber. The second infusion was super flavorful, less cucumber tasting and more floral and all around good. The third I didn’t like as much as the second, but I really, really liked the second steep.

I love all the information given about the tea on the package. I really like this tea.

(a sample was provided to me to review)

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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This is so good to have along with chocolate that isn’t too sweet. I am not getting too much of the cream cheese flavor this time around, but the sweet fruity flavor of raspberry goes so well with some chocolate cake.

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drank Genmai Cha by Adagio Teas
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the most notable new thing was that I spilled it on myself. on my birthday. There needs to be some kind of award for that.

Other than that, still love this and it’s toasty goodness.


Happy Birthday!


thank you!


Yay! I hope you had a good birthday! :)


thank you, I did!

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drank Blueberry Black Tea by TeaFuse
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drank Organic Darjeeling by ZenTea
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I bought this from ZenTea’s shop, so it just says “organic Darjeeling,” but on their site it looks to be “Darjeeling Avongrove (organic)” so now I have at least some idea more of the tea. (Although not much since the description just talks about the different kinds of Darjeeling and not about this tea itself. Agh. I should have asked but I had been there to brainstorm and I was too excited by my idea.)

I’m guessing it’s a second flush, because I’ve seen the liquor of first flush Darjeelings and this is much darker, and that Muscat grape flavor is really, really there. This tastes more like grape than teas I’ve had with grapes in them and it’s creeping me out…in a good way.

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drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by TeaFuse
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I cannot believe some teahouse in Atlanta has this tea. I have been dying to try some, so while on my way out of town for Thanksgiving, I stopped over for some.

I am glad I got it. This stuff is amazing. It’s so light yet there’s this amazing creamy aftertaste. This is definitely going to be a splurge tea, it’s a good thing that I don’t live too close because when I run out I’ll probably immediately want more.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Look how cute this tea is. Not only does it have snowflake sprinkles it has dragées! So pretty.

Additionally it has chunks of marzipan and slivers of almond. The liquor smells just like marzipan, I can even smell the sweetness.

It even really tastes like marzipan, but as a bonus it isn’t as sweet as it smells. It’s just slightly got a medicinal taste, put I imagine if I steeped it a bit shorter that would be gone. Doesn’t bother me since I love rooibos, but the sweet almond flavor kind of brings it out a bit more.

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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