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drank Oriental Beauty by Teas Etc
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I love this. The first steeping was really earthy, and really light. Second time around, it became very fruity and a bit floral, with a lot more depth. I hope to have a chance for a third steeping before I have to go out for the rest of the day!

It has not been bitter for me either time around…so far. First steeping was 4 minutes, second I kind of lost track but think it was around 5 1/2 minutes. More more more!

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All I really want to say is omg.

This is amazing. I love it. It’s just the right amount of sweetness, it’s got a great raspberry flavor, and HOW does it taste like tart cream cheese in my tea?! Fruity, tart, and creamy, and the honeybush is just the right sweetener it needs, at least for me.

I am actually getting hungry for a danish from the aftertaste that’s lingering in my mouth.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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This is interesting. I made enough to be able to taste a bit hot, and then have a glass of it iced later. I wasn’t really a fan of it as a hot tea. Something about a cola flavor being hot just messes with my brain.

But iced, it’s good. I added a splash of club soda and a pinch of vanilla sugar and now it is even better. I didn’t get much vanilla, but I get cherry followed up by taste of cola. I don’t think I put enough vanilla sugar in for it to really make a difference and bring out the vanilla flavor, but I am definitely going to experiment with this a lot as an iced tea. It’s very unique.

ssajami

I know the feeling! I once had a root beer flavored rooibos tea. Drinking hot root beer flavor messed with my brain too. I tried to enjoy it, but it was just too much. However when iced it was fantastic.

The Purrfect Cup

I added a splash of cola to it when I made it iced. I liked it. But I agree I need to experiment more with it as an iced tea too.

momo

There are just so many different options for it iced!

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drank Blood Orange by Adagio Teas
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I love blood oranges. I love tea. Teavana’s Tarocco Ruby Orange is one of their only teas that doesn’t disappoint me. I prefer that one to this one, hands down, in an herbal blood orange tea battle.

This just tastes sour. Nothing else. It smells so good, but it just doesn’t deliver. Oh and when it was first brewed it REALLY smelled like cereal, which creeped me out. I might give it another try and steep it a minute or so longer, or maybe use a bit more. I used a half tablespoon, knowing that Adagio recommends just one, which to me is not enough for a big chunky herbal.

My friend has not led me astray in all the other teas she gave me to try, so I hope I can work something out with this one, especially since it’s my favorite citrus fruit involved!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
KeenTeaThyme

I too don’t care for this one on its own. But blended with lemon or something (like my Vampire Lemonade!) it’s much, much better.

momo

I’ve mixed the tarocco orange one with some kind of lemony tea before (strawberry lemonade I think) and that was good, especially iced. It’s hard to drink something straight tart like that on its own most of the time, but for some reason I can manage it with the other one, probably because the orange is more prevalent and not just TART TART TART.

momo

(btw I bookmarked the Vampire Lemonade for future interest!)

KeenTeaThyme

PM me if you want a free sample. I always have this one hand. My husband, Mom, and sister-in-law require this whenever I see them. :)

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drank Genmai Cha by Adagio Teas
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A friend made sure I had some genmaicha after I told her I’d never had it. I’ve always been curious about it, and I figured I’d like it because I do enjoy other nutty flavored teas. It did not disappoint, I love it.
It’s very different, and I can see how it wouldn’t be someone’s cup of tea (hurr hurr pun intended). It’s just like cereal meets green tea in a beautifully unique way. It’s got that slightly grassy taste of green tea with the very different flavor of popped rice and corn. Almost smells like toasted seaweed, which I love, so all around I really enjoy this and when I run out of what I was sent, I’m definitely getting more.

When I did a second steeping, I liked the toasty flavor even better.

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drank Mojito Mint by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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One of my favorite bagged teas.
I’ve got a couple bottles from getting bottled Argo tea at Whole Foods, and the bottles are so awesome I can’t help but reuse them. I love to make this the night before, let it cool a bit, put it in one of the bottles, and then pop it in the fridge to take with me to class the next day. Sure came in handy to have today when I had to participate in a debate!

It’s minty and citrusy, not too easy to taste any sort of rum flavor. It’s very refreshing and light, and most importantly there isn’t one of these flavors overpowering all the rest.

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I am actually surprised. This came from a k-cup. It came with my Keurig and I was like meh, I got this to make coffee because every once in awhile I want some and I waste coffee beans, plus I like variety and it was more cost effective for me in that coffee realm. Everyone I know is a coffee drinker so if they’re over I got them covered easily!
So it always made sense to me that it’d work well to make coffee, but to me it was bizarre for tea. Like, I really didn’t think it could make an okay cup of tea at all because of how quick it is, I thought I would get some slightly golden colored water that slightly tasted like tea. Finally tonight I gave into my curiosity about it and made it. I was impressed how dark it turned out and how it actually tasted like most of the breakfast tea I had while studying abroad in France.

So of course I had to open it up and look at it afterwards because it felt so much lighter than the coffee ones. It’s basically like a 2-3x as filled tea bag in a cup so I guess it works. I wouldn’t ever go out of my way to buy actually buy these, but if it works for some people, then it works!

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drank Rooibos Organic Lemon Mint by ZenTea
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drank Almond Oolong by Adagio Teas
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A hockey friend and I got started on Twitter last week about tea. Our conversation was at least several hours long and awesome and eventually turned to mead, but clearly there was a need to swap some teas in the process. Since I don’t care much for what I picked out when I ordered from Adagio, I had her send me her favorites from them, starting with this.

I love it. The peach oolong is my favorite of the bunch I have, so I’m glad to find I like this flavor too. It smells slightly sweet, and a bit like cereal. The taste is almost exactly like a vanilla-almond cookie that’s been infused with oolong. The floral taste of the tea sounds like it’d be weird with a nutty flavor, but it somehow works for me.

And now, in talking about this tea on Twitter, I have perhaps helped a friend find a replacement for a long gone vanilla almond tea, this tea is bringing everyone together via social media!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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