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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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drank Pancake Breakfast Black Tea by 52teas
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oh. my. god. It’s like a cup of pancakes. The liquor smells even better than the leaves (and believe me I have spent many times just putting my nose into the bag of this)! Tastes like real maple, and then the buttery finish is absolutely amazing. Nothing about it even tastes artificial, I love it.

Almost as good as eating real pancakes, maybe. Maybe it’s a lot better because I always have water on hand, and there’s no chance of burning this in a pan!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Opus Rouge Rooibos by Teavana
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I know my problem with this and Sevenberry Sangria. HIBISCUS. I am not a fan of it as is, and if it’s blended in and comes to the flavor front lines, I am not happy.

When this tea is hot, I can’t stand it what that terrible flower does. It starts off with this delicious grape, then it’s BOOM! HIBISCUS! and it finishes off with this slightly spicy, fruity finish with a touch of vanilla. Really like a wine but…with hibiscus.

As it cools, it becomes amazing as the hibiscus gets tranquilized by the other fruit flavors. Of course then it becomes less like wine. But it’s still decent.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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As a hot tea, it tastes like hot fruit punch. It’s a bit much. Because that was a bit much, I didn’t want to just pour it over some ice after that. I ended up cooling it off and then pouring it into water, 4:1 water to tea, I’d say. It makes water more interesting to drink, but holy crap it is way too sweet for me as tea! Of course if super SUPER fruity is your thing, you’d love this.
Since it does have a bit of that sangria aspect to it, I imagine using it with club soda, and tossing in some berries in a pitcher would be a delicious take on sangria without the alcohol. But really, as tea, I just can’t.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
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Thanks for the heads up.

momo

also want to throw out there that out of the seven berries, only 2 are actually in the tea and 5 are flavorings. and there’s plenty of hibiscus to go around.

Tamm

I was actually looking at this one in the store today and comparing it to the Opus Rouge that I did purchase earlier. They look very similar. I had a bit of the same problem with the Opus Rouge, it’s super tasty, but not exactly what some would call tea.

momo

I bought that one too. It smells a lot more interesting than sevenberry, but it sounds like I’m gonna need to mix them to get that tea aspect back. At least if Opus Rouge is like how it was described I will be content with it, this one I hadn’t been too sure about.

Tamm

Oh I totally agree about the smells. I just smelled this one again in the store yesterday and in comparison it’s a bit boring. How many of the new ones did you get?

momo

Just those two, for now at least. The acai mate one sounds interesting, and I may splurge on the Golden Mojito if I see good things about it, I love the Blackberry Mojito green tea, it’s probably the best thing I’ve ever gotten from them.

Tamm

The acai mate one is awesome! I smelled the golden mojito but wasn’t blown over by it. Maybe later I’ll try it out. I haven’t had the blackberry mojito green one, but now I’m pretty tempted!

momo

Good to know, I am definitely going to check it out! Blackberry mojito was my top choice for iced tea this summer, and it’s pretty good hot too.

Tamm

I have to admit, lots of these would probably be perfect iced, but I need to come up with a good way to do it b/c I haven’t been very successful.

momo

I have had the most success and gotten the best flavor out of cold pressing. The tea can’t get bitter that way, and in the case of the blackberry mojito, it really helped the other flavors come through. Just takes a little overnight planning. I have this bookmarked still because it’s super helpful for all the different methods to take: http://store.remedyteas.com/page/Iced+Tea

Tamm

Oh nice! Thank you I’ve never heard of that method before. I know lots of people like just adding ice, but that has never gone well!

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drank Peach Oolong by Adagio Teas
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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Rainbow Sherbet by 52teas
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Of course I didn’t log this tea the first time I had it…or second…of course. After that, I kind of lost it. I put it in a tote bag I took on a trip, then moved, and thought it was gone forever until I remembered the tote bag.
Over that time, the fruit flavors have really become strong and it is so delicious. I honestly just want to sit with the bag all day and smell it. I want to turn it into a perfume.
It’s really good as an iced tea, but suddenly it went from iced tea weather to hot tea weather in 36 hours here, so I had to have it hot in order not to be colder. Still good.
The easiest way to describe it? It’s like someone took a cup of black tea and melted a bit of sherbert in it. I like that even though the fruit flavors smell so strongly, they don’t overpower the tea in taste.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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