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drank Cinna-Vanilla by English Tea Store
1196 tasting notes

Now I regret having all these packets of samples from English Tea Store…this is not tasty. I even steeped it for 2 1/2 minutes hoping to avoid any problems but it’s bitter and hardly tastes as good as it smells.

In fact the weird briskness/bitterness of this tea makes it oddly taste like fruits and stale bread.

Sadly I am not going to sit around with milk and sugar for this, which may help, as I need to go do some things. Hopefully that makes it drinkable, because it sure isn’t on its own.

I’m back home so I just tried it cold. Still tastes like stale bread, but at least it also tastes like cinnamon now. This may also be relegated to oatmeal.


This tasted like Play Doh to me….


Gross! I can definitely see that, I only tried it when it was really hot and I bet I would have gotten that if I gave it 10 min.

Tea Sipper

Isn’t it funny that so many people know what play-doh tastes like? hehe


Hahaha, playdough is for children, so it’s so not surprising given their hand to mouth habit! I actually like the salty delicious taste of homemade playdough, but Play Doh is pretty gross-tasting (perhaps the keep children from eating it??)

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Thank you, darby!

I didn’t even realize I really wanted to try this until I was swapping with darby, then I saw everyone’s notes again and that confirmed I wanted to try this.

I decided to try it cold, since that’s how I usually drink fruit tisanes. But I think if I can get it to resteep, I’ll try it out hot.

Iced, it is amazing! It’s tart, but not too bad. It’s kind of more apple tasting than the actual two fruits in the name, but I do get berry and it’s pretty sweet. The yogurt adds a nice creaminess. I think it might actually be more appropriate to call it a tangy tea than just tart.
Something with this many tart type ingredients going on might just beg for sugar but this is so good, it’s not even needed.

I’m sad I finished the cup already, but I’ll go make some to try hot and I’m sure I’ll be sending my boyfriend to get me at least an ounce of this next month…or if there’s a good Black Friday sale I will be all over this and that Bubbly one. Sometimes it’s not helpful having a birthday that always falls around Black Friday.

Ok, hot time: it resteeped pretty well! It is a lot heavier on the yogurt though. Thankfully I don’t mind this because I’ve been craving froyo and not going because I’ll go to get in the car and be instantly cold and it will be a bad idea. So something that still has that taste, but is hot sounds like a winner.

There’s still notes of strawberry but it’s not quite the same. I am definitely going to get more of this though, and I’ll have to try it hot on a first steep.


Love this tasting note, momo! I get so happy when a tasting note gives me a really good idea of what I can expect from a tea. I need to do more of that and less of my tangential rambling. =)

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drank Pancake Breakfast Black Tea by 52teas
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Ok, it’s been some time since I last had this. But I have a lot of it, so that’s okay. I just got these maple granules from Whispering Pines Tea, and so they are perfect to put in here! Extra maple without the syrup.

This is the best to go along with watching the first practice ever for the first United States Grand Prix in 5 years, eeeeee.

Black tea is all I want to drink today for some reason, and combine that with butter and syrup and a cakey taste and I am set.


Maple granules? Interesting. Can you buy them? Are they just crystallized maple syrup.


Maple granules sound incredibly dangerous for me. Like something I’d be eating by the handful during times when I am needing a sweet fix.


Yeah, you can buy them from Whispering Pines and a couple other places. They’re dehydrated maple syrup. Of course as soon as I got them yesterday I had to try them out by themselves, so I know what you mean, LiberTEAS!


Have you ever had any of the maple sugar candy? It’s usually available in my local Whole Foods this time of year, and they are often shaped like maple leaves or something. Like these: http://www.maplecandyvt.com/store.php/products/maple-candy-leaf ???

Are these crystals anything similar to these? I love these candies!


Oh those look amazing, I hope mine has those because I am going tomorrow looking for them. These are definitely different though, it’s almost like granulated sugar that tastes like maple syrup. So they melt in your mouth but probably nowhere near as nice and creamy as those candies would taste.


I went looking for myself, so I figured I’d share:

They also have honey granules!

I feel like I must try both. I also worry that, like marshmallows, these will end up in my gob long before they have a chance to sweeten my tea. [sigh] I am reigned by my sweet tooth.


Happy for you and the Grand Prix, you must be ecstatic!


Yes! I only wish I could be there!

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I don’t like gingerbread that much. But when I was making my order with Della Terra I thought I’d at least try this since they do dessert blends so well.

I am quite enjoying this one, it really tastes like cookies. And the rooibos, instead of being annoying and woody and medicinal, really blends into the flavor well.

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Thank you for this sample, Teavivre! Sorry for taking 3928752 years to get to it.

I wanted more white tea tonight, and realized I had a lot of unopened silver needle samples. Jasmine sounded especially nice so I brewed this one up.

This is really light after 90 seconds. And I don’t know if I like jasmine with silver needle, because it tastes so amazing by itself. I’ll give it another try at some point, because it was just too muted for me.

I feel like Goldilocks…first a white has too much flavor for what I was looking for, then the next one is too light! I’ll revisit this again soon and steep it longer.


Woaaaah… you are old! :D

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drank White Tea Riesling by Vintage TeaWorks
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This tea smells SO GOOD.

On the other hand (hurr hurr, literally?) I am not a fan of the packaging. Chipped my nail polish on three nails trying to get it open. It’s okay because I need to change it up but it was still sad.

Riesling is my favorite wine…at least if it’s on the dry side. Though if it’s a tea I don’t care!

This is very apricot with nice floral notes too. It seems actually really more flavorful then I was imagining it was going to be.

I’m glad this is a small amount because I’m not sure I like it too much, which pains me to say because this was pretty pricey for me compared to other teas I’ve bought lately, coming in at nearly a dollar a cup.

Maybe if I resteep it later, it will taste more like I was expecting. We shall see!

Second steep is very heavy on the lemongrass in that fruit loopy way. I may next time only steep the first cup for 2 minutes instead of the recommended 3.


LOL I love the packaging. But I didn’t use fingernails trying to get in to it. I cut the tape on the sides. :)


I had to use my nails to get the lid to come off after the tape, hopefully now it’s easier to get open after that initial time.


Wow! I didn’t have that issue with the lids… sorry to hear that you did! :(


It’s all good now! I made sure to try it after seeing your comment and I can just twist it off fine now with no problems.


Sorry about that chipped nail. My wife was thoroughly upset on your behalf :-). Just wanted to let you know that we are actually working on a new and improved closure to be released next year. We hope you will give us another chance! – Brandon – Vintage TeaWorks


Haha, I definitely will be trying more, the green tea sauvignon also calls for me!

Just MJ

I’m so glad I’m not the only one who thinks that a tad too much lemon makes things taste like fruit loops. Or trix.

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When I got 100 cup points, I decided I’d get this. It was between this and the Sagittarius zodiac tea and now I feel like I should have gone with that. But they’re basically very similar…blackberry or raspberry? I have to choose blackberry.

I don’t really taste blackberry in here though until long after I take a sip. It seems like it’s just a floral bergamot flavor, but it finally fades into blackberry.

I’m surprised though at how smoooooooth it is. I gave it just a 3 minute steep, and it’s perfect for me. Not too strongly bergamot, and very easy to just sip.

A latte sounds like a great idea, especially since this one comes with FOUR ounces of tea instead of just three.


Adagio’s blackberry flavor is kinda mean. Or shy. It’s hard to get it to come out and play.


Do share if you make it a latte! I have noticed that some flavors only like to come out with the addition of milk. Plus I have been eyeballing this since I am a big Dr Who fan.


I wish this Tardis tea was something different that my roommate would like, because I would totally get it for her… but I don’t think this would really pique her interest.

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drank Jeah For You Tea by Custom-Adagio Teas
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I didn’t realize I gave so much of this away, lol well I guess I can always buy more. It comes with more chocolate chips now too.

I steeped it for 3 minutes and it’s kind of harsh. Blah. It seems more chocolatey than last time I had it though, so that’s a plus.

I let it cool and it became a bit easier to drink. And now that it’s been melding for a bit, I like it a lot! Definitely a good mint chocolate blend after all. Just need to work again on not getting grossed out by the bitterness of Adagio’s black base and tweak the prep just right. JEAH.

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drank Peach HoppiTea by Butiki Teas
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yay! Thank you so much for sharing, Azzrian! A combination of my two favorite drinks! I had been hoping to get some back when Stacy mentioned it on the boards because I was seriously at the time at a place with a peach IPA on draft.

This being based on a lambic is interesting. I have only had a raspberry one, and they are way too sweet for me. This tea is not too sweet, but it is pretty peachy! I think Georgia would give it a seal of approval just based on that.

I am liking it better now that the cup is cold. I don’t even know what I got distracted doing, probably something with the bird given the feather stuck to the bottle of Chai Cola still on the table. I can taste the hops more now, which definitely makes it taste a bit more like an IPA. I looooove hops. And I imagine the base tea makes it all the better.

I’m going to have to try the guranse on its own at some point definitely.

This makes me especially excited for when I have the money for a custom blend, because I want it to be based on tripel beers I could so go for their flavor without their insane alcohol by volume numbers, as I learned the hard way on Saturday.

Thank you again Azzrian!


Yay so glad you liked it too! Stacy does a killer job with custom blends – her communication is amazing! :)
As are the blends! :)

Butiki Teas

Love Tripels! That would be a fun project.

Azzrian-Thanks, that’s kind of you to say! :)


:) I speakith the truthith!

Butiki Teas

:) blushes

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drank Tower of London Blend by Harney & Sons
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On my way to the kitchen, I looked right at my tin of Tower of London sachets and decided I wanted some of them instead!

Getting home has been a real pain…every week some male decides he needs to either bother me on the train or say something that is definitely sexually harassing near the train station downtown or on the train. It’s getting REALLY old and thankfully today a police officer was nearby and he went to talk to them. Vile.

And then I caused another police incident, when another entitled male decided he didn’t need to use the call box because I was coming into the apartment complex. Sucks for him that my apartment complex has no tolerance for people like that…they called our police courtesy officer in.

I think I’m going to start being a misandrist.

Anyway, this tea really struck my fancy today. I still wanted a good hearty black tea but the apricot/peach/honey in here was even more what I wanted. It’s cold out there, and all my black teas are going to be in full use for the last two!!! weeks of class this semester.

Last time around, it seemed more Earl Grey to me than Paris, this time around I really wasn’t getting that. It just seemed a bit more like Paris regarding the bergamot. But the fruits are just different, this one is definitely stone fruits to me, like the description says, and Paris comes off more berry. It is like Paris meets Fruits d’Alsace…sounds like my study abroad trip!

I’m now starting to wonder which I would pick between the two…I do like this one a lot.

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