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drank Coconut Oolong by Zen Tea
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Getting back to my Zen Tea samples…this one I’ve been thinking about since I got it, for some reason I just never wanted it. Totally kicking myself over that.

There are plenty of coconut oolongs out there, but even after just one cup, I feel like this one is my favorite. I like that it is really reminiscent of coconut milk and cake. Can you imagine a tres leches cake made with coconut milk? Coconut milk, cream of coconut, and idk what else, maybe you’d be set for life with just dos leches cake with coconut. That’s what I think of this.

It’s sweet, buttery, creamy, cakey, and most importantly it tastes like coconut milk. It’s not super coconut tasting, which I like because the oolong still shines through.

This is another I will definitely have to give a try cold brewed, because it’ll probably be amazing.




That sounds amazing! How does this hold up to Golden Moon’s Coconut Pouchong? Probably an unfair question, but that’s the only coconut oolong I’ve tried and I’m out and really craving something similar :)

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drank Prince Vladimir by Kusmi Tea
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I’m not sure about this one. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t amazing. I guess it was pretty average, despite the fact this was probably the tea I was second most excited about in my sampler.

I did not get spices AT ALL, so it’s really weird to look through everyone else’s notes and see cinnamon and cloves. I wonder if they come out at a lower temperature, because I used boiling water. I’ve had zero problems using boiling water for all my Kusmi blacks. I’m basically steeping them like I do Darjeelings now that I think about it, boiling and 3 min.

Instead I got a very strong grapefruit flavor, just a little bergamot and lemon, and a creamy finish. It’s very subtle compared to some of their other teas.

I let it cool off entirely and it lost all its flavors really and was just a nice black tea. This one is odd.

Anastasia is still tops to me.


Amanda (for me you’re still Amanda ;)) try at 90°C, it is the temperature I use with Prince Wladimir and I get the spices (strong cinnamon and strong cloves). Like you my favorite Kusmi is Anastasia but Prince Wladimir is really a nice blend, just give it another try.


I am definitely still Amanda, I will probably change it back very soon :D I will definitely try it again to get the spices. I did like how it tasted but it did taste like something was missing.


haha i love that mupltiple people have reviewed this and said basically that this is an “odd” tea :)

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I went a little crazy and used coconut milk creamer instead of regular milk. After the fact I realize it was silly but it was going to go to waste. I think it covered a lot of the flavor of the tea.

I made a big mug full. When I was straining, the smell of peppermint was nice and strong.

My method resulted in a pretty creamy cup so I can’t say too much, but I did drink it all anyway. Just a little spice, could still taste some black tea, but the peppermint was definitely there.

Next time…the stuff that is considered milk instead, haha.

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drank Darjeeling by Twinings
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Last night I was opening some teabags and dumping the leaves into my big bag of dried, used leaves. It was disturbing.

So for some reason I decided to do the oatmeal thing again but with one of these teabags. I can actually taste how terrible it is through what should be delicious honey and cinnamon cereal. It’s not like it went bitter from then being cooked in grains for 90 seconds…it tastes like dirt.

Guess its partner is going to meet the bag of dried leaves too cause I am not drinking this. Poor Darjeeling.

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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I think it was a one off when I liked this the first time. I couldn’t stand it this time. I still have like 3/4 a tsp but there is no way I’m using it, unless someone can help me think of something good to add it to. I was thinking a chai.

Of course I probably should have done what I did last time and added milk + sugar, but instead I decided to see if I’d like it better iced, and indeed I did not. Almond, why can’t we be friends?


Awwww :( I adore this one so much. Oh well, another tea not to have to buy again, right? :P


Mix it with cranberry juice.


and maybe a splash of vodka ;D

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drank Pu-erh Cabernet by Vintage TeaWorks
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Thank you so much for the generous samples of these teas, Azzrian! Though I already bought the riesling one because I was sent a free shipping code for leaving it sitting in my cart. So much for the no more buying thing.

Out of the 6 wines Vintage TeaWorks used as inspiration, Cabernet is my favorite. Out of the 6 teas Vintage TeaWorks used in these blends, puerh is my least favorite for flavored tea.

It smells really good…rich and spicy.

And the taste? It’s quite the hybrid between tea and the flavor of wine. And my problem has always been that it seems like low quality puerh ends up in blends, and then brings out fishiness and whatever else that doesn’t match. Not here. I can barely even taste it. There’s a slight earthiness still present but it blends in with everything else beautifully.

The flavor is mostly blackberry and cherry, with a hint of vanilla, cinnamon, and clove. Pretty much just like an awesome cabernet, but far more mellow.

Definitely going for a second steep as soon as I finish this one, this is fantastic.

Second steep just slightly different from the first. It kind of loses the berry. Still, it’s not bad, just more obviously tea and more subtle in the wine flavor.

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drank Thin Mint Green by The Tea Spot
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I bought a sample of this, and must have thought there was chocolate too. Thin Mint would clearly be chocolate + peppermint.

But it is only peppermint. Disappoint.

I’m not sure how I feel about hojicha and peppermint. It’s not terrible but it’s not my favorite combination of flavors.

I’m glad I only got a sample of this. I just wish it had chocolate!


You could add a few chocolate chips to it:)

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Okay seriously, naming anything after a Tennessee Williams drama, especially a tea, is a bad idea.

Last night was a good night, I recreated this smoked sausage and vegetable dish my grandma used to always make me when I was a kid. Today is her birthday, so even better timing.

Also pleased I do not have to go to Canada just yet so I can continue having healthcare till I’m 26. Hahaha it’s the month after that that’s the problem next year though. Guess that’s why I’m doing job search work in a class right?? And also we can get to the real issues now like making sure the Formula 1 world championship is decided in this country and goes to my favorite driver.

So I am not actually drinking this tea. I steeped it double strength and then put it in my chocolate oatmeal. I couldn’t decide what to actually use, but I figured all these ETS samples I got would be good, and adding chai of some sort would be perfect.

While obviously it’s hard to taste if the chocolate is really there when you start off with something very chocolatey, the spices are really tasty with chocolate. And I didn’t realize this was an Assam, so there’s definitely a bolder flavor all around in the oatmeal.

I rarely ever eat breakfast when on my own, so this is awesome. My boyfriend always gets me something in the morning but he is in love with Dunkin Donuts and I just feel disgusting eating donuts. So maybe I’ll just start making myself oatmeal with tea already in it.

I still have half the cup but I made a cup of something else in a mug so I’m not sure if I want to try it yet. I think to actually drink it, I’d rather make it on the stovetop in milk and water. Although it is a definite winner for just oatmeal, I have to say.


An awesome idea! I´ve never thought about using like that, must try!


Yay, I love making my oatmeal with tea!

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I gave in to a stupid Groupon for this that I probably shouldn’t have. I got this and their normal matcha, which was kind of the reason I bought it. This is one of those gross pre-sweetened matchas where the first ingredient is a sugar of some sort (in this case coconut nectar) followed by matcha. It is actually lucuma spice, and not pumpkin spice. According to wikipedia, lucumas taste like maple and sweet potato, and so then I’d call this more like sweet potato pie sweetened matcha.

I mixed a tablespoon of this mix with water and coconut milk. I did sift it before preparing, hoping to cut out the chances of grittiness as mentioned by the only other reviewer of this stuff, but the sugar crystals did not go through. The spices are really nice though.

More than anything there’s just a weird aftertaste from some flavor in here. I don’t think it’s the matcha, unless it really can’t even handle the combination of 180 degree water, cooled down with 35 degree coconut milk.

At first I didn’t have any problem with grittiness but now I can feel it, no matter how much I stir it up again and again.

I think I’ll find a way to cook with this instead of drinking it, it would be perfect for baking I think. After about half of it, I just can’t take it anymore because that grittiness is actually getting caught in my throat. Gross.


Why don’t you use it for smoothies or something. I’ve been making mixed hot drinks using bottled ginger chai from 3rd street chai and boxed squash soup for lately that I really like. Just thinking of how to cover the bad taste and use what you’ve got.


Ugh, sorry it didn’t work out for you. I didn’t realize their matcha was already presweetened :(


I thought about smoothies but I think it’d be pretty good in shortbread or maybe if I make pumpkin cheesecake bars, to put it in the crust. I want to make pumpkin black bean soup soon, so I might throw it in there. But I can’t imagine it in a smoothie. Maybe banana and orange, but I prefer berry ones.

The ceremonial matcha that I also got is straight matcha, but their flavored ones are presweetened.


I’m a little embarrassed to admit that this sounds kind of good… =)


It is good, if they cut out a bit of the sugar so it wouldn’t be gritty it’d be even better!

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drank Boo-Berry Cotton Candy by 52teas
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I think I steeped this just a tad too long, so I can taste the green tea trying to be all astringent on me.

I seriously can still smell blueberry and sugar despite the fact I finished most of the cup before letting it cool. When it was hot, I mostly tasted blueberry. Have I ever told you how much I love 52teas’ blueberry everything? A lot. That reminds me I have blueberry zabaglione I have yet to try.

Now it’s kind of cold, and I can smell the cotton candy flavor in there. I can taste it more too. So sweet and tasty. I’m sure in no time it’ll be all warm again so I can cold steep it. Usually I’ll drink iced tea wherever but today just makes me feel like meh, no. Probably the gloominess of it. But blueberry cotton candy….how can you go wrong with the superior cotton candy. Although, I do prefer the black cotton candy flavor from earlier this year.

I knew this was going to be good, that’s why I made a blueberry cotton candy lip balm before every even tasting it, haha!


This is funny because I am on a blueberry craze that literally came out of the blue. I want to try blueberry everything! I even had to go out and buy tazo.


cotton candy in French is Barbe à papa (means Daddy’s barb)
I love the blue barbe à papa on the packaging and would love to taste a blueberry one !I think I should try as well in tea


Ysaurella, if you would ever like to swap I have both this one and one that tastes like the pink type!


Mmm missed this one. Sounds great!


Do u have to sweeten this one?


I may have just ordered some blueberry cotton candy lip balm from you (and pumpkin cheesecake…). I really adore this blend, the blueberry is so fresh tasting.


How long did you steep it for? I’ve had good luck with 2 minutes which I bump to 2.5 for resteeps.

I don’t sweeten it at all and find it perfect as is.


It was supposed to be 2 minutes but it went over a bit. I didn’t sweeten it either. And thank you Alphakitty! I will mail them tomorrow!


I got the seasonal cereals just before Halloween. =) Don’t think I went for this blend, as at the time I wasn’t interested in trying berry anything, tea-wise. Now that I’ve tried a strawberry blend that I really liked, all of a sudden I’m interested in trying strawberry and blueberry teas. As if my tea wish list really needed me to get interested in yet another category/flavour profile.

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