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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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drank Laoshan Genmaicha by Verdant Tea
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Oh man this is so good. I shouldn’t buy more tea for like 8 months but I need to have this around because it is a great warming up tea. It just makes you feel all warm and because it’s so hearty, it feels extra good.

Sweet, vegetal, and roasty! It does remind me of kettle corn! It’s hard to go wrong with genmaicha. I love the local flair of the MN wild rice for something different.


I know how creative you are. I use this tea with a little butter melted in it as a drizzle on rice, spaghetti squash and anything else I want. I took a picture on my blog. I love how savory yummy it is too.


Love the idea of it with spaghetti squash, I am definitely getting one next time I go grocery shopping and trying that out! It’s been ages since I’ve had it and that sounds like a delicious way to have it again.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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[blend of chais – oolong and mate – from place that doesn’t deserve to be named]

Someone returned it and I got to keep some of it. As I found it absolutely vile when sweetened, I figured I’d try it by itself while I waited in line to vote.

Hahahaha I didn’t wait in line to vote, it took me 10 minutes max, and that’s only because I had to be all chatty with one of the poll workers.

Also I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Georgia for making it difficult to vote for third party candidates, I actually gave up trying to vote for Jill Stein because I had so much trouble writing myself in for state representative. In fact I gave up writing myself in there and put “Bruno.”

Sadly I don’t think he’s qualified but nobody was running against this guy, and it was a valiant effort.

Anyway. I do not like this really. It was gross by itself, it did taste better for a bit after I added some coconut milk…but now it just tastes grossly sweet for some reason.

Yep, don’t get the hype. Disagree with the kid who told me it tastes like tea because it doesn’t in the end. But he was a smart cookie, I gave him some tisane and he asked me if it was from China. I thought it was pretty cool he associated tea with China, cause when I was his age I’d probably been like WHAT IS A CHINA.

But yeah, I know other people like this stuff so into the swap thread it’ll go later.

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Well to finish the disappointing trifecta of a night, of course I taste nothing but honeybush in this tea.

I bought a set of 5 James Bond movies, used for like $30 on Amazon, THROUGH Amazon at that, not another seller. Here I am looking forward to watching Tomorrow Never Dies…and the menu is skipping. I take it out and clean it…only for it to not be able to read the disc completely.

I made popcorn to go with this and it tastes like stale olive oil. I JUST used this same olive oil days ago in cooking so what gives.

And then finally, this tea. I know, maybe it’s just in need of a bit more time, but I made an entire teapot for movie watching, and all I can taste is honeybush. I tried sweetening it, and it improved nothing. So I stuck the infuser basket back in. It steeped for a long time while I was busy making terrible popcorn.

I’m guessing maybe this bag was actually from a reblend and not from when it first came out? Didn’t bother to think of that. Well, in that case, I wish I had only made a cup first :/

I even tried putting the basket back in the tea pot and letting it sit for nearly 20 minutes more and there’s a little chocolatey taste now, but I will have to try again far later I think.

And now I’m going to go sulk some more.


Can I ask how much tea you used and how much water? This makes me sad.


I used about 4 tsp and I’m not sure on the water, I just measured 14 oz left in it so maybe 18 oz? At most 20, so 4.5 – 5 oz per tsp of tea roughly. It smells good though so I will try more patience…kind of hard with the picture on the bag though. Don’t be sad, now I feel worse and I’m going to have to go spill a shaken martini on that DVD.


I prefer mine dirty and neat. Did you get the water up to a full rolling boil?


Sounds like you are having a rough night. Don’t worry. It will get better and you will have a better relaxing night.


Yep, water was boiling for a good 30 seconds too because I was still getting everything ready.

Thanks, Meg, I am feeling better because returning the DVD set = $30 back so at least that’s a decent positive haha.


Sorry about your night!

I also bought some of this tea and couldn’t taste any of the flavors.


I’m fairly certain that the bag I ordered was also from a re-blend, as I wavered on it for a while :( Here’s hoping you have tired tastebuds or something, although I’m worried that QueenOfTarts felt the same way…

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