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Weird timing that I chose this tea this morning, and then saw *boychik*’s post under Misc Sales that they are doing free shipping right now with a coupon code. I only have one serving left! TEMPTING!!! I love this tea’s almond-pastry goodness, but…I really need to continue to sip down what I’ve already got in my stash before it gets out of control. Anyway, if YOU love this tea and want more you might want to get some today!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Stephanie

WAIT, the free shipping code seems to have expired YESTERDAY!

boychik

sorry Stephanie:( i placed an order last night for Brioche. it was on mind for long time ,happened to check the website yesterday and bum. good offer because i just wanted to get few samples

Stephanie

It’s ok…I really didn’t NEED more tea anyway. This just helped me maintain my buying hiatus :)

boychik

i have no willpower;(

boychik

Stephanie, its sale time
$5 off over $15 till 2/22

Stephanie

aw man, thanks boychik!!!

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drank Artichoke Green by Adagio Teas
690 tasting notes

SIpdown from the traveling tea box I was a part of a few months back…and apparently I’m not really feeling it today. Oh well, its gone now!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

“Oh well, it’s gone now!”
Ha ha I’m dying of laughter!!!

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Last swap sample from Dexter3657!

This one is a random tieguanyin, and is very lovely! Super sweet, super green and has a nice mineral note! Loving the tang. Very much hitting the spot! :D

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drank La Mangue by Fauchon
690 tasting notes

Another sample from Dexter3657

Apparently Fauchon teas are hit or miss for me. I REALLY liked a couple and a couple I have been pretty indifferent about. This is one of the latter. Nothing wrong with it exactly, it just doesn’t stand out as anything outstanding, you know?

This seems a lot more subtle on the flavoring than the Apricot…shrug

Super glad I got to try all these Fauchon samples. I know I am curious to try more but hesitant to pay big money for them unless I’ve already tried them and fallen in love like I did with La Naissance!

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drank La Mangue (Mango) by Fauchon
690 tasting notes

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91

Almost a sip-down…this one was a surprising hit for me. I’d say I’m going to reorder it soon, but next time I order a flavored assam from Butiki it will be Hello Sweetie! :D

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Butiki Teas

Actually, this one uses our Congou Keemun as a base, though it does have some similar notes to the Assam. :)

Stephanie

Oh! Thank you! :)

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82

Made this into tea syrup for sodas…my husband loves it! I got some raspberry sorbet recently and it tastes just like it. Don’t come to this tea expecting to taste a high quality, fancy base tea. Just expect juicy raspberry deliciousness!

Flavors: Berries

MissB

Talk to me about how to make tea into sodas? Cold steep super strong and then add it like flavoring after to the seltzer water? We one of the Soda Streams from my sister, and I’m curious how tea soda works.

Stephanie

I hot steep triple strong and then simmer with 1/2-1 cup of sugar depending on how sweet I want it. Chill it. Then add a couple of tablespoons to a glass of cold soda water!

teamore

Great tip!

Starfevre

How much water do you simmer with the sugar?

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89

I had this for breakfast today as a hot latte. Perfect Monday morning breakfast! :)

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Thank you for the sample Dexter3657 :)

I haven’t had Earl Grey in a long time…there is something weird and not quite right about this one IMO. It SMELLS really good but tastes weird. I will finish my cup and glad I got to try it but this is on my do not like list , heh.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Dexter3657

Sorry – I don’t do EG, you asked for Lupicia, so I just passed it along. I hadn’t tried it – not that I would be a good judge. :((

Stephanie

No, don’t get me wrong, super glad to try it! especially for free since I didn’t like it and all :)
Plus everything else you sent has been amazing so far :D

Dexter3657

I know, can’t win them all. Yes you get to take it off your list without buying it. :))

Stephanie

Also? Sometimes I feel weird that SO many of my tea reviews are resoundingly positive…so its actually kind of refreshing when I can leave a neutral or somewhat negative review on something, LOL!

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Graphic artist, printmaker, lover of tea.

I love pretty much every type of tea camellia sinensis can produce. I like herbal teas sometimes but I can’t stand rooibos.

Butiki, Verdant, Mandala, TeaVivre and Den’s are my favorite online retailers so far.

Location

Southern Indiana

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