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I was about to brew up a cup of Angel of Decadence sent to me by the wonderful MissB, when I realized that I am now currently in possession of three jasmine green teas: Beastly Beverage’s Angel of Decadence, Nina’s Jasmin, and this tea sent to me by my awesome swap partner, Roswell Strange. So what did I decide to do with this knowledge? I decided to do a side-by-side-by-side comparison in order to determine which is the best out of the three.

This one, though nice, is most “green” of the three. It definitely has a strong floral scent and flavor but of the three, it is the one that leans most towards a leafy/vegetal taste.

Angel of Decadence is the smoothest and most floral of the three. It has a touch of a buttery green base but the most prominent element by far is the flowers.

Lastly, Nina’s. in true French tea fashion, has the most subtle flavor. The Jasmine comes through in smell more than taste. Weirdly enough, this is not as thin as the other two teas and has a far more buttery base.

All are good in their own right and have their different appeals. However, at the end of the day, I am not a lover of floral teas nor green teas so I probably won’t be stocking up on any of the teas. Nevertheless, thank you MissB and Roswell Strange for sharing your teas with me and giving me the opportunity to try something new!

Flavors: Flowers, Grass

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Good bye tasty caffeine-free blueberry tea. You will be missed. Thank you TraceyC for sharing!

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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Thank you keychange for introducing me to your beloved friend, the Queen, She was very nice but ultimately straight blacks are not my thing and so this is probably the end of our relationship. It was nice while it lasted though.

keychange

Glad she graced your cupboard for a bit! :)

VariaTEA

It was nice having her. Thank you for sharing :)

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I cold brewed this a few nights ago but kept forgetting to drink it so now I am sipping away at my mason jar of strawberry rhubarb parfait deliciousness. It is tart yet sweet and has a nice yogurty tang. Very, very nice :)

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Thank you Cavocorax for the opportunity to try this matcha. It grew on me with each cup as I was able to better detect the delicious peanut butter flavor. However, with the arrival of Peanut Butter Pie matcha, I feel comfortable saying good bye to this for now. Perhaps we will meet again in the future…

Courtney

Gaah Peanut Butter Pie. I can’t wait to try that one when I order it.

VariaTEA

You did order it! We got it together :P

Courtney

Hahaha uhm vacation brain evidently still on. That should be interesting with a presentation in 2 hours. :P

VariaTEA

Hahaha. I am sure you will do wonderfully. Good luck though :). And its okay, the PBP got thrown into the order with seconds to spare so we could get free shipping

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drank Prairie Berry by DAVIDsTEA
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Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing this with me. I know you are a fan of the Saskatoon berry and I wanted so much to enjoy this tea. It is not bad, and there is a nice berry flavor but the oolong is just a touch too present for my tastes.

Roswell Strange

If only I could send you a Saskatoon Berry pie! D:

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drank Walnut Truffle by Tea Desire
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Thank you Fjellrev for sharing some of this with me. I don’t know why, but I was not expecting this to be as good as it is. I guess I thought it would be a one-note nut tea as opposed to the rich nutty chocolate I am getting. It truly lives up to its namesake – this is a walnut truffle in liquid form and it is great!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Roswell Strange

So, I was debating either getting this as a to go or 50g tomorrow when I go to Tea Desire for your Buddha Bamboo. Do you think I’d like it?

VariaTEA

I don’t know if you will see this in time but I do think you would like it. If you want, we can split the 50g?

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Thank you TraceyC for such a generous sample of this delicious blueberry tea. Della Terra does rooibos well it seems and this is one I would consider restocking. Luckily, I don’t need to worry about that right now because I have at least a few more cups left and I am sure I will enjoy every last one of them.

In other news, DAVIDs now has COLORED mason jars!! And, they are cheaper than the original. DO WANT! Although, I would probably get killed if I buy anymore mugs.

keychange

but no steeping basket! :(

Suziqzer

Yeah, hey, what’s the point? No basket!?

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Thank you Dustin for sharing this tea with me. I am really sad to see it go but I will be keeping my eye out for the opportunity to restock this tea as it will be missed.

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drank Mind Palace by Beastly Beverages
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Thank you MissB for sharing this with me. As a Sherlock fan, I was super excited to get to try this tea (I actually just watched the most recent couple of episodes last weekend). However, as someone who mostly reaches for flavored cups, I was less excited about the tea itself. Still, MissB was generous to share this and I thought perhaps, like Sherlock himself, maybe this tea would grow on me. As I sipped at it while cooking, I couldn’t help but notice an earthy taste, akin to a pu’erh. I really don’t know why because there is no pu’erh in this as far as I am aware. Ultimately, I could not get through the cup but I am really grateful for the chance to try it. One more tea I can cross off my list!

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

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