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drank Scorpio by Nina's Paris
2865 tasting notes

I really didn’t like Nina’s rooibos at first as it was very pungent and thus distracted me from other flavors but now it has grown on me and I find myself craving it again and again. This is a tasty mix of peach and apricot with an amazing hint of cream. Delicious.

Cheri

I like when a tea grows on me. I have one that I was like “eeewww, this is too too something” when I had my first cup. But then I ran out of caffeine free teas, and it was the only one in my cupboard so I had some more of it. And I decided it wasn’t so bad. And then I decided I liked it. And then I decided I liked it quite a bit (Although that could have been the codeine cough syrup talking by that point.)

VariaTEA

Haha. I ended up stressing about my lack of caffeine free options and so when I was at Nina’s recently I remembered that I didn’t mind their rooibos teas despite them not being my favorite and so I picked up a bunch. Then as I was drinking them I realized I actually did like them a fair bit.

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drank Plum Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I picked this up in BrewTEAlly Sweet’s stash sale in my efforts to try all the matchas. Something about plum matcha milk just seemed weird so I decided to finally try the matcha soda that my tea triplet, Roswell Strange is so fond of. So my thoughts? Really tasty all around. There is a hint of plum flavoring but nothing too distinct. Mostly it is just fruity and sweet and a nice flavoring alternative to soda syrups.

Courtney

I know what you mean. I have acai here, but I’ve been putting off having it with milk because it seems bizarre.

Roswell Strange

I have Acai and Cola earmarked for my last two cans of club soda. Somehow “Cola Milk” seems pretty unappealing…

VariaTEA

Aside from the weird carbonation flavor that club soda tends to have, this is a great alternative. I think I will try the eggnog matcha soda Roswell Strange loves so much because that has a fair amount of flavor to it.

VariaTEA

And Cola Milk does not sound great. Luckily I have my soda stream which means endless supply of club soda.

Courtney

Yeah Cola milk, puke. I don’t like pop either though haha. Maybe I’ll flatten it, then add acai. So essentially, water. :P

VariaTEA

haha I once put about a 1/2-3/4 tsp of matcha in a water bottle and drank it like that. Wasn’t bad.

Cheri

How do you do the matcha soda? How much of which and what? Cuz this sounds interesting……..

VariaTEA

I used maybe 1/2 an oz-1 oz of hot water to dissolve a 1/2 tsp and then filled the rest of the 8 oz cup with club soda

Roswell Strange

I’ve also had cold shaken matcha in a water bottle; it works best with the fruit flavours. Cola would maybe be ok in that method, though.

Cheri

I like the idea of club soda. I bet it would work really well with fruit flavors.

OMGsrsly

Cola float! :) I’d totally have the cola in milk, although I haven’t had a cola float since I was a kid, and honestly thought it was pretty gross. Root beer FTfloatW.

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drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
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Great Canadian TTB and sipdown!! (171)

Sipping on this tasty latte while I stream the Veronica Mars movie (shhhh…). Thank you Jeweled Thumb for the chance to have another cup of this discontinued blend :)

Veronica

Ooh, I just watched it last night, and I thought it was great! I was happy to see them stay true to the original show.

VariaTEA

I am about 40 minutes in and Kristen Bell’s husband made a cameo which entertained me.

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This is cold, as in ice cold and still delicious. The more I drink it, the more I love it. I really should man up and just place the order for the 4 oz or maybe even a pound of this one because it is a caffeine free tea I would happily sip on every day. Until then, I am so grateful to the awesome keychange for sending me such an amazingly generous amount of this tea.

keychange

Anytime, yo! you did, afterall, send me my shopping list haha.

VariaTEA

I was happy to do it :)

Cheri

I’m still on the fence about ordering a buckwheat or barley tea. They sound good, but the thought also weirds me out….

VariaTEA

I was unsure about it so I was lucky to receive some in a swap. I recommend it but at the end of the day, like any other tea, it is not for everyone. It is very much like having a cup of hot cereal.

Cheri

Yeah, it’s one I’d like to get a sample of one of these days. I’ll have to request one next time I place an order where they have some….

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drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
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Great Canadian TTB and sipdown!!

Thank you Sil for the chance to try this tea. It is a nice chocolate mint but really nothing special. My first sip reminded me a lot of Mint To Be by DAVIDs minus a bit of the coconut whereas subsequent sips have all been reminiscent of Della Terra chocolate mint teas. A pleasant cup to sip on but not something I will miss now that it is gone.

Suziqzer

I have wondered about this one since I’m a mint/chocolate fan. Now I can relate to being similar to Della Terra mint/choc blends .. Thanks :)

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So my birthday weekend is drawing to a close and my sister and friend left a couple hours ago. It was hard to see them go so I decided I would curl up in bed with a tasty cup of tea and a good show to distract myself. Luckily, thanks to the awesome Allie, I was able to brew up a cup of this yummy blueberry tea. It really has grown on me since my first cup so I am really grateful to have gotten another. It is sweet and delicious and has an incredible blueberry flavor and that is even after it completely cooled (since it took quite some time for me to go through the facebook birthday wishes and the steepster posts I hadn’t seen yet). Thank you Allie!!

Sil

blech… i dunno why this one is so popular… the 2 or three times i’ve tried it in store i’ve spat it out lol

VariaTEA

Are you sensitive to stevia? There have been a few cups where all I got was stevia and had to pour it out.

Sil

oh that might be why…which is also why i’m less a fan of david’s teas with all their sugar/stevia adding nonsense i’m not a fan…tolerable but mostly no thanks

tigress_al

Happy belated birthday!

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The awesome Roswell Strange sent me this in addition to a birthday card and I am able to sneak it in just in time for my birthday to be over. I am sipping away at the cup as I watch Frozen. Alas, this cup is seriously lacking. It tastes mostly like a regular orange pekoe tea. I am not sure what it is meant to taste like but I am guessing something more. Nonetheless, I was so touched to receive a birthday gift in the mail from my amazing tea triplet. Thank you so much!

Courtney

I hope you had a great birthday! :)

caile

Happy birthday! Hope your day was wonderful!

VariaTEA

Thank you guys :)

Cavocorax

Happy belated birthday!!!

VariaTEA

Thank you!

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drank Goji Strawberry by Cornelia Bean
2865 tasting notes

This tea is both sweet and tart. I don’t know if I would call it a strawberry tea but it captures the goji berries quite nicely. However, as much as I enjoy apple in teas, it is adding a rather prominent sweetness that I wish was more mellow. I will have to see how this tastes cold brewed because right now I am not sure if this will be a restock or not. Luckily, I have 50g of this tea to help me decide.

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drank Mango Lassi by Butiki Teas
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Sipdown!! (173)

This tea brews up very dark and smells quite strongly of rooibos. Tastewise the rooibos is a touch more muted and there is a nice hint of something fruity but this is not what I would call mango lassi. Oh well, they can’t all be for everyone and I think Butiki rooibos blends are just not for me. At least I always have Peppermint Patty and Root Beer Float Honeybush.

Sil

By mango lassi do you mean uh….birthday cake?

VariaTEA

haha I meant Root Beer Float actually since Birthday Cake isn’t particularly accessible all the time. Clearly I had Mango Lassi on the brain though.

VariaTEA

I wish I had Birthday Cake. That would be a wondrous birthday present. I would probably just sip it all day long.

Sil

I was trying to think of another caffeine free one from Stacy heh

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So Fjellrev’s swap package arrived today and it smelled AMAZING! Being so late at night, a caffeinated tea with coffee beans probably wasn’t the best choice but I am pretty sure it was the source of the delicious smell so I could not resist.

Tastewise, this is really quite delicious. It is akin to what I believe mocha tastes like (I have never had it so this could be wrong but in my mind it is a coffee flavor that is a little bit chocolatey). There is also a nice hint of vanilla. It is similar to Teavana’s JavaVana (one of the few Teavana teas I like) but a bit more mellow. I imagine this would make an awesome latte though it is still very enjoyable as a straight tea. Thank you, Fjellrev, for sharing this tea with me. I can definitely see why you like it so much :)

In other news, DAVIDs has a hibiscus creamed honey. WHY? Why does that sound like a good idea? Don’t you think you have enough hibiscus in your teas already DAVIDs?

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Sil

Lol sounds good to me strangely….

VariaTEA

Well it is on sale (I may have just wrote “Sal” instead of sale) on their web specials page :)

Roswell Strange

Boo to the hibiscus honey; definitely not needed!

OMGsrsly

There’s blackberry creamed honey sticks too! Those I’m kinda excited about.

Fjellrev

Glad you liked it! It’s even better with half and half.

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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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