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I probably should have read my previous tasting note about steeping this for longer or using more leaf as I used the exact same parameters this time around. I am still enjoying this though. It is predominantly apple. There is a slight hint of cinnamon but mostly it is like sipping on warm apple juice. Not bad at all. Thank you MissB for passing along the sample! Luckily HI is pretty generous (as is MissB for sending me the whole thing) with their sample size so I have a few more cups to play with.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Eggnogg'n Tea by Bigelow
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Sipdown!!

Thank you Eva for sending me this tea. Alas, it seems as though my initial love might have just been excitement over a new tea. This is still creamy and certainly eggnogy. Both qualities I really liked in the first cup but a tad off-putting the second time around. I think I am done with this tea after this cup, at least for a little while, but I did have a nice time trying it!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Sad sipdown!

Thank you Roswell Strange for sending me this and forcing me to try it. I actually looked at this on Adagio’s sight and immediately deemed it not for me. However, I could not be more wrong. I actually LOVE this tea. I have been thinking about it since my first cup (made all the more difficult to resist as it smells so strongly). Yes, it is smokey, very smokey but the contrast emphasizes the vanilla and cherry flavors. This is really good and perfectly captures the spirit of Irene Adler. Alas, it is sold out on Adagio’s site or I would have already got more. Now it just has me rethinking every blend I determined not for me.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Roswell Strange

More can be added to the next swap! I probably still have a bit over 2 oz. of it left :)

VariaTEA

Haha yay!

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drank Apple Pie Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Sipdown!! (of sorts as the last tsp is being sent to my matcha loving friend so she too can taste it)

So I think my initial love of this has died down just a touch but I still really enjoy it. Yes, it is a tad chemical tasting but I find that gives it a store-bought quality as opposed to a homemade apple pie. Still apple pie nonetheless. Thank you MissB for sharing this with me. I might not have tried it otherwise and now it is something I would consider ordering :).

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drank Love Potion by Bluebird Tea Co.
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Apparently I was in a very “love” oriented mood this afternoon as I ended up making this at the same time I steeped another tea called “Sweet Love”. I only noticed after asking my roommate if she wanted to try some tea and having to awkwardly tell her such cheesy names. However, I suppose it is the right month to be in the loving spirit.

This tea is definitely in the loving spirit, starting with the dry leaf that has flower petals and cute little heart sprinkles. There is definitely a strong chocolate flavor to this, though it is more reminiscent of a cheap chocolate bar than smooth and creamy chocolate deliciousness. Furthermore, mixed with the floral, I am just finding this a little off-putting for my tastes. Plus, I cannot find the strawberry anywhere :(.

Thank you Scheherazade for the opportunity to try this tea. Alas, it seems I am just not loving the love-inspired flavors.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Roswell Strange

I was gonna make some Love Tea #7 right away… May switch it up though, so we’re not drinking similar teas again ;)

VariaTEA

Haha how does this always happen?

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drank Sweet Love by Kusmi Tea
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This is like a licorice chai, two things I am not a fan of, however The Teaist was so sweet to send me over a bit to try that I decided to give it a taste. Unfortunately, with my first sip, I immediately know this is not for me. The licorice is simply too strong. Although, thank you The Teaist for the chance to try something new.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Boatsman by RiverTea
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Sipdown!! (222)

Thank you Roswell Strange for the opportunity to try some RiverTeas. I have been quite impressed with the ones I’ve had thus far. I am really like the combination of flavors I am getting today. This has less cinnamon and more fruit. I upped the rating a bit. This is like a surprise tea where each cup is a slightly different experience.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Rootbeer Float Black Tea by 52teas
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Sipdown!! (223)

Thank you Scheherazade for sending this to me. I am actually impressed that this is reminiscent of root beer as opposed to simply tasting like the 52 teas black base. There is even a hint of vanilla ice cream creaminess. I guess the extra 30 seconds really makes a difference.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
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I prepped this to cold brew for tomorrow and that left me with one serving left. Made hot it is not bad. I think papaya is the most prominent element. There is also a hint of rooibos but I think it works as it is neither woodsy or medicinal, just a subtle base for the fruit to stand on. I wish there was a touch more fruit flavor but I can still enjoy the cup.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

Reminded me a lot of orange juice.

VariaTEA

Really? I definitely didn’t get that. I guess that is the beauty of steepster – everyone experiencing teas differently.

Roswell Strange

I like Main Squeeze better ;)

Yvonne

^ THAT’S the one that reminded me of orange juice! I get them both confused, haha

mewakeling

You might get more fruit out of the cold brew, I did. :)

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Thank you Dexter3657 for sharing this with me. You shared so much that I was able to try this both cold and hot brewed. Personally I prefer this hot. It loses the overly sweet bubblegum quality while still maintaining the melon flavor that I really enjoyed when it was cold.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

Sounds rather unique!

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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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