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So the only other review for this tea is by Dexter3657, who loved this, but as I sip away at my mug, I can’t help but feel like we are drinking two completely different teas. I am finding the taste a bit off, like rather than the tasty flesh of the almond, I got all the woody skins (wow that sounds more morbid than I intended). Nothing is really coffee-esque to me and there really isn’t anything in the ways of chocolate either. I suppose this one is just not for me, though I will play with it a bit more to see if I can make it work. Hopefully, OMGsrsly’s experience with this tea will be more akin to Dexter’s when I finally get around to sending her her half (I am sorry it has taken so long btw!)

Dexter

Sorry you didn’t like this one. To each their own – but maybe try lower water less steep. LOL That’s what I’m telling everyone who doesn’t like a rooibos tea. 90C 3 minutes….

VariaTEA

I did 95 for 5 minutes so maybe that was the issue :P

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Thank you Sil for sharing this interesting sounding blend. Unfortunately, “interesting” is not a word I would use to describe the flavor. Instead I would probably use a word like “mundane” because this is like a run-of-the-mill black tea with just a bit of chocolate flavoring (fake chocolate, not the good stuff). Nonetheless, I am really glad I got to try it as this is another blend I can mark off my list.

Sil

yep… i was sad ten wasn’t more awesome.

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drank Hot Lips (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Thank you NayLynn for the opportunity to try this tea. It is definitely a “cinnamon hearts” tea although I am a little disappointed there is not more of a cinnamon burn. Oh well. It is still pleasant to sip on and take a moment to relax with after I spent a couple of hours packaging up swaps. Now I just have to get them to the post office…

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I was packaging some of this up for a swap and realized I have never tried it myself so I decided to brew up a cup. However, that didn’t go as according to plan because instead of pouring the water into the mug, I apparently though it would be more fun to pour it on my hand. Thank god it was green tea so the water was not boiling but it is still not an experience I recommend.

As for this tea, it is good, but nothing mind blowing. There is an apple sweetness mixed with the smooth green base (which is less vegetal than a lot of the other Caesar’s greens I have tried). There really is no “pie” element which is disappointing. At the end of the day, this is just an alright apple tea which is nice but not what I wanted from the cup.

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Thank you Dexter3657 for sharing a sample of this. It is 100% marzipan. Smooth and nutty with an almost cherry-like essence. Quite delicious. I am not sure if I would stock this just because I don’t know how often I would reach for this flavor due to personal tastes but I would not turn away a cup if offered.

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Thank you Fjellrev for sharing some of this with me. To be honest, of the samples you sent, I have sort of been pushing this one off since something about the name had me worried this would be either too much like a pina colada or perhaps it could go another way and taste lotiony. Thankfully, this tea is neither of those two things but with that said, I am still not loving it. It is good but compared to the other Bayswater teas, this is just not up to par. The base is present and smooth which pairs with the smooth coconut flavor but I just can’t help but feel like this needs something more. Perhaps I am spoiled by all the other fuller flavors I have tried, but this just seems weak.

Fjellrev

I find that the macaroon flavours really wake up with milk, especially half and half. But I know you must be really watching what you’re using as additives. :) I can’t remember what this was like plain, but yeah, probably not nearly as good without the milk.

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drank White Angel by Tea Desire
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So apparently I was in the mood for coconut because without even realizing it, I brewed up this cup and Creamy Coconut by Bayswater. Luckily, this is more than just coconut. Instead this is a tasty marriage of coconut creaminess and Tea Desire’s spectacular apricot flavoring. Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing this with me because I quite like it. I might need to add this to the Buddha Bamboo I asked you to pick up for me because I want more! At least I got enough for some more cups left in the sample.

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I was planning on having yogurt mixed with peanut butter for today’s dairy servings only to realize my milk expires today. Since, I can’t smell if milk has gone bad, I don’t usually keep it long after its expiration date so I figured it was best to use up what I could and save the yogurt for later. Thus, I compromised and made this instead. I am happy I did though because something about what I did today has made for a really tasty cup. No grassiness from the base, just smooth peanut butter flavor. Mmmmm… I really can’t thank you enough, Cavoocorax for sharing this and so many other matchas with me :). I certainly appreciate them all.

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drank Neapolitan Honeybush by 52teas
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I am sipping on a mason jar of this tea, cold. Not because I cold brewed this but rather I made it hot yesterday and then never got around to drinking it until now. Given that my room is on the particularly cold side today, I do wish I had a mason jar of hot tea but that means leaving the warmth of my old sheets so I am content with what I have.

Also, I did plan on cleaning today because I need to completely organize/clean my apartment so I can take pics and post it online but that went out the window when I got home and decided I just wanted to relax after my exams. Instead, I have been curled up in bed watching shows and it has been lovely.

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drank Crème Brulee by Bayswater Tea Co.
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Thank you Fjellrev for sharing this amazing tea! When I was brewing up The Morning Star, I didn’t know what to expect so I wanted another tea that I knew I would enjoy and this popped into my mind. I am sad to see it go as this is one I would most definitely stock (if I lived somewhere I could buy Bayswater Teas that is). It has an almost coffee-like quality at first but as I continue to sip, I realize it is not coffee but rather a caramelized sugar flavor that is bordering on a little too well-down giving it a nice roastiness. I am definitely starting to see where the name Creme Brulee comes from now and I am really loving it. Too bad it is gone :(

OMGsrsly

Did you get any Divine Temptation?

Fjellrev

She sure did, and I did mention mixing them. :D

VariaTEA

Yes I got some of that as well because Fjellrev is awesome! However, I didn’t get a chance to mix them because I finished the Creme Brulee too quickly on its own :(.

Fjellrev

Aww, I can always send more of both next time I send you stuff.

VariaTEA

Haha. I might have gotten a bit excited about this one :P. Btw, have you tried Sweet Seduction by RiverTea? It is also a nougat tea (like Divine Temptation) but with a green base. It was really good.

Fjellrev

I haven’t tried that yet but was considering ordering that when I eventually make an order with them. The first thing that came to mind when I saw it was this tea.

OMGsrsly

Fjellrev, I have loads and I’m closer than you are. :) I could send some in the parcel I’m putting together!

OMGsrsly

Oh, and Bayswater does Divine Temptation with a green base as well. And I think also a bai mu dan white. Maybe even rooibos. It’s a best seller!

VariaTEA

Haha. OMGsrsly, we have Sweet Temptation, so I don’t think we should jump on any rooibos versions of Divine Temptation anytime soon:P.

OMGsrsly

Oh right. :D Sorry, I get excited about tea and stuff… :)

Plunkybug

I need more of this one, seriously. And DT.

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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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