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drank Milk Caramel by Lupicia
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Thank you Kat_Maria for sharing this with me. Surprisingly, I am not loving it. I mean, Milk Caramel sounds AMAZING but is really just okay. To be honest, I am actually thankful to have found a Lupicia blend that is mediocre because I don’t think my wallet could handle it if they were all amazing!!

I realized I said nothing about this tea. Whoops, fail. It is essentially a very mellow hojicha with a buttery smooth caramel flavor. Also, it is getting better as it cools, though I still feel as though something is missing. Perhaps it is because hojicha is roasty, thus reminiscent of a genmaicha, and the caramel flavor is making me want Japon. Not bad, but not amazing either.

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80
drank Eggnog Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Well my paper-writing marathon continues and having not slept, I was really in need of some caffeine to get me through. Alas, I finished all my milk yesterday so I was left to ponder what would make a tasty tea soda. In the end, I trusted my awesome tea triplet, Roswell Strange and went for the eggnog matcha. I am glad I did too because (a) this smelled absolutely AMAZING and (b) it has a delicious creamy, vanilla taste that I am really enjoying and don’t remember getting when I had this as a matcha milk. Perhaps, I should combine this with the Cola Matcha and see if it helps at all because this is really quite good.

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drank Jolly Jellybean by DAVIDsTEA
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Thank you Faith for the chance to try this tea. It was so nice just being able to drop the tea bag into the cup and brew – no muss, no fuss, just steep and dispose. It worked out quite nicely since I did not have much time to waste measuring out tea and cleaning the filter afterwards as I am once again paper-writing (most likely all night…again). Sipping on this now, I would swear it was a green rooibos but apparently I would be wrong according to the ingredients list. Moreover, I would not have guessed that this had pineapple or coconut in it. Mostly I am just getting a strange chemical type sweetness that I am going to attribute to the jellybeans. It is not horrible but it is not really anything special either. Though, it is warm and comforting and a nice little distraction from my paper. However, now I must bid you all a farewell as my 15 minutes (as per Terri’s 45/15 principle) is almost finished.

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I mixed some of this earlier but overestimated how much milk I had and ended up with a pretty disproportionate cup. As in, I had my usual 1/2 tsp matcha to only 1/2 the milk I usually use thus it was overleafed and sort of vegetal. Still, once I got past that, it was strawberry deliciousness through and through.

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drank Lucky Star by Cornelia Bean
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I tried cold brewing this to see if I preferred it that way but I am still unimpressed. It basically tastes like sweet rooibos and nothing else. Really leaves me wanting more.

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drank Té de Frutas by Lupicia
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This cup has much more lychee flavor than the last. If I didn’t know any better, I would assume I was drinking a straight lychee tea with no other flavors. It is a great tasting tea, I just wished it delivered on what it promised. Nonetheless, I am happy to have tried it and may even restock when I get my cupboard under control (though I believe that means I have to go to San Francisco). Thank you for sharing, Kat_Maria!!

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80
drank Strawberry & Vanilla by Lupicia
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Thank you Kat_Maria for the couple teabags of this tea. The green base is a bit more present in this cup than the last but it is not vegetal, rather just a touch leafy. However, the more prominent flavor is the creamy strawberry milkshake taste that comes out of the strawberry and vanilla intermingling.

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
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Well, I am jumping on the Melon Oolong bandwagon. This is amazing! No oolong flavor at all, just nice refreshing melon. I think I prefer this melon flavor to Cantaloupe and Cream even. I would definitely keep this one stocked. Thank you Kat_Maria for the sample of this tea. It seems that everyone has been loving this tea lately so I am grateful to have gotten a taste of it.

ETA: I resteeped this and the oolong is coming out a bit more but the melon flavor is still delicious.

Courtney

Preference over Cantaloupe & Cream? I will be on the hunt now.

VariaTEA

It is different because this is straight melon as opposed to just creamy melon but I think I do prefer it.

keychange

This one is the best melon tea in the world. For sure.

Plunkybug

Oh nice!

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drank Cool Cucumber by DAVIDsTEA
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I cold brewed this overnight and the result is a super nice and light minty tea. It is refreshing and very representative of summer. The mint is the lingering flavor but it doesn’t overwhelm. Instead, the cucumber flavor really shines while the melon adds a nice sweetness. This tea is great both cold and hot. Definitely one I would want to keep around, especially as the weather warms.

Aimee Popovacki

i’m really surprised they did this for spring..

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80
drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I took a sip of my matcha milk today and got the caramel, as I expected I would, but was also surprised to get a hint of saltiness that reminded me of the caramel popcorn flavor. I actually had to do a double-take to make sure I grabbed the right package. However, after confirming it was just plain caramel and being confused for a moment, I realized I had just had peanut butter and the saltiness was remnants of that. Nonetheless, it made for a pretty tasty treat.

Stephanie

WHOA, next time I make a caramel matchaccino I’m going to add a pinch of salt…that sounds amazing.

VariaTEA

Or just eat peanut butter beforehand :P

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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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