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drank Sweet Love by Kusmi Tea
2498 tasting notes

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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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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Sipdown!! (228)

Goodbye mystery tea. I don’t know what is Christmassy about you but you were a tasty tea. Thank you Cavocorax for giving me the opportunity to try this.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

I figured out the white flowers are chrysanthemum.

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drank The Glow (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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So OMGsrsly sent this to me because she found it tasting medicinal and floral and just downright not great. Luckily my experience was significantly closer to Fjellrev’s. This is cinnamony and quite delicious. I am not sure if I quite get oatmeal cookie but it is definitely right in that field. I might get more of this one so thank you OMGsrsly for sharing.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Ok! I’ll be the odd one out :)

Yvonne

Gotta pick up some of this sometime!

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I like the yogurt element that comes out when this tea is cold brewed. It has a nice strawberry flavor and just enough hibiscus to represent the rhubarb tartness. It is a nice rounded flavor that perfectly captures the flavor of a strawberry rhubarb parfait. This might eventually get a tin…once I sipdown a few teas.

Oh yeah, this is a sipdown!! (230)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Lemon Meringue Rooibos by Tealish
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After the success with cold brewing the Chiffons I decided to try it with this tea too. Personally I think this is better hot. It has the same great flavor made like this but I just find it lends itself better to a hotter cup. That doesn’t mean I am not enjoying this tea right now. Thank you MissB for sharing this with me. It really is a great caffeine-free option.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
MissB

Yay for caffeine free! This one of the two rooibos blends that I have a tremendous amount of, if you’d like more.

VariaTEA

You actually sent me two bags of it already which I am VERY happy about having tried this tea.

MissB

Ha! This is why I have to use a spreadsheet like OMGsrlsy suggested, to keep track of what I send people.

VariaTEA

They were actually both in the same envelope. It was a wonderful surprise. Especially after I tried it and learned how delicious it was. Thank you again for introducing me to it.

OMGsrsly

Hee. I got two little baggies of O’Connor’s cream, too. I really appreciated that. Especially because everything was measured in 16oz mug servings. :)

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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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