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drank Hindbaersnitter Shou Mei by 52teas
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Glad to have this back in my cupboard. To me, though I have never had a hindbaersnitter, I imagine this is true to taste. Especially since this was described as a pop tart and I can definitely get the jammy raspberry, sugar glaze, and pastry notes that would be needed in making a tea to reflect a pop tart.

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drank Blueberry Scone by 52teas
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This has an awesome blueberry flavor. So sweet and light and definitely reminiscent of the blueberry flavor you get in pastries. I’m also not usually a fan of greens but 52 teas has a way of either completely covering the vegetal notes of the base or somehow incorporating them into the flavor. Here I get the tiniest bit of base that lends just a touch of earthiness to help sell a more natural blueberry flavor. I don’t know if scone immediately comes to mind though, however to me that is a hard thing to emulate as I don’t know how distinctive scones themselves taste since usually I have had them glazed or with jams or some other element that overpowers their flavor. With that said, this is more than just a blueberry tea as pastry notes are definitely present so when the title scone is given to this, I can accept this as a scone tea.

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So it’s been a pretty big weekend for my family. My sister got married Sunday and I got a job on Friday. So that’s all pretty awesome and also the reason I haven’t been posting much as of late. However, my job was kind enough to give me a week off before I started so this week I finally get to relax…and drink tea. Plus I get to do all that while also getting to snack on leftover wedding sweets so yum.

This morning I got to have stacked cookies and this lovely tea which luckily hasn’t aged. It’s still so delicate but flavorful. Soft lemon and just a touch of creamy hay from the base. Also a sweetness from the almonds. Mmm mmmm good.


YAY job! this is outside the internship?


Congratulations on the job, VariaTEA! They’re lucky to have you.


Congrats on the job!


Sil, the internship was just for the month and a 1/2 hr before I left on my last day, they offered me work. They also okayed my week off AND have me working with the mentor I really liked as opposed to the original mentor they had me with who was not so great.

And thank you everyone :)


WOOHOO!! that’s awesome :)


Congrats! What a weekend. Take this week and enjoy a vast quantity of tea.

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So this tea tasted like weed to me. Don’t ask how I know what weed tastes like but I was instantly confused when I took a sip of this. In fact, I was so convinced that I must be wrong, I made my sister try it and she definitely felt the same. It reminded me of the time my sister brought a travel toothpaste on a trip with us and I told her it tasted like pickles and she looked at me like I was crazy only for me to later hear a giant OMG from the bathroom when she realized I was right.

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drank Fruity Pu-erh by TeaTaxi
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So I hate pu-erh which means the dirt quality stands out to me above all else. Consequently, to me, this tastes like dirty candy. Blerg. I could see others who enjoy pu’erh or at least tolerate it, liking this but it’s just not for me

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drank Classic Sencha by TeaTaxi
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So plain greens and puerhs and chais are not my favourite and those flavors comprise about 4/10 of the teas in the monthly subscription I got so I decided to bite the bullet and try one instead of reaching for all the tastier sounding teas first. This seemed like the lesser of evils so I made it my tea of the day.

As I sip, it’s like drinking hay. Hay and grass…and peas. Essentially it’s like a bunch of other senchas I have had. It’s pleasant enough to drink but probably not something I’ll remember when im done and definitely not something I would order for myself since I barely drink flavored green teas, let alone straight ones.


Any brewing info? Temp / Volume / Tea Weight would be helpful if possible.


I used their recommended brewing parameters at 160F for 3 min. And I just dumped the whole 5g sample into the mug.


Most importantly, was it a big mug or a small one. How much water would you say you used? For the temp 160F to 176F is good, depending on personal pref.

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So this is the tea DAVIDs tricked my dad into getting 100g of as opposed to the 50g I asked for because of the free tin. It’s some random limited edition tea that was only sold in the states so I can’t be upset that he grabbed more of it, plus my birthday cake went rancid so this will be its replacement. With that in mind, I decided the best way to try this was cold brewed. It’s not as sweet as regular birthday cake and the base is a bit more apparent but it has a nice caramel note. It’s like a mix of their Creme caramel tea and regular birthday cake.

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I know I have tried sticky rice before a few times but for the life of me I can’t remember what it tastes like. What I do know, as I am definitely getting the mango in this tea which is really quite lovely. I am also getting some vanilla/custard notes, faint ones, but they are there. There is also a great popped rice flavor that goes so nicely with the smooth green tea base, though this is true of all 52Teas Genmaichas that I have tried. However, there is also a sharp dryness that is underlying the sip and I am not sure where or what it is coming from?

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drank Coco Vanilla by TeaTaxi
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The chocolate is strong in this one. White chocolate is what I am getting mostly. There is also a lot of coconut flavor here, that is bordering on lotion-y when mixed with the other ingredients. This reminds me of something, and I want to say White White Cocoa by T2, but I am not sure. It is also very sweet and rich, which is not bad by any means but also means this is not a tea I would drink regularly. It was fun to try though.

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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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