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Thank you TraceyC for sending this my way as I am really quite excited to have this back in my cupboard. Today, the black base is 100% tamed leaving just the strawberry milkshake deliciousness behind. Yum!

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drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
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Well I took Amariel’s advice and added some milk to this cup. The result? A tea that is incredibly reminiscent of Buttercream frosting. The milk adds a rich creaminess and a bit more body to really recall the frosting texture. This really is delicious and I am sad to see it go. However, I am so happy to have gotten to try it so thank you Amariel for sending it my way :)

Marzipan

Is this discontinued?

VariaTEA

Unfortunately yes :(

Plunkybug

I would never have thought to add milk to a white tea, but I did it at the suggestion of the package and description. It’s from the fall collection a few years back. One of my local stores had some much later, so I was able to snag some to hoard.

Plunkybug

I’m so glad I sent the rest to you and you like it.

VariaTEA

I am glad too. Thanks again :)

Plunkybug

No problem! :)

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drank The Glow (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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When I first tried this tea, it tasted just like a snickerdoodle. It was amazing! In fact, it was so enjoyable, I bought 50g. However, each subsequent cup has been more and more disappointing so with this last cup, I happily say goodbye. We had a good run but our friendship has run its course.

OMGsrsly

Uh oh. I have some in your bag. I’ll, uhh, take it out.

VariaTEA

How did you get more? I thought you sent me the last of what you had.

VariaTEA

Also, what is this bag you speak of?!

OMGsrsly

Oh, I checked. It’s for someone else. :) I got confused with all the parcels on my desk!

And I have some teas to send you? It’s only 4. So, uhh. Yeah.

VariaTEA

Hahaha. Well thank you. I look forward to them :). If there is anything in my cupboard you want to try, let me know.

OMGsrsly

Considering I still have about 140 samples, I will take a raincheck. :)

VariaTEA

Well it is always open to you :)

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drank Southern Belle by DAVIDsTEA
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This is really quite nice as a cold brew. For one thing, those strange chocolate notes are gone. Instead, there is a rich creamy peach flavor. It is like ice cream and sweet peach candies. Really, really good. Thank you Roswell Strange for sending me enough of this to experiment with because I was not a huge fan of the hot brew but cold brewed, I am quite pleased. This is a great memory to be left with.

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It is always nice to get to try new teas in swaps but it is especially nice when people send teas that are difficult to come by otherwise. Those who live in Canada know that Adagio blends are not the most accessible given the high shipping costs so I am very grateful to jump62359 for sending this my way.

Tastewise, the mint is strong in this blend. Very strong. And yet there is also a roasty smoke element from the gunpowder. However, underneath all the bolder flavors, there is a touch of floral jasmine to soften up the cup a bit. In that sense, it is much like Loki – a lot of flash and strength but underneath it all, a sensitive soul :P

Cavocorax

Mmmmmm. As soon as you guys say you want Adagio, I am IN for an order. I want some of this. :P My cart is already about $100 though. :|

VariaTEA

I think it might be a while for me but I can always just ship it to my Dad so if you are ready, feel free to go ahead without me :)

Cavocorax

I can wait. :) If it arrived now I wouldn’t appreciate it so much because of all the incoming teas we have.

Cavocorax

But I appreciate the offer.

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drank Genmaicha by RiverTea
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Thank you Roswell Strange for sending this my way to aid in my adventure to try all the genmaichas. This one is good but not particularly a blend that stands out. There is nothing unique about it. It is fairly balanced between the vegetal base and the toasty rice, though at times the grass notes are more prominent. Nothing special but still very pleasant so thanks again, Roswell Strange :)

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drank Monkey Chops by Bluebird Tea Co.
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Thank you Amariel for the chance to try this tea. My second cup is an improvement but I am still not sad to see this go. However, this cup is less base and a bit more vanilla flavor. There is also a nutty quality to the tea. Alas, banana is still lacking and for that reason, I won’t miss this now that it’s gone. I am happy I got to try it though :)

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So long tasty rooibos, we may meet again. Thank you to Jeweled Thumb and the GCTTB for the opportunity to try this delicious cappuccino, caramel tea :)

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drank Strawberry Pie Honeybush by 52teas
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I have no idea what I did differently this cup but the flavors are shining today once again. The honeybush is taking a backseat to the juicy strawberry pie filling and creamy vanilla. What a lovely way to say goodbye to an ever-so-finicky blend.

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drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
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This is THE chocolate mint tea. Seriously, if you want chocolate mint, nothing quite compares. It is minty but not in a harsh way with creamy milk chocolate and fluffy marshmallow leaf to lighten everything up. Truly amazing!

Suziqzer

Ok, ok.. It’s on my list to order when I place a Butiki order. :). I Love mint & chocolate, but so many good sounding Butiki blends it will be hard to choose.

Ubacat

I figured this would be a black tea but it’s not. That’s fantastic! It’s going on my wish list!

VariaTEA

Nope. It is a caffeine-free herbal and better than the black tea versions I have tried.

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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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