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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
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SSTTB

Don’t google “Kenyan Black” when searching for brewing instructions as you will just get a bunch of pictures of people from Kenya. It will not help. However, adding “Justea” didn’t really help either since I didn’t notice a website and I was too lazy to search through the results on my iphone. I ended up just following the recommendations on the steepster page.

The result? A pretty good straight black. Malty and rich and with the slightest hint of bitterness that calls to mind dark chocolate. Pretty tasty.

MissB

Oh do find jusTea’s website. The stories that go along with the teas are breathtaking, and make the experience so much more enjoyable to me. http://justea.com/

VariaTEA

Thank you!

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drank Shooting Starfruit by DAVIDsTEA
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I read this somewhere, I believe the DAVIDs website, that this is a tropical tea and that is an incredibly apt description. Cold brewed for 8 hours, the result is a sweet and refreshing drink. It tastes more like fruit juice than flavored water as the base, which is present but not overwhelming, provides a fullness that really rounds out the fruity flavors. Another success from DAVIDs Summer Collection – and to think none of the teas excited me at all.

Roswell Strange

I think I’m gonna pick some of this up tomorrow…

Amariel

I liked it. but I def want to cold brew some. We’ve got a warm weekend and week coming up, I think….so great opportunities soon.

VariaTEA

I look forward to seeing what you guys think :)

Amariel

I just made some iced, so we’ll see how that goes, but I hope to cold brew some too.

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drank Honey Apricot by Design a Tea
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Sipdown!!

This is a nice tea. The black base is a little strong for my liking but once I get passed that, I really enjoy the fresh apricot flavor which has been drizzled with a nice bit of honey for sweetness. Good, but not amazing so I don’t think I would be ordering more. I am happy I tried it though.

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90

So I am not very good at whisking with a fork. I have little matcha clumps all through my drink. Such sadness. Should have not been lazy and found batteries for the milk frother. Now I know.

Stephanie

I should get one of those. Sounds easy!

VariaTEA

It really is.

Cheri

milk frother == easy to make matcha.

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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Of course this tastes good cold brewed. This tea can do no wrong. Seriously, hot or cold, it is pure melon goodness. Thank you jump62359 for bringing this tea to my attention and then supplying me with such a generous amount. You are AMAZING!!!

Memily

I still remember jump62359 first bringing this to my attention and if watching various steepsters try it and go nuts for it makes me happy, I can only imagine how she’s feeling! So rad. Hope I get to try some one day.

jump62359

Not gunna lie, I definitely stalk the Golden Honey Dew page pretty often because I freakin love this tea. And the fact that you can get it in only one place (technically three places within one city haha), it makes it super easy to read through all the notes :)
So so incredibly happy that the people I’ve sent it to has enjoyed it very much! It’s bittersweet, in a way. Sweet that people love the tea, bitter because it’s obviously hard to get :/

jump62359

Memily, I’d definitely offer to send you a sample, but I don’t know how much it’ll cost to send to Australia :/ next time I visit the post office, I’ll make sure to ask! If it’s in my budget, I’ll probably send a small sample your way :)

Amariel

It looks great, and I’m sure this is on my wishlist.

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SSTTB

This one smells much better than it tastes. So lemony and delicious. Mmmmm… However, tastewise, the lemon is muted and the spices leave a drying feeling in my mouth. It is just not for me. I am glad I got the chance to try it though :)

Cheri

Apparently, it’s an acquired taste. (Sorry, just some very bad humor. I needed it.)

VariaTEA

Haha. I liked it :)

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drank Ruby Black by American Tea Room
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SSTTB

Aside from Brioche I have been pretty disappointed with American Tea Room teas. Consequently, when I see one, I don’t have high expectations for it. However, this was a pleasant surprise. It is rich and malty with notes of caramel, vanilla, and chocolate. Yum!

In other news, I checked the description and my tastes are way off (aside from the malt) of what this is meant to be. Oh well.

Cheri

If it tastes good to you, that’s all that matters. Or someone mislabeled the tea when they put it in the box.

VariaTEA

It is probably me. I am not yet sophisticated in the ways of detecting the subtle flavors of black teas.

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drank Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA
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This is a sweet, sweet tea. Maybe too sweet? It is like a Fuzzy Peach without the sour part that is greatly needed to balance out the flavor. It is not as bad as Peaches n Cream but I can’t help but feel like it needs something to round out the flavor and counter the sweetness. Oh well. I have more to play with but right now this is not a restock.

Cold brewed 2.5 tsps in 16 oz for 8 hours

Roswell Strange

I don’t understand the need for another peach tea after JUST having one in the Spring collection… If they want a peach herbal so bad they shouldn’t have discontinued Bamboozled or they should have just released this/Peaches & Cream as part of the permanent collection.

VariaTEA

I think Peaches & Cream didn’t go over well so they tried a different peach.

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drank SBT: Maple Bacon by 52teas
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So I let my brother talk me into this one. It is not my favorite but it is not as scary as I always expect it to be, especially given the strong artificial bacon bit scent. Tastewise it is mostly maple black tea with a touch of smoke. However, the smell is strong to get past so the next cup will need to be in a more narrow glass I think. That or I will just pawn the rest of this off on my brother and his friends at tomorrow’s game night :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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