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Back in December, Roswell Strange sent a package to my Thornhill address so that my sister could get it and bring it to me in Florida. That didn’t pan out and yesterday, as I was unpacking and organizing my room, I found the package hidden on my dresser. So, as per the suggestion if multiple steepsterites, I set this up to cold brew. I have no idea how long it steeped for but I believe it was about 11/12 hours.

This is definitely better as a cold brew than hot but still isn’t what I hoped it would be. The base is strong with a bit of vanilla sweetness. At the end of the sip, the carrot cake flavors come through, albeit subtly, and just sit on the tongue. Good, but not something I am heartbroken I won’t be able to get again. Nonetheless, thank you Roswell Strange for the chance to try this again!

Roswell Strange

So your giant box of tea showed up today! I’m curious what’s in the unmarked Nina’s Tin? In smells like an EG to me…

VariaTEA

It is EG. I don’t care if you sell it or trash it or swap it or drink it, I just thought the tin was cute and wanted to share. Btw you should feel honored because green is my fav color and I parted with it just for you :P.

Roswell Strange

I do feel honored :) Although you single handedly pushed me over 200! Albeit only briefly :P

VariaTEA

My bad. I just figured once I was sending a box, might as well fill it :P. And don’t worry, I am sure when your box arrives, I will hit the 200+ mark as well given I went from 140 to 192 in a day :O

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So this tea looks like a chiffon tea with the added flavors of apple and rose hips. However it is not a combination I am loving. The lemongrass contributes a sort of tropical element while the apple comes through as a sweetness that is out of place in the cup. Moreover, the combination comes off as artificial and is almost reminiscent of licorice. I will try this again but as of now, it is just not for me.

carol who

Ah, Firefly!

VariaTEA

Yep! I was able to snag one of the sampler packs during their sale which made me very, very happy.

Helena

Shepherd Book wasn’t for everyone either so why would his tea be? Long live Firefly!!

VariaTEA

Very true. I suppose the tea could be representative of him but it was not me.

VariaTEA

*Not for me

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drank Mango Zabaglione by Design a Tea
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Tbh, I was not expecting this to be as good as it is. I am not sure why, but I just didn’t have high expectations. Sipping on it now, I am actually blown away at how good this is. Initially, the taste is of rooibos, though a pleasant rooibos that is neither woodsy or medicinal. Then, a delicious sweet creaminess takes over, just as one would expect from a zabaglione. Finally, the mango sneaks in right at the end of the sip and just pops. I would definitely have this again and the success with this tea has made me excited to try the others I have.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Amortentia by Custom-Adagio Teas
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Thank you Nattie for samples of all the Harry Potter Potions teas! I wanted to try them for so long and even placed an order for them in Adagio’s sale only to have my card refunded and to be told they could not fill the order. With that in mind, I am super grateful for the opportunity to try the teas.

This is really a great start as this tea is delicious. The blueberry is the most prominent flavor for me but the vanilla and coconut are also present in the cup, adding to the whole experience. It is sweet and creamy, with a muted base so that the flavors really shine. I don’t know if I am ready to agree to 3 oz of this tea but I am definitely really enjoying it. Luckily I have one more cup worth of leaf to decide how badly I want more of this.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Thank you Nattie for sending some of this my way! It smells amazing :)

Sipping on it now, I am once again not minding the hibiscus. Could it be that me and the hibby might actually be friends?!? Anyways, this tea is pretty spot on for strawberry lemonade minus the acidity of real lemonade. I can see this being really good iced and sweetened just a bit.

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drank Fruit Sangria by Adagio Teas
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Well steepster, I have been a bit MIA recently given I was busy with moving but now I have officially completed my degree and moved back home. That means, I have time for tea once again and thank goodness too as I arrived to multiple packages waiting for me which exploded my cupboard a bit.

This tea is courtesy of the wonderfully generous jump62359. Thank you!! As I sip on it now, I am pleasantly surprised that I don’t mind the hibiscus in this. It mellows out the sweetness of the other fruit while not making the tea tart or sour. Rather, it is just a more rounded flavor when combined with the hint of strawberry and apple sweetness. Nothing mindblowingly unique but still very tasty. I don’t know if I would go out of my way to order it but I am very grateful to have gotten to try it. Thanks again, jump62359!

OMGsrsly

CONGRATULATIONS!

VariaTEA

Thank you! Soon you will be moved in too :)

OMGsrsly

AHAHA. “Soon.” Umm. We’re basically reno-ing the entire living space of this house. So much work.

VariaTEA

I was being optimistic :)

Roswell Strange

So, your package still hasn’t made it out of the house yet: I’m taking it Wednesday though when I have work again. Anything you want added to make up for it? Also, it’s great to see you back and hooray for moving back in and finishing your degree!

VariaTEA

Haha no hurry. And no need to anything as I already have quite a bit of tea.

Nattie

Congratulations! (:

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drank Mango Madness by DAVIDsTEA
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This was the sampler in store today and it makes for a very nice iced tea. Just smooth mango flavor. Yum!

Amariel

Interesting, my store had others instead!

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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
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Got this iced today and it was good but nothing mind blowing. I won’t be stocking it anytime soon but it is something I would pick up every now and then as a to-go cup.

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drank Malama by Lupicia
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drank Bliss by American Tea Room
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This is better as a cold brew, than it was hot but at the end of the day, it is just not for me. It is sort of like a more muted and more vegetal version of Teavana’s Fruta Bomba. Not bad but not a tea I am sad to say goodbye to. I am glad I got to try it though so thank you Kat_Maria for sharing with me!

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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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