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I’m several cups into this bag now and still not getting the faintest whiff of peach. I don’t know if I just got a bad batch or if they changed the recipe? Too bad though, because the bag I had previously was soooooo amazing. So peachy! So refreshing! Not sure what happened with this one . . .

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drank Anastasia by Kusmi Tea
24 tasting notes

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drank 2015 Poundcake by White 2 Tea
50 tasting notes

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drank Special B by T2
1 tasting notes

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drank Melon Drop by DAVIDsTEA
210 tasting notes

It’s a miserably hot day out there so I made a cup of this and put it in the fridge to chill. So nice. Light, fruity, refreshing, and delicious. The cat thought so too. I had about half of it and then left my desk to use the bathroom. When I returned my cat had her face stuck deep into my cup, lapping it up as fast as she could. There are times when I wonder how my cats are still around. Then they do something cute and they are reprieved. Anyway, I really enjoyed the first half of the cup and Merry Miaow really enjoyed the second half.

Nicole

Hm. My Caliban likes melons. Wonder if he’d like melon tea.

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drank MerriMint by Teapots & Treasures
1572 tasting notes

Tea Pots n Treasures is in Indianapolis Indiana. The owner blends the teas. She has over 900 blends! Of course not all are available at once. This particular tea is about a year old. I put it in in a drawer, got very ill, and forgot it. That said, it is still pretty tasty. I added sweetener to revitalize the old leaf. That mostly worked. The aroma is complex. There is a lot going on but no one flavor really dominates. You do notice the peppermint first because, well, peppermint. Then the orange and rose hips mingle about. The vanilla is the weakest flavor but seems about right to me. The taste shows the age as the green tea really doesn’t jump out. It is there but not. You know? The mint is nicely cooling. The blood orange and rose hips mix into their own flavor thing. Kind of floral sort of. Kind of fruity, sort of. A touch earthy and dark. I finally decided it is like a tangy cranberry, plum, and orange. Finally, the vanilla brings it all together in a neat and creamy way. Despite the age and poor storage this was pleasantly enjoyable.

mrmopar

Hope you are feeling better!

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drank Café Maté by TeaLula
30 tasting notes

This tea has that warm, roasted, slightly chocolatey flavor that’s perfect for warming you up when you’re sitting under an AC vent for several hours at a time. One of the top roasted maté blends I’ve had! I’m really impressed with my recent haul from TeaLula so far.

Flavors: Cocoa

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Apple Cinnamon by Harney & Sons
1322 tasting notes

Ordered this as a sample, as its nearly fall, and a little apple cinnamon tea could help make it colder, yes?
Yes? No? Drat.
It smells lovely, a perfect balance between cider and tea, but it brewed up much milder than its scent.
I wish it was more robust. It was pleasant enough, but not particularly flavorful.
In other news, my interview went well! She seemed to like me. There are more interviews to go, so we shall see!

Nichole

Woohoo! That’s good news!

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As I do with almost every tea I get, I tried this tea both hot and cold steeped as iced tea. It’s good, but not great either way.

When enjoyed hot, the malty sweetness of the Assam shines through even as the brightness of the Ceylon is ever present. When iced, the sweetness is mostly gone. A little of the malty flavor is present “towards the back.”

It kind of reminds me of Lipton tea for grownups.

It’s like a lot of other Harney and Sons teas. There’s nothing really wrong with it, it just doesn’t pop.

I still a good cup of tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Tropical Nut Paradise by Teavana
52 tasting notes

From the mixtures of the flavors, I cannot exactly pinpoint the flavors, making this tea a mystery if I didn’t know anything about it. The tea is light, and tasty, just nothing pops up stronger in terms of flavor than others. It is an easy on the tongue, easier on the nose tea and reminds me of a few books that are similarly easy to read and be intriguing. Those hard to catalog, hard to define, so everyone labels it a little bit of everything book.

With the same air of mystery surrounding this tea, I recommend the books
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs” & “I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak”

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’ve been steeping this on and off over the day while at work. The third steep is kind of tart!

This is generally nice and malty, but not knock-your-socks-off amazing. I’ve got about 1 more serving’s worth of leaf left.

MzPriss

I like this tea a lot. It’s my favorite from Teavivre

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I’ve developed a sweet tooth for many of the YS wild arbor black teas (which often hail from the same villages and mountains as their raw pu-erhs), so I thought I would check out a different kind of black tea. I was rewarded with a really nice cup, albeit one that is a little tough to characterize. In one sense it reminds me of a red robe oolong, a tea that I’m not particularly fond of, but wedded to a creamy, cannabis-scented maltiness and you get a delicious and forgiving tea that can handle a longish steep and extra leaf. It’s very nice to drink in the evening on the cusp of autumn, when the perfume and dried fruit seem to presage the coming season.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
boychik

this tea reminds me taiwanese reds. it has this cherry-plummy-nutty notes.

Doug F

I totally agree. It’s really nice!

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I love anything blood orange, and this tea is no exception. Thing is though, I don’t get blood orange from this tea. Tangerine? Maybe. Orange? Could be. Blood orange? Not even close. The bitterness that one would expect from a blood orange is nowhere to be found.

In the past I have found I always love the scent of blood orange teas, but the taste of the brewed tea never lives up to the smell. This is also the case with this tea.

Even with all my complaints, I would still drink this tea. It’s not my favorite orange tea, but it’s still pretty good. However, if you’re looking for more of a blood orange experience, look elsewhere.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Today, courtesy of a very kind Steepster friend, I brewed this highly-recommended Menghai shou Gongfu style: 10g / 3 oz. / 205 / 5-sec rinse / 20-min rest / four identical steeps combined into a tea mug / 5, 15, & 30-sec for a total of twelve 3-oz. infusions.

This ripe pu-erh is robust, dark, rich, and velvety smooth w/o any astringency or bitterness. There were no off-putting flavors or aromas of any kind. It’s invigorating enough for breakfast. I didn’t notice any cha qi. Additional infusions had the same enjoyable flavor profile and were nearly as rich using longer brewing times. I also tried a fourth round of infusions @ 60-sec. However, it was too light-bodied.

Impression: I agree with DigniTea & mrmopar that it’s an excellent affordable everyday shou. This is also an excellent choice for pu-erh beginners like us who enjoy full-bodied black tea.

Method:
RO water re-mineralized with an Aptera filter http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/39532-puregen-aptera-alkamag-water-filter
http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/37731-my-weigh-durascale-d2-660-digital-scale
Brewed gongfu-style using a digital variable-temp electric kettle and a tempered 3 oz. Ru Kiln gaiwan: http://steepster.com/teaware/bonavita/39130-1-liter-variable-temperature-digital-electric-gooseneck-kettle
http://steepster.com/teaware/shanghaistory/67231-top-tianqing-ru-kiln-celadon-kinking-gaiwan-90ml-slash-3-dot-0oz
In lieu of a sharing pitcher & tea strainer, a tea mug http://steepster.com/teas/royal-albert/45581-old-country-roses-afternoontea-mugs with a http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/29177-finum-brewing-basket placed in the tea mug were used.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 10 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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drank Citrus Blend by Harney & Sons
51 tasting notes

I like both black tea and citrus and I was very excited to try this tea. The dry leaves smell amazingly citrusy, and I couldn’t wait to try the tea.

I was let down quite a bit by the results. Cold brewed as iced tea the flavor is flat. There is almost no citrus present and the base tea is just plain boring.

I tried it hot several times and it was fine. Nothing particularly interesting or out of the ordinary, but just fine. A dull black tea with just the slightest hint of artificial citrus flavor.

Is it a good value for the money? Well, that’s a different question. I’m not sure I could find a better tea at the price I paid, but I’d rather spend more and get something I enjoy more.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Water: 6oz

Leaves: Tea Powder

Steep: Instant

Aroma: Floral

Color: Dark rose

Taste: This was the first tea of the ones sent to me. As for the steeping process I used 1/4 teaspoon to 6oz of water. I started out with a smaller amount due to me not being sure how I would like this tea. The color was a pretty dark rose.I brought my water to a boil and let it cool a bit before mixing since this was my first time i expected the powder to dissolve when stirred with a spoon but that wasn’t the case. As for flavor I noticed the texture more so & not much taste. I couldn’t finish my cup due to the combination of the two. Hopefully my last 3 teas in this set I’ll have better luck.

Thank you Chi Whole Leaf for this sample

Preparation
6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Kashmir Tchai by Kusmi Tea
56 tasting notes

Cardamon
Cinnamon
Anise
Pepper
Nice smooth black base.
A lovely chai!

Thanks MissB

Sipdown! :)

Flavors: Anise, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Pepper

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Nicole

I like this chai, too.

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drank Honey Pear by Golden Moon Tea
56 tasting notes

Sipdown!

I bumped this up a bit because I find it slightly unique and flavourful. The taste was so authentic. I think they did a nice job blending it. I’d have it again some day, but not for a bit.

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Pear

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Christina

Sorry to burst your bubble, but it looks like Golden Moon doesn’t make this anymore. They retired a lot of their older blends when they decided to go organic.

TeaNTees

Well I’m glad to have gotten to enjoy it at all, that being the case.

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Water: 8oz

Leaves: small uneven rolls

Steep: 3m

Aroma: Unsure

Color: Golden yellow

Taste: I didn’t realize its been 2 years since my last oolong review. As a result I decided to give this tea a try. As with the previous tea this too was also damaged during shipment. The tea leaves have a distinct aroma but it’s difficult to describe. I started out by rinsing the oolong for 15s followed by a 3m steep (well a little over since i forgot to start my timer lol) The small rolled leaves expanded while brewing they ended up being huge! The little 1 teaspoon grew to being 1/4 cup when I removed the leaved from my cup! The color was golden yellow with great clarity. The flavor of the tea was light, the aroma was stronger than the taste. With the first sip I got bitterness but after with more sips it faded. Overall I found this to be an okay tea.

Thank you 3 Leaf Tea for this sample

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Key Lime by DAVIDsTEA
56 tasting notes

Not bad. I had this cold brewed last night and it was okay. It wasn’t anything I’d seek out, but it was a refreshing cold brew on a warm afternoon. It had a lime & light hibiscus flavour. There was no bitterness and it wasn’t overly tart, which I appreciated.

Sipdown!

Flavors: Hibiscus, Lime

Nichole

Look at you go!

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