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My last tea before bed, just after something to leave a sweet taste in my mouth and ideally something to bring a wave of calm. Though I’m not a huge fan of chamomile I still found this blend interesting, after all I can’t judge what I haven’t tasted.

So in raw form it smells herbal and not much else, not appealing but not too bad. Once steeped it’s mildly minty and sweet, the chamomile is strong and honey like. Nicer than it’s raw scent anyway.

Well it’s not that bad actually, the mint is light and blends well with the chamomile, only a slight tartness to it but it vanishes pretty quickly. The chamomile is very sweet, like a mild honey. A little creamy too.

I like it, I’m happy the mint does not dominate though it does linger nicely in the after taste. The main attraction is the sweetness of it, and it’s lightness. The first sip made my husband yawn so it’s can’t be bad! I feel calm I suppose, relaxed, though it’s hard to scale.

Worth the gamble, happy to keep this on the shelf and see how it goes.

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drank Winter Berry Spice by Teavana
491 tasting notes

Apparently I had forgotten how ambivilant I was about this tea. I took it because it has such a lovely strong berry smell. Admittedly, I did drink it after a cup of the Chocolate Peppermint Rooibos, but all I got was vanilla. ALL I got was vanilla, no berries, no anise, nothing fun. I am willing to try this again and make sure that I am still not crazy but about the flavour, but what a let down after the awesome smelling leaves!!

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95
drank Australian Shincha by Ito En
21 tasting notes

This was really great. A fun tea to try in my Steepster box.

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88
drank Laoshan Genmaicha by Verdant Tea
201 tasting notes

Been craving this one for a while…but it’s always night when I want it, so I always gotta hold off. But NOT TODAY!
This is the relaxing kind of tea I needed today. Probably one of the best genmaichas I’ve tried. So creamy and nutty. Ugh it’s just so good!
Bumping the rating!

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85

For an herbal blend, I enjoyed this. Will consider repurchasing. It was very mild, so probably could be steeped for longer.

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95

I really liked this. I wish it was available for purchase.

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70
drank Black Cloud by Silk Road Teas
21 tasting notes

This was good for a Chinese black tea. Not too deep and dark.

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I’ve been sipping this one over the late afternoon. I got a sample with my Tribute Tea order. Looking in the envelope, I found 2 dense chunks, each about 7.5 grams, looking like chunks of dark chocolate. I used one of them.
It’s one of those woodsy, aged forest floor kind of teas, kind of musty, with a taste of cedar, tobacco, peat, & leather, and a little smoke. It has a strong kind of savory & peppery quality, with a sweet after-taste, & it tickles my sinuses! I’m not sure how many steeps I’ve had, but I suspect I can have quite a few more.
I’ll have to drink them later, it’s time to go to Taichi class.

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100

a very smooth and tasty aged tea! about 12 years of age does this tea good! very mellow camphor, mushroom and earthy taste :D

many thanks to Scott Wilson and Yunnan sourcing for this wonderful tea! :D

Flavors: Camphor, Earth, Mushrooms

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 25 OZ / 750 ML

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90

I was surprised how much I liked this tea. It wasn’t super astringent for a Chinese green.

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83

I started out work with a cup of this this morning. I love this tea and how naturally sweet it gets. I don’t love it’s oily thickness or the fact that it etches its flavour in my travel cups, but it is such an amazing treat once in awhile!! I have a bunch of this to get through still, but it was such a hit last Christmas that I wonder if it will be back again this year?

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Sigh, updating my cupboard and realized that I don’t have this anymore but never wrote a note about it. But I do remember that I used it all for cold brews. This note = not a good help.

MAKING ALL MY NOWHERE PLANS FOR NOBODY.

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75

This tea has become one of my hoarded irreplaceable favourites. I can usually brew an excellent cup with my eyes closed. Yesterday though, I broke it! I was busy when I tossed my leaves in to steep and I forgot to throw in some sugar. The brewed cup was good, but not great, and I was worried that new sugar would not fully dissolve properly, so I threw in a honey stick I had. A mint chocolate honey stick…. For future reference, Stormy Night and Mint Chocolate honey do not go well together! Next time, remember the sugar!

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drank Blueberry Bliss Rooibos by Teavana
160 tasting notes

This is one of my favorite rooibos teas and perhaps Teavanas best. Despite this I am drinking this tonight because I need to avoid caffeine because my morning starts abysmally early lately. It has the sweet taste of the blueberries as the prominent flavor backed up by the savory character of the rooibos. It is good.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 5 min.

Flavors: Blueberry

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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85

Sipdown!

This is (was) one of the oldest teas in my cupboard, so it feels nice to sip it down. It’s a perfectly tasty offering from TeaVivre, but not one of my favorites. Malty and bready with a tad bit of smoke and a nice creamy texture. Thanks again to TeaVivre for the free sample. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Coffee Cake by DAVIDsTEA
491 tasting notes

This was a better note, but Steepster ate it.

I noted that I have been upping my tea consumption be bringing it to work with me. This tea ended up with a lower overall rating than I would have expected, but I really like it. The sweetness connotes more of a baking note to me than the more spice heavy blends like Sugar and Spice or Gingerbread. This isn’t the flashiest tea to look at, but I think it is a nice solid blend!

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75

Another one bites the dust. I’m looking forward to the new ones coming in the mail! So make way for the Plum Brandy Cheesecake bound to hit my mailbox by the end of the week.

Clickity clack. My nails have gotten so long over the past few weeks. iPad typing is now kind of freaky.

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drank Red Christmas by Yumchaa
23 tasting notes

I’m sad to say that I seem to be ‘getting over’ this tea. I still see how it is objectively tasty, if there is such a thing, but it’s just not working out for me anymore. I have gotten tired of it, I think, and it’s sad, because it was great while it lasted. I think it’s the rooibos and the anis that got to me in the end. I may just have to go back to black chais. Or maybe I could find a honeybush chai… now that would be something.

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drank Spiced Chai by Bigelow
250 tasting notes

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Kokomo Green by DAVIDsTEA
1 tasting notes

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86

This tea was a bit of a toss up on whether I would like it or not with so few tasting notes and the mediocre rating but I gave it a try anyway and I am glad that I did. I was looking for something sweet this morning to go with my amazing local greek yogurt and picked this since it arrived at my doorstep yesterday.

This tea is really quite lovely and although I did add some extra sweetener to bump up the sweet flavour to compete with the yogurt, the caramel and rooibos flavour come through as well and I really enjoyed this. I think I only have about 1 more serving in the pack (seems to make about 3 of my big mugs) and I’ll have to remember this one for future Mahamosa orders.

No free tea this time because they sent me a free container! It’s pretty sweet and nice and red with one of those clear tops (probably UV protected, I didn’t look but that’s how they usually are of that style). It’s really quite lovely and fits the 2oz package I got in this order very nicely.

Flavors: Caramel, Rooibos, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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70

Spears are us, or it is in the case of this tea. They are beautifully twisted and shaped, unusual cocoon style pieces with a chocolate like scent and a high black shine. It doesn’t sound like I’m describing tea, does it? Well in a way it doesn’t feel like it is either, but I’m soo looking forward to trying it.

3 spears in 200ml Gongfu
Time I was recommended is 5-6 minutes so I will stick with that

6 minutes later and I have an extremely pale brown tea liquid. It smells mildly malty and wooden with a slight herb tinge. Flavour is also oddly herbal, I am not sure what though… But despite the delightful oddness of it I must admit it’s pleasant tasting.

Another steep to see if it unleashes more flavours, the leaves are tightly wrapped so I feel it needs to open up more. After another few minutes it’s still mild but I can taste more sweet malt tones. Definite cocoa tones too.

Ok another steep, please open up leaves! Ok after ten minutes it’s still very light. So time to double up, it now has six spears in! Another 6 minutes or so to wait.

That’s a bit better, more floral now than before, though still sweet and malty dominating tones, albeit on a still very light scale.

It certainly is an usual tea, both in appearance and taste, but it’s subtly is just not for me. Sorry Blue Unicorn Reserve, you sound awesome but I just don’t love you.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C
Terri HarpLady

I’ve tried a couple of blue unicorns, & they always end up tasting soapy to me after the first couple of steeps :p

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70

This is pretty good. I made it iced, and it was naturally sweet and not super artificial tasting. I don’t think I will repurchase, as I wasn’t floored, but it is worth a taste.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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