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drank Apricot Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1716 tasting notes

It’s the turn of apricot today. I’m coming towards the end of my matcha samples, which is incredibly sad for one special reason. I was just going to place an order with Matcha Outlet, now they stock sample packages and ship to the UK. That was until I realised that the shipping was going to cost $47, and seems to be flat rate. A few small samples of tea powder absolutely do not cost anything like that to post, and I don’t have that kind of cash to splash at the moment anyway, so that’s off. It’s a real shame, because Red Leaf/Matcha Outlet have the best flavours, and at the moment there’s nothing comparable in the UK. It’s sad face time, boys and girls.

This latte, though. I’m actually liking this a little more than I did last time, although it’s there’s still a touch of soapy floral that’s hard to ignore once you’ve tasted it. Having said that, it’s mostly apricot, and that’s all good with me. It’s not the most natural tasting apricot, admittedly, but it’s pretty good. It’s actually reminding me a little of…something. Some kind of gummy sweet? Wine Gums? Were there orange wine gums? If there were, then that’s what I’m tasting. Sweet, slightly syrupy, artificial apricot. It’s nicer than it sounds.

Preparation
Boiling
Nattie

I can’t believe their shipping is so high now! I got a few samples back when they did them originally and it always cost me $3.99!

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75
drank Twinkle Berry by T2
2 tasting notes

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66
drank Tata Tea Gold by Tata
1 tasting notes

Nice tea i like this tea its taste is so good. In the early morning without tea i can not do my work.

Flavors: Apple, Apricot, Artificial

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 1 OZ / 29 ML

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by DAVIDsTEA
6 tasting notes

My Personal Notes

Personal Rating (1-5)? : 2.75/3.0
Amount? : 1 scoop, DAVIDsTEA Perfect Scoop
Water Volume? : 16 oz.
Steep Time? : 5 minutes 0 seconds
Water Temperature? : Unknown
Had Hot/Cold? (Prefer?) : Hot (Prefer-Prob Hot)
Smell? : Coconutty, I guess :-/ Smelled kinda grassy
Taste? : Coconutty White Chocolate mixed with Grass
Allergic? : Slightly, Maybe-Oolong?
Added Sugar? : No
Caffeine? : Yes, Low
Special Prep (add milk, add honey, etc.)? : No

Flavors: Coconut, Grass, White Chocolate

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 499 ML

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My Personal Notes

Personal Rating (1-5)? : 4.5/4.75
Amount? : 1 scoop, DAVIDsTEA Perfect Scoop
Water Volume? : 16 oz.
Steep Time? : 5 minutes 0 seconds
Water Temperature? : Unknown
Had Hot/Cold? (Prefer?) : Hot (Prefer-Prob Hot)
Smell? : Chocolate Spice
Taste? : Medium level of Spice and a Mild Chocolatey-ness
Allergic? : No
Added Sugar? : No
Caffeine? : Yes, Medium
Special Prep (add milk, add honey, etc.)? : No

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 499 ML

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Flavors: Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Nutmeg

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Extremely relaxing! The chamomile and lavender are equally balanced to create a delicate floral treat. The lemon balm is in the background. I am a big lavender fan and was worried this tea would be too weak since it is bagged -but it is incredible! Traditional Medicinals never seems to let me down!! Trouble dragging ratings on tablet – I steep it 10 mins or more, with just boiled water. I’ m kinda miffed that chamomile is not an option to add to the noticed flavors box.

Flavors: Lavender

Preparation
8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Tummy Tonic by Carytown Teas
8 tasting notes

Had this one for awhile. I wouldn’t say it’s my go-to tummy tea, however I do find it to be a nice calming tea for my nervous system if I am stressed. The chamomile is the top note, followed by the sweetness of the licorice, then the mint and ginger. All ingredients are organic and fair trade. Steeped 10 mins with just boiled water.

Preparation
8 OZ / 236 ML

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100
drank Orange Genius by TeaTaxi
265 tasting notes

This tea smells like an orangesicle. It even tastes like an Orangesicle too!! I am totally in love!! I am enjoying this amazing blend hot, but I bet it is fantastic iced as well! This one definitely makes it to the order again list. Heaven in a cup without all the calories.

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80

Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #11
This is solid sweet green tea with subtle hints of fruit flavor. The dry leaves look like a sencha. Possibly peach, but it’s subtle enough that it isn’t cloying. This never was overboiled or astringent — just sweetness all around! Another little company that is fun to find in the teabox!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoon for a full mug// 30 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 30 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep

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Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #10
This one has some punch! It is a very smoky blend and a nice dark tea (probably because the base is somewhat Assam). Caffeine for a rainy day. The most astringent teas are the ones that work best as smoky teas for me. I was only tasting hints of the cinnamon, none of the cloves or orange but that’s fine with me. I love the lingering flavor. Another smoky cinnamon tea like Liquid Proust’s Smoked Breakfast I had the other day!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 14 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep

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drank Genmaicha by TeaTaxi
265 tasting notes

I am not a fan of this one.

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85

Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #9
Teas like this are why I love teaboxes! It’s a little tea company not on Steepster yet but this blend is wonderful. A nice hot comforting cup of no-caff tulsi chai while watching a harrowing Sherlock episode a couple days ago (second steep was last night — just posting this tasting note now.) I love tulsi and it isn’t overpowering here with the lovely spices in the mix. The tulsi has a mild vegetal flavor while maintaining some sweetness. I think even people who don’t usually like tulsi might like this one. There is also vanilla…not sure if I can tell. The website for this company doesn’t really list their teas since they’re seasonal… it says to e-mail them about it. Thanks to whomever included this one in the box! Just a perfect tasty cup of tea.
Steep #1 // 1 3/4 teaspoons for a full mug// couple minutes after boiling // 4 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5+ minute steep

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It is pouring, and windy, and when I got home from work the power was out. It turned back on long enough for me to heat up dinner and toast an english muffin, before it winked out again. And I had no flashlights. This is an oversight for anyone in a house by herself, so I ran to the store to grab some flashlights. During this trip the power company helpfully called me to tell me the power was out.
I had just managed to assemble the batteries in my new flashlights when the power came back on, and the power company helpfully texted me to let me know the power was back up and running.
Sigh.
I’ve brought this to work as the new work tea, where it is performing like a champion. I don’t need to pay attention to it, its sweet and generally pleasant, and I don’t feel sad if I’ve not been swept away by flavor, as I’m busy.
Gosh, what a night. I think some more tea is called for.

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drank St. Clair's Select by Umami
8 tasting notes

This brew is quite tasty and effective. The ginger is on point and makes one’s whole mouth and throat feel warm. The mint is quite calming. This is one of my favorite medicinal teas for treating nausea. Supposedly there is orange peel in the blend – I do not detect it -which is a slight let down, but nonetheless the tea works very well and keeps getting refilled for my needs. My tablet is not letting me drag the steep and temp , so I will say that I steep it a good 10 mins with just boiled water to extract the most out of each steeping.

Flavors: Ginger, Mint, Spearmint

Preparation
8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

Fruity berry blend, not overly sweet.

Flavors: Berry, Citrus

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drank The Blues by 52teas
58 tasting notes

This was the tea of the week for January 2 – yep, I’m a little behind this month! This tea starts with a blend of black teas – a golden Yunnan and an Assamica tea from the Jingmai Mountains. I really like this combination of teas so expect to see it in future blends from me. It’s rich and hearty and flavorful.

To that base, I added a bunch of freeze-dried blueberries, organic vanilla beans and bourbon essence (don’t worry, it’s non-alcoholic!) for a flavor that is reminiscent of the jam that inspired it (this jam: https://thej.am/products/youre-my-boy-blue-berry-bourbon-jam ) It’s a little less ‘boozy’ than I remember the jam tasting – the bourbon here is more of a subtle hint that is softened by the creamy notes of vanilla and the sweetness of the blueberry.

This is really good! It exceeded my expectations – and my expectations were high!

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I’m still working through the remainder of a two ounce pouch of Steven Smith Teamaker’s No. 17 Darjeeling, Steinthal FTGOP1, 2nd Flush and a one ounce pouch of Floating Leaves’ Nantou Four Seasons-Spring 2016 (both are very good, by the way), so I have not had time to start work on any new teas. I should have a new review or two up by the weekend. En lieu of a new black tea or oolong, I picked up a bottle of this fruit and flower blend at a local gas station after lunch today. I had tried this stuff before, but it had been a couple of years.

On the nose, I did not pick up much. It just smelled like hibiscus, lemon, and cane sugar. In the mouth, this blend struck an awkward balance between sweet and tart. The expected cranberry-like floral tartness of the hibiscus blossoms was presented clearly, but the lemon and cane sugar notes muddled them toward the finish.

This is not the sort of thing I would go out of my way to pick up regularly, but I suppose it could have been worse. I’m not huge on hibiscus, but I think this would have been better without the lemonade. Ultimately, this was not horrible for a commercial bottled hibiscus blend, but it was also far from satisfying for me. I doubt I’ll purchase this again if I have any other options.

P.S. I found out a former college classmate of mine worked for Argo Tea for some time. Maybe the dude still works there. We were not exactly close and lost touch years ago, so I’m not exactly certain about his current status with the company. Oh well.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Lemon, Sugarcane

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Smells amazing, tastes alright. Mate saves my bacon again. Must steep conservatively to avoid stirring the hibiscus dragon of despair.

It’s been a while since I had a mate or guayusa around the house. This long hiatus has made me realize that it’s essential for basic functions after sleep deprivation.

This was a Christmas gift from a friend who claimed to have chosen it based on the merit of smell alone (she doesn’t like or know a lot about tea). I’m glad I can show her how much I appreciate it by having it with me whenever we meet up in the morning.

Flavors: Earth, Hibiscus, Lemon, Raspberry

Rosehips

The hibiscus dragon of despair! I know that beast.

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63

A mellow, slightly chocolatey tea that’s not at all sweet like many “chocolate” teas can be.

Flavors: Chocolate

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75

For years, when rummaging through my cupboard I kept passing this sample up. I guess I still haven’t recovered from my years of overexposure to cinnamon at David’s Tea (also it’s rooibos, which is synonymous for boring).

It’s too bad I skipped over this tea’s golden years of freshness because it’s actually well balanced (for a rooibos). The sweet-spice of cinnamon only plays as supporting role to the tangy orange peel . The flavour profile is up there for comfort, along with awesome things like mulled wine and hot apple cider.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange Zest

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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