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Only my second Da Hong Pao, and if I remember correctly the first doesn’t impress too much and took a bit took get right. Maybe I’m more “capable” around tea now or maybe this particular Da Hong Pao is more user friendly…

Great aroma, touch of spice with some vanilla maybe. I like it. The taste has a roasted hint to it and some more spice. I had about 4 steep with it staying this resiliant.

Thank to Yezi Tea for the sample

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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I like this tea a lot. I tried it two ways; first black (very good), then with a little soy milk to misto it up like a London Fog. I found it a little weak (but still tasty) when I added the splash of soy milk, so I think I should have steeped it longer for that. Will try it again with a longer steep time than recommended (it says five minutes, but if you’re adding anything it wouldn’t be a bad idea to steep it a minute longer, maybe 6 minutes.)

I haven’t tried Twinings’ Decaf Earl Grey but that’s the one I would like to compare this to and add an update with my impressions of each. Overall, I really like this tea, and plan to experiment with it a little further.

Numi in general, I’ve found, is an excellent brand. I’ve never been disappointed by anything they’ve offered.

UPDATE: I’ve read from a blog (http://breweddaily.com/2009/01/homemade-london-fog-tea-latte/) that Earl Grey can get bitter if oversteeped – and that the best bet is to use two tea bags instead.

Flavors: Bergamot, Sweet

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drank Jin Pin Black Tea by Yezi Tea
5355 tasting notes

yay! i finally managed to get another yezi tea order in. I say finally because i’m sure it was nearly a year between orders and that sucks because they really are a great tea company. I’ve enjoyed both their “red” and their black teas and this one is no exception. It was really nice to revisit this today. delicious!

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I feel like there’s a part of my that is intent on finishing up the first package of this that i have so that i don’t have “extra” in my spare box. It’s the box where i put all the excess teas that are already out and ready to drink, for when i drink more down. Just incentive to get to the last of it i think lol. Still loving this one, though the 2013 was just a teeny bit more my favourite!

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drank Laoshan Village Chai by Verdant Tea
5355 tasting notes

I haven’t picked this one up in a while, even though it was my favourite chai for a while. Once the formulation changed and goji berries were added…i was just confused. I picked some of this up in my last order and had it today. I still quite enjoy this one, but i AM tempted to pick all the stupid goji berries out. i don’t feel they add to the taste and their bright red blotches in my cup annoy me haha

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Picked this one up from Teavana today because it smelled good and was very low in cafffeine. One nice thing about Teavana is they rate their teas by caffeine content so I know this tea does not have much. This tea is interesting if a little too fruity. Sometimes Teavana does fruity very well. This tea is decent but not great. I am hopeful that it won’t keep me awake. I would rather be drinking puerh but the caffeine often kills me. I don’t want to be awake all night from the caffeine so this tea is a compromise. As a blend of green tea and green rooibos it is lower in caffeine still.

Drinking this tea is a bit like drinking sangria without the alcohol. The flavor of the rooibos is strong and does not mix entirely well with the jasmine tea.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Peach, Strawberry

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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drank Kapha Organic by TeaGschwendner
5355 tasting notes

had this one last night, and i don’t care what omgsrsly says… more than 2 mins (and sometimes even that) and i can’t drink this LOL

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Overboard Traveling tea box

I totally over-did it on tea the last couple of days. Acid reflux from hell. Poo. Anyway, I figured a little rooibos wouldn’t hurt. This one was odd, unsweetened it doesn’t really taste like anything, sweetened I’m getting a faint creamsicle taste but it’s not obvious and could easily be confused as just sweet. Back in the box it goes.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
11 tasting notes

Backlog: December 17th, 2014
Drinking this tea at work tonight, it honestly reminds me of mint chocolate rooibos but without as strong mint. I honestly don’t even know if mint is an ingredient in this, maybe I’m crazy for tasting it. I’m going to have to try mint chocolate rooibos again and compare the two. But my overall verdict of this tea is, delicious chocolate in a cup :)

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint

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drank SBT: Maple Marshmallow by 52teas
65 tasting notes

I bought this to try as a hot tea, so I must confess I just cut the bag open and have been brewing it by the teaspoon. The dry leaf is cut very fine and dusty! I don’t know if that’s the usual thing with SBTs. It smells great through, the marshmallow is heavier than the maple.

I wasn’t super wild about the first steep of this. I did it for three minutes and I think this one might fare better with two or two and a half as the tea got more astringent than I’d like. The flavors were present but dominated by the taste of the black tea. It was drinkable but not wonderful.

I resteeped it for three minutes though and I must say I love this second cup! The flavors really shine through on the second steep, both the maple and marshmallow elements are clear and the maple in particular is a very good quality flavoring.

I think next time I’ll try a shorter steep the first go and definitely remember to resteep this one! Yummy.

Flavors: Maple, Marshmallow

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drank Birthday Cake by David's Tea
387 tasting notes

This tea saved my day. Thanks NayLynn and Brandon! I swear I tried 5 different tea samples today and nothing hit the spot at all. I think some of the samples have gotten old and they just were off. I then decided I had to have a “happy” tea, something to make me smile. And this was perfect. :)

Today at Weight Watchers the scale showed me up a pound :( so I have to really push myself to have my lovely dessert teas instead of all the seasonal treats. It’s so hard….. I know a pound isn’t much but I don’t want to let it start going up after finally reaching my goal. I lost more than forty pounds and cookies are not going to tell me what to do!!!

Kittenna

You can do it!! :D

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drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
88 tasting notes

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drank Decaf Paris by Harney & Sons
556 tasting notes

I keep waiting to be impressed by a H&S tea, but it hasn’t happened yet and this tea is no exception to that trend. It smelled a little caramel like, but I’m not really getting that in the taste. The beginning of the sips are perfumy and joined by a sharp bergamot taste. I’m left with a dry mouth. This tea is not balanced very well with sharp high notes.

I keep reading “Master Tea Blenders” on H&S’s bags and think, “Realy?! Says who?!”. Prove it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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So I mailed out my Pay it Forward Tea Box this morning and I felt like I deserved a definite reward after braving the lines at USPS during the christmas rush and my gorgeous blue and gold unopened tin of Christmas Cake was calling my name once I finally got back to my desk. Since that first sip I honestly think I’ve drunk another three cups of this tea!! The dry leaf scent is insanely delicious smelling, like sweet vanilla cake batter but with a slight nutty crust undertone (Marriage Freres refers to this as praline but I’m not that sophisticated)… Sipping I’m hit by Caramel, Vanilla, brown sugar and nuts… I hope this becomes a yearly offering as I don’t think I could handle knowing that I couldn’t drink this every christmas season!!

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I tried a small amount of this in stores today and I’m really not sure where to begin reviewing it.
It was overwhelmingly sweet. I think the must have added like twice as much sugar as they should have so it was very hard to get the flavours to come through. But I did notice the mint. That managed to come through. It was good. I wish the rest had had a chance to really shine instead of getting beaten down and away with the amount of sugar. Oh well… what can you do?
I wish there was a way to order samples from Teavana instead of committing to a full 50g!

Megan Low

I second the sample sizes!

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drank Perfectea Rock Sugar by Teavana
338 tasting notes

This is the only thing from Teavana that I have tried and actually liked so far. The rock sugar is fantastic. It’s not too sweet. It adds just the right amount of sweetness without being in your face and making you pucker. I have a bunch of this still and I plan to keep it in my house at all times. I definitely prefer it to white sugar. And the nice thing is, this doesn’t change the flavour of your tea like honeys and sometimes other sweetners will.

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With almond milk, it’s even creamier and cookier. With hubby baking the real thing (well, OK, they’re break and bakes), I am in olfactory paradise.

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drank Apple Custard by DAVIDsTEA
338 tasting notes

I had a small sample of this in store today. I guess camomile isn’t the best thing for pregnant women so I probably shouldn’t have had it, but it wasn’t much so I’m not too concerned.
Also, I got a tin of this for my mom-in-law for Christmas on the weekend and she texted me while we were driving home and said she loved it, so I was excited to try it.

It is amazing. It is a sweet apple tea. Don’t really know where to start to describe it, but honestly it was amazing. I recommend it fully.

gmathis

Sounds delicious. Chamomile and apple are made for each other.

Kittenna

I’m no doctor, but I feel like a bit of something is unlikely to have much effect. Regular consumption would be bad, though. My pregnant friend has a sample of mine to try once baby arrives (8 more days for her!)

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drank Earl Grey by St. Dalfour
51 tasting notes

Water: 8oz

Leaves: Tea Bag

Steep: 1m, 2m

Aroma: Peppery

Color: Reddish Brown

Taste: This is my first time trying a Earl Grey tea. I had ordered a sample packet on iherb & it came with 3 different teas from St.Dalfour. I had never heard of this company before so i decided to give it a try. What I found unique about this tea was the aroma it was peppery, which is quite different from what I’m used to when it comes to tea. As for the taste it was strong peppery & bitter, the second steep was lighter in flavor.Overall, I didn’t like this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 8 OZ / 236 ML
K S

I tried this once. Didn’t like it and I love earl grey.

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Tea of the late morning.
Still delicious, but still not quite as good as Christmas Tradition, I think. Hmm.
But really, nothing will stop me from drinking all the vanilla mint teas.

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WAY floral, I expected more of a roasted flavor and this goes kind of overboard on the floral, I still like it, don’t get me wrong, but it certainly doesn’t go with what I fixed for dinner.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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This is another pleasant green tea. Very drinkable and I think it would be easy for someone who doesn’t drink a lot of tea to enjoy it. I didn’t taste the fruit notes that What-Cha noted – I taste much more smoky notes. It kind of tastes like Fall.

Flavors: Green, Smoke

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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