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drank Mint Medley by Bigelow
4 tasting notes

This was my second pot of tea on game night and while we did finish it, I did enjoy two cups.

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drank Cranberry Apple by Bigelow
4 tasting notes

Enjoyed this while at a friend’s house for a game night. Used two bags for a pot of tea and kept tea bags in pot even passed brew time and wasn’t too bitter when we got to the bottom of the pot.

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
655 tasting notes

This is the original 52teas blend and it has aged considerably.

Essentially tastes like a root beer float mixed with stale malt. Needless to say, this is not the glorious tea my memory claims it to be. Oh, well.

Part of me wants to steep this in whip cream or melted ice cream. I should probably dump it and get rid of the temptation..

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank "Space Girls" by Crimson Lotus Tea
187 tasting notes

Hmm I guess no one has made a review for this yet. Drinking this tonight since I got a sample with latest Crimson Lotus Tea order. I knew not to use boiling water, so I started with 190 and yikes that was still bitter (even with flash steeps). So I brought it down to 175 and that’s a lot smoother. Tea isn’t bad, but is still a little astrigent even with the lower temperature. Definitely drinkable though. Feeling a little tea high from this tea tonight too – nothing fancy but a little light-headedness. Maybe because I drank so much so quickly?

For the price and the artwork I don’t think this is a bad tea. The sample I had tonight was a lot of dust and broken pieces. I’ll have to try the more “intact” piece next time to see if helps cut down on the bitterness and astringency.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g

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80

I thought about this all day so it was the first and only tea I have brewed since getting home

Evol Ving Ness

And it was a pretty fantastic cup, right?

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drank English Teatime by Bigelow
26 tasting notes

A very nice tea indeed.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Blue Detox by Kusmi Tea
655 tasting notes

This strange blend has been my go to cup for the last week or two. The house is undergoing some major renos, and I’m pretty sure this, along with a few other teas, are what has kept me sane.

It’s somewhat dry, medicinal, and grassy, which I find pleasantly unpleasant. It also tastes of sunscreen beach days and toasty pineapples, which is simply pleasant.

The word “detox” generally has me roll my eyes, and I’m not sure the flavour profile would please the majority of people, but Blue Detox still made my repurchase list!

Flavors: Earth, Flowers, Grass, Mint, Pineapple

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec
gmathis

It’s unusual to see a healthy/detox blend that doesn’t lead with lemony, minty stuff. Sounds kind of tasty…

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78

I’m normally not into sweet teas but this was really pleasant. It doesn’t have an artificial taste, just a nice, smooth, subtly chocolate/vanilla feeling. I really enjoyed it.

Flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla

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So, this was a free sample. I’ll admit that I started out prepared not to like this too much. Though I am a Leo, I have always been laughably mismatched with my Zodiac sign (I’ve been told this is because I was born “on a cusp”, but my eyes glaze over at that point). Regardless, most things Leo-themed are not for me.

But this was actually good! Nice gentle blend of oolong and rooibos. And while I usually don’t like tea with citrus (I know, the deck was stacked against this one for me), the way the orange hits at the end is fun and pleasant. It’s just a very bright tea that’s good for a snowy day. Not sure if I’d buy more of it, but I’m happy to have a small sample.

Flavors: Orange

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drank Spearmint (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1079 tasting notes

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
37 tasting notes

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82

Smooth, rich, and earthy, truly a wonderful tea. I would certainly recommend Brown Sugar.

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drank Mango Fruit Punch by DAVIDsTEA
539 tasting notes

I needed something very yummy and delicious tonight. I’ve had quite the last… week, but mostly 24hrs. It’s a lot to type and I’m far too tired to type it out, but I will say this. Yesterday was terrible ‘cause I was feeling guilty and my son was definitely going to have surgery, but after talking to a chiropractor today, there’s a chance that they might be able to help him and hopefully avoid surgery! He’s 2 years old btw. I don’t want him to need surgery at this age!

Anyways, this is so delicious. I added an extra scoop to this one too. I did 2 PS of this one and 1 tsp of freeze-dried strawberry pieces. It’s so delicious and it’s helping me relax and just feel better. My son is going to be okay. He’s a sweetheart and he’ll bounce back either way. I know he will.

gmathis

Sorry about the mommy stress! Hope the outlook improves significantly!

Terri HarpLady

It’s always so hard when our kids have health issues. Sending hugs your way :)

Evol Ving Ness

Thank goodness for a good cup of tea.

TheKesser

Thanks so much everyone! :)

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Well, today has been such a rough day. Mila has been so fussy lately, I think she is cutting another tooth. I literally haven’t had a moment to myself all day. Thankfully, Ted came to my rescue and got her settled while I took a hot shower and relaxed for a minute. Afterwards I, of course, needed to make a cup of tea. What better way to relax than a warm cup of tea, and maple tea to boot!
Maple Forest was one of the teas of the week this month at 52Teas. Unfortunately it is no longer available, but hopefully it will make its return sometime soon because I am now OBSESSED. The tea’s base is very similar to my other favorite, Toasted Marshmallow. It consists of Houjicha (a roasted green tea) and Shou Mei (white tea). The result is a roast-y, toast-y, and smooth drinking tea. Unlike Toasted Marshmallow, this tea contains maple and boy is it DELICIOUS. Because of the toast-yness of the Houjicha/Shou Mei mix, this tea is reminding me an awful lot of Sunday morning pancakes. Delectable! This would be a great cup to have with breakfast.
I certainly made space on my countertop for this blend and it will be happily enjoyed by me daily. I am sad that this tea is gone and glad that I stocked up, but I’m sure it will make another appearance in the future. So keep your eyes peeled if you are interested in trying it!

You can read more of my reviews and join in on some tea-talk with me at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1395929733784446/

Flavors: Maple, Maple Syrup, Roasted, Sweet, Toasty

Inkling

Wow, this sounds amazing!

Sophia

Inkling- have you tried Toasted Marshmallow (Houjicha/shoe mei) from 52 teas?

Inkling

No, I haven’t. They both sound lovely, though!

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Gong Fu’d a sample and was surprised that I enjoyed it. I did not get the rocky, sea weed salty roast that I normally associate with this tea and instead got something juicy and floral. It made me think of hot apple juice with roast only coming in the later, longer steeps. The floral edge was something that I did not see coming and that made me pretty happy. So my appreciation of this roast has been reinvigorated, but at the same time, I do not see myself getting this tea for its price. I do recommend it as a Gui Fei to try if you are exploring some avenues.

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I was surprised at how much I liked this tea. I wasn’t really expecting much. It’s a solid English Breakfast Tea. This is one of the better English Tea Shop teas. Once in a while, I just want a decent cup of black tea and this does the trick.

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drank Earl Grey Lavender by Tea Cozy
1866 tasting notes

This is a very aromatic tea. So much so, that when I left my office to grab the mail, and came back, I had a deep and satisfying breath of lavender, even though the cup was already drunk.
Not a bad way to make a Thursday a little easier.

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
1079 tasting notes

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Thought this tea deserved a second review, as my last one was not so favorable. I enjoy this one grandpa style much more than gongfu. Maybe I should try more highly oxidized teas this way. I get some malty, floral, and a bit of a chocolatey note as well.

Daylon R Thomas

I’ve never gotten the same thing with that tea.

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drank Lapacho by SpecialTeas
1079 tasting notes

3 tbs, 10 minutes, 600 mL

It is very woody (as expected, this is literally tree bark), but has a very interesting flavour. I think it would pair well with another herb like orange peel or lemon peel. I personally find this extremely bitter in the aftertaste. My friend thought it was great, but the bitterness was too much for me. Maybe a shorter steep + some other flavours.

Flavors: Bark, Bitter, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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You wouldn’t think of this time of year as being ideal for iced tea, but I live in a place where winters are very dry and I often find myself craving cold drinks to quench my thirst. My bookstore stocks these RoT iced teas every summer and I always stock up at the end of the season because I know I’ll be wanting them.

This one is a black tea with a bit of a caffeine kick so don’t drink it late at night if you have trouble sleeping. Flavour-wise though the base is quite gentle and mild and acts more as support for the other flavours rather than drowning them out. The peach and ginger are a fairly well balanced mix, though I added a bit of ginger syrup so this jug has a bit more bite than it normally would. The peach comes across as a little bit artificial, though still far more natural than the flavourings found in Snapple or Lipton peach iced teas.

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 0 sec

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This is another tea I got on sale at work. The description claims that the overtones are chocolate and strawberry and the undertones are black tea and vanilla. I found instead that the dominant flavours are the black tea and the cocoa with the strawberry as a subtle undertone. It’s more of a tart, dried strawberry flavour than a fresh sweet one. The base is too harsh to be drunk plain in my opinion but it takes milk nicely. Not a bad tea, but I’ve had this particular flavour combination executed better in other teas.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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