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Taken with milk.

It had been a while since I had this one, so I pulled the tin and took a long, deep inhale of the dry leaf. Mmm! It smelled so creamy and good. Yup; it was awesome: strong notes of creamy vanilla and a divine bergamot flavour. It was like a London Fog. Just… Pretty perfect. I could honestly go for a second cup.

To echo Marzipan in one of her earlier tasting notes today: it’s nice returning to old friends.


One of my favorite teas of all time ♡

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I don’t feel up to writing a ton so I’ll just keep it short and sweet and very tasting note focused: the lychee was extra present and very juicy with a lovely floral finish that nicely contrasted the somewhat malty black base. I drew out the cup over a long stretch of time and really enjoyed the scent and flavour of it. It felt like a very sensual cup.

I always take the time to really draw this one out and enjoy it.

Flavors: Flowers, Lychee, Malt

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It took a great deal of fiddling and several cups dumped down the drain before I could get this tea to taste like something that wasn’t a variation of ‘hideously bitter’. I don’t know what it is about this particular tea as I haven’t had any trouble with other Darjeeling First Flushes before, but it seems very sensitive, particularly to water temperature.

The flavour is a still a bit astringent but more along the lines of what I’d expect out of a Darjeeling tea. The flavour is light (definitely NO MILK with this one) and rather crisp but it also has a distinctly sweet, almost honey-like finish that lingers in the mouth. Overall a very finicky tea but it’ll reward you when it’s done right.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Bossa Nova by Zen Tea
587 tasting notes

I received this from the amazing TheTeaFairy. Thank you so much.
When I saw this one in my most recent package from her, I tought “why didn’t I order this?” This is right up my alley – I should love this and was surprised that I didn’t have it in my cupboard.

This tea is FANTASTIC, it’s everything it should have been. I love it. For me it was nutty and a bit caramely, toasty, roasty, dersserty with a hint of vanilla. Yum is all I have to say. For sure on my next order.


Yay! I was really hoping you’d like this one :-)
Zen tea is awesome.


Thank you for catching that I “missed” this one. Yep Zen is awesome!!

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This came as a sample with one of my Tea Cupany orders. In general I like this company.
This tea is not one that I would have chosen for myself. I’m not a huge citrus fan, and grapefruit is probably my least favorite of them.
Having said all that, this isn’t as bad as I was expecting. This is oolong and it’s grapefruit – exactly as the name promises. Not generic citrus, but this is grapefruit. It’s not overly tart, and yet not too sweet. I think it’s well balanced. The oolong is oxidized enough for my tastes (I don’t do well with really green floral oolongs). This is probably about a medium oxidized oolong. All in all, if you are looking for grapefruit oolong, I would give this one a try.

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I spent the better part of my evening running my kids from place to place and then setting up for a bridal shower I’m helping with this weekend. I brought this tea along for moral support, and it did its job beautifully. Tonight it was a bit less sweet and a bit more spicy. Loved it. I didn’t add milk to my cup this time, and I think it let the spices come to the front a little more. So very good.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
444 tasting notes

An oldie, but definitely a goodie! I brewed this up tonight and got the steeping parameters right. I find this tea can fall a little flat when I am not careful, but tonight I got the right brew time and enough sugar, but not too much sugar. I wound up with a nice big mug of orange flavoured tea spiked with cloves and cinnamon. This always reminds me of the holidays, and in the best way. Given that I am the type of person who turns on the holiday music at the first sign of stress, anything that reminds me of the holidays hits the spot for me!

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I’m a big fan of this tea. It’s a not too bitter black and it has a slight hint of lemon. Just enough to lighten it up a little.

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Tea #5 from CATTB

A slightly sweet and vegetal green with a strong, but not overwhelming amount of jasmine. It’s not quite as immersive as I like my jasmine, and doesn’t quite live up to the ‘experience not a taste’ feeling that I get with some of my favorites.

Even so, I could see this as being a more inexpensive fix to my serious need-of-jasmine problem.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’m not sure why I chose this one tonight being that most of my tea today hasn’t worked for me. I guess I was hoping something new might take me out of my slump. So weird I went for this one because I’ve been avoiding it… Lemon in tea… as a child it was my nemesis. You see, my dad, who always meant well has this idea that if he likes something, the everyone else should too… and wouldn’t you know that he liked to mix sweet tea and lemonade… Yuck! If both happened to be in the fridge at the same time it went something like this..
Dad: Have some tea and lemonade
Me: No thanks
Dad: Have some tea and lemonade
Me: I’ll take one or the other
Dad: They are better together
Me: No thanks, I’ll take just one
Dad: Here, try mine
Me: No dad, I’ve tried it before
Dad: But it’s better this way
Me: Fine.. (takes a sip)
Dad: See, you want some don’t you?
Me: Just some tea, thanks
Dad: You don’t know what you’re missing.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my dad dearly, he’s a great man. I’ve just never been found of lemon in my sweet tea and having had pressure to drink it that way was never a help.

EvaGrimm sent me this knowing I was wanting to stretch myself with citrus blends, & knowing I might full well dump it, Thanks for sharing it anyway!

Dry leaf it smelled of rooibos and lemon. Steeped it initially tasted of woodsy rooibos and lemon (kind of like dish soap smells). As it cooled it changed for me in a good way. It smells of a sweet lemony baked good, and tastes similar to a lemon pound cake with the lemon (not quite as strong as the cake normally is) and buttery goodness. I can still taste the rooibos in the blend, but only if I search for it. I did add my normal touch of sugar to add to the cakey flavor.

It has yet to be determined if I would order this or not. I think I prefer orange over lemon so far, but this one is stretching me again. I definitely enjoyed this much more than I thought I would.

Flavors: Butter, Lemon Zest


Ugh, yes, what is with the “Arnold Palmer” obsession? I have no need for lemon (or lemonade!) in my sweet tea!

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MY WELLIES ARE HERE! I went out to check the mail 15 minutes ago, and they weren’t here and it was NOT raining. Then, not 5 minutes later I heard the UPS truck pull up and I flew outside and it was raining and they had arrived!

I’m going outside to play in the rain in my new wellies!

Here they are: http://s770.photobucket.com/user/courtneyns/media/Steepster/8538D85D-CB04-4742-8726-74C40B80A827_zpskaqtyead.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

Oh, and this tea is awesome.


Don’t you love that you could have worn them in the rain going out to get them?… How ironic. Have fun getting them muddy!

I’ve seen several posts about people liking the peanut butter matcha… must be a good one.


Haha thanks! I much prefer this one to the straight Peanut Butter matcha myself, but that’s personal preference. :)


Nice! Have fun jumping in the puddles!

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Make new friends but keep the old. Hello old friend.


Love old friends! Real ones and tea ones :)
Of course, new ones are amazing too!

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I should start by saying I’ve never had Genmaicha before so I readily admit that my dislike may not be of this tea in particular but Genmaicha’s in general. That said, this is one of the worst teas I have ever tasted. I tried steeping it several times, varying time and temperature, but it just tasted bad. In no way did I get peanut butter or mashmallow or even any taste vaguely tea like from this blend. I debated even reviewing this tea because I disliked it so much, but I felt as though I should warn people looking for a peanut buttery tea, unless you love Genmaicha I would avoid this one.

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drank Blueberry Cheesecake by Art of Tea
11 tasting notes

A nice tasty treat, smooth with just enough blueberry and vanilla to suggest its namesake, quite nice

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drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
953 tasting notes

Always yummy, although still not as amazing as I remember it.

200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Had a huge mug of this tonight. For some reason, it felt like it stripped my teeth of enamel in a very slight yet significant way. Still tasty, and perhaps I brewed it incorrectly somehow.

200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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This tea is delicious! It is like drinking pure vanilla extract! It has a wonderful aroma, too.

Flavors: Vanilla

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Oh. my. gosh.

Thank you tons to QueenOfTarts for sending me a sample of this!

It smells like caramel cookies and brown sugar and ahh I just love sugary smelling teas! I have high hopes for this one :)
Now that it’s steeping, it definitely started smelling like an oolong!
I love oolong so freakin much okay. Partially because I love seeing the leaves unravel, but dude, I love all the oolongs I have okay.
I think this might actually be my first dessert oolong so I’m quite excited for that.

Hmm. The sugar/caramel bit does get lost. I’m kinda sad about that! It smelled sooo nice dry, but the flavour didn’t carry out through the steeping process, and now it just tastes like any regular slightly roasted oolong. It’s good, not gunna lie, but the sugar/caramel bits that I was looking forward to didn’t come through.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Birthday Tea by Adagio Teas
173 tasting notes

This was tasty, and definitely had an element of cake to it. I received it for ordering near to my birthday, and am enjoying it. I don’t know if I would pay for it per se, but I will enjoy what I have very much, and it will probably be even better with a bit of milk and agave.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
85 tasting notes

I drank this plain and it actually tastes pretty good! I don’t get the malted taste, but I do get a nice roasty, chocolate taste with hints of coffee.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Espresso, Leather, Malt, Tar, Tobacco

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is my first tea from Whispering Pines. They nailed the name of this tea. It reminds you of everything lovely about the Fall. It’s weird to be drinking it in the Spring. Haha.

If you love cloves, this is your tea. The taste of the cloves is overpowering for the first few sips, but then it mellows quite nicely. I actually enjoyed this cup more and more as it cooled.

It’s almost like an apple cider, without the apples. Which sounds odd, but it works.

My husband had the second steep and he enjoyed it. This tea calls for 1tbsp per cup. So be careful when measuring.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Hmm, sad. I had a really hard time evenly splitting an ounce of this. Your half must have gotten more cloves :/

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I received a sample of this from Angel and the folks at TeaVivre. Thank you!

This is a light tea with hints of peach and just the slightest notion of jasmine. I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed this cup. This was very nice and refreshing. I am excited to drink this both warm and cold this summer. Another tea that I think will be great for the upcoming warm days!

EDIT: This cooled quite a bit while I got distracted doing chores. This is amazing cold. The flavors for me came out a bit more. I will be making the rest of this sample iced for sure. I have so much tea, but I have been visiting the Teavivre site daily contemplating an order:) I am sure it won’t be long before I cave.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I drank this so quickly that I didn’t even have the time to really notice the individual tastes. I’ll need to try this again soon. Very smooth and enjoyable!

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drank Cinnamon Diletto by Della Terra
184 tasting notes

Today was a pretty good day. I had a job interview, I scored some freelance work, and I applied to some more freelance gigs. I have only one phone interview left to do for today, and I’m just gonna keep mellow with some of this tea.

I really like the peppery attack of this tea. I ate an apple as I drank it, and that was even better. I used some cinnamon honey, but next time I make it I’ll see about adding some lemon honey instead. As long as it keeps my stomach happy…

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

So glad you like it! Congrats on the freelance work. I hope the interviews went well.

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