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drank Vanilla Caramel by Bigelow
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My first taste of this tea was in the middle of winter, where I longed for something akin to comfort food. It was rich, creamy, and yummy. A few teacups later, I am finding myself skipping this tea for more solid milk teas. It’s still a good basic tea, but my love has waned a bit.

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I received from Mad Tea Party Blend teabags for my birthday, and tried my first cup today (with milk). A lovely, fruity cup of tea that is interesting with an attempt at complexity, but the flavour feels a bit confused. The apricot is front and center, but there seems to be some notes jostling for attention. It’s almost cloying in its fragrance. Still, a delightful, happy cup of tea for a nice afternoon treat.

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Hawaiian Islands Tea impresses me again with this smooth, creamy black tea with a yummy vanilla flavor that’s not too overpowering. I added milk to my cup, which goes very well, in my opinion, with vanilla/black teas. Next time I think I’ll try it without milk to get an even better taste of the flavour of this tea.

Fabulous comfort tea!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I tried this as iced tea yesterday. Quite wonderful! The cardamom still lends personality to the tea, and this has a lovely flavour as an iced tea. I imagine it would be great with a Thai style splash of cream as well – I’ll have to try that soon. :)

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drank Blueberry Bliss by Teavana
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I’m not a fan of rooibos, but while at Teavana in the mall I’ll taste anything. This is a wonderfully fruity, light tea where the rooibos doesn’t seem to alter the berry personality of the tea. I bought 2 ounces to take home for iced tea. A wonderful perfume that’s not too cloying in its sweetness. I plan to mix this with other black and fruit teas to create iced tea blends this summer. :)

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Hot days in Boston recently; iced tea season is back in full force! My first pitchers of iced tea this year have been made with Mango Maui, which is light and refreshing for a black tea. I LOVE it. I’m often torn between black tea and fruity flavours, and I love when both meet in a perfectly balanced tea. I’m generally impressed with all of the teas I’ve tried from Hawaiian Islands Tea Company, but Mango Maui has been a constant staple in my cupboard.

And like I said last year, it’s HAPPY. :)

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drank Earl Grey by SSens
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While in Montreal last week, I was served this tea at a restaurant and immediately wanted to buy more! SSens tea comes in mainly herbal lines, but this Earl Grey has a lovely perfume without the astringency of so many other Earls. On the way home I found it at an IGA and bought two boxes. I’m drinking it sweetened with agave, and with milk. It’s a lovely, smooth Earl Grey.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
JonTea

Ahhh I’m from montreal

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I love this tea! Definitely a must-try for any milk tea drinker.

My recent Lupicia order included a letter from Angie at Lupicia’s Customer Service department and a sample of Assam Calcutta Auction. Based on my order (smooth black and milk teas), this tea fits in perfectly with my tastes. Smooth, sweet, malty, and enhanced by milk, this tea is a lovely milk or chai. I continue to be impressed by Lupicia’s attentiveness to their customers, and recommend signing up for their newsletter, which has introduced me to new flavours of tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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The maltiness of Assam pairs well with the spice of cinnamon in this delicious tea. The flavour is smooth, with a lovely cinnamon flavour accented by clove and fennel to give it a little depth of spice. I drank this as a milk tea, and love the taste. I agree with Cofftea in that this bag is not exactly what I consider a Chai. Perhaps I can try a milk-brew next time.

Funny thing: I was heating the kettle when the UPS man delivered my parcel of Lupicia tea. How’s that for serendipitous timing? :)

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On a recent cruise on Celebrity’s Constellation, I enjoyed Mhai Diva teas – Earl Grey, English Breakfast, and Darjeeling. These teas are meant for cruise lines, hotels, and similar food-service outlets, but some limited retail outlets exist in Europe. I found this Earl Grey to be very smooth and creamy, with very low astringency. The quality is great for a foil-sealed tea bag.

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

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