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drank Rose With French Vanilla by Dilmah
60 tasting notes

I am drinking this one as my afternoon pick me up at work today. It does the job pretty well. If you ever wanted to drink roses, this may be you tea. :) It also reminds me of turkish delight but it doesn’t have any orange or pistachio flavors, maybe it is just the vanilla making the rose taste sweeter.

Normally I get mostly rose from this tea but I have just hit my office jellybean stash and I am getting more of the vanilla notes. I take this tea plain but now I think I may have to experiment with sugar and maybe even milk in the future.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Chocolate by t Leaf T
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This is the last of this tea in my stash. I can’t believe I haven’t added a note about it before. The smell of the dry leaves is very chocolatey, the leaves are dark and of good size with large cocoa nib chunks. When brewed the chocolate smell is there but more in the background, it is a pleasantly smelling tea. The tea is a dark orange/brown. The taste is sadly lacking the chocolate that is promised in the smell of the dry leaves. I tried brewing for longer, adding milk or sugar or milk and sugar and it was still an ok tea but lacking the chocolate promised by the aroma of the dried leaves. I had to leave early one day so I stuck what was left of my pot in the fridge. I poured myself a glass later that afternoon and low and behold there was the chocolate. I think for a better alround chocolate tea experience I would probably go with Florence but if you are looking for chocolate ice tea this is a good one.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Thiashola SFTGFOP1 by t Leaf T
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So yesterday was my first day back at the office after a 4 day break. I was going to drink this tea yesterday but when I got to work I noticed I had leaf but no mug or strainer. It was a very sad moment. I ended up just drinking plain water most of the day. It is a shocking and sad tale of woe, I know.

Anyhow I managed to get everything here today. It remains a nice tea not one I crave or worry about the state of my supply. Most of the time it exists in my cabinet like an unlined movie extra, today it may be the supportive but plain girl in the crowd.

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drank Kawakawa Fire by t Leaf T
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I bought this sample over a month ago but it has been sitting in my cabinet after the feijoa scare. I found som courage this am and brewed it. The kawakawa is very large leafed and peppery, the only other elements in the tea are lemon grass stalks and dried ginger. I am glad I finally tried it because I really like it. There is a heat and a sweetness to it that are similar to a chai. I can imagine that with a little honey this would be one of my favorite teas when I had a cold. I think it will also work for the times I want something like a chai but don’t want the caffiene.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Sounds wonderful! Only a sample, huh? Perhaps you should buy another sample so we can drink it together when you come home in 6 weeks! :) Is it peppery like a yunnan?

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drank Jasmine Rose Fusion by t Leaf T
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A fragrant brew. The jasmine and rose combine for a sweet aroma. I did not enjoy it the first time because I unthinkingly treated it like a black tea and it was bitter. It really does need to be treated like a green when brewing. It’s taste is reminescent of an oolong. It has a natural sweetness along with the floral notes. It is a lighter flavored tea, I like it as a stand alone drink in the office or after a lighter meal.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Thiashola SFTGFOP1 by t Leaf T
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I agree with Miss Sweet this is a very accurately decribed tea. I am drinking it this afternoon sans anything. I didn’t really pick up the lemon until I read about it and held the tea in my mouth for a second, my first impression was more of light honey notes. This is a very lovely tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

The description sounds delicious!

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drank Rose With French Vanilla by Dilmah
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I drank this one last night. It is very fragrant and lovely. The flavor and aroma is mostly rose but is is softened by the vanilla. The vanilla, to me anyway, didn’t really have a distinct note in the tea but didn’t make the tea any less good. I felt very spolied. It is a light tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Wenshan Baozhong by Harney & Sons
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A very nice oolong. This one has been sitting in my desk drawer for awhile at work and this morning seemed like the day to sample. It is light and buttery and floral with the first steep. Even on a busy morning when the tea has grown cold it continues to have a lovely flavor. I think I even abused it with using a water temp that should have been too hot. I must thank Ashmanra for sending me this sample.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec
Sandy

Second steep, more buttery and woodsy with a hint of floral and sweetness in the aftertaste

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drank Fabulous Feijoa by t Leaf T
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This tea is scaring me. I had Feijoa in icecream and enjoyed it. I don’t think I like it in my tea. If you haven’t heard of feijoa before http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acca_sellowiana

I think the distinctive odor of the fruit is what throws me off about this tea. It is the only thing I can smell and I don’t find it to be a particularly inviting smell. I can’t decide if it tastes bad to me or just unusually foreign. So I am not going to rate but just say you really should be a feijoa lover to enjoy this tea. I think I will leave my feijoa to icecream.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec
ashmanra

Eep! Don’t try to get the Ashman to drink any of it! It may replace Evening in Missouli in his nightmares….

Sandy

it may give me nightmares

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So I have decided that for me this is the perfect office tea. I like the tast both hot and cold. I like it with out any additives – no trips back top to the break room to grab sugar or milk. It is very forgiving if I forget and over steep.

ashmanra

This is one of the most unique looking teas I have ever seen. It is soooo good and the honey aroma is wonderful. I agree, it is good no matter how you drink it!

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Grew up in Texas, lived and worked in Australia and New Zealand for a year. Now I am back stateside and living in Oregon. I drink most any kind of tea but blacks are my favorites.

“Tea is the taste of my land: it is bitter and warm, strong, and sharp with memory. It tastes of longing. It tastes of the distance between where you are and where you come from. Also it vanishes—the taste of it vanishes from your tongue while your lips are still hot from the cup. It disappears, like plantations stretching up into the mist.” Little Bee (Chris Cleave)

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