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drank Azteca Fire Herbal by Teavana
249 tasting notes

My thanks to JustJames for a sample of this one. I had been wanting to try this one for a while, but the fruit in this one held me back, because I thought it would give the tea a tartness that I would not like.

The dry leaf smell is chocolaty and fruity. The tea brews to a light golden colour and smells like hot chocolate. It also tastes like hot chocolate. I didn’t get any of fruitiness of the tea until I started to get to the bottom of the cup. The fruit presented itself in light tart manner. I sadly didn’t get the chilies in this.

Glad I got try it.

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I got this amazing sample from the generous Dexter3657 – thank you!!

So, I’m not sure I get carrot cake, but I certainly get a spicy sweet dessert tea that tastes as wonderful as it smells. I was tempted to add a little sweetener to this to see if I could pull out more carrot cake flavour, but decided not to, as it already has a sweet taste to it. Besides, I really love the spiciness of this one, and don’t want to take away from it by adding sugar.

I will definitely be putting this tea on a ‘must purchase’ list.


I am so glad that you liked this.


So good!! Thank you so much.

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The dry leaf smell of this tea is strong scented with amaretto, but I didn’t taste any amaretto in the hot brew.

As a hot brew it’s a little too tart for my preference. I fortunately have only a little bit left, and will cold brew the rest in hopes of toning down the sour aspect of this.

Aimee Popovacki

hehe this was one of my faves of the one you sent me.. definitely grabbing some when I come to Ontario in ten days :) .. its delicious iced… I liked it better iced than hot.

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drank Oo Nutty Delight by Tealux
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I got this lovely sample from the extremely generous Dexter3657 – Thank You so much for this tasty treat.

This tea is not as strongly spiced as the dry leaf smell would indicate. The spices are light and complements the nutty earthiness that this tea offers.

I really enjoyed this tea, despite the spices being a little on the light side for my preference.

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The generous JustJames sent me a sample package of Verdant…THANK YOU!!!

I was a little intimidated by the Verdant tea…I didn’t want to mess it up, so I had delayed a little bit before opening any of the packets. I thought to myself ‘stay on top of the water temp and steep time’. Forgot to stay on top of steep times, but I didn’t have any issues with the taste of this tea.

My first steeping, I got a strong floral note on my first few sips, and as the tea cooled, I found it to be deliciously nutty.

My second steeping I found the rocky/mineral taste.

Third steeping was so deliciously creamy and sweet. This was my favourite steeping of the three.

I can probably get another steeping out of the leaves, which I will attempt a little later.

This is really delicious tea.


This one is definitely forgiving of steep time. :-)


I had a feeling it might, and that’s why I chose this one first.


Excellent, glad you enjoyed it. I have some of this but haven’t tried it yet. Nice to hear others enjoying it.


so glad you like this! i have yet to be able to mess up a verdant tea, lol. i am not as diligent as you are with my steep times… i always forget. and verdant hasn’t bittenme for it yet.


I forget a lot to check my steep times and quite often have to estimate (as I did with the second steeping of this one) :)

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drank White Blueberry by Adagio Teas
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My thanks to Short Sorceress for a sample of this tea.

This a very slight flavoured tea. The blueberry taste is evident, but barely there. The white tea base provides a light, fresh backdrop to the subtle fruit flavour. This is a refreshing change to the strong and tart fruit flavoured tea’s that I currently own.

Unlike Short Sorceress, I did find a blueberry floating in my tea, and I promptly ate it.

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This is one of the very first tea’s I bought when I began my tea journey. I was ‘talked into’ 150 g’s of this, and now I’m down to my last cup of it.

I wasn’t too impressed with the tea when I first tried it, I thought it was a little boring; but that’s because my friend, who started me on this tea journey had purchased me 2 flavoured tea’s that I adored.

Now a few months into my tea experience, I can appreciate the subtle nuttiness that flavours this tea. It is a smooth with a light earthy flavour. I don’t recall having this tea ever going bitter when steeped a little too long. It steeps really twice, and sometimes I got 3 steeps out of it if I was careful with brew times.

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drank Tulsi Chai by Fusion Teas
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This tea came my way from an amazing swap with Dexter3657…thank you!

In my limited tea experience, I am finding that I really like these spicy chai tea’s, and this one is no exception.

The dry leaf smells strongly of ginger (in a good way). The brewed scent doesn’t have the strong ginger scent, but it comes through in taste. The ginger isn’t overpowering, but I definitely get the spicy ginger flavour from this tea. It is very tasty with a perfect balance of spicy ginger.


I so did not dig this tea. I didn’t even write a note because other than “bleah” I couldn’t articulate much. I decided to give it a few days, maybe I wasn’t in the mood, an go again,


I can see why this tea might not be suited to everyone’s taste. There is something that I can’t pinpoint interacting with the ginger.


This was “weird” for me too. I just thought that “weird” was the tulsi, I didn’t hate it, but it’s not my favorite chai blend.

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drank Lychee Peach by Tealux
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On opening the bag, the dry leaf does smell like lychee. I don’t smell too much of the peach. I have to admit, I love lychee in syrup, but I didn’t imagine the taste translating well in a tea, but this was ok.

The black tea base wasn’t so strong that it didn’t allow the lychee note to come through. I found the lychee flavour as a lingering aftertaste. The next time I brew this one up, I’ll add sweetener to see if more lychee flavour will come out.

Thank you JustJames for sending me this one to sample!

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I hate it when life gets in the way of tea drinking, and I have a lot to catch up on…my own tea purchases, as well as from some amazing swaps.

While this tea is called a pu’erh, it is more reminiscent of a white tea. The taste reminds me of White Peony. I don’t mind. I like white, and go to it when I don’t want heavy or strong flavour.

On opening the bag, the dry scent is fresh. Brewed, the taste is light, fresh and slightly grassy. Not bad, but since there are so many other tea’s to try, I wouldn’t find this one a mandatory staple.


i agree with your assessment of this one and will add that it’s the kindof tea i’d go to when i’m feeling off and don’t want something robust. i do miss the normal nuttiness of puerh, though.


I agree, it doesn’t have that earthy, nuttiness normally associated with pu’erhs.


Hmmmmm interesting, this is on my Tealux wish list. I’ve had another tea that was what I thought of as a white pu’erh, but it had some of the pu’erh earthiness to it – subtle but it was there. I thought this would be similar.


i’ll share some with you, if you like Dexter3659.


Thanks James, really appreciate it but I’m going to place a Tealux order soon (this weekend – take advantage of the sale?) and I’ll just get a sample size of it. Love that Tealux has several different size options. Thanks anyway!!
I’m in the process of restocking my cupboard, wouldn’t be much fun choosing something to swap for right now, hit me up again sometime when I have lots of options for you. :))


Saw the sale…debating…I know I shouldn’t…


OH I KNOW I SHOULDN’T!!!! I have SIX packages in the mail heading my way (swaps and orders) – have been out of control. Then part of me thinks, you’ve blown the budget already, what’s one more order. They also have a mug I really want….. Still thinking about it, but I know I will place an order soon.

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My tea journey started in 2012, when a friend gifted me some loose leaf. I guess she thought I was drinking too much coffee. Blown away by the amazing flavours I immediately embraced the loose leaf tea. I still drink coffee, but my main choice of beverage is now tea.

My tea preferences are blacks, pu’erhs, oolongs and greens.



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