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drank Chai Tea by Tetley
240 tasting notes

I got a few bags of this from my hairdresser several months ago. While visiting her I was going on and on about loose leaf tea and how much I loved it. She said, “I have this chai that’s really good. You gotta try it. Just boil it in some milk.” She pulled a bunch of these bags out and put them in a ziploc. I smiled politely and thanked her, thinking ‘hmmmmm’.

When I got home I put them aside and forgot about them. Until tonight. I wanted something easy to drink and not worry about ruining it.

I threw two bags into my red sweater nordic mug and let it steep for about 4 or 5 minutes. I was surprised at how thick the brew looked after steeping. I added cream and maple syrup. I tentatively took my first sip. Hey! It’s not bad! Not something I’d reach for on a daily basis, but in a pinch, it would do.

The spice is light, but it’s there. I have four more bags which I’ll have no problem finishing.


Yah, we have this in the house too. And the vanilla. And a couple more. My partner likes to drink them at work, she’s not into loose leaf. If I make it,she drinks it, otherwise she likes the convenience of bags and not worrying about screwing it up.


Nice! Glad it turned out. I don’t think I’ve had this one. Or maybe I did. Who knows haha.

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drank Milk Oolong by Tao Tea Leaf
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Just as the tea description says, as soon as I opened the bag the creamy, milky aroma was immediately apparent. I was sure I was in for a treat.

So far I’ve had 2 cups and about to go for a third. As the tea aroma suggested, the brews were sweet and creamy. But, I didn’t find this any more special than another milk oolong I had tried a while ago (which was far less expensive). It was good, but not outstanding.


I see the potential in milk oolongs, but still haven’t found one that is outstanding.


This is only my second milk oolong, so I don’t have a lot of comparison experience. I’ve read Mandala’s version is quite good.


I haven’t had theirs either but it’s been on my list. Maybe it’s the answer!


I hope so! My next order from them will definitely include some.


Mandala’s is very good.

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drank Pour Maman by Nina's Paris
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Thank you JustJames for sending me a sample of this wonderful tea. I probably wouldn’t have had a chance to try this otherwise.

When I looked at the leaves in my infuser I didn’t know what to expect. My first cup of this went pretty quick, so I decided to make a second cup of it and pay more attention to the flavours. This is a very soft and delicate tasting tea. Gentle and pleasing in both aroma and flavour. I don’t usually enjoy floral tea’s but here the rose is mild and mellow. Perfect for a quiet moment out of a hectic schedule.

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This was my choice of tea in the afternoon. I’m not sure why I purchased it, because I’m not the greatest fan of ginger, but decided to give it a try anyway.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this tea. The ginger is present and provides a nice spice without over-powering the pu’er. This is a nicely balanced tea.


i quite like this one! really nice ginger tea


I agree. I was surprised with how much I enjoyed it.

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
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I had this is in the morning, and it was perfect. Strong and malty – just what I needed for the chilly morning.

The first steep was a deep red colour, nothing like the photo. I was a little worried that I brewed it too long, but I preferred the stronger taste of the first steep. The second steep was ok and the colour was more like the photo.

Thank you Dexter3657 for sending this my way. I liked this quite a lot.

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This is so good. ohmigod I love this stuff. I’ve got enough for one more cup – saving it for tomorrow. I will definitely have to order this again. Chocolate and toasted rice makes a great warming cup this chilly evening.

Terri HarpLady

I just ordered more of this one last Friday, I’ve actually been craving it for a couple of weeks!


I’ve been trying to hold off ordering, but this is just too delicious.

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drank Organic Guayusa by Butiki Teas
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I got this a long time ago from AureliaFish, who hasen’t been around for a while – but thank you for sending me this!

I was really reluctant to try this ‘cos I wasn’t sure what it would taste like straight up, no flavours (and I was kinda afraid it would not be good). I kept putting it off and I just couldn’t bring myself to try it. Until today. Well, knock me over with a feather…this tastes Really Good! It has a natural sweet hay flavour. Not grassy. Just plain sweet hay.

When I order from Butiki, I will definitely be getting this.


Don’t you love happy surprises like that?


Yeah…it was great, ‘cos I really had it in my mind (don’t know why) that it would be awful, but no – is good.

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drank Black Dragon Pearls by Teavana
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This is the third company that I’ve tried this style of tea from, and I also place it in third for taste.

I found subtle hints of cocoa, and some maltiness. It was ok. I’ll have no problem finishing what I have, but I wouldn’t re-purchase. There are tastier pearls out there.


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The first time I tried this I did not like it. The second time I tried it I loved it and hoarded the last piece. Today I’m on the fence.

The brew is dark with a strong rice aroma. I just finished the third steep and the sticky rice flavour is still present and quite strong. I’ll keep steeping until the taste weakens.

A possible re-stock when I next visit Tao’s shop.

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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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