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Tea #8 from Considering a new TTB
This ended up being much more astringent than I had hoped for, perhaps it would be less so with a lower temperature. I opted for 175 because it is preset on my hot water pot, but the recommended temperature on the package was 160 – 180.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea #7 from Considering a new TTB
I had meant to stop by TeaSource while I was in Minnesota last year, but ran out of time, so I’m happy to see a few more of their teas in this box that I can try. This spring oolong is a little more toasty than I prefer, I tend to lean more towards floral oolongs, but other than that I don’t seem to have much of an opinion about this tea. I would drink it again if someone handed me a cup, but I wouldn’t order it for myself.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

You should try their strawberry oolong – it’s amazing!

Short Sorceress

I’ll add that to my list of their teas I want to try, I love strawberry oolong.

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This is almost like a tart creamsicle and if you add a little sugar to it you have full creamsicle flavor in a cup of tea. I think that anyone who enjoys orange and is looking for a caffeine free option will enjoy this tea. It also makes a very tasty iced tea, I ran out of time to sit and enjoy my tea and put it in the refrigerator for later. When I noticed that the temperature was hovering in the mid 50’s I decided to pull it out and give it a second chance. In Wisconsin mid 50’s is definitely iced tea weather, for us that is a regular heat wave! It’s such a shame that we’re expecting snow and cold weather the rest of the week, but the warm weather reminds me that iced tea weather is almost here. I can’t be the only one excited about this, can I?

You can red the rest of the review on my blog

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML


Yesterday was that day for Wisconsin.

Short Sorceress

Yup, I’m definitely irrationally optimistic, but can you blame me? mid 50s yesterday, low 40s right now, and we’re expecting snow tonight. I just can’t get used to springtime in Wisconsin.

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Tea #6 from Considering a new TTB

I’m so excited to see this one in the box since I didn’t get a chance to order it this fall despite it being one of seasonal teas I really wanted to try. After all the green teas I’ve had this morning it was nice to have a little bit of a sugary kick to get me through the middle of the day. All the flavors I was hoping were there, the burned caramel, sugary marshmallow, and lots of spice. The black base was a little weak, but a longer steeping time would have helped, I had intended to steep this for 5 minutes like I do s’mores, but got impatient around the 3m mark. As much as I enjoyed this hot, I think I would enjoy it more as a tea latte, I think it really needs the creamy aspect the milk would add in order for it to be perfect.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Tea #5 from Considering a new TTB
This is my first time trying Aracha; it’s certainly a strong green tea and one that isn’t really to my tastes. Even with a short steeping time it was a very bitter tea with a strong vegetal flavor. I can normally deal with one or the other, but the combination of the two meant I had trouble finishing my cup.

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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drank Gyokuro Imperial by Teavana
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drank Gyokuro Imperial by Teavana
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Tea #4 from Considering a new TTB
I’ve been wanting to try teavana’s higher end offerings and I’m pretty curious as to how this stacks up agains gyokuro from other companies. At 19.98 per 2oz it’s already nearly twice the price of the gyokuro I order from another company and didn’t resteep nearly as well, which in and of itself is a reason why I would be unlikely to purchase it. I did enjoy the flavor, it was mildly vegetal, slightly sweet, and a little buttery. I can see why it is offered by teavana, it’s the type of green tea that will appeal to many people because it lacks the overwhelming vegetal flavors of many other varieties, but I just can’t get past the price.

I’ll still stick to ordering from Yunomi for my gyokuro, but this is a tea I would pick up again if it were on sale.

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Amanda Wilson

ouch, that is pricey!

Short Sorceress

Gyokuro in general is pricey, some of the higher qualities run $15 or more per ounce, but absolutely worth it if you enjoy that type of tea. I just don’t think this particular gyokuro is worth $10 per ounce, that’s twice what the standard grade gyokuro from yunomi fetches and it resteeps much better.

Amanda Wilson

Yep, and I love the standard Gyokuro from Yunomi, so it is worth if for me to get good Gyokuro for a steep price than just ‘eh’ Gyokuro.

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drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
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Tea #3 from Considering a new TTB

Normally I would have skipped this tea the moment I saw that it had spearmint in it, I’m absolutely not a fan, but I’m on a mission to try any tea that uses marshmallow root. I just so happen to love marshmallow root and it’s such an underutilized ingredient in tea, I’m always excited when I see it in an ingredient list. I’m really glad I decided to try this one out, it easily made the list of 52teas blends that I would reorder. If you’ve read any of my other notes about the 52teas blend I’ve sampled then you may realize just how short that list is. I haven’t really been a fan of most of Frank’s blends, even though I love the though he puts into creating such unique teas every week. So far, most of them just haven’t been for me, but I keep searching and every so often come across one that I love.

While I can’t really taste the base of this tea, I can taste the marshmallow root, spearmint and malt. It seems like such an odd combination, but they’re balance beautifully and play together very well. I think the reason I like this so much is that it reminds me of fluffy homemade peppermint marshmallows and I’m absolutely nuts for those. As much as I enjoyed this hot, I think it would make a fabulous iced tea, so I can’t wait for the weather to warm up some so I can try that out. Then again, it would probably also make a really tasty latte…hmmm… I may have to give that a shot as soon as I go buy more milk.

This tea will not be continuing on.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Amanda Wilson

Marshmallow root is by far the most awesome ingredient ever!

Short Sorceress

I agree, I just wish more people would use it in their blends.

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drank Coconut Oolong by Rishi Tea
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Tea #2 from Considering a new TTB

This is one of those teas that make your house smell wonderful while it steeps. As soon as the water hit the dry leaf I was met with the strong scent of coconut. While the coconut does end up being the main flavor of the tea, the floral flavors of the oolong peak through a bit once the tea starts to cool. Overall this was a nice tea to start my day off with, but not one that I would order for myself, I thought it was a little bit sweet for my tastes.

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

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I am always interested in swapping so if you see anything in my cupboard that you want to try just send me a message. Please keep in mind that I order most of my teas in sample sizes and may not have a lot to swap. I’m also trying to keep my swaps limited to one a month so I don’t break the bank.

My favorite tea companies to order from are American Tea Room, Butiki, Della Terra, Rishi, TeaVivre, and Verdant, however I am constantly lured away from my favorites by a good sale.

Ingredients I love in tea
rose, peach, oolong, osmanthus, vanilla, marshmallow root and peppermint

Ingredients I dislike in tea:
spearmint, chocolate, orange, hibiscus, sage and for the most part lemon.

Ingredients I’m on the fence about:

I am a firm believer that sage only belongs in my thanksgiving stuffing/dressing and absolutely not in my tea.

Cinnamon, Chocolate, Burdock Root, and Goji Berries

FORLIFE Curve Teapot, 24oz
Adagio ingenuiTEA, 16oz
Adagio Iced ingenuiTEA, 32oz
Zojirushi Water Pot, 4L
Libbey Country Fair drinking jars for ice tea
TeaVivre Travel Gaiwan

Rating Guidelines:

100 – 90: Pantry essential and some of my all time favorites that I can’t live without.

89 – 80: You’ll have a pretty good chance of finding this is my pantry on a regular basis, but it isn’t the end of the world if I run out.

79 – 70: I might consider restocking this at some point if the price was right.

69 – 40: Not undrinkable, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again.

39 – 20: What in the world were they thinking? Probably still finished this just because I hate to waste anything.

19 – 0: Wow, that’s so terrible chances are pretty good I dumped it out and gave away the rest.

My current top five favorite teas:

China Black – Rishi Tea
Earl Grey Cream – Zen Tea
Lemoncello – American Tea Room
Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong – TeaVivre
White Tea Rose Mélange – Rishi Tea


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