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Smelled amazing when I opened the pouch. Very strong vanilla scent, and sugary. Disappointingly, I found it very weak. I could barely detect the vanilla, and even with a spoonful of sugar didn’t taste the other flavors. I even steeped it longer than recommended hoping that might make a difference. A shame. I was looking forward to this.

Not giving this a rating because I’m not sure how old the sample from the TTB was. My reaction seems to be in the minority.

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
274 tasting notes

This just tasted weird to me. My brain could not reconcile the chocolate with the tea. I ended up dumping the cup.

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3 min, 0 sec

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This smells incredible. Steeped for 5 minutes per the instructions. I ended up adding a spoonful of sugar because it was tasteless otherwise. That really brought out the banana chocolate flavor. Yummy.

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Artp

This is one of my favorites!!

Debbie

I’m debating if it will stay with me when I send the box on. I really really like it!

Artp

It’s (tragically) discontinued

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drank Iced Lemon Mint by Handmade Tea
274 tasting notes

Another from the TTB. This is really really nice. I’m drinking this hot because I have no impulse control at the moment, but think it would be even better cold. It’s minty, and lemony, and all sorts of tea goodness that make me sigh after a sip and close my eyes in appreciation.

This is not normally what I’d go for but I’m really really enjoying this.

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5 min, 0 sec
Caleb Brown

Glad to hear it, Debbie! :)

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drank Sultry Strawberry by Tazo
274 tasting notes

This tea smells very strongly of strawberries.
I hate strawberries.

Why did I drink this? Because I am morbidly curious like that. (I also went through a phase as a child when I wanted to know what everything tasted like so I’d go around licking inanimate objects. Why did I just tell all of Steepster that? Why???)

But surprisingly, this tea does not taste strongly of strawberries. In fact, it’s actually pleasant how faintly of strawberries this tea tastes. Some sugar may bring out the strawberry flavor more but I’m not going to test that. I’m enjoying the tea just fine without it.

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Christina

Perhaps I should send you Teavana’s strawberry rose champagne (the rose is stronger than the strawberry).

Debbie

That does sound interesting. Though no rush. I have SO MUCH TEA to go through at the moment.

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drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
274 tasting notes

This was another tea from the Traveling Tea Box. It was interesting and I’m honestly not sure if I liked it, even after two cups. It did not taste like honey, but faintly reminded me of the Crunchie bars in the UK – the ones that have the “honeycomb” center. Not entirely unpleasant, but not quite what I was expecting.

Also, the mate never gave me an energy boost, which made me sad. I really could have used it today in the office.

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5 min, 0 sec
Christina

Crunchie bars = tastiest candy bars ever

Debbie

It’s a toss up between Crunchies or Mint Aeroes. Why does US chocolate suck compared to Europe?

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Wow this was sour. I was not expecting that, especially after I added a spoonful of sugar. Maybe it’s the tea; maybe it’s the strawberries in the blend and my odd biological quirk that makes all strawberries taste awful and sour. (Seriously, I hate fresh strawberries and can only have strawberries when they have been cooked in some form with a ton of sugar.)

Guess I’m sticking with berry blends that are sans strawberries.

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5 min, 30 sec

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My first Traveling Tea Box tea. The description was so weird I had to try it!

Initial impression: Weird. But I think I like it. I feel like I shouldn’t like it but I do.

Heavy on the tomato flavor, the sage is subtler underneath it. It’s like drinking tomato soup, but in tea form. Very very strange. But a good strange. I think. My brain and tongue can’t make up their minds on what I’m tasting.

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3 min, 0 sec
Caleb Brown

:) love this review! I admit the tomatoes are a weird ingredient, but as you’ve found, the flavor plays pretty nicely with this blend. My goal was to introduce a lovely ingredient that isn’t exactly traditional, I’m glad you enjoyed! :)

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drank Caramel Almond Amaretti by Teavana
274 tasting notes

Sample from chrimabro (Thanks, Christina!)

This smelled amazing. I was utterly in love at first sniff. Per Christina’s suggestion, I brewed my mug with a teaspoon of sugar. This is DEE-licious. The flavors all mingle together nicely. The almond and cinnamon are definitely the strongest. I can’t even taste caramel, which isn’t a big deal since I love almond and cinnamon.

Reading some of the other notes, I may have to try the Forever Nuts blend from David’s Tea to compare.

A nice dessert tea to unwind at the end of the day.

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drank Matcha Iri Genmaicha by Takaokaya
274 tasting notes

I really like genmaicha tea, so I was intrigued with this one which is genmaicha with matcha added. Honestly, I can’t taste what – if anything – the matcha adds. It’s still a good genmaicha tea (not the best I’ve had, but decent) but I feel a bit let down because I was expecting something more given the matcha.

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3 min, 0 sec

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I’m a tea-aholic. I’ve always loved tea. It is soothing and warm and comforting. I always had it when we went out to eat as a child so my first association is with rich and delicious food.

As an adult, I’m learning to enjoy tea on its own merits, and bask in its subtleties and varieties. The ritual of making a cup of tea is instantly relaxing.

I prefer oolong and white teas, followed by greens, and then blacks. For the most part I do not like flavored or blended teas, and I never add sugar or cream to tea from the actual tea plant.

I’m slowly learning to appreciate rooibos blends, which I drink for its anti-inflammatory properties.

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