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This came in my Steepster select box. This is a green oolong, and therefore lighter than I normally like my oolongs. However, it’s very pleasant and has that soothing quality I associate with oolongs. It starts off light, but then finishes darker. Delicious.

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3 min, 0 sec

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Thanks, Nicole, for the sample bag of this. It’s been floating around my bag for months and I finally remembered it and pulled it out tonight. The restaurant, when I requested tea, brought me Bigelow Green. Blech.

This is very nice – much nicer than other bagged tea I’ve tried that weren’t full leaf. The tea was full tasting, and mellow, and had a hint of spice in the aftertaste. This would be a good purse tea – stick some in my purse and pull it out when I’m in a restaurant.

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As a hot tea, I’m not really a fan. I left the mug on the table and let it chill to room temperature (which is pretty cold right now), and liked it much better cold. I think I’ll use the rest of my 1 oz. pack for iced tea, but doubt I’ll be reordering.

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3 min, 0 sec

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I liked this tea but it wasn’t what I was expecting. All I could taste was the lapsang souchoung. I may have to try again with some cooler water.

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drank Cherry Iced by Della Terra Teas
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I won a bag of this from Della Terra from a facebook contest, and I was really excited to try this.

I made up a jug of this last night with a 2:1 ratio of tea to sugar.

This is delicious! The cherry flavor is strong, and slightly tart. It tastes almost like kool-aid without all the artificial flavor. I’ll definitely be drinking more of this. I need to stick the rest of the bag into an air-tight container so I can enjoy this tea when the weather gets warm.

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3 min, 0 sec

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drank Ice Wine Tea by Design a Tea
319 tasting notes

I brewed a pitcher of this last night and stuck it in the fridge over night. Despite the below freezing temperatures (thanks, Polar Vortex!) I’ve been hankering for some iced tea. I used up the last of my stash of this and I don’t think I’ll be reordering.

This tea still doesn’t taste quite right to me. I like it better chilled, but not by much. I do like that the predominant flavor is black tea. I don’t like that I get a perfumy taste in my mouth when drinking this.

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5 min, 0 sec

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drank Bliss by American Tea Room
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ATR sent me a sample of this with my last order. I like it. It’s sweet without being cloyingly so, and the tea flavor comes through. It’s a little tart, but barely noticeable unless I’m looking for it.

I think this would make a nice iced tea, but I’m enjoying this hot right now. I’m not sure I like this enough to buy more, but it’s very pleasant for a snowed in winter’s day.

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3 min, 0 sec

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I was a bit hesitant to buy this because I loathe ginger, but the thought of creme brulee won me over. And I can definitely taste creme brulee in this tea. It’s obviously a chai, but a creamy version. And happily, I can’t really taste the ginger.

Though I am still not a huge chai fan, and probably won’t buy this again. I can see chai lovers loving this, though.

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drank Vanilla Cacao by Herbal Infusions
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I was really looking forward to this. I had ordered samplers of the the regular Cacao and the Mint Cacao herbal teas at the same time and loved both of them. Unfortunately, I was less enamoured with this tea. I can’t pinpoint exactly why but the flavor just did not do it for me. Rather than blending perfectly into a sweeter and creamier Cacao tea, it just tasted like a hot mess in my mouth. Nothing fit together, it tasted odd overall, and I ended up dumping my mug down the sink.

I guess 2 out of 3 isn’t bad, but I had high hopes for this one.

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5 min, 0 sec

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drank Karigane #22 by Tea Wing
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This is the first tea I’m trying from my first Steepster Select box. Exciting! I’m not a huge green tea fan, but I was intrigued by the description: “Deep savory notes of nori and cut grass balanced by a hazelnut finish.” And I can definitely taste nori, but I can’t taste the hazelnut finish.

But I like this. It’s more robust than other green teas I’ve had. The flavor is definitely “chewy” as noted in the steepster description. Which is a weird way to describe a tea, but the flavor definitely lingers in my mouth and gives my mouth a full feeling.

I can definitely see this being easily oversteeped. I oversteeped it by about 10 seconds as I was fumbling with the microwave timer, and I’m tasting a little bitterness in the tea. It’s not unpleasant, but it can easily become so.

Preparation
1 min, 30 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. For the most part, I don’t like straight black tea, but appreciate it as part of a blend or flavored. I’ve learned to love the world of flavored teas out there.

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

Love: Oolong, almond, coconut, peach
Hate: Ginger

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