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My coworker gave me a pouch of this to try! I love Thai tea. I know it’s terrible for you and full of orange food coloring. But I order it pretty much any time the opportunity arises.

First of all, this smells wonderful! I emptied the light orange powder into a mug and the whole kitchen filled up with a creamy, vanilla frosting scent. Once dissolved, the finished cup is bright orange. It’s very, very heavy on the vanilla flavor. It’s not exactly like what you’d get in a restaurant, but it makes a tasty dessert. It tastes like vanilla pudding that has marshmallows melted into it. Is there any tea in this at all?

Also, this is crazy-sweet. It’s basically like a liquid cupcake. I have no idea how this passes as Thai tea, but it’s yummy?

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Creamy, Sugar, Sweet, Vanilla

ScottTeaMan

Much like my experience with my Instant Thai Tea! I was asking myself: Where’s the tea?!

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drank Peach Brulée by Tea Forte
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I got this for Christmas in Tea Forte’s Noir sampler. Now, I’m always conflicted about this company. Everything I’ve tried by them has been wonderful. However, to me, they seem really overpriced for the quantity you get. So I only buy something from them every few years. Or if I can find it on sale. It’s a special treat.

About these single-steep pouches, I’d say they’re actually two if you’re using a standard size mug. There’s a little over two teaspoons in each.

Now, this is one incredibly fragrant tea. The peach aroma is sweet, bright, and realistic. Very natural and juicy! As it steeps, calendula petals and pieces of dried fruit rise to the top. As for the flavor, I love it. The brulee aspect is milder than the peach, but still present. It adds a rich layer of creaminess. But it’s definitely subtle, as is the black tea base. It’s only a touch astringent, but it mostly fades into the background. Also, I see this contains coconut too, but I can’t really taste it. That said, this is probably the best peach tea I’ve ever had.

Flavors: Cream, Creamy, Fruity, Peach

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drank Escape by Tea Leaf Co
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I realize I’ve never reviewed this because I always go to bed as soon as I’m done drinking it. Makes sense.

Anyway, I love valerian teas. Sure, valerian smells like gym socks, but it gets the job done. Tea Leaf Co did a good job covering that up. The dry tea is a nice mix of chamomile blossoms, spearmint, lavender, and lemon balm. All very soothing, sleepy herbs. I can definitely smell the valerian as I measure out my teaspoons, but it doesn’t translate into the steeped tea. No, the final product tastes mostly of spearmint and chamomile with a touch of lavender. Pleasant and inoffensive.

I can’t say that this is something I’d want to drink just for the taste, but it’s perfect to sip if you need to go to bed early. Or if you’re sick and out of NyQuil. The best part, aside from making you comfy and heavy and ready for bed, is the fact that there’s no grogginess the next day. You don’t feel the effects when you wake up, which makes this a winner.

Flavors: Lavender, Medicinal, Mint, Spearmint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Smoky Butterscotch Peach by 52teas
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Ok, so here’s a combination I wouldn’t have thought of. Campfire, peach, and butterscotch.

The loose leaf has chunks of dried peach that plump up during steeping. There are also some straw-colored flower petals. The aroma reminds me so much of an old fashioned! Something about the smokiness plus burnt sugar and bright, fruity peach smells like a winter cocktail to me. So interesting!

Steeped, the leathery smoke’s note is in the forefront. I’m actually getting kinda meaty notes from it. Like smoked bacon. It’s followed closely by the cheery peach, with the butterscotch flavors kind of faint and in the exhale. The flavors don’t clash, oddly, but this is certainly not something I’d crave when I’m making my first tea of the day. I’ll chalk this one up to curiosity, finish the sample, and move on.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Butterscotch, Campfire, Fruity, Leather, Peach, Smoke, Whiskey

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
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I thought I wouldn’t order any more tea until after New Year, but I had to make an exception for this I had only gotten a taster but I loved it, so I went back and got a few more from what was left. It was that and the fact that we’ve put a big dent in our Chocolate Marshmallow Chai already. My husband has been drinking it almost every day.

The flavor of this is pretty much exactly what I hoped it would be. Root beer with smooth, sweet butterscotch. I love butterscotch. Those bright yellow ones Grandma always has in a dish? That’s exactly what this tastes like, except blended with sarsaparilla. I am really savoring that butter flavor.

I should probably mention that I made this over ice. It was great that way, but I’m also really looking forward to trying it hot.

Flavors: Butter, Butterscotch, Candy, Root Beer, Sarsaparilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Kristal

I always find myself making promises to myself about not getting more tea til after a certain date, but I always seem to break that promise :/. Instead I’ve been focusing more on keeping my collection circulating and fresh (i.e. the vast majority of my cupboard should contain teas 6 months or less old since I acquired them).

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drank Green Guava by Simpson & Vail
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This has been in my cupboard for way too long. I got it as a free sample in a Simpson & Vail order about a year ago. I don’t know why I was so put off by it. I mean, I’m not opposed to fruity flavored greens, but guava can be really hit or miss when it’s used as flavoring.

The green tea base they used is mild and well-rounded with notes that remind me of white tea, but stronger. The leaves were pretty as I measured them into my infuser. Slender, pale green, and fuzzy with blue flower petals, dried raspberries, and what look like guava shavings.

This tea surprised me. I thought I was going into a tea that was going to be sour and vegetal, but it’s actually light and fruity. The guava flavor is very lively and sweet. Sometimes guavas can be kind of pungent, but there’s nothing like that in this. I’m really impressed by the base they used. It’s so clean and fresh, but not weak in any way. Nothing like the sometimes seaweedy senchas that often get blended with fruit. I might have to get a sample of it plain.

Flavors: Berries, Berry, Fruity, Guava

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I have been so obsessed with 52Teas lately. The concept of a new blend every week is so tempting! Also, they sent me another freebie in my order?? A full sized Gingerbread Chai! I don’t know what I did, but I’m grateful!

I should start this review with a disclaimer that I’m sick with a cold and my tasting ability is somewhat off.

First of all, I’m really impressed by the big, whole raspberries in this. Yum! I felt bad tossing them out with the leaves. Maybe next time I’ll give one a nibble. The aroma is also lovely, like a fruity, raspberry dessert. Or raspberry candy.

I know there are more aspects to this tea besides lush berry, but it’s kind of all I can taste. There is a mild note of cocoa, yes. It’s mostly in the exhale and aftertaste. I’m not getting the custard notes others have mentioned. But they might be there?

Will add steeping details later as I’m on mobile and the sliders are not wanting to cooperate.

Flavors: Berries, Berry, Cocoa, Fruity, Raspberry

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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This is back in my stash because my husband, who isn’t a tea drinker, really likes it. This and Harney & Son’s Earl Grey Supreme are pretty much the only teas he likes. So naturally I like to keep these rarities on hand.

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Yay, the seasonal Republic of Tea freebie! And this is a controversial one here on Steepster, I see.

Dry, this tea is very aromatic. The cinnamon and clove are very powerful. While these translate well into the steeped tea, they sort of blend with the apple flavor. The licorice isn’t so much in the taste as it’s there leaving that tingling feeling. The black tea base isn’t very distinct. I guess it’s a little bitter.

I don’t get why some people dislike this so much. Sure, I could do without the licorice, but otherwise this is just like Constant Comment, but with apple instead of orange.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Cloves, Licorice

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
gmathis

I think this is one I didn’t care for … but was glad to see that plain old Tazo “Joy” is temporarily back on the shelves at Target—that’s a seasonal one I like.

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Another blend I couldn’t resist from 52Teas.

Now, honestly, I thought this was gonna have actual marshmallows in it. (You know, because I’m a 30-year-old that sometimes lets her 6-year-old self choose teas.) But it has marshmallow root. The things I thought were marshmallows in the picture are actually white chocolate chips. There are also regular chocolate chips mixed in, great big cardamom pods, cloves, the chai spice works.

Much like Adagio’s Chocolate Chai, the chocolate is not in the forefront of the flavor. With this chai, it’s ginger. Bright, fierce, burning ginger. Oh hell yes. A chai that is actually spicy. Then comes the chocolate. It’s mostly in the nose and the aftertaste, but it’s very present and natural. It’s not that artificial chocolate flavor you get in cheap dessert teas. The cinnamon and cardamom come in next with the clove and the rest of the spices. It leaves my mouth warm and tingling.

Like I’ve said, I love a bold tea experience, so I didn’t go by the instructions. I doubled up on the scoops of leaf. And it was great that way. This would make absolutely killer dirty chais. ♡

Flavors: Cardamon, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, White Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
Dexter

Right I remember now why I didn’t keep drinking this the other nightt….. it’s nor good cold. Drink it while it’s hot

Dexter

Crap sorry this was meant to be added to my tasting note….. not sure how it ended up here…. sorry… trying to delete…

Tabby

Hah, that is a weird glitch!

52Teas

I personally would love to add mini marshmallows to the marshmallow teas but they aren’t vegan and since we wish to include our vegan friends – we use marshmallow root instead. :)

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Quiet, strange, and in love with the world of tea. Living just outside of Atlanta. Cat lover, electronic music geek, balcony gardener, and collector of fossils. On the hunt for the perfect tea in each of my favorite categories.

I prefer black teas, but I’m trying to broaden my horizons. My favorites tend to be yunnan tips, earl grey, chai, and pretty much any black tea from Fujian, China. My favorite add-ons are plum, cinnamon, sage, apple, coconut, raspberry, lychee, bergamot, osmanthus, cucumber, lavender, vanilla, cardamom, ginger, and caramel.

I’m shy about green tea, curious about white, and learning to love oolong. I hate rooibos and anything with orchid, fennel, or jasmine.

Since joining, I’ve traded with: Kaliska, QueenOfTarts, LiberTEAS, JustJames, Spencer, Ninavampi, Jillian, Teafreak, KeenTeaThyme, and RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas.

You can assume that I’m preparing my tea using the Western method. I use zero-calorie sweeteners and in the hot months, I drink my tea almost exclusively iced.

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