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My family and I stopped at the Marion Square farmer’s market on a whim in Charleston last week. Of course, I made a bee-line for the tea table that Charleston Low Country Tea had set up. There were a few unflavored black teas that I wish I hadn’t neglected, but this tea intrigued me the most.

I’m a pretty migraine-prone person. Have been since I was a kid. So that lured me into picking it up and giving it a sniff. It’s a traditional chai (black tea, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon) except for one difference — mango. There are bits of dried mango in it, but also something they just call “mango flavor”, and whatever it is, it’s potent.

I want to mention that the 3 oz. bag I purchased came with a reusable cloth bag to steep it in. I thought that was very nice, and I probably will use it, but only for this tea. You know how chai spices are. Permanent. Anyway, I began preparing it the way I usually do; strong with half milk, half water. But at the end of the five minutes, it wasn’t looking quite dark enough for that, so I just added a splash of milk instead and some sugar.

The result is delicious! I know mango is sort of a weird fruit to go with the spices, but I really like it. It’s not a very spicy chai, much more on the bright, fruity side. Reminds me almost of mango nectar, it’s so powerful. But the milk + chai spice gives the tea depth and makes it into something that’s both bracing and comforting. This is going to be a great first-thing-in-the-morning tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Hey, Steepster, been a while! I’m back with a post I wrote a few days ago on my iPod.

I’m having this iced and unsweetened at a new cafe in Decatur, Cozee Teas. It’s so new that I can’t even check in on Facebook and frankly, though the place is cute, it’s seemingly very low budget, and I worry that it won’t be here long. It’s almost empty of customers, and a bit cluttered, decorated with some new and some vintage furniture. Plus, a glass of iced tea cost me more than four dollars, and that disappointed me a bit.

Anyway, the tea tastes like a Ceylon blend. It’s very fruity, and pleasantly sweet on its own. The fig flavor is stronger than the apple, which sort of rests in the background. Something about it also reminds me of black cherry. It’s refreshing, but I feel like it needs something. After a little agave nectar, the fruit flavors are even more bright, but the black tea is more muted. So I’m not sure if that was a good choice or not. But all around, this is a nice, tasty fruit tea… but not really worth what I paid for it…

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drank Thai Tea Drink by Kimbo
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I was feeling a little brave at First Oriental Market in Decatur, so I chose this can out of the fridge. It was cheap and I’m a sucker for Thai tea, so I went for it.

As far as bottled/canned Thai tea goes, I’ve only tried a few brands. Of what I’ve tried, however, this isn’t my favorite. It isn’t as sweet as what I’m used to and has a strange aftertaste that reminds of Yoo-Hoo or Ovaltine. It’s also a little coconutty, which is unexpected, but not unwelcome. But, it’s not very creamy, which is something I really go for in Thai tea. I mean, the creaminess is there, but it’s not exactly… featured.

I’ll finish the can, but I think I’ll go back to Tisane’s bottled stuff. Then again… there was another brand I didn’t recognize in there…

Preparation
Iced

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Hmm, I’m still the only person to review this tea so far. It’s sad that Atlanta seems to have so few Steepsterites.

Anyway, I’ve reviewed this tea three times before. It’s a coarse and cheap flavored Ceylon that’s better served over ice. Bright green apple flavor and mild black tea.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
momo

every time you review something from YDFM I remember I really need to go back and look at the teas. I’m always in school at the times I think would be good/delay-free for having to travel 1/4 of 285 and back, haha

Tabby

Ugh, I hate 285. I don’t blame you. And don’t even think about going on a weekend. That place is slammed on the weekends.

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I got this tea in a trade with QueenOfTarts!

My infusers were all in need of a wash, so I went the bagged route this morning. I betrayed proper chai preparation and went without milk. (Because I didn’t have any, not because I didn’t want to!) Upon inspection, realized to my dismay that this was a rooibos chai. Rooibos and I aren’t friends, but I’ll tolerate it if I like the flavor it’s blended with enough.

I had been hoping for caffeine, but the fact that this was warm and tasty made up for it. The rooibos was almost completely muted by the strong, spicy cinnamon and chai spices. The caramel is good, but not exactly the kind I’m after. It’s a little sharp instead of creamy. But that might be different had I used milk. In summary, this is a tasty chai, and though I wish it wasn’t rooibos, I still like it and will still experiment with it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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drank Earl Grey Moonlight by Adagio Teas
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Made this for the nightly pot of tea, then put the rest in a box for Kaliska.
As always, this is a complex and interesting tea. Strong and amber with a lovely balance of vanilla and bergamot. I’ll probably get another sample pouch next time I order from Adagio.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
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Finally got around to making a pot. I haven’t had this tea in several years, and I feel like my tastes have matured since then. But naturally, I’m going to like an assam/ceylon blend.

It’s a good tea, don’t get me wrong. It’s strong and a little bitter, but it just doesn’t have a lot going on. I guess I’m starting to lean more toward Chinese black teas? Or maybe I’m just having an off night. I’ll give it another try before I consider my rating final.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Spiced Apple Chai by Adagio Teas
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Now, I liked the sound of apple chai when I chose this from Adagio’s chai list… but when I opened the pouch to sniff, I knew I had stumbled upon something I’d love. I already have a weakness for anything apple cinnamon, and that combined with the spicy scent of chai, which I am also a fan of…

Anyway, I didn’t go exactly traditional when I made it because of the color. Even with eight teaspoons in a little under four cups of water, it didn’t get as dark as I had hoped. It was still a dark, slightly cloudy brown. But it smelled like heaven, especially on such a gray, wet day. I added just a splash of milk instead of the half-half ratio, and sweetened. It’s essentially like an apple cider, strengthened with black tea and chai spices, with the burn of ginger at the end. I love it. I’m absolutely going to buy a half pound.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Ninavampi

This one makes me smile too!

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drank Earl Grey Lavender by Adagio Teas
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I had been saving this tea for a day off, and I’m excited to try it. First of all, I didn’t realize this was going to be an Earl Grey cream. But I knew after one sniff. It’s like they toned down the vanilla from their Earl Grey Moonlight. I was sort of expecting something like Revolution’s Earl Grey, but this seems promising, too.

Upon closer look of the leaf, I realized that this is a rather extravagant tea as far as Adagio’s flavored blends go. I see lots of pretty lavender buds with wispy blue cornflowers. It’s beautiful and promises to be more complex than what I’ve been sipping lately.

It brews up dark and the scent is mostly lemon and lavender. The flavor is just as complex as I had been hoping for. Lavender, bergamot, vanilla, Ceylon, lemon. It’s a refined harmony of “clean” flavors and strong enough to be bracing on a cold morning. I think I’ve found a new favorite.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Candy Apple by Adagio Teas
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Finished up my sample pouch by making a pitcher of iced tea. I didn’t have quite enough leaf, so I had to mix in two teaspoons of the farmer’s market assam. The result is lovely, like chilled apple cider without the tartness and the aftertaste of caramel. Mmm.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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Quiet, strange, and in love with the world of tea. 20-something and living just outside of Atlanta. Cat lover, EBM/synthpop/industrial 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, golden monkey, chai, and keemun. My favorite add-ons are plum, cinnamon, coconut, apple, raspberry, bergamot, cucumber, sage, vanilla, 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.

I’m currently growing my own tea. I have a 3-year-old potted Camellia sinensis, and I plan on picking a tiny bit of new growth this spring for my first try at drying my own leaves.

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

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