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reviewed Smart Soak by Mandala Tea
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Today, I finally got around to using this. It works so well. I got tea stains off of two mugs, and two travel mugs. In fact, the only stains left were those where the smart soak didn’t reach. Very glad this works so well.

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It’s two weeks until my b-day, so I got some cookies. By Hestia, this does smell like cookie batter. Dry it has a really good almond scent, brewed- more citrus comes out. The flavour is more like an almond pastry with orange zest. I liked the added flowers as well. A good tea for the Autumn season. Thanks to Stacy for the recommendation.

Flavors: Almond, Citrus, Cookie, Orange Zest

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

By Thor, that sounds delicious.

Terri HarpLady

By Jove, it does!

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Happy Autumn! This is my last bit of the tea. It smells so good. There is a nice scent of oranges, and some almond. The almond comes out more in flavour along with the citrus. It tastes like really good scones. Now I need more.

Flavors: Almond, Orange


We’ve made Almond Orange flavored scones using the tea too. Visit our website, If you purchase the Almond Orange I’ll send you some samples of other popular teas I have made.

Lariel of Lórien

Thank you, I might make an order for the winter.

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Ahoy Mateys!

(To me cockswain/ navigator, Starfevre – ’ave an Arrrmazing Birrrrrrthday!)

Me new crew be a bunch of teetotalers, they gave me this when I asked for grog. Picked it up in the great port of San Francisco, they did. Blimey! This be a coconutty brew. There be rum as well. Reminds me of the time we sailed through the Spanish Main.
A fine bit of booty to store in me hold.

-Captain Lariel of the Jolly Teapot

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My first tea of the day, and the last of samples (mj) sent me. The dry leaves smell pretty foresty. After I brew, I get some more floral scents. There is a tangy, and kinda creamy flavour. Not really what I was excepting, but good on a rainy afternoon.

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The last one of the Butiki order. There is mostly a malty scent, with some citrus notes. It has a sweet flavour, and is a bit more malty. A nice evening cup while I watch Doctor Who.

I wanted to try other Indian black teas, since I’m so used to assam. Now I have two, and one of them is a decaf even. In the future, I must look for other new black teas… for science.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Spices by Lupicia
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Oh, I’m the very first review for this tea. I wanted to try it because it reminded me of a light masala chai. And it is. The scent mildly spiced, and mostly cinnamon. In the flavour, I get more cloves, but the cinnamon is still very present. If I got this, I’d maybe use it in bread.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Spices

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drank Paradise by Lupicia
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I tried this when I went by the store over the weekend. It has more of a mango scent. The flavour is sweet and tropical, but still strong towards mango.

Probably better iced, and earlier in the year.

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I’m still not really sure what purple oolong is exactly, somebody please explain. Anyway, this smells so like plums. It’s fabulous really. Which I had a plum to compare. The flavour is plum, I get some brandy. There is also some creamy notes, but mostly it’s a good fruit tea.

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Butiki Teas

While still Camellia sinensis, purple tea is a new varietal that is propagated by grafting and cutting as opposed to seeding. This particular varietal is known as TRFK 306/1 and is rich in anthocyanin (a flavonoid), which pigments the leaves a purplish color. Purple tea was primarily developed for tea health products and is rich in antioxidants. Malvidin, Pelargonidin and Delphinidin are prominent in purple tea. The purple species has been in development for 25 years in Kenya and is more resistant to frost, disease, drought, and pests. So basically, it is a new varietal that can be processed any way in order to make it into a green, oolong, black tea, etc.

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I wanted to get something from Butiki, and try other Indian black teas, so I got this. It has a nice sweet, and slightly nutty scent. The flavour is sweet, with a mild, but certainly present walnut taste. Overall, it makes for a good afternoon tea.

Flavors: Nutty, Sweet, Walnut

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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After many years of drinking coffee, I’ve recently become a tea convert.

Faves- Black Tea (Preferably Chinese- Most Gold/Golden), Assam, Nilgiri, Oolong
Likes- Pu-Erh (Shou), Green (Chinese or Japanese), Interesting Tisanes, Dessert Blends/ Flavoured Teas, Masala Chai, Honeybush/ Rooibos, Ceylon
Dislikes- Smokey Teas, Hibiscus, Licorice Root, Chicory
Exploring- Sheng Pu’erh, White Tea, Sticky Rice Mini Tuocha
Fruity Flavours- Lychee, Muscat, White Peach, Fig, Apple, Bergamot
Other flavours- Rose, Lavender, Vanilla, Cream

95- 100: By Yavanna, it’s amazing!
89- 94: my favourite
85- 88: it’s fantastic
81- 84: really like
75- 80: like
70- 74: it’s okay
69 and below: meh
unrated: still unsure


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