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drank Josephine Tea by Ladurée
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My birthday gift to myself – Josephine!

I contemplated between this and the chai – I’m SO thrilled I picked this. Was a touch concerned about the jasmine, and I needn’t be. Grapefruit, orange are both very present and juicy, strong malty black base, sweet finish with a hint of jasmine – but only lending some smoothness, nothing more.

Expensive, and soooo worth it.

Plus, it reminded me of the time – I can’t make this up – where an American in Paris and I bought every single Laduree macaron, brought them to a nearby park (it’s famous but I can’t for the life of me remember the name), and sat next to it, eating half each of every single one.

Flavors: Grapefruit, Jasmine, Malt, Orange, Smooth, Sweet

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
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Happy birthday to you, MissB!


Our wonderful MissB, happy happy birthday! It’s great to see you around.

The macaron story is precious.

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I’m a bad reviewer – don’t consider this a proper review. I’ll just start with that.

Why? Because I’ve added all sorts of things to this mix today, I just didn’t feel like straight matcha.

What did I add? Uh….

some Ghirardelli 60% chocolate chips and stevia, along with chocolate almond milk and hot water.

Matcha purists, I’m sorry. This is just sooooo darn good.

200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

You’re an amazing reviewer because you inspire consumptive creativity. You’ve made me want four products instead of just one :P

Evol Ving Ness

Yes, indeedy. This sounds like a winner.


I wish there was a “like” button for CrowKettle’s comment. Consider it liked!

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drank Presidential Peach by Impeach Tea
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No idea why this is called Presidential, unless it’s just to keep in tune with the (fun) company name. Regardless, as stated, it’s a black peach tea.

I love the packaging and the smell, and the company’s customer service rocks my casbah. Still this tea isn’t as impressive as I want it to be. Yes, it’s delicious. The tea leaves are a bit smaller than I’d prefer; I love to watch my teas unfurl as they steep. This one is more granular than long and leafy. Or, at least the batch I received, is.

As well, this just doesn’t taste strongly of peach, to me. Third time I’ve had it, this time it’s cooled to almost lukewarm, and it’s the most peachy that I’ve found it so far. It definitely needs sweetener, and while I do enjoy it (it’s smoooooth like butter), it’s just not luscious and ripe and juicy like I want a peach tea to be.

In fairness, I’ve yet to find a peach tea that’s luscious and ripe and juicy tasting. So on that scale, if I’m comparing to others, this one does a bang-up job. At the top 5% of the peach teas I’ve had, so far.

Still, there’s an artificial quality to this that I just don’t dig, and it bugs me. I’ll steep it a few more times in different ways (this is my third? fourth? try) to see if I can pull out it’s juiciness, minus the aftertaste. As well, I steeped it a bit long and hot this time, which may be the issue.

Graciously received from Impeach Tea via my Instagram account (http://instagram.com/teatravelninja) in exchange for honest reviews and shares.

Flavors: Artificial, Butter, Peach, Smooth

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Thé du Hammam by Le Palais des Thes
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Oddly, not enjoying this as much as I have in the past. Mind you, cooled, any tea tastes differently. So I’m chalking it up to the temperature and not the tea. For now. ;)

Cooled, this smells like grassy, pink, cheap bubblegum, the kind you’d get when you were a kid, all soft and gooey even as you took it out of the packaging. Add in some wheatgrass juice smell (not taste) and you’ve got a lovely little mix. Some floral notes, a bit thick and buttery, it’s lovely… just not amazing.

Flavors: Butter, Candy, Floral, Grass, Sweet

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Slim-T by Smart Nutrition
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Out of the three teas I was sent to review from this company, the smell of this one wins, but it’s the loser in regards to flavor. Not bad! Just, my least favorite of the three.

Having said that – steeping it a bit longer seems to give it less of an artificial taste (I’m pretty sure it’s the cream flavoring, the others don’t have this issue), as well as steeping it at a lower-than-boiling temperature.

I get a lot of astringency with this though as it cools, almost cloyingly dry. Again, I’m pretty sure it’s the cream flavoring, as I don’t get this from the other two, either.

Still, I could smell this tea all day. I want to bathe in this smell, bottle it for perfume and douse myself in it constantly.

Flavors: Artificial, Astringent, Cream, Peach

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Woo boy, got a ton of florals in this one this time around. I LOVED the rooibos version of this, and loved this the last time I had it with the first package of this gift box.

This time? Lots of floral, a bit too much for me… I should know better when I see a flower in my tea, a big one. REMOVE.

Still, I steeped it, and it’s lovely – but really floral. Smooth though, and sweet. A bit granular? I need to look at the ingredient list. The flower is familiar, yet, can’t place it. Still like the vanilla notes of this one, but will remove any flowers next time before I steep it again.

Flavors: Floral, Smooth, Vanilla

185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Thé du Hammam by Le Palais des Thes
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A beautifully stunning, complex tea. Smells softly of vanilla and something floral (like cornflowers, not jasmine) and sweet. I love this tea. Love like a delicate flower that isn’t too cloying and sweet, yet still magically dances in the breeze joyfully.

Yes, it’s that good.

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Sweet, Vanilla

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Clearly, I need this tea.

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drank Pina Colada by Tetley
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Never underestimate the power of junky tea!

I love this stuff, but I also know it’s one of those junky, cheap teas that I can find whenever I’m in Canada… usually. I totally forgot about it until I saw it on sale at a local store, and HAD to grab it.

Yes, I drink this like water. Yes, it’s cheapo tea. Yes, it’s worth every penny.

Boiling 8 min or more

This made me laugh! I say who cares if its cheap you love it and so you should drink it.

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drank Thé des Moines by Le Palais des Thes
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Okay, not my favorite. I hoped, after smelling it, that I could learn to love this… c’mon, it’s Palais des Thes. But the scents of jasmine and bergamot… nope, nope, nope. Just not my thing. Maybe, possibly, on their own… yea, no.

This might be lovely for someone that loves these flavors in their tea – and thus why I keep on giving this to an ex who LOVES blergamot.

Received another sample box from Palais des Thes because my original RedditGift got lost in transit – and then arrived four months later. So, expect more of these reviews in the next few months.

Flavors: Bergamot, Floral, Jasmine

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
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Sounds like something Sil might like. :)

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A few years ago, the obsession with tea started. The cupboard got bigger and bigger, more swaps occurred, group buys, secret rendezvous with local teapassionistas… and that’s how you end up with 500+ different kinds of tea in your home. At one time.

Almost all of the tea was given away, sold, or otherwise shared. A few relics still remain. I now travel full time with only two carryon bags to my name. One quarter of those bags are tea.

It’s still a challenge to avoid the chipmunk-like hoarding of The Teas, yet, the lightness of being from having so little compels me more.

If I have enough, I’m happy to share. If I’m in your area, I’d love to swap, meet for tea, and explore together.

As for the day-to-day stuff, I’m focused almost entirely on Love, (yes, with a capital L), Spirit/Self, transformation, travel and my writing and speaking work.

What kinds of teas do I normally like?

YES: flavored teas, fruity, dessert, chai, and spicy (REALLY spicy).

A FONDNESS FOR: all white teas, malty black teas, any herbal or medicinal teas, strange/weird teas you can only get in one place.

ALLERGIC TO: strawberries, lavender

DISLIKES: any added sugars, grains, lapsang souchong, and overly floral teas – I might enjoy a Jasmine Green every once in a while, but unless it’s a creamy floral tea (think roses in a chai, or the smoothness of a floral note in a French tea), I’ll likely pass. Earl Greys are a hit or miss with me; heavy on the cream or fruit notes and I might like it, heavy on the blergamot and I definitely won’t.





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