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drank Decaf Carol by Lupicia
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May Sipdown Challenge – Pick Strawberries Day

I have several strawberry teas but this is my only decaf one. Enjoyed with a Belgian Waffle Cookie and homemade vanilla ice cream.

I think I like Carol better, but the decaf version is still really good. It is nice to have a good black tea that I can drink at night and still get some sleep. I sed to drink very little herbal tea, so having a few good decaf teas for when I crave tea flavor is a must.

Sakura Sushi

Down to the last of my Carol and making a mental note to get a ton more once the holiday teas come out later this year. All out of White Christmas, too :((

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A sample from Nichole!

I made this today simply because of the name. I am tutoring some young ladies and they requested that we use the book Tintenherz (Inkheart) for our passages. The antagonist is called Capricorn so I just had to make it, even though one of the girls hates coconut.

We had Triple Berry Blend as well so there would also be a tea that she liked! We had Lindt Blueberry truffles and they brought Belgian Butter Crisp Waffle Cookies, and it was my first time having those cookies. Recommended for tea time! They were purchased at Lidl but may be available other places as well.

The coconut hater did try this tea like a champ, but disliked it as expected. Her sister and I found it good hot, but when my cup grew cold it was rather astringent. It really tasted like moderate strength black tea with a lot of heavy coconut flavor, and I didn’t pick up the other things in the blend.

I didn’t expect to like Triple Berry Blend because of the hibiscus and rose hips, which I usually only take cold and sweetened, but I thought it was pretty good. I definitely didn’t mind drinking it. It wasn’t sour enough to cause a permanent pucker anyway! I am not going to do a separate review for it because when I look for it on the Adagio site nothing comes up with this exact name, so I am guessing it is discontinued. My no-coconut student enjoyed it very much with sugar.

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drank April in Paris by Adagio Teas
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Yesterday I received two amazing boxes of tea in the mail from our Nichole. Thank you so much!

I am shocked that this tea wasn’t already in the database because I think it is the best tea from Adagio that I have ever had.

The aroma of the dry leaves is fruity and the bergamot and pomegranate are so balanced that you don’t get a snootful of bergamot sharpness but rather a bright and exciting fruity scent.

The steeped tea is rich and the caramel and vanilla come through more here than in the dry leaf aroma.

This isn’t an exact rehash of the popular Paris by Harney and Sons. Instead of blackcurrant we have pomegranate and the bergamot is lighter in this to me.

It is delightful and deserves a place on shelf for breakfasts as well as solitary sipping cups sans food. Would definitely purchase this.

Cameron B.

Pomegranate sounds interesting, I’ll have to remember to try a sample of this one next time. It’s interesting that they obviously copied Paris, down to the black and oolong base, but then swapped blackcurrant for pomegranate.

ashmanra

Indeed, I noted the tea base being the same. It is just different enough that I wouldn’t mind owning both! If I had more I would gladly send it to you to try, but this was a sample pack.

Cameron B.

Oh no worries ha ha! I plan to order some teas from them for fall so I’ll hopefully remember to pick up a sample then. :)

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drank Honeybee by Wild Woods Tea
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I have had this hot and cold, and I think I prefer it as an iced tea. It has a bit of tartness but not enough to scare me off. It is a fairly interesting herbal blend.

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drank Sakura & Berry by Lupicia
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This was a Mother’s Day gift from Superanna. Many thanks for a new “must have” tea!

On Sunday, I noticed the cherry first and there was an undercurrent of berry with a candy-like note to the berry flavor that I couldn’t pin down. I think it was the raspberry! It was so good I ordered more last night because it is a seasonal tea and I don’t to spend almost a year without it!

I made it again today to see if it was really as magical as we thought or was it the moment?
Today the salted cherry leaf was more noticeable than before, maybe because this time I know it is there and looked for it. But really, it was more prominent and it gives the tea real presence so you can drink it at breakfast even though both Nilgiri and Darjeeling are lighter black teas. This might even be Sakura Premium with flavors added.

Very good, and will probably be gone long before it comes available again.

Cameron B.

Love this one! I don’t think it’s the same as premium, as that one is way more expensive and this has CTC pellets.

ashmanra

Ah yes, you are quite right!

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drank Decaf Muscat by Lupicia
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This grape candy goodness is a definite reorder. It just tastes fun, fruity, and festive and once I get rid of some things that I don’t plan to keep on shelf on a regular basis, I will be getting more. Happily this is available year ‘round and isn’t a seasonal tea.

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Super useful for a quick, cold tea for lunch. Cloudy in appearance due to the matcha powder but fresh tasting.

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drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
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May 10 – Clean your room day: tidy a tea shelf or box

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This gets really mixed reviews but we like it a lot. I think this is our third pouch of it. I had one cup hot and made the rest into a fruity caffeine free sweet tea for evenings this weekend. It is a definite repurchase someday, but right now I have the pineapple version from Disney Tokyo that is sooooo good. Once that it is gone, I will consider replacing this one since Toy Box is a Tokyo Disney exclusive.

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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I am a bit shocked, honestly. I didn’t realize this one was so close to a sipdown. It is a shelf staple, but I am going to wait until I have a few more sipdowns to replace it. I drink this alone because Ashman finds it too strong except with milk and sugar and he likes to avoid adding those. He prefers Bai Lin Gong Fu black for straight black tea, or even Darjeelings.

If I am very careful, I might even meet my goal for the year this year!

I would definitely repurchase this. It’s the Queen.

Cameron B.

At least with Harney the shipping is free, so you could restock and not buy anything else (if you could manage it, ha ha…)!

ashmanra

It is a wonder I don’t order once a week with that free shipping…

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May Sipdown Prompt – a floral black tea

This tea was hoarded a little because it felt too fine to drink just any old time. I love most golden teas whether Yunnan or Fujian or elsewhere. The jasmine is well done – not blasting but not too subtle either.

This resteeps well. I used it at first for when I needed a really gentle pot of tea. This morning it was overleafed because there was too little left for a new session. It was well-suited to my breakfast and the extra strength was not bitter or harsh but simply more like a breakfast blend.

Delightful and would definitely repurchase with plans to drink it both ways as the situation and mood dictate.

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I am a music teacher, tutor, and former homeschool mom (25 years!) who started drinking loose leaf tea about fourteen years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

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