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Today, I am thankful our capital city has fun shops. (And books… as always.) I found this store while wondering around. Got a sample because it smelled really good. There is a nice scent of lavender, and some bergamot. The flavour is mostly lavender, with hints of citrus. Overall, it feels very… cozy. Good for the season of pre-winter.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Lavender

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drank Earl Grey Lavender by Artful Tea
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When I’m ordering from a new tea company, I usually choose at least one Earl Grey selection. I’m a huge fan of Earl Grey as most of you (if not all of you) are already aware. And I have learned that not all Earl Grey teas are created equal. This “Lavender” variation of Earl Grey is what caught my eye while shopping with Artful Tea.

This is a really nice Earl Grey Lavender. The black tea is smooth and robust. It supports the strong bergamot flavor well. It’s smooth at the start and toward the finish there is some tangy astringency.

I like the bergamot doesn’t taste perfume-ish even in the presence of lavender, another ingredient that can come off perfume-y if overdone. This has been skillfully blended so that there is enough lavender for a sweet, floral note to contrast with the bold, tangy flavor of bergamot, but not so much of either ingredient so that it comes off tasting like I’m sipping liquid soap.

A very pleasant cuppa.

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drank Petal Passion by Artful Tea
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A visually appealing blend of dark Oolong tea leaves, fruit chunks and rose petals.

The Oolong base is smooth. It has a buttery texture to it. Not so much a buttery taste as a texture, but some of that buttery translates to the flavor as well. This isn’t like a creamy or heavily “buttery” type of Oolong. Woodsy tones.

Mostly what I taste from this tea, though, is the fruit notes. Tropical fruit: passion fruit and mango! Sweet and nectar-like. I like that the flavors taste true to the fruit, not fake or artificial. These flavors meld well with the natural earthy/woodsy tones of the Oolong.

The aronia berries do impart some astringency to the cup but even so, the astringency is very mild. Not so much of a puckery sensation as a tarty note toward the tail that I can feel in my cheeks.

A nice little tropical getaway in a teacup.

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drank Star of India by Artful Tea
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I discovered Artful Tea on Etsy. Every once in a while, I’ll visit the etsy site and check out the tea purveyors to see if anything captures my interest. This is a company that did.

I like the packaging: I like attention to details like lining the boxes with tissue paper and each of the samples were pre-measured in the DIY type of teabags and then put into glassine envelopes that were then folded down and “sealed” with a cardstock label and tied with a little bit of twine cord. It was simple and rustic looking and very nice. It didn’t look like something that you’re going to pick up in your average supermarket. It looked like a gift. I like that.

This tea was one of my favorites of the sampler that I purchased from Artful Tea. A well-rounded taste. Sweet but not overly sweet, smooth, not too astringent, and it’s rich and flavorful and satisfying. It would be a good breakfast tea.

Smooth, malty, caramel-y, notes of earth and wood. Really nice.

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drank Summer Romance by Artful Tea
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Tasty! I often find myself torn with how to brew a tea with both black and green teas. It would seem logical to steep the tea at the lower temperature requirements of the green tea to avoid harming those leaves but the black tea performs best in higher temperatures. I do yield to the lower temperature in these cases, but I find myself wondering how much flavor is lost by doing so.

Of the two tea types, the black tea is the strongest flavor. Not a surprise. It has a rich flavor but obviously not as rich as it might have been with a higher temperature. The green tea is a little more difficult to pick out but it’s not completely lost. I can taste the buttery notes of the green tea and those are quite nice.

And even though I was torn about the two teas blended for the base, I do like the way the different characteristics of each tea mingle with the notes of strawberry and papaya.

Overall, the tea is indeed a bit like summer in a teacup. Nice.

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drank Nutty Mocha Mate by Artful Tea
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I’m trying to get caught up. Again. Ugh.

This tisane made me happy. Mostly because it reminded me a lot of a tisane that I crafted back in my tea blending days. Back when I came up with the blend that is similar to this, I was looking for something that would satisfy my coffee craving. Back then, I had just resigned from coffee drinking because I realized that it was responsible for me feeling sick by late morning. Every morning, around 11 am, I would start feeling really nauseous and when I stopped drinking coffee the nausea also stopped. Coincidence? I think not.

But even though I didn’t miss that nausea, I did miss the flavor of coffee so the coffee inspired Yerba Mate that I made helped satisfy that craving for me. And this Nutty Mocha mate reminded me a lot of that tisane I blended.

It tastes a lot like the mochas you can find in the expensive coffee shops. Sweet, nutty flavor of hazelnut and a hint of chocolate. I do wish that this had a little more chocolate flavor.

Tasty.

TeaBrat

I like coffee too but it definitely messes with my stomach. :-/

LiberTEAS

Yeah … I used to drink coffee every morning to get me going but by 11 am I started feeling like I needed to hurl. It wasn’t fun. It took me a while to realize that it was the coffee doing it. I liked tea back then too and drank it pretty regularly, but I turned to coffee for the first thing in the morning fix because it does have that jolting kick. But after I finally realized that coffee was making me feel so sick, I switched off coffee and began to explore tea and other options and I feel so much better now. I still occasionally miss the taste and especially the smell of coffee but times like that, I can usually find a blend with chicory in it and that satisfies that sensory craving.

TeaBrat

yeah I had a similar experience as coffee seemed to be giving me acid reflux so I switched to pu’erh tea and my tea addiction spiraled from there, lol

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I bought this sample based on the name of it – the idea of apricot brandy sounded good at the time when I was shopping. The dry leaf aroma represents the name quite appropriately: it smells like apricot and brandy and black tea. The brewed tea smells similar but I notice more black tea notes with the brewed tea than with the dry leaf.

It tastes as good as it smells (bonus points!)

A nice, authentic apricot flavor along with a pleasantly smooth black tea flavor. It’s a mild black tea with some astringency but not much. The brandy flavor is not an overwhelming flavor and as I’m not big on alcohol, I think this earns bonus points too. I like the subtle brandy note.

A really enjoyable blend.

Nicole

This sounds good.

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drank Winter Forest by Artful Tea
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I found this to be a very intriguing blend.

The green tea base is a blend of Chinese Sencha and Japanese Bancha. These two together bring a somewhat brothy, smooth, sweet, slightly grassy, slightly buttery tasting flavor to the cup. Very little astringency to this.

Of the added flavors, the almond is the strongest. I like the way the orange and almond work together in this. Not a combination I find often in a tea (orange and almond) but I like it. The orange brightens the cup. The pine notes are there too, not an overwhelming flavor but I like what it adds to the tea.

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