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This ended up quite tart with pretty strong spices as well. I end up not loving this one. The spices and fruit don’t combine that smoothly so I sort of taste the flavors at separate times? There’s not a lot of nuance either. I guess it probably does check the mulled wine box I assume it’s going for, but that’s always been a flavor profile that doesn’t work for me.

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Free sample from my order. I don’t know that I’d go out of my way to buy this, but I’m actually really enjoying it! The herbs are gentle, but clear and tasty. It’s really refreshing cold. I like that it uses a different combination of herbs than I see all the time, so it’s not boring.

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Beach House Teas 12 Teas of Christmas 2023 – Day 12

Last one from this set! Tomorrow, I’ll start 52teas! :3

I intentionally saved this for last because it sounded tasty and festive (I’m a “best for last” kind of person). I always get excited for candy cane teas even though I never seem to love them. This is no different. It’s really just a mellow peppermint black tea. The peppermint is nice and refreshing, no wet rags here. The black tea is nice at least, so still very enjoyable.

Maybe someday I’ll find a candy cane tea that I love? Maybe I only like the idea of candy cane tea ha ha…

Flavors: Fresh, Herbaceous, Malty, Peppermint, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
AJRimmer

I have this advent, but your mostly neutral reviews have not made me too excited to open it :P it’ll be a few months before I get around to it anyway!

Cameron B.

Ooh, I’ll be interested to read your thoughts though!

tea-sipper

My favorite candy cane tea is probably Angry Tea Room’s (so Adagio’s now). Not sure if you have tried that one!

tea-sipper

OH and then there was Della Terra’s Peppermint Bark (now EastIndiesCoffeeandTea.com)

Cameron B.

I’m not sure if I’ve tried Adagio’s plain, but I’ve tried it in a fandom blend and it seemed nice!

tea-sipper

I believe the blend that was Angry’s blend was just Adagio’s named “Candy Cane”. But I haven’t tried Adagio’s yet to make sure…

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drank Silent Night by Beach House Teas
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Beach House Teas 12 Teas of Christmas 2023 – Day 11

This one sounded good until I saw licorice root…

And sure enough, there’s a strong licorice root sweetness that coats the entire mouth and makes the whole thing taste cloyingly sweet. I can barely even taste the mint, to be honest, mostly it’s licorice root and cinnamon. Sweet on sweet lol.

Nope! XP

Flavors: Cinnamon, Herbaceous, Licorice, Licorice Root, Musty, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Beach House Teas 12 Teas of Christmas 2023 – Day 10

An interesting one today! This looks to be a coffee alternative, with chicory root and cacao.

Oof, this is so strong on the chicory! It’s basically all I taste, with a bit of black tea in the background. Very strongly acidic with a bitter undertone. I wish I could taste the chocolate, but I don’t see how it could stand up to the overpowering chicory without adding flavoring.

So a bit disappointing, sadly.

Flavors: Acidic, Bitter, Chicory, Earthy, Roasted, Tannic, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Kaylee

I wish more coffee alternatives included dandelion root! I find it hefty without being acidic or bitter at all.

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drank Arctic Surf by Beach House Teas
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Beach House Teas 12 Teas of Christmas 2023 – Day 9

So this is supposed to be a chocolate & white chocolate rooibos, but I don’t really taste either of those things. There were white chocolate chips in the blend, but they don’t seem to have contributed anything other than an oily layer on top of my cup. Apparently it’s also a vanilla-flavored rooibos, but I don’t really notice vanilla either? The only things I taste are woody rooibos and a bit of licorice root.

Not a favorite.

Flavors: Licorice, Licorice Root, Rooibos, Sweet, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Beach House Teas 12 Teas of Christmas 2023 – Day 8

I combined this tea with the Kyoto Obubu Hojicha Gold to make a sort of spiced hojicha.

It came out a bit less spiced than I intended, but was still very tasty. Smooth and toasty hojicha with a touch of grassiness mixed with warming cinnamon and clove. This particular hojicha is a bit greener than usual because it’s made from spring sencha leaves. Still has those familiar autumn leaf and wood notes though, with the spices giving a bit more sweetness and warmth.

Quite enjoyable! In the future I’ll have to try more hojicha chai experiments. :)

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML
Mastress Alita

Oh, I have some mulling spice sitting around and houjicha, I will have to try this!

ashmanra

Oh, I agree with Mastress Alita! I have both things and it sounds like something I would like to try!

Cameron B.

Yessss, definitely recommend!

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Beach House Teas 12 Teas of Christmas 2023 – Day 7

So I’ve tried a few white chais, and they never seem to live up to my expectations ha ha.

This one is pretty much all anise. All I can taste is the fennel and star anise, and the hay-like notes of the white tea. And I do like anise, but there are supposed to be a bunch of other spices here as well, and I wish I could taste them.

So still a decent enough tea, just needs a bit more balance IMO.

Flavors: Anise, Fennel, Hay, Smooth, Star Anise, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Beach House Teas 12 Teas of Christmas 2023 – Day 6

The first of (probably) multiple mulled wine herbal tisanes.

Mostly this just tastes like straight hibiscus though. There is a little bit of clove, but I don’t think I notice the orange at all. It’s a slightly clove-y hibiscus bomb ha ha.

Definitely not a favorite!

Flavors: Clove, Hibiscus, Metallic, Musty, Sour, Tart

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Beach House Teas 12 Teas of Christmas 2023 – Day 5

A black tea with cranberries, apples, and ginger sounds so nice!

It’s too bad that I don’t taste any of the fruit – this is mostly just a ginger black tea with a bit of licorice root. I do like ginger, so I’m still enjoying it, I was just really looking forward to the cranberry and apple. It’s very smooth and the ginger is present but not overwhelming. Earthy and comforting. I could do without the licorice, but luckily it’s very restrained and only gives a hint of sweetness.

Flavors: Earthy, Ginger, Licorice, Roots, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Beach House Teas 12 Teas of Christmas 2023 – Day 4

Similar to their Starboard Spice, this one is quite subtle on the added flavors. The base is a smooth and earthy/woody black tea, and then there’s a swirl of creamy almond flavor. According to the description, it’s meant to be caramel and almond, but it reminds me of an almond cream, sort of like the filling in an almond croissant. Maybe with a bit of vanilla whipped cream as well.

It’s very nice. The flavoring is a bit decadent, but because the amount is so light, it doesn’t end up being too desserty for me. I’m not sure I would run out and buy it, but I’m enjoying my mugful and I’m glad I have at least one more serving to try. The name is lovely and evocative as well. :)

Flavors: Almond, Butter, Creamy, Earthy, Milk, Nutty, Smooth, Vanilla, Whipped Cream, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Beach House Teas 12 Teas of Christmas 2023 – Day 3

This one sounds good in theory but… stevia. So much stevia. It mostly tastes like very cloyingly sweet rooibos. Maybe I get a touch of cinnamon?

Nope nope nope!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Rooibos, Stevia, Sweet, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Beach House Teas 12 Teas of Christmas 2023 – Day 2

This one is hitting the spot this afternoon. It’s an orange spice black tea, but it’s quite light on the spice, and even moreso on the orange. So it ends up being a smooth, earthy black tea with a kiss of cinnamon and the faintest hint of orange. I’m not saying it’s anything amazing, but I’m really enjoying my mugful as I watch Jann’s vlogmas from yesterday. Right tea at the right time I guess!

I will say, I find it hilarious how many times they stress its uniqueness in the description, lmao. Like guys, this is literally one of the most common flavor combinations for a holiday tea… XP

Flavors: Cinnamon, Earthy, Hay, Mineral, Musty, Orange Zest, Round, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Beach House Teas 12 Teas of Christmas 2023 – Day 1

This “advent” is more of a sampler pack, so there is no set order for the teas. I chose one at random!

This is… fine. It’s a somewhat generic and very muddled herbal tisane. And I’m not surprised, looking at the very extensive list of ingredients. Mostly, I’m getting chamomile, mint, and a whole lotta mustiness, perhaps from the berry leaves? I thought I was tasting licorice root, but it must be a combination of the star anise and the stevia. It’s very mild either way, not enough to bother me.

It’s still a fine tisane to have before bed, just nothing special and too many ingredients causing a lack of clarity of flavor. But I made it through Day 1, phew! Tomorrow we start all over again! :P

Flavors: Chamomile, Herbaceous, Herbs, Honey, Licorice, Licorice Root, Mint, Musty, Peppermint, Pollen, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Sipdown! (10 | 357)

Another one from Sips by.

This mostly just tastes like cloves to me. It has other ingredients, like cranberries and oats, but they don’t seem to contribute much flavor. At the end of the day, I just taste clove and ginger with a touch of an herbal note from the raspberry leaf.

It’s not unpleasant, but I’m not the biggest fan of cloves so not a favorite for me.

Flavors: Clove, Ginger, Herbal, Musty, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
ashmanra

Clove is such a bully!

Cameron B.

Ha ha, yes it is!

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Happy (belated) Easter!! In honor of the holiday, I’m sipping on a strongly brewed mug of Coastal Carrot Cake along with some fresh baked scones and chocolate eggs. This is one of my favourite carrot cake tea blends and, trust me, I’ve tried a lot!! It’s rich with a naturally sweet, earthy note of carrot along with a mix of warming spices – the perfect mix of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg all wrapped in a silky smooth white chocolate finish…

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C5L0jvROJkX/?img_index=1

Those scones were SO good. Cranberry scones with marscapone and strawberry, and of course some chocolate eggs on top just for Easter.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7DWwoAZgJ8

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My favourite kind of actual cake is carrot cake, and on my birthday that’s usually what I get for proper non-tea cake to enjoy. This year I didn’t have a real cake, only cake teas, so I made sure to include a carrot cake one.

I’d still on fence about if I’m into this blend or not. It’s got the thick, dense quality that I feel a carrot cake blend probably should have and it’s slightly creamy. The spice notes are maybe a bit off to me though. I get nutmeg, which is great, but also the licorice-y taste of anise. I do like anise but it feels out of place in a carrot cake. The carrot is a bit earthy, but not quite the “cooked carrot” note I’m looking for. Some highs and some lows. Need to think on this one more…

Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CpxoE_fuAkC/ (7th Pic)

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfLs6lrQY2c

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The dry leaf aroma of this tea is soooo fucking incredible smelling, which is why it’s even more insult to injury that I drank a mug of it and I am just completely blanking on what it tasted like. I don’t think it’s the tea’s fault – I’ve been in a heavy fog all week due to lack of sleep (insomnia) and the resulting migraines that come from that. It’s just one of those mugs of tea where I practically just blacked out while drinking it…

Seriously though – the dry leaf aroma is almost like the perfect combination of warm spices that just send me straight to that carrot cake zone and the yogurt drops look so appetizing. Soooo definitely something that seems deserving of proper attention.

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The mug of this that I drank earlier in the week was pretty enjoyable, but I have to admit that it mostly just tasted like a very classic, smooth Earl Grey with a tiny hint of lavender. Other than the strikingly cloudy and yellow-leaning cup colour from the pieces of pollen in the blend, I don’t know that I’d have registered this as a particularly “unique” Earl Grey or having a honey/bee sort of lean to it.

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Steeped this in the morning along with a bee themed breakfast complete with this cute bee themed mug and a ricotta and honey topped bagel! I was pulled to this Earl Grey because of the unique inclusion of pollen, which gives it the slightly golden and more opaque appearance you can see in the steeped tea. With the addition of lavender and a pretty strong inclusion of bergamot it makes for a strong cuppa, especially since pollen can have a rather intense and commanding flavour. With that said, I still thought it was pretty balanced! If you’re a fan of floral and you don’t mind a really full bodied Earl Grey than I think this is a unique take on Earl Grey that’s worth checking out!

Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cf9HnBVOe-s/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKCkFiHADdI

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Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #50

Last tea that I pulled from the box; I originally had 48 teas that I’d identified as things I wanted to try but that was so close to 50 that I decided to just grab two others.

I don’t know what I expected from this tea, but it was weird. Kind of fruity but really generic/hard to pin point in what regard and then there was a different and more “rich” type of tasting note that made me think of chocolate but wasn’t chocolate. It was kind of all over the place, and while it didn’t taste unpleasant I think it was just forgettable overall.

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This sounded like a strange one from the tea box, so I brewed some up! I’m drinking it cold, and the flavor is mostly hibiscus. It’s a pleasant hibiscus – not too tart at all. It tastes all right, but I’d rather have an herbal version since I don’t love the way the black tea combines with the hibiscus. It was rather a long steep, but that didn’t seem to bother the tea, which was a relief.

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‘Samurai’ Traveling Teabox – Tea #4
A tea company I’ve never heard of before. And reminding me of one of my favorite bands: BEACH HOUSE.  Check out their album ‘7’ which might be my favorite, if you’re new to them.  This blend is white and black teas with all sorts of berry in the mix.  I really wish there wasn’t hibiscus — it takes over.  dang it.  I’d love to be tasting all sorts of berries on this unique base instead of sour hibiscus.  To be fair, I think this is supposed to be an iced tea but I hot brewed it.  But I could swear this blend is 100% hibiscus in the resulting flavor.  What a shame.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 19 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 //5 minutes after boiling  // 4 minute steep

Flavors: Hibiscus

ashmanra

I checked out Beach House on Amazon music. I had never heard of them. The singer reminds me a bit of the lead for Foster the People. Even the production and mixing seems similar. BH does use a bit more dissonance for effect, I think, though. Myth brought “Eyes Without A Face” to mind for some reason.

Tldr: I liked it! Thanks for sharing!

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drank Ruby Beach by Beach House Teas
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Teafriend tea! Thank you, ashmanra :)

Repasting the ingredients for reference:
Organic Assam tea leaves, organic Pacific peppermint, organic spearmint, organic Washington cherries, organic lemon peel, organic black peppercorns, organic pure extracts

Used 1 heaping tsp to 8oz boiling, first steep 6 minutes, second for upward of ten.

This was a ridiculously smooth and bold blend. Well, the black tea was bold with good body. I think due to age, most of the other flavors like peppermint, spearmint (could smell in dry leaf), lemon peel (maybe brought some brightness) and peppercorns fell out. The cherry stuck around, though! So basically this tea was a dark and malty Assam base with a smooth and tangy dried cherry tone that often vied for first place. Solid morning brew that served as a vehicle for smooth, high caffeine delivery.

How many times can I say smooth? No jagged edges here.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
ashmanra

Very glad you enjoyed it!

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