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60
drank Pure Mind blend by Buddha Teas
11150 tasting notes

Sample from variaTEA. I was worried about this one given the less than stellar reviews from her and Roswell strange, but truth be to.d I didn’t mind this one. I don’t love it or need it in my cupboard again. But I could drink another cup and be ok with it.

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32
drank Linden Tea by Buddha Teas
709 tasting notes

Glad I skimmed this from my aunt’s tea drawer and didn’t buy it myself.

Hot it tastes vaguely of linden, somewhat earthy and I can definitely taste the paper teabag. Only when it’s been sitting over 12 hours and cold do the linden florals and sweetness come out. None of that syrupy body linden tisanes can develop.

Blargh.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mastress Alita

Tasting the paper of a teabag is the biggest crime a teabag tea can commit for me. There have even been times I’ve cut them open and re-bagged them into my corn-fiber drawstring bags I use with my loose-leaf if I get so much as a hint of paper, cardboard, or glue notes. Bleeeeeeeeeech.

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90
drank Thyme Leaf Tea by Buddha Teas
709 tasting notes

I’m glad my aunt likes to buy teabags. Every time I come over she has something new in her drawer. I don’t have to think twice about spending $8 on individually sealed bags of herbs in a fancy box ;P Too lazy to figure out dollar per gram and compare it my favorite caffeinated true teas.

I used to hate thyme. And I think that’s because I wasn’t raised eating food prepared with fresh herbs or anything fresh and green at all. The supermarket spice aisle is the unforeseen disappointment to all little herbs and spices that grow up believing they’re destined for something a bit more — grand — like getting cozy inside a meat cave and giving all the oils they can muster to help flavor a birdbrain tied up and arranged on a metal grate to elicit such delighted response when the meat cave is pulled out of a heat cave — What a beautiful bird!

Alright, thyme, you have my attention.

My aunt brewed one bag in a huge coffee mug for me right before I passed out with a belly full of food at my now-normal 7pm. I woke up for today at, what, 2am and downed the cold mug. This little bag is powerful stuff! Absolutely the freshest dried thyme I’ve ever had. That potent thyme mintiness felt great in my chest and sinuses as I’m ridding the remnants of a cold. Savory.

Idk. For a teabag filled with herbs to induce my goofybrain as above, I’m inclined to buy a box. It is cheaper than what I’ve spent on my other favorite tisanes.

Flavors: Mint, Thyme

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drank Pure Mind blend by Buddha Teas
5212 tasting notes

Thank you for sharing Roswell Strange but this is a nope for me. I dont love herbals blends to begin with and this is a herbal blend.m through and through.

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25

“Sipdown” (607)!

Not a real sipdown – but I hated this so much the first time I drank it that I simply could not envision brewing another cup of it, so I actually used the rest of the box to have a tea bath. It’s still not my favourite tea by, like, a lot. However, the intense savory/herbaceous elements worked much better as aromatics for a tea bath and I found the experience much more relaxing and enjoyable than actually drinking it as tea.

Plus I got to use it all up in one shot, which was a win.

VariaTEA

I may or may not be passing on the tea bags you shared with me lol

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25

Definitely wanted to like this one, despite it being a teabag. The ingredients sounded really intriguing, if nothing else! However, steeped up it tasted like soup stock in just the absolute worst way and I couldn’t even come close to finishing off the mug…

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23
drank Zen Cleanse by Buddha Teas
10154 tasting notes

Can’t remember where I got this tea bag – but at some point I wound up with a sample of it to try…

Weird wellness angle/strategy aside, why this company is choosing to market the cranberry and hibiscus notes in this tea as the featured flavours baffles me because sipping on it the notes that are coming to the forefront for me are very much the ginger and herbaceous ingredients like dandelion root and senna leaf. It’s a little bit minty and spearmint-style sweet as well. Sure, there is SOME tartness in terms of flavour from the cranberry but that is 100% not the note I would have picked out as the defining trait of this tea.

Bottom line, though, is that it’s a very gross profile – and I wont be drinking it again, so I’m not going to put any further thought into what the thought process might have been when this company was trying to decide how to describe their teas.

derk

Watch out for that senna ‘zen cleanse’ unless that’s what you were drinking it for.

Roswell Strange

Nope – just one of two blends from this company that I got sent to me at some point. Cleanse teas are just… weird. I think Senna is the last ingredient in this though, so I doubt it’ll end up ‘doing’ much anyway.

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63
drank Zenergy Blend by Buddha Teas
69 tasting notes

I have been drinking this tea and honestly have not noticed any effect. The flavor is a light herbal. It’s ok, I keep hoping it will increase my energy level.

Flavors: Herbs

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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85

This is one of my favorite takes on one of my favorite types of tea, turmeric ginger. I like that it’s not too overwhelming or bitter, but a calm, more subtle version.

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85
drank Feverfew Lemongrass by Buddha Teas
38 tasting notes

I really enjoy this tea — it has great health benefits, nice packaging, and a smooth/subtle inoffensive taste. The flavor is mostly lemongrass; I didn’t pick up any other tastes, so the Feverfew must not have very strong flavor. But it does seem to help with migraines! I’ve gotten migraines for around eight years now, and have tried lots of remedies (both pharmaceutical and herbal). I don’t know if this tea alone could cause someone to never get migraines again, but it certainly seems to help minimize them.

Flavors: Lemongrass

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80

Water: 8oz

Leaves: tea bag

Measuring Spoon: no

Steep: 3m & 6m

Aroma: Gingery

Color: light golden yellow

Clarity: a faint cloudiness

Taste: I was very excited when i spotted this brand at Earth Fare over the weekend! Lately i’ve been hearing a lot about turmeric & ginger from vegan youtubers i follow. So when i saw this tea i got even more excited, it was also on sale for $3.99 instead of the reg $6.99 so i thought why not give it a try. As for steeping i tried using my new nutchello tumbler from Silk & let the bag steep for 3min. The tea was very light, no bitterness i didn’t get a hint of ginger or pepper w/ a faint cloudiness i think it came from when i dunked my tea bag back and forth. I’m thinking the tumbler i used didn’t give the bag much room. i’m going to try it again with my usual tea mug & a steep time of 6 minutes with the same tea bag. (later i will try it with a new one). With this cup the color was darker but the taste remained light. Overall and okay tea with great health benefits which is a plus.

Update:
If you all are wonder why i haven’t been blogging lately it’s because I have a lot of tea in my collection that i have reviewed already. I need to work on drinking them before i get new teas.

Update 2!
This tea is great i get more flavor from it now when i steep it for a much longer time than recommended! It’s way better compared to before & i even notice the black pepper in it now. I could see myself buying it again.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

This is a surprisingly light herbal tea considering that it is turmeric, ginger and black pepper. So a gentle double dose turmeric with black pepper which is said to help its absorption rate and ginger which are both herbs that are said to be very beneficial. While a little weak on its own, I can see it having potential for brewing with a black or green teabag.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Pure Mind blend by Buddha Teas
266 tasting notes

Pure Mind Blend has a nice flavor of blended herbs that is difficult to really explain, beyond that it is gentle. Overall a peaceful blend of herbs that have a calming and centering nature. Personally I would consider this a good blend for settling down for prayer and or meditation.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Reishi tea by Buddha Teas
152 tasting notes

This tastes like weak mushroom soup, no surprise, since it is comprised entirely of mushrooms. I wouldn’t rate it a 75 by normal tea standards, because I would not seek this out as a tea to drink for its flavor, but instead as a nutritional tea/immune booster. Even steeping at the upper limit of the suggested brew time (6min) the flavor wasn’t as deep as I would’ve liked. Will try using two bags next time because there may not be enough in each bag to make a satisfying cup. I also think this would be a good base to put other immuno-boosters in, since I usually just put them in plain boiling water when I get sick. I received it as a free sample from the company.

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55
drank Organic Oolong by Buddha Teas
2238 tasting notes

Oolong has historically been my nemesis, although I have to say at this point that I’ve only ever tried loose leaf oolong with one exception (Teapigs Tung Ting Oolong, which is pyramid bagged). This oolong is also bagged, and in fairly small, square paper affairs that really don’t look like they’ll provide much room for leaf expansion.

Read my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/10/15/organic-oolong-tea-buddha-teas/

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Reishi Mushroom Tea by Buddha Teas
152 tasting notes

Reishi is good for your immune system and fighting cancer, among other things, and this is organic so all the better, health-wise, making me happy to try this sample that was offered by Buddha Teas.

Never had mushroom tea before, but it’s not too far off from mushroom broth. Which makes sense since it has an ingredient list of one: organic reishi mushrooms! It has a fairly mild flavor even after a long steeping, so for folks who dislike mushrooms but want an immune boost it would likely not be too unpleasant. With a cold, you wouldn’t taste it anyway.

I make soup with Asian mushrooms for an immune boost but for a quick hit or when there are no mushrooms on hand for soup this is a great tea to have on call. I like the concept.

Flavors: Mushrooms

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86

Oh I am utterly and completely knackered today. Ben was awesome and took me to my favorite store, the oh so epic International 888, an Asian market the size of a small mall. It has everything, from food and tea to cooking hear and all the Joss paper. I love that place, but I have to go on a day when I have money and a day where I have nothing else to do. So, yours truly took some books to Half Priced Books and made $18 (woo, I am rich!) and then used that money to get Matcha candies. Also some other random stuff, and a pile of Wood Ear Mushrooms for soup. Fun aside, I am so annoyed at getting so worn out easily lately, something to talk to the Doc about.

So, tea time! Today we are taking a look at Buddha Teas Organic Sacral Chakra Tea, and herbal blend of Calendula, Dong Quai Root, Damiana Leaf, Burdock Root, Ginger Root, and Fennel Seeds. These ingredients are picked for unlocking creativity and balancing the Sacral Chakra, then these ingredients are infused with Moonstone essence, which is fun because moonstone is a beautiful stone. If the traditions of Chakras are to believed, yours truly has a blockage in the Sacral Chakra, specifically a god awful monthly curse and lately I have been utterly exhausted all the time, so lets see if this tea helps. The aroma is pretty potent, a blend of spiciness and earthiness, warming spice notes from the ginger and fennel and lots of root-like earthiness from the roots. I am a huge fan of that earthy aroma of various dried roots, I find them comforting, but at times worrisome because root teas can be incredibly bitter if the blend is off.

Into the teacup the bag goes, as much as I love gongfu style tea, and all my various tea baskets and pots, being able to steep and toss a bag once in a while, especially when I am really tired, is refreshing. The aroma of the tea is still super earthy, mixing soil and roots, warming spices, and a touch of herbaceous fresh leaves. The finish is a super strong kick of ginger at the finish.

Brace yourself people, this is a potent pile of herbs! It starts out with a potent warming kick of ginger and sweet note of fennel. This moves right along into roots, it is like falling into a pile of freshly turned soil and newly dug up roots. A slightly bitter and very earthy blend dances in my mouth, combining this heavy earthiness with a fiery warmth from the ginger. This tea makes me feel very relaxed and tingly, that same feeling you get when sinking into a hot bath or snuggling under a hot fuzzy blanket. I could see myself drinking this before sleep, it is super relaxing, and I seem to need that as of late.

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2015/05/buddha-teas-organic-sacral-chakra-tea.html

Kirkoneill1988

Matcha candies, i never tried them. nice review though ;)

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74

Given my state of general life imbalance, making the right choices and being able to focus on the bigger goals of the upcoming year is absolutely critical. I am not sure how much drinking this tea helps, but I find it to be tasty. It includes Eyebright, Star Anise, Jasmine Flower, Passion Flower, and Spearmint leaf and the lot is apparently infused with sapphire essence. I wasn’t sure what that meant (am I drinking rocks?) but thankfully, the website explained that the process meant the herbs basically spent some time hanging out nearby some sapphire. Cool. It tastes very herbal and pleasant, and I have much enjoyed drinking this before bed.

Full Review: http://myliferevamp.blogspot.com/2015/03/review-buddha-teas.html

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60
drank Chai Tea by Buddha Teas
630 tasting notes

This chai is well balanced, but weak. The spices are present, but don’t overwhelm the tea. However, in order to make a cup as strong as any chai lover would prefer, two teabags are needed. To make a strong brew in order to stand up to a little milk and sweetener, to prepare in a more traditional way, three are required. Granted, I use a bigger mug, maybe 12 ounces, but I think the bag requires more leaf. This would be good for someone who wants to drink chai lite, so to speak.

Full Review: http://myliferevamp.blogspot.com/2015/03/review-buddha-teas.html

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drank Marshmallow Tea by Buddha Teas
1719 tasting notes

I’ve read about marshmallow in teas as an ingredient. I’ve never tried one. This one, marshmallow leaf is the only ingredient. This is a bagged herbal. The bag is unbleached, organic, kosher. The box is 100% recycled material. The tag is staple free. The string is long enough to not cause the tag to be drowned when filling the cup.

Each bag contains 1.5 grams of leaf. I prefer 2g for a cup and 3g for a mug. I opted to use a 6 oz cup. Boiling water and 5 minutes later, I get a sunny yellow cup. The leaf has turned very green and feels squishy like a wet marshmallow.

According to the company description, this uses the leaf of the plant, while the marshmallow as I know it evolved from the root. That explains why the taste is nothing like a classic Stay Puft marshmallow. It is sweet but not overly so. It has an almost minty quality to it. This tastes lightly citrus to me, slightly like lemon. While not what I expected, it is rather tasty.

donkeyteaarrrraugh

you’ve made me curious!

Riimu

I didn’t know that marshmallow is a plant. Every day you learn something new.

cookies

Oooh, nice! I’ve been wanting to try marshmallow leaf but I can only find it in bulk. This seems like a good way to test it out.

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74

Considering the high cost of saffron I was impressed with how much was in this tea. The bags are flecked with numerous small pieces, rather than entire threads, and impart a bittersweet flavor that is distinctly saffron. The longer you allow the tea to steep the more flavor you draw out from the saffron, but when steeping the tea for more than five minutes you start to draw out the some bitter notes. I don’t particularly care for bitterness, so I prefer to stop steeping the tea around the five minute mark, once it has turned a brilliant yellow-orange color.

You can read the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2015/2/24/tuesday-tea-saffron-green-buddha-teas

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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68

BT has a regular yerba mate and this, which is a dark roast version. I thought this would be a great alternative for coffee but thats not quite the case. Its has roasted notes of grain but more herbal tasting, nothing like the earthy, chocolate-y sweetness of coffee.

Initially I tried this unsweetened but found the regular flavour much too herbal-y and medicinal, so added a tsp of honey, and all was good.

Caffeine-wise it seemed to provide a bit of alertness that lasted for a while, rather than the up and down crash of coffee.

This is organic as well and comes in an unbleached tea bag.

Flavors: Grain, Roasted Barley, Toasted

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

This is an organic herbal tea blend that comes in an unbleached tea bag – something that I haven’t seen a lot of but seems to be a good concept considering that if you already want organic tea, and if you’d be steeping your tea in hot water for long periods of time, you don’t want to have any chemical residues coming from the tea bag as well.

Its a mix of herbals such as hyssop, elderberry, nettle leaf, lemongrass, wild cherry bark, rosehips, lemon balm, astralagus root, cranberry leaf. I can definitely taste some lemongrass in it, and an overal herbaceousness, as I’m not as familiar with tisanes.

Its a pleasant tea to drink though, and can be drank unsweetened, which I did. The neat feature about the tea bags is that the tags have little motivational blurbs on them which is nice to read when you’re relaxing with a hot cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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