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This is a good cup of chai latte tea but not one that I would rush out to buy more of (mostly because I am extremely picky as to what teas I bring into the house as I have got tons of tea to drink already).

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drank Creamy Nut Oolong by CitizenTea
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It definitely tastes like its name creamy nut oolong.

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drank Apple Pie Oolong by CitizenTea
396 tasting notes

The tea itself is pretty tasty-I just don’t taste an apple pie flavor.

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drank Rooibos Strawberry by CitizenTea
396 tasting notes

I am detecting a pattern with citizen teas-the flavoring is really weak. This blend is no exception. I can barely taste the strawberries in this tea. Not a horrible cup of tea, but it just leaves me wanting more flavor.

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drank Smores by CitizenTea
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Boy, am I ever glad I looked at the ingredients before making this cup of tea or I would have ruined it by burning the white tea leaves. I just saw “Black tea” and figured it was only black tea but nope-it also has oolong and white teas. So I adjusted my kettle to the white tea option and now I am enjoying a nice cup of tea made as a latte. I am on a latte trend at the moment-a comfort for the extreme cold right now in Alberta. Not sure I would have named this tea smores since it doesn’t remind me of one (it is so hard to find a good smores tea that actually tastes like its name). However, it is an enjoyable cup of tea that I will happily finish.

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I didn’t care for this one. Not sure what it was about it, but nope..

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drank Coconut Green by CitizenTea
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Very intense on the coconut. and a bit floral. I enjoyed the cup. However I felt the balance was off. Not scratchy at all, like many coconut teas. However… other coconut teas I’ve tried had more of a green tea presence, and I miss that here. Still very good. Maybe I’ll make rice with it one day :)

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Cold Brew Sidown (456)!

This one was one of my free samples from Citizen Tea from my first order. I kind of grimaced when I saw it included, up until I read the ingredients anyway. I was definitely expecting a “fruit cocktail” tea that would play into the very overdone and often just not pleasant category most fruit cocktail blends tend to; really hibiscus heavy, probably lots of apple and pineapple and just very sweet and cloying.

I think this one has much more unique ingredients; pear, dates, and sultanas and I’m really intrigued and pleasantly surprised by the use of green rooibos as well. When I saw the ingredients, my expectations shifted drastically and I was not left feeling disappointed!

Most importantly, I think this does taste like a fruit cocktail – and without being an overly tart/cloying and hibby heavy mess of a cocktail. It’s very light, with a natural sweetness. Apart from the stronger pear and the distinct lemony notes from the lemongrass that are present in the top of the sip, I think the other fruit notes forming the body of the blend muddle together to create this really refreshing but fairly non-distinct orchard fruit like mix of flavour. But that’s essentially what a fruit cocktail is anyway; a muddling of fruit notes. In the top of the sip with the pear/lemon there’s brightness and a lively fruity character that entices you in, but this finishes clean and crisp.

Green rooibos was a great choice too; there’s no woody/peppery quality here to distract from the fruit notes and in blends almost perfectly into the fruit. I think people who don’t generally like rooibos might be ok with this one. Anyway – based on this tasting alone I think I would buy this one again next time I order from Citizen Tea, whenever that may end up being. I was so pleasantly surprised by this one!

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Placed my very first Citizen tea order a little while ago because they were doing a free shipping promo! Now that is how you get my business – free shipping is the fucking BEST because it lets me order whatever I want without feeling guilt. Tons of little baby samples? Can do! Only one tea, but a decent amount of it? Yup! Both of those approaches have some major pros – both in terms of introducing yourself to a company and just in regard to restocking favourites.

In this circumstance, I went for two medium-ish quantities of teas I’d been really curious about for a while with the knowledge that I’d also get three free samples which would help with the whole sampling/introducing myself to this companies offerings thing. This was one of the teas I was specifically interested in though; I’m very into fruity whites and I’ve liked A LOT of the bamboo teas I’ve tried in the past so I was intrigued by the presence of both those things – plus cranberry is a flavour you can enjoy year round but that feels particularly appropriate around winter.

My first tasting of this was as an iced tea, and I have to say I was very impressed by it! It was very soft and light bodied, but with a great crispness and really light, delicate vegetal/grassy notes from the bamboo! Like, that tastes comes through really clearly and it just works very well as an iced tea. It’s like the best parts of white tea and green tea converged into one, with a very clear/defined finish that makes it feel all the more refreshing/hydrating.

What made it better was the cranberry though. It wasn’t a bold or rich flavour, but it was really present in the top of the sip as this really lively burst of both distinct cranberry sweetness and just a fleck or too of tartness, which transitioned really nicely into that bamboo heavy body flavour. I think it’s a really well executed balance that really, really represents all of the things in the blend! Colour me impressed!

Song Pairing: https://youtu.be/BKLVpDTZOPQ

Flavors: Bamboo, Cranberry, Cucumber, Freshly Cut Grass, Straw, Sweet, Tart

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drank Apricot Peach by CitizenTea
1743 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample CitizenTea!
This was tasty. I Definitely peachy, and rather tart in some sips and super sweet in others. A little fake tasting. I’d buy a cup to go maybe or keep a sampler around

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drank White Cranberry by CitizenTea
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Hmmm definitely a white tea. and there is something reminiscent of cranberry, though more like the dried fruit, not the juice or fresh fruit. The bamboo is hanging around as well and offers a nice body to the blend, however I would have preferred it without, so that I could taste the crispness of the white.
Once the cup cools, a fresh sweetness emerges, almost like honeysuckle. It lingers for a long time in the aftertaste!!
High marks given for a much deeper level of complexity than I anticipated

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drank White Strawberry by CitizenTea
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I swear I’ve reviewed this one before.
Funny, I looooove this tea, and yet a rather similar tea, albeit from a different company, is one I find overly cloying and thick tasting. Main differences are that the other one is an herbal and has artificial ingredients. Now, I’m not generally a huge white tea person (lately, that can change!). But I’m wondering what would happen if I added white or green to the other one. I’ve got tons in my cupboard so need to use it all up. Hmmm!
Or blended these two together.
Anyhow. I really love how this one is so reminiscent of tart strawberries, and pairs so perfectly with the white base. It isn’t the first time I’ve fallen in love with a white strawberry tea, though the first time was organic, and had a much more delicate feel to it. Oh how I miss that tea!!

Dexter

I really miss White Strawberry Sassafras….. so yeah I understand. I hope this one helps to fill that void.

Indigobloom

the original from David’s was incredible. I don’t think I’ll ever find one that compares. I can certainly make do with this one though!

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Sipdown (344)!

Thank you VariaTEA for the sample!

There wasn’t quite enough here to Gong Fu so I opted for a large Western style mug of it instead. I was very quickly taken aback by it though; this is so incredibly smokey for a Golden Monkey tea! I mean, that’s not to say it’s incredibly smokey in general – it’s just that I’ve never experienced smoke notes like this from a Golden Monkey. I’m glad to see, skimming the other reviews on Steepster, that I’m not the only one to get that flavour from the liquor though. So basically; this is smokey in the top and trailing into the body, with notes of malt and cocoa. The finish is a little more like what I’d expect from a Golden Monkey though – sweeter with jammy stonefruit notes and a honey sweetness.

I mean, I did enjoy it but it was so weird and out of character that I just don’t know what exactly to make of it from this taste alone…

VariaTEA

Totally forgot I sent you this one. Glad you also got smoke because this had me scratching my head given it was so unexpected.

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drank Holiday Blend by CitizenTea
1743 tasting notes

I finally figured out what puts me off. While I don’t think this is a bad tea… the addition of apple seems to ruin the balance. It really doesn’t do much for me without milk, not unless I’m especcially in the mood for it, which is rare, but with milk, the apple bits just don’t seem to fit.
Once I get through the first few sips it kinda grows on me a teeny bit. Slightly remnicent of what I’d imagine an apple pie latte would taste like?
Also, the base tea is highly astringent in the sour ish way. So between those two factors, I’ll easily finish the sample…. but I won’t be replacing it in my cupboard!

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drank Creamy Nut Oolong by CitizenTea
1743 tasting notes

I’ve been hesitant to open my sample. This was one of my first tea loves, but doesn’t age well so the last time I had it in my cupboard, years ago, my last few cups were seriously meh. Not exactly the greatest last memory.
Anyhow. It was super smooth and perfectly nutty, with none of the scratchy blandness I was stuck with towards the end of my bag (no tins yet, at that time). Super noms.
Also? three infusions with some mineral notes peeking out on the third!

Sil

nice! glad it was good for you

Indigobloom

hehe thx :P

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Meant to review this one there other day, so this is going off of memory. I made this as a latte with my hazelnut agave and it was pretty good. It was a bit strong and a bit too sweet as I went a bit nuts on the sweetener, but whatever. I did enjoy it. I’m not sure if I Would get this one again or not…

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I quite enjoyed this one! I like the mix of chocolate and hazelnut. I have a hazelnut agave here at home, so I would probably add it to the tea and make the nuttiness come out more. Also, I’m planning on trying this one as a latte next ’cause I know it would be delicious! Yummmm!

Indigobloom

I didn’t find it all that hazelnutty, not as much as I’d hoped for anyhow. I think it’d do well as a latte with some kind of nut milk (all I have is almond but it might do!)

TheKesser

that sounds good!

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drank Strawberry Kiwi by CitizenTea
557 tasting notes

Very nice strawberry flavour to this, but it does have a slight hint of floral and a bit of tartness from the hibiscus. If it weren’t for the hibiscus I think I would have been a bit more in love with this one. Oh well… It’s not for me, but so be it…

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drank Wild Cherry by CitizenTea
557 tasting notes

Wow does this ever taste like the Teaopia blend! I use to drink this one hot, but today I thought I’d do it cold.

It’s pretty good. I probably could have let it steep a bit longer than the 5 minutes I did, but that’s okay. This one has a nice fruitiness to it, but it also has some floral from the rosehips. Because of that floral, I’m not sure if I’d get this one again. But it was nice to try this blend.

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drank Amaretto Cherry by CitizenTea
1743 tasting notes

Ohhhhh my. So perfect today.
I added a few splashes of coffee and it really brings the whole cup together. With milk and without. and half a teaspoon of sugar.
Ugh. This headache is on day two now. Four extra strength tylenol did nothing yesterday. No time to hit up the pharmacy for investigation of other options… boyfriend has a vending event tonight and we’re busy getting ready today. Bah.

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drank Amaretto Cherry by CitizenTea
1743 tasting notes

So much yum. Just the way I remember. Perfectly cherry!! and almond. Indugent and comforting. Oh yes. I do wish it was a tad stronger in the flavour. It wouldn’t stand up to a latte. Still gonna try it one of these days.
I’m on staycation with the boy, so added a few drops of triple sec, inspired by the “blueberry tea” recipe… amarreto, grand marnier, and tea. The true alcohol version actually does taste like the berry, despite a lack of anything blue in the ingredients. My concoction today is quite delish, but not blueberry though. Still, I am a happy girl.
Nostalgia lives here :)

ScottTeaMan

Somebody likes Cherry. I’ve had two Cherry teas. One by a company I can’t remember a long time ago, with decent straight cherry flavor. Also a number of years ago; Stash had a Cherry Almond tea that’s very tasty. I think they still carry it.

Indigobloom

I adore cherry! True cherry, not the medicinal cough drop type. Will have to keep my eye out for the Stash version. Thanks!!

ScottTeaMan

I didn’t realize there were that many cherry blends! I haven’t had the Stash Cherry Almond in probably 12-13 years, and I’ve only tried their teabag version, which they’ve discontinued. It’s been a long time, but the teabags were delicious, and did not taste any artificial anything. It makes me want to try the loose version. :D

Here’s a link to the loose version on the Stash website:

https://www.stashtea.com/products/cherry-almond-black-tea

I made a post showing Stash’s Canadian shipping roughly 5 years ago [then $15], Now: $19.95 up to $50! I would look online for perhaps a shipping discount there, or call them and ask for a slight reduction-wouldn’t hurt to ask! :D

I haven’t ordered from Stash in a couple years (website), but if I do I’ll order some and send some to you. How much is small package post from Ohio to Toronto?

Evol Ving Ness

Shouldn’t be much. A bubble envelope is probably the cheapest packet option.

Indigobloom

We could definitely do a swap! Cherry for cherry :)
It shouldn’t be too much, like @Evol said. It’s been a long time since I swapped teas by mail. Fun!!!

ScottTeaMan

Here’s Black Forest Tea from Stash with natural flavorings, including cherry & chocolate! Looks delicious, but I’ve never tried it. :D

https://www.stashtea.com/products/black-forest-black-tea

Arby

The black forest one is really gross. I’ve had it a few times and it isn’t worth drinking. I’m actually a big stash fan girl and I love black forest (chocolate + cherry = win!), but this tisane is gross.

Indigobloom

Totally with you on the ickness Arby! The Stash Christmas blend is the only one of theirs I am hooked on. I can’t recall the exact name but it has jasmine and black tea in it. So good. But I am totally willing to try more. Just not the black forest. Never again haha.

ScottTeaMan

The Black Forest isn’t a tisane, because it has tea in the blend:

Ingredients
Black tea, cocoa shells, hibiscus, natural chocolate flavor, vanilla extract, natural cherry flavor.

Although I see the dreaded Hibiscus is an ingredient, and blends usually are overly tart (overdone) with it, which I do not like, and is another reason for me to rethink purchasing Black Forest.

Indi, sounds like their Christmas Morning blend. I love it!! I’ve only gotten the teabags, but I drink it every season for Many years. You can smell the Jasmine and it gives the bend a smooth lightly flowery taste (if that makes sense). My Christmas Morning review from December 12-13, 2011:

http://steepster.com/ScottTeaMan/posts/94099#comments

Indigobloom

@ScottTeaMan I don’t recall the black forest being tart. Maybe it was merely that batch of teas that was terrible. If the assembly line forgot ingredients etc, I can see it being bland.

Yes, the Christmas Morning! Love it. Odd, because I despise jasmine teas. In that blend, it seems to work for me and I’ve never figured out why, other than it could be added in a small enough quantity that it imparts only a smidge of flavour

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2.5 tsp for 500mL water @ 95C, steeped five minutes.

Yeah. I know. Water’s probably too cool. I made the tea in a double-walled glass beaker that can’t take water over 93C, so I;m pushing my luck as it is.

Still, this tisane shuodl have a little more flavour and aroma. Very little scent, and what I do get is of rooibos, not strawberry. I’m glad this blend has no hibiscus, but it does lack something. The rooibos is not woody, but it is flat and nearly tasteless. The flavouring — artificial? natural? fruit0based? the label only says “flavouring” — doesn’t add much.

I don’t enjoy giving poor reviews. This is two in a row for Citizen Tea. Jeez, now I’ve got tea guilt.

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2.5 tsp for 500mL water @95C, steeped four minutes thirty seconds.

I often steep China black teas in water just off the boil to avoid bitterness, especially in lower-end Yunnans and Keemuns.

It didn’t help. This Golden Monkey disappointed me: bitter and woody. Something like … earth, I think, sort of a dank smoke. I know, that sounds terrible, and I really don’t want to slam this tea. other Yunnan Golden Moneys I’ve tried are lighter, sweeter, and give an enticing scent. This one didn’t have much scent, either. Dang.

I will try this one again with 100C water, but I expect what I object to now will only be stronger with hotter water.

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drank Slim and Slender by CitizenTea
1743 tasting notes

So I’ve come around to this tea. Still finishing my sampler… but it goes down SO easy that sometimes it’s just what I need. Also, I feel as if it would be great for introducing newbs to puerh, and also for mixing tea mock or cocktails. I have a few xmas parties coming up, so I may experiment with a few things. From the blend they had awhile back at the tea festival, I know puerh goes great with lemonade, and orange juice so I may start there. Or cranberry.
Oh yah, and I ordered a whole tin during the black friday sale. Rating bump.

Dexter

Wait? What? Please explain puerh goes great with lemonade and orange juice? I can’t wrap my head around that…..

Indigobloom

Yes I was shocked as well!! Certainly not expected. But the blend was amazing and it’s been on my to do list for experimentation :D

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