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I just cracked this one open for the first time, I have a soft spot for plain vanilla anything, and enjoyed DTT’s Cafe Vanilla tea, I purchased this one hoping to find another delicious plain vanilla.

I did not.
When I opened it, the smell was pretty alcoholy, but I still gave it a chance.

It tasted OK, but not the creamy vanilla goodness I was hoping for, not even close.

The weird smell of the dry leaves seemed to somehow translate to the brewed tea. It wasn’t gross, and I pretty much finished my cup, but it absolutely not what I was hoping to find.

Another one for the swap pile!

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This one has a very strong and very distinct toffee-caramel aroma! I was worried for a moment that it would be too strong when brewed. Nope. There is a nice balance between the B/C/T flavor and the mild, but decent base tea. No astringency that I can tell. (I used a 3 minute steep.) Each sip leaves a lingering buttery sweet feeling in my mouth. It’s almost sticky in the way that toffee leaves a stickiness behind. It’s not a very complex tea. Very one-dimensional. But the tea base and flavoring works well together—and it’s enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. (: I might try adding milk to this the next time I brew.

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Cream

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Smells like chocolate and caramel, tastes somewhat like that, but I’m not overly impressed.

The base is nothing exciting, and I find the tea just tastes like flavoring. Like, just not natural.

Honestly I think my major problem is that I love chocolate soooooo much that chocolate tea will never satisfy me.

However these last few days of flavored tea testing only serves to reinforce my intense desire to order some MF teas….no matter the cost. They make flavored teas I love and that don’t gross me out or disappoint me.

Swap pile!


I’ve become more and more picky with chocolate flavours. It’s pretty well limited to Butiki and cacao now haha. They taste like quality actual chocolate I find. Not bleh milk chocolate hah.

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

I will likely order some cacao soon!

Which Butiki blends are chocolate?


Oh, Three Friends has chocolate hehe. As does Peppermint Patty.

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

Yup, I knew the answer to that question was going to be super obvious, haha

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From the HHTTB2

Strong cinnamon notes up front followed by the sweetness of the plum. This is really good, and it’s something I’d love to have in my cupboard during the holiday season.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Cardamom Tea by Culinary Teas
226 tasting notes

Oh my gosh. Slap me upside the head with cardamom, why don’tcha? That’s about what sniffing this tea is like! Don’t get me wrong, I like cardamom… in certain applications. I just am not quite sure I like it to THIS degree of intensity. It is quite literally the only thing I smell.

Okay. I have brewed it, tasted it, sweetened it slightly, and tasted it again. I have to say, the black tea here is really not strong enough to stand up to Mr. Big Mean Cardamom, although I can actually taste it. The overall flavor is just unappealing to me, to be honest. Perhaps I just like my cardamom to be accompanied by (and mellowed by) other things than just a mid-grade black tea. The husband likes it, though, so I’ll let him drink it. ;)

Speaking of the husband, super exciting news came recently! We found out that after he graduates from A School, he (meaning we, as a family!) will be stationed in Aurora, CO for his first duty tour! I am SO stoked about living there. I’ve been to CO a couple of times and LOVED it, so I can’t wait to call it home. Plus, there’s the Rocky Mountain Tea Festival coming up in August! Yippee!!

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

That’s fantastic! I hope you love it there!


I hope so too! We’re very much looking forward to it, except the whole moving thing (boooooo moving).

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This is one that TastyBrew had ordered on my behalf and shipped to me, as I don’t think the company ships to canada, or else it was a ridiculous price to do so.

I just had it for the first time in forever, and it was very good. I only got one steep out of it, the second was bitter and flavorless.

However steep one was definitely very blueberry, and absolutely creamy, with that sweet vanilla note.

I’m not sure how often I will be In the mood for something like this, because lately I don’t seem to want these overly flavored blends, but it is a nice cup if you’re looking for a sweet treat.

edit I realize this review tells you nothing except that it tastes how it’s supposed to….. :P

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Had another itch attack last night. It’s been the only part of this pregnancy that i can’t stand. Oh the fat, swollen feet are pretty annoying but I still consider this a great pregnancy when I hear what others have gone through.

So where am I going with this? Pulling this tea out of the box made my morning. It kinda reminds me of strawberry slender pu er by teavana but this one has a stronger base to it. In other words i can taste the sencha more in this one then i can taste the pu er in the other.
I’m going to try this again at some point iced like another poster said and see how it is.

1 tsp

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Received a sample of this last year from the awesome TastyBrew.

In my cup it smells very faintly dessert like, but not really. And I don’t taste any pie at all. I guess I’ve been spoiled by Della Terra’s flavored teas because these ones that merely suggest some sort of vague non-specific dessert just don’t do it for me.

I’m debating not finishing it and going to make something else. Something…GASP…unflavored.

I do appreciate getting to try this because the name sure sounded promising, but if I had to compare the taste to something I would say it’s a flavour akin to if I was chewing on a brown paper bag. Yeah. So that is to say a complete lack of flavour.

I put a little splash of milk in here for an after supper treat and it’s totally weak.

I know it’s probably at least a bit affected by the age of the tea but there’s no way it was delicious to start with. I can tell.

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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I like this. Sweet with a nice tropical fruit taste. Lightly grassy from the green tea, with soft buttery notes. The buttery notes give this a pleasant, silky texture.

Lightly tart, mostly what I get from the fruit though is sweet. Sweet papaya and sweet passion fruit. YUM! Tasty hot, but even better iced.

Here’s my full-length review:

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drank Pecan Pie by Culinary Teas
250 tasting notes


I’ve been “spring cleaning” my vast tea stash and discovered a packet of this from a tea swap last year… and I hadn’t even tried it! Well, there was about enough for a pot so I threw it into some boiled water and let it steep.

I drank it nekkid—without milk or sweetener—in order to properly gauge the flavour. It was nice and dessert-y, but a little light on pecan pie-ness, I’m guessing because the tea might have been a tad old. Oh well, it was still lovely, and now I’m one tea closer to thinning out my stash!

Flavors: Butter

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I’ll take the stress off Shmiracles and do the first review, which is probably only fair anyway, because I sent it to her!

Unsweetened, it’s mediocre at best. I don’t get much orange, and the cranberry is kind of a generic sweet-tart cranberry flavor lacking any real depth.

However, a little sweetener goes a long way in here. It sweeteners up the cranberry and gives it kind of a cranberry relish flavor. It still retains its tartness, but rounds out and smooth the flavor. Also some orange peaks up and has a presence in the back of my throat.

It’s still nothing special, and I won’t be getting it again, but I won’t have much of a problem finishing off the other 6 bags either.

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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Thanks to the Tea and Card TTB for this tea! Although rooibos is not necessarily my favorite I am often surprised. I smell the caramel and rooibos when I open the pack. I used 212 degrees for 7.5 minutes. I taste a nice caramel with a vegetal overtone from the rooibos. As per usual, I added a touch of sweetener. Brings out the caramel just a bit. I enjoyed this sample and will resteep to see how it holds up. I wouldn’t rush out to buy it but I am comfortable drinking it and would be happy to have more.

Flavors: Caramel

Boiling 7 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Vanilla Cream by Culinary Teas
345 tasting notes

Thanks moraiwe for this tea. It is making me happy tonight. It reminds me of a Cream of Earl Grey without the bergamot. Creamy vanilla, yum. I think I may always need a vanilla cream tea in my cupboard.

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drank Cherry Cordial by Culinary Teas
1474 tasting notes

Oh my. Cherry chocolate tea? I’m in. Sadly, I let this cool before trying it, so I only know what it’s like now – cold. I definitely get cherry (on the cordial side of things, as opposed to medicinal), and I do taste a touch of chocolate… it’s a vague chocolate cherry candy, the ones with a cherry liquid filling and a cherry inside, with the hard chocolate coating? Yep, very similar taste, just much lighter than I’d like… I want MORE flavor, darn it! :)

Thanks to Dexter3657 for this generous sample!

1.5 tsp in 12oz.

Flavors: Chocolate

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Blue Lady by Culinary Teas
673 tasting notes

I received 2 cups of this from *BrewTEAllySweet’s *tea stash sale. Thank you!

Unfortunately Meh is how I would describe this. It just didn’t work for me. It was fruity and mellow, but it just didn’t stand out. The two cups I had were enjoyable, but wouldn’t seek this one out again.

1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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4/10/14 A sample from TeaTiff! Thank you for sharing! 3g/6oz/212F/4min. A non-descript Rose Congou. Nothing wrong with it, nothing noteworthy about it.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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ummm, …. i’m a little intimidated by being the first review of this tea. okay more than a little.
and i probably should try it iced before i start my blabbin.
so this is just a place holder i suppose.

thanks from the mountain tops to moraiwe for the sample!

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got some swap boxes in the mail friday evening!
thanks to moraiwe for this decadent pumpkin elixir! it is probably the most buttery and natural pumpkin scented tea i’ve had yet. and it really does feel like i’m sitting next to the oven.
it has an illusive quality to it. and it’s so truthful in it’s flavor that i don’t think i can really define this cup. like it’s so front & center and close that i can’t even see it.
i’m not sure if this sounds as flattering as i’m intending it to, but seriously, if you’ve had this tea you probably already know what i’m talking about.
tasting is believing.
at the end of this cup i added just a touch of agave and cream to see what that was like, but really, i recommend this tea plain. it’s got secrets in there that won’t be revealed with additives.
and holy crap does moraiwe have good taste knowing that this is a perfect contrasting & notable tea to add as a mystery swap bonus. whew!

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Here’s Hoping Tea Box

Decent cinnamon flavor and a slightly artificial, tart plum taste. This would probably taste better with sweetener.

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Sipdown! I should really go through the sipdowns tab on my spreadsheet and and figure out how many I’ve had this year. Curiosity and all that.

This was extra earthy today, and I needed a little sugar to pop the toffee more.

Still, a pleasant cup but not one I’m sure I’ll be purchasing again.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

This was number 70 for 2014. Looks like I need to pick up the pace!


Number 70 when we haven’t even had that many days in the year yet is fairly impressive ;)


I want to try this one! I’m on a caramel-related tea hunt at the minute (: may have to get it! I probably will eventually

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This is kind of like puer for people who aren’t sure about puer.

I think it’s pretty neat for that reason, though. It has that rich, earthy, loamy, wet mulch flavor that puer has, blended with buttery caramel. I initially expected the toffee to be a competing flavor, and at first it was. It was much lighter and separate, almost like it was a little cloud of flavor on top of my cup, but as it cooled it simply becomes part of the puer adding brown sugared buttered sweetness to the base.

I didn’t find the toffee too subtle, but sugar does pop it just a bit more. I don’t find the cup needs it at all, but maybe if I was drinking this as more of a dessert cup, I might consider it.

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Earth, Loam

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Brandied Apple by Culinary Teas
615 tasting notes

Mmm, melted butter spooned over baked apples. I think with the MIA brandy notes, this would be pretty nice paired with cinnamon and sugar.

Also, update on Tango: She’s looking better, but still won’t get up and move around much voluntarily. I think she’ll be fine, as she’s moving less stiffly each day, but I’m a worrier by nature, so yeah.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Brandied Apple by Culinary Teas
615 tasting notes

I think the base and flavors here pair really well in that they are evenly balanced.

The butterscotch in here creates a wonderfully buttery flavor that is sweet and almost a touch salty. It’s like brown butter or a plain blondie. It’s not really boozy or anything so, it doesn’t really hold up the brandy end of things, though. It still kind of an incredible flavor. The apple is tart and juicy. It’s not a really strong flavor but it holds it’s own. It does become more appley as the cup cools, though.

The only thing I would change is maybe go 195 or 200 instead of 205, because there seems to be just a tiny touch of bitterness that creeps in.

Flavors: Butter

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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