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Gah! I wrote this review some time ago when I was between homes and out of town and often without wifi access. And now, here it is. Belatedly.

The popcorn bits are huge, so I used double the amount of leaf that I ordinarily would. I steeped for about 5 or 6 minutes, longer for the second and third steeps.

Drinking this black and unsweetened.

The scent of the steeped tea is intoxicating muscatel and a hint of lime. The tea liquid is murky.

Muscatel, fruitiness of the darjeeling comes up with a touch of caramel sweetness. The caramel complements the muscatel, just adding that slightest bit of something, but not to the extent that you would know that something was added.

Each sip lends a pleasant silkiness in the mouth and on the tongue.

Enjoying these cups; however, the name of the blend is deceptive. The candy bar effect is only the slightest bit of added sweetness to the already sweet darjeeling. Good. I would happily drink this if I already had it handy but would do my best to ignore the name of it.

Thanks, MissB, for the share.

Flavors: Caramel, Muscatel, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Alada Blossoms by Dear Camellia
1474 tasting notes

So… I love white tea. Especially the straight whites that taste like nectarine stones, with a hint of honey.

Yes, this is that kind of tea. Oh my goodness, yes!

While it isn’t as full-bodied as some of the higher-end whites I’ve had, it was darn good. I’ll savor the rest of what I was sent, and could happily keep this in my tea cupboard if I could get my hands on more easily. (I can’t, it came from Australia as a sample so that I’d review it).

Look for it soon on my IG account! http://instagram.com/teatravelninja.com/

Flavors: Grass, Honey, Stonefruits

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

oh sure try the ozzie teas that we can’t get!

MissB

Ha! Sil, I’ll happily give you the rest of what I have. I’m not pulling what I want out of this one, or the Candy Bar tea. Perhaps you can work your magic.

Sil

i hear ya on that. Nice to try new things at least though. Makes me want to go back to austrlia/NZ just for the sake of the tea haha

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drank Mamri Red Chai by Dear Camellia
1474 tasting notes

Oooh, this is some tasty chai! Mind you, I did add a whack of cayenne, only because I’m fighting off some sort of nasty throat thing, so that may have tainted the tea. Somewhat.

I could easily drink this alllll day.

Flavors: Ginger, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank The Candy Bar by Dear Camellia
1474 tasting notes

Three times isn’t a charm for this tea, sadly.

I’ve tried. Oh, I’ve tried. I added leaf, took it out, less hot water, piping hot, more sweetener, no sweetener… it’s just not what I want from something called Candy Bar Tea.

All I get from it is a thin generic Darjeeling. It isn’t bad, but it isn’t awesome either. I won’t remember this tea. Other than, of course, that there were both popcorn bits in it and caramel pieces, and I couldn’t taste either no matter what I did.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank The Candy Bar by Dear Camellia
1474 tasting notes

Dear Steepster Friends,

I know you salivated over this tea as soon as I posted it. I get it. I did as soon as I received it, too.

The idea of candy bar tea? Yaasss. I’m in. Like Flynn.

Sadly, I didn’t get what I think I should have out of this tea. Why? The super cute tea spoon that it came with didn’t allow for enough room to portion it out (leaves = big = good). Plus, I had no idea as to how much – there’s nothing listed on the bag other than the name, the really cute logo (a tea stain!), and a note about not drinking things you’re allergic to.

Okay. But how much leaf?

I guessed, dear friends. And I failed miserably.

I put in (about) a tablespoon of tea and caramel bits, into a 12 oz cup of 200F hot water.

Yea, it was just flavored, weak tea. Nothing I can even grab to say, “yes, that’s what it tasted like”.

Just weak, thin, tea.

Boo.

I’ll try again tomorrow.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

boooooooooooo

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