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Lots of orange flavor, very little creamsicle.

Flavors: Orange

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drank Nutcracker by Dollar Tea Club
756 tasting notes

On the up side, this is a sipdown and, since it’s caffeine free, also counts for Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge this month. Which is great, because I’m really not a fan of this blend, especially hot. I guess it’s supposed to taste like marzipan? Which is a flavor I love, because it’s a candy I love. But the hot brew just short-circuits my brain and makes me think "why? what is this? what is this supposed to be?’ Once it cools, especially as it gets cold, the sweetness coalesces into something like marzipan and it’s not unpleasant to drink – but I won’t be reordering this one any time soon. The snowflake sprinkles in the blend are cute though.

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drank Creme Caramel by Dollar Tea Club
756 tasting notes

Lagniappe sipdown today, as a latte. Like others, I found the caramel flavor on this one a bit lacking even though I was generous with the leaf. Certainly I wouldn’t call this a creamy blend, absent the contributions from the oat milk – which is basically a necessary addition to spruce this up from being a perhaps faintly sweet rooibos.

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drank PuriTEA by Dollar Tea Club
3035 tasting notes

Strange VariaTEA TTB – Tea #33

Wasn’t sure exactly what this was, it smelled a bit floral or something in the pouch. But it seems to be a plain white tea. The leaves were very broken so I shortened my steep a bit.

It doesn’t seem to have been short enough, because there’s quite a lot of bitterness going on. It actually sort of tastes slightly like jasmine or some floral as well, even though there’s no jasmine. Otherwise very hay-like, as I would expect. Now what was jasmine is tasting like bubblegum, which is odd. I doubt there was any contamination, since this was in a well-insulated kraft paper pouch. There’s a touch of stonefruit at the end of the sip.

Certainly not a good quality white tea, but it’s gone now! :P

Result: Finished Off

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Bitter, Bubblegum, Floral, Grain, Hay, Jasmine, Musty, Stonefruit

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Birthday Cake by Dollar Tea Club
3035 tasting notes

Strange VariaTEA TTB – Tea #27

Hmm this doesn’t smell or taste anything like cake. It tastes like a mediocre black tea. There are some slight raisin and caramel notes going on, otherwise it’s a little earthy but mostly just tea-ish.

I thought I was missing something, but Roswell and VariaTEA’s notes say basically the same thing so now I feel better ha ha.

Result: Tried

Flavors: Caramel, Earth, Raisins, Smooth, Tea

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

It should be called Un-cake tea

Cameron B.

A very merry un-cake tea to you!

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drank Pumpkin Patch by Dollar Tea Club
3035 tasting notes

Strange VariaTEA TTB – Tea #6

So full disclosure, I wasn’t planning on trying this tea. Pumpkin spice isn’t generally my thing. But I saw there was only a tiny bit left in the packet, and I felt bad for it. Yep, I felt bad for a tea. Not sure what’s wrong with me lol…

Anyway, it’s not terrible. The base is slightly bitter, but it was also the bottom of the bag so there was probably some dust in there. I’m not sure I get pumpkin. In fact, I don’t get much of anything in terms of added flavors. A bit of cinnamon maybe? There’s also apparently apple and orange, but I don’t taste that either. If anything I would guess a hint of chocolate or caramel flavor.

Bye-bye, tea! Glad to have made room to add a tastier tea, he he. :)

Result: Finished Off

Flavors: Artificial, Astringent, Bitter, Cinnamon, Sweet, Tannic

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
VariaTEA

Hahahaha I get feeling bad when it’s just a small amount left

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drank Cream of Earl by Dollar Tea Club
6382 tasting notes

Ruby Hot Chocolate Sipdown (216)

I don’t love Earl Greys usually but they find their way into my stash. And Mastress Alita prompted us to drink an Earl Grey as part of her January Sipdown challenge. So…I figured it out. I used this whole sample and made a ruby hot chocolate infused with Earl grey. This is creamy and sweet and definitely has a strong bergamot note. It’s brisk but not bitter or astringent and I think that’s because it’s calmed by the milk and the sweetness of the hot chocolate mix. I am happy for the bergamot note because there isn’t much ruby flavour in this ruby hot chocolate mix. It’s mostly like a white hot chocolate with bergamot. Not bad but could have been better. That said, this is probably the best way to enjoy this tea.

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drank Maple Dream by Dollar Tea Club
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Eggnog Latte Sipdown (199)

Advent Season 2021 Day 19

Work is kicking my ass because an entire team quit and I happen to be the only person trained in their work in the 120 person office. So on top of my already overloaded workload, I have been asked to pick up their work and I’m sad and drowning. I go on vacation next week though so hopefully I survive and to help with that survival plan, I’m breaking and drinking tea.

This seemed like it could make a good eggnog latte…and it does, but mostly because it doesn’t impact the eggnog flavour much. Slight maple, but mostly it’s the green tea base that is sort of a darker green tea note that comes through. It just keeps the sweetness from being too much. Nice but not something I need again.

gmathis

Sorry to hear about the work stress.

tea-sipper

oh no, that sounds terrible! (slow on reading tasting notes but I hope it’s more manageable for you now, nine days later.)

VariaTEA

I’m on vacation right now so definitely better and I’m just hoping I’m left alone

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drank Pumpkin Patch by Dollar Tea Club
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Advent Season 2021 Day 6

I kept putting this off because it’s a pumpkin tea which should mean latte but it’s for hibiscus and apple. Why? Just why? So I didn’t think I would like this and I don’t.

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drank PuriTEA by Dollar Tea Club
963 tasting notes

There is no easy way to say this. Actually, there is. I’m not looking forward to trying this tea out. Maybe I feel bad saying so because it was a gift. But I’ve had my share of loose leaf whites and this is…. the bottom of the pile. It literally looks like the bottom of the tea leaf pile. Everything else was harvested but they didn’t want to just toss this. Harvesting and processing is hard work you know! But still, the coloring is dull. It’s so broken. Might as well be in a bag.
Sorry. Let’s taste.
The aroma doesn’t do it any justice either. Dull. Though with slight orchard notes. So not a complete waste. The wet aroma is very earthy. Compost, wet leaves, musty wet wood. But you really, I am really, have to stick your nose in the leaves to get the aroma.
Let me clean my nose off.
So now we taste. The liquor is much darker than I would expect for a white but considering the color of the leaves, it doesn’t surprise me. Clear, dark, amber. The taste is not pleasant. Drinkable but I am not enjoying this session. It is bland. Medicinal. Meh…

ashmanra

Sounds like a shou mei. The first one I got was a gift and I literally wondered if it was a prank at first! It was actually pretty good, though, for something that looked like the pile left after you rake the yard and there are still bits on the ground that you can’t get up.

Sil

i LOVE this review lol

Lexie Aleah

I’ve been there! Stuck with a lot of oolong that was a gift yet difficult to drink.

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drank Caramel Corn by Dollar Tea Club
13898 tasting notes

Sample Sipdown. I wasn’t excited with this one. It was caramel ish for sure..but not sure i’d call it caramel corn. still though, i love trying new teas! thanks VariaTEA!

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drank Summer Pie by Dollar Tea Club
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Cold Brew Sipdown (215)

S was for…Summer Pie

Set this cold brew up yesterday when drinking “S” teas and then got super busy with work. Today we went to a photo place outdoors and it’s creamy hot so I was super happy to come home to this refreshing cold brew. It’s cold with a lot of dark berry flavour. Nothing special but good. And despite the heat, the pics turned out cute: https://www.instagram.com/p/CTKt2yKrAGw/?utm_medium=copy_link

Martin Bednář

I got a diabetes from all the photos. Ha ha. Just joking.

Courtney

Such cute photos! :) Wow, you and your sister look so much alike!

VariaTEA

Thank you! We also usually get confused for married people. Either people think we’re married or can tell we’re sisters.

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J is for…Japanese Genmaicha

I had no “I” teas and no “I” company so I skipped ahead to “J” teas. This is the only J tea I have.

Also, weird that Roswell Strange thanked me for this because I don’t recall ever having it. Did I have 2 packages and send you one? Did I have this and never record it? I don’t know.

This is an alright Genmaicha. I’m getting a touch too much umami from the green tea base. It’s also got a slight drying twang at the end of the sip. The rice is nice and roasty though, which is appreciated.

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drank Hot Tamales by Dollar Tea Club
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Sipdown (196)

H is for…Hot Tamales

I went through a hot tamales phase as a teenager where I was obsessed with them. Then I got over them and don’t think I’ve had them since.

This has the right cinnamon to capture hot tamales – that hot but sweet cinnamon flavour. However, the other flavors like Rose and the base green make this a bit bitter and thus take away from the tea overall. It’s fine but I’ve seen it done better by other companies.

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Latte Sipdown (197)

G is for…Green Meadows

I didn’t expect this to be a bergamot tea until I opened the package and smelled it and really looked at what’s in it. Given the bergamot, I decided to make this as a latte.

This is super flat though. And basically just had a hint of bergamot among milk. So I am not a fan.

ashmanra

Bergamot is a huge surprise in a tea labeled AKA Irish Breakfast….

VariaTEA

I thought so too!

tea-sipper

Oh they renamed this blend! I like this one.

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drank Forever Nuts by Dollar Tea Club
6382 tasting notes

Sipdown (199)

F is for…Forever Nuts

I don’t love the DAVIDsTEA version of this and this is like a worse version of the DAVIDsTEA tea so…

It’s heavy hibiscus. Heavy nut. And then a dusty cocoa. I wanted to like it but honestly i did not and I’m happy it’s gone.

tea-sipper

I can’t stand the version of “Forever Nuts” with the hibiscus! What are they thinking.

Kawaii433

Agree. It’d be so much better without the hibiscus.

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drank Caramel Corn by Dollar Tea Club
6382 tasting notes

Sipdown (206)

C is for…Caramel Corn

I’m enjoying this one. It looked a bit like a Genmaicha on a black tea base but the apple in it really sweetens everything up. It’s also got a lot of caramel notes which is giving me the caramel corn vibes it’s supposed to – just caramel corn with a lot of apple.

ETA: If this cools, even a little, it starts getting astringent, which really detracts from it as a whole. That’s sad because at its hottest, too hot to drink really, it was nice.

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drank Blueberry Blast by Dollar Tea Club
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Iced Tea Sipdown (209)

B is for…Blueberry Blast

I didn’t have high hopes for this for whatever reason but it’s very light and has a nice berry flavour. Not really memorable but not bad.

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drank Almond Papaya by Dollar Tea Club
6382 tasting notes

Sick Tea Sipdown (212)

Had it before and didn’t care if I wasted this loading it up with honey.

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drank Almond Papaya by Dollar Tea Club
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Cold Brew and Plain Tea Sipdown (211)

A is for…Almond Papaya

This is the second of the two almond teas today. This one I made both as a cold brew and as a plain tea since I only had one serving left.

As a plain hot tea, this tastes like an almond-y rooibos. No papaya. Just sort of sweet almond with rooibos.

As a cold brew, it’s a bit fruitier and a little less almond and rooibos. No distinct flavour though.

Overall this is super meh – tolerable but I don’t need this again.

Check out the pics of all the “A” teas here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CQ9bUyMh44z/?utm_medium=copy_link

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drank Amaretto Blush by Dollar Tea Club
6382 tasting notes

A is for…Amaretto Blush

2/4 of my “A” teas are almond-inspired – this being one of them. I have a weird time with almond teas because I like the nut, don’t mind amaretto, and dislike marzipan. So it depends how the flavour comes through as to whether I’d enjoy the tea or not. Usually almond reads marzipan so I’m normally not a fan and as such I tend to go in with low expectations.

This tea ended up being better than expected. I think the cranberry helps a lot. Plus it’s definitely more nut/amaretto than marzipan. It almost a cherry quality to it between the amaretto and cranberry combining. The base tea also rounds this out nicely, though is a touch brisk. I’m surprised at how much I’m enjoying this but also don’t need more than the sample I have.

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drank Banana Bread by Dollar Tea Club
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Vanilla Sweet Cream Latte Sipdown (216)

This with the vanilla sweet cream is perfection. It actually tastes like fresh homemade banana bread. Like the bread made with perfectly overripe and sweet bananas. Scary accurate and very tasty. I don’t know if it’s the tea or the sweet cream responsible but this cup is on point.

Lexie Aleah

That sounds so good! Reminds me of how my childhood Coldstone order was always the banana ice cream and sweet cream ice cream.

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drank Cold B-Gone by Dollar Tea Club
6382 tasting notes

I don’t like this one. It doesn’t hold up at all to DAVIDsTEA’s cold tea. I blame the lemon and stevia with a hint of cinnamon. It’s just not ideal.

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drank Fruit Smoothie by Dollar Tea Club
167 tasting notes

The banana smell when it was dry was a little overpowering but otherwise its an ok tea

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