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drank Mint Condition by For Tea's Sake
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drank Yule Fuel by For Tea's Sake
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So it super sucks that the first time I really feel like I’m actually getting the flavour of REAL eggnog from this tea is also the cup where I’m finishing it off…

I don’t know what the difference was this time around: only thing special I did was add a splash of milk to it!? However, this was really rich, sweet and creamy, and custardy with that strong eggnog-y flavour and then nice supporting cinnamon/nutmeg and vanilla notes. I enjoyed it immensely, actually. I’m just super bummed out that it didn’t taste like that the whole time I had it.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLbqnmvLPKE&index=18&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

VariaTEA

I can share more!!

Jillian

Maybe the flavoured bits all settled to the bottom?

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drank Yule Fuel by For Tea's Sake
5420 tasting notes

Hot and straight this time.

This one still doesn’t taste like eggnog to me, but I do feel like I got a bit of creaminess in this cup that sort of grasped at those flavours. I mean, it was more of a vanilla flavour than anything else but it’s definitely better than nothing. Apart from that, I tasted cinnamon and clove, with hints of a sweet ginger note in the finish. In so far as mouthfeel, it was a bit murky/muddy and definitely not the smoothest liquor in the world. Still a decent flavour overall.

I think better than the last time, with milk.

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drank Yule Fuel by For Tea's Sake
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Hot, with a touch of milk.

The sample comes from VariaTEA and it’s one I’m especially glad that she sent because I very nearly bought some of this over the Christmas season when I saw it at Chapters. In the end, I just couldn’t commit to blindly buying that large of a quantity.

I think I’m happy I made the decision I did though – it’s not that I disliked the tea in any way when I drank it today, though. The problem for me was just that it didn’t taste like eggnog to me. Mostly, it was a vanilla/cinnamon flavour with some other nice, soft underlying spices such as clove and nutmeg. Maybe a hint of ginger, too?

I’m sure I’ll finish the sample she sent with ease – but this is not eggnog, and that’s what I would have wanted from it were I to buy it for myself.

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drank Mocha Me a Tea by For Tea's Sake
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Hmm.

Hmm.

This tea has definitely got pu-erh in it. So, points for that flavor still being able to come through with all the rest that’s going on. :) The first few sips are QUITE bitter, because I didn’t add any cream/milk or anything, just a Perfect Tea Scoop of sugar like I normally would with a flavored black. So the coffee makes the first few sips a little too astringent… but about five or six sips in, my palate adjusted, and I can really taste just about everything that’s going on, except the chamomile (not sure what chamomile is doing in this blend, anyway, as it’s never going to outshine the pu-erh OR the coffee. The black tea base is also pretty muted, but if it was all pu-erh, I wonder if we’d even taste the coffee. So I’ll allow that the black tea serves a purpose. Overall, I am not as turned off by this as I was afraid I might be. The price point was good, so I might consider purchasing it again, if the hubs likes it.

Flavors: Caramel, Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Wet Earth

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Thanks VariaTEA for the sample!

I made this one at work iced, and I have to say I was initially rather disappointed with it. The cinnamon was way too strong, and very astringent. I decided to add some agave to the tea to hopefully sweeten things out and soften up the astringency/intense spices. It did work because more fruit notes were drawn out; nothing I’d call especially plum like through. Also, definitely less astringency though the intensity of the cinnamon/clove was still rather strong. I guess, bottom line, I just expected the fruit/plum half of this blend to be stronger since that’s the aspect the tea’s named after. Some spices would have been a nice compliment to a sweet plum note, but as is the balance of flavours in this seems opposite to what it should be for me.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukNOaKeUEQY&index=11&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

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I might have effed up my first attempt at a London Fog but in the end, it all worked out alright: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/02/20/shades-of-earl-grey-let-it-snow-from-for-teas-sake/

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Drank this one cold brewed on the balcony because it was nice enough outside to do so.

Honestly? Wasn’t in love with this one. Really, after the Strawberry Oolong I first tried, all the other For Tea’s Sake iced tea collection seemed like a big step backwards. That said it wasn’t bad; it’s just that it came off as a very generic and average quality apricot/peach black and I’ve had more than my fair share of those.

Still very refreshing for an early Spring(ish) cold tea on the balcony though.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhU9MZ98jxo&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=3

I love The Chainsmokers and I strongly feel like this may be a solid contender for the Spring/Summer anthem of 2017 – and we’re only in January. Give it some time and it’ll likely be as overplayed as Closer though. Pairing was mostly for the Spring/Summer vibes as it was definitely that kind of atmosphere.

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Made a pitcher of this one, and I’m sure glad I decided to take a thermos of it with me to work the morning after I strained it because I came home from work and both roommate had already polished it off!

I didn’t mind this one; the blueberry came through quite clearly and strongly for me. I didn’t taste the other two berries so much, though. What was really missing for me was just a bit of sweetness. Instead this had a little bit of a drier, flatter taste that left me wanting more out of each sip. Not as good as DT’s Blueberry Jam, imo.

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I love, love, love the packaging for this one. It was pretty well enough on its own to make me want to try this one, despite the cheesy as all hell name.

Mint and lemon sounds like it should make for a really refreshing iced/cold brew; sort of lemonade-y I’d guess? So I cold brewed this one! I was really excited about it too.

It’s not bad, I guess. I definitely thought there would be more balance between the mint and the lemon notes but this is very much a ‘mint with lemon’ tisane and not ‘mint and lemon’ and there IS a big difference between those two things. I want to like it really badly, but it’s just strong and a little odd.

Also, if I’m being perfectly honest the intensity of the mint is giving me flashbacks of DAVIDsTEA’s Peppermint Amour and that time I found a maggot in the tea leaf. I still gag every time I have to open the tin of Peppermint Amour for a customer, by the way. Like, every damn time. While I was quickly able to shake the feeling of maggot tea whilst drinking this, the fact is brought up that unpleasant memory in the first place is just… ugh!

I think I’m content with just this one tasting, on this one. Again, it’s not the worst but I think I may just have more cons than pros this time around.

Roswell Strange

Just for the record, since I’m realizing people may not have heard the maggot story before…

It was a VERY long time ago; nearly three years now I think. Long before I worked at DAVIDsTEA. In the years since, DT has changed suppliers for the peppermint used for Peppermint Amour, though I have no clue what the reason behind the change was.

To be fair, that’s also not the weirdest thing anyone has ever found in tea before either – but since I found this particular thing, it’s just especially gross to me and I can’t shake the feeling I felt when I found it each time I open that damn tin.

MissLena

Haha I remember that story and every time I have my Peppermint Amour I think about maggots too _ and I love peppermint teas too haha. Ah well luckily there has not been one in there yet :D

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Day two of it being so hot in the house that you could melt off a nutsack.

So, I’m starting the day with a cold brew! This one has been going in my fridge for days now because I’m forgetful – so it’s very strong/potent. Mostly, it tastes like sweet candied strawberries with melon and plum undertones. However, that extended brew time has really drawn out a lot of grassyness from the base teas and it’s a little bit harsh. I mean, for something like a 40 hour steep time it’s pretty amazing it’s not bitter though; just strong and astringent. Kind of a chlorine taste too, if I’m being honest.

Despite that it’s still not an awful brew, though I have a few regrets about going hard with this 25 oz cold brew on an empty stomach…

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Iced!

So, I saw the other day that the Sears in my mall was selling these little sample packets of For Tea’s Sake’s iced tea line up on clearance for a dollar, and I remember REALLY enjoying this one so I bought the last sample packet. I mean, for a dollar what do you have to lose!?

- Oolong base was stronger this time around than I remember it being
- Quite grassy/‘lawn clipping’ like
- The strawberry & melon notes are every bit as smooth, sweet, and lush
- Really refreshing!
- In a way, it’s a TOUCH candy like: the melon isn’t convincingly natural/realistic
- Still really good though! Very happy I got to revisit!

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Tried this one earlier in the day at work as part of my oolong themed weekend!

I wasn’t totally sure what I’d think of this one given that it’s a mix of oolong and green teas but honestly as soon as I cracked open the package I was pretty won over. The aroma the dry leaf gives off is really fruity and sweet, with very plump strawberry notes. Like a strawberry shortcake kind of strawberry?

The brewed up drink is very good too. The strawberry really is the star here, and it comes off very fresh and well rounded/plump in flavour. In a way, it’s both candy like and like strawberries right out of the garden. The candy element is still that of a higher end strawberry candy though, or even candied strawberries themselves. The plum is light, and at first taste I didn’t notice it but the more you sip the more aware of its background presence you become. It compliments the strawberry well though, and I like the depth that it provides. I was thrown off, and had to check the ingredients like like three times though because I kept tasting watermelon notes alongside the strawberry. I still don’t entirely know where those are coming from, but I swear this is really melon-y in a very lovely, spring-like way.

The oolong is playfully floral and a hint grassy, and both of those elements go really well with the strawberry. I feel like I could be sitting in the middle of a park during summer and having the most lovely picnic, munching on fresh strawberries and sliced watermelon. It’s a very immersive flavour once you combine the added flavours and the natural notes of the base teas.

This was honestly stellar and something I would be interested in getting more of if I hadn’t just ordered like ten oolong teas/blends in the last week from two different companies. That’s going to keep me preoccupied for a while. I’m keeping this in mind for when I inevitably finish those though…

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drank Cozy Cabin by For Tea's Sake
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Standard woody/twiggy rooibos base with dried apple and hints of spice (cinnamon). This particular rooibos isn’t the best I’ve had, it was very average. Notes of dry wood, minerals, dry savannah plants, and woodchips. The blend didn’t taste bad, but it wasn’t something I would keep in stock or want to drink regularity.

Flavors: Apple, Bark, Cinnamon, Fruity, Mineral, Rooibos, Wood

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 400 OZ / 11829 ML

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drank Sleep Well by For Tea's Sake
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One of my favourite lavender blends!

Excellent lavender/chamomile/almond flavour.

Notes of sweet, dried herbs, lemon, and fragrant flower petals. A little bit of almond, but it is more of honey and almond milk than amaretto or cyanide flavour. Very tasty and quite calming!

It tastes like a dried bouquet of flowers harvested from a hidden meadow in spring. :)

Flavors: Almond, Citrus, Corn Husk, Dry Grass, Floral, Flowers, Fruit Tree Flowers, Fruity, Honey, Lavender, Lemongrass, Nutty, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Mint Condition by For Tea's Sake
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Standard pure peppermint. I thought this was a blend. Oh well, I like pure peppermint too. A bit too fresh, though. Too much menthol.

Flavors: Menthol, Mint, Peppermint

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 19 OZ / 550 ML

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I got this tea free as a courtesy apology in that the previous first two teas I bought from this company were godawful. I received this in an attempt to give For Tea’s Sake another chance.

The strawberry flavor and hibiscus are a very zesty and flavorful blend. The kiwi is very subtle but it adds a really interesting depth to it. It has just a touch of a floral tone to it which is very sweet and really balances the whole thing out.

Were I to compare it to Wild Strawberry Tea by Adagio, I would honestly say these are two different beasts. This particular tea has floral depth to it so if that’s your thing, this is the fruity-floral tea, while Wild Strawberry is only slightly tangier and fruitier, without the floral touch that the kiwi and hibiscus petals lend. That makes this tea stand out in my mind. I’ll keep drinking it until I can form a more definitive preference.

Flavors: Apple, Floral, Hibiscus, Strawberry

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Trash-worthy. Pellets of tea, almost no spices- complete dregs. I’ve made negative reviews a few times on their website and they don’t post them. Flavorless chai. Going back to Adagio’s Masala Chai… who know how to do it properly.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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drank Yule Fuel by For Tea's Sake
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Chocolate milk latte that I got a few sips of before people rushed in for the Jewish holiday. Annoying people who gathered in the kitchen where my latte was and so I sacrificed it to avoid them. Luckily I have a lot more chocolate milk to experiment with. I also have coconut milk so I’m trying to decide which teas I have in my cupboard to have with what type of milk. Suggestions?

Evol Ving Ness

Lime in the coconut w coconut milk, maybe? Dirty girl scout with either.

VariaTEA

I don’t think I have Lime in the Coconut anymore but I have been thinking about Dirty Girl Scout

Evol Ving Ness

And maybe some of the stronger chai teas in our swap might work. Coconut milk for sure will work. Chocolate milk might.

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drank Yule Fuel by For Tea's Sake
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Made this as a latte today and I have to say, it is pretty disappointing. There’s a slight eggyness to it but the black tea base is fighting to be the center of attention and it’s just not very good. Even worse, the whole drink just tastes watered down. Tbh, I dumped the mug after trying to drink it and realizing I have so much tea that I don’t need to waste my time with subpar lattes.

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drank Yule Fuel by For Tea's Sake
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Apparently I am in a holiday mood between this tea, Sugar Plum Waltz, and a Candy Cane Crush eggnog latte. I am also in a cleaning mood since my mother and I have been trying out cleaning hacks throughout the day. Fun fact, ketchup cleans brass. Personally I find this a little unsettling though our candle sticks have never been shinier.

Anyways, the tea certainly has a eggnog like flavor. Smooth and sweet and slightly eggy. There is a generous amount of vanilla and also a dash of nutmeg at the tail end of the sip to round things out. It is accurate albeit slightly weak. I don’t know if this flavor would stand up in a latte or smoothie or anything like that but as a plain tea, it is a flavored yet simple choice and lighter than some of the other options I have, which can be a good thing at times.

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drank Sugar Plum Waltz by For Tea's Sake
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Well, the holiday season might be over but I am still enjoying my festive teas: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/01/02/sugar-plum-waltz-from-for-teas-sake/

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drank Sugar Plum Waltz by For Tea's Sake
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I have no idea what a sugar plum is but this tea is sweet and fruity and captures what I imagine one would taste like. It is flavorful though a touch thin. Still a nice tea though and I am glad I have more to play with.

ETA: well this can get a little bitter and artificial as it cools so best to drink it quick :P

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