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Hot cuppa in the evening, as sort of a bedtime tea.

I added some lemon flavoured honey to try and inject some sweetness and flavour into this tea but it didn’t do a lot to help the overall profile of the tea – basically still just a very, very intense chamomile flavour which just isn’t for me. Nope. No can do. I wish it tasted better/like something other than chamomile but even this lovely honey can’t completely redeem this one for me. I mean, I expected to not like it but…

I was hopeful that I’d be pleasantly surprised.

Mastress Alita

Lemon juice and honey is usually my go-to for intense chamomile flavor in tea as well. I didn’t even know that lemon-infused honey was a thing. Hmm. Now I want some…

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From last week.

Really thick, viscous and almost syrupy mouthfeel with deep woody notes, some cinnamon, and almost candied red apple notes. Very well balanced and interesting profile overall; it made me deeply like cinnamon sugar crepes or French Toast. Something about the sweetness of the spice overall and thickness of the mouthfeel…

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Sipping on this one now.

It’s ok, but pretty simplistic in the flavour profile. I mean, it’s essentially just an apple cinnamon rooibos and that’s not exactly a ‘new’ or ‘edgy’ flavour combo/pairing. I just think it tastes like a more toned down version of DAVIDsTEA’s Cinnamon Rooibos Chai blend with a punchier apple element.

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I don’t really drink breakfast blends and as I sip on this now, it is not really an exception.I just don’t love my teas to be brisk. This one is and it has a citrus quality to it but that dissolves into a bit of astringency. Just not for me.

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drank Spirit of the Season by For Tea's Sake
9350 tasting notes

4 min brew, slightly cooler water = a better taste to this one but it’s nothing i want to keep around. farewell tea sample!

Final Count: 43

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drank Spirit of the Season by For Tea's Sake
9350 tasting notes

pepper licorice is what i get from this one. Not the right chai balance for me either, but it’s not terrible. I suspect this might work as a latte…but it won’t be anytihng i’ll be sad about when it’s gone.

VariaTEA

Turns out the tin I thought was this is a tin of something else…cuz I already gave you the tin of this lol

Sil

haha

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Well, it seems Roswell Strange is about to get a whole lot more of this one because I am not a fan. It is far too much star anise for my liking. It’s like spiced licorice which may be nice for some but certainly not to my tastes. Luckily, it is going somewhere it will be appreciated.

Sil

i should try this one haha.

VariaTEA

There may be a tin in the Sil bag for you.

Sil NO! you already gave me a tin!
Sil

i meant i should pull it out and drink it tonight

Evol Ving Ness

hahahaha, you guys!

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drank Sleep Well by For Tea's Sake
3851 tasting notes

This is not for me. I don’t love really anything in this – chamomile, chrysanthemum, lavender, etc. so I definitely am not the target audience for this and yet I can appreciate there is a nice balance of flavors here.

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I’m really sick today; bad cold and super stuffy nose that’s throwing my sense of taste painfully out of wack. I chose this one as my late night cup of tea today because it’s caffeine free and has enough body flavour/spice that despite being sick I can still taste it. It also tastes really good, and very smooth with the spices and sweet apple/hibiscus notes having a very soothing/comforting quality to them. I’m actually, much to my surprise, really sad to be done with this one because it was a hell of a good Chai that deeply appealed to me as someone who likes sweeter, fruitier chais that aren’t overly ginger heavy – all of which are applicable to this one.

I’ll be keeping an eye out for this one at Chapter’s next winter for sure to see if they bring it back again for the holidays, and if so I’m sure I’ll likely grab a tin of it!

VariaTEA

My friend bought me a tin of this that I’ll probably never finish. Let me share with you :)

Also I’m sorry to hear you aren’t feeling great. I hope you feel better soon!1

Roswell Strange

Well, if you insist ;)

But also, if you still want to ditch your tin of The Black Lodge one of the coworkers who liked it said she’d happily take more if you’re not feeling it. God bless her gentle soul; too good, too pure for this world.

VariaTEA

Bahahaha excellent. I shall start compiling a box of goods to send your way. Also feel free to see if there is anything in my cupboard you haven’t tried before (I doubt it) and let me know so I can share samples.

Roswell Strange

Want me to send anything your way?

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Drank a mug of this one yesterday.

I don’t often appreciate Chai blends but this one was actually pretty solid. More medium bodied than the typical full bodied chai, I really appreciated the overall sweetness and fruit undertones (apple) present in this on top of the softer spice elements. Prominent spice notes were cinnamon and ginger but both complimented the apple. Even the very small amount of hibiscus, which I think was probably mostly meant to lend colour to the blend so it looked softly red and welcoming/festive, didn’t clash with everything else.

This will be an easier chai sample for me to finish off, for sure.

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Steeped up, this morning, this smells delicious with full on vanilla, hints of caramel and something tart like cranberry. Maybe a bit of almond too. My first sip or two or three continues those flavours with a bit of astringency at the end of the sip.. Spice is very much in the background here for me today. My spoon of leaf must have contained a whole different combination of flavours than it did previously. Nice.

On my second steep, a bit of clove is coming up with the astringency.

I wouldn’t run out and buy a tin, but I would certainly consider splitting one. This is a gentle black to drink without any additions.

Just finished the last sip and can say that enjoyed this tea up to the last drop. Nice when that happens.

Thank you for the sample, VariaTEA.

And it’s a sip down!

Flavors: Almond, Caramel, Cranberry, Vanilla

Fjellrev

Ooh, sounded like a promising flavour profile.

Evol Ving Ness

Unique to me though. Others got more of a spice thing in their cups.

Fjellrev

Ah, interesting.

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I was a bit alarmed when a whole clove bud leapt out of the dry leaf, but I needn’t have been. The spice mix is pleasant enough: mostly clove and ginger plus something vaguely eggnoggy. More chai-like than eggnog really, but still more on the gentle side of chai.

Imagine that it would make a dynamite latte with sweetener, but currently, I am drinking everything black and unsweetened.

Thank you, VariaTEA, for including this among your samples. I am enjoying it.

Flavors: Cloves, Ginger

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I HATE TEAS WITH NAMES LIKE THIS.

Sipping on this currently; it’s kind of garbage. Basically, it tastes like lawn clippings, wilting flowers, and movie theater butter. I don’t like the combination of flavour notes, and I loathe the name of the blend. That doesn’t leave much, if anything, redeeming here at all. Bleh. Bleh. Bleh.

VariaTEA

Now I know why I’m putting this off and I hate the name too

Evol Ving Ness

Ayup, the name already predicts a zero and then it’s nice that it continues its downhill trend.

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Funnily enough, this is the second tea named “Let It Snow” currently in my cupboard. I don’t get the appeal of the name; it’s pretty fucking cheesy as far as these winter themed tea names go and not indicative at all of what the flavour of the tea is gonna be…

I think this is basically just a straight EG though which is something that’s definitely NOT exciting to me at all. As such, I skipped over doing the whole plain, basic infusion tasting to get a feel of the tea ‘cause realistically if you’ve tried a dozen+ straight EG teas you’ve kind of tried them all. Instead I steeped it hot, with some very foamy/frothy milked scooped onto the top to form a pillow for me to sprinkle candy cane shards on top of.

Now that’s how you take a boring tea and make it fun, flavourful, and festive! It was only ok though; I mean, the tea itself is just really boring/bland and there’s only so much candy cane shards can do to turn that around. I essentially just made a cup of EG with mint, and while it was drinkable it was hardly a “treat”. Bleh.

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Cold Brew!

Wow, this one was mighty intense as a cold brew! Like, I took a sip and I was fully and completely smacked with the mint which had such a great, menthol heavy finish. It was very much the same sensation as deeply inhaling air when it’s like -40C outside,
which happens quite a lot in Saskatchewan during the winter. When your whole body it outside in that kind of terrible weather it sucks but the sensation of such crisp, cooling mint when you’re in a warm environment is actually kind of wonderful.

This was a great cold brew.

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Got this one in For Tea’s Sake’s “Festive Sampler” – to be perfectly honest, had it not been in the sample I 100% would NOT have bought it.

So, those who’ve been around Steepster for a while know that while I don’t have any issues with mint I don’t generally drink straight peppermint. Aside from the fact that it’s kind of boring, I had a REALLY bad peppermint experience years ago where I found maggots in a specific tea company’s pure peppermint. I 100% will NOT touch that company’s straight peppermint anymore – but I don’t blame the company itself. I mean, tea is a botanical product and stuff like that is just bound to happen every now and then. Shit happens. Still, it’s left me in a spot where straight peppermint teass send me back to that experience and I get the stomach wibby wobblys.

In fact – before I brewed this one up I emptied out the sample tin of it and just looked through the leaf. Just in case…

Once I was assured this was good to go, it actually wasn’t bad though. I mean, there is the aforementioned thing where as a flavour it’s kind of boring – HOWEVER, I did think that this one in particular was pretty smooth and fresh, and thought it packed a pretty good minty punch while still having that relaxing quality a good peppermint tea should have. It’s because of that relaxing quality that this will probably be my last tea of the night ’cause boy am I tired now! And good thing too, I work really early in the morning tomorrow and I really ought to be getting to bed…

Lexie Aleah

That’s horrible, and If that happened to me I’d have a hard time not blaming the tea company.

Fjellrev

Jesus, peppermint tea is something I always consider buying so I wonder which company you’re talking about…

VariaTEA

I do not recall this maggot issue and I think I probably blocked it out because that is unsettling to say the least

Roswell Strange

The review is definitely still up on Steepster, so with enough digging you could 100% find it. But if anyone is really concerned, shoot me a PM and I’ll tell you privately which company it was.

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drank Mint Condition by For Tea's Sake
3851 tasting notes

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drank Yule Fuel by For Tea's Sake
5958 tasting notes

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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
5958 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
5958 tasting notes

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
226 tasting notes

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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Hmm…

Kind of like a floral, sweet cinnamon and clove sort of thing? Once again I definitely did not get plum from this one in terms of flavour. Weirdly, though, I did get a surprising amount of elderflower and elderberry flavour!? Not a damn clue what in the blend made it taste like that but it was actually pretty nice.

Very average tasting cuppa overall though.

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From the For Tea’s Sake holiday sampler.

I definitely tried this one last year, and I was not a fan so I wasn’t thrilled to receive it in the sampler but I tried to have an open mind brewing it up. I still don’t think it’s a great tea, but something must have changed because I did have a better experience with it. I don’t know if that change comes down to a formula change for the tea itself or if my palate has just changed – or maybe I just knocked preparation out of the park. Who knows?

I do think it does have more spice notes that a “Sugar Plum” blend should have, but at least I actually did taste plum this time around! It was a very dark, rich plum taste with lots of clove, and cinnamon undertones. Also, a brisk flavour in the cup for sure but no awful astringency this time around! As a spiced plum blend, this could be quite good and I guess I can see the finer/festive appeal of these flavour pairings. Just…

It’s called Sugar Plum. Don’t you think it should be a sweet plum blend!?

Song Pairing: https://youtu.be/A0Ws3rB5eg0

Sil

see i think more of how you’ve described it when i think of sugar plums vs a sweet plum blend….esp since sugar plums weren’t ever plums traditionally haha

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