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Ever drive to Wichita? Don’t bother, we took care of it for you. Hot, flat, and highly unexciting…which is why hubby pulled into a World Market on the way out of town so it would at least feel like we had a little whimsy on the trip.

And there this was. It had me at strawberry and the rubber duck on the box. I didn’t even look at the ingredient list, which includes a couple of my unfavorites—hibiscus and licorice.

But you know what? They are barely noticeable in this luscious and remarkably strawberry little surprise. I don’t do alcohol, so I can’t tell you if the daiquiri part of it is flavor-accurate, but this is pleasant and strong on the strawberry. (Most of you know how much I love good strawberry tea.)

Have had one cup hot, one cup chilled. Just right both times. A little sugar and it would taste like Kool-Aid for grownups. Perfect on a triple-digit, fry-yer-eyeballs week.

Evol Ving Ness

Wichita, Wichita—in my Canadian imagination, it sounds like a good theme for a Country song.

This post delighted me, by the way. Who can argue with strawberry and a rubber duck on the box. And the silencing of liquorice wins me over as well.

What are your favourite strawberry teas, gmathis?

gmathis

This one: https://steepster.com/teas/tradtradition-slash-good-youngition-slash-good-young/27463-strawberry-black-tea … which, alas, I can’t find locally any more. Three bags in a mason jar in the fridge—summer lawn mowing thirst quenching goodness.

And this one: https://savoytea.com/collections/puerh-teas/products/chocolate-kiss Little fancier with chocolate and pu-erh. Strawberry bonbons.

gmathis

Wichita’s claim to commerce is aerospace, as it is a small city a million miles of flatness from anywhere. Boeing, an air force base, other miscellaneous small plane manufacturers. Cornfields on the outskirts of town. ONE two-lane state highway (with occasional passing zones far too far apart) in from Missouri. But then, it has a World Market. I don’t!

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you. This one makes me happy. Now if only Zen Tea were to start selling it again. https://steepster.com/teas/zen-tea/30490-strawberry-cream

gmathis

Mmm! Dessert after a spinach and strawberry salad with honey/apple cider dressing…you’re welcome to come over for a snack as long as you promise not to make fun of my filthy kitchen.

Evol Ving Ness

:)

Thank you. The very next time I am in Missouri.

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drank Lychee Ginger by four o'clock
67 tasting notes

I was really excited to buy this tea because I love lychees and ginger so I thought this would be an amazing pairing. However, when I brought into my office to brew I noticed that it had rose petals and I normally do not like anything with rose petals as I find it to be overtly perfumey and give me a headache. But since I just purchased it I thought that I would try at least one cup and I am glad that I did. You mostly get the taste from the white tea which I love and the lychee also love. I do not get much from the rose petal except from the smell of the dry leaves but not once brewed much to my satisfaction. The marigold taste is present along with the apple pieces, this is a nice mellow brew.

Flavors: Apple, Fruit Tree Flowers, Lychee

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec

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75

I like this tea. Nutty and sweet, like most of the people I know! Haha! I bought it as part of a Christmas 4-pack for a cheap price at Winners. I haven’t tried the other 3 flavours yet but this one is definitely good! My mom tried it and likes it as well.

Flavors: Nutty, Sweet

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90

Mild to light flavored tea. I get a very light citrus/almond note accompanying its mild tea flavor. Agreeable both hot or iced. One of the better white teas I have tried, many tend to have too strong of a citrus flavor for my preferences. I tend to prefer non-herbal, strong black teas; however, this was a delightful change of palate. Four O’Clock has become one of my favorite tea brands based on this tea and their Breakfast/English Breakfast blend. Slightly expensive for an everyday product, but would recommend as an occasional treat.

Flavors: Almond, Bamboo, Citrus

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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95

One of my favorite black teas. I drink both iced and hot black tea daily and by far this is one of my favorites. Slightly pricey as far as black teas go, but for me, its worth the price. I would say it is comparable to Twinings. Its a bold, full flavored black tea but does come across as bitter. I would also recommend the white tea from Four O’Clock as well; however, the green tea wasn’t one of my favorites from them.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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58

Not my favourite tea. I found it a bit bitter and lacking in almond biscotti flavour. It was nice to try once, but I would not buy it again.

Flavors: Almond, Bitter, Cookie, Nuts, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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99

I have tried a lot of different compagnies of green tea and this one is by far the tastiest one!

Flavors: Herbs

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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74

Sipdown! I liked this tea a lot more than I initially thought I would. I drank it iced quite a few times this summer.

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74

This time I made a pitcher of this iced by itself instead of mixed with another flavour of tea. Tastes like a very watered down virgin strawberry daiquiri. I do like it. Thankful that I can’t taste the hibiscus. Makes a mild, refreshing iced tea for the summertime.

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I made a big pitcher of iced tea. I’ve been drinking most of my tea iced lately. I find it a nice change of pace from having it hot and I’m finding it quite refreshing for the summertime. I mixed together this tea with Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Vanilla and the result was a treat. Tastes like strawberry bubblegum! Really nice! The strawberry flavour was obviously coming from this tea and it did taste like sweet, ripe, juicy strawberries. I will prepare this combination again until my Sleepytime Vanilla is gone and then I will make it using only the Strawberry Daiquiri.

Flavors: Strawberry, Sweet

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15

Want to like. Keep trying to like. But, do not like. Sadface. White teas never seem to ring my bell, so maybe that’s it? I dunno, though. I keep searching for the “almond” in the “almond biscotti”, but I can never find it. All I get is a thin, vague sweetness. If I spot it on the shelves again this holiday season, I think I’ll take a pass.

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59

I received a sample of this from MirandaGou in our swap. Thank you!

I had this a week or so ago at work. Since I drank this at work the brewing conditions were less than perfect. I wasn’t a fan. It was a decent quick cup of tea, but I wouldn’t purchase this again.

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76

Sipdown!

Still a decent tea, but not a fave. It might be something I’ll pick up on an occasional basis, because it does have body for a white tea, but there’s just so many more teas I love out there.

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Backlog…had this the other day. Was nice to just pop a few bags into my Timolino and kid’s tumbler mug and get dressed in the morning rather than my usual double steep.

Tea was much better than expected. I think I am a little confused about this blend having both white tea and chicory root.

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This is my kind of cookie in a cup. Lightly sweet, lots of almond flavor, and even though it is a white tea there is a bread-y flavor that lends a distinct cookie taste. Plus, this is a tea bag, so it’d be so easy to throw a few in my purse to keep on hand for tea emergencies. I’d definitely pick some up if I were to happen across them.

Thank you OMGsrsly for giving me the chance to try this one.

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Sipdown (258)!

This is a really decent spiced white bagged tea. I’m glad I got it whenever it was I picked it up, but I don’t think I need to get it again. Today it’s mostly chicory and white tea that I’m tasting, with a few spices and a little sweetness.

And I’m still under 260 even with the new teas, which is nice. I might drink a few more easy sipdowns tonight, or maybe not. :)

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Plunkybug

It is still pretty nice though. I remember having some that you sent.

OMGsrsly

I don’t regret it at all, I’m just closer to figuring out what I drink in quantity, and white teas aren’t it. :)

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Pretty good! I added a couple drops of stevia to this, and it was just nicely mildly sweetened.

The chicory and stuff in it lends to a somewhat thicker feel, which is also nice. Not a lot of caffeine, I don’t think, but I still enjoyed it. :)

(2 tea bags in 14 oz)

In other news… As far as nails go, the ones where I did base-top-regular.polish-top are looking better than the one I did regular.base-regular.polish-top. The more you know. I also did my toes with the kit colour. I’ve never had red toenails. I don’t think I ever want them again. I really dislike this red, wow. I wish I could have chosen my own colour. And of course since I’ve used it now, I can’t exactly give it away. :/

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Plunkybug

It really is decent for a bagged tea. And for a white, it sure does have body.

OMGsrsly

I need to drink it more often. They had it this last Christmas too, so I have my hopes up that I’ll be able to get more this coming Christmas. :)

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I, uhh, double bagged this one tonight. Yes, tea with caffeine at 11pm. Why? Because I feel like it.

I’m supposed to be finishing up a presentation for a meeting tomorrow, but I don’t wanna. I should have enough time to do it in the morning if I don’t sleep through my alarm. Again.

Anyways. With a dollop of cream, this is really nice. Didn’t feel a need to add sugar to this cup for some reason. Maybe because it smells so incredibly sweet. Chocolaty, biscuity, and I can even taste the white tea today.

I need to remember this is in my cupboard so I can drink it all ASAP.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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