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drank 18TEA7 Proof by Hella Tea
114 tasting notes

Ordered this a few months ago with some other hella teas and have liked most of them so far. Humptea Hump would be my favorite as it is delightfully banana bready.

Preparation: Western
Tasting note: So there is some smokiness which is to be expected from a lapsang, also some sweetness. I havent had straight bourbon in a while so i am not sure if it is that complex but it definitely gives me some savory sweet honey bourbon bbq sauce notes. Not in the way of drinking bbq sauce but just some of the flavors are reminiscent. It is good!

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Note: I may have oversteeped/made a strong cuppa, thought it instructed a 5 min steep but was actually a 3 min.

Preparation: Western

Tasting notes:
Smells strongly sweet toffee and caramel fresh out of the bag. Probably means the ingredients are still pretty fresh which is nice. :)

The tea base has a maltiness to it like the Irish Stout I had the other day. The Toffee was a burnt caramel taste and there was some sweetness to the tea.

I ended up adding full fat oatly to the tea and it is really great now. (Hopeful next time I can have a lighter version to get a better tasting note without additions.) The bittersweetness of this tea is able to withstand the oat milk and the dark caramel notes really shine. It reminds me of a latte (coffee) with caramel sauce.

Flavors: Bittersweet, Caramel, Coffee, Malt, Nutty

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank HumpTEA Hump by Hella Tea
114 tasting notes

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drank HumpTEA Hump by Hella Tea
114 tasting notes

Started bringing my husband into the evening steeps. Today I got the Hella tea happy mail. So that means I have to try one of the teas today.

Tea preparation: Western

Dry smell: Definitely Banana Nut Bread. Yum!

Tasting notes: When at really hot temps mostly tastes like rooibos. When it cools down a bit the flavors blend better the banana is more forward and the cinnamon and cocoa nibs are warming. Overall, really delicious lightly flavored unsweetened tea.

Flavors: banana, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Rooibos

Preparation
3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank HumpTEA Hump by Hella Tea
13250 tasting notes

Geek Steep S2E17 – Hamilton

Our first musical! This is the fandom we covered last week, and I’m so happy to have opened the door to exploring more Broadway productions…

I chose this tea to drink while watching/listening to this Geek for the first time. Picking a tea for this wasn’t easy. I had the immediate idea that I wanted to drink a tea from a BIPOC owned tea company because I think one of the most beautiful things about this play is how it celebrates America’s history through this incredibly talented mosaic of racially diverse actors. As Lin Manuel Miranda himself said, it’s a story of America then told by America now…

But WHAT tea!? I thought of Hella Tea’s 18Tea7 Proof, which is a whisky flavoured black tea, but I’m not doing Lapsang this season so that ruled out this tea. I settled on this one, which is a delicious warm baked banana and sweet maple/chestnut flavoured blend. I made it in a large teapot and it was just nice having that format of tea to sip over this multi hour music. The spirit of the music was there… but the taste wasn’t.

It was just kind of too fun!? And I don’t mean to imply it’s not a fun musical because there’s a lot of fun and hilarious moments and it just feels so hopeful and uplifting but, well, it’s also heavy. Like, I didn’t feel like my pairing was serious enough in tone for those moments of the musical. It’s an excellent tea, but only a half fit…

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Sipped this one down recently too. I ended up liking this tea quite a lot and kept turning to it for a strong flavored cup. I’d love to restock it again someday, but right now I need to focus on cupboard control.

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This is supposed to be a toffee chestnut tea, but all I can think of is pecans. Freshly dropped from the tree pecans. There is a burnt toffee flavor in the background that gives it a pecan pie flavor to it and it’s nice. I bet adding a little sugar to it would make that impression even more solid. It has a nice depth to the flavors that gets a little bitter when it cools, but it’s not bad. So far I’m pretty impressed with this brand based on the two teas I’ve tried.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Skysamurai

Having a fresh pecan sounds interesting!

CrowKettle

That sounds pretty good! Don’t think I’ve ever had fresh pecans :)

Dustin

They are the best! I used to think I hated pecans until I lived in a house with one in the yard and finally got to try them right out of the shell. They are delicious and sweet. I guess I had only had pecans that had gone rancid and bitter before.

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drank 18TEA7 Proof by Hella Tea
1554 tasting notes

Went to a local store today where they usually have an empty shelf in their tea section with tags saying the prices on a variety of Hella Teas and found it was finally stocked! I really wish the HumpTea wasn’t a rooibos because I love the idea of a Digital Underground tea. I grabbed a bag of this and Don’t Gimme No Bammer, which sounded the most interesting out of the selection. Super excited to try these and be supporting a local black woman owned business!

I walked away while steeping this and oversteeped, but it doesn’t seem to have ruined the cup. It’s been making me think of bananas and I think that is because of a similar flavor profile to one of August Uncommon’s teas that has banana. This has a light smoke and cognac flavor to it. I’m getting some bitterness when it cools, but it’s well balanced while it’s hot. I think I’m really going to like this one once we get better acquainted.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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drank 18TEA7 Proof by Hella Tea
13250 tasting notes

Over steeped this gem so it had a little bitter bite to it, but still just this lovely smoky and boozy blend that does, perfectly, fit the complexity and nuance of whisky. Peaty. Oaky. Maybe a little fruity in the undertones? I like it a lot.

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drank 18TEA7 Proof by Hella Tea
13250 tasting notes

Lapsang and deliciously thick boozy notes… I mean, not much more to say on top of that because this combination of flavours is so incredible. It’s masculine, it’s cozy, it’s flavourful and rich… Mmm!

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drank TwenTEA Sack by Hella Tea
13250 tasting notes

Brewed this one up last week. As I think I explained in a previous tasting note, while my mom was in town I alternated between sleeping at her Airbnb and sleeping at my place in the evenings – all kind of dependent on what we were doing the next day.

This was from one of the evenings where I was at my place, and I just felt sooo tired and sore so I knew that a cup of strongly brewed CBD tea would help take the edge off. I didn’t get much in the way or either mango or lemonade from this, but it was soothing and herbal tasting nonetheless and whether it was placebo or otherwise I did feel like it helped me properly unwind that evening.

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drank TwenTEA Sack by Hella Tea
13250 tasting notes

Steeped this one up on Saturday while I was doing some household chores and things; I was half way through sweeping my apartment when I realized I’d been letting this green tea steep for over a half hour. I was so ready to be drinking a mug of bitter foulness, but it wasn’t actually so bad – definitely strongly had that skunky marijuana/CBD taste though but I imagine that would have been the case regardless. The mango could be stronger, but I don’t want to use this first oversteeped mug as a way of judging what is normal/regular for this blend. In the end the long steep was probably a good thing though – I had a preeetttyyyy relaxed latter afternoon from my extra strongly steeped CBD tea…

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drank Sick Wit It by Hella Tea
13250 tasting notes

Cold Brew!

Like a lavender lemonade but without any added sugar and assuming the lemonade also had a hearty amount of lemongrass. It’s nice and i love the balance of floral in the blend; not soapy/perfume-y at all! The lemongrass also adds dimension; a pleasant zesty quality to the really natural taste.

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drank Sick Wit It by Hella Tea
13250 tasting notes

Cuppa slurped in that perfect temperature state when it’s hot and soothing but not scalding. Made very, very late at night because one of the advantages of being on vacation is getting to stay up super late and sleep in without an alarm clock in the mornings. More lemon than lavender, but a sweet and full bodied lemon with just enough tartness and the depth of the added lemongrass. A little spicy in the finish. Tasted like it was good for my soul, and helped me feel much more relaxed before bedtime.

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drank Sick Wit It by Hella Tea
13250 tasting notes

Cold Brew!

I love the combination of lemon and lavender so I was intrigued by the tea, but I wasn’t sure exactly what the flavour balance of the two flavours would be. More lemon? More lavender? Sweet? Or herbaceous and floral!? But either way, I was on board with finding out.

I’d say that this definitely comes out lemon on top and actually pretty sweet. It’s a touch apple-y but those sweet lemon notes come out more like a lemonade than the more “citronella-esque” taste of the lemongrass which is also abundant in the blend composition. It’s not a cloying/sugary sweetness though, and I think that is in large part because of the soft lavender floral notes and grassier undertones that round out the flavour and balance out the sweetness. It’s super refreshing, and I like how playful the relationship between the flavours is. Not soapy lavender, either! Big kudos to this one, I think it’s one of the nicest and most unique lavender lemon blend I’ve tried yet.

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drank Sheila tEa by Hella Tea
13250 tasting notes

Late, late night cuppa sipped on while rewatching the first season of The Witcher to refresh myself before I dive into the second season! I feel like I didn’t get much in the way of passionfruit but the dense sweet and tart hibiscus combined with the lemongrass and hint of cinnamon was actually surprisingly relaxing for such a hibiscus heavy tea that I had steeped hot. It almost gave me that sort of “Winter Punch” or mulled cider type of vibe I kind of get from DT’s Sleigh Ride but with a better fruit/spice balance.

DrowningMySorrows

I’ve been trying to decide if I need to rewatch the first season too. It’s been so long since I watched it that I feel like I might be lost if I start season 2 without rewatching the first season.

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drank Sheila tEa by Hella Tea
13250 tasting notes

This was the first cup of tea I made after getting my tooth fixed last week and this was also the proper first cup of tea I had steeped in probably around four days. I will absolutely have to make it again because I don’t remember a lot of the flavour – I was very tired following that appointment and also overcome with emotion from the combination of no longer being in pain and also getting to drink hot tea for the first time in a while. Like, “tearing up as I sipped the tea” level of emotion. It tasted so, soooo good but I don’t know if that’s because it actually was that good or if it’s because I had gone so long without a nice cuppa…

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruit Punch, Hibiscus, Lemongrass

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Samurai TTB #45

Apparently I have finished all the black teas and oolongs from the TTB that I wanted to try, so today is going to be white tea day. Really enjoying this one! Very sweet, jammy blueberry flavor and the base tea adds a bit of complexity without detracting from the main flavor.

Flavors: Blueberry, Jam

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Nichole/CuppaGeek

I’ve heard great things about their teas. Sounds delicious!

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drank Blue Jeans & White Teas by Hella Tea
2901 tasting notes

STTB Tea

I drank this a few days ago but didn’t post a review. Tasty as a latte. The blueberry is quite tasty (and juicy). Overall, I enjoyed my cup, however I wasn’t really big into the base. I found it a bit too vegetal when I was looking for…I don’t even know. It was a good cup but lacked a certain something (I’m not sure what that was, though). This is why you write a review right after you drink it instead of days later.

Flavors: Blueberry, Fruity, Smooth

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drank M. Tea. Hammer by Hella Tea
13250 tasting notes

I had an unfortunate accident with my tin of this tea while steeping it this afternoon. I unfortunately nudged it just enough off the edge of the counter to tip it over, spilling about a third of the tea all over onto the floor…

So, I’m definitely a little upset about that since this is such a delicious tea and Hella Tea has stopped shipping to Canada so I’m not exactly sure when I’m next going to have access to it. This mug was delicious though! The perfect mellow sweet watermelon notes with a hint of hibiscus. There’s something to the sweeter lingering notes that reminds me of cotton candy, and I have to say that I’m really into the idea of a watermelon cotton candy!

TeaEarleGreyHot

Roswell, your feline habits are costing you your tea stash! I can just picture you “nudging” your tea off the table with a soft furry paw…. tee-hee!

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drank M. Tea. Hammer by Hella Tea
13250 tasting notes

Another more mellow/light and non acidic/tart fruit blend from this week! I had this one as a hot cuppa though, and it was quite pleasant – just a really simple but delightful soft watermelon. Not as candy intense as other watermelon teas I own. That sweetness can definitely be delicious, but not always the thing I want when I reach for a melon tea, so I’m thankful to have this one.

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drank M. Tea. Hammer by Hella Tea
13250 tasting notes

Cold Brew!

I sucked back this cold brew like it was a cold beer on a sweltering hot summer day. It’s super refreshing; I packed lots of leaf into my mason jar and let this go for longer than I usually do, so it was extra juicy and flavourful but it still had a lightness and airy quality mixed in with those fresh, sweet watermelon juice notes. It’s kind of tea that has a lot of flavour, but is still light and fresh enough that you can drink it by the pitcherful and not feel bloated or sick of it afterwards.

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drank M. Tea. Hammer by Hella Tea
13250 tasting notes

Cold Brew!

This is the last of the blends I ordered from Hella Tea – I ended up tasting it last because I realized, in a roundabout way, that I’d already tasted it before. Unfortunately this is one of a couple teas in my order that had an incomplete ingredients list – but I’m pretty damn good at visually identifying ingredients and when I realized it looked super familiar I did a little bit of digging and was able to match it perfectly to Adagio’s Watermelon Cooler blend…

So there are two options there – either Hella Tea is buying from Adagio as a wholesaler or Adagio and Hella Tea are purchasing the exact same tea independently of one another from the same wholesaler. Ultimately it doesn’t matter – I enjoyed Watermelon Cooler and I enjoy this blend as well. It’s refreshing, smooth, and surprisingly creamy with a mellow watermelon type of note. As I said in my tasting note for Watermelon Cooler, I do usually gravitate towards a juicier watermelon profile but this is something that I think you can drink a larger amount of at a time because it’s not as sweet and intensely flavoured – it’s more refreshing.

Happy to have it in my cupboard again!

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Kept my steep times nice and short today which let the delicate & soft honeysuckle notes from the white tea and the often missed floral undertones of blueberry really shine. It’s a straight forward blend, but it’s hard to heat a good blueberry tea when you find one!

Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CewujtLuyuv/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQiLGReUuP0

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