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Dry leaf of this one doesn’t smell like a lot so I wasn’t totally sure what I should expect, but steeped up it’s pretty lovely! I realized as I was sipping that I don’t know if I’ve ever seen cherry and rhubarb combined together, and it’s a pretty fun pairing. The top notes were a bit more of a tart rhubarb with a hint of edge to it, and then the body was deeper/sweeter and more cherry-like. As the tea cooled the cherry came out even more. I think my only “con” is that the finish is a little artificial/cloying and I do taste the stevia. I don’t actually personally mind stevia in teas, but the “one two punch” of artificial tasting cherry with stevia bordered a little bit on the line of too much.

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drank Matcha Ice Cream by Pinky Up
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Cold Brew!

Not gonna lie… this really feels like a dupe of DT’s Matcha Ice Cream blend, which I’m like 95% sure predates Pinky Up releasing this tea. The visual/ingredients list are close to identical and, while I definitely don’t think DT can “claim” the matcha ice cream tea profile, it’s an odd coincidence since some of the ingredients like planed almond aren’t necessarily things you would generally associated with ice cream…

That said, it’s a fine tasting tea! I think it’s a little too thin in taste and body to really work super well as a cold brew, and it tastes largely just sweet and vaguely nutty/creamy. However, there’s enough of a foundation here that I feel like it was translate/scale up better with a hot brew.

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drank Red Velvet Cake by Pinky Up
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Iced Tea!

In the nicest way, whoever in Pinky Up’s R&D or Marketing teams who decided this blend tasted passably like Red Velvet Cake must have been high that day…

I mean, there is quite literally not a single aspect of this tea that tastes anything like Red Velvet Cake even in the slightest. No chocolate. No cream cheese or other types of frosting. No cake. So I would HIGHLY advise against buying this tea if that’s what you’re looking for.

With that said, it’s not an unpleasant tasting tea. In fact, it reminds me very distinctly of something in particular and that’s DT’s Forever Nuts. Sweet and apple-y with a really robust roasted almond note and some cozy cinnamon! However, I think this might appeal to me more than Forever Nuts because it’s caffeinated! The idea of that sweet nutty apple pie profile but on a yerba mate base is really fun and appealing to me, and though right now it’s not a profile I reach for often I think having it be energizing would be something I’d gravitate more to than the herbal mix.

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drank Island Fire by Pinky Up
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This is part of Pinky Up’s summer iced tea line up, and even though I’m not drinking it as an iced tea today I think it’s a really fun and different take on a summer profile – cinnamon with different tropical fruits like papaya! It reminds me a lot of a long gone seasonal tea that DT once put out called Superfood Splash that was basically a cinnamon banana. Very much that whole tiki vibe kinda thing…

I get mostly sweet red hot cinnamon as I’m sipping on this, but there’s an undeniable fruity and slightly floral undertone of more mellow “orange” tropical fruits. Not orange as in citrus, but more of a mix of mango and papaya. Mostly papaya. I wish it was a little bit stronger to hold up to the potent cinnamon, but it’s nice in an unexpected way!

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drank Honey Lavender by Pinky Up
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This has a pleasant amount of lavender in it so that the flavor comes through pretty clearly. I also definitely taste some honey. The rooibos base doesn’t have any negative or weird flavors. I’m drinking this with almond milk, and it all tastes pretty desserty and nice. Pinky Up doesn’t seem to make teas that are as complex or sophisticated as other brands, but I’m satisfied enough by this one.

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drank Peppermint Macaron by Pinky Up
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The flavor here is a fresh, sweet mint. It’s really clear and pleasant, which is wonderful after I’ve had a few murky ones lately. I have to say that there’s nothing that reminds me of macarons. Actually, there are a bunch of ingredients here, but I really only taste the spearmint, which I could have gotten much cheaper elsewhere. So this tastes pretty good, but it doesn’t live up to its fantastic sounding name. It also includes four kinds of sweeteners, which seems pretty pointless since I prefer to sweeten my own teas.

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drank Apple Pie by Pinky Up
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This one was alright, definitely apple pie flavored. I just have another apple pie flavored tea that I enjoy more with more flavor, so I won’t repurchase this one.

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drank Cherry Rhubarb Cobbler by Pinky Up
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This one tastes like fake berry and the worst sorts of rooibos. It all tastes really murky and strange and not at all pleasant. I’ve had it at least five times cold, and I think I’ll stop torturing myself now. Sadly, there’s really nothing good about it.

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drank Chamomile Citrus by Pinky Up
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I’m a chamomile fan, but this one leans more celery-like than I prefer. I skip the resteep because it’s 100% celery. I don’t really get any citrus flavor, which is too bad. I prefer to sip and enjoy my tea, but this is a good one for a workout or a day with little time.

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drank Apple Pie by Pinky Up
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This is sort of similar to Pinky Up’s cinnamon roll tea, but not quite as tasty. There’s a woody cinnamon flavor and some sweet apple. It makes a strong enough resteep. I enjoy this one hot or cold without milk. It does a pretty good job at representing apple pie.

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A pleasantly strong Early Grey tea with a nice aroma and flowers.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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drank Cinnamon Bun by Pinky Up
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I saw this tin at the international grocery store, and I just had to try it. The flavor isn’t too unique or special, but it is enjoyable. There’s nothing about this blend that evokes baked goods. It’s more of a mild herbal spice blend. It’s mild enough that I wasn’t sure it would take milk. It has its own sweetness. I like to oversteep/overleaf this a bit, and it turns into a slightly less great version of S&V’s snickerdoodle. Yeah, when brewed like this, it’s a pretty good tea. I checked Pinky Up’s website, and most of their teas are out of stock, but there are several that sound pretty enticing.

Lexie Aleah

I’ve been eyeing a few of them as well especially after I noticed target carries some.

AJRimmer

Oh I’ll have to check my local Target and see if they have any!

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drank Apple Spice Cake by Pinky Up
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This was from my Sips by January box. I used the whole packet (about a tablespoon) for my 12-ounce mug because I find fruit tisanes to be quite weak if not overleafed… So easy sipdown, yay!

It’s quite sweet, though that’s probably partially due to my overleafing. The flavor is mostly sweet and tart apple. There’s a lovely warming cinnamon note as well. It’s nice to have a fruit tisane without hibiscus in it, not that I hate hibiscus, but it’s a nice change to not have it here.

It’s a very simple flavor for sure, just apple and cinnamon, and the apple leaves an acidic aftertaste in my throat that I could do without. And the sweetness is a bit too much for me. I’m not really getting anything cakey here, which is a shame. But it’s definitely pleasant (albeit sweet) cuppa to sip on before bed!

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Sugar, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Honeydew Gelato by Pinky Up
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Thank you Cameron B for the share!

When I won the Instagram giveaway a couple months back for teaware, I picked up a small glass teapot. It’s partially frosted but I’m used to the DAVIDsTEA Nordic mugs where you often can see through the frosting when heat is added. Because of that, I now have a failed time lapse of this blooming since the bloom is obstructed by the frosting. It was very pretty though.

In addition to being pretty, this filled my kitchen with the smell of honeydew which was quite promising. However, drinking it, there is some honeydew but mostly the base tea which is really buttery but a touch bitter. That bitterness trends towards drying floral. Perhaps that’s on my steeping though as I left this for 5 mins in 80C water.

Nattie

If you can get your hands on English Tea Shop’s Honey and Melon tea, that has a brilliant honeydew flavour. I’m drinking it cold brewed right now.

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drank Tiramisu by Pinky Up
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Just when I was back under 800 teas, a package from the super lovely Kittenna showed up with some AQ2T blends from a group order that I was waiting on and a BUNCH of tea samples! Tea friends really are the best, and most generous! I’ve got one ready to send out to her as well, just gotta make it down to the post office…

This is one of several one cup tea samples that she sent; I love getting able to quickly taste new teas this way without the guilt of having extra sample hanging around for ages afterwards!

This probably isn’t a flavour profile I’d go out of my way to buy – I don’t like coffee or chocolate flavours in my tea all that much and I’m kind of neutral about actual tiramisu. So, this is the perfect way to capture a snap impression of it! Immediately it loses points in my mind for the absolute oil slick that the steeped liquor becomes. It’s completely dotted with the fat from all the melted down white chocolate, and it coated my mouth in a rather unpleasant way.

However, that aside I thought the flavour was pretty spot on to Tiramisu. It’s got the coffee intensity right, and there’s a rich creaminess to the flavour along with a good dose of chocolate. As I said, I’m not the customer for this flavour profile but if I was then I think I’d feel pretty satisfied with the taste of this tea.

Thanks for sharing!

Kittenna

This might be from VariaTEA – there was a foil wrapped package of multiple teas from her :)

VariaTEA

This originated from Cameron B and I passed it along lol. This tea has travelled a great deal :P

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drank Peaches & Cream by Pinky Up
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Finished this one off last week in a big glass teapot, which I shared with two coworkers because I didn’t want to commit to drinking a whole pot of blooming tea. I’ve had another blooming tea from Pinky Up but I don’t recall liking it that much – this is a flavour combination I usually love though so I was hopeful it would actually come across in terms of flavour.

Firstly, I will say that the actual bloom itself is really unimpressive looking. Like, it’s just a bunch of green tea tied together and a small little amaranth looking flower. Nothing super eye catching/stand out which is sad because generally the whole appeal of bloom teas is the visual of it!

However, the rest of the experience was pretty nice! The tea is actually deeply aromatic and as the bloom was unfurling the whole room smelled softly and pleasantly of ripe peaches and vanilla! It was actually making me really hungry, and I found myself salivating a little just from the sweet and enticing aroma. The taste is really mild/delicate. There’s pros and cons to that; bloom teas basically just continue to steep all the way until you’ve finished the pot so it starting off REALLY light helps prevent those late cups from being really harsh and bitter/astringent. However, the flip is that it takes a while to find the sweet spot when you’re actually tasting the flavour of the tea and added flavourings…

I found the tea actually smelled stronger than it tasted, but I still got a very gentle peach and cream note from the infused cup – more cream than peach, actually. My favourite cup was actually the last one of the pot; it was really thick and creamy and while the green tea taste was a little astringent and “punchy” the creamy sweetness and hint of peach offset it in my mind.

Overall, this wasn’t mind blowing and I likely wouldn’t purchase any – but I liked it more than the Lavender Gelato flavour I tried earlier in the year.

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drank Candied Apple by Pinky Up
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Thank you for sharing, Cameron B!

A blooming tea that actually tastes pretty good. It has a distinctly red apple flavor with a wonderful juicy sweetness. Really quite good.

Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2019/03/30/candied-apple-pinky-up/

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drank Cinnamon Bun by Pinky Up
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Thank you Cameron B for sharing!

Lately I have been enjoying my smoothies with cinnamon so I thought this may be a fun tea to incorporate. I was wrong. I am getting mostly the plain greek yogurt and then a weird flavor from the tea. Sort of cinnamon, but on the sweet side and carrot. Not the best way to go about drinking this.

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drank Honeydew Gelato by Pinky Up
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Thank you VariaTEA for sharing! I was really curious whether or not this blooming tea would actually taste like honeydew that I didn’t even make it in a glass teapot; I just shoved it in a larger teapot and brewed it up without any regard to the aesthetics of the bloom at all.

I did think it had a trace of honeydew flavour, which was more than I had actually expected at all so already that was a win for me. It’s not really overly strong though, and the flavours I experienced more so were a mix of malt, hot hay, generic floral elements, and a hint of cucumber skin. With a thicker, creamier mouthfeel. Not a bad infusion; I finish the whole pot that I had made and wasn’t unhappy with it – but I do wish the honeydew was a bit stronger.

VariaTEA

I still haven’t tried this one but didnt want to send you a pack and not include it.

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Thank you for the share VariaTEA! This sounds like a flavour right up my alley, and the dry leaf smelled quite nice – sweet, sugary berries!

Steeped up, this is actually really sweet, but in a way that I feel is appropriate for a cotton candy inspired blend. I actually feel like I’ve experienced this exact profile in a tea before but I’m really struggling to recall which tea – it’s a serious Deja Vu moment for me though. Just a hint of the white tea base (hot hay notes, a bit of honeysuckle) but mostly a very candy sweet, sugary artificial “berry” flavour – not any one specific berry, but just the generic berry flavour that you really would get from blue, fluffy cotton candy. It’s accurate! Maybe a little too artificial to be perfect, but at the same time I don’t know how you would convey the titular flavour profile without having that artificial quality!? It is a synthetic flavouring, afterall…

Thanks for the share VariaTea – this was nice!

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bxxea7egYIw/

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drank Confetti Cake by Pinky Up
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Thank you VariaTEA for the tea care package!! As always, you sent a bunch of really interesting sounding teas that I cannot wait to explore!

So, I’m just now realizing that this “Confetti Cake” blend is supposed to be more of a white sponge cake with confetti sprinkles type deal (like the Betty Crocker boxed cake mix) and not the “Confetti Square” profile that I had in my head when I was drinking it – more peanut butter-y with multi coloured marshmallows. So, with that realization in mind I think this is a lot better than what I was initially feeling about it – completely and utterly not like a Confetti Square at all.

That said – it’s still definitely not GOOD. I mean, it’s basically just sweet chamomile! I taste nothing else remotely cake like in terms of flavour – only the unpleasant taste of chamomile. It didn’t even have anything visual in the tea leaf to indicate those confetti sprinkles that would normally be associated with confetti cake. So, definitely a miss for me overall.

Thank you for sharing though VariaTEA – I always like exploring new to me teas!

VariaTEA

This was originally shared by Cameron B (thank you!) and I felt the same you did about it. I hoped you’d have better luck but if you didnt, it was still one of the very few things I had in my cupboard that you had not already tried.

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drank Confetti Cake by Pinky Up
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Thank you Cameron B for sharing but I just cant get past the chamomile with this one. Chamomile and stevia. Not for me.

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drank Strawberry Shortcake by Pinky Up
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Thank you Cameron B for sharing but this tea is definitely not for me. It has a lot of cinnamon which is weird but when it was brewed I noticed what seemed like apple. Why apple and cinnamon in a strawberry shortcake tea? That is bad enough but this doesn’t even taste all that great as a cinnamon apple tea. It is way too sweet and sort of coats the tongue. It just is off.

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drank Coconut Creme by Pinky Up
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I’ve been using this to coconutify my other teas. Plum and coconut? Yum. Caramel and coconut? Also yum. Probably going to try it with my chai and cucumber tea, too.

Kittenna

interesting idea!

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