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This was the third tea in the Postal Teas box for this company, though I think it’s actually a Dethlefsen & Balk blend originally. It was nice to get a variety of teas in this subscription box: one black, one green, and one herbal, and they were all pretty good. The dried leaf for this one is very pretty – the picture doesn’t do it justice. Green leaves, tan/brown fruit/ginger pieces, and blue cornflower petals. The tisane is fresh and almost citrusy (that would be the lemongrass and maybe the verbena?), with a slight sweetness that I presume is from the apple. It’s nice to try a “zinger” tisane where the “zing” comes from ginger, and not hibiscus. :) I’m not getting much actual blueberry flavour from this, but I also didn’t see any blueberries in my spoonful of tea. Anyway, it’s refreshing and pleasant to drink , and I think I’ll try it iced next.

Flavors: Apple, Blueberry, Ginger, Herbaceous, Lemongrass

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Another from my Postal Teas box, this one was just ok. I don’t really know what passion fruit tastes like, but my general impression was that this is a sort of generic fruity green tea. Like, there was nothing offensive about it, but also nothing particularly special either.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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This is a very tasty tea! The dry leaf is almost overwhelmingly fruity and cherry scented, but happily it mellows out and becomes more balanced in the steeping. The scent of the steeped tea is a blend of tart cherry and an earthy sweetness that I suspect is from the fig. The taste has a strong but pleasant cherry flavour that lingers into the aftertaste – not medicinal or overly tart. There’s a slight sweetness that might be the fig. The base black tea is smooth and provides a good base without interfering with the other flavours at all. I bet this would be lovely as an iced tea in the summer.

I got this from the Postal Teas box, and I’m happy to have had a chance to try it, though I’m a little annoyed to be again getting teas from a subscription box that come from a vendor who is in turn reselling wholesale teas. I’m not sure where the blend actually originates, but it’s available for sale from both Deflethson & Balk and ESP Emporium, and Tealux sells it (under the name “Cherry Fantasy”) for cheaper than tea and all its spendour does. Ah well, at least I actually like the tea this time. :)

Flavors: Cherry

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

I really like this one too. I picked it up locally and then found it everywhere online.

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This smelled good but WOW is it ever weak. I felt like I way overleafed (very generous 1.5 tsp… probably more than 2, for maybe 8 oz but probably 6 oz water?), and gave it a decently long infusion (4.5 minutes, okay, could have been longer), but there’s hardly any flavour here. I’m debating nuking my cup, adding a tbsp of the mix to the infuser, and seeing if that makes a difference, because at this strength, I don’t really want to drink it. Also, thanks Indigobloom via Sil and Raritea, apparently? :)

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this was one from Indigobloom via Raritea Not my favourite. It’s not a bad tea, but it’s not really pumpkin spice, or fig. It’s like it couldn’t decide what it wanted to be and so it’s a melange of something that just doesn’t quite work. thanks for sharing though ladies! I do like getting to try new teas :)

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1.5 tbsp for 375 ml

Dilute-tasting. Good mix of spice. Slight medicinal tinge. Possibly too many different flavours in this one.

Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

tell your sister to get her butt to france NAO and send us tea from the o dor back NAO..


Oh nooooos! :/

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Has a wonderful scent and the fruity flavours make the tea soft and sweet, with no bitterness that you would sometimes get from plain green tea.

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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