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drank Rendezvous by Tea Cozy
1869 tasting notes

My pot of the morning.
I need to take better notes when buying teas from little shops. This has no info on the packaging, and I bought it a bit ago, so I don’t quite remember what it is, other than black tea which sounded good to me at the time.
Aha, I think its got currant in it. Both the leaf and the brew have that fruity tartness of current. Also, I love current teas, so that sounds like me, alright.
Its a decent tea. It has a tart, fruity flavor to it. I think it would probably do well with a minute lighter steep then I gave it.
So far these Tea Cozy teas have done well.

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drank Tea Cozy Blend by Tea Cozy
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I’m getting soft in my old age. I usually like me tea as black as a Goth’s wardrobe, with no sweetener or additives. But I found myself sipping this today and thinking that a splash of milk might not go amiss.
I mean, I still like it, even without the milk, but it might be nice, even with a little sugar.
I’m going soft, obviously.

Indigobloom

tea with milk is so good! nutin wrong with that :D

gmathis

Nah, sometimes you just need a little softness around the edges.

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drank Tea Cozy Blend by Tea Cozy
1869 tasting notes

I woke up to the rain this morning, so I decided that I needed a cozy blend.
This is from a local tea shop, and its their house blend. I’ve been waiting for the right day to brew it up, and that day has arrived!
I’m afraid the packaging leaves something to be desired, in that it does not list the teas that have gone into this blend, but one of then is clearly Lapsang. But its not just Lapsang.
Its a really nice blend, with the smokey quality I love in Lapsangs, but also some mellow sweetness to it. I don’t know what is causing that, but I’m not about to argue.
It was a very cozy cup this morning, I am happy to say. And I’m glad they are local, because this might be something that, once I drink this particular package down, might be worth bringing back into the cupboard.

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drank Earl Grey Lavender by Tea Cozy
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This is a very aromatic tea. So much so, that when I left my office to grab the mail, and came back, I had a deep and satisfying breath of lavender, even though the cup was already drunk.
Not a bad way to make a Thursday a little easier.

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drank Earl Grey Lavender by Tea Cozy
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I’m in a lavender mood, today. I’m wearing a lavender based perfume (again), and very happily drinking this as a work cup of tea.
What is it with weeks when you’ve got Monday off? Tuesdays are always bonkers.
This is just the right amount of soothing and peppy to help me through a very busy morning.

Fjellrev

Ooh, which lavender perfume are you wearing?

Rosehips

Its from a tiny perfume company called Possets. Its called Indigo, and it smells very rich and lovely.

Fjellrev

OH yeah, I’ve heard of Possets but never got around to ordering from them, mostly because I have so much freaking BPAL already haha.

gmathis

Agreed. Four day weeks are (shh, I can’t believe I’m saying this!) often not worth the Monday off.

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drank Earl Grey Lavender by Tea Cozy
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I felt like lavender today. Maybe its the pouring rain that inspired me. I for some reason really love lavender when its raining.
So I’m wearing a lavender perfume today, and this lavender Earl is my first cup of the work day.
Its a really nice balance, with neither the bergamot nor the lavender taking over completely, which I appreciate. It would be easy to have this blend be unbalanced.
As it is, I am sipping away happily, and wondering what warm and delicious thing I’ll make for dinner. I am feeling cozy. I wish I didn’t have to be at work!

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drank Earl Grey Lavender by Tea Cozy
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So I currently have two Lavender Earls in the cupboard. Both were gifts, interestingly enough!
I decided, as I am exsausted, that I would bring a different black tea with me to be a work tea (other than the disappointing Candy Cane Crush that I’ve already got there), so this was tucked into my bag and away we went.
First order of business was to brew it up, and you know? I prefer this to the other Lavender Earl I’ve got. That one is sooo strong that I keep thinking its a mislabeled Lapsang with lavender instead of an Earl. This is a much gentler incarnation of the blend, with the lavender and bergamot in a good blend, not overpowering, and not medicinal.
Its going to be a lovely work cup, I think.

Evol Ving Ness

Funny, just the other day I was having an Earl Grey and thinking that a touch of Lapsang might be a good thing.

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drank Black Pepper Chai by Tea Cozy
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Just when I think I’ve got a handle on this whole “number of teas in my cupboard” thing, whoops, I find teas I have not logged. Gosh darn it, I’m never going to get out of the 90’s. And that’s gonna be a problem, as I totally am going to want some teas during black Friday sales.
So, this is a tea my uncle gave me for my birthday, from the local small tea shop. I’m getting a little more into chai, and I love black pepper in food and recipes, so I was well interested to try this.
Its quite a strong blend, and the pepper is most certainly a factor. I can really taste it. And while I love that flavor in cooking, I’m a little uncertain about it when it comes to tea.
I don’t hate it, but its a spicier tea than I’m used to (usually drinking sweeter teas), so I’m glad I’ve got a few ounces of this, as I want to play around with it.

KiwiDelight

Sounds like it’s up my alley.

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drank French Vanilla by Tea Cozy
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I am always questing for a basic (and yet fantastic) vanilla black. I’ve come across some really good blends, but nothing that has yet fully earned the title of “cupboard staple”. So I pick them up almost aggressively, when I spot one that seems a likely contender.
This is a blend from a local tea shop, which is a cute little place. They have some English tea imported, and lots of teaware, and some of their own unique blends, which I picked up a good helping of the last time I was there. This is one of them.
And its ok. My first cup of this was perfectly decent, but nothing to sing about. I’ll drink it down without problems, and probably some pleasure, but its not The One True Vanilla Black.
Do you guys have a good vanilla black recommendation?

Sil

sadly my vanilla recommendations are fancy french teas heh not easily attainable.

Rosehips

Alas! I feel like I need to take a “teas of the world” tour, and just stuff several suitcases full of teas.

Dexter

I’ve had success adding vanilla bean to black tea. I just took about half a vanilla bean – split lengthwise and cut into a few half inch or so pieces – add it to about 1 cup of your favorite black tea, seal in a tin for a couple of weeks.

Teatotaler

I love vanilla flavored tea! Vanilla Flavored Tea by Mark T. Wendell is by far the best I’ve had. Wonderful Ceylon base with bits of real vanilla bean. It’s like drinking a Nabisco Vanilla Wafer! Pure vanilla ecstasy!

Rosehips

Those are both really good suggestions! I’ve added the Vanilla Flavored tea to my wishlist, and I might get some vanilla beans the next time I’m at the store. Thank you, Dexter and Teatotaler!

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drank Sencha by Tea Cozy
58 tasting notes

Tea Cozy’s Sencha is boldly vegetal, but not so much that it turns you off. The tea itself is a grassy green color, moderately dense, and leaves your water a delightful spring green. Overall, one of the better senchas i’ve had.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 8 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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The seller mentioned this was one of their best selling greens at the moment so I picked up about 1.5 oz. It is your typical fruity green, well flavored but not as smooth as I would like it. Tea Cozy sells a Fiji Green that is absolutely delicious, I would recommend that over Green Powerfruit.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Ah, nothing like burning your tongue to start off your tea review. This is actually a wonderful tea! It smells like dessert and tastes like a mild hot chocolate almost. I don’t get much of the hazelnut flavor, at first I thought I didn’t steep it well enough but i’ve done it twice now and don’t taste it. It’s a decent tea, but I think there are probably better dessert blacks available for sure.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Fiji by Tea Cozy
58 tasting notes

An intense fusion of quality green tea and tropical fruit flavors. The leaves are beautiful, the dark green contrasting with bright cornflower petals. The smell itself is sweet and carries well. It was sitting on the edge of my desk and the scent continually reminded me it was there!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Definitely one of my favorite teas at the moment. A blend of multiple greens and whites, it combines beautifully with a strong apricot flavor, ensuring a smooth delivery. I’ve had it both iced and hot and it is wonderful either way. It has a naturally sweet flavor with floral undertones.

Flavors: Apricot

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Love this Tea in the morning. beautiful coppery color with a smooth finish only slightly astringent. I dont steep it long but it seems to do well with the short steep time.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Rosebuds by Tea Cozy
5 tasting notes

It was pink and Turkish. Straight from the spice bazar (thank to Silvia P)

lovely. Beautiful smell

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drank Formosa Oolong by Tea Cozy
3 tasting notes

Been drinking a lot of oolong lately…with boba.

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drank Mexican Winter by Tea Cozy
2816 tasting notes

This comes to me courtesy of TeaEqualsBliss – thanks so much for the sample!

I was a little nervous after finding some red peppercorns in the sample and I also know this tea has dried orange peel as well as rooibos so I thought it would be curious and interesting.

Hmmm, for a rooibos blend this is pretty nice. I like my rooibos with soymilk so that’s how I’m drinking it this afternoon. The orange element is very strong and I’m also picking up on coconut and a nice spicy element. It’s a bit like a rooibos chai but fruitier. Nice afternoon tea but I don’t think I need to run out and buy any. :-) Thanks for sharing, T = B!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey Lavender by Tea Cozy
470 tasting notes

Whoo, this is the first time I’ve been able to write anything on Steepster in DAYS. I’m going through withdrawal. I’m backlogging this from 3 days ago or so, and my memory is a little fuzzy, but I remember liking it! This is sadly also the last tea I had. Yes, 3 days ago! The horror. I got food poisoning and then had some weird vitamin deficiency from the food poisoning and now… I don’t even know, but somehow I am still sick. My luck is the worst. ;~;

Anyway, this is another from the box from LiberTeas. I was jonesing for something comforting and familiar, and lavender earl grey is one of my absolute favorites. This is an excellent blend, not too floral and the lavender is well-balanced with the bergamot and the base, which is nice and mild. I actually ended up drinking the third steep first and it was still quite flavorful! (I got overly nervous that the milk was bad in the first cup, and the second I steeped for 5 minutes and it was ungodly bitter)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

Aww, sorry to hear you haven’t been feeling well. I’m glad that this tea provided some comfort!

Missy

Get better soon!

CHAroma

Hope you feel better soon! Food poisoning is the worst. :(

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77
drank English Caramel by Tea Cozy
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drank English Caramel by Tea Cozy
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77
drank English Caramel by Tea Cozy
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77
drank English Caramel by Tea Cozy
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drank English Caramel by Tea Cozy
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I love the little caramel squares in this tea! I wanted to nibble on it, but I refrained. When I steeped this up, it was a nice black tea. Strong! It tasted good on its own, but I felt the need to add a little sugar and some milk to it. It brought out the caramel/vanilla flavor. It also had a tinge of powdered milk taste to it. The caramel melted! This is a delicious tea!

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