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I bought a sample of this with an order a while back! So it isn’t the freshest to review, but it’s still pretty tasty (I need to stop with late reviews!). This blend just sounded dreamy – apricot, osmanthus, jasmine – all with a black tea base. The result of the black tea is a little light, just barely leaving a color to the cup. There is plenty of flavor though! Certainly apricot/peach and I did see pieces of fruit in the blend. Plenty of jasmine petals, however I’ve tasted some VERY jasmine flavored teas before and this doesn’t have quite the strength in jasmine that I’d like. I’m not sure what osmanthus should taste like. I had an osmanthus tea a few years ago and I think I remember tasting peach just from the osmanthus or else a very sweet flavor? But that is just my experience of osmanthus from one tea and many years ago. Overall, a very tasty blend, just wishing more jasmine. I’ve certainly had some really bad peach/apricot teas and this isn’t one of them.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // couple minutes after boiling // 4 minute steep

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By my calculations, there is about 154 different teas I never wrote a tasting note for. I’ve failed you, teas, I’ve failed you! Anyway…. Thanks so much for sending a bit of this along, Mastress Alita! I wanted to try this when I saw it over on Angry Tea Room’s website. This would probably be amazing iced, but I brewed this one up hot. I’m not really an alcohol drinker (drinking alcohol would mean less tea consumption anyway) but this has a flavor that tastes JUST like champagne. It’s uncanny. It’s the strongest flavor there is among all of these delicious ingredients: apples, papaya, rose, strawberry. But it’s the champagne that makes this so unique and tasty. Champagne with some fruit thrown in maybe. Then I read Mastress Alita’s description with memories of drinking champagne with frozen fruit to keep it cold: yep, that is what this tea is. I could definitely stock up on this one.

Flavors: Champagne

Arby

This looks great! I’ll add it to my wish list for future purchases.

Mastress Alita

I definitely recommend this one iced! I can’t have alcohol anymore because it is a migraine trigger for me, but yes, it totally brings me back to those days when my sister would chill wine and use frozen fruit to keep it cold, so I love making pitchers of this for my fridge. Definitely one of my favorite iced teas! Also a nice fruit blend for those on the hunt for fruit teas lacking hibi-hip.

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May Flowers! I got this at the same time I got the Sparkling Wine tea (man, do I love that stuff!) because it was their “signature blend,” and as much as I wanted to like this… ya… it just isn’t for me. The leaf looks great; a nice oolong base (my favorite type of tea, by far!) and lots of flower petals; nothing about it looks like this is going to be a really chamomile-heavy tea. But when I brew it up, all I can smell and taste is chamomile. For all the lovely, beautiful rose petals, I don’t get so much as a hint of rose flavor to help subdue some of that chamomile flavor, which is a shame, as I love rose, and though the tea boasts citrus flavoring, I can only very subtly make out a slight lemon flavor toward the end of the sip; it certainly isn’t strong enough against the chamomile to make this a pleasant cup for me. The tea does have a nice, silky mouthfeel from the oolong, but since I’m not really a fan of the taste of chamomile and only like it as a background note or more subdued against other, stronger flavors, this strong, “in your face” chamomile-tasting tea just isn’t for me. I plan to gift this to a friend who will hopefully appreciate it more than me.

Flavors: Floral, Lemon

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Lexie Aleah

I need to crack open that Sparkling Wine one you sent over myself pretty soon. It’ll be a good one to drink while doing yard work with the family. I always am surprised when people don’t like chamomile. I really enjoy it but also have drunk it since childhood.

Mastress Alita

It’s pretty much the only floral I don’t like… but I like all the tea ingredients that everyone else tends to hate (hibiscus, rosehip, licorice root, stevia). Chamomile comes off with a strange, almost soapy flavor to me. (And I know people who say that about lavender, and I’ll add lavender to just about anything… I love that stuff). I can drink chamomile, it doesn’t make me gag or anything, but I don’t particularly like it. When it’s mixed with other things so it isn’t the main flavor and there are lots of other flavors that sort of overpower it in the tea, it doesn’t bother me at all. When it is all that I taste, then something about it is really off-putting to me.

Lexie Aleah

Interesting and I’m the same way except I only like heavy hibiscus teas iced or hot with something to tone it down.

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I love this tea. When I first tasted this tea, it brought me back to a time, long ago, when I used to sip chilled white wine kept cold using frozen fruit; my sister used to make us each a glass and we’d watch movies together or play video games together while sipping on her apartment couch. Then I discovered alcohol was one of my main migraine triggers, and I couldn’t so much as even have a sip of wine anymore (I actually got into tea-tasting when I discovered it “brought back” many of the same feelings when I had to give up wine-tasting as a hobby!) And my sister has been moved away now for several years. So for a tea to simply bring back that moment really struck a chord with me.

I prefer this tea iced (to get that chilled wine effect!), and find the flavor has this white wine or champagne-like peppery tingle on the back of the tongue, while the flavor has these nice fruity hints. The tea is very sweet, with notes of apple, pineapple, and melon. The tea brews a beautiful, incredibly pale yellow, that even looks like a white wine, has a very silky smooth mouthfeel, and is very refreshing. This is the first tea I’ve ever bought in a bulk size, and I like to keep a nice cold mason jar of it on hand in my fridge to sip on in the evenings — it brings back the feelings of getting to have a glass of wine, but it’s alcohol free, so I can enjoy it even with my chronic migraine condition, and it’s caffeine-free too, so I can drink it right before bed while winding down.

Flavors: Apple, Melon, Pepper, Pineapple, Smooth, Sweet, White Wine

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Pumpkin by The Angry Tea Room
271 tasting notes

Thank You Tea-Sipper! for this sample package of this tea.
Dry Leaf: The tea smells like cola initially with some spices.
Brewing: 2 TSP of leaf using just boiled water steeped for 3 1/2 minutes covered.
Added a tsp of agave and tiny bit of almond milk as recommended.

The milk made this tea very creamy. Flavor wise it’s like a mild chai with the additional milk and sweetener it reminds me of the traditional creamy masala chai that is served in indian restaurants. The spices come through in each sip, but I’m also getting a pop of something that tastes like cola. It’s a nice surprise. I’m not sure where it’s coming from though. I can’t detect any pumpkin flavor though. It’s quite different from any other pumpkin tea I’ve ever had in a good way. I can sort of see how the spices and creaminess might make you think of pumpkin pie. Agave really brings out any sort of soda aspect a tea has.

Flavors: Ginger, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I decided to have a late night first time watch of Deadpool tonight, so I pulled this sample out from my Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox samples to sipdown since it went so well with the mood! (Thanks so much to tea-sipper for organizing and all contributors of the box!) The brewed tea had a very sweet, caramely scent, with almost a maple syrup sort of sweetness to the aroma. Mmmm! I found the flavor very nice… it was a very rich, full caramel flavor, rather than being overly sweet-syrupy like some caramel-flavored teas I’ve tried. I think the base of the tea is what really balances out the flavor so nicely; the roasted mate gives it a toasty depth, and I’ve found that black/rooibos blends tend to create this nice combination of sweet malt. The tea is very smooth with no astringencies. This is a fantastic dessert tea, and one I am likely going to have to stock up on!

Flavors: Candy, Caramel, Malt, Maple Syrup, Roasted, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I woke up much too early this morning, but there was nothing for it. I was awake, so I prepped for my day, and brewed up a sample of this for my morning pot of tea.
Overall not my very favorite. The popcorn adds an interesting savory quality, but I found the caramel taste to be a little too weak to hold up to the popcorn. I would have liked a better balance.
But, as I consumed the whole sample in one go, it has sparked a possibly foolish idea. Can I get myself down to 40 teas in the cupboard before Black Friday and all of the dangerous tea sales? I might be able to swing it, and wouldn’t that be just the best thing? I would feel so much freer to try new teas, if I had my cupboard whittled down that far.
So this sipdown starts the beginning of that quest! I think I can!

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drank Pumpkin by The Angry Tea Room
2625 tasting notes

I absolutely had to have a pumpkin tea today. Its pumpkin day! I will be heading off to the pumpkin patch to select my gourds, and so I needed an appropriate brew to take with me.
I brewed up my entire sample of this into a good little pot of tea, which I’m enjoying, but am not completely blown away by. It seems to focus a bit more of pumpkin than a pumpkin chai would, but I’m getting the typical thing of more pumpkin spice than pumpkin.
Still, I think this is a fairly good example of the breed, and I’ve enjoyed this nice little pot!
Also a sipdown!

Evol Ving Ness

You mad sip down machine you.

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57

I polished this off with my breakfast, and I’m afraid to say it hardly left an impression.
My quest for the most decadent vanilla black tea continues. This, alas, was not it!
Sipdown!

Evol Ving Ness

One of my favourites is Vanilla Black by Capital Tea Ltd (based in Canada). Not quite sure what you are thinking in terms of decadent, but Capital Tea is awesome with a good variety of fine quality teas and with the exchange rate going in your favour, it is well worth giving them a try. Order a bunch and get free shipping.

Rosehips

That sounds good! And there are other teas I’ve heard of/look interested from them.
Thanks for the advice! I am always looking for good vanilla blacks.

Evol Ving Ness

To be clear, it is this company. I like their naturally flavoured mango black too. http://www.capitaltea.com/shop/home.php?cat=14

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Tea of my morning.
The leaf smells very strongly of vanilla, but it doesn’t taste really like anything. I was hoping to get a lot of vanilla, but it just was a cup of rather mild black tea.

Evol Ving Ness

Tea deceptions. Bah!

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64

I drank this down over the weekend.
Its pleasant, more apple than caramel, which is a shame. I was hoping for something richer and sweeter.

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64

Cuppa the morning.
I smell a lot of caramel in the dry leaf, but I taste mostly apple when brewed. I will try and see if I can get those two aspects to really meld next time, because that would be perfect!

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drank Autumn Berry by The Angry Tea Room
2625 tasting notes

The good/sad thing about samples is how quickly they are finished. Sometimes you love the tea, and wish you had more, but sometimes you’re glad you only committed to a little bit of it.
The latter is the case here. I just never got much in the way of an impression from this. Midly citrusy, but no particular taste of berry, and nothing that really said Autumn to me.
But now its a sipdown!

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drank Autumn Berry by The Angry Tea Room
2625 tasting notes

The first of my Angry Tea Room samples! I had part of my little packet yesterday morning, and my first impression is hardly an impression at all.
Hmm. I find it alright, but it is not making my heart sing in any way. It seemed a mild black tea with a hint of berry.
Well, I have more, and will experiment again!

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This herbal blend I’ve had a few times and the elements just seem like they should be awesome together: fresh looking coconut, apple, rose, cherry, raspberry, banana, sultana…. and hibiscus but the flavor of that doesn’t come across too much. (I love the hint of that when the cup isn’t too red — no overly tart hibiscus, yay!) Sadly the huge delicious looking coconut flakes don’t show up more in the flavor. Overall, the flavor is mostly reminiscent of cherry and really only cherry which is disappointing for all these other ingredients here. Reminds me of the day I helped my grandma pick cherries from her tree in the yard for jam this summer. Sadly, one of the more fun things I got to do for a few weeks while visiting my dad in the hospital every day. I thought this was similar to a blend I’ve had in the past, but the brew definitely isn’t the same. Maybe I should have went with more than two teaspoons for more flavor, but that probably would have made it more tart. It’s a unique flavor to have around though.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons // few minutes after boiling // 6 minute steep

Flavors: Cherry

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Thanks for this sample with my small order a while ago, Angry Tea Room! For some reason the label on my sample lists some pretty odd ingredients that I figured probably weren’t actually in the blend. Instead we have: black tea, apple pieces, natural caramel apple flavor and cinnamon bark. Straightforward and that is all you need for this delicious tea. There is definite crisp, fresh, bright apple flavor here. As well as some delicious sweetness to stand in for caramel. I would love if the caramel chunks from Angry’s lovely Caramel Popcorn Movie Night blend were included here, but I can live with this level of sweetness anyway. The black tea is a perfect base. The cinnamon isn’t very noticeable but I don’t think it needs to be. This is a solid caramel apple tea! I think both steeps were perfect. And now it’s nighttime and I’m drinking some of Angry’s Creamsicle blend. A perfect end to this heat wave I’m glad is over tonight!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5 minute steep

Flavors: Apple, Caramel

Fjellrev

Sounds like a relaxing evening!

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drank Pumpkin by The Angry Tea Room
2424 tasting notes

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drank Pumpkin by The Angry Tea Room
2424 tasting notes

I can’t remember who sent me this, but it is labelled as “Angry Pumpkin” – Angry Tea Room.

I only used 1 tsp in a coldbrew, so I still have 5 tsp left. It is good though, I am not in a hurry to get rid of it.

Strong black base, slightly bitter. Strong flavours of cardamom, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, light on the ginger (chai spices). Lightly nutty. Overall, it is a good chai that makes me think of autumn or winter. I didn’t enjoy the base, but maybe 1 hour was too long a steep. I forgot I had it brewing until I went into the kitchen to find snacks (I ate some macadamia nuts…good pairing!) It isn’t something I would buy, but I did enjoy getting to taste it.

Flavors: Bitter, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Nutmeg, Nutty, Tannic

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Pumpkin by The Angry Tea Room
2424 tasting notes

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A couple months ago, AngryTeaRoom.com sent three generous samples with my SMALL order (thank you!) They must not have been feeling as angry that day. :D Also, the front page of their site right now has a few alcohol teas. This lavender bergamot blend is DELICIOUS and just such a perfect combination and the right balance. The bergamot and citrus and lavender that Angry has here just perfectly compliments each other. And it is amazingly balanced. So tasty I’m drinking it much too fast. The black tea is the perfect briskness. The lavender and bergamot are strong, just the way I like it. Floral and herby, yet sweet and citrusy. I would stock up on this one in a heartbeat! I’m missing some great Earls anyway. Did I mention this is just perfect today? Gorgeous.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 13 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 minute steep

Fjellrev

Drool, Lavender EG. I miss Zen’s. It was so dreamy.

tea-sipper

I sadly never tried Zen’s! (that must have been the only zen tea I didn’t try, ha.)

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drank Pumpkin by The Angry Tea Room
2494 tasting notes

I bought this for the Black Friday sale. It came in a mason jar inside the cutest pumpkin mug! The tea is pretty tasty. I wouldn’t call it overly, definitely pumpkin flavored. But it isn’t too spicy either. Only an occasional spice ingredient here and there within the black tea (cinnamon, clove, ginger, cardamom). It’s not an overt chai blend though. The black tea is robust enough. Mostly what makes this interesting is a hint of creamy flavor, like a whip cream on top of a pumpkin pie (it might be the flower petals too — I’m convinced this type adds a sweetness.) This blend would be to die for with actual pumpkin pieces or more actual pumpkin flavor. But this hits the craving as is.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep

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drank Sue's Blend by The Angry Tea Room
527 tasting notes

I must admit, I’ve never tasted bourbon! However, I am a fan of both ginger and chocolate, so I decided to give this blend a try. This is definitely a very unique tea! There are so many different ingredients in here that I struggled to pick out one specific flavor. There are definitely hints of cocoa powder and the earthiness of yerba mate…and the spicy ginger kick lingers in the aftertaste. I don’t think this is something I’ll re-purchase, as I don’t see myself reaching for it very often. But I’m so glad I had the chance to try such an interesting blend!

Flavors: Cocoa, Earth, Ginger, Spicy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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