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Big, big pot of Western tea right before bed.

Everything about brewing this tea as a giant pot of it was a brilliant idea, except for the fact I ended up waking up in the middle of the night several times because I had to pee. This tastes exactly like Della Terra’s Lemon Chiffon blend, though – so not only is it really delicious but it’s also a major blast from the past/incredibly nostalgic.

“Back in the day” Steepster people would probably lose their minds over how similar the two are, to be honest. Like – it really takes me back to like four/five years ago on Steepster right after I had moved to Saskatoon. Damn…

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drank Limoncello by The NecessiTeas
4160 tasting notes

I describe this as lemon meringue tea because this had more body than I anticipated and some vanilla creaminess and yet it was still light. Made for a nice treat, especially following the disaster that was my attempt at expertly documenting the wonderful color changing effects of DAVIDsTEA’s Magic Potion.

Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2018/10/19/limoncello-from-the-necessiteas-2/

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drank Limoncello by The NecessiTeas
4160 tasting notes

Made this as a teapop and though there is a light creamy vanilla/citrus, it is mostly lemongrass

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This was a VariaTEA share – and it smells really good; like DT’s Forever Nuts with sweeter and maybe a little caramel tinged!? It made me super excited to try it! I’m sipping on it now, though, and it’s not bad but compared to the dry/steeped aroma I’m finding the taste somewhat disappointing. It’s just sort of bland/watery; like a weak cup of Forever Nuts – that same sort of cinnamon/apple/almond combo. No caramel sweetness either. It’s not bad, just lackluster.

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This was a sample I got with a NecessiTeas order and at first sip it reminded me of Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA. The apple is definitely the foundation flavor of this blend, coating your tongue with its sweet and fresh cinnamon-apple note. At first it is a bit of light vanilla that sits atop the apple but that quickly is taken over by the heavier and nutty almond and chicory flavors. There is a baked good vibe here and though the different components all together sound like an apple strudel, I find in actuality this tea doesn’t come together quite how it should so instead it is a jumble of flavors. In fairness, that could be due to my negative experience of Forever Nuts and the similarity to that but as I sip, I just can’t help but think that this is not the Apple Strudel tea for me.

Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2018/08/16/grandmas-apple-strudel-from-the-necessiteas/

Evol Ving Ness

Gah! So many of these Forever Nuts remakes.

VariaTEA

I suppose it’s something different than fruit blends and for those that don’t have DAVIDsTEA, it’s nice they can get it from other places.

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Finished this one off at work today as an iced latte. I was initially unexcited about this one because I imaged it would likely just be a boring black tea with chocolate, however I was delightfully surprised by it. Of course, it WAS a really strong chocolate flavour however there were quite a few additional ingredients in the blend that broke up that chocolate flavour a bit but still paired well – and for me, at least, that’s what made the blend so good. The main one was the vanilla, but also the marshmallow (of which there was an abundance). It just made the chocolate so creamy and smooth tasting that I almost forgot that there was so much chocolate in the blend/that I don’t usually get into chocolate. The barley and apple were nice too; just added a touch of a toasty quality and some sweetness that differed from the chocolate (respectively speaking),

This is definitely not the kind of tea that I would ever stock up on – but I came into this one with very low expectations and they were just completely smashed. I’m not sure why VariaTEA and I had such drastic differences – but I’m sort of glad we did.

VariaTEA

Perhaps my expectations were too high going in. It smelled really good when I was packing it up for you and Sil but it ended up being not so great.

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drank Hot Chocolate by The NecessiTeas
4160 tasting notes

I was packaging this up for Roswell Strange and Sil not too long ago and it smelled soo good that I just had to make myself a cup…or two. I brewed this as a plain tea and as a latte with vanilla almond milk.

The plain tea was rather murky but surprisingly smooth which is nice that it wasn’t oily or slimey but also not so nice since the flavor wasn’t all that rich either. The chocolate flavor was earthier and more akin to cacao while the barley gave this a grain quality, like chocolate cereal…in water.

The latte wasn’t much better as it tasted chalky and like unsweetened oatmeal.

Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2018/07/06/hot-chocolate-from-the-necessiteas/

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drank Pumpkin Brulee by The NecessiTeas
4160 tasting notes

I really liked this one with its caramel pumpkin flavor, its caramelized sugar burntness, and its ribbon of vanilla with just a dash of spice.

Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2018/06/11/pumpkin-brulee-from-the-necessiteas/

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drank Tropical Twist by The NecessiTeas
4160 tasting notes

Made this yesterday as a tea lemonade using the tangerine lemonade. This is the first tea that can actually stand up to the lemonade flavor and more than that, it actually complimented it and made for one very tasty drink. It was like drinking a liquified jolly rancher – a little sour and a lot sweet.

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Latte Sipdown (638)!

Making this one as a latte was VariaTEA’s recommendation, so that’s exactly what I did. I’m a fan of the chocolate peanut butter cup tea that DT sells, which is quite similar to this one, so I was excited to see how this would compare. As far as I can tell, the BIG different between these two is that this one has caramel pieces in it? For me, that’s actually a really good selling point – but who knows if they would drastically impact the flavour.

I think the ultimate answer is that this does make for a REALLY tasty latte, but not one that’s massively different from the DT version. It’s perhaps a little bit sweeter from the caramel, and it has a super creamy/nutty peanut butter taste that does loosely emulate the filling of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup/comparable candy. I don’t think it’s nearly as much chocolate as the DT version!? However it’s hard to say without a direct comparison. Even if that’s true, I’m ok with the trade off for the sweeter/richer nutty components. Yeah; this one was REALLY good and I’m super happy I decided to do it up as a latte because it was the perfect cap to a long shift at work and gave me this really indulgent moment!

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drank Strawberry Shortcake by The NecessiTeas
9772 tasting notes

Not overly a fan of green, strawberry teas…this one was pretty average. nothing extra special about this version of a strawberry grean…though i’d argue if they were going for shortcake, they feel short. heh. It’s much more generically strawberry green.

Final count: 44

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We’re now carrying almond milk at work, which is exciting for me because I try not to drink milk so much but I hate the taste of soy milk. So, work is one of the only places I ever drink actual milk in anything. Now I have another option, though!

So, this was an almond milk latte – and because we recently celebrated our 10 year birthday as a company we have a TON of sprinkles left over from the specialty drink we were serving, so I added lots and lots of sprinkles to the top of this one too. It was a little excessive but also really fun. Who doesn’t love a latte with sprinkles!?

Flavour wise this was great; sweet banana and just slightly bitter chocolate notes. I liked the tiny bit of bitterness contrasted with the really sweet banana/sprinkles. The hint of nutty almond milk was a nice, complimentary addition also. A good, sweet treat that didn’t feel over-complicated.

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Something sweet to sip away at midday instead of munching on snacks…

Chocolate? Check! Banana? Big check! It’s a nice flavour; and I do really enjoy sweet banana and chocolate teas – it’s a big soft spot for me, especially since chocolate teas can be quite hit or miss for me. I don’t think I’ve ever come across a chocolate banana tea I didn’t like though? No exception here.

Biggest qualm is that it’s MIGHTY oily. Like, the film of oil and melted chocolate goo on the surface of the tea liquor is the worst I’ve seen on any tea in quite some time. The mouthfeel is also a little oily. At least the flavour is really solid though. Solid enough to make up for the oil slick I’m experiencing.

Thanks for the share VariaTEA!

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I’ve been on a bit of a mint tea binge this week; I think it’s helping a bit with the headaches I’ve been having – and I mean maybe it’s placebo, but if it works I’ll take it. This one was nice; definitely very creamy and rich on top of the overall strong mint notes. Reminds me of white chocolate bark with candy canes, like what you get at Christmas. Also very similar to DAVIDsTEA’s Candy Cane Crush but somewhat more balanced in terms of general sweetness. Thanks for the share VariaTEA!

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drank Banana Maple Oatmeal by The NecessiTeas
9772 tasting notes

Another one from VariaTEA and i’m with her on this one. Do not like. I’ve come to realise that i always want more banana, but i also really don’t like “maple” flavours in teas. It never really tastes like maple and always has this artificial maple flavour. Will be passing this on to someone else to see if they can enjoy it more.

Final Count: 52

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Another VariaTEA share! This is one that sounds really good in theory, but steeped out I found it disappointing. Not necessarily bad tasting, but just not overly flavourful. I got strawberry from the taste, but there was a bit of a dullness/flatness to it, and there wasn’t really anything in the blend that reminded me of shortcake at all. Some strong timothy hay notes from the white tea. I actually thought the tea itself was the strongest flavour and far outweighed the taste of the strawberry or anything that may have been intended to be cake-like.

Again, not bad – I definitely finished the cup and would drink it again if served. I just don’t think it comes close to conveying its namesake.

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Hot sipdown (652)!

Definitely not as into this one as a hot tea rather than cold brewed, but I knew that would be the case – I just didn’t have enough leaf left for a second cold brew so figured I should look at a different perspective on the flavour. It’s just very sweet/rich and obviously uses candied fruits. A little bit more noticable orange, also. Still can’t really taste the strawberry though – where is it hiding!?

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Another from VariaTEA!

This is a really nice summer cold brew or iced tea; I’m drinking cold brewed though. It reminds me quite a bit of DAVIDsTEA’s Mango Fruit Punch. Definitely sweeter, with that candied fruit element that MFP also has. I think this is a bit more noticeably citrus-y though; maybe a larger percentage of citrus to mango than MFP has? This one also appears to have the strawberry in it just like DT’s blend but similarly I don’t taste the strawberry in this one either.

Anyway – MFP has never really been my jam, but it appeals to a lot of people and it’s one that I definitely don’t mind enjoying sporadically, so I’m enjoying this one! I wonder if it’s something The Necessiteas carries year round or if it’s something that they do just for the summer, like DT? Anyone know? This would be a really excellent alternative for fans of the DT blend if it is carried year round.

Sweet, smooth, refreshing and tropical.

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Well, I’m pretty sad to see this blend finished off – but at the same time, any tea that I don’t have to move across the country is a win right now.

I do think this was my least favourite experience with this tea; though that’s not to say it was a bad cup. I just thought that this was the least cola tasting cup, and the cherry read as a little bit borderline medicinal to me. However, I still got a beautiful, creamy vanilla note and hints of sarsaparilla that I found delicious. A minute shorter of a steep time, and I think this would have been perfect. I just drew out the notes of the cherry too much and it’s distracting from the other flavours…

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xENutxPNSO8&list=WL&index=3

VariaTEA

I really can’t get this to work for me so if I find more of it, it will be coming to you. I will wait until AFTER you are settled in Montreal to send it though.

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Iced, with vanilla agave.

I LOVE the taste of this – basically, it just tasted exactly like flat Cherry Vanilla Coke with a more reasonable sugar level. The vanilla is only partly from the vanilla agave, as well – there’s already a nice creaminess to the tea itself.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPpInGffxgM&t=0s&index=2&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

VariaTEA

I need to experiment with this one more because I really didn’t love it last time I had it. At least now I know where I can send it if it doesn’t get better :P

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Probably my last tea of the day…

The dry leaf for this one smells amazing – really screams Cherry Cola, with hints of sweet and creamy vanilla. Makes me think of drinking an amazing float in some old school malt shop/diner. I was all kind of excited to steep this one up in the hope that it would be even half as tasty as it smells.

The taste is awesome; the cherry and vanilla notes both come through quite strongly and clearly and really balance each other out. I don’t think the cola is quite as strong in taste as it was in smell, but it is there and I have so say that it’s better than a lot of cola teas I’ve tried – and I have had my fair share. It’s a little bit citrus-y too, and that makes me wonder if this is one of those blends that uses a combo of citrus and spice to recreate the cola flavour. I don’t taste any spices though, so maybe not. Rooibos base comes through fairly strongly also; pulls you out of the cherry cola illusion a little bit but doesn’t completely shatter it. Thanks for sharing VariaTEA!

Ultimately I really like the taste of this one, the only problem is that as I finish off the mug that nausea/queasiness is coming back in full force and I’m starting to feel really sick. That strong feeling of being right on the verge of gagging or full on throwing up. I’ve felt this sensation so much over the last four days that I know it has ZERO to do with the tea itself, but it’s hard to not wonder what’s triggering it and if that trigger has any connection to the tea…

It’s making the last bit of the mug hard to finish off though, and that’s why this is likely the last tea of the night. Don’t need anything else adding to the nausea. Bleck. Ick. Ugh.

VariaTEA

Glad you liked this but sorry to hear about the nausea. Sometimes it helps to actually throw up but I’m not sure if that’s the case with prolonged nausea. Hope you feel better soon.

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“Sipdown” (643)!

This is another one that I’m adding into the Discovery Tea Box, since it was requested by someone later on in the line up. VariaTEA was really generous with her sample of it, so I’m happy to share! Just gonna sneak in one last cup before I pack it into the box.

Delightful banana notes make up the bulk of the sip, but there’s also marshmallow and peanut butter notes as well. The peanut butter notes are what I find the most interesting; I don’t remember it tasting at all like peanut butter the last time I drank it. It’s good though; I’m loving that sweet, nutty end to the sip! Makes me think that there should be more peanut butter and banana teas out there. The honeybush feels stronger as the tea cools, as does the peanut butter element. So, it’s progressing into more of a banana, peanut butter, and honey sort of taste. Really good!

I hope the rest of the people in the tea box line up enjoy this one!

VariaTEA

How did you brew this? I can’t seem to coax out the peanut butter.

Roswell Strange

It may have just been a fluke, because I brewed it my normal way for honeybush blends – boiling water, and four minute steep.

tea-sipper

Oh goodie.. can’t wait to try this… :D

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One of the many teas that I received from the amazing VariaTEA today. Seriously, she passed along more than eighty tea samples to me – single handedly pushing my cupboard into the 600+ tea mark! Tea friends are amazing, and also sometimes kind of crazy.

I picked teas today by just randomly picking from the box, which is how I wound up drinking this one. Here’s the thing, I don’t know that I’m familiar with what a fluffernutter actually is? I mean I’m like 95% sure it has marshmallow in it but other than that I’ve got no clue. It was good though! The taste was very rich and sweet and it put one very solid image in my head that I just couldn’t break away from; this basically tasted exactly like those banana marshmallow five cent candies that you used to be able to get at the convenience store. Very sweet and more of an artificial banana flavour but still so good; definitely has this nostalgic quality for me. I could also taste the honeybush; sweet and woody with a very slight peppery undertone to it as well. I actually liked the pairing a lot; that woody/peppery combo kept this one from being too sweet/sugary.

Thanks VariaTEA!

Sil

Hahahahaha ha ha I saw the box before it went out :) have fun!

VariaTEA

A fluffernutter is a peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwich.

And also we hadn’t swapped in a while and there were teas I really wanted to send and I had much smaller boxes at first but I had to keep upsizing until finally I only had a big box so I figured if I was gonna send that I might as well make it worth it and just stuffed the shit out of it.

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drank Cherry Cola by The NecessiTeas
4160 tasting notes

I made this as a teapop and I just can’t get it to work for me. The rooibos is too overpowering and mixed with the cherry it tastes like medicine. I don’t have much left so I may try this as a latte…or Roswell Strange may have more of this in her future…

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