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Cold brewed the last of this one and didn’t love it. It just came off so waxy to me as pineapple fruit teas often can.

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For a little while I was so good at posting my Sororitea reviews here soon after they were put on the site. Then school happened and more specifically exams and I got far behind. As in, five pages behind. Oops.

The tea had been hanging out in a ziploc bag in my stash for far too long so when I finally tried this iced and hot I was less than impressed. The hot tea had good enough flavor but it was very subtle, especially for a NecessiTeas blend. The iced tea was mostly just white tea flavor. Both okay, but neither anything too special.

Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2019/03/05/strawberry-shortcake-from-the-necessiteas-5/

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Swap Sample Sipdown! (1 | 70)

From VariaTEA!

Hmm, this is very underwhelming to me.

There’s some sharp orange peel sort of flavor that reminds me of cleaning products. I don’t really get any cranberry or scone.

Flavors: Artificial, Orange Zest

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80
drank Hot Chocolate by The NecessiTeas
10149 tasting notes

WOOOHOO! Officially finished all my tea samples in my cupboard with this sipbown. Still have 2? puerh samples i think but whatever. I managed to try the last of this one as a latte and it was just what i needed it to be today. A little sweet, because of the marshmallows but i like the creamy chocolate milk sort of taste. I haven’t had ACTUAL hot chocolate in a long time as it never really appeals to me, but i could drink more of this :) Thanks VariaTEA!

VariaTEA

You’re welcome. Hot chocolate appeals to me…but real hot chocolate…as in melted chocolate in hot milk lol

Sil

i like hot chocolate made with cocoa powder/milk/sugar etc…

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80
drank Hot Chocolate by The NecessiTeas
10149 tasting notes

Sample from VariaTEA. this one really worked for me today. Not sure if it’s the snow ot what, but i was really surprised that i enjoyed this one as much as i did. Enough that i’m glad i have enough for at least another cup – which i might make as a latte :) It’s not quite chocolate – very few teas can really capture that for me mousse au chocolate, i’m looking at you but it is very reminescent of powdered hot chocolate, which i haven’t had in forever since i started just making hot chocolate from cocoa powder eventually so i could control the amount of sugar etc.. This has got a hint of vanilla to go with the “chocolate” and a hefty dose of marshmallow flavour from all the melted marshmallows.

thanks for the unexpected surprise variaTEA!

VariaTEA

Glad you enjoyed it. Also I miss mousse au chocolat.

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drank Peppermint Crunch by The NecessiTeas
10149 tasting notes

Sample from VariaTEA. This one was “ok” but i think i’m just done with mint for a while…like a year or something unless it’s in the background. I also wasn’t a fan of the oil on the top of the tea. In general this was a decent enough peppermint tea.

Final Count: 59

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drank Detox by The NecessiTeas
10149 tasting notes

nope nope and nope. Sample from VariaTEA . This has potential to be a tea that i could like if they took out the licorice root. Unfortunately while the intiial sip of this was a pleasant taste, the cloying sweetness from the licorice root made this undrinkable. :(

Sil

haha don’t be sorry. i love trying new teas. Just can’t handle licorice sweetness.

VariaTEA

Me neither…hence why I passed it on.

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Swap Sample Sipdown! (48)

This one came from VariaTEA!

For some reason, I expected this to be a chocolaty Golden Monkey. Obviously that’s not the case, though I wasn’t too disappointed, as I also love banana.

Unfortunately, this tea is super banana Runts. And to me, that’s so much less enjoyable than more natural-tasting banana flavor.

I think there’s chocolate there, but I can’t really taste it under the strong artificial banana flavor.

Nope nope nope!

Flavors: Artificial, Banana, Candy, Chocolate

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
VariaTEA

I could never get this to work for me. There used to be a stir fry place my mom took me and my siblings to when we were little and she used to get us chocolate monkeys which were basically chocolate milkshakes with banana syrup. I wanted that. That wasnt what I got.

Cameron B.

Clearly Anne needs to make a chocolate banana tea, since she has the best banana! ;)

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Tea Swap Sample Sipdown of the Day! (18)

This one comes from VariaTEA!

I admit I was a bit worried at first, as both the dry leaf and the steeped tea smelled oddly floral, almost like rose?

Luckily, it doesn’t taste like rose. Thank goodness!

It’s a perfectly nice and fairly mild peppermint tea. I appreciate that they used peppermint flavoring in addition to the dry leaf because, to me, they’re two different flavor profiles. There’s a bit of a creamy element here as well, which is a nice compliment.

The only issue I have is that I can’t taste the base tea, period. I would think this is an herbal blend based on the taste alone. It’s not a huge issue, but I would definitely order the Candy Cane Rooibos from Simpson & Vail if I wanted an herbal-tasting candy cane tea, as that one is actually herbal and caffeine free.

Happy to have tried it, though. And looking at the NecessiTeas website, I will definitely need to order from them at some point because their flavors sound amazing!

Flavors: Candy, Creamy, Herbaceous, Peppermint, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Iced Sipdown (591)!

Now this? This was fucking delicious!

I made it iced today in the morning to drink while doing some archiving; with a tiny touch of agave added in too because I was craving sweets. I don’t know that I necissarily tasted the cherry in the blend; but the mix of coconut, pineapple, and kiwi was phenomenal. Such a great, sweet and tropical kind of re-imagining of a Pina Colada type of flavour/profile. I’d 100% drink this again – in fact, my immediate thought was how much I would have loved to have had a pitcher of it instead of just a cup to get me through the work day…

VariaTEA

This was a tasty jolly rancher tea lemonade too. I would get this again.

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Tea Swap Sample Sipdown of the Day! (2)

This swap sample comes from VariaTEA. The name was too tempting to pass up!

Unfortunately, I’m not getting a whole lot out of this tea. There is a nice bit of tart raspberry/blackberry flavor, but otherwise it tastes a little chalky? And I’m definitely not getting maple or waffles. The base tea is mellow with light musty and woody notes.

Ah well, they can’t all be winners! ;)

Withholding a rating since I’m not sure how old the tea is.

Flavors: Artificial, Blackberry, Musty, Raspberry, Smooth, Tart, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Mastress Alita

How can anyone take blackberries, maple, and waffles, put those three things together, and screw it up? Wrong, just wrong!

Cameron B.

Hah, to be fair it’s possible it’s lost a bit of flavor.

VariaTEA

It is on the older side so that is probably the issue. However, I had it not too long ago and it was still flavorful. Perhaps I just know what this tasted like fresh and my brain did the work at imagining it is still there…

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drank Limoncello by The NecessiTeas
1920 tasting notes

Sipdown no. 4 of 2019 (no. 492 total). A sample.

A ittle less sour/bitter when steeped for only 7 minutes and slightly overleafed. But still not a favorite.

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drank Limoncello by The NecessiTeas
1920 tasting notes

I got this sample when I ordered the Carrot Cake back when I needed to restock my non-caffeinated supply.

Since I’m trying to find things I can sip down, I thought I’d open this up and see what it has going on. It’s not something I can sip down in one sitting but it’s a small packet. So 2 or 3 maybe.

It has a very creamy vanilla scent in the packet. Really nice. Reminds me of the SpecialTeas Rooibos Lemon Chiffon smell.

I followed the directions, sort of: 1.5 tsp in 12 oz water at boiling. But I was busy placing my Lupicia order (the last one!!!!) and forgot to take the filter out of the cup.

It makes a sort of vibrant orange, slightly cloudy liquor and smells like lemon cookies.

The flavor is a bit disappointing. I had hoped I’d get a sweet lemon cookie flavor, what with the brown sugar in the ingredients and all. But it really isn’t sweet.

Oddly, it isn’t really overly sour or bitter either. Though it is a little of both. It’s like there’s a bit too much lemon peel in the blend? Or something.

It might be better if I didn’t oversteep it. I’ll be sure to stick to no more than 7 minutes next time.

Flavors: Cookie, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Pastries

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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Finished off as an oa tmilk latte with a bit of vanilla agave drizzled on top. Maybe not surprisingly, it just tasted like drinking oatmeal in liquid form, but sweeter. Needs more banana, for sure. Not sure I’ll miss this one.

Thanks for the share though, VariaTEA.

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Morning cuppa with breakfast, which was actually also oatmeal…

This was a little bit funky to me; definitely nails the maple notes but it does it in a way that is a bit artificial and more like one of those maple & butter flavored pancake syrups and less like actual maple syrup. Definitely not that “Canadian touch” when it comes to maple.

I also feel like maybe the inclusion of actual oats in the blend maybe did something weird for the flavor? I can’t really describe what it was though as it wasn’t a flavor that was pointedly “off” but just a general wonkiness to the blend? No banana either, sadly. It was a drinkable cup, and I did finish it because it was COLD this morning and I needed the warmth – but definitely not the most pleasant profile.

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Home – 9:30 PM

Another one from VariaTEA! I don’t drink many honeybush blends, mostly because they’re not super common. This has cute wee marshmallows in it!

I dig it. The banana flavor is admittedly very much like banana Runts, but I’m okay with that. I do get a lovely fluffy creamy flavor as well. I’m not sure I would specifically call it marshmallow, but the effect is similar. The honeybush base is woody and smooth, and I suppose sort of gives a suggestion of peanut butter. But only because I know this is supposed to have peanut butter!

It’s tasty. The flavor is quite light overall, but I’m okay with that for a caffeine-free evening blend.

Flavors: Banana, Candy, Cream, Smooth, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
VariaTEA

This one was always missing something for me. It’s a nice caffeine free option but I always wanted banana fluffernutter and it always fell short :(

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Wow – this tastes exactly like Lemon Chiffon from Della Terra.

I have to wonder if NecessiTeas may actually be sourcing this tea (or a pre flavoured rooibos base, at the very least) from the same supplier that Della Terra sourced theirs from; East Indies Tea Company. The flavour is just so dead on that it feels like a very real possibility to me. Plus I know from when we did the East Indies group order, years back, here on Steepster that both Lemon and Lime Chiffon were catalog blends carried by East Indies, meaning that any tea company could go and purchase them for their stores…

Thing is, I don’t think this has the exact same visual as lemon chiffon – which is why I think that NecessiTeas might but doing additional blending with a purchased “base” tea. That’s not a super uncommon practice; unique visuals sell tea better (especially when you’re selling online using a picture over in person where you can smell the teas) so sometimes tea companies will buy a catalog blend but add something to it to beef up the visuals and make it a little less obvious it’s a catalog blend.

9/10 times more large, chunky ingredients don’t actually contribute a significant enough flavour to drastically change the overall profile of a tea – so it’s an easy enough “trick” to do…

But this tastes amazing – don’t let my analysis let you think that I’m not enjoying every bit of this tea.

Frolic

Oooh! Good to know, I loved Lemon Chiffon.

Kittenna

Interesting. I’ve tried a handful of lemon rooibos’ before, but never had one taste as good as Lemon Chiffon.

Mastress Alita

East Indies Lemon Souffle is Blue Cornflowers, Calendula Petals, Flavouring, Green Rooibos, Honeybush, Lemon Peel, and Red Rooibos, so it does look a bit different. I think the lack of honeybush would throw me as it not being the same base blend (would be easy enough for them to add the lemongrass, but hard to remove honeybush and blue cornflower petals out). Maybe the rooibos/green rooibos base with the citrus is creating enough of a “flavor match”.

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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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75
drank Limoncello by The NecessiTeas
4483 tasting notes

I made this iced tea this morning and am only drinking it now. It has been sitting in front of me while I’ve been studying but I just haven’t thought to drink. Thankfully it is still cold and rather nice. It is creamy and lemon. A touch lemon-grassy but very dessert-like.

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drank Limoncello by The NecessiTeas
4483 tasting notes

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drank Limoncello by The NecessiTeas
4483 tasting notes

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drank Limoncello by The NecessiTeas
4483 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
4483 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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