The NecessiTeas

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This was a serving I grabbed from the TTB as I was trying to limit the weight. I guess I liked this one enough to grab some, and I can see why. It’s creamy lavender with a hit of coconut aftertaste. Not getting a whole lot of chocolate here, but maybe there is some lurking in the background. It is a comfort cup and I would add it to an order. Thanks to whoever put it in the box!

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The TTB has arrived! So big, so many teas… no chance to try them all!
Tea #12

This is first of the teas I took out of the TTB and thought I should try it. Smelled it and saw those big flakes of coconut, but I was still postponing trying it.

Until today… I bought a new mobile phone, so I needed a comfort tea to play with it, setting up everything (it’s really easy nowadays though).

Creamy, coconut tea with floral lavender twist. Flavours that strong that baase tea wasn’t noticeable, but certainly strong as it boosted me with energy. Tasty and luckily, at least for me, caramel isn’t much noticeable. Maybe it made the smooth and little sweeter taste only.
But I actually liked it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
Michelle

I liked this one too, not sure why I didn’t do a tasting note?

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Sipdown 48

Made this as a cold brew and really didn’t love it. Getting lots of apple and raisins, but no pineapple flavor at all.

Flavors: Apple, Lemongrass, Raisins, Tangy

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This sample was gifted by AJRimmer, thank you!

It smells pleasant in the cup… gentle spices and a subtle sweetness. The flavor is nice, too. I get more of an orange spice tea than gingerbread, but it is also one of the better orange spice flavor profiles I’ve had in a while. The citrus isn’t too potent as a flavor, but I think it really makes the clove notes pop, which is coming off as the strongest spice note. The ginger is present but not without any unpleasant burning. The tea isn’t as sweet as it comes off on the nose, and the spice notes are strong but not aggressive.

It’s a nice cold morning tea. (Spring still is hesitant to spring in my neck of the woods, and it’s a comforting profile against the random snow/rain/wind that keeps popping up the second I think the weather is going to turn).

Flavors: Citrus, Clove, Ginger, Malt, Orange Zest, Smooth, Spices

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Cherry Cola by The NecessiTeas
2263 tasting notes

The flavor here is super accurate. I had this cold, and I could taste both the cherry and the cola quite clearly, along with the decent rooibos base. The resteep might have tasted even more accurate than the first steep. I’m not sure I prefer this over other cola teas, but I certainly enjoyed it! Soda teas are one of my favorite tea genres, and I’d happily drink this again.

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Sipdown 15

Tasty, but not something I need to purchase again.

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73

Working on sipping through my Necessiteas stash, as they’re starting to get old. This isn’t one of my favorites, but it’s still pretty good. Mostly brown sugar and maple, with a touch of sweet blueberry. I like the black base as well- not astringent or bitter and grounds the sweetness of the maple sugar and dried blueberries.

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drank Mayan Hot Cocoa by The NecessiTeas
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This one is sort of weird. The chocolate comes through as pretty fake, and the spice is a little tingly and artificial on top of that. This really pales in comparison to the version of this I’ve had from 52teas. The flavors here are just so fake and strange.

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drank Banana Split by The NecessiTeas
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This reminds me of Lupicia’s mahina flavor. I don’t end up enjoying how the rooibos flavor combines with the over-ripe/candy banana flavor. It tastes almost rotten…it’s okay with milk and sugar, but nothing like a banana split.

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77

I tried preparing this a lot of different ways throughout my 2 oz bag, and I think I liked it best at room temperature with sugar and soy milk. Oat milk covered up the banana too much, and skim milk just wasn’t quite right. My last cup or two have been the most pleasant of the bunch with a good amount of desserty banana showing up, though I can’t say that the oats in this blend add anything. The black tea itself is a bit weak, so I feel like it really needs the help.

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92

Another hit from my secret Santa exchange with Vallhallow, it was sweet, buttery, toasty, and so nostalgic for me. I definitely need to grab a bag for myself!

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butter, Marshmallow, Toasted Rice, Vanilla

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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90

I really enjoyed this blend, it was another blend from my secret Santa exchange with Vallhallow ( Thank you again!). It was definitely a cakey, sweet, subtly spiced blend that has to be one of the best french toast blends I have had. I always try to grab french toast blends whenever I see them because french toast is one of my favorite flavors and this was a hit! Definitely going to grab some for my stash.

Flavors: Bread, Cake, Cinnamon, Malt, Maple, Syrupy, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Movie Night by The NecessiTeas
150 tasting notes

Preparation: Western
Tasting Note: Certainly has that signature genmaicha taste. In comparison to Marshmallow treat, I don’t think it is as creamy. I am not getting a distinct caramelly flavor either, however it is still nice and rounded. I will probably end of sharing this one as I am not sure I will crave it often and I have a lot of genmaicha options already.

thereadersteacup

It sounds really good, and I love genmaicha… I got both in my secret Santa box so I’m excited to try them.

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AJRimmer Advent Day 17

I definitely got blueberry from this, but not sure about “crumble”…there was a hint of cinnamon, but nothing that read butter, pastry or oats for me. I think I may have oversteeped it a bit, as the base tea came across quite astringent.

Flavors: Astringent, Blueberry, Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70

So I was sick for the past week with some weird sinus thing so it was all my normal herbal teas during most of that time. Starting to get back into it more slowly? Idk, green teas are always my safe bet. Plus this helps me work towards a sipdown.

Preparation: Western
Tasting Note: I don’t know if it is all the cookies and caramels I have been munching on (yes, it probably is) but this was much more savory than I was expecting. Considering it has marshmallows and flavoring in it, I thought it would be more sweet. Not a problem though, I think it is really buttery and kind of popped rice cereal tasting. I think this type of blend is a good entry point for someone to be introduced to green teas, genmaicha has more nuttiness and richness than your typical green tea blend.

Side note: I haven’t had 52teas Marshmallow treat tea yet to compare but I have heard good things about that Marshmallow treat too.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
ashmanra

I hope you are fully recovered now!

vallhallow

Thanks, the worst of it is over for sure.

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Such a yummy cookie blend, I got this blend in a Secret Santa exchange, and its definitely going to be an addition to the collection the next time I order some tea.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Cookie, Oatmeal

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nattie

Oooh, I used to love the Della Terra Oatmeal Raisin Cookie tea! I wonder if this is anything like it.

thereadersteacup

It was really good, I’ve never tried the Della Terra one

Nattie

It was really good! It’s probably their tea I miss the most. I know some of their blends must have been created out-of-house because certain ones were available from other vendors, but I never managed to find this one and now I can’t remember who it was that sold them ): maybe I’ll have to try this to compare!

thereadersteacup

I’ll be on the look out for you, but I do recommend trying this one

Nattie

Thank you! I’ve added this to my wishlist. (:

tea-sipper

Nattie, Della Terra’s source was here: https://www.eastindiescoffeeandtea.com/

Nattie

@tea-sipper : Oh my gosh, you are really saving my bacon today! Thank you!! I’ve just looked and currently their minimum order is a 2lb bag, so I might have to hold off for now and find another company selling their teas XD They do say they have an online store coming early next year though, so fingers crossed for that! (:

tea-sipper

I have heard others say that if you order through e-mail, you do not have to buy two pounds of each tea, since they are mainly a wholesaler. However, thank you for mentioning you noticed they will have an online store soon!! I’m very excited for that, so I’m glad you had me visiting their site today. :D

Nattie

Ahh, I might give that a go then! I’d have to order over email anyway since I’m in the UK (:

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85

I really enjoyed this blend, especially as a latte. I think I may add this one to my collection as well….

Flavors: Almond, Cookie, Cream, Marzipan, Sugar, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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AJRimmer Advent Day 11

Pretty sure I had a Mayan hot chocolate inspired tea a few years ago and found it too spicy to finish. So I was surprised that this one wasn’t spicy at all! I did get some chocolate from it and quite a lot of cinnamon…an interesting combination and I’m not crazy about it personally. Overall, the flavor seemed a bit weak/thin, so I added a splash of milk to give it more body.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Nattie

Was it the 52teas one? I think I remember that having quite a kick!

Inkling

It probably was! I don’t remember for sure, though.

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I love this tea as a latte with oat milk. I added liquid coconut stevia and wow that made it so much better! Delicious white chocolate, coconut and caramel flavor. Not sure it reminds me of my favorite Samoa cookie though. I had a sample in my order. I would definitely buy a larger bag. I am impressed with all her teas so far.

Flavors: Caramel, Coconut, White Chocolate

Lupiressmoon

Sounds like a great blend combo. I haven’t tried any of this companies teas yet

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Well the reviews for this tea are a bit underwhelming, but I liked it! A black tea base without bitterness or astringency along with vanilla cereal flavoring. Maybe I didn’t expect a lot from this flavored blend, but I liked the second steep so much I tried for a third. Which was weaker, but still drinkable. I give it a thumbs up for drinking again, maybe not to seek out and purchase :)
Thanks to Skysamurai for sending it my way!

Flavors: Marshmallow, Vanilla

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I taste a fair amount of blueberry, but I don’t really get much crumble. Maybe I taste a tiny bit of some other desserty flavor, but not much. I prefer S&V’s blueberry crumble tea, but this one is decent enough. Maybe I would have preferred a different black tea as the base to bring out more desserty flavors.

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Waffle cone pieces. That’s a unique ingredient. Can’t say I would have ever thought to use that in tea. Plus one for ingenuity. The wet aroma is kinda meh but it also smells like it may have been tainted by another tea. I can taste the waffle cone pieces but not really the blackberry. I used to love waffles with blackberry syrup until I found the syrup brand I was using was basically sugar… This tea is decent. An interesting idea but overall just kind of blah.

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drank Snickerdoodle by The NecessiTeas
2263 tasting notes

My favorites teas from Necessiteas are definitely the cinnamon ones. This one uses a delicious woody cinnamon, which goes perfectly with the rooibos base. It’s quite desserty and wonderful. Maybe I could see a cookie direction from this, but it’s moreso mildly spiced than exactly cookie flavored. Sweetened with milk, this is quite a treat.

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I love rice Krispy treats. But not the ones you get in stores. No offense but I find them disgusting. The ones you make in home. Those are where it’s at. Can’t really say this reminds me of either of them. The marshmallows they used are nice, sweet but not artificial tasting. The base black tea has a nice woody flavor with bits of chocolate.

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