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Strange VariaTEA TTB – Tea #13

Was very surprised to find this not in the database! I’m not the biggest chocolate tea lover generally, but I thought I would give it a try since the concept sounded so good and it’s a large bag. It smells wonderful.

Hmm, I actually like it. The beginning of the sip straight up tastes like a candy cane, or, even better, maybe like one of those peppermint pillows that melt in your mouth. I really like the balance of the peppermint leaf with the candy/flavoring, it’s cool and refreshing but doesn’t taste herbal. It’s not super chocolaty. I do get a bit of the cacao in the middle, and then it tastes like there is also chocolate flavoring at the end of the sip. Chocolate flavoring and I are not friends, but since it’s not too strong here I’m not offended by it.

I’m leaning toward keeping this one, but I need to think about it a bit more…

Result: Tried

Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Chocolate, Cocoa, Mint, Peppermint, Smooth, Sweet

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

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This is my favorite black tea I’ve had from Necessities for sure. It’s a great mix of woody desserty cinnamon and maple. The black tea is a nice base for it. The flavors are decently authentic and tasty. With sugar and milk, it’s so tasty and wonderful.

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Two side notes: 1) The Necessiteas just restocked a bunch of her teas if you were looking to restock from her and were holding off, now is the time. I think she restocked 5-6 ones that had been out and had some others she still had it stock. I think she has been my favorite on sweeter fruit herbal blends so far.

2) Less of a sidenote and more of a random update from me: Just added a desktop standing-sitting desk converter to my work from home setup. It feels so strange working while standing, its like my days working back in the Walgreens as a Pharmacy Tech. I keep want to stand like a flamingo as soon as my feet or legs get tired.

Preparation: Western (no additives)
Tasting Note: I have noticed that I don’t love Necessiteas black tea base, and I am not sure if that is just how I brew it or if it truly is pretty mild. Also, the blueberry in this blend is a little more mild than the pancakes blend. I like oats added to blends because it gives the slightest bit of creaminess and nuttiness. This blend is interesting and good but I think it could be improved.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Another from Tiffany:)!   Thanks very much.   I have ALWAAYYSS wanted to try this blend and I know how rare it is to snag Necessiteas blends.  So I was especially appreciative of seeing this one in that amazing package of teas.  The blend itself looks good enough to eat with big peanut butter chips and tiny marshmallows.  Also some banana to go with the honeybush.  I will say I have always been a fan of banana & peanut butter sandwiches, and also peanut butter & fluff sandwiches, so this tea has a lot to live up to.  Really, it’s a great dessert tea with all of these sugary ingredients.  A little nutty, a little bit of banana, a lot of sweet.  I really wish for more of those flavors though.   I could try going dry leaf overboard, but I don’t want to go through this tea that quickly! I’m glad it’s one of those teas I have been dreaming about I can check off the TRY list though.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 19 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 10+ minute steep 

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drank Snickerdoodle by The NecessiTeas
1795 tasting notes

Cinnamon is definitely the dominant flavor here, as it should be for a snickerdoodle cookie. I wish I did taste the cookie aspect though. Or some sort of pastry. I think without it, this just because a simple cinnamon honeybush. Don’t get me wrong – it tastes really good – but I would love to see more cookie since it’s a cookie tea. Thanks, vallhallow, for sharing!

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

Hmm there’s something a little fake and weird in here. I recently made homemade samoas, so the flavor is pretty fresh in my mind, and this isn’t it. I taste a sort of jarring sweetness that doesn’t really match the ingredients I see in the blend. I prefer to have this one with soy milk to cover up some of the weirdness. It’s not at all coconutty. It’s just sort of strangely desserty – not terrible, but after 4-5 cups of it, I don’t want more.

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TTB 2022
The label on this pouch says Peppermint Hot Cocoa and I thought this was the closest since the hot chocolate entry for NecessiTeas doesn’t have peppermint in it and this was mostly peppermint for me. Like a weak peppermint patty candy, there is chocolate lurking in the background but mostly refreshing mint. The temperature here got down to 60 last night so this morning was a good time to try a cup of this, certainly not at the heat of a 90 degree day today.
Thanks to who put it in the box, glad I got to try!

gmathis

60! Would you like me to mail you a few extra degrees?

Michelle

Ah, one of the benefits of living in a high desert, it will cool off when the sun goes down!

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Mastress Alita’s Monthly Sipdown Challenge
July 2022 → A tea paired with a biscuit/cookie

Chocolate chips cookies for breakfast this morning and I have no regrets. Pulled a few scoops out of the freezer so I could have them fresh and hot out of the oven. Can’t say whether chocolate chip cookies traditionally go with banana fluffernutter, but the combo tastes pretty good to me.

The aroma here is strictly roasted peanuts, but the taste is banana all the way! I wasn’t sure if I was going to get all the flavors, but I’m really pretty excited to experience at least the majority. No marshmallow coming through for me, but the banana/peanut mix is tasty.

Cookie recipe if anyone wants it → https://asassyspoon.com/chocolate-chip-cookies/

Thanks to vallhallow for sharing this one!

Flavors: banana, Peanut

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Banana Split by The NecessiTeas
44 tasting notes

I get a vague strawberry banana flavor from this. Not bad but turns out it’s not a flavor I am really enjoying in tea form.

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This is pretty tasty. My friend and I are trying a new tea each night and this was last night’s. Sadly I don’t really get the “float” part which I was hoping would come from the marshmallows, but overall it’s a pretty tasty root beer tea that will be nice to have on hand.

Flavors: Root Beer

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This was a sample that I had received in one of my earlier orders from the Necessiteas. I have been making it as an full fat oatly latte and it is really nice.
Preparation: Western Latte (Full fat oatly added)
Tasting note: This is really nice it reminds me of cinnamon sugar and is buttery and creamy. It’s really yummy. I don’t love Necessiteas black tea base on its own but they make decadent lattes.

Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Creamy, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Shae

Have you tried the Apple Cinnamon French Toast from Simpson & Vail yet? I tried it last year in a TTB and ended up buying a bag for myself!

vallhallow

Not yet. Hoping when the TTB gets to me I can try some Simpson & Vail. :)

Shae

Oh yeah, maybe someone will have some in the box!

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drank Butterbeer by The NecessiTeas
444 tasting notes

Sample from vallhallow! This one smells like root beer and tastes like butterscotch and root beer mixed together. The flavor wasn’t super strong while hot, but I let part of this cup get cool and it was much stronger! I think this is one that could work well with milk, so I might add some oatmilk when I brew up the rest of this sample

getanzt

I just tried to make an order from NecessiTeas because they have so many yummy sounding teas and they are out of stock of so many things on their website :(

vallhallow

Yeah, I follow Necessiteas on instagram just to ensure I know when she announces restocks in her stories. Its about once a month and only a few teas at a time from what I have seen in the last few months.

getanzt

Good to know, thanks vallhallow!

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Another tea from vallhallow and Necessiteas. This one is pretty tasty too! It’s a nice creamy chocolate mint. I wish they had managed to capture some cookie flavor in there too, but to be fair they don’t actually claim to do so.

The mint is very smooth in this and works well with the chocolate!

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This is a sample sent by vallhallow and I’m so happy they sent it over. I’ve been trying to find the perfect chocolate orange tea for a while and this might be it! It has the Terry’s Chocolate Orange distinct flavor and scent and kind of just tastes like someone melted one down. Looks like I may have to place my first Necessiteas order once this is gone!

getanzt

Sounds yummy!

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Received this as a sample from vallhallow. This is pretty good. I mainly taste juicy, fresh pineapple. Like vallhallow said, it reminds me of eating a fresh pineapple but a little less sweet. A solid pineapple tea, I’ll have no problem finishing the sample, but probably wouldn’t order as I prefer my pineapple teas with a bit of creamy coconut in them.

Though I did have a tea the other day that I felt could use more pineapple… I wonder what they would taste like combined.

Flavors: Juicy, Pineapple

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drank Limoncello by The NecessiTeas
44 tasting notes

This reminds me a lot of Lemon Cake from Red Rose without the extra Stevia. Lemony and creamy.

Flavors: Lemon

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Back to normal work-life balance. Other than that, I have been sending tea swap packages out for a couple steepsters this week, so if anyone is interested doing a tea swap in the US or Canada, I am quite at my leisure. Mainly would like to share some of my black tea blends (dessert) and straight teas (black, oolong, green, white) though.

Preparation: Western
Tasting Notes:
This is a sweet fruity tea for sure. It reminds me a lot of those Easter sweet tarts candies that are shaped like chicks and bunnies. I think there is sort of a cotton candy aspect to it too, but I am glad it is not identical to the real thing. Personally, I don’t like actual cotton candy, it is way too sweet for me. I think this tea is sweet but I appreciate that the fruit is both juicy and a slight bit tart so it has balance. This is a really good dessert tea. I don’t think I could have more than one cup in a sitting though, it is candy.

Flavors: Candy, Cotton Candy, Juicy, Pineapple, Raspberry, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Coco Lavender Leche by The NecessiTeas
1795 tasting notes

Pulled from TTB 2022, shared by Dustin.

James says this one smells like buttered popcorn, and I can see it. The coconut stands out to me in the dry blend, but the lavender comes through more in the cup. I’m not usually a fan of lavender in tea, but I loved the way this one smells so I decided to try it anyway. Unfortunately, the lavender ended up being too strong for me. Hopefully someone else will enjoy it more. I won’t rate this one since lavender’s not my thing, and I knew that going in (but still didn’t listen to my brain).

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Lavender

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
AJRimmer

Yep, I’m always trying teas I know I won’t like. I don’t know why.

Roswell Strange

It’s because, on the very rare occasions that your expectations are wrong, the thrill of the discovery is just so fantastic. Well, at least for me anyway.

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drank Vanilla Cola by The NecessiTeas
1588 tasting notes

I taste a lovely cola flavor, though definitely not as strong as 52teas soda flavors. It was refreshing and authentic. It’s best quite cold. I didn’t include any marshmallows in my cup, but I sweetened it plenty, which helped bring out the nice cola flavor. The cold resteep is full of cola flavor as well. I’m trying this for the third time now, and I have to say that the soda flavor isn’t as strong as in previous cups. I mostly just taste rooibos with maybe an aftertaste of cola.

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I made as an unsweetened latte (or no additional sweetener added).

Preparation: Western + oatmilk
Tasting Note: It was kind of fun to have this as an unsweetened latte. It looked like a blue milk from my childhood. The oatmilk made the coconut, butterfly pea tea, and lavender much less potent and seems less sweet. It was a lightly sweet and floral dessert tea.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Floral, Lavender

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Preparation: Latte with oatmilk and honey. Also, honey drizzled on foam too.
Tasting note: Yum, the foam is like a banana-y marshmallow and the tea is rich, chocolate, nutty banana. This is a nice dessert tea.

Flavors: banana, Chocolate, Creamy, Marshmallow, Peanut

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Preparation: Western
Tasting Note: Right away, I get a sweet cherry and sweet warm brown sugar notes from the cinnamon and brown sugar. The brown sugar in this has really done a lot to ensure that the is a sweet cherry note and not a overly tart one. The lingering note on my tongue is a cherry creamy one which the oat come through.

I think this is one, if not my favorite blend from the Necessiteas. It really feels the cherry crisp in tea form because of that, I want to drink it all the time.

Currently, it is out of stock on the website but, I think it is one that I will hang around for.

Flavors: Bread, Brown Sugar, Cherry, Creamy, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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