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Blackberry & Sage are two of my fav ingredients I was horribly disappointed by this :/ if my grandma drank this tea every day, having to smell it would be my least favorite part about visiting

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96

Incredible smell of freshly baked.. cinnamon rolls with no cinnamon? Tastes much like a horse barn, very lightly, but in a good way. One of the best teas I’ve tried :-)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

Latte, with honey.

This makes for a delicious fucking latte! It’s already a very light/fluffy sort of flavour profile and when you add milk that’s also literally light and fluffy from having been frothed it feels like you’re drinking this really creamy vanilla/lemon cloud. Like, it’s just such a pure, feel good kind of profile with this whimsical innocence to it.

I really, deeply loved this one!

(And added bonus of it using five teabags; which means a quicker sipdown in the future)

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80

Smooth, sweet, and creamy.

I’m sipping on this one right now while exploring the new album that Poppy just dropped. Really enjoying the two songs I’ve made it through so far – and while I didn’t intentionally pair this tea with the album (because the album drop was a total surprise to me) I have to say that the soft, delicate vanilla and creamy lemon notes of this tea are actually pretty perfectly meshing with the music!

Poppy’s voice is really soft and light/bubbly. I mean, her whole aesthetic is this sort of vaporwave/pastel goth sort of thing? It’s hard to describe.

Anyway this is the song I’m listening to: https://youtu.be/gfuQDsyvKak

Suffice to say that if you’ve heard Poppy’s music or tried this tea you’d understand how the two match up/line up perfectly together!

Lexie Aleah

Is it very citrus-y like or fruity?

Roswell Strange

Pretty lemony, but more of a sweet/creamy lemon rather than acidic or tangy.

Maddy Barone

I don’t care very much for the woody edge of rooibos. I believe the green rooibos isn’t as woody, so maybe this tea avoids that. Is that the case, Ms. Strange? Because this one sounds yummy, but I don’t like rooibos.

Roswell Strange

Definitely A LOT less woody than your typical rooibos, but there is a slight taste of it IMO so it’s not completely free of that taste.

Maddy Barone

well, darn. maybe 52Teas or another will come up with a honeybush version. :)

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80

Evening cuppa!

Wanted something fruity, but also sweet to kind of sate some late night cravings. This one was a good fit because it tastes like sweet, lemony buttercream! This time around, a bit more of a lemon grass flavour over actual lemon, but still really tasty! I’ll need to try it with a spot of milk at some point, you know to really push the buttery/creamy elements to the extreme.

Side note – I’ve been REALLY into lateral thinking problems as of late but I’m running out of new ones so if anyone knows any tricky ones I’d love to take a swing at ’em?

If you don’t know what a lateral thinking problem is… here are a couple examples:

A woman is listening to music while walking. When the music stops, she dies. What happened?

The woman is a blind folded tight rope walker for a circus. The ringmaster plays music for her, and when he stops she knows she’s safely crossed the rope and can walk off onto the platform. On this particular day, he messes up and stops early. She walks off the rope, midair and falls to her death.

Or…

A man pushes his car until he reaches a hotel. He knows at that exact moment that he’s bankrupt. Why?

He’s playing Monopoly…

Stuff like that!

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80

So I went to Chapters to buy books, instead I ended up buying tea and no books.

Fuck. I have a problem.

Anyway; mostly it was the packaging of this one that got me interested – although the ingredients themselves sounded good too. The price was really good because it was on sale, so I figured it was worth the gamble even though these are teabags. And you know what? This was really pleasant!

It’s very delicate, light and airy overall – but the flavours are solid and clearly defined. Bottom line, it’s creamy vanilla, sponge cake, and sweet lemon! I think it actually does a shockingly good job of conveying the flavour of a fluffy, well baked lemon cupcake! Mmm! And… and! No traces of the base tea, either! This would be a really good one for someone who doesn’t like rooibos, and is looking for a dessert flavour for evenings/before bed.

Not overly complicated or nuanced; just a good, delicate but clear flavour! Yum!

Rosehips

I buy tea in places where most people would buy other things too. Its a shared problem on this forum, I imagine!

Helena

How can you see a tea and ignore it?? especially if you haven’t tried it yet. (tea addict)

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68

Good! I drink dandelion root tea occasionally to help my kidneys and I usually hate the taste but the vanilla in this does wonders. I even crave this occasionally.

Flavors: Toasted, Vanilla, Vegetal

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80

Loose leaf – bought from the bulk aisle @ the fancy grocery store.

Large black tea leaves with yellow strips of dried mango.
Not a super scented tea.

Added more sugar than I do for other teas.
Added milk.
Tasted like a melted mango ice cream bar.

Had a little less than half a pot left at the end of the workday – sweetened it, faux-iced it in a giant tumbler for the drive home. Cold, milky tea is odd, but not bad. Wouldn’t necessarily need the milk if drinking as iced tea on a regular basis.

*faux-ice: those plastic, chemical filled, reusable ice cubes that come in weird shapes, like flamingos and fish shapes.

Flavors: Creamy, Mango, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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70

It does live up to its All Day moniker – a good, comforting, reliable tea to drink throughout the day.

Added milk & sugar.

I may have oversteeped it a bit or added more leaf than needed, as this pot was somewhat more tannic than when I usually make it by the cup.

Flavors: Malt, Tannic, Tannin

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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91

Delightfully, pineapple-y Milk oolong. Very creamy through to about 3 steepings. Beautiful packaging. http://imgur.com/a/1C5LF

Flavors: Creamy, Pineapple

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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84

So, so good! A wonderful dessert tea. Per recommendation added milk and sugar then immediately made another cup.

Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 45 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50

Not one note of Key Lime. Very disappointed. Usually Republic of Tea is gets it right but I had to add Key Lime sugar to get the taste.

Flavors: Hibiscus

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

A very good oolong- nothing fancy. My go-to oolong. Beverly Hofstetter would approve.

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76

This tea packed a ton of flavor without requiring a black tea base. A lot of herbal teas seem to be lacking something to me, like they’re watery or sad somehow. They’re like children, floating around Disney World, looking for their parents. Incomplete; a little desperate.

Not here, though. This is a very robust little number. It Keeps Calm And Carries On, undaunted by the challenges facing herbals.

The flavor is part of a Downton Abbey collection, and I wish I could say something intelligent about the show here to tie in the tea. But alas, I’ve never seen this British mega-hit. It’s on my huge pile of TV Shows To Maybe See Someday.

Full review, including a HUGE rant about “you should watch this!” TV obligations, is here:
http://sororiteasisters.com/2016/12/12/downton-abbey-english-rose-herbal-from-the-republic-of-tea/

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78

I got a generous sample of this from a non-Steepsterian friend and decided to make a small pitcher of iced tea. It’s quite cold today (come on, spring, get a move on!) so I kind of wish I had made it hot. But the iced tea is quite good. My sense of smell is completely gone again so I can’t smell or taste the ginger or peach, but the tea is smooth and no hint of astringency or bitterness.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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75

You know, I really liked this tea before I tried Harneys. Just showed me how limited my tea drink experience is. This is not a bad tea but I just didn’t find it as flavorful as Harneys.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

One of my favorites! Hot or iced, this never disappoints. I prefer mine with honey, hot.

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45

So-so tea. I really like blackberry and this was the only brand I could find locally. Disappointed with the lack of flavor.

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

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76

This is a very strong-flavored tea. The hibiscus overpowers the green tea, and I never tasted the acai berry flavor. But, it is a fun pink color, and if you’re in the mood for hibiscus, it’s great!

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