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Finally getting around to trying this one!

Chocolate teas aren’t usually my vibe, but I was really intrigued by some of the other flavours described in the blend and overall I thought it was a very refreshing take on a Beauty & The Beast inspired tea (which are often rose flavoured) so I wanted to give it a try. I would say I was sort of “whelmed” by it? It’s a very smooth brew with a more medium to full bodied base. The bourbon does come through and the chocolate is also rather rich. Something about the combination, however, just makes me think a little bit of those more low-quality chocolate filled with alcohol. It’s not that it tasted bad, but as soon as that imagery popped in my head I couldn’t quite get it out.

I’ll definitely give this blend more shots, but for me it wasn’t a smashing success.

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What a fun website! If you are a fan of Star Wars and/or Disney be sure to check these guys out. The blend I’m drinking is from the Teatiff TTB. The dry aroma is fairly pleasant but with a slight sour note. Kind of makes you pucker your nose like a sour candy does to your tongue. The taste is filled with earthy notes bits of pineapple and florals. I’m not a fan of citrus in green tea but this isn’t bad.

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This tastes mostly like jasmine with a little bit of fruit. It’s pretty light and mild, but a bit more floral than I prefer. I’d call this one unremarkable.

gmathis

I’ve never had a “jasmine and ___” combination, but if it were done properly, it sounds nice and springy.

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65

TTB sample! I taste a mild nutty flavor, but I don’t get much more from this one. I don’t love the puerh base here. It just adds a tang that doesn’t go smoothly with the rest.

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71

The fruit is nice and bright, though I don’t love the tea combination below it. I’d prefer if it were just black tea. Though the white tea might add a bit of a light floral aspect which I guess I can appreciate. Overall, this isn’t bad, just not as nuanced as I’d prefer.

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70

This tastes pretty floral with a background of green rooibos and green tea. I think the floral flavor is too strong, and I would have preferred more balance, but the mixed base is pleasant. Cold, it was refreshing, but again, I would have liked a different ingredient ratio.

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70

The flavor here is really basic, but also watery. I taste some spices like clove, but they’re blended in a sort of amateur way. It’s just pretty boring. The clove tingle still hits though. It tastes a lot more interesting cold with milk.

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74

This tastes lightly fruity with a combination of green rooibos and green tea. It’s pleasant, but not special or strong enough. It was refreshing cold!

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TeaTiff TTB #3

I wish I could have played around with this one a bit more. There was only enough for a single cup and the flavor I got was watery chocolate with a hint of ginger. But the dry leaf smelled so nice! I’d love to see if using more leaf or turning it into a latte would bring out more flavor.

Flavors: Chocolate, Ginger

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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AJRimmer Advent Day 10

This was a pleasant fruity blend. Can’t say I picked up on mango or pear specifically, but definitely fruity with hints of bergamot. The base tea is too light for milk, so it didn’t really come across as a traditional earl grey…thinking it would be better as a cold brew or iced tea.

Flavors: Bergamot, Fruity

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

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70

Honestly, this blend was kind of lackluster for me. It smells heavily like banana but its more of an aftertaste to me. I didn’t get the desserty aspect either so it tasted like mushy bananas and black tea watered down with green tea.

Flavors: Banana, Tannic, Watery

Cameron B.

Black and green blends rarely work for me either.

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Strange VariaTEA TTB #28

I think I would have enjoyed this one a lot more if they had used black tea in the base instead of puerh. It has a nice rich dark chocolate and almond flavor that reminds me of a candy bar. But the slightly funky note of the puerh base is unfortunately making me think of almonds that have gone rancid. I do appreciate how the blend fits the name/theme here; the flavor just missed the mark a bit for me personally.

Flavors: Almond, Dark Chocolate, Earthy, Fishy

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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88

Forest Moon is becoming one of my favorites from Trader Nicks, I’m a sucker for red berry flavors.

Flavors: Raspberry, Red Fruits, Strawberry, Sugar

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Strange VariaTEA TTB #13

Pumpkin and blueberry are two flavors I’ve never seen together in one tea before, but it is a clever Cinderella reference! I was curious enough to overcome my rooibos aversion and give it a try…but ultimately was underwhelmed. I honestly don’t taste any pumpkin in this blend. It’s just a blueberry rooibos; perfectly drinkable, but nothing special.

Flavors: Blueberry, Jam, Medicinal

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

I never got around to trying this one, but I was curious! Good to know it’s not mindblowing. :)

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I love this blend, it is a perfect wake-up call for another slow-to-pass morning. School is really kicking my butt this semester.

Flavors: Blueberry, Butter, Honey, Pastries, Sugar, Vanilla

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Strange VariaTEA TTB #4

I first heard about Trader Nick’s on fellow Steepsterite Roswell Strange’s podcast Geek Steep. (Side note: if you aren’t listening, GO LISTEN! I always hit play on the newest episode the moment in lands in my feed and I’m never disappointed by that choice.)

I immediately went and checked out their site and this particular blend went straight on my wish list. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie and I love smoky black tea, so this sounded like it was practically made for me!

Needless to say, my expectations were probably unrealistically high. It’s a fine tea, just not the spectacularly magical experience I was secretly hoping for. Not a lot of smoky notes coming through for me; mostly milk chocolate and a bit of bourbon. A perfectly pleasant sip, but probably not something I’ll go out of my way to drink again.

(That being said, I’m so grateful for the chance to try a cup via the TTB rather than spending the money on a whole bag of a tea I end up not being crazy about. Thanks to Roswell and VariaTEA for putting this one together!)

Flavors: Bourbon, Milk Chocolate

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

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90

This is what I’ve been drinking all day on campus I absolutely adore it.

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90

I really love this blend, while it looks a bit like the traditional pumpkin chai that a lot of blends come out with around this time of the year, I think that this one leans more into the cinnamon and creme brulee notes which I love. It’s perfect for the cozy cold day in I’m having!

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Cinnamon, Pumpkin

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90

Well…. I have finished all 50 grams with my family in the past few days. I guess I’ll be ordering more in a few weeks.

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90

Um… LOVE this blend! I was very hesitant because it smelled very sweet because of the apple, pumpkin, and caramel flavor. However, is so delicious. When you first sip it, you get the apple-y bit of the apple pumpkin muffin. Then, when you keep sipping you pick up the mild pumpkin bread notes with a hint of maple. Maybe it’s just the caramel but I get apple maple pumpkin bread without any spice. I really enjoyed it, I will likely be grabbing another bag before it retires in November.

Flavors: Alcohol, Apple, Bread, Caramel, Icing, Maple, Pumpkin

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74

I like this blend, please don’t get me wrong. It’s nice but I don’t get pistachio orange cookie from it. I think the pu-erh base and the Dragon pearls take over, the citrus note is only noticeable in the scent that wafts off the cup but the pistachio note is vaguely there. That being said, it’s a nice cuppa to wind down with. Would I get it again? I’m not sure. Will I finish the bag? Yes, absolutely!

Flavors: Citrus, Earth, Musk, Nutty, Smoke, Tea

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Sampled from the Strange VariaTea Traveling Tea Box

Smells like slightly smoky caramel; tastes like… a mild slightly smoky black tea with hints of chocolate and whiskey. It’s a bit muddled, but nothing is too overpowering, which is good. And the cocoa is nicely done, not artificial or chemical-y. I can dig that.

Flavors: Bourbon, Caramel, Cocoa, Milk Chocolate, Smoke, Whiskey

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Another sample from Cameron B! Thanks so much! One teabag, one more sipdown!  Oh this blend sounded complex and well thought out.  I was trying to think of an appropriate movie to watch while drinking this, as the description mentions “your favorite princess movie”.  And really, the flavor here really does seem extremely fitting for a princess theme.  I couldn’t think of a resulting flavor from a tea that would more scream PRINCESS. And it’s hard to describe why!  It’s all fruit sweetness.   Mostly rhubarb with a hint of coconut, which reminds me of a Dammann Freres rooibos blend.   I definitely wouldn’t mind stocking up on this to be yet another tea available for a rhubarb choice!
Steep #1 // 20 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep
2023 sipdowns:  78

Flavors: Coconut, Fruity, Rhubarb, Sweet

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Definitely a blend on the lighter and more delicate side, but I really appreciated this softer and more gentle take on a sweet cherry profile. Not that I dislike a cherry that punches me in the face with flavour, but cherry is one of those fruits that actually has a shocking range to it so it’s nice to see that explored a bit more! Plus, it complimented the naturally floral white tea and the undertones of smooth, silky vanilla. Though “sweet” is not necessarily one of the first words that come to mind to describe this tea, it does have that sort of airy type of delicate sweetness to it that made me think a little bit of icing sugar as I was sipping…

Overall, just an ultra pleasant cup with a cute pinkish red cup colour to go alongside it!

AJRimmer

What a great tea name.

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