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Flavors: Artificial, Vanilla

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Though roasted, this tea is still light. The aroma is of roasted corn, nuts, and leaves—perfect for the first crisp day of Autumn. Sipping on the tea after brewing, I get a strong taste of barley, but it isn’t strong enough to be off-putting. This would be great brewed as an iced tea with some honey, or brewed extra strong since the flavor was a bit watery for me.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Roasted Barley, Roasted Nuts

4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Thanks kimquat for the sample!

Sadly, the main taste I get from this cup is an astringent, smoky and ashy taste. Once the bitterness subsides a little bit, I then get a grassy and mineral taste. The end has a little sweetness from the coconut, but it is very much in the background. This tea reminds me of sipping on a marshmallow over a campfire—a marshmallow that I burned and caught on fire, where the predominant flavor is ashy and bitter with a sweet after taste.

Flavors: Ash, banana, Bread, Coconut, Mineral, Roasted, Smoke

170 °F / 76 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Smells delightfully smoky, like a campfire. The first taste when inhaling is smoke, but then the refreshing mint comes through. The mint cools the heat of the smoke and makes the tea lighter. It also brings a nice level of sweetness and takes the deep edge off the smokiness. I’m really liking this tea, thanks kimquat for the sample!

Flavors: Mint, Pine, Smoke

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Wow, the first tea that I like — sweetness goes well with the tart hibiscus. Smells grassy & herbaceous with a hint of straw. Then the tart astringency of the hibiscus comes through, but quickly quelled by the stevia. All in all a pretty good tea. I imagine this would be awesome iced, as hibiscus always is.

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drank Spicy Apple by Tea People
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Smells like the potpourri aisle in the craft store around the holidays. The taste is much more balanced. Drinking it hot reminds me of a snow day and makes me think that it might do well with some whiskey in it!

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Clove

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

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This tea is quite decadent. Dried leaf aroma smells exactly the same as the way it tastes, which I always love. This is like drinking a nice, hot version of vanilla ice cream and orange sherbet, but less sweet. The first taste is of a strong vanilla, then it ebbs a little bit into some floral fruit flowers, a bit of oak and rum, then comes back to the creaminess. Sadly, I think the oolong is a little lost in this blend, but it still tastes very good. I don’t think I could drink this too often since it is a heavier tea, but I have brewed it up several times and gulped it down before writing any notes!

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Rum, Vanilla

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
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This tea is a lighter oolong that verges on green tea, but has a nice creamy flavor and pairs well with pineapple. I tried this iced as well and it was very refreshing.

Flavors: Cream, Grass, Pineapple

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Thanks Kimquat for the sample! Honestly, was a littttle scared of the name.

Smells like a strong citrus followed by black tea. It reminds me of an english breakfast, pekoe, or earl grey tea. The sip is strong with a bit of astringency at the end, but a buttery smoothness in the front and clean citrus taste in the middle. This almost reminds me of eating a nice slice of citrus pound cake in the morning.

Flavors: Butter, Citrus, Cookie

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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