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When I got this as part of the subscription I was a little wary. I’m not a fan of blueberry or lemon and it sounded like a hot mess— which is why I decided to brew it iced. What a great decision that was. I don’t use any sweetener or milk, and this tea holds on it’s own. It’s not too bitter and its not too sweet. I definitely enjoy the taste of it and I might even have to try it hot just to see how big of a difference it is. I’d make a more detailed note but I’m not used to reviewing and nitpicking iced tea. Either way, this has become my go-to afternoon drink at work, and it will be until I finish the pouch.

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New year, and I’m trying to get back into drinking teas (and maybe even finish off the teas I have in my cupboard—) but of course I had to try new flavors. So here’s this one.

First of all, the smell is absolutely wonderful. It smells like apple pie, but what else does apple and cinnamon together smell like? I’ve never been big on honeybush, but it’s a nice mellow taste that hugs you from the inside. Apple and cinnamon are always a great combination, and even though It’s not fall anymore it makes me feel all warm and cozy. It could easily be a comfort fall-time tea. I like it.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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drank China Oolong Tea by Twinings
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I recieved a box of various bagged teas for afternoons at work, and this is the first I’m trying. I’ve always been a fan of Twinnings, but I’ve never had anything besides their black and green bagged teas.

The smell reminds me of my favorite nutty oolong, and the color is a nice light brown after steeping. It’s a lot more bitter than I expected, and it’s really not comparable to how loose oolong tastes. Without the weird aftertaste I think it’s a pretty enjoyable tea, though I don’t know if I would go out of my way for it.

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Opening the bag, I thought this was going to be too tart for my taste. It has a very strong smell of peaches and orange peels, but the tea itself isn’t as powerful. I’m not very keen on flavored oolongs but this one is not so bad. I can taste the oolong flavor, but the fruit adds a natural sweetness which is nice. My favorite part is how I can get multiple cups out of just one sachet. Usually I get about 3 before I get bored of it, or it gets too watery. The peach and orange mixture is a good flavor, but this doesn’t strike me as a particularly memorable tea. I’ll stick to my unflavored oolongs.

180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
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When I got this tea, the lady in the store said it was one of their top teas, and after drinking it a few times I can see why. I’m not a huge fan of herbal teas at all, but I have enjoyed every cup I’ve had so far. As it steeps I can smell the nutty flavor and it makes feel warm and cozy before I even start drinking it. It reminds me of when you walk down the streets of Manhattan when it’s cold and all the vendors are selling roasted nuts. The longer it steeps, the more that sweet apple smell starts to come through and I can’t wait for it to cool down just enough for me to drink it. The pink color never fails to surprise me, but it must be from the beetroot.

For such a strong smell, the tea is smooth and subtle. The nutty flavor definitely comes through, but there’s a hint of sweetness. Not overpoweringly sweet, but it’s such a perfect combination. It can taste a tad watery at times, so sometimes I just let the tea bag sit in the cup while I drink it. I haven’t had that ‘over steeped’ taste once because of it, either. If I were to have any staple herbal tea in my collection, this would be it. I have two more cups of this left and I know I will be going back for more. I wish herbals could be re-steeped. (I tried with this one and it just came out like flavored water)

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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I went to a friend’s house and had this. It was delicious and I enjoyed the coconut and ginger. I’m not a huge fan of green teas since they always turn bitter for me, but they always seem easier to steep when they are in a bag. I didn’t need to put honey or sugar in it.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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When I saw there were The Hunger Games teas, this was the first one I wanted to buy. I love white teas, chai, and Finnick… what could go wrong? The smell of the tea straight out of the bag is perfect. It is mostly the smell of chai and coconut, but it really does smell so delicious.

The tea smells a little less intense, and I steeped it until it was a nice light yellow color. It is such a delicious tea. I taste the white tea but the chai adds a nice spice to it without being too overpowering. I am pretty picky with white tea blends but this is a combination that I’m pleased with. Even while typing this I keep stopping to take more sips, because I like it that much. I can tell the coconut is there because of the distinct flavor it has when paired with white tea… and it makes it a little less thin as well!

I also bet this tea will be good for multiple steeps, which makes it even more amazing!

165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This is such a strong smelling tea! Opening the bag I got a huge whiff of sweetness! It smells like strawberries and chocolate with cream… just like the teas used! It’s so sweet-smelling I feel like I’m getting a toothache just from smelling it. I can see how this is an effie tea.

The tea smells just as sweet as it did in the bag. It’s a very overpowering smell, and I hope the tea is more mellow. It’s a light color, amber-ish. Any lighter and it would look pink and would definitely remind me of effie!

The taste is sweet, but not as overwhelming as its smell. I taste the cream and the almonds, and the hint of rose. This tea needs no sweetener, it’s already sweet enough. It’s not a taste i’m used to, since for the past 4 months I’ve been drinking pure oolongs and white teas… but the cream and chocolate flavors gives it body. I like this, but I’m wondering if maybe I understeeped it… or put too much water in for the amount I used. It feels like it’s missing something, but I’m not sure what.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these but I miss tealogging! It’s a cold day so I figured some of this tea would be perfect to warm me up.

The color is a nice amber gold color, and it smells tropical. The most prominent flavor I get is the green tea, which is a little bitter (maybe the water was a little too hot… oops!). I do taste the black currant but the papaya is not really there. I’m also a little unfamiliar with papaya’s flavor.

This tea is still really delicious, but I’m not surprised since it is from 52teas.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Mutan White by Harney & Sons
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Another log from tonight — I visited the Harney&Sons soho store (to buy a gift and restock my da hong pao) and figured i’d try to get a white tea. After having so many of 52teas flavored teas with a bai mu dan i’ve been trying to find it. The nice guy at the store pointed it out to me and made me some to try. It was SO delicious. The flavor was subtle and was not grassy or vegetable-like at all. I can’t wait to start steeping this for myself so that I can experiment with the steeping parameters :)

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Mutant White???? O.o

Oh. Mutan, not Mutant. Right. Got it. ;p


Mutant White Tea: it glows because of the lightning bug genes spliced into its DNA.

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Daily tea drinker.

Whether it’s hot or cold outside, there is a cup of tea in my hands. I love all teas, but white and oolong are my favorites. I tend to find one tea and drink it every day until I run out (or get sick of it).

There’s not much variety in what I drink, so tasting notes are few and far inbetween. I try to log every tea I drink at least once… and if I spend to much time perusing the many teas all you lovely people drink I would surely go broke trying to drink them all.



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