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SSTTB

I am not a lover of chais and this box has a lot of chai but this one called to me. The sad thing is, it did so because it was Sherlock inspired. Seriously, these fandom blends are genius because I immediately want to support my fandoms and then have to stop myself from buying teas I KNOW I won’t drink. However, when I get the opportunity, I am still happy to try them out.

Tastewise, I get coconut and caramel with a hint of chai spices. The spices are nicely balanced though so I really don’t mind them at all. Not bad, though not something I personally need stocked. It is worth a try though :)

Cavocorax

Fandom blends are really terrible for that! I’ve tried 64 fandom blends now (or will have, once I drink them all up!) I think that makes me a sucker!

I could never get this one to work for me, and I can never remember who the Colonel is. (Ohhhh, Moran!)

221tea

I am still holding out hope that they make Mary, Moran.

Mary *MOR*st*AN*

I know the bad guy in the first episode was “Lord Moran” so we already sorta got him, but I am hoping she is the actual Moran. Moriarty’s right-hand man.

Fandom teas are the best/worst creation in all the land. I feel like such a bad fan because I don’t like the “Sherlock” blend…LOL.

Cavocorax

Oh, yes…. that’s an excellent theory!

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drank Cape Town by Pekoe Tea Lounge
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SSTTB

I cold brewed this tea overnight and the result is less than exciting. Mostly it is a woodsy rooibos flavor and then just as you are about to write this off completely you get teased with a touch of fruity sweetness. Still, it is not anything I plan to keep around though it was fun to try.

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drank Monkey Fart by Southern Boy Teas
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I had this one before in my first order of SBTs and it was good but there were much better ones. However, when I placed my second order, I knew this was something my brother would be into so I tossed it in. Of course when I have him the bag of SBTs to chose from, he went straight for this one. So now I am sipping on this banana tastiness. Yum!

In other news, I came home the other day to my mom’s friend sitting with a glass of this in front of her. She told me it was very good and asked what it was and without a moment’s hesitation I proudly said “Monkey Fart”. Her face was quite priceless :P

keychange

Haha! especially if she was one of those proper older ladies!

VariaTEA

She wasn’t but that really would have been great.

OMGsrsly

That is awesome! :D

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SSTTB

I don’t think this one is for me at all. It is smooth but as I conclude the sip, a sort of dryness sets in that I am just not loving. Plus, tastewise this is less chocolate and caramel and malt and more wood, if that makes any sense. Oh well, can’t win them all.

Cavocorax

Awww. I’m happy you tried it anyway! You’re always welcome to try it later if you get curious.
Also, I wonder if it’s the darjeeling that made it dry for you? I think there is some darjeeling in that blend.

VariaTEA

Maybe. I will try some of the other Hugo teas in the box and see if I have more success with those

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drank Rhubarb Vanilla Ale by Butiki Teas
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SSTTB

I tried this before and didn’t really like it but after I finished the sample, Roswell Strange discovered that this tastes good cold brewed. So, when I saw this in the box, I immediately set this up to cold brew and it is great. Delicious rhubarb vanilla flavor with just a hint of tea. The hops take a back seat and allow everything else to shine so this is definitely the way to go about drinking this tea. Going to bump up my rating because this makes a really refreshing cold brew.

Courtney

Fascinating.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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My brother asked me to brew him up a cup of this tea since he thought it smelled great. I really hoped it would turn out great since I know it can but alas it was merely meh. Even with milk, it was thin and the vanilla was rather muted. He finished the mug though so I guess he didn’t mind. Lowering the rating on this though given the inconsistencies.

carol who

Don’t you hate it when that happens!

donkeyteaarrrraugh

I think this is the best smelling WEAKEST tea I’ve ever had. Completely agree.

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drank Cinnamon Stars by TeaGschwendner
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SSTTB

This is not what I was expecting at all since it is more vanilla/caramel rooibos than really cinnamon. Not bad but nothing special either. Oh well.

MissB

Yea, I don’t get this one either. Happy to see the SSTTB is making the rounds though! ;)

VariaTEA

Yes. I am definitely enjoying the box and all it has to offer so thank you for starting it. It has been a great chance to explore some straight blacks. It is so full though that I keep trying to pack it in a way that I can actually add to it.

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SSTTB

So I took a sip and all I could think is “this tastes like a tree”. That sounds weird but really it is pretty fitting. This tastes like evergreen trees smell: crisp and refreshing. It really is an interesting blend and one I would never picked up on my own so I am grateful for the teabox because once I got the chance to smell it, I was sucked in!

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drank Jin Pin Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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SSTTB

Enjoyed as part of a side by side by side experiment exploring black teas. That can be found here: http://steepster.com/rachel12610/posts/241824

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

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