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drank Maple Tea by Canada True
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GCTTB Rd 3:

I don’t usually expect much from tea bags and I have gotten used to maple teas disappointing me so you can imagine my surprise when I took a sip and immediately got a mouthful of thick, sweet maple goodness. Shocking and delicious. However, as I continue to drink, the maple slowly fades leaving a fairly mediocre black tea in it’s place. Still, it was an enjoyable cup while it lasted so thank you mewakeling for sharing :)

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drank Wild Strawberry by Adagio Teas
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GCTTB Rd 3:

Jeweled Thumb was kind enough to add some of her healthy lemonade teas into the TTB for us all to try: a combination of Adagio’s Green Citron, Wild Strawberry, and Lemongrass. Being lazy and not wanting to wait for the water to cool to brew the green, I altered the recipe and did two parts wild strawberry and one part lemongrass and then poured it over ice. The result? A fruity start to the sip which slowly gives way to a touch of hibby tartness only to end on a crisp lemon note. It’s actually quite interesting though I feel I may have been better off going with a 1:1 ratio of each tea. Ultimately I probably won’t drink this again but it was certainly fun to try. Thanks Jeweled Thumb!

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drank Sweet Cherry by The TeaCupany
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GCTTB Rd 3:

When I first joined steepster, this was one the teas I received in my very first swap courtesy of the amazing Dexter. Back when all I knew how to do was boil the kettle, dump boiling water on all the teas and wait like 20 minutes for tea to steep. Iced teas and cold brews were mere myths on my radar so when I tried this and the hibiscus took over, all I could do was power through my sample with my puckered face. Luckily I have learned one or two things from that amazing introduction to the tea world.

As I brewed this up, I immediately grabbed some ice cubes and decided to see how the cold temperature might affect the hibby. The result? An only slightly tart tea. Alas, without the tartness, there really isn’t much else going on in this cup. It is pleasant enough that I don’t mind drinking it but I think this tea and I can officially part ways for good. Nonetheless, thank you mewakeling for the chance to experiment with an old acquaintance.

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drank Ruby Red by RiverTea
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GCTTB Rd 3:

You know you gotta be just a little bit tired when you search for a tea by the phrase “Ruby Red Christina” because that’s who put it in the box so obviously steepster must know which tea I mean. Anyways, thank you Christina for the opportunity to try this tea. It says it is an apple/currant rooibos but I am just getting currant, though it is a bit smoother/less medicinal than other currant teas I have had so maybe that is how the apple plays into it? Ultimately though, this tea isn’t something I would reach for given I am not a currant lover so it will continue to travel with the box. It was fun to try though :)

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drank Vanilla Rooibos by Tazo
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Great Canadian Traveling Teabox Round 3:

This was my first pick out of the teabox because by the time I got home and opened it up and sorted everything, it was already pretty late. This, being both caffeine free and in a tea bag, seemed like the simplest of options. Unfortunately, it really wasn’t the best way to start off as this tea isn’t great. The first sip was slightly sweet but the subsequent sips all devolved into a competition between medicinal rooibos and a cloying artificial sweetener/stevia type taste. Thank you Janelle for the chance to try this tea but it most definitely was not for me.

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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Thank you for sharing Cavocorax!! This tea is nice and fruity but there is a hint of something metallic in the cup that I am not loving. Moreover, I think I underleafed this which could be why I am experiencing a strange mix of flavors. Thankfully I have more leaf in the generous sample so I can try again.

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Having this iced and the flavors have melded together to create a creamy flambeed nougat dessert tea. Yum :)

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drank Buddha Bamboo by Tea Desire
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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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