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Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing. This is definitely a juice tea(especially cold brewed as I am having it) though I imagined the flavor would have been more elaborate than what I am getting. Cranberry tends to be more prominent than it is here. All I’m getting is dragon fruit, which is lovely but less than what I expected. Still, it’s a nice enough tea and I enjoyed the little bit that I had, even if it was different than what I thought I would be having.

Oh and turns out this is my 2400 tasting note. That’s a nice round number.


Wow, lots of notes! Congrats!


Mm I like this one. Congrats on 2400!

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drank Tropical Green by Octavia Tea
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I got this in an Amoda box and I’m not a lover of greens so I wasn’t quick to jump on this but the base is completely undetectable. Seriously. I am only getting a cup of tropical fruits. Fresh and delicious. It’s like drinking juice. Papaya is the strongest element but pineapple is also lurking in the mix, as is mango.

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Caramel and orange? Not the usual combination but having tried this tea, I can confirm it’s a good one. Burnt sugar is the lasting flavor but I am also getting hints of orange peel throughout the sip. If I really concentrate, the green tea base comes through as slightly vegetal but in this case I think it is helping add to the orange element. Also, the tea at first has quite the nutty taste to it, like that of a walnut or perhaps a pecan, which then evolves into the caramel orange flavor. All in all, this is a lovely tea and one that is unlike many other teas I have tried before. Thank you MissB for sharing and Sil for being the facilitator and passing it along. You guys are awesome.

What else is awesome and a rather unique combo? Beer and ice cream apparently. Ben and Jerry’s has a Salted Caramel Brown-ie Ale ice cream and it’s delicious. Who knew?

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Orange Zest, Vegetal, Walnut


I think I’ve seen Guinness at a couple local pubs. Haven’t tried it but guess anything’s possible.

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A friend of mine got me this as part of my holiday gift/care package when I was going through some rough times with my family. It’s not something I would have picked for myself because I am pretty picky about my straight black teas, though as far as blacks go, I have found success with Assams so I was hoping this would be the same. I took to brewing it but the directed parameters made me rather hesitant (3 mins in boiling water) especially when I saw the color of the tea getting very dark, very fast. So, I let the water cool and ended up brewing it for probably closer to 2 minutes. Unfortunately, despite the rich color, the result is pretty bland. What I am getting is a hint of smooth malt but overall it is coming off pretty monotone. Luckily I have many more tea bags to play around with in order to get this right.

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drank Apple Crunch by Twinings
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Call me crazy but the first sip I took of the tea tasted like a green…pepper. Yep. Pepper. Not an apple which is made even more confusing by the fact that as soon as water touch this tea bag, the aroma of crisp apples filled the air. As I continue to drink, I am picking up more of a tart, green apple flavor (definitely hints of the hibiscus, though in this case it helps create the flavor rather than destroy it). Still, I can’t help but feel that this may have been better suited as a cold tea (either cold brewed or iced) to help bring out the fresh apple crunch I know it is capable of having. It’s a nice enough tea and despite my pepper misstep in the beginning, the end result is certainly an apple tea, though not one I will miss too much now that I have used up the only tea bag I had of it from London (one I had to literally run across a marathon to get!).

Flavors: Green Apple, Green Pepper, Hibiscus


Oh my goodness! These were crazy to get for me, too. I need to send back more when I go over again, that store was amazing. I mean, buying one tea bag amazing.


Both of the Twinings Hibiscus blends I’ve tried (the Raspberry and the Blueberry), tasted like bell pepper. So strange. I have no idea what gives it that taste.


MissB, it was definitely crazy to get in there but it made for a good story and the store was really lovely so I’d say it was worth it.

rosebudmelissa, thank goodness someone else got peppers because that was very strange.

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Thank you Cavocorax! I used the rest of this leaf to make an eggnog latte. My thinking was pumpkin spice lattes are super popular so there must be something to the combination of pumpkin and creaminess (not that I have ever actually had a PSL). However, this has taken a weird turn as the pumpkin, though present, has taken a backseat to the green base. Consequently, the latte is tasting a bit like a veggie stew mixed with eggnog. Certainly not what I hoped for but it was still fun to try.

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No milk frother in Florida so I am trying to get in my eggnog lattes before I go on Sunday while simultaneously shrinking my cupboard. So, I used up the last of the leaf and made an awesome root beer float eggnog latte. This is one flavor tea that I find always outshines the eggnog while other flavors can get buried in the background. Sad to see this go but the leaf was old so it was time.

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drank Banana Split by DAVIDsTEA
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My tea stuff has been spread throughout my entire house so today I decided to gather everything up and organize my tea drawers/clean all my teaware. This meant my kitchen was covered with a million bowls of teaware just soaking in polident. I even pulled apart my gravity steepers to get all the tea residue off the hard to reach silicone seals. Now, everything is quite shiny again which is nice.

All the while, I decided to brew up the last of this leaf as a latte. Unfortunately between the eggnog and milk, this came off rather bland and the rooibos was more prominent than it was in the plain cup. Not sure what went wrong but this leaf is not gone and I’m okay with that.


Nice, I swear by Polident for my teaware too. So glad to have learned that little trick.

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I am hoping that it is merely human error but this is really quite bland. I get a very slight hint of white tea but other than that, nothing. Just warm water. Not something you would expect from a tea with “ginger spice” in the name, two typically strong flavors.

Lauren | A Quarter to Tea

What steeping parameters did you use? I’d recommend 200-210 and go with a 4 minutes steep especially if it came off bland. I was hesitant to recommend that by default over scalding the white tea, but it honestly seems to be a trooper.


I did 3 minutes at 175 which is probably why I didn’t get much from it. I figured it was probably something I did

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drank Banane Chocolat by Lupicia
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I have had a tin of this for a while and the best before date on it is September 2015. However, the tin has never been opened so I hoped being in a sealed bag in a tin would mean it was fine. So, I brewed it as an eggnog latte and though it was okay, there was definitely flavor deterioration. The chocolate banana flavor was present but much more muted than usual and instead the base was taking center stage which is rather unfortunate given the Lupicia black tea tends to have a dirty quality to it that is hard to get past. I guess that’s the risk of buying ALL THE TEAS and then not drinking them.


I’m not a fan of their black base either.


i like this one…so find a fancy french tea you want to try from my cupboard and then come make a switch haha


Sil, it’s all yours. Unfortunately I can’t bring it by until the new year because I leave for Florida this week but I’ll put it aside with your name on it!

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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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