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drank Mint Julep by The Tea Ingredient
2909 tasting notes

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This is a nice mint blend. I like the combination of peppermint and spearmint, and there’s a little hint of vanilla or cream or something in that realm. Even chocolate, maybe? Whatever it is, it adds a nice smooth quality to the blend. I don’t taste the black tea much, so I feel like it’s unnecessary.

This is giving me a touch of the holiday feels! :)

Flavors: Creamy, Herbaceous, Mint, Peppermint, Spearmint, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70

This is another blend from my swap with Cameron, while this sort of blend is typically my jam, it was not my favorite. I thought it was pretty bland because I like super strong bergamot flavors. It also had a thick film on the top even though it was looseleaf I’m not sure how that happened.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Floral

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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One of my favorite pumpkin tea blends. Although I don’t have many in my stash at the moment Earl Greys are my favorites, this blend is no exception. I love that you can taste the pumpkin, spices ( especially the cardamom), and bergamot equally. It’s a well-balanced blend that I wish was available all year round.

Flavors: Astringent, Bergamot, Cardamom, Earl Grey, Honey, Pastries, Pumpkin, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea has the best name, ha ha… And I’ve been wanting to try Traders Nicks since seeing them on Instagram, I watch a lot of animated movies and their teas are all Disney-themed. This one is from the Princess and the Frog, of course!

Sadly, it’s underwhelming for me. Even using a lot of leaf, it lacks flavor IMO. The oolong base is fine, very smooth with some woody notes. Not a lot going on otherwise, but it’s not bad. The flavoring… I don’t think I would be able to tell you what it’s supposed to be if I didn’t know. Caramel maybe? But it’s sort of generic “desserty” and ends up just tasting like flavoring to me without having a specific flavor. Maybe a touch of butterscotch or buttery something? I was also excited to see salt in the ingredients here, but I don’t taste it at all… Looking at the description, it says they started with a base of caramel oolong, so I guess that makes sense. Definitely not getting nearly enough caramel though.

Anyway, sad panda that this tea isn’t for me. Buuuuut, happy panda that I got to try a sample from Gabby so I didn’t end up buying a bag of it later! Yay tea friends! :P

Flavors: Artificial, Butter, Butterscotch, Caramel, Dry Leaves, Earthy, Maple, Smooth, Sweet, Wax, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Trying to get back into the habit of having a cup of Obubu tea every day, in an effort to get through the crazy amount of backlogged subscription teas I have from them. And we won’t even discuss the many full-size packages that I’m conveniently ignoring… ^^’

I really need to drink more hojicha, it’s perfect for fall! This has a lovely smooth toasty flavor with notes of fallen leaves and damp wood. There’s a grassiness to it as well that’s a bit… sharp? I don’t know how to describe what I mean, ha ha. It’s adding some astringency as well. There are some mild vegetal notes as well, something hearty and earthy like kale. Definitely tasting roasted nuts, I don’t know if I would specifically pick out pecan (which is what the description lists) but it’s in that general area. Maybe pecan or walnut skin? It lacks the richness of the actual nut and there’s a slight bitterness to it. And underneath is a deep caramelized flavor that adds dimension but not sweetness, and a touch of charcoal.

Anyway, it’s good, definitely quite savory for a hojicha. I just refilled the Obubu section of my countertop sipdown area, and there are some other roasted teas in there, hooray! :)

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Bitter, Brown Rice, Burnt Sugar, Charcoal, Dry Grass, Dry Leaves, Grain, Grass, Kale, Mineral, Pecan, Roasted Barley, Roasted Nuts, Smooth, Toasty, Vegetal, Wet Wood, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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90

This is one of the many blends that my friend Cameron sent me in our first swap (thank you, Cameron!) Before our swap, I didn’t know that Dammann Freres existed but I haven’t explored many tea companies other than my go-tos. First off, I love the smell of this blend. The scent alone is so comforting and welcoming that I’d steep it just to smell it. Taste-wise, I love this blend! I love figs, Italian Christmas wouldn’t exist without something with figs in it so this blend reminds me of home. I love the subtle fruitiness and sweetness of this blend, I preferred it without any additions.

Flavors: Candy, Cream, Fig, Honey, Strawberry, Sweet, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Ooh so glad to share Dammann with you, they’re my favorite French tea company and one of my faves overall too! Their advent is really good as well, though I’ve already ordered too many others this year… >.<

They have a big range of nontraditional Christmas teas, so fun to try!

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75
drank Chocolate Chili Chai by DAVIDsTEA
754 tasting notes

Steep:
212°F
5 min

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: scratch and sniff chocolate stickers
Steeped Tea Smell: bakey, hint chilli
Flavor: bakey
Aftertaste: hint of burn / chilli
Liquor: translucent light orange brown

Comments: 3 min was not enough time

Post-Steep Additives: sugar
got the chocolate once i added sugar, so bakey-chocolate then a slight burn finish and aftertaste

Comments: not as spicy as I was hoping for, but i do very much enjoy it!

Resteep:
weak, watery hints of flavor, but mostly toast-y

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

YouTube Review https://youtu.be/Lw9SMbuxtrA

TikTok Review https://www.tiktok.com/@circuitswan/video/7148931137665060142

Twitter https://twitter.com/CircuitSwan/status/1575518925299023878

Blog Post https://amazonv.blogspot.com/2022/09/davidstea-teabag-black-tea-chocolate.html

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Disclaimer:
All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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This one sounded familiar, and it’s because it was in the Plum Deluxe advent that I did two years ago.

Love the concept, but it just doesn’t have nearly enough raspberry for me. I do get the cookie part, and there’s a nice buttery note to it, but I can barely taste the raspberry jam at all. There’s a hint of cinnamon, but mostly I taste cookie and honeybush. And it looks like I felt about the same way about it last time, so at least I’m consistent! :P

Thanks Gabby for the share!

Flavors: Artificial, Butter, Cinnamon, Cookie, Jam, Pepper, Raspberry, Sweet, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

Very cozy, I don’t normally love fruity blends but the sweet and malty vanilla notes make it taste more like a pie than straight fruit.

Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Cranberry, Pear, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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60
drank Night Time by Pukka
58 tasting notes

a pleasantly soft and floral tea, don’t have a lot to say about it, was a nice sample, won’t seek it out

Flavors: Floral, Lavender

Preparation
8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Wayward Sons by Happy Turtle Tea
2909 tasting notes

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Courtesy of Gabby!

This is not my favorite. I think it’s because I’m not a lavender fan, and I don’t always love sage either (though sometimes I do, like in S&V’s Rocky Mountains). The ginger is nice though.

I just wish there was a bit of fruit or something sweet here to sort of counterbalance all of those savory herbal notes. So not loving it because of that, but still thankful for the chance to try a tea that I never would have ordered for myself! :D

Flavors: Earthy, Ginger, Herbaceous, Lavender, Medicinal, Sage, Savory, Smooth, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Coconut Island by Winterbloom Tea
2792 tasting notes

This is the final tea for this month’s sipdown challenge for me as I don’t own any yerba mate that I can recall. So a tropical tea, it is! And it is an actual sipdown – hurray!

It has been cloudy and fairly dark all day as the fringes of Tropical Storm Ian approach. It is a but windy but nothing spectacular, but still we must make preparations. I have made a big pot of soup and have filled several carafes from the water purifier and continue to filter in case flooding should take out water lines again. Honestly I think this is going to be a non-event for us, but it is best to prepare. That includes eating a lot. I mean, what if the power went out? Truly, I do not snack like this in the afternoons usually! We will not discuss evenings.

So my afternoon snack was Parle-G cookies, homemade cardamom and cinnamon frozen yogurt with graham cracker bits, and a small pot of this tea. I give these details because the food demonstrated the importance of being mindful in our pairings.

After a few bites of the spiced frozen yogurt, the tea tasted like…almost nothing. The tangy tartness of the yogurt with the lemony warmth of cardamom and rich cinnamon cancelled the tea out almost entirely. I could have been drinking warm water.

After a bite of Parle-G cookies (which taste like not too sweet waffle cone to me, the hard kind and not the styrofoamy kind) the tea was so much better. Now I tasted coconut and most notably, the base took on an extremely smokey flavor. I could hardly believe it was same tea I had sipped moments before.

The remainder of snack time was carefully orchestrated from that point on so that the order was froyo, cookie, ssssmmmokey good tea.

Cameron B.

“Truly, I do not snack like this in the afternoons usually! We will not discuss evenings.”

LOL! I feel you on the evening snackies… XD

ashmanra

CameronB: Night snacking is my great food downfall.

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drank Hello Sweetie! by The PANDORICA
2909 tasting notes

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Mastress Alita’s Sipdown Challenge (September) – “A tea with honey added”

Instead of adding honey to a tea, I’m having a tea with honey flavoring. And it’s another swap sample from Gabby! :)

This one is really quite lovely. I don’t often like honey flavoring in teas, it always tastes weird to me and not like the real thing (which I do enjoy). Here it’s done well though, and it’s also restrained enough to not take over the cup. I can also taste the crisp and refreshing pear (yum) and the soft floral notes of the chamomile. It all goes together so nicely with the mellow and smooth black base to create a relaxing tea that’s perfect for the afternoon.

The Pandorica doesn’t appear to list or sell tea on their website, so I’ll have to see if I can track down where they sourced this blend from…

ETA: Sounds like they blend their teas in-house, so I would have to use my tea friend connections to get more of this one, ha ha.

Flavors: Chamomile, Floral, Hay, Honey, Nectar, Pear, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Steep:
212°F
5 min
Metal Strainer

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: cardamom and ginger
Steeped Tea Smell: earthy, peppery
Flavor: cinnamon, pepper, bakey, earthy
Liquor: translucent light brown orange

Post-Steep Additives: added a bit of sugar and milk

Comments: lovey cup of (spiced) chai – a good wake up cup

Resteep:
6-7min
smell: chocolate, earthy
taste: cinnamon, earthy, lighter

won’t handle a 3rd steep

adding a bit of sweetener and milk

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

YouTube
opening the calendar – https://youtu.be/psbImMXoNwA
first steep – https://youtu.be/BycmwE2uWW4

TikTok
opening the calendar – https://www.tiktok.com/circuitswan/video/7148804222568484138 first steep - https://www.tiktok.com/circuitswan/video/7148807269247962410

Twitter – https://twitter.com/CircuitSwan/status/1575507053405425664

Blog Post – https://amazonv.blogspot.com/2022/09/adagio-teas-loose-leaf-puerh-tea.html

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I received this product for free in return for writing a review.

Disclaimer:
All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

Flavors: Earthy, Ginger, Pepper

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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75
drank City of Lights by TakeT
1321 tasting notes

A little backstory to this tea. Skip it if you want to read about the tea. It’s down there.

Today City of Lights festival starts in Jyväskylä in Central Finland. This tea shop is from that city and I have been studying there, oh it flies, 6 years ago. I was there for four months only, but it since then Finland is inscribed into my heart. And Jyväskylä as well. I never wanted to live in a big city (considering Czech city sizes). How it looks this year you can see here: https://valonkaupunki.jyvaskyla.fi/en — back then it was for a few days only if I am not mistaken. It was great event with lots of fun, art in public, and good mood all around. Though I did not understood any single Finnish word, I really enjoyed it. Also, I took some photos, in 2016 and they are available on my Flickr here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72177720302465091

As it is held in September, it goes dark quite early there. So, that said, there are lots of children and some events are dedicated to them as well. It was held on Kirkkopuisto (Church square), but apparently it has grown in size and it is held in whole city nowadays. Honestly, if I get the opportunity I would return there in time of City of Lights event.

To the tea:
Based on their description, it should be glühwein (mulled wine) flavoured black tea. With some star sprinkles and nuts. I have ordered only sample package, as I wasn’t sure if it suits my taste… sometimes they use too much hibiscus and it’s only tart, sometimes it is too boozy (even with no alcohol in)… I just think that make good mulled-wine tea is hard.

This one, from two sessions I was able to make from that small sample pouch was a bit different story. I did not had Finnish glühwein, only some Glöggi bought in Alko (state-owned shop with alcohol), so I am not really sure what is common for Finns.

Anyway, first session was a pear-vanilla cup with very nice and round taste, but the vanilla was confusing as it shouldn’t be in. Later it was a bit spicy, but it was very pleasant experience.

Second session from today was more mulled wine like. It was fruitier, mostly prunes and certainly more spicy. However the black tea base didn’t made the mark there, unlike the first session.

I am sure it is very hard to put everything in small sample pouches, so maybe it caused some flavour issues. I may try it again in bigger pouch to make sure that I get expected flavour profile.

In conclusion, I am happy with this tea (though I may be affected by nostalgia) and also for the idea. Now, I will move, at least virtually, to Jyväskylä, brew some tea (sadly not this one) and imagine I have it in a paper cup and walking through the city.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
ashmanra

The festival sounds like a lot of fun! Nice photos!

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75
drank Winter Sonata by Smore Mermaid
1638 tasting notes

I’m usually good at remembering, but I have no idea where I got this tea bag. This flavor is mulled wine inspired, and I feel like they capture that vibe pretty well. I can clearly taste the tart fruit and some mild spices on top. I liked it better cold. This company only sells a few tea blends, and I’m not sure I’m motivated to try the other ones, but I had a decent time with this one.

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In our world Ravens in the library would be absolute chaos. But in the world of Houite Ravens frequent the library and good tea is always provided. Ravens are companions to those lucky enough to have been accepted. They share an affinity and a certain pair loves Earl Grey. He is the master of the library. Takes his tea every morning at 160 F. No milk or sugar. Though if it’s a humid day he will spot chill it using frost glare. A spell he must be careful not to use on the teen crows. He loves the blend a bit over steeped. With a bit of puckering astringency. The creaminess takes him away to his younger years and that white Raven he hopes to find again one day.

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Has a delicate floral aroma. Brews an orange-tinged yellow color and has a fruity golden raisin-like presence. Only slightly lingering taste finishing with some floral notes hinting of jasmine. Not a lot going on with this one, but it is pleasant enough. At $16.50/100 grams it is a little pricey for what it is.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is a buried treasure sample packet that, now that I’ve sampled it, I regret leaving it buried so long! Nice, smooth satiny texture, and it’s one of the fruitiest-flavored unflavored blacks I’ve tasted in a long while. Dark, dark cherry and a little wood essence. A nice surprise on a “why-do-I-have-to-get-out-of-bed?” morning.

ashmanra

I may have to sample this one! I just got a gift code from them that I need to use soon and that sounds like a good candidate, but it may be very similar to the Premium Keemun Hao Ya I keep on hand.

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90

I have a sweet tooth, and Queen of Cheba is perfect for me. I’m not sure how to describe the flavour, other than a smooth and full cherry. I don’t pick up the banana much on its own, but it certainly lends part of its smoothness to this tea. It’s delightful, and I’m really sad that this was the last spoonful

Flavors: Cherry, Creamy, Red Fruits, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Hazelnut Chocolate by DAVIDsTEA
754 tasting notes

Steep:
212°F
4 min

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: hazelnut, hint of chocolate
Steeped Tea Smell: chocolate hazelnut truffle
Flavor: sweet, coco, earthy
Aftertaste: stevia
Liquor: translucent dark brown

Comments: would be great if not for the stevia aftertaste (i dislike that specific flavor)

Post-Steep Additives: milk

Comments: stevia less noticeable with milk

Resteep:
very weak, earthy

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

Steepster Link https://steepster.com/teas/davidstea/94181-hazelnut-chocolate

YouTube Review https://youtu.be/U1O3pWIhQkQ

TikTok Review https://www.tiktok.com/@circuitswan/video/7148638847595859242

Twitter https://twitter.com/CircuitSwan/status/1575324454850555906

Blog Post https://amazonv.blogspot.com/2022/09/davidstea-teabag-puerh-type-hazelnut.html

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Flavors: Chocolate, Hazelnut, Stevia

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75

Steep:
180°F
3min
Metal Strainer

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: vegetal, sweet, hint tart
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, vegetal, cranberry
Flavor: sweet, vegetal
Body: Light
Aftertaste: nutty
Liquor: translucent light yellow green

Comments: mild, no astringency

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

YouTube
https://youtu.be/b8KViHIDS2Q opening day 3
https://youtu.be/gtSiWVQMyP8 tea review

TikTok
opening day 3 https://www.tiktok.com/circuitswan/video/7148623175851560235 tea review https://www.tiktok.com/circuitswan/video/7148625098608774446

Twitter https://twitter.com/CircuitSwan/status/1575313155261366273

Blog Post https://amazonv.blogspot.com/2022/09/adagio-teas-loose-leaf-green-tea.html

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Flavors: Cranberry, Nutty, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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