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noms. man i need more tea. I seriously feel like i drink the same teas every day lol. Deliciously wonderful teas….but the same teas nonetheless.

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drank Ginger Cola by 52teas
9346 tasting notes

tea today and this was the pERFECT pick me up this afternoon. Honestly even though it was in my travel mug, this was just what i needed when the day went a little haywire. I actually was sad and suprised when i emptied the travel much much too quickly haha. I’ll be sad when this one is gone from my cupboard as it might be one of my favourites from last year. I just really like the cola, and the ginger adds a nice dimension without being the main flavour……even if i do love me a lot of ginger :)

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Gosh, this flu continues to morph. Today, it is killing fatigue and that hot headachy body achy chill with itchy nose and scratchy throat.

I don’t seem to have much tolerance for caffeine when I am ill, so after my few cups of caffeinated, I reached for this to soothe my throat and my spirit.

As a caffeine-free option, this works for me. Superior blending here. There’s a time and a place for camomile, and this is it, for me anyway. Although I am not a huge fan of it, here with its blend of honey and florals, it’s perfect. All of it perfectly perches on the rooibos which somehow plants the combination. This blend gives me the impression of a sunny country garden and that already lifts me up.

One day, I’d like to see what a similar blend that goes more heavily on the strawberries is like. Here they are barely perceptible.

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drank Caramel Shortbread by DAVIDsTEA
4 tasting notes

This tea smells amazing! Just like a warm, delicious cookie. I was really pleased with the flavor. It was a buttery taste that reminded me of Girl Scout trefoil cookies. The brewed tea also smelled delicious.

Flavors: Butter, Cookie

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This makes a dark brown tea. It tasted watery to me at first, but I added a little sweetener and that really brought out the flavor of the blueberries. Fruity teas are not my first pick, but this is a pretty tasty afternoon treat.

Flavors: Blueberry

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drank 2017 She's Not Me by White2Tea
20 tasting notes

Very balanced and elegant. It’s simultaneously sweet and bitter, but neither is overwhelming. The bitterness needs deciphering to register, unlike other bitter teas that hit you in the face or have a returning kuwei. The sweetness and bitterness go very well together to produce a fruity and slightly floral harmony. Kinda like biting into a not-yet ripe peach.
The tastes also last many sessions without obvious changes (to me). I like it.

Flavors: Bitter, Peach, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 g 2 OZ / 55 ML

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drank Caramel Shortbread by DAVIDsTEA
15 tasting notes

This tea smells delightful – exactly like its name! – but it falls flat on its flavour profile. It tastes nothing like caramel, shortbread, or any sort of cookie or dessert. Instead it tastes like a sweeter and milder version of DT’s Sleigh Ride. I can’t say I particularly like it, but it is interesting to look at – it has slices of almonds and hazelnut bits! Just looking to finish it lol.

Preparation
4 min, 45 sec

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This is an interesting one. A green/oolong blend with bergamot and mint and probably other stuff but that’s what I’m tasting. It’s decent, and probably would be better iced but I have too many teas to drink stuff I’m just marginal on and oolong is just not my thing. Into the free pile at work it goes. Someone else can enjoy it.

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drank Rum Raisin by Lupicia
226 tasting notes

Finally got around to doing my yearly order of Lupicia, (Though might be able to make one this summer, I hope!) this order was pretty small, sadly. Mostly reordering some favorites like Cookie, Sakurambo, Rhubarb &Strawberry, and 2 new teas…this one and Sakurambo Vert, plus an asked for sample of Cassis & Blueberry.

I am not sure why I picked this tea to try out, I’ve never tried rum in my life (As I dislike most alcohol. ) Though come to think of it, did really enjoy Caramel &Rum rooibos from Lupicia.
Overall this tea is an ok cup, but I am not wowed about it. Thinking of letting it cool down and drinking more then, like others have mentioned. I can see why some have called this a dessert tea.

Flavors: Raisins very faintly, and I guess the rum. Seems to be a hint of something else that I can’t identify, but tastes familiar.

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drank Decaf Muscat by Lupicia
2193 tasting notes

This is the better version of DT’s Grape freeze. no stevia, great grape flavor, makes an amazing latte, plain hot tea, or coldbrew. I like this iced when it’s hot out because of how refreshing it is. I recently had a cup of it hot and then put the leaves in a steeper to coldbrew for 15 minutes. both cups were excellent.

Flavors: Fruity, Grapes

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drank Summertime by 52teas
2193 tasting notes

I keep meaning to finish this up and forget because I’m focusing on all my tiny samples. Anyway, I had this a few days ago as a coldbrew. It is good, but takes a long time to steep (30+ minutes in 400 mL water). I recommend brewing it in hot (80 degree C) water and then letting it cool. The white tea leaves are lightly vegetal, but make for a light and tasty cup. I can make out some berry flavor, but couldn’t figure out all the other ones. My bag is getting older now and I didn’t let it steep long enough this time, so that’s on me. I do like all of 52Tea’s white tea blends. they are always well balanced and make a great cup on a sunny day.

Flavors: Berry, Fruity, Vegetal

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drank Monk's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
2193 tasting notes

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I can see this being one of the D’s Teas/always kept in stock. There is a reason it is always popular. It is heavy on the cardamom (exactly what I was looking for in the tea), light maple and cookie notes. The coconut is toasty and creamy. Some cinnamon peaking out in the aftertaste. Everything about this tea is perfect on a cold day.

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I love this tea so much. That lemon and lime is spot-on soda. It absolutely lives up to the crisp part of its name. The cranberry is subtle (or at least not sour/overly acidic at all). The green rooibos is perfect. I need to stock up on this blend before it is gone but I don’t want to pay for shipping unless I get all the teas I want at once. And I should buy more teas right now. [indecision intensifies]

Flavors: Citrus, Cranberry, Lemon, Lime

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Black tea and maple blended perfectly together. Made it through just one steep so I’m not gonna rate it yet. However… all the maple teas I’ve had so far haven’t ever really captured the essence of what I imagine a maple tea to be, or even to create a true maple flavour that balances with the tea. This tea? Balance, flavour, and depth! I’m impressed.

Evol Ving Ness

Is this another one from the tea fest? I am not familiar with this blender.

Arby

You had me at maple. I’m adding this to my wishlist. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Evol Ving Ness

They also have a nice lineup of other things. Thanks for bringing them to my attention. I see an order in my future.

Indigobloom

@Evol – yes, Canadian! I should drink it while watching the Olympics :P
They might be at the next tea guild meeting. There was one blend I thought about asking her to bring.

Evol Ving Ness

ooooh, which blend was that?

Evol Ving Ness

And do they sell tea at the meetings or just sample?

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This is much different than I expected. It definitely does not have an artificial taste to it which is nice. The peach is understated. It tastes mineraly. I don’t pick up much anise or pastry flavors. I was happy to have bought a sample size and also glad that I did not buy more. It’s just ok for me.

Flavors: Mineral, Pastries, Peach, Pepper, Seaweed, Spices, Wet Earth

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I know I reviewed this just yesterday but I decided to prioritise drinking this tea since coconut is just about the only tea ingredient that I know of that goes bad over time so I can’t let it age as much as the rest of my cupboard. I have another tin of this at home too, this is just the work stash.

Still fantastic. Even better than yesterday, actually, since I’m not eating anything right now to interfere with the flavour. This just hits the spot. I may start every morning with this for a while (after my daily chai).

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you for the reminder. I know this in theory, but you know, we, tea people, get side-tracked. On it. Today, I will shift a few of the coconut teas more towards the front lines of action.

Starfevre

Glad to be of service!

Dustin

Old soapy coconut, blech! I have had citrus turn in tea too. Oranges especially get this alkaline tang that ruins the tea for me.

Starfevre

I guess I’ve never let a citrusy tea age that much as I have never noticed that, but I don’t get a lot of citrus teas in general. Coconut is definitely the worst though.

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I’d like to think that most of my tastebuds are working now despite this flu thing.

This cup delivers a rich tart cranberry supported by the depth of the beautiful base. There is the slightest bit of bitter harshness, or I don’t even know how to describe it, something like green leaves gone wrong, but not enough to spoil my mood. In the perfect world, I would like the vanilla bean to announce itself more clearly here.

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