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Cold brew review:

This tisane is really suited for a cold brew. It is very easy to drink and possesses a great balance of honey sweetness, roasted nuttiness and a hint of sour notes. Although not very complex, it is enjoyable and refreshing. I like the mouthfeel too, it is neither drying nor mouth-watering, but coats the mouth very well.

For the price it is a great deal!

Flavors: banana, Honey, Roast nuts, Roasted Barley

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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Drinking this one now while I wait for the bus to head home; this was a rare evening where we actually finished everything we needed to for closing AND everything extra to prep for tomorrow’s opener early so I get to take the last few minutes of the night to pop up a tasting note.

It’s been a very long time since that happened.

Maybe it’s the age (it’s probably the age) but this is kind of… ‘bleh’ to me. I mean NOT bad tasting, but just almost entirely bland with no real defining notes of qualities. Basically, it tastes like the sort of SUPER generic black tea that’s used for low to mid quality flavoured blends as the base. Maybe a little citrus-y? But I feel like even describing that flavour is a stretch. I have a feeling, as I head out for the night into the cold, it’ll be the kind of thing I drink for warmth more than anything else.

No rating – I know I’m not trying this one in its prime.

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Fun hobby tea, that cannot take itself seriously. It tastes like a combination of mueslie and candyfloss and brews into a beautiful pinky brown colour. The soft fruity candyfloss like flavours first with the roasted almond (mueslie) flavours afterwards. Very pleasant tasting.

Flavors: Candy, Fruity, Roasted nuts

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 18 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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drank Tropic Thunder by TeaTaxi
430 tasting notes

This is a sweet fruity rooibos blend. I get hints of mango mixed with the rooibos. Quite tasty.

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An aged but well-preserved blend. All the bits are more or less intact—raspberries, a hint of glaze. Needs more cream. A couple of cups left. Almost there.

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drank Mango Sorbet by Todd & Holland
1386 tasting notes

This is another blend full of fruit chunks.

In the packet, the smell is kind of bitter. It’s a citrus rindy smell, with some sweeter notes of pineapple and mango.

The tisane has a cloudy yellow color that leans toward orange. It smells first of orange/tangerine, then of mango, then of something more generically fruity.

Fortunately, the taste isn’t nearly as bitter as the dry mix smell, though it has a slight downturn at the end of the sip. The mango is to the front, and in the center as well, with orange and pineapple at the back.

It’s pretty good for a mango tisane. Many of them don’t really live up to the name, as the mango is more in the background.

I even sort of get the sorbet appellation, as there’s something vaguely creamy about the flavor.

Flavors: Citrus, Mango

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank A Winters Treat by 52teas
2196 tasting notes

It snowed today where I live, which is extremely uncommon. Especially more than a cm which melts within 12 hours. It’s at at least 8 cm out there, and it continues to fall. I felt it was only right to warm myself up with a desserty advent calendar tea.

The oolong base is toasty and roasty, notes of raisin and barley. The spices are lovely, as are the dried fruit pieces. I can’t taste apple, so I’m not quite sure what it is (EDIT: I see it is banana from the description, which is what I was tasting. I wasn’t expecting banana in a winter tea, I guess. It’s a very welcome surprise, though) The cinnamon and creamy flavours are great. Some nutty notes. I’m not getting any rum, however I did add milk and that may have interfered.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity, Nutty, Roasted, Roasted Barley, Spices, Toasty

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drank Tropical Green by CitizenTea
430 tasting notes

Tastes like green tea and coconut.

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So, I’m presently having the ‘06 Xiaguan Gold Thread tuo. This is the fifth Xiaguan tuo I’ve tried. Both productions of the Dali Tuo production I can get with. This one falls into the latter category, I’m afraid. It’s not as bad as the Nanzhao tuo or the Red Chamber, the latter I’m chalking up to still needing time, thinking optimistically. However, the Nanzhao and the Gold Thread share traits that I had chalked up for “storage.” It’s not. They’re from different vendors neither providing other items that gave me pause about storage conditions. Both the Nanzhao and the Gold Thread smell like foot. The Nanzhao tuo is undrinkable. The Gold Thread is drinkable, with hints of fruit, tobacco, ashtray, and minerals. Nice and sudsy. Decent storage with a deep brown color. Interestingly, the Nanzhao cake is great. The Dali Tuo are too. As far as raw smoky productions, I feel Haixintang makes the best.

Flavors: Ash, Dried Fruit, Mineral, Tobacco

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Uncovered this older tea in my collection. not much left, so thought I’d review this admittedly not-in-peak tea.
Grain, vegetal and lemon nose
Liquor has a lot of creamy/custard elements, honey and sweet cardamom

Finish is quite bitter

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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.

Indigobloom

When we meet up we shall all swap!

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drank Ginger Cola by 52teas
9348 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.

Arby

Aww feel better

Indigobloom

Oh no! Are you still going on the same flu? sending healing vibes <3

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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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