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This might be the third time I’ve had this in my stash. I don’t know why I’ve never reviewed it. I guess I’ve only had it during times I’ve been inactive here.

Anyway, the fact that I bought it a third time should say a lot. There’s just something about it. It’s lightly spiced, but smooth with sweet vanilla and apple. There is an actual cake note, too. But my mind never translates it as “cake”. No, this tea tastes exactly like Apple Jacks to me. In the best way. I love Apple Jacks, and if I can get that flavor in a zero calorie, caffeinated form, I’m going to!

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Vanilla

Orphia

THAT’S what it tastes like! I always thought this tea had a sort of “cereal” quality to it, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. I was thinking Apple Cinnamon Cheerios.

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drank Longevitea by Miss Tea
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Another one from Sips By. I don’t have a lot to say about this… Besides the fact that it is INTENSELY YELLOW and stained my steel mesh infuser a weird goldish color. It brews up almost opaque and leaves a hefty little cloud of powder on the bottom of my tumbler.

Turmeric takes the lead as far as flavors go. Then ginger and some sort of citrus-like note. It is somewhat spicy, and medicinal-tasting to me. Probably would be nice to sip if you were sick with a cold, though. Especially with a little honey.

Also, thumbs down for no caffeine. I just… am so much less likely to drink a caffeine free tea. I need that boost!

Flavors: Citrusy, Ginger, Medicinal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Mastress Alita

Ah, a turmeric tea. I had one do that to my infuser too. It was a powdered turmeric blend, and after that I just started infusing it directly into milk in my milk frother so that wouldn’t happen again.

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drank Venetian Tiramisu by Harney & Sons
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Oh. Oh no. I’ve stumbled upon a new favorite.

There are several teas from my Sips By boxes that I should be reviewing, but yesterday was a very hard day for me, so I went straight for a comfort tea this morning. Tiramisu is my absolute favorite dessert, after all.

The dry leaf itself is interesting. Big white tea leaves and lots of brown hojicha stems. The aroma promises notes of creamy chocolate and brandy. As far as the flavor goes, this tastes like a fancier, classier Three Musketeers bar. Chocolate, vanilla, and nougat. Nougat above all else. The hojicha adds a sort of roasty base that keeps the other flavors from being overwhelming, while the white tea adds almost oolong-like notes. This is so complex and interesting for a dessert tea! It’s rich and the creaminess really lingers in your mouth. Yet it isn’t heavy in any way. It’s pleasantly light, making it a treat over ice.

I should probably go with a lower steeping temperature for this next time. And there certainly will be a next time. I used my whole sample in one day, so…

Flavors: Brandy, Candy, Chocolate, Cocoa, Creamy, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Bluegreen

(reads ingredients) What a strange and interesting combination! I kinda like Three Musketeers, so will have to try.

Sil

oooooh sounds intriguing

Mastress Alita

This is one I’ve really been wanting!

Lexie Aleah

Almost ordered this one the same week it came out but I didn’t. Since my order would have consisted of this and one other tea. (:

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drank Vanilla Bean Macaron by Tazo®
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Good lord. I can’t drink this by itself.

It’s like sipping buttercream frosting, with a STRONG emphasis on the butter. Almost sickeningly decadent. Even when blended 1:3 with other teas, this takes center stage. It’s potent.

Normally, I am all about super rich dessert teas. But this is rich to the point that it’s a little gross. I’d avoid this one.

Flavors: Butter, Cake, Vanilla

gmathis

Love your description—on the flipside, I raved about this one; but then, I can eat frosting straight out of the container with a spoon. Everybody’s wired differently :)

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drank Cacao Tea by Micacao
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This came in my Sips By box this month. It’s my first pure cacao tea! I’ve had it as an ingredient in chais and things, but never on its own. I’m seriously craving sweets right now, so I hope this will taste the way I imagine.

The smell as I open the pouch is just like a fudgy brownie. A mouthwatering aroma. I wasn’t expecting it to be so enticing. However, the appearance is the opposite. The thin brown flakes remind me of fish food. Hmm.

As it steeped, the flakes sank to the bottom of my infuser. The water changed to a cloudy dark tan and I wondered if I added too much “leaf”. Steeped, the aroma is sharper and warmer. Like the way it smells when you take a chocolate cake out of the oven. I thought of going ahead and adding milk like other reviewers did, but I wanted to try it without first.

The flavor is not exactly what I expected, but it’s lovely. A little bit toasty, a little bit woodsy, and then rich chocolate. Lingering, satisfying chocolate, especially on the exhale. I just wish the flavor was a little more intense. I think if I were to buy a pouch of this, I would use even more than I did this time. It would be so fun to experiment with. Glad I got a chance to try this.

Flavors: Cacao, Chocolate, Cocoa

Preparation
8 min or more 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Starfevre

It’s definitely good for a second steep, too, fyi.

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drank Peach Ginger Black Tea by Pique Tea
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I got this tea in my very first Sips by box. For those of you not familiar, Sips by is a relatively new tea subscription service that matches you with 4 teas to try every month. So far, I love it! I was excited about all 4 picks they sent.

Now. I don’t drink a lot of instant teas. I’m definitely a loose leaf kind of girl. But this had attractive packaging and the price on the website suggested it was higher quality. As I poured it into my cup, I found that it looked just like ground cinnamon. It smelled fruity and realistic, kind of like how a peach smells before you bite into it.

It dissolved super easily. I used all 4 packs they gave me in a 24 ounce tumbler. After ice and some stirring, it came out to a kinda scary black coffee color. However, the flavor is surprisingly mild. Ginger is the main thing I taste, with a kind of disappointingly dull peach flavor. Hmm. It’s like a fruity, uncarbonated ginger ale. There is no ginger burn at all.

While I’m not really impressed, I should note that there is no grit left over on the bottom. Also, this packs quite the caffeine punch. I am having trouble sitting still, that’s for sure.

Flavors: Ginger, Peach

Preparation
24 OZ / 709 ML

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drank Earl Grey Cupcake by 52teas
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I snagged a sample of this when I saw that Anne had brought back the old LiberTEAS Breakfast In Bed blend. Couldn’t just let that go by! But this tea was calling my name, too. Couldn’t resist the combination of two of my favorite things — earl grey and cake. Somehow, after years of orders from 52Teas, this is my first earl grey of theirs ever.

I’m charmed by the cute blue and white star sprinkles mixed in. Same colors as the blue cornflowers that have come to signify an earl grey. However, at first, I wasn’t sold on the bergamot they used. It smelled kind of like sunscreen to me, so I was wary.

But the flavor was much different than expected! It reminds me so much of a creamcicle! The bergamot is so smooth and citrusy. It tastes like a vanilla cupcake with orange marmalade icing. Also, the black tea base they used is hearty and solid. I can actually taste it over the added flavors. I always appreciate that 52Teas doesn’t use lame, low grade Ceylons to make their flavored teas. They use nice black teas and let them lend their notes to the flavor.

Anyway, this is lovely and I’ll be having it again at breakfast.

Flavors: Bergamot, Creamy, Fruity, Lemon, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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Ok, I know I complained about this being weak last time, when I used one bag for a standard size water glass.

So I used two tonight. Let me tell you, even after ice and milk to the rim of the glass, this was still super strong. Good lord. Too strong one might say. Definitely going to have to make it in a 24 oz container or something.

But it’s exactly what I hoped it would be. Orange, opaque, and spiced in a way I’ve never been able to figure out. Tastes like the bottled stuff but fresher. Hell yes.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML
Lexie Aleah

This is definitely my fsvorite Thai iced tea kit. Did you by chance buy yours at a World Market as well? I love how you can sweeten it to taste.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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I call it Mango Shortcake.

One part Harney & Son’s Mango black tea, one part The Tea Table’s Bourbon Sunday Blend. It smells like sweet vanilla cake and preserves. So fruity and yet so creamy. I had it hot, but I can’t wait to try it iced. I wonder if I could blend something like this on Adagio.. hmm…

Flavors: Cake, Creamy, Fruity, Mango, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Butterscotch Blondie by Tazo®
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Really surprised gmathis and I are the only ones who have reviewed this tea. I’m betting it’s in grocery stores across the country.

Anyway, found this on the clearance shelf for like $2. I really like dessert teas and Tazo is usually pretty good. Not spectacular, but good for bagged tea.

I actually really like this. Creamy vanilla and burnt sugar with a mild note of cinnamon. I swear I taste star anise faintly in this, too, but it’s not listed in the ingredients. Maybe nutmeg? Something like that. Cocoa peel is listed, however, and I don’t detect that. This is a lovely dessert tea, buttery and caramelly.

The more I sip it, the more I realize this tastes like oatmeal. Like brown sugar and cinnamon oatmeal. But with caramel.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Butterscotch, Caramel, Cinnamon, Creamy, Oats, Vanilla

Starfevre

Interesting. I may have to pick this up if I find it.

Lexie Aleah

Need to pick this one up.

Arby

I wish they sold these where I am. I want to taste them but I haven’t seen them in Canada.

gmathis

I fear that this is going to be a drink-it-NOW-because-it-won’t-be-back variety. I was very surprised to see Tazo heading toward the dessert line.

gmathis

(P.S. If it helps y’all shop, I picked mine up at Target.)

Evol Ving Ness

Sadly, we no longer have Target here.

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Quiet, strange, and in love with the world of tea. Living just outside of Atlanta. Cat lover, electronic music geek, balcony gardener, and collector of fossils. On the hunt for the perfect tea in each of my favorite categories.

I prefer black teas, but I’m trying to broaden my horizons. My favorites tend to be yunnan tips, earl grey, chai, and pretty much any black tea from Fujian, China. My favorite add-ons are plum, cinnamon, sage, apple, coconut, raspberry, lychee, bergamot, osmanthus, cucumber, lavender, vanilla, cardamom, ginger, and caramel.

I’m shy about green tea, curious about white, and learning to love oolong. I hate rooibos and anything with orchid, fennel, or jasmine.

Since joining, I’ve traded with: Kaliska, QueenOfTarts, LiberTEAS, JustJames, Spencer, Ninavampi, Jillian, Teafreak, KeenTeaThyme, and RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas.

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