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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 oz / 354 ml

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From A Quarter to Tea

Estus comes from the Latin word for heat or warmth. This is a spiced warming cup with flecks of fire from cinnamon and anise throughout.

Makes an excellent latte.

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Happy International Respect for Chickens Day, everyone (yes, this is a thing)! I’m drinking this in my chicken mug just for the occasion (and not because the others are dirty at all).

Estus is probably one of the nicest Ceylon vanilla teas I’ve had in a long time. The spices are subtle and indiscernible but give the tea depth and warmth. The base is bright and slightly astringent but the milk ruffles out most of those feathers.

Taken with 2% milk.

Flavors: Cream, Spices, Vanilla

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

I have a number of friends who need to know today is a holiday :) Appreciate the “beaks-up!”


I hope this holiday catches on with more people; it’s a good one! “Beaks-up!” :)

Evol Ving Ness

Beaks-up! :) Just the thing for tea sipping.

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I have a funny relationship with vanilla in teas. Sometimes it is amazing, but for the most part I find monk-esque blends to be kinda boring. I love the concept, and tend to fall in love with the descriptions, and reviews… but when I try it myself, I just don’t get the hype. Sure, its a pleasant enough cuppa. But nothing memorable. Every time, I go in hoping I’ll find an exception to this trend.
Without any additions, the scent of this one was too much for me. I couldn’t stomach more than a few sips. So I added milk, to tone that down, and some chai sugar. Those two things allowed me to finish the cup.
Thank you for the sample AQ2Tea! It isn’t your fault that vanilla teas just aren’t for me. I was curious about this blend, and now I know :)


i always associated monk as being grenadine/cherry versus the vanilla..i know they usually have both but it’s the grenadine in monk’s blend i dislike versus the vanilla. Vanilla teas are NOMMY! :)


I love grenadine and cherry but somehow in Monks blend, I never taste it. The ’nilla seems to overpower somehow. You can have any samples of either that come my way Sil!

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1088 tasting notes

Vanilla and anonymous spice on a gentle black tea base. I say anonymous because the anise doesn’t announce itself, but thankfully, neither does the cinnamon. They both just blend into the vanilla in a pleasant spice fog. There’s also a vanilla cream thing going on here at the tail end of the sip which is very delicious. And the slightest bit of brandy or rum, as in eggnog. Or am I dreaming this up?

Just the thing in the afternoon when you want a mellower black tea before you begin to wind down for the day.

Oh, who am I kidding? I’ve been winding down pretty much from the time I woke up.

It’s been a really good tea day.

Flavors: Cream, Spices, Vanilla

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Is there coconut in this? I seem to be experiencing coconut….. hmm. Could be my imagination, but I’m tasting a new flavor today….

Evol Ving Ness

Hmm, I don’t recall coconut in this one. But I could be wrong. It’s been a while.

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This was another free sample in my recent order and a very nice surprise. I love spices in baking, but I avoid spiced teas like the plague because they usually go way too far and just taste like liquid cinnamon.

Here the emphasis was on the tea, and the spices just served as a pleasant accent. This is a nice approach that I wish more blenders would follow.

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