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The first time I had this, I had it cold with no milk to try to evoke the soda feeling as much as I could (I make my butterbeer with a cream soda base). It was good, but I could tell it would be better prepared differently. The next time, I had it sweetened warm with milk, and it was quite nice. I get a tasty butterscotch flavor that’s great with the black base. As I finished my packet of this, I found the last serving to be much too mild unfortunately even though it was overleafed. I just wish the flavors were stronger.

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drank Gizli Bahce by Doğadan
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This is decently hearty, but not delicious. It’s missing the maltiness I enjoy in breakfast blends. It has strength, but it leans almost grapey at times. But that’s also muddled with some other black tea that doesn’t really go with it well. This is just far from my favorite breakfast tea.

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88
drank Strawberry Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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This has a nice strawberry candy flavor, balanced perfectly with the matcha. With some sugar to bring out the sweetness of the strawberry, this is quite tasty and refreshing. I only had the advent sample, but I’d totally drink this again. One of my favorite DT matchas for sure.

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drank Imperial Label by Kusmi Tea
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This is nice! It has a really authentic spiced orange flavor. I don’t really taste the green base, but that’s okay. It’s a tasty, well-balanced warm tea. I didn’t expect this to stand out over many similar teas with this flavor profile, but it’s very well executed.

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drank Elderberry & Echinacea by Pukka
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The berry flavor is pretty pleasant. Unfortunately, I don’t know that I’m as big a fan of the echinacea and other herbs in here. They make it a little too savory and herbal. I’ll always try a new Pukka flavor in a TTB though!

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90
drank Sweet Smoke by Flavor Purveyor
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I thought I would hate this since I don’t love smoky teas, but actually, I’m finding this to be quite delicious. The flavor is mild, but also complex. I wouldn’t necessarily even call this flavor smoky…I wouldn’t know what to call it! It’s almost lightly desserty, but it’s difficult to describe. I may taste a hint of mint? The black tea doesn’t show up too much. I enjoy it sweetened with a little milk. I left this to steep for almost an hour by accident, and it was super forgiving. Probably my favorite find from the most recent TTB. The resteep is lighter, but still worth it.

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73

I mostly just taste oolong, which isn’t my preferred tea base. After refrigerating this, more fruit flavor comes out, and I like it a little more. I’m not sure it’s distinctly cranberry, but it’s close enough. I don’t really taste any chestnut. I prefer fruity teas on an herbal or green base, so this one isn’t really for me, but it’s not bad. If you go in expecting an oolong with some subtle fruitiness, you won’t be too disappointed.

52Teas

I cold brewed some of this last night and am sipping it now. I don’t generally cold brew oolong, but this one turned our pretty good.

AJRimmer

Oh good to know! I have enough left to give that a try!

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74

This can be a little tart and bitter, but with enough sugar it’s decent. The orange is pretty authentic, but it’s not really something I would reach for over an herbal orange tea. This just doesn’t have a place in my cupboard. I shared it with someone, who wasn’t able to taste the orange and found the floral flavors to be much too strong. I shared it with someone else who loved the orange flavor and didn’t notice the bergamot. My final cup of this I drank cold, and I thought the orange and bergamot complemented each other very well. The bergamot definitely shows up in a very floral way, but it sort of works. I guess my opinions have evolved slightly over the course of my 2 oz bag.

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drank Tropical White by Kusmi Tea
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This smells super tropical. The flavor is definitely still tropical, but the base takes over a little, and white tea isn’t really my thing. I can’t tell exactly what fruits it’s going for, but I can taste something like pineapple. The base is a little drying and plant-like. If the tropical flavors were stronger, this would be really great.

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drank Nane by Doğadan
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I’m drinking this cold, and even though I made this tea two days ago, it’s still not murky. I taste lovely, clear mint with no weirdness. I’m enjoying this much more than I expected to. It’s a decent plain mint tea.

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I’m an event planner who always has multiple mugs of tea beside me. Hobbies other than tea include board games, video games, cooking international dishes, science fiction, hiking, jigsaw puzzles, tap dancing, reading, listening to podcasts, and playing with my troublesome kitties.

Favorite flavors: dessert flavors, nutty, melon, mint, strawberry, anything rooibos-related.

Don’t prefer: Smoky, rosemary, savory flavors, floral (other than lavender), plain tea.

I always drink flavored tea, and preferably caffeine-free or black. I’ll try just about anything though! Let me know if you’re interested in a swap!

My ratings are kind of meaningless, but basically
90-100 pretty perfect
80-89 really good
70-79 good, but not the best
60-69 okay, but probably not for me
1-59 varying degrees of dislike

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