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drank Gingerbread Chai by 52teas
429 tasting notes

Arby Advent Day 4
I find this one quite similar to the gingerbread brulee flavor. The flavor is definitely improved by milk and extra sugar. The spices are light and a bit generic, but pleasant. It doesn’t taste like gingerbread, but it is a nice chai. It’s what I was in the mood for this morning!

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drank Yummy by Lupicia
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Arby Advent Day 3
Arby, were you reading my mind? I actually had this tea in my cart along with some others during the Cyber Monday sale, but I decided not to order since I’d already bought a lot of tea over the weekend. I’m so glad I get to try this tea after all! The strawberry and rooibos combine pleasantly. It reminds me of Bird & Blend strawberry rooibos flavors. It’s really nice! Not quite authentic strawberry, but one that’s familiar and pleasant. I definitely get a bit of creamy vanilla as well. And of course Lupicia’s rooibos is delicious. Another winner!

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drank Frankenberry by 52teas
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Arby Advent Day 2
This tea is rather lovely. The strawberry goes very nicely with the light black tea. It looks like it’s flavored through dried strawberries, which I love in tea. It has a familiar flavor, like maybe I had a Teavana tea once that was similar? I’m not sure, but I’m quite a fan of this one! I don’t get the marshmallow flavor at all, but that’s okay. I drank this slowly over several hours and really enjoyed the depth of the flavor as it cooled to room temperature.


You are jogging my memory… was it Strawberry Slender Puerh by Teavana?


It might have been Weight to Go? I drank a lot of strawberry teas from them, so I don’t quite remember!

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drank Nettle Chai by Teafarm
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Arby Advent Day 1
I received my homemade tea advent calendar from Arby last night and was very excited to begin! It’s a little strange that this tea calls itself chai since it’s not spicy at all. I just taste a general herbiness with some cardamom. I was making dinner and ended up steeping it a bit too long, so it turned out somewhat murky, but drinkable. Yeah, this tastes more like a health blend than a chai. Other than being misnamed, it’s fine for what it is, though I’m no fan of health tea blends.

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This one smells pretty grassy, but let’s see. I brewed it at a low temperature for a short time and it turned out super nice. The flavor is light, mostly green apple. Unlike some green teas, it didn’t get bitter as it sat. Thanks to tea-sipper for sharing! The green apple flavor here is quite authentic and pleasant – I’m a fan!


I’m glad you liked it! :D

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drank Butterfly Tea by Design a Tea
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This is definitely the best tea I’ve tried from Design a Tea. The primary flavor is lavender. The rooibos is supposed to be cherry flavored, but I don’t taste that at all. What I taste is delicious lavender, which I love, but I’m unlikely to pay this much again when I could just buy food grade lavender in bulk. I wish this tea had more complexity, but it’s not bad. It makes two very lavender-heavy steeps.

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Let’s not talk about how much tea I bought on Black Friday.
Thanks to tea-sipper for sharing this tea! I was very happy to get the chance to try it. The flavor is very lightly spicy with just a hint of banana. It doesn’t taste like any other chai I’ve had before. It didn’t need milk. I can’t point out what spices I tasted, just that it was a tasty and subtle combo.


I bought no tea yesterday :(


Some sales are going through the weekend! But do what’s right for you and your cupboard (:

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drank Pumpkin Chai by Whistling Kettle
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Nothing about this tea really says pumpkin. The main flavor is the black pepper. I did quite enjoy it as a chai though. It tasted good both with and without milk and both lightly and heavily sweetened. It’s a versatile tea, and really quite enjoyable. I couldn’t point out any specific flavors other than the black pepper. Thanks to amandastory516 for the share!


Maybe it’s just me, but I think chai should lead with the flavor and follow with the spice. Too many blenders do vice versa.

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Thanks to amandastory516 for the sample of this! Unfortunately, I find this one a little less special than other B&B teas. I mainly taste peppermint – no cream or chocolate or oolong. In the blend, all I saw was peppermint as well. Possibly this small sample is just not representative of the whole batch, but I did make sure some cocoa husks went in, and I still couldn’t taste them. Oh well! At the very end of the cup, I did start to catch some creaminess and decided the blend was worthwhile after all. Maybe not great enough to purchase, but enough to finish the last cup or so I can make with this sample. I just wish the other flavors were stronger!


I tried it a couple times and found it to be the same, unfortunately! A bit lackluster, but definitely not bad.

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B&B sent this free sample in my last order. It brews up blue due to the butterfly pea flower. It actually tastes nicer than I’d imagined! The flavor is lemon and lightly berry. It’s light and tasty. I’m quite pleased with it since I’m not a green tea lover. The flavors are a little more subtle than I prefer, but this is not a bad tea at all.

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I’m an event planner who always has two 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, and listening to podcasts.

Favorite flavors: Almond, strawberry, nutty, dessert flavors, melon, mint, 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. 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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