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This tea is… strange. There is something in the scent and taste that I can’t quite put my finger on. Ginseng? Is it older dried ginger? It is hard to pick out the bergamot as EG in this. The berg kind of melds with the ginseng flavor and is reminding me of those fermented orange peel candies I’d get at Asian grocery stores that had a tang that rang to the corners of my jaw. This is almost like I took some of those peels and steeped them with some tea. I’m trying really hard to think muffin, but it’s just a ghost of a taste that I’m not sure is real. Adding a little cream didn’t really change anything. I’m enjoying this cup, but this isn’t once I’d be likely to revisit.
Thanks VariaTEA for the chance to try it!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

I haven’t tried this one yet. It is part of her more recent collection and I added it to get free shipping. Could it be the lavender you’re tasting?

Dustin

I’m not sure. I’ve had lavender in tea before and it tasted totally different than this. I sniffed the other DBB EG you sent and it had some similar notes. I’m wondering if it’s the bergamot or maybe aged orange peels?

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I got a little ahead of myself and started steeping this before fully reading the notes on the bag that it’s better iced! I’ve been looking over obvious things today. Smells fantastic and when I sip it I get a strong orange flavor with distinct lemongrass mixed in. The sip is really lovely and bright and has a slight sweetness to it. A while into the finish and the rooibos creeps in with it’s woody taste and dry mouth sensation, which encourages me to sip more. I’m enjoying the flavors, but I’m not usually a big fan of rooibos, so I’d probably pass on ordering this one. I’d love it if it was an herbal mix minus the rooibos. Going to go finish the cup while catching up on the latest The Boys episode, which is a nice distraction from reality!

Thanks for the sample, VariaTEA!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Pumpkin Pie Tart by Dessert by Deb
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Got tea mail today from VariaTEA with a bunch of Dessert by Deb samples to try! Thankyouthankyouthankyou!!!

Being October and a huge pumpkin lover (with an IG account dedicated to all the pumpkin stuff I find and yes, I have one just for tea as well) I had to start with Pumpkin Pie Tart. It smells so much like pumpkin pie! I’ve never had a green tea based pumpkin tea, but this tea makes me think that is the way to go. I can smell crust under the appropriately spiced pumpkin. The sip is mostly spice, but the end of the sip and finish are full pumpkin pie trailing into a buttery flavor. It’s light, yet flavorful at the same time. I was a little surprised by the steeping parameters being hotter and longer than I usually see with green, but they didn’t steer me wrong. This is going to have to go on my shopping list because I want more cups of this!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
AJRimmer

This one sounds great! What would you say your favorite pumpkin teas are? I’m always looking out for good ones!

VariaTEA

I am always surprised by her steeping parameters too.

Dustin

I am super critical of pumpkin teas because so many of them are just a mix of the pie spices associated with pumpkin, like they hope the spice will convey the idea of pumpkin… which is totally cheating in my book! A lot of them seem to be out of balance with too much clove that bites or fall flat in some other way. My top favorite is an herbal, Bird and Blend’s Baby Spice. This is probably my second favorite.
I wonder how she comes up with the steeping parameters. Does she have a line up of mugs at different temps, steeping them at different times to figure it all out?

AJRimmer

That totally fits with what I’ve found! And I just finished my bag of Baby Spice yesterday, and I enjoyed that one a lot too!

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drank Vanilla Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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Found this hiding at the bottom of my green tea bin. Not sure how long it’s been there. I added creamer to this and shook it up in my David’s matcha maker thermos. It went down easy, but it was hard to tell what was vanilla flavor and what was creamer. Either way, it wasn’t enough to kick me into gear this morning or do anything for the mounting apathy I’ve been plagued with as of late. I fear the situation calls for more tea.

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drank Earl Grey Lavender by Adagio Teas
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A friend brought some of this by today. I didn’t expect much out of it and was happily surprised by a great cup. The berg is a little on the sharp side, but not by much and the lavender is pretty apparent. If I wasn’t so in love with Zhi tea’s Violet Femme, I’d probably pick some of this up.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This tea smells great! I’ve read others mention it reminds them of Butiki’s 3 Friends, and I’d have to agree with that association. My first steeping of this was rough. The flavor was strong, but there was a hard edge almost like there was too much orange oil in the mix. A little creamer mellowed it out. The second steeping was much more mellow. There is still a little something distracting in the finish, but it’s a lot less noticeable. Both cups were steeped for 4 minutes. I feel like a bit of tweaking the steeping parameters could help deliver a better cup from the start. If/when I order this again, I need to make sure it is in a cooler time of year. It arrived to my house at the end of September during a touch of heat which started to melt the chocolate bits in the mix.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Not sure how many years I’ve had this hiding in my cupboard without having made a tasting note for it! I think I’ve tried it mostly in the evening when I’m less likely to write up my tea. I dumped the rest of the bag of this in a pitcher and put it in the fridge to steep overnight and am having it iced now. It’s an interesting combo with the chocolate and lavender. Something about it is really perfumy tho, even the chocolate seems more like the scent of chocolate than the taste. Like scratch and sniff stickers? Almost soapy which is never a good association with tea. Maybe I can get the tiny roommates to drink this so I don’t have to feel guilty dumping precious AQ2T!

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It had been at least a year since I last had this. Ran into it in my get rid of pile and decided in the spirit of the season to give it another go. Still not doing it for me. It’s okay, but the flavor just doesn’t deliver what the scent promises. Gave the rest to a friend who brought over an extra bag of David’s Pumpkin Chai, which still isn’t my perfect pumpkin tea, but it’s a lot closer than this one so it’s a good trade!

tea-sipper

And yet you love Baby Spice! I have no idea the difference – I’ve never tried Baby Spice.

Dustin

Right?! I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed Baby Spice! This fits into my pattern with B&B where I like their tisanes, but not their teas.

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This tea is so weird. I love trying weird teas, but this one isn’t for me. It is strange and savory with an herbal mix that I can’t place. Oregano? Thyme? It reminds me of pasta sauce with only a hint of sundried tomato. I’m having it over ice and I imagine having it hot would be more reminiscent of Italian cooking.

Preparation
Iced

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Having this iced tonight as the heat and smoke roll back in. It’s a nice mix of herbs. Licorice is the focus and it blends well with the mint and chamomile. I like it, but it seems pretty basic as far as my bar for ordering things from overseas goes. Guessing I can find something similar if I were to really miss it, but since it’s been in my cupboard for over a year at least, maybe two, I doubt that is likely to happen. I’ve been exhausted lately and having trouble getting to sleep at night. Maybe the chamomile in this will help if I don’t stay up all night listening to audio books by my new favorite narrator, Peter Kenney!

Preparation
Iced

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