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drank Rosé All Day by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Peach Tranquility by Teavana
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Silly me forgot to bring any tea with her to work. I found this in the coffee cupboard. I’m not sure how old it is, but it smelled sweet and spicey.

The main note is cinnamon. I find DT cinnamon is too sickly sweet. It does not have any flavour from the cardamom, unfortunately. No green tea is visible in the looseleaf or the brew itself.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Zen Mint by teakruthi
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Thanks to AJRimmer for the sample! Advent day #2

This is such an odd tea. It tastes like a wintermint/spearmint type tea but with a black tea base. It reminded me of wintermint lifesavers.

Flavors: Menthol, Mint, Spearmint

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drank Apple Gingerbread Honeybush by 52teas
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Spoiler alert for those who don’t want to know anything about the 52Teas included in Amoda’s caffeine free box!

What a delightful blend! I still have not tried all the flavours but I do love this one a lot. It has some great rooibos and honeybush notes, lots of warm winter spices, and some wonderful dried apple notes (sweet, dried fruit, apple). Totally delicious and a great cup on yet another rainy day (three in a row now!)

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Honey, Maple, Rooibos, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Eggnog Marshmallow Treat by 52teas
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I had such high hopes for this one :( Normally I find 52Tea really nails their genmaicha flavours, but this one had no eggnog (or nutmeg) or marshmallow. It tasted like any plain genmaicha. Granted, the green was smoother than most green bases, but even smelling the looseleaf bag I can’t smell anything different. Hopefully I got a weird bag and other people get a flavour packed one. No eggnog, nutmeg, creamy, dessert, or marshmallow notes at all in mine.

Flavors: Rice, Smooth, Toasted Rice

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 15 sec 3 g 19 OZ / 550 ML
Kittenna

It’s not strong in mine, but it’s definitely present, and I suspect that if I didn’t have a clean palate, the flavours could be lost entirely.

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drank Maple Nut Cookie by 52teas
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My caffeine free Amoda order arrived! So spoilers ahead, please skip if you have not received yours yet

This seemed like the most promising out of the batch of four that I received. It is hard to go wrong with maple or nuts. There certainly was a great deal or maple and some nutty notes, especially because of the rooibos. I actually thought this tasted more like a honeybush because of the nuttiness. I taste a lot of cinnamon, and as I drank the cup I kept thinking of oats. I wouldn’t call this cookie flavour at all, but I do love oats in my baked goods. I had a cardamom pod in my cup but couldn’t taste it. I had my first cup plain, but I can’t wait to enjoy this with milk. I only wish I could have more cookie so it would taste like cookies in milk.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Honey, Maple, Molasses, Nuts, Nutty, Oats, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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drank Dongfang Meiren Oolong Tea by Tea Side
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Thanks to Teaside for the free sample of this to try. This is the final of the four samples I received and most of these samples are quite large, so I still have many cups left to enjoy.

This review is for the 2018 harvest

Once again this reminds me of a honey black (or maybe an aged white like moonlight varieties). I wouldn’t say this is quite like any Chinese or Taiwanese oolong I’ve tried before. As an oolong, it isn’t what I would pick as it doesn’t seem distinct enough to me. If I wanted a plain black or white I might pick this. I get Earthy/mineral notes, some sweetness from the honey taste and aroma, and something similar to dry autumn leaves (probably why this reminds me of aged white teas). I’m not getting the fruity notes that other reviewers have mentioned. If you live in an area what a lot of oak trees, you know the smell I’m talking about. When oak leaves start to dry up at the end of Summer/into autumn they give off this very sweet dry leaf scent that makes me thing of season. I find it very pleasant.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Earth, Honey, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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Thanks to AJRimmer for a sample of this tea (can’t remember what day # it was)
As I was driving the other day (with this tea in hand) I was thinking that it is a very British tea and probably one that Rimmer would have enjoyed. (Red Dwarf is one of my favourite shows)

This is quite similar to Tazo’s lemon cake tea. I don’t get quite as many cakey notes but it is still a delicious lemony and zesty tea. I had this with soy milk and enjoyed it a lot. I brewed 2 tea bags ~30 minutes in very hot water (cooled down a bit by the soy milk)

Flavors: Cake, Citrus, Lemon, Lemon Zest

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C
tea-sipper

I almost had this tea a couple days ago, also from AJRimmer. :D

AJRimmer

I’m so glad someone else here loves my favorite show! And I totally agree that this tea is a slightly less good version of the Tazo one, but I bought the 50 bag version of this, so I must admit I’m becoming a little sick of it – only 10 bags to go! (though I did cheat and swap a few) :P

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I am a biochem major hoping for a career in research genetics and evolutionary biology. I love science fiction and spend too much of my time reading comic books. I’m a passionate keeper of spiders, cacti, and exotic plants. I eat a vegan, plant-based diet for moral and environmental reasons (I mention this only because it is relevant to which flavoured teas I drink).

I drink mostly flavoured and low caffeine teas/tisanes, but I will try anything twice. As far as pure teas go, I gravitate towards whites, yellows, and jade oolongs. I’m always open for trades and sample sales/exchanges. Message me any time :)

My cupboard is mostly up to date. For a more comprehensive list, see my stash spreadsheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-HjWKR3um-xEnj6HC9vMvKXOAyj_bpW5u_2ixEC20-k/edit?usp=sharing
Most of these are only tiny samples/I can’t always spare any, but feel free to ask.

Favourite flavours/ingredients:
Rum/alcohol, clove, cardamom, rosemary, pine, sage, moss/Earthy, lychee, floral, creamy, malt, hay, rice/grain, toasty, desserty, cocoa/chocolate, decaf or no caffeine, very unusual flavours

Favourite tea types
Decaf teas (any variety)/no caf tisanes like honeybush and rooibos, yellow, jade oolong, white, Darjeeling blacks

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Acidic/sour/tart, melon, grapefruit, bitter, astringent, smokey, sickly sweet (too much chicory, cinnamon, or licorice root), yerba mate, tumeric mushroom/fungus,

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Animal products: [confectioners glaze, , marshmallows, , natural flavour, white choc chips, caramel bits, etc]
St. John’s wort (herb)

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