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drank Maple Nut Cookie by 52teas
2797 tasting notes

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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75
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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73
drank Rice Moo-long by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
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Thanks to AJRimmer for this sample! DAY #6

I do love genmaichas and this was a similar tea. I can’t say I noticed the oolong too much but it didn’t have the bitterness that greens often have. The toasted rice was a welcome treat for such a bitter Canadian winter day (joking, we don’t get snow on Van. Island, only TONS AND TONS of rain). The sweetness from the popped rice is really nice with the slightly thick oolong base.

Flavors: Rice, Smooth, Toasted, Toasted Rice, Toasty

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 19 OZ / 550 ML

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69
drank Decaf Vanilla by Adagio Teas
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Thank you to AJRimmer for the sample of this for tea davent calender day #7.

I have contemplated ordering this one myself, since I like decaf blacks and vanilla flavoured things. However I’m in a new bracket thanks to vanilla comomo and every other vanilla tea just isn’t as great. I will hold off on ordering this next time I put in a Adagio order.

The black tea is a bit dull, even though I overleafed it and steeped it for over 20 minutes. The vanilla is nice, but has nothing on other vanilla teas I’ve tried.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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75
drank Gingerbread Cookie by DAVIDsTEA
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Thanks to AJRImmer for a chance to try this blend!

I made the mistake of trying this before bed because I thought it was a rooibos blend, however it is actually a rooibos/yerba mate blend. Oops. The name is quite accurate in that this tastes like gingerbread spices. I didn’t taste any cookie flavour or brown sugar/vanilla type flavours, so this was more of a gingerbread spice flavour than a cookie flavour. Still, it was a nice winter blend on a very wet and cold days.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Spices, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Shae

Any favorite teas you would recommend that do taste like cookies?

AJRimmer

Oh whoops I thought it was just rooibos as well! Luckily I usually take this one to work so I haven’t had it at night before. Shae, I recommend snickerdoodle from Simpson & Vail. One of my absolute favorites.

AJRimmer

Oh actually the tea I sent was this one:
https://www.davidstea.com/us_en/sale/shop-all-sale/tea/gingerbread/10415US01VAR0050535.html

So it is just rooibos and no mate! I didn’t realize they had two different versions.

Shae

Added to my list! Thank you!

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78
drank Black Forest by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
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Thanks to AJRimmer for a chance to try this! This was day #1 of my advent calender.

Also thank you for the advice to add some sweetener! I’m glad I followed this because I think if I had tried this plain or even with just milk I would have found this blend lacking. The milk and sweetener are necessary to fully enjoy this blend. The black blend was alright, but the cherry isn’t as strong as I would have expected. It isn’t a medicinal cherry or anything it is like you would expect from a black forest cake (cherry pie filling). I wouldn’t have minded more vanilla and some prominant cream notes. The cocoa also should have been stronger.

Flavors: Cherry, Tannin

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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58
drank Fig Crumble by A Quarter to Tea
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Thanks to AJRImmer for a chance to try this tea. It was included as day #4 in my advent calender.

I do find it odd that there is a distinctly floral element here. When I hear fig crumble, I think oats, brown sugar, toasted grain, desserty notes, maybe some distinctly figgy notes. I do taste dried fruit, but the floral and candy flavour is far more prevalent. I also dislike the after taste because it reminds me of the smell of coats/bags that my asshole cats have peed on.

Flavors: Candy, Dried Fruit, Floral, Rose

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Dustin

What an awful association! LOL!

mrmopar

Bad kitties……

Kawaii433

I have 4 cats and one is an “asshole” too haha. Took her to the vet to make sure she’s ok but she just likes to pee on… clean blankets grrr.

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82
drank Citrus green by Rituals
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I made myself a homemade advent calender this year with samples and whatnot that I need to finish off or have never tasted/reviewed before.

Day 1: Citrus Green Tea (teabag)
I generally shy away from greens, especially bagged greens. That is why this has sat in my drawer for numerous years (I have no idea when or how I acquired it). I am seriously impressed by how good it was, though. This is one of the best flavoured greens I’ve ever had and I can only imagine how good it would be as a looseleaf or a fresher tea.

The citrus is really well done. I get fresh orange, some zest, and some blood orange or grape fruit notes. All of them are really bright and go well with the lightly toned green. Surprisingly, NO BITTERNESS. A citrus zest and green tea blend without bitterness? I have heard of such legends but never before have I seen one in person. It also resteeps! I made three great coldbrew cups with this one.

I’d keep this in my cupboard permanently for coldbrewing if I knew where to get it.

Flavors: Blood orange, Citrus, Citrusy, Fruity, Grapefruit, Orange, Orange Zest

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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59
drank Chestnut Praline Green Tea by 52teas
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From the dry leaf, there is a strong chestnut smell and taste. There is something that seems desserty, but not distinctly praline IMO.

I was pretty disappointed in the brewed tea. It has an edge of bitterness, even though I used cooler water and overleafed/short steep time. I find this quite off putting, since it is one of the most important factors in my scoring of teas. I added some milk and sugar, which brought out the praline flavour a bit but the bitterness is still there. Overall this blend is heavily nutty, but fails to deliver on the praline flavour. I would have liked this blend to have no bitterness and much more natural sweetness or at least some creamy/thick flavours. The praline is present if you coax it out, but I think it could have been much improved by some caramel/creamy/sweet notes. The chestnut flavour is spot-on, though.

Flavors: Bitter, Chestnut, Drying, Nutty

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 6 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

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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 :)

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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, mushroom/fungus,

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