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drank Black Pearls by Citizen Tea
4558 tasting notes

I guess my previous cups of this were at work/unlogged. Ah well. It’s not a stellar tea; tastes a bit on the lighter side of what I’m used to from black pearls, although the familiar chocolatey, malty flavours are present. I only used 4 pearls, though, for an 8oz cup, so it might be a little underleafed (I have 5 pearls left for the last cup).

I’m not sure if it’s the power of suggestion, but I just read a tasting note mentioning cigars, and I swear I also tasted a bit of that acrid, ashy taste as well (not really in a bad way). Not bad, but I’d probably go for a different version next time. I think YS and Teavivre both have black pearls; likely many other companies as well.

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drank Hemp by Citizen Tea
8621 tasting notes

I can’t help but wonder if the selling point for this is more so the ‘novelty’ aspect of drinking hemp tea or if it’s the supposed wellness/health benefits?

I mean, it’s got to be one of the two because I find it impossible to believe that someone would be into this for the taste alone? It’s like a sour, grassy/spinach-y hay taste that is so, so unpleasant. More tolerable as it cooled down; but still not good. But hey, it’s another number on the list of things I’ve tried!

Mastress Alita

I’m so glad someone tried this, because I’d been wondering about it, what with everyone telling me CBD/hemp is oh-so-great for migraines (I tried the oil before without much success though) and then I started getting a bunch of adverts for this tea and kept thinking, “That has to taste like shit, right?” Glad to know I wasn’t wrong in thinking that!

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drank Blueberry by Citizen Tea
8621 tasting notes

Iced Tea Sipdown (551)!

An easy sipdown, and one more tea under my belt. I have high standards for blueberry black teas – they tend to be some of my favourite flavour pairings. This one wasn’t great though; very astringent with an almost bark-like black tea flavour. It had very little blueberry flavour to it, even after I added a pump of agave to the last half of it to boost up the fruity aspects. I did very little, apart from mellowing some astringency.

Boo.

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drank Sleep Well by Citizen Tea
561 tasting notes

Tastes mostly like licorice and peppermint. I will enjoy my cup but I am glad it was only a sample.

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drank Calming by Citizen Tea
561 tasting notes

There were tiny bits of this tea and it got through my Davidstea filter which is usually pretty good at keeping stuff inside it. I do not like the taste of this tea.

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drank Fit Active by Citizen Tea
561 tasting notes

The herbal taste is strong with this one. Too strong for my tastes-glad it was a sample and I do not have to drink another cup of it.

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drank Memory Enhancer by Citizen Tea
561 tasting notes

I am definitely tasting mostly mint in this blend followed by a hint of licorice. I am loving mint and licorice together. I am also discovering that I am a huge fan of herbal teas. This one is a part of their Wellness tea blends.

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drank Pina Colada by Citizen Tea
561 tasting notes

When I opened the package, I was hoping for a nice pina colada scent. Instead, I got a big whiff of cranberry (which is weird because it is not listed in the ingredients list). It also tastes a lot like cranberries with coconut. It is so bitter too. This has got to be the worst Pina Colada tea that I have ever tasted.

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drank Detox Evening by Citizen Tea
561 tasting notes

I am really loving herbals lately and this one doesn’t disappoint. I am tasting mostly licorice and peppermint (a lovely combo together in my opinion). I can also slightly taste the green tea (decaffeinated btw). A lovely blend of ingredients in this cup of tea.

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87
drank Strawberry Basil by Citizen Tea
2768 tasting notes

(this review is for the iced tea pitcher pouch)

About 20 minutes in a 1.5 L container. The teabag pouch was about 2-3 times larger than most teabags, and you could tell it had brewed up something wonderfully flavourful because it smelled like berries and juice.

The primary taste is the fresh strawberries. It tastes like a strawberry smoothie-very bright and no artificial taste. The hints of basil are well hidden, and the tea is flavourful (tea flavour) but not very green/grassy. For people who like fruity iced teas but hate hibiscus, this is a good choice. I didn’t expect to like this blend, but I actually love it.

Flavors: Fruity, Herbs, Strawberry, Tannin

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drank Rooibos Chocolate by Citizen Tea
561 tasting notes

This was pretty good as a latte. Got a faint banana flavor mingled with a slightly stronger chocolate and rooibos taste. It cut down the sweetness of the rich chocolate I had with it so that’s a plus. I think this tea would have been awesome if the banana and chocolate flavors were more intense than they were in this cup.

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drank Chai by Citizen Tea
561 tasting notes

This is a mild chai-the spices are so weak. I will finish my cup but I am so glad this was a sample pack and I used it all up to make this latte.

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83
drank Snow Dragon by Citizen Tea
1759 tasting notes

Definitely vegetal with a nice soft yet delicate base. Not as crisp as white peony, but there is a slight clear mineralish tinge that I really enjoy. Definitely a mood tea. I quite enjoyed this. Only two infusions and I forgot to write down my notes.

Also, the leaves were made dragonwell style, super flat and long. Very pretty!

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85
drank Keemun Royal Op by Citizen Tea
1759 tasting notes

After my bad experience with the David’s tea version of Keemum, I approached this tea with a bit of wariness… I find they can be boring, for my tastes sometimes and others they really hit my sweet spot. This time? Perfection.
Complex, bready, malty, noms.
I made it through six infusions, combining two at a time in a large mug. The last two were pretty weak so I let it sit there for an hour. End result? weak… but the aftertaste of sweet molasses is pretty awesome.

Fjellrev

Six is uber impressive!

Indigobloom

The last two I wouldn’t go for again, unless I overleaf more. But it was far more than I expected :P

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drank Detox Morning by Citizen Tea
1759 tasting notes

Extra peppercorn in my spoon today. Love that fizzy aspect. I’ll miss this one when its gone!! I think that one ingredient makes a big difference. Odd, as I thought the lemon aspect was more important. go figure :P

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drank Detox Morning by Citizen Tea
1759 tasting notes

A pleasant although not remarkable tea. Slight lemon tang. The tiny bit of green tea comes through as a nice base to give it all some depth, which IMO is the best part. It might go really well iced, or cold brewed!

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drank Peach by Citizen Tea
1759 tasting notes

I wouldn’t say this was peach. Apricot, I think. A bitter aftertaste, but not thick like an overbrewed tea. Not sure I’m the biggest fan. It just doesn’t speak to me :/

Fjellrev

That’s a huge switch, though, having a peach tea taste like apricot. I find most apricot (and some mango) teas just end up tasting like peach.

Indigobloom

Hmm. I can see that. Stone fruits are difficult to capture I think.

Fjellrev

They are!

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77
drank Caramel by Citizen Tea
1759 tasting notes

A dessert tea with breakfast?!?
I didn’t care. This was exactly what I needed. Not the best tea I’ve ever had, but this morning I kinda wanted less than perfection. So yeah I’m very happy with this simple, clearly caramel, overly astringent black tea. Good with or without milk (because creamy caramel). And if it wasn’t for the mouth puckering sour astringency, I’d boost up the rating. A lot.

Fjellrev

Hell yeah, I have dessert teas for breakfast all the time. Very motivational!

Arby

Sometimes dessert tea is the only thing that gets me out of bed.

Indigobloom

Hehe. All hail the dessert tea! :P

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87

Welp. This cuppa was pretty much all hibby.
I was in the mood for something absurdly sour so it kinda worked out.
When I grab more, I’ll have to remember to shake up my tin before doling out the tea.
The cup I had not long ago was better. This is almost a sipdown, so I’ll need more soon. For experimentation yanno

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87

Just as I remember it. Damn. No wonder herbals have felt weak to me the last few years… I’ve been mentally comparing them to this one and fruit ginger, among a few others.
So glad I’ve rediscovered my first tea loves.
This really does remind me of a raspberry mojito. Today’s brew was very berry like and even a bit fizzy. Not too heavy on the mint either. Everything came togeher just so. Ahhh perfection.
I really need to buy me a tin. Maybe as a reward when I reach a decent cupboard size.

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drank Fit Active by Citizen Tea
1759 tasting notes

No licorice yay!!
For that reason I think this might be the best “health blend” from this company yet. I prefer it hot when the tartness is more present in regards to taste. I’ll have to sort through them all to be sure. It is nice and fruity in a citrusy way

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drank Black Pearls by Citizen Tea
1759 tasting notes

I really needed this cup of comfort. Day two of my headache. It’s nice and warm and smooth and full of cigar like cocoa notes. Going back for round two shortly.
Also. I’m just really sad this morning. Someone I dated many many years ago died yesterday. Born with a silver spoon in his mouth didn’t matter.
Addiction took over his life until it was over. I’m not sure if it was an OD or suicide, or a combination of the two. At heart, he was a really nice person who would do anything to help a friend… and yet make terribly non-PC jokes that were hilarious and broadly offensive all at once.
I viewed him from afar (mostly) on Facebook, not knowing how to help, after seeing him post about stints in and out of rehab, his declining quality of life after being cut off from family, and moving to a city known to be infested with drug problems, among other things. His critiques of Hamilton were surprisingly engaging. and heartbreaking. We spoke occasionally over messenger where I tried my best to offer non-judgmental support in the only way I knew how that wouldn’t impact my own well-being, just being someone to talk with.. a brief connection to the life of luxury he once had. Unfortunate proof, if I ever saw it, that money does not solve everything.

This headache of mine feels awfully appropriate right now.

gmathis

Some hurts tea can’t even fix. Praying for peace for you and your friend’s family.

Indigobloom

Thanks gmathis. I appreciate that <3

Evol Ving Ness

So sorry, Indigobloom. It’s so hard, in a multitude of ways, to lose a former partner and a peer. Be kind to yourself. <3

mrmopar

Hope you feel better soon. I lost a friend Tuesday that I worked with years ago. The funny thing about us working together is that we were born on the same month, day and year. We often teased one another about being twins somewhere down the line.

Indigobloom

Thank you for the kind words Evol <3

Indigobloom

mrmopar I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend and work twin. Sharing those special bonds with people really does make it tough to lose them

mrmopar

TY Indigobloom.

Indigobloom

@mrmopar <3

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63
drank Poor Weather by Citizen Tea
1759 tasting notes

Meh. Too much licorice again. Good for when I’m sick. Luckily I am mostly over my cold for now. Why must there always be licorice in a wellness blend… (don’t answer that for me haha)

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drank Detox Evening by Citizen Tea
1759 tasting notes

A pleasant tea. Fruity with a slight refreshing zing to it, from the peppermint mixed with nettle I presume? The mallow leaves a nice lingering aftertaste as well. I’m not a fan of the occasional peeking licorice note, and the fact that it is slowly overtaking the mallow in aftertaste. Bah.
Funny. I wondered why it seemed to have more depth than your average herbal. After looking at the ingredients, I see that there is decaf green tea in the blend. Hmmm. So technically not herbal? the residual caffeine would be very minimal, but for the caffeine sensitive, it can make a difference. It seems to perk me up a bit. Eh. Could be psychosomatic.
Either way, for a wellness tea it works.

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