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This was a share from VariaTEA!

I’m not totally sure what this is meant to taste like but I found it incredibly generically “fruit punch”, or just red fruit in general, tasting – with hints of citrus and apple/hibiscus. Just a very run of the mill blend, which makes sense looking at the ingredients visually – they’re all primarily things in herbal blends that act like fillers/flavour carriers – so the bulk of the profile is probably just coming from the hibiscus and added flavourings.

Even still, I kinda liked it.

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drank Over The Rainbow by For Tea's Sake
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Made this as a tea lemonade with some tangerine lemonade. The lemonade definitely helps this a great deal by drawing on the sweetness and covering the herbs and hibby slightly. It is still not a favorite though so the last little bit of this got put into my swap box.

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drank Over The Rainbow by For Tea's Sake
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Cold brewed this in a mix of water and orange juice. It really isn’t great. This is just so hibby tart and the herbs are just out of place.

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drank Over The Rainbow by For Tea's Sake
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Iced Tea Lemonade that could be nice if not for a weird herb note.

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drank Over The Rainbow by For Tea's Sake
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Made as an iced tea lemonade with the rest of my Hibiscus Splash by DAVIDsTEA. Check out the full review here: https://steepster.com/rachel12610/posts/392683.

Basically it’s a hibiscus explosion with lemonade.

Now to decide how to use the toasted marshmallow whipped cream I bought…

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When I first picked this tea up in a charming little basement tea shop, I was absolutely HOOKED on just the smell of it. Though the tea does contain rosehips, this is not present in the scent. It’s aroma is sweet, fruity, and enticing; no hints of floral. However, if you’re not one for sour teas, this might not be your cuppa. The taste of this fuchsia colored tea is close to being dominated by hibiscus flavors, but the sweet strawberry still does pull through nice and evenly. Overall, this is a good balance of flavors, but the smell is deceiving.

Flavors: Biting, Cranberry, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Hibiscus, Raspberry

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Over The Rainbow by For Tea's Sake
10259 tasting notes

Finished this one up today – still trying to make sure i’m well hydrated from our ride yesterday. Husbands seems to think i can go from no riding to doing 80km in a day, no problem…so we did a trial run yesterday and i managed about 45 lol

All in all, i vastly prefer this cold brew to hot.

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drank Over The Rainbow by For Tea's Sake
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Cold brew of this is much better than the hot brew. this is less bubble gum and more fruit. Nothing i really need to get more of, but i’ll enjoy the rest of this until it’s done.

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drank Over The Rainbow by For Tea's Sake
10259 tasting notes

Not sure what this one is supposed to taste like. Another sample from VariaTEA. when it was hot it tasted like the sludge that comes off of bubblegum in bubblegum ice cream. But not like the actual bubble gum lol Now that it’s cooled it’s more like a generic “fruit” tea with some sour and sweet notes. Will have to try it cold and see what that’s like!

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My weekly tea infused salad dressing! I think, at this point, hopefully most people should know the gist of my basic salad dressing recipe? I guess comment if you want further details, but the general mix for this one was: white vinegar infused with the tea, walnut oil, two cloves of crushed garlic, and a turmeric infused honey.

You can taste the black tea a little bit but mostly this just has a nice warming turmeric spice to it and a lovely nutty, garlic overall profile. The tea adds a bit of malt; and I think just rounds out the profile a little bit? It’s a nice dressing overall though even if it’s not tea dominant. Also it was a really good excuse for me to quickly finish off a lower quality straight black tea that I was putting off the sipdown for…

I wouldn’t recreate this batch; but I’m definitely going to finish it. If, for no other reason, than walnut oil is freaking expensive!

LuckyMe

Such a neat idea, I never thought to put tea in a salad dressing! I bought walnut oil once. Not only is it expensive, but it goes rancid very quickly.

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In the grand scheme of ‘Breakfast Teas’ (English, Irish, etc.) I think this one is pretty average. Like most breakfast blends it’s pretty full bodied and strong, but this is also a sweeter blend with more raisin/fruit sort of body notes in addition to the strong presence of malt and baked bread notes. Perfectly fine to drink without milk/sugar because it’s sweet all on its own while still packing a punch. Not the cleanest finish; but it’s cheap so I wont fault it too much.

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drank Sleep Well by For Tea's Sake
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nope. this is not a tea for me. lol This is largely a chamomille tea, but the added lavender just tips it over into nope land. Some might like this one, if those flavour profiles are up your alley :)

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drank Let's Do Breakfast by For Tea's Sake
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instructions on this one said brew for 6-10 mins….i did not. stuck to 3 mins and i’m glad i did because even at 3 mins, this isn’t a pleasant breakfast blend. Too astringent and coppery for my liking – i vastly prefer malty, smooth delicious things for my breakfast teas haha. ah well, at least i’m drinking things and trying new teas!

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This tea is nice and the smell is mind-blowing. I am somewhat disappointed because it is not what I expected. To me it does not live up to its aroma, since it smells very citrusy but tasted like candied strawberries. Not bad but I was going for a bolder taste. Still a good and refreshimg choice!

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Finishing this one off as an iced tea with added in lemonade. It’s basically a boring, plain enough jasmine green tea so I figured I’d just use up the last of the leaf to make something fun and different. This is ok; I’ve made jasmine tea infused lemonade before but with jasmine white tea; I like the white tea a little better than this green one. However the subtle floral jasmine underneath that bright lemonade body note is still really pleasant.

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Cuppa that I drank on the way home last night.

It definitely had some bitterness to it and that lawn clippings/overly grassy kind of taste; I think that’s probably because the base green tea is a lot lower quality than I’ve been drinking as of late. The jasmine was nice though; pretty strong but not rough. It definitely did the grapey thing though where I’d slip back and forth between tasting florals and plump red grapes. So weird.

Not terrible overall as a tea though.

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Finished the 2 liters of this pretty much all by myself. The flavor was pretty bland after being in the fridge overnight. You can’t seem to win either way, room temperature it’s way too perfume-y and cold it is bland.

I drank this up by mixing each cup with 50 percent flavored carbonated peach water. This made it drinkable.

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Made this as the instruction say to like an iced tea.
I’m drinking a cup of this while it’s still slightly above room temperature instead of cold.(refrigerated) so I won’t rate this cup. This tastes just like the Spice and Tea Exchange Blueberry black tea. It’s similar to some earl grey but much more perfume-y. I’d imagine this could get quite soapy tasting if over steeped. The perfume aftertaste lingers for a long time.
Even though I’ve never had an herbal blueberry tea I think I would much prefer the fresh taste to the perfume-y one from this blend. I will have to ask my family to help drink the 2 liters I have of this in the fridge. Although I imagine they won’t enjoy this tea either.

Flavors: Perfume

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 65 g 68 OZ / 2011 ML

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Goodbye and good riddance to this miserable, unpleasant tasting mashup of awful “nighttime” oriented floral flavours. I hate chamomile; so this sipdown feels like a HUGE achievement for me! And while lavender may be slowly growing on me, it’s not at a pace that makes me want to hoard this even a little bit. Only saving grace is the lemon notes in the mix.

I just don’t get why anyone would want to subject themselves to chamomile though. It’s so unpleasant tasting…

Mastress Alita

That’s how I feel about chamomile, too. The only time I don’t really mind it much in a blend is when it is hardly adding much (or no) flavor.

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So, my new bed is REALLY stiff/firm so I’ve been having some issues falling asleep since moving to Montreal – I do think that I’m slowly adjusting to the bed but in the mean time I’ve pulled out all the stops and whipped out the chamomile teas. You know I’m desperate for a good sleep when the chamomile comes out – it’s so vile tasting.

Made this one with a little bit of lemon infused honey also, because I needed to mask the taste somehow. It helped, for sure; much less of that gross taste. I’m not totally sure if it helped me sleep though; it was still hours after finishing this cup before I actually fell asleep…

I think a big part of it, too, is that I’m used to falling asleep to music. I set my laptop up on my desk and just let it play my giant Youtube playlist of music until I pass out. Eventually the laptop’s battery dies, and when it dies the music stops. Sure, I have to charge my laptop every morning but it really, really helps me sleep. I’ve not been doing that though because I don’t want to play music super late into the evening and potentially upset my new roomates – that seems like a very poor foundation to our new living arrangement…

Idk; thoughts from others definitely welcome – I just want a good night’s sleep!

Teatotaler

I totally empathize with you,Roswell. Having fibromyalgia I have sleeping difficulties as well. Stress Ease from Traditional Medicinals is very relaxing – The main ingredient is skullcap. Sure makes me calm and drowsy! I have a couple of friends who swear by it as well. It has a very pleasant cinnamon flavor too. Hope this helps! :)

Mastress Alita

I have been having trouble sleeping lately, too. I don’t like drinking tea too close to bedtime since my main issue is I’ll wake to pee somewhere during my sleep cycle and then I can’t fall back asleep for the rest of the night, so I’ve been taking Valerian supplements, since valerian root in tea always does the trick for me. I don’t like the taste the chamomile either, but even when I do drink it, it doesn’t knock me out the way valerian does.

derk

If you’re on your laptop late into the night, consider installing f.lux. It’s a program that changes the color of your screen based on time of day. At night, my screen is basically orange instead of white/blue, mimicking the coloration of the pages of an old book. Turn the brightness of the screen down to the last setting and I’m out within 10 minutes.

A white noise generator might work since you’re used to falling asleep with background noises. It would probably be inoffensive to your roommates.

Mastress Alita

I use f.lux even during the day. During the daylight hours it still remains slightly pink because that is easier on my migraine head (but at night, it does remove even more blue light and becomes progressively more pink-hued). I only wish I could install outside software on my work computer; I have to wear pink sunglasses all the time at the library to get the same effect.

Roswell Strange

Thanks for all the ideas everyone! I’ll look into f.lux tomorrow and see if that’s something that would be helpful to me. I’ve tried Skullcap before, but it didn’t seem to do anything for me. Valerian Root works the same way, for me, as chamomile does – I just don’t currently own any Valerian blends that don’t also have chamomile in them (can’t escape that awful taste). I’ve tried a white noise generator before; however it just gives me headaches. Not sure why music is ok, but white noise is like someone attacking my head with a cheese grater.

Mastress Alita

In lieu of music, would something like the sound of rain set at a low volume be quite inoffensive? I love the sound of rainymood.com and find it quite relaxing.

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Hot cuppa in the evening, as sort of a bedtime tea.

I added some lemon flavoured honey to try and inject some sweetness and flavour into this tea but it didn’t do a lot to help the overall profile of the tea – basically still just a very, very intense chamomile flavour which just isn’t for me. Nope. No can do. I wish it tasted better/like something other than chamomile but even this lovely honey can’t completely redeem this one for me. I mean, I expected to not like it but…

I was hopeful that I’d be pleasantly surprised.

Mastress Alita

Lemon juice and honey is usually my go-to for intense chamomile flavor in tea as well. I didn’t even know that lemon-infused honey was a thing. Hmm. Now I want some…

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Actually a little sad about this sipdown. It was mellow, smooth gently spiced apple goodness. Really nice red apple notes too! But For Tea’s Sake will probably bring it back around Christmas this year so I can always try to reign in my cupboard a little bit and then repurchase then when I have things under better control…

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From last week.

Really thick, viscous and almost syrupy mouthfeel with deep woody notes, some cinnamon, and almost candied red apple notes. Very well balanced and interesting profile overall; it made me deeply like cinnamon sugar crepes or French Toast. Something about the sweetness of the spice overall and thickness of the mouthfeel…

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