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drank Chocolate Orange by TeaMaze
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drank Coffee by TeaMaze
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Thanks to gmathis again for the sweet little package! Wow, this flavor gave me such a blast of nostalgia. When we were kids, on long car trips, we’d sometimes stop at gas stations and mix together all the various cappuccino and hot chocolate flavors they had to create delicious concoctions. This tea is that flavor! I haven’t really had any coffee in the intervening decades, but I remember that flavor well. I taste coffee and cream and maybe some chocolate? This is great. I’d totally drink this again.

gmathis

Yay! I’m glad you liked that one! Yes, I think there are some cocoa nibs in the blend. I could bury my nose in the cup and leave it there all day.

AJRimmer

My sister loves coffee teas, so I may have to pick up a package of this for her birthday!

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drank Dublin Cream by TeaMaze
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Thanks to gmathis for the sweetest little surprise tea package! I’ve never tried TeaMaze before, so this was really fun! The main flavors I taste are black tea and coconut. I shared this sample with my dad, and he enjoyed the coconut flavor and said he tasted a bit of berry as well. I mostly just taste coconut, and it’s not the #1 freshest coconut, but coconut just isn’t my favorite. Thank you, gmathis!

gmathis

I like it because of the berry, but try as I might, I’ve never gotten any rum out of it, despite the official purveyor’s description.

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drank Gingerbread by TeaMaze
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I still haven’t tried this with milk to see if it starts tasting like pastry (or if I did, it didn’t register), but yesterday’s snowy-day cup with a couple dried orange slices was a juicy and gently spicy treat.

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drank Gingerbread by TeaMaze
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Normally, by the first week in January I am absolutely done with chai, mint, and spiced concoctions and crave just plain strong black tea—but after four days of clogged nasal plumbing, I can’t seem to get enough. I killed off multiple bags of Twinings Gingerbread Joy at work, and have settled down for a nighty-night with this loose leaf blend from TeaMaze.

As I mentioned in a previous review, I’m still not getting a lot of ginger bread vibes, but I’ve discovered that with the leaves in a DIY paper teabag, the longer you leave it, it starts tasting like a cookie with a little ginger in it. The citrus hasn’t gone bitter, and there’s enough spice to open the sinuses and burn out the throat gunk. Without the Christmas-y label on the packet and more accurately renamed Ginger Citrus Rooibos, I think this would still sell well.

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drank Gingerbread by TeaMaze
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Well, friends, it’s winter. Clammy gray sky, temperature 30 degrees with 20 to go before we bottom out tonight, we are de-treed, de-decorated, and de-flated at the prospect of returning to work Monday.

A little spice sounded just like what the afternoon needs. TeaMaze’s take on gingerbread fits the spice category, but I’m not sure it conveys “baked goods” very strongly. The ingredient list on the website says that there’s lemon peel, but what’s in my packet looks like orange. So instead of gingerbread with a little lemon zest, we’ve got a pleasantly juicy citrus-and-spice melange to take the chill off.

I’m thinking the results might be a little different with milk and sweetener, but now that I just got warm, I’m reluctant to throw off the blanket to make another cup. Can you take care of that for me?

Cameron B.

The only gingerbread tea I’ve been happy with is Gingerbread Festival from Harney. Only available in a tin of sachets unfortunately… eyeroll

ashmanra

We are also de-treed and de-decorated. 75F and balmy at 7:30 pm with a chance of snow Monday. Really? Really…And schools just announced a return to virtual starting Monday.

Martin Bednář

I am bringing home gingerbread from Poland gingerbread museum in Torun. With black Ceylon base and honestly I am very curious.
Hopefully good as yours, even with orange :)

Martin Bednář

*gingerbread tea, of course :)

derk

I’d help you with that, gmathis, as long as you don’t mind me making a cup for myself as well :)

gmathis

Come on over! Of course, you’ll have to put up with my binge-watching subtitled episodes of “Emma: A Victorian Romance” … first season ended with a cliffhanger, confound it, and I’ve got to get some resolution before I get back to work tomorrow!

Mastress Alita

Emma is excellent. :-)

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drank Chocolate Orange by TeaMaze
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Gmathis sent a tea mail with this tea, thanks! It’s definitely chocolate orange, but a bit weak. The base is very smooth black tea with no astringency, so it’s quite an enjoyable cup. The aftertaste is not chalky or artificial, just a light lingering chocolate orange candy taste. A nice cup for holiday season.

Flavors: Chocolate, Orange

gmathis

I wish somebody would invent a candle that smells like this one!

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drank Nutcracker by TeaMaze
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Since there’s coconut in this green tea/walnut/almond blend, I’m endeavoring not to let it sit until next Nutcracker season. However, with a little mental imagery, this would do nicely retitled “Nutty Tea Party” or “Almond Macaron.” Very sweet and pastry-like.

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drank Nutcracker by TeaMaze
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We were gifted with a sunshiny Christmas with temps in the upper 60’s—windows are open and my husband used part of our quiet day to clean out the backyard shed (a gift almost as as good as the ones I opened)! The surprisingly springy weather, however, made heavier, sweeter, spicier Christmas teas a bit less appealing—plenty of winter ahead to enjoy them!

TeaMaze’s light, Christmasy green tea with coconut and walnuts fit the bill precisely. A crisp, light base balances offsets the heavier flavors and were perfect for sitting in my sunny spot and feeling grateful. Comfort and joy to all of you today!

ashmanra

And to you, gmathis!

Mastress Alita

My Mom said the same of the weather where she is… while I got 6" of snow! I wouldn’t mind trading, hahaha.

Evol Ving Ness

Happy Christmas to you, gmathis. <3

gmathis

Six inches! Beautiful, but only if you don’t have to go out! Loved the unseasonable surprise, but when real winter kicks in soon, it’ll be a shock to our systems!

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drank Nutcracker by TeaMaze
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Break time: trying to make order out of domestic chaos is a weary job! This afternoon’s treat was sponsored in part by my husband, who braved the mall long enough to pick up some fresh Great American Cookie gingerbread peoples, and in part by this nice little seasonal tea that appears to be storefront only—I don’t see it on the website.

I think the green tea base is sencha, which provides a nice little almost citrusy counterpoint to the creamy, sweet coconut and nuts. It smells like a sugar cookie, and now that I’ve downed the first cup, I’m self-administering some aromatherapy by smelling the mug!

The description on the packet recommends enjoying it along with an enduring holiday classic—I don’t know that “The Incredible Mr. Limpet” quite counts, but close enough!

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drank Snow Man by TeaMaze
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I decided to “rebrand” this for myself—had just enough to make a double-strength cup of this white tea with white chocolate flakes, added some milk, and ate a handful of jelly beans alongside…Voila! Cottontails. A timely sipdown for the last official days of winter (but how lovely it is to have the windows thrown open this evening and listen to the peeper frogs on Turkey Creek.)

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drank Snow Man by TeaMaze
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Watching back-lit snowflakes waft down quietly among the lights in December is one thing; listening to two hours of sleet whacking against your window in late February is another. But I’m safely indoors and able to burn a little discretionary time off work, so I suppose I shouldn’t bellyache much.

I did have to drive home at noon in this stuff after uncovering the windshield and ducking icy precipitation coming in sideways and got so chilled that I’m still working on warming up. This nice little tea is helping. The white tea base is a little creamy and buttery, accented by some white chocolate chips. I compared it to Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride in a previous review and I’ll stick with that up to a point. It’s not as sweet. More delicate and refined.

ashmanra

Clouds and clouds and rain and clouds here. Hope you warm up and the sun comes out soon! Monday is supposed to be our first clear day. I can hardly wait. Grab a kitty and curl up!

gmathis

If we weather the single-digit temps tonight, there’s sunshine and a warming trend ahead!

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drank Snow Man by TeaMaze
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I couldn’t find this listed on the Teamaze website yet, but if yesterday was an indication of how busy the proprietor has been, she’s been far too holiday busy to make updates! Constant traffic in her cheerful little storefront and she was hopping to take care of multiple to-go orders as well as answering touristy questions (“Do you have anything with caffeine here?”) and more informed ones for (ahem!) us serious shoppers who stocked up enough for the next three winters…

But I digress.

The scent of this one made it jump into my shopping basket. We’ve got a mild and slightly grassy white tea, white chocolate bits, and a little extra flavoring that makes me think of Carnation condensed milk. Steeped, it’s a little less sweet than I expected, but I think I like semi-sweet better than too much cloying sweetener. Next time, I will take care of that myself, perhaps with a teeny bit of milk and brown sugar.

In short, this is the white chocolate cousin of Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride. A pleasant non-minty evening cuppa.

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drank Irish Whiskey by TeaMaze
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A surprise sample of this arrived from gmathis and I was especially excited to try it now that we are having an actual cool evening!

The aroma is very rich, nice and boozy with chocolate. The chocolate does not have the weird aroma that Ashman hates but I am making a just-for-me cup tonight and will have a other tomorrow morning. The base of this lends itself very well to breakfast as it has that slight briskness that makes it a little stimulating.

I find it similar to O’Connor’s Cream, which is slightly less brisk to me and a little creamier, whereas this one has a little more flavor from the base tea I think.

Thank you for the very welcome sample, gmathis!

gmathis

I thought they were similar, too.

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drank White Lemon Cream by TeaMaze
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I’m blatantly disregarding my “don’t open unopened tea packets in July and August” rule…it’s been a long, weary week and I need a little treat. When I picked this up some months ago, I hoped it would be a doppelganger for CuppaGeek Lemon Swirl (liquid lemon meringue pie).

It isn’t. But that’s not a bad “it isn’t,” just a different one. Both dry and steeped, the cream and yogurt leads the lineup, but it’s more of a Carnation Condensed Milk cream instead of Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk cream. The green tea shows up next; pleasantly vegetal but not bitter, and then you get the lemon. Really just a hint in the background.

For truth in advertising purposes, I would’ve had to call it Cream Green Lemon, but then that doesn’t quite roll off the tongue, does it?

I might try the next cup with a little milk to see if that changes the balance a bit.

ashmanra

Cuppageek Lemon Swirl is da bomb.

gmathis

(sigh) Yeah.

Lexie Aleah

Sometimes you just need to open a new tea and try something new. (:

gmathis

Amen. My synapses were in need of a diversion!

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drank Irish Whiskey by TeaMaze
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Kiki says:

“Vanilla, butterscotch, sweet. It smells like the candle we had in the kitchen.”

I think it was Crème Brûlée scented.

“So-so. I guess I don’t like vanilla taste in tea. Thank you anyway, gmathis!”

gmathis

This one is definitely different!

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drank Irish Whiskey by TeaMaze
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Rich, chocolatey aroma. I dunno if there is chocolate flavoring in this or if it’s only cocoa beans but I get some of that coconutty smell from chocolate scratch-n-sniff stickers and maybe almond. It also smells like irish cream . Taste is about the same intensity as the aroma, brisk, a little oily, reminds me of an irish coffee. So what did I do for this cold, wet evening? I added a half shot of bourbon (no Irish whiskey in the house) and a dab of thiiiick Three Trees vanilla almond milk. The bourbon overpowered everything, but now I’m sufficiently wound down from an exciting day. A Kiki review will be incoming when she’s in the mood for a black tea. Thanks, gmathis :)

Flavors: Almond, Artificial, Chocolate, Coconut, Dark Wood, Irish Cream, Tannin, Whiskey

gmathis

It is a lovely cold weather brew!

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Let’s see…I was trying to figure out how many hits on the scavenger hunt list this one fits…I guess just three: Green. Woman-owned company. Makes me happy….it certainly did this afternoon. Our first calm, sunny start-to-finish springlike day; I had my feet up in the backyard glider soaking up sunshine and hoping it will tide me over—weather change and a week of gloomishness ahead.

Review-wise, it is light, pleasantly fruity, not too tart, and you can pick out both fruit flavors separately. A really nice blend.

Now, all I need is a discontinued French green floral sleepytime tea that evokes asparagus, pancake syrup, and Girl Scout cookies. (At one time, Bigelow did a line of Girl Scout flavors and I could’ve sworn I still had a rogue bag of the chocolate caramel delight one, but I can’t find it.)

Michelle

Thank you for the image of pancakes topped with asparagus!

gmathis

My pleasure.

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This is not a new TeaMaze acquisition; it’s just a packet that woodged its way out of sight that I loosened while taking a pre-shopping inventory. My previous reviews were spring themed and at the time, my taste buds were craving the lightness of the green tea and lemongrass. A seasonal shift in thinking makes me notice the dried fruit first now—a little like the candied fruit Mom always put in her Christmas fresh apple cake. Was a nice accompaniment to a little bit of carrot cake. (Yes, I know. More pastry. I need to go walk it off, don’t I?)

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Taking a few minutes for an afternoon feet-up pondering why Mom, without benefit of Swiffers or microfiber dusters, had a house five times as clean as mine using nothing but old t-shirts and a wring-it-out-by-hand rag mop. (Couldn’t possibly be because she didn’t work 40 hours a week, plus a side gig, and wasn’t tempted to fritter away time online.)

SInce I can’t answer that one to my satisfaction ;) I’ll ponder this tea instead. One good barometer for me is, “Does it steep the same way every time, even with sloppy barbarian treatment?” It does! You smell the pineapple first, but you taste the cherry first, and the lemongrass/green tea combo cleanses your palate between sips.

Same conclusion. Very nice, very springy, and if you promise not to judge my hairy, dusty, baseboards, I’ll make you a cup.

Courtney

These low maintenance teas are so great to have around!

AJRimmer

Ha yep, I spent all morning cleaning, and at a certain point I was just like – close enough!

Mastress Alita

I was supposed to clean… and instead drank tea curled up with the cat and adult coloring books on the couch all day while marathoning old Castle episodes. Oops.

Kittenna

Mastress Alita – do you watch The Rookie? It’s really satisfying my Castle itch, which is quite obviously mostly because of Nathan Fillion. I would love to rewatch Castle someday, though.

Michelle

Ah the good old days where we ‘frittered away time’ by conversing in person or on the phone. As for cleaning, I read an article once that said interesting, eclectic people have cluttered houses or work desks. I’ll go with that one.

gmathis

Yep, Mom conversed (at times extensively) using both of those techniques. She and Dad came from an era where “Let’s go see ____” was a perfectly acceptable Sunday afternoon MO. Drop in company! On the flipside, look at all the interesting and eclectic people I’ve met while frittering on Steepster!

Mastress Alita

@Kittena: Not yet though, but I’ve been heavily binging crime shows during the dark-inside-times so I just might!

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After last week, I am need of all things spring. Pink. Blue sky. Normal clothing instead of polar bear wear. Flowers. Bunnies. Confetti. Lilacs.

Therefore, a light and fruity tea was in order yesterday as I enjoyed a little silence after a rowdy afternoon helping supervise a 14-kid service project.

The picture on the TeaMaze website is an accurate representation. Big hunks of dried cherry and pineapple. An as-prescribed steep of 4 minutes gets you a cup of light, sweet, fruity sunshine. The lemongrass brightens the mix without making it tart. TeaMaze’s description references “tangy” twice, but I think that’s a little overstated. All the same, it was a very pleasant change of pace on a mild but muddy afternoon.

Martin Bednář

Sounds great, though a bit too summery for spring tea :P

gmathis

Good call. This would be tasty on ice!

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drank Cherry Rooibos by TeaMaze
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After two weeks of staring at the same human and feline faces (we haven’t been 100% housebound, but it sure hasn’t been pleasant to go out) and a long, tedious work at home day, I needed a little change, so I broke into this little pouch which had found its way into my Valentine basket.

I like rooibos. I like cherry when it is done properly (which is, unfortunately, rarely). In the case of this blend, the cherry wasn’t cough-syrup cherry, but it wasn’t quite cherry-pie cherry, either. So the mildly fruity cherry butted up against the mildly fruity rooibos and my tired taste buds had a little trouble figuring out which one was which.

I didn’t dislike it and will give it further consideration, along with this perplexer: why is it so hard to make authentically cherry and authentically strawberry teas?

derk

gmathis asking the tough questions!

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drank Cinnamon Oolong by TeaMaze
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Mercy, you all have been busy! It’ll take me till Easter to catch up with all the Advent reviews.

I’m trying to work my way toward some end-of-year sipdowns to justify breaking into some new stuff. The half-packet of this nice little oolong called my name this evening.

The oolong base strikes me as fruity rather than floral, and the cinnamon is barky cinnamon, not red-hot candy cinnamon. The two mesh together really nicely—I used “apple pie” in a former review; after further reflection, I might tone that down to “unsweet apple pie spice.” It’s very good either way.

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drank Cinnamon Oolong by TeaMaze
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This Fe-BRRRRR-ary afternoon is making me shamelessly (or deliciously) lazy, depending on how you look at it. Husband helped me defrost and de-ice and wander in to play with my Sunday kids for a bit. Remember playing with the scratch paper in art class that had a black waxy coating over a swirly neon pattern? That was our early arriver activity: my crew scratched out a panda bear, a t-rex looking in the mirror, an arsenal of swords, and a “Julie and the Phantoms” tribute page.

So that made me tired. Yeah, that’s it. All the better to enjoy a cup of tea that deserves your full attention.

This is actually the second steep report. I first reported that it had ground cinnamon mixed in with the tieguanyin (I think) base. Inaccurate. Omit ground cinnamon; insert “little broken hunks of cinnamon stick that you can smell from three feet away while you are steeping.”

The second steep is amost equally as strong as the first, minus the floral lilt of the first steep. Smells good, the steam is lovely in your face.

ashmanra

I remember that paper! I don’t know that I ever got to play with any but I thought it was cool. What a neat activity!

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