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Finally trying the last tea from my November order. I crushed the cardamom pod to make sure I got the flavor in my infuser. To be honest, cardamom is the main flavor. Other than that it’s just the tea which isn’t the tastiest of white teas. The first time I oversteeped it, and it was very sour/bitter, and this second time it’s better, but I still wouldn’t call it good. I wish I could taste the almond or bergamot! It’s just boring.

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I’ve been in search of good maple teas for the past year, so I had to try this one. I bought it during the Black Friday sale and am only just not trying it. The teas come in ziplock pouches, and unfortunately, I noticed that this one wasn’t actually sealed all the way. I never opened it, so it must have arrived that way in November. That’s not encouraging. I’m sadly not getting any maple flavor. All I taste are the spices, but the combination reminds me of a particular Adagio chai tea that I dislike. It’s just not a pleasant combo of spices for my tastes. I guess I won’t leave a rating in case the mapleness escaped through the unsealed package, but I’m not too pleased with my experience with this one. The flavors are strong, they’re just not accurate and not for me.

tea-sipper

Yeah, this one is usually much tastier. It must be the packaging?

AJRimmer

Oh no! I’m always so careful to store my tea properly, so it’s frustrating to discover something like this.

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50

The blend appears to be made up of mostly cocoa pieces, but the flavor is predominantly sourness/rose hips. I ordered this tea because strawberry teas are some of my absolute favorites. It does have a bit of a strawberry flavor, which I enjoy, but there’s also a hint of strange mintiness? It was a pretty confusing blend. I had to add way more sugar than usual since it was so tart. Yeah, the flavor combo just ended up being weird.

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58

I grab a blueberry rooibos from basically every brand I ever buy from, and this is one of of my latest ones. I steeped it for like 30 minutes since work got pretty busy today. Steeping rooibos for a long time has never really bothered me before, but it may be to blame for the strange taste this one had. It had a weird acidic bitter flavor that was pretty unpleasant. I was thirsty though, so I just added more sugar to cover it up. The blueberry flavor wasn’t very clear and the green rooibos didn’t add its usually thick sweetness. I’ll try mixing another blueberry tea with this one next time to try to pep it up. And I’ll steep for a reasonable amount of time too, of course. I’ll raise the rating if my next cup of this is better.

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93

All right, now this is pretty tasty. Hot, you get mostly the orange flavor with a bit of alcohol as if it were flavored with orange extract. It was still pretty good, but I’m so glad I put the rest of my mug in the fridge because wow, this morning I am drinking pure creamsicle. The flavor is so creamy and accurate. If I order from Angry Tea Room again, I will certainly purchase a larger amount of this and drink it chilled every time.

tea-sipper

Yep, I love this one. :D

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60

Oh, I did not realize this had green tea in it, so I definitely steeped it too long, but I couldn’t taste (and could barely see in the leaves) the green tea, so luckily, I got away with it. The only watermelon ingredient is watermelon seeds…which seems like a weird choice to me. I was hoping for a sweet watermelon flavor, but instead, what I got was mostly a strange lime. I’m not a fan of limeade teas, so this wasn’t too surprising. The tea turned a beautiful deep pink from the hibiscus and carrot, but like…why could they not put watermelon in there? I just feel misled! Anyway, this tea is drinkable, it’s fine, just expect mostly lime.

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80

I loved Teavana’s mandarin mimosa, and I’ve been on the hunt for a good orange tea ever since. I’m pleased to say that I quite enjoy this one! It’s light and not really tart at all. It’s kind of like watered down orange juice, but not in a bad way. It’s not as good as what I’m looking for, but this is perfectly refreshing and tasty with just a little sugar added. The only flavor I detect is orange, which is what I was hoping for.

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60

I’m pretty sure this tea is the same as Adagio’s honeybush pumpkin chai, which I’m not a huge fan of. It’s too sweet and fruity. The spices are way too light. I agree with earlier reviews saying it tastes like bubble gum. I love a spicy, slightly savory pumpkin chai. This is the opposite of that. I can see how others might enjoy this tea more, I’m just especially annoyed about inadvertently ordering a tea I already didn’t love.

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100

Wow, this is really good. Nutmeg is the strongest flavor. Everything together definitely evokes eggnog. It’s lightly spicy, creamy, and so good. Sadly, the one ounce size I got will only make like two of my giant mugs of tea. I’ll have to buy a bigger size next time! I could drink this all the time.

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73

I just had to order this one after seeing how beautiful it looked in the picture. Hot, this one just tasted like tart cherries no matter how much sugar I added. It reminded me of Dewy Cherry from Adagio. It was too tart for me, so I put it in the fridge, hoping the flavor would improve. It’s a few hours later, and it has! Now it tastes rather tropical, with the primary flavor being a very creamy coconut. The sour cherry flavor has completely disappeared. If I had ordered a pina colada tea and received this, I would be very pleased – it’s probably the best pina colada-ish tea I’ve had. However, I’d say it fails at what it set out to do. Hot, it was way too much sour cherry. Cold, there is none. So prepared correctly, this can be quite tasty, but maybe not what you were hoping for. My rating reflects its flavor cold. If I were to rate it hot…well it wouldn’t be high.

lizwykys

Heh, it’s Schrödinger’s Tea!

AJRimmer

It really is!

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97

This is the first great pumpkin blend I’ve had on my shelf in a while – what a relief! Unfortunately, I only have an ounce, which will make at most five of my (giant) mugs. But I’ll totally order more of this during the next sale. The spices are pretty strong, but not in a spicy way. The flavors are really clear and tasty. It’s not like a pumpkin pie really, but I’d say it’s similar to pumpkin spice lattes you find in the fall. It was a bit too savory for me until I added the sugar and milk, but now, it’s so good. The spices linger in your mouth. Really good.

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87

Trick or Treat! I got a sampler of this from the Here’s Hoping Teabox, so thank you tea-sipper and all contributors of the box!

This tea is supposed to be based on chocolate, ginger snap cookies, and bourbon, and as a chronic migraineur that can’t have alcohol, I haven’t the slightest clue what bourbon tastes like (or even should taste like). Perhaps that is why this tea tastes of cocoa and spices to me? Or maybe it just simply tastes of cocoa and spices… it’s good, though!

The base has notes of bittersweet cocoa, so there is a sweetness here but it isn’t overbearing. Mostly, it has a nice spiciness to it. There is a sweet cinnamon flavor that settles onto the tongue, and then a warmer ginger spiciness that lingers in the aftertaste; I’m a bit of a spice wuss, but it doesn’t push the ginger over the top, as I’ve experienced with many teas. I think the sweetness from the cinnamon and the cocoa helps add a bit of balance there. There is a nice warmth and a slight kick, though.

I really like it; it’s like a spicy Mexican chocolate, but it hits my particular sweet-spot of not too sweet, not too spicy pretty perfectly.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Ginger, Smooth, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 350 ML
TreeGal

Intriguing! I may have to check this one out!

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84

Trick or Treat! This sampler came from the Here’s Hoping Teabox, so thank you to tea-sipper for organizing and all teabox contributers! I prepared this as a small pot of tea in the evening, to hit that evening sweet-tooth craving while not having to worry about caffeine.

The dry leaf had a very sweet chocolately scent, a bit like cinnamon and nutmeg mixed with powdered cocoa, and it also came off as just slightly floral to me. The steeped cup has a very nice cinnamon spice aroma with a hint of cocoa in the background, but I’m a bit of a spice-wuss, so I’m a bit scared of the amount of chili in the blend… But it honestly did not have the kick I was worried about. Really, the tea just has a warmth to it that ends up feeling quite cozy. The rooibos/honeybush base has more of a sweet chocolately note than tasting much like either of the base teas, though I wouldn’t say the chocolate is extremely strong, either; present and noticable, sweet, but not rich or overpowering. The cinnamon is the dominant flavor, and it starts off quite sweet on the tongue, but then the warmth of the spicy chiles settles on the back of the tongue, leaving the finish of the sip slightly spicy, and with a warm, satisfying feeling down the throat and in the stomach. The spiciness doesn’t unpleasantly linger, but I’m sure the tea would also take a bit of milk well to taste, for those even more spice sensitive than myself (and I consider myself pretty sensitive!)

I had my reservations, but this turned out really nice. I’m glad I decided to try this despite the scary “spicy” word and two types of chiles in the ingredients. It reminds me of Mexican cocoa, if the chocolate notes were toned down a bit.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML
derk

I’m a sucker for chocolate and chili combinations in food and drink. This sounds delicious.

Mastress Alita

I love Mexican Hot Chocolate, but I’m a spice-wuss so the kick can’t be too hot. I was surprised how tame this one turned out, but it was really nice. There is a tea that has slight more kick, so I usually make it latte style just to hit my personal comfort level, that is divine, which is Portland tea shop Tea Chai Te’s Rainforest Chai. It has Guittard cocoa powder and chai spices… and it is their “mild” chocolate chai, they have a “Chipotle” blend that is similar (and still has that yummy Guittard cocoa!) that they describe as a “spicy kick in the pants.”

derk

Oh glob, a chocolate chipotle chai? Yes please.

Blergh, they’re sold out :( Going on the wishlist.

Mastress Alita

Tea Chai Te is? I always thought they blend to order, so that is unusual. They make the best chais, though! I love making golden milk out of their Parvati’s Golden Chai, which is a turmeric base.

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87

I’ve been so hopped up on Chinese and Taiwanese teas for the past few months, it was nice to take a break with a good blend. I received this tea in a swap with Mastress Alita.

Went with 2tsp in a teaball, 10oz mug, first steep of 3.5 minutes, second steep of 5. This tea has been calling to me for a few weeks. I’ve been opening the bag for a good whiff every so often. It smells so good. I enjoy both lavender and earl grey, neither of which overpowered the other. They were backed by a slight creamy flavor which made this tea taste like an herbed black tea orange creamsicle. The base tea worked well with the flavors. The only thing I took issue with was a thin mouthfeel. I suppose, then, that this tea would be good for people who like to add milk or cream to their blacks and that’s where a fuller mouthfeel would come in. I bet it would make a killer lavender London Fog, but I don’t have the ambition nor the tools to make one. The taste of this tea makes me look forward to California winter… that’s a good thing. Thanks for sharing, Mastress Alita!!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Mastress Alita

Nothing makes me look forward to Idaho winters, heh. I do really like this tea though. And it does make good London Fogs! (Makes good Arnold Palmers, too). If I’m too lazy to hook up my milk frother (common occurance) I just put 1/4 vanilla almond milk in my mug, zap it in the microwave for 40-60 seconds to heat it up, then add the brewed tea to the rest of the mug and give it a good stir. May not be frothy, but it tastes good, and that’s good enough for me.

I’ve been in an Earl Grey mood lately too, maybe I should dig another of my EG samplers out to thermos with me to work tomorrow…

derk

I tried some vanilla soymilk with one of the cups but it actually wasn’t that good. When I have this tea on hand again and happen to have some almond milk, I’ll give that a try.

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99

I bought this tea some time ago, but just haven’t gotten around to reviewing it yet. Since it is the iced tea I have been lugging around in my big water bottle today, I figured I’d better rectify that!

This is one of my favorite Earl Grey blends. I used to hate bergamot, but once I adapted my palate to its flavor, I initially was most interested in EG blends, that would take the edge off it slightly by including a few other flavors to play with, and since I love lavender, this seemed a good fit for me. Even better, this blend also incorporated the typical “Earl Grey Creme” vanilla and creme flavorings.

The leaf smells heavenly; the bergamot and vanilla remind me of a lemon meringue or key lime pie, because it is so citrusy but desserty at the same time, and there is a sweet, slightly minty lavender aroma that mixes beautifully with that sweet citrus scent.

The warm cup is lovely; a lot of lavender teas I try are either too heavy-handed on the lavender, so it comes out with a sort of floral-bitterness, or way too light on the lavender, so you don’t really taste its flavor at all. This one has just the right balance. The base tea is nice and dark but the astringency is quite mild compared to most Earl Greys I’ve tried (which I appreciate!), and there is this nice blend of bergamot and lavender flavors that hit the tongue mid-sip, with the lavender lingering a touch in the aftertaste. Occassionally the creme notes come through on the roof of my mouth; it’s a subtle note, and I think it mostly pulls back the base from having that strong bite that I often get in Earl Greys; this one is much more smooth.

I enjoy this plain, but the flavor is just perfect to take London Fog style as a latte with vanilla almond milk. It adds a delightful creaminess and the vanilla almond milk pushes the vanilla and creme notes to the forefront a bit.

This tea makes a fantastic iced Arnold Palmer, which is how I’ve prepared it today. I made a strong brew of four tsp. to two cups water, hot brewed, which I mixed with two cups lemonade, and then let the tea chill in the fridge overnight before drinking. It is divine! The sweet vanilla/creme note still comes through as a sort of natural sweetness to the iced tea, and the lavender and bergamot are such complimentary flavors to the citrus of the lemonade. I could drink this stuff all summer! Easily one of the best iced teas I’ve had yet.

This is just such a versatile tea that can be enjoyed so many ways in many different weather conditions. I plan to always keep it in my cupboard.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Cream, Lavender, Malt, Smooth

Preparation
Iced 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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87

I bought a sample of this with an order a while back! So it isn’t the freshest to review, but it’s still pretty tasty (I need to stop with late reviews!). This blend just sounded dreamy – apricot, osmanthus, jasmine – all with a black tea base. The result of the black tea is a little light, just barely leaving a color to the cup. There is plenty of flavor though! Certainly apricot/peach and I did see pieces of fruit in the blend. Plenty of jasmine petals, however I’ve tasted some VERY jasmine flavored teas before and this doesn’t have quite the strength in jasmine that I’d like. I’m not sure what osmanthus should taste like. I had an osmanthus tea a few years ago and I think I remember tasting peach just from the osmanthus or else a very sweet flavor? But that is just my experience of osmanthus from one tea and many years ago. Overall, a very tasty blend, just wishing more jasmine. I’ve certainly had some really bad peach/apricot teas and this isn’t one of them.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // couple minutes after boiling // 4 minute steep

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97

Additional notes: Sipping a bit of this one for a bit of celebrating. I usually do NOT care about the grammys at all, but this year, I feel like many talented people I’ve admired for years are getting some awards, or at least some mentions: Bettye LaVette, Anderson East, Kendrick Lamar, Janelle Monae (though I’ve loved her earlier albums more), Punch Brothers, and most importantly, for probably my frame-for-frame favorite music video ever, ‘This Is America’ by the talented Donald Glover, Ludwig Goransson, and Hiro Murai. The video is the thing but I think the song won four awards? Yowzas. I instantly loved that video. I don’t even watch music videos and I didn’t even watch the grammys… but this is a tea website so I’ll stop.

derk

One of my favorite memories of San Francisco was riding the streetcar down Market St when I was having a bad day. I was on my way to the Imperial Tea Court to have some tea. When I got off the streetcar, Janelle Monae was putting on a free outdoor show, I think for Salesforce employees. What a performer! She made the whole crowd boogie. I had already loved the Electric Lady album but was smitten from then on.

tea-sipper

Oh my gosh. That must have made your day 1,000% better and you were already a fan, which was even more awesome. Things like that don’t happen around these parts. haha.

tea-sipper

Also, Janelle Monae didn’t win album of the year, so I don’t think she won anything last night which is a shame. I think her album should have won out of all of those, even if I like her other albums better. I won’t say anything about some of the other albums in the category, but I do like the Black Panther soundtrack (even if I somehow haven’t seen the movie yet.)

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97

By my calculations, there is about 154 different teas I never wrote a tasting note for. I’ve failed you, teas, I’ve failed you! Anyway…. Thanks so much for sending a bit of this along, Mastress Alita! I wanted to try this when I saw it over on Angry Tea Room’s website. This would probably be amazing iced, but I brewed this one up hot. I’m not really an alcohol drinker (drinking alcohol would mean less tea consumption anyway) but this has a flavor that tastes JUST like champagne. It’s uncanny. It’s the strongest flavor there is among all of these delicious ingredients: apples, papaya, rose, strawberry. But it’s the champagne that makes this so unique and tasty. Champagne with some fruit thrown in maybe. Then I read Mastress Alita’s description with memories of drinking champagne with frozen fruit to keep it cold: yep, that is what this tea is. I could definitely stock up on this one.

Flavors: Champagne

Arby

This looks great! I’ll add it to my wish list for future purchases.

Mastress Alita

I definitely recommend this one iced! I can’t have alcohol anymore because it is a migraine trigger for me, but yes, it totally brings me back to those days when my sister would chill wine and use frozen fruit to keep it cold, so I love making pitchers of this for my fridge. Definitely one of my favorite iced teas! Also a nice fruit blend for those on the hunt for fruit teas lacking hibi-hip.

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32

May Flowers! I got this at the same time I got the Sparkling Wine tea (man, do I love that stuff!) because it was their “signature blend,” and as much as I wanted to like this… ya… it just isn’t for me. The leaf looks great; a nice oolong base (my favorite type of tea, by far!) and lots of flower petals; nothing about it looks like this is going to be a really chamomile-heavy tea. But when I brew it up, all I can smell and taste is chamomile. For all the lovely, beautiful rose petals, I don’t get so much as a hint of rose flavor to help subdue some of that chamomile flavor, which is a shame, as I love rose, and though the tea boasts citrus flavoring, I can only very subtly make out a slight lemon flavor toward the end of the sip; it certainly isn’t strong enough against the chamomile to make this a pleasant cup for me. The tea does have a nice, silky mouthfeel from the oolong, but since I’m not really a fan of the taste of chamomile and only like it as a background note or more subdued against other, stronger flavors, this strong, “in your face” chamomile-tasting tea just isn’t for me. I plan to gift this to a friend who will hopefully appreciate it more than me.

Flavors: Floral, Lemon

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Lexie Aleah

I need to crack open that Sparkling Wine one you sent over myself pretty soon. It’ll be a good one to drink while doing yard work with the family. I always am surprised when people don’t like chamomile. I really enjoy it but also have drunk it since childhood.

Mastress Alita

It’s pretty much the only floral I don’t like… but I like all the tea ingredients that everyone else tends to hate (hibiscus, rosehip, licorice root, stevia). Chamomile comes off with a strange, almost soapy flavor to me. (And I know people who say that about lavender, and I’ll add lavender to just about anything… I love that stuff). I can drink chamomile, it doesn’t make me gag or anything, but I don’t particularly like it. When it’s mixed with other things so it isn’t the main flavor and there are lots of other flavors that sort of overpower it in the tea, it doesn’t bother me at all. When it is all that I taste, then something about it is really off-putting to me.

Lexie Aleah

Interesting and I’m the same way except I only like heavy hibiscus teas iced or hot with something to tone it down.

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100

I love this tea. When I first tasted this tea, it brought me back to a time, long ago, when I used to sip chilled white wine kept cold using frozen fruit; my sister used to make us each a glass and we’d watch movies together or play video games together while sipping on her apartment couch. Then I discovered alcohol was one of my main migraine triggers, and I couldn’t so much as even have a sip of wine anymore (I actually got into tea-tasting when I discovered it “brought back” many of the same feelings when I had to give up wine-tasting as a hobby!) And my sister has been moved away now for several years. So for a tea to simply bring back that moment really struck a chord with me.

I prefer this tea iced (to get that chilled wine effect!), and find the flavor has this white wine or champagne-like peppery tingle on the back of the tongue, while the flavor has these nice fruity hints. The tea is very sweet, with notes of apple, pineapple, and melon. The tea brews a beautiful, incredibly pale yellow, that even looks like a white wine, has a very silky smooth mouthfeel, and is very refreshing. This is the first tea I’ve ever bought in a bulk size, and I like to keep a nice cold mason jar of it on hand in my fridge to sip on in the evenings — it brings back the feelings of getting to have a glass of wine, but it’s alcohol free, so I can enjoy it even with my chronic migraine condition, and it’s caffeine-free too, so I can drink it right before bed while winding down.

Flavors: Apple, Melon, Pepper, Pineapple, Smooth, Sweet, White Wine

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Pumpkin by The Angry Tea Room
329 tasting notes

Thank You Tea-Sipper! for this sample package of this tea.
Dry Leaf: The tea smells like cola initially with some spices.
Brewing: 2 TSP of leaf using just boiled water steeped for 3 1/2 minutes covered.
Added a tsp of agave and tiny bit of almond milk as recommended.

The milk made this tea very creamy. Flavor wise it’s like a mild chai with the additional milk and sweetener it reminds me of the traditional creamy masala chai that is served in indian restaurants. The spices come through in each sip, but I’m also getting a pop of something that tastes like cola. It’s a nice surprise. I’m not sure where it’s coming from though. I can’t detect any pumpkin flavor though. It’s quite different from any other pumpkin tea I’ve ever had in a good way. I can sort of see how the spices and creaminess might make you think of pumpkin pie. Agave really brings out any sort of soda aspect a tea has.

Flavors: Ginger, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I decided to have a late night first time watch of Deadpool tonight, so I pulled this sample out from my Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox samples to sipdown since it went so well with the mood! (Thanks so much to tea-sipper for organizing and all contributors of the box!) The brewed tea had a very sweet, caramely scent, with almost a maple syrup sort of sweetness to the aroma. Mmmm! I found the flavor very nice… it was a very rich, full caramel flavor, rather than being overly sweet-syrupy like some caramel-flavored teas I’ve tried. I think the base of the tea is what really balances out the flavor so nicely; the roasted mate gives it a toasty depth, and I’ve found that black/rooibos blends tend to create this nice combination of sweet malt. The tea is very smooth with no astringencies. This is a fantastic dessert tea, and one I am likely going to have to stock up on!

Flavors: Candy, Caramel, Malt, Maple Syrup, Roasted, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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