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This was a tea I was really interested in so I was pleased to see it was part of the 12 teas of Christmas. Drinking it now, I am happy I didn’t buy more tbh because while it smelled mouthwatering while steeping, the flavour is a bit flat. It’s sorta chocolate-y with a hint of peppermint. Imagine someone stirred powder got chocolate mix made with water instead of milk and that’s sorta how this mug turned out. While that isn’t terrible, it does fall short of my expectations.

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Mmmmmm. I’ve had quite a few cups of this over theist few days. A bit of sugar really makes this pop. I love the mini marshmallows and the crushed candy cane pieces. It’s so festive looking, and tastes creamy and wonderful.

Flavors: Creamy, Marshmallow, Peppermint

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I received this as a sample in a recent order from Necessiteas. Cinnamon was sounding especially tasty today, and this definitely seemed to fit the bill. Wow. What a bold cinnamon flavor. Tastes like a melted red hot, which really hit the spot.

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I received this in one of my multiple orders from Necessiteas over the last few months. I’m really loving the blends I’ve tried! I probably would’t have chosen this for myself, so it was a nice surprise. I’ve also been having A LOT of really heavy teas lately, this morning in particular, and wanted something a bit more vibrant and bright. This definitely hit the spot! Zesty and packed full of bright citrus flavor. Really lemony, a bit of vanilla.

Flavors: Lemon, Lemon Zest, Lemongrass, Vanilla

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drank Banana Split by The NecessiTeas
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I completely forgot about this sample from Sororitea Sisters and so it’s been hanging out in a ziploc, hidden in my stash, for years. As a result, this doesn’t taste like much. It seemed to have potential though. Sad…

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Tea Pop Sipdown (219)

Apparently I am in a strawberry and champagne mood lately seeing as this is the second strawberry and champagne cupcake I have had in two days. I only noticed when I was posting my tea picture….weird.

Anyways, I picked this because despite it being quite cool outside, it was sunny and that had me craving a tea pop all day. This tea is a really nice tea pop so I pulled it out of the stash only to realize I only had about 3.5 teaspoons. So, I modified the amounts of everything and made a tiny 8 oz tea pop in one of my regular mugs and hoped there would be no drastic change in temperature that would cause it to break. It did not.

This just has a nice mild flavor with sweet strawberry and a touch of champagne. Some cups are more floral than others but I find the rose adds more of a sweetness coupled with the strawberry than anything.

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88

Mmmmm….an excellent tea to start the day. I’m often dubious of both cherry and chocolate flavors in tea- they often come across as medicinal, or downright artificial tasting. I actually found this to be pretty true to biting into a cherry cordial. I’ll definitely being adding some oat milk and making it a latte next time.

Flavors: Cherry, Chocolate, Marshmallow, White Chocolate

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Flavors: Creamy, Green, Marshmallow

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100

I’ve been drinking this tea a lot lately, and just finished off a 2oz bag. Simmered it in oat milk on the stove for 10 minutes, and added a shot of banana matcha from 3 Leaf. Sooooooo freaking good. Tastes like a piece of freshly baked banana bread.

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100

Made this as a latte with oat milk, and added some cocoa powder. Really decadent and the banana, peanut butter, and marshmallow flavors are still very distinct. Im about to purchase 2 more bags because I can’t be without it. So, so good.

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Flavors: banana, Cake, Peanut, Sweet

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drank Orange Fluff by The NecessiTeas
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Cold brewed this over night. There is a whole lot of marshmallow fluffiness here. Marshmellow and then a bitter citrus mixed with base. Not my favorite cold brew. I have had it hot before though and I think that is better.

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Cold brewed the last of this one and didn’t love it. It just came off so waxy to me as pineapple fruit teas often can.

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For a little while I was so good at posting my Sororitea reviews here soon after they were put on the site. Then school happened and more specifically exams and I got far behind. As in, five pages behind. Oops.

The tea had been hanging out in a ziploc bag in my stash for far too long so when I finally tried this iced and hot I was less than impressed. The hot tea had good enough flavor but it was very subtle, especially for a NecessiTeas blend. The iced tea was mostly just white tea flavor. Both okay, but neither anything too special.

Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2019/03/05/strawberry-shortcake-from-the-necessiteas-5/

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Swap Sample Sipdown! (1 | 70)

From VariaTEA!

Hmm, this is very underwhelming to me.

There’s some sharp orange peel sort of flavor that reminds me of cleaning products. I don’t really get any cranberry or scone.

Flavors: Artificial, Orange Zest

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Hot Chocolate by The NecessiTeas
10480 tasting notes

WOOOHOO! Officially finished all my tea samples in my cupboard with this sipbown. Still have 2? puerh samples i think but whatever. I managed to try the last of this one as a latte and it was just what i needed it to be today. A little sweet, because of the marshmallows but i like the creamy chocolate milk sort of taste. I haven’t had ACTUAL hot chocolate in a long time as it never really appeals to me, but i could drink more of this :) Thanks VariaTEA!

VariaTEA

You’re welcome. Hot chocolate appeals to me…but real hot chocolate…as in melted chocolate in hot milk lol

Sil

i like hot chocolate made with cocoa powder/milk/sugar etc…

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drank Hot Chocolate by The NecessiTeas
10480 tasting notes

Sample from VariaTEA. this one really worked for me today. Not sure if it’s the snow ot what, but i was really surprised that i enjoyed this one as much as i did. Enough that i’m glad i have enough for at least another cup – which i might make as a latte :) It’s not quite chocolate – very few teas can really capture that for me mousse au chocolate, i’m looking at you but it is very reminescent of powdered hot chocolate, which i haven’t had in forever since i started just making hot chocolate from cocoa powder eventually so i could control the amount of sugar etc.. This has got a hint of vanilla to go with the “chocolate” and a hefty dose of marshmallow flavour from all the melted marshmallows.

thanks for the unexpected surprise variaTEA!

VariaTEA

Glad you enjoyed it. Also I miss mousse au chocolat.

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drank Peppermint Crunch by The NecessiTeas
10480 tasting notes

Sample from VariaTEA. This one was “ok” but i think i’m just done with mint for a while…like a year or something unless it’s in the background. I also wasn’t a fan of the oil on the top of the tea. In general this was a decent enough peppermint tea.

Final Count: 59

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drank Detox by The NecessiTeas
10480 tasting notes

nope nope and nope. Sample from VariaTEA . This has potential to be a tea that i could like if they took out the licorice root. Unfortunately while the intiial sip of this was a pleasant taste, the cloying sweetness from the licorice root made this undrinkable. :(

Sil

haha don’t be sorry. i love trying new teas. Just can’t handle licorice sweetness.

VariaTEA

Me neither…hence why I passed it on.

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Swap Sample Sipdown! (48)

This one came from VariaTEA!

For some reason, I expected this to be a chocolaty Golden Monkey. Obviously that’s not the case, though I wasn’t too disappointed, as I also love banana.

Unfortunately, this tea is super banana Runts. And to me, that’s so much less enjoyable than more natural-tasting banana flavor.

I think there’s chocolate there, but I can’t really taste it under the strong artificial banana flavor.

Nope nope nope!

Flavors: Artificial, Banana, Candy, Chocolate

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
VariaTEA

I could never get this to work for me. There used to be a stir fry place my mom took me and my siblings to when we were little and she used to get us chocolate monkeys which were basically chocolate milkshakes with banana syrup. I wanted that. That wasnt what I got.

Cameron B.

Clearly Anne needs to make a chocolate banana tea, since she has the best banana! ;)

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Tea Swap Sample Sipdown of the Day! (18)

This one comes from VariaTEA!

I admit I was a bit worried at first, as both the dry leaf and the steeped tea smelled oddly floral, almost like rose?

Luckily, it doesn’t taste like rose. Thank goodness!

It’s a perfectly nice and fairly mild peppermint tea. I appreciate that they used peppermint flavoring in addition to the dry leaf because, to me, they’re two different flavor profiles. There’s a bit of a creamy element here as well, which is a nice compliment.

The only issue I have is that I can’t taste the base tea, period. I would think this is an herbal blend based on the taste alone. It’s not a huge issue, but I would definitely order the Candy Cane Rooibos from Simpson & Vail if I wanted an herbal-tasting candy cane tea, as that one is actually herbal and caffeine free.

Happy to have tried it, though. And looking at the NecessiTeas website, I will definitely need to order from them at some point because their flavors sound amazing!

Flavors: Candy, Creamy, Herbaceous, Peppermint, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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