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drank French Vanilla Assam by 52teas
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I totally snapped up the last pouch of this. It was destiny. I love vanilla, whether it’s used in a perfume or in food, so this one was calling my name.

This dry leaf smells a lot like pure vanilla extract. I’m picking up the maltiness too. The two together smell glorious.

The first sip is all about Assam. Like it’s going on about its life story. This is still really hot though so I’m just going to listen to the Black-capped Chickadees sing while this cools off a bit.

Alright, I can still smell the vanilla more than I can taste it. Oh yeah, this smells like vanilla bean whipped cream. But this still tastes like malty Assam. Tastes great but I’m missing the scrumptious vanilla. Either my taste buds are fried from all of the tea I’ve been drinking over the past couple days or I need to tweak some variables like steep time and, um, vanilla hormones.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
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I am SO having this for breakfast right now. My initial impressions as I whiff the dry leaf from the pouch: Malibu rum. Extreme coconut nonetheless. And am I ever excited about the huge flakes of coconut distributed throughout the tea. I love the pairing up of tea with coconut so getting this was a no-brainer.

While this was steeping, I caught a glorious whiff of luscious, sweet coconut. The first sip has different stuff going on at once. Just as my taste buds start to appreciate the coconut, the black tea pushes it over, but then following right after that is a faint creaminess. It’s nice. It has attitude, but I like it.

For the second time in 24 hours, I broke the rules, at least in my rulebook, of drinking tea without any additives. The slight astringency of the tea compelled me to add a couple tablespoons of milk to this. While the milk has rounded out that astringency, the coconut has blended into the milk so much that I can hardly taste it. It smells like wonderful creamy coconut, however!

I’m going to have to play around with the steep time in order to find balance here. Other than that, if I ever acquired Malibu rum while this tea was still around, I would definitely add a dribble of that in just for kicks.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Tulsi Harmony by TeaFrog
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My first Tulsi, so I’m not quite sure what to expect. I’m really enjoying the smell of the dry leaf. It’s a melange of floral, herbal, and verbena. It kind of smells like a tea store, with all the teas mixing together. Well, minus the dessert teas.

The taste is very intriguing. Definitely get the lemon verbena and chamomile together, then the lavender. No basil whatsoever.

Very satisfying tea. I can see myself reaching for this whenever I’m sick, or if I’d like something to make me feel healthier in general.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut Vanilla White by TeaFrog
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This is a beautiful-looking tea. The pink rose buds add a touch of femininity to this. The smell of the dry leaf kind of scares me though. It’s a little on the artificial side, and reminds me of the Vanilla Oolong from DavidsTea, which was a no-go for me. Let’s hope the taste won’t disappoint.

Fortunately, the aroma has improved ten-fold once I steeped this. The coconut has come forth and the vanilla toned down on the artificiality.

Wow, first sip = Holy Coconut Batman. The most coconutty tea I’ve ever had. I don’t really taste any vanilla but I’m definitely not complaining. This is absolutely lovely.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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drank Chocolate and Cream by TeaFrog
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Today’s a great day. Not only did my first 52teas order come in, but so did my package of TeaFrog samples.

I wanted to try this one first because as soon as I opened the pouch, the smell reminded me of Tea Desire’s Irish Cream, which I’ve always enjoyed. Comparing them side by side though, there are definitely some differences. While Irish Cream is sweeter and creamier, Chocolate and Cream has more chocolate, and it even smells like chocolate liqueur or something. Or like a chocolate truffle with a few drops of rum.

Wow, is this every chocolately. It’s like biting into a bar of dark chocolate. While the steeped tea smells like milk chocolate, the flavour is bolder. Colour me impressed! It’s like drinking hot cocoa. The real stuff.

Ok, so I just cheated, at least in my books. I almost never add any sweeteners nor milk/cream but halfway through my cup, I decided to add a couple tablespoons of milk. It’s actually pretty good. Turns this more into, well, milk chocolate. The aroma smells more bakery-like too.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
SimpliciTEA

Sounds like a great ‘dessert’, or ‘craving’, tea!

Fjellrev

Yeah, for sure! I could see this successfully defeating a wicked chocolate craving.

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drank Pancake Breakfast by 52teas
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The moment has finally arrived. I finally received my very first 52teas order. The two-week wait nearly killed me. I’ve been daydreaming about pancake-flavoured tea ever since I knew this existed.

The dry leaf reminds me of maple syrup. Steeped, the aroma is still maple single note, although after a couple minutes, I swear I caught a whiff of butter. Did that just happen?

The first sip: mild and again, maple syrup. No pancakes! But perhaps I should let this steep a little longer next time. After the fourth sip, this is reminding me more specifically of the maple candies I bought here in Canada right before moving to Sweden. Just a little something to remind me of home. But I actually kind of like this better because the black tea complements the sweetness of the maple very well and creates a nice balance.

You know what? As this is starting to cool off a bit, I can detect the subtlest trait of pancake. If a pancake had feet, it would have one foot in the door.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank White Angel by Tea Desire
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I’m glad I finally picked this one up after all these years. I bought a 50g pouch of this not even two months ago and I’m almost finished it already. The dry tea itself looks so light and airy. Delicate. And there are beautiful yellow rose buds in here. And it smells wonderful. It’s primarily pineapple and lemongrass. It makes me think of summer. I can see this making a mean iced tea.

Steeped, this actually smells creamier? Like there’s some vanilla caramels mixing in with the coconut. Onto the taste. Also delicate and very gentle on the palate. I get primarily coconut with a touch of pineapple. There’s a perfect balance between the Sencha and fruits. Out of most of the flavoured green teas that I’ve tried, I find that it’s difficult to achieve that extra flavour from the fruits without oversteeping the tea itself and thus creating a bitter tragedy. So I’m delighted that I can steep this for a couple minutes (actually, I accidentally steeped this for almost four minutes this time and it didn’t get bitter. Yay!) and actually taste the coconut and pineapple. I’m surprised that I can’t pick up any lemongrass, as there’s a fair amount of it in the mix.

Usually when I can’t make up my mind about which tea I should have, I just grab my genmaicha as I find it’s very reliable. This one is becoming one of those teas too.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Blueberry Black by Steeps
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This one sucked me in for its juicy blueberry aroma in the store. It was quite fragrant and I imagined this to taste like a blueberry candy.

Steeping this changes the story. The tea, while maintaining the aroma, loses its blueberriness in the world of flavour. It’s mostly just black tea with a hint of blueberry. The blueberry flavour sits on the fence between artificial and genuine. Unfortunately, I find the black tea a bit too astringent than what I was expecting. It’s one of those teas that misleads you by smelling better dry than how it smells and tastes once steeped. Still alright. Will use up my little tin but won’t repurchase.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Wild Sweet Orange by Tazo
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This has got to be the worst tea I have ever tasted in my entire life. Someone gifted me a bag of this so I thought I’d give it a whirl. The teabag smelled a bit questionable from the get go. Like an ultra sweet powdery orange candy. But steeped, it unleashed its wrath and turned into ultra bad Tang, or stale chewable Vitamin C tablets. Or something. I mean, I actually enjoy the latter. They make my cold battles fun times. This though? Was psychologically scarring.

Long story short: why?!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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