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TTB not in database Stawberry Rose from TeBella
Smells a bit like wine, tastes like a strawberry herbal. Interesting tisane with sour cherry notes, glad I got to try, but not interested is drinking again.

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drank Punjaban Party by The Chai Box
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Chai with more ginger and fennel notes than clove. I like it, I might need to dig out my bag of fennel and start adding it to other teas! Glad Igot to try this one.

Flavors: Fennel, Ginger

Cameron B.

Not being a clove person, I really like this one!

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drank Yum Cookies by Call Me Sweetea
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TTB tea!
I arrived home from a weekend away to a Huge box with lots of tea! I picked this one for an afternoon tea and it was ok, it was more chocolate the more it cooled, and I typically drink my tea hot. I did like the cinnamon in this blend, but overall I was looking for a bit more flavor for this blend since I thought I overleafed it.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon

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This was a bag I sipped down pretty quickly the first time I got it from Maya, and I just got another large bag from their sale. I can brew this twice, but anything past 2 minutes on the first steep will allow the bitterness to creep in. I can overleaf this tea to get a nice strong morning brew, and with only two minutes, the pecan and bourbony caramel comes through. The harsh base is still there, but I don’t mind a bit of bite in my morning tea. The second steep for 5 minutes is nicely praline and disappears from my cup quickly. I will say this tea does probably smell better than it tastes, but I’ll enjoy the whole bag :)

Flavors: Bourbon, Caramel, Pecan, Sweet

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drank Cinnamon Orange by Savoy Tea Co
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This one is in your face cinnamon with maybe some orange in the background (think photo bomb) I do like cinnamon and the base was just ok, I’d add it to an order but I wouldn’t seek it out. A good fall or winter tea.

Flavors: Cinnamon


Having a mental image now of Orange photobombing Cinnamon at the annual holiday work party…

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Ah dashboard where have you gone?
Reading tea notes this morning made me want to grab a sweeter tea, but I decided to go for savory instead. And since it’s morning, I still need caffeine so a scoop of awesome tea went in the strainer too.
I’m amazed by how a small scoop of flowers can have such a large dill taste and pungent smell. It stands up nicely to the Assam I added with just a hint of bitterness underneath the spicy dill.
I find myself gravitating to teas with an ‘interesting’ taste profile, maybe because I rarely add sweetener, or maybe because I just have a strange palette? After trying my first snow chrysanthemum in a tea shop in San Fran, I knew some sort of this flower would need to be in my cupboard!

Flavors: Astringent, Dill, Savory

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Not a builders brew by any means, don’t brew this when you are in a hurry. But if you wait for it and allow the cup to cool, malty, yeasty chocolate is your reward. I’ve had dragon pearls that were easier to brew and drink, so I don’t know if I need this in my cupboard, but I’d be tempted to add it to an order.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malty, Nutty, Yeasty


I like this too, but it never gets quite strong enough to suit me—-how many nubbins did you use in your cup?


Oh, I didn’t count, but dumped the 5 or 6 left in the sample pouch into my cup. The front taste is so subtle I don’t know if adding more pearls would help. Seems you just gotta wait for the tea to cool and the aftertaste to kick in :)


Oh. Patience. I’ll have to work on that! ;)

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Thanks to skysamurai for visiting the Farihope plantation and sending the tea along. This one does need a long steep time, and its not a bold tea, but there is something comforting in the piney undertones and lack of bitterness. For an American grown tea I had low expectations and this earthy, mossy tea exceeded them. I would stop for a tour and I would get some of this tea if I were passing by.

Flavors: Earthy, Pine

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Part of the huge puerh gift box from Rich, thanks!
Earthy and creamy and smooth. Maybe not the most complex, but certainly drinkable and not harsh. Not fishy or dirt tasting, just a standard ripe puerh, you won’t be disappointed if you don’t expect too much. A good candidate for mixing with peppermint.


Oh, peppermint… now there’s an idea.

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A Sipdown of this bag of chai with a bit more ginger in the last cup. This might cause me to place a Maya order .

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I started drinking more tea about 10 years ago when I found that even my half -caf coffee was making me jittery and then sleepy after the caffeine wore off. While I started out with mostly Teavana, but soon expanded my tea cupboard to include lapsang souchon, pu-erh, Assam, and other strong black teas. I do enjoy oolongs, green, and other teas, as well as a nice tisane for an evening cuppa.
I’m not fond of jasmine or bergamont teas, though I’ll try anything once.
I am an avid traveler, hiker, soccer player/watcher.
I love trying new tea in new places, if you see something in my cupboard you want to try, hit me up for a swap!


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