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drank Chocolate Chip by Adagio Teas
188 tasting notes

Backlog from yesterday…I think it was yesterday… hmm..

Another from the TTB I currently have. I’m a sucker for chocolate and also like it in my tea if it’s done well. This one hit the spot. It’s a nice black tea with a milk chocolate flavor to add to it. Neither flavor competes with the other… a little sugar and it’s a nice treat.

On another note, Hubby is stuck working on a rental property of ours today. Apparently the water line is leaking somewhere between the house and the water meter… Ugh! & the water prices in town are craziness anyway! Hopefully it’s an easy fix and the city doesn’t make him re-do the whole line. .!!! They can be pretty picky sometimes. We had plans to clean out the garage today and to go look at tv antennas and such as we are seriously considering ditching cable for now. We’re not sports nuts and we find ourselves watching Netflix much of the time so why pay for what we aren’t really using? Well, we’ll get to it sometime.

Flavors: Chocolate

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I tried this as it was in the TTB I currently have. I was in the mood for a black based tea as is frequent. I like the Upside Down versions of black tea, so thought this might be a nice one to try.

I sweetened it with a bit of natural sugar to help bring out the pineapple. It was present, but I think if I didn’t know it was supposed to be pineapple I might just call it a fruit tea, w/no berries. It was a nice tea, but not what I was hoping for … I must be a sucker for the “cake” versions ;)

Flavors: Pineapple

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drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
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Backlog from last week. We were on vacation and I didn’t have much chance to drink tea. I was lucky enough to stumble on a little shop that had mostly coffees and such that had a display of Harney & Sons for sale. They had mostly sachets but also a few loose leaf and tea bags as well. We had some friends with us that day and they bought some coffee to go. I saw they had tea bags in the coffee service area so I asked if they had any other tea available to try. She had a couple of tins with sachets that she said I could choose from too… Yeah! The tea bag varieties they had didn’t interest me so I was happy… I had been wanting to try this one anyway.

One of my first loose leaf tea loves was a mint chocolate tea. I have considered ordering this one before when they had a sale but still had some of the other blend in my drawer.

This is a nice mint chocolate blend… I say mint first because that flavor is more prominent. The chocolate is there, but not overly so. I miss the creaminess that some other mint chocolate blends that I have tried have. I like this, but think there are others like it I enjoy more.

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
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Another tea from the TTB.. having fun!

I have been intrigued by trying a few Harney & Sons blends because they are a little easier for me to get locally, if I don’t mind sachets. But, I don’t want to buy a whole tin to find out I don’t like something as much as I had hoped.

I didn’t look this one up before I steeped it… This one smells of spice and cinnamon dry leafed. I could see that there were bits of orange peel in the blend but didn’t know how much they would come through. Steeped the clove and cinnamon are present with a bit of citrus. The base is there, but doesn’t add much to the blend. I think if I did it again I would add more leaf. The flavor is there, and something I would enjoy having around, but not as intense as I might like w/my normal amount of leaf.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange, Spices

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drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
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Yeah for a TTB that arrived yesterday! So much fun to sort through the box and see what lurks for the tastebuds.

I wasn’t sure what to start with but this seemed to jump out to me last night. I wasn’t sure if the caffeine would bother me so late but decided it would be ok, didn’t have to be up early for anything if it did. Thanks to a couple of people here on Steepster I have certainly come around to citrus in teas, something I didn’t expect, but a good thing.

Dry leaf this smells chocolately orange. Steeped I get mostly black tea with a hint of orange and then chocolate in the background. Thankfully I don’t get a fishy note from the pu-erh, but maybe a hint of earthiness at the end of the sip which is ok. I think I would prefer this as an earlier cup in the day, mainly due to the earthy flavor that I’m not yet used to.

I wouldn’t go out of my way to get this blend, but would drink it again if someone offered some to me.

Flavors: Chocolate, Orange

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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Yum! I’m a sucker for minty, especially peppermint, chocolate teas and this one fits the bill just fine. I have pretty close to run out of my chocolate mint blends at the moment and this was a sipdown that I finally allowed myself because I hadn’t had one for awhile. I’m hopeful that I can hold out until Black Friday to restock in time for the Holidays & my winter fix.

I like this one, Della Terra’s version, and The Spice & Tea Exchange’s version… each is a little different but I can’t say I have a favorite yet.

Flavors: Chocolate, Peppermint

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drank Cranberry Creme by Market Spice
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Ok, so I’m digging through some of my samples and decide to give this one a try… It’s smells fruity sweet like something I would go for but I’ve put off trying it because cranberry to me means tart.. something I haven’t tried much in tea up to this point for fear of not liking it.

Steeped this is much like it smells, sweet & creamy with a bit of fruity berry flavor… I don’t know that I get so much cranberry but I guess not all cranberry is tart now that I think about the dried ones I get for spinach salads. I did add my normal bit of sugar to this ;) This is a nice treat I wouldn’t likely have ventured to pick up myself… If I ever put together an order for Market Spice I would be really tempted to grab a bit of this one. Thanks EvaGrimm for sharing this nice blend in our swap.. !

Flavors: Berry, Cranberry, Creamy

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drank Tower of London by Harney & Sons
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Thanks Tea Sipper for throwing this is as a surprise sample with my purchase from your sale! I’m not sure I would have ordered this one on my own because they have so many blends to choose from that I think I would just miss this one by lack of time to sort through them all. I’ve seen a few reviews on this one, but nothing that made me want to put it on my wish list,.. yet.

I have to say that dry leaf this one smelled sweet and yummy. I think I’ve found that I tend to drift toward teas that smell sweet to me… at least I’m more apt to try them first. I do love me a few basic teas as well, usually black, which I find myself craving sometimes as well.

Steeped it tastes similar to it’s smell, fruity with a touch of bergamot & maybe a bit creamy somehow, yet the black base comes through as well. I really like this blend. I haven’t had many Harney teas but the dry leaf smell reminds me of Paris, and the steeped tea reminds me of Fruit d’alsace… and that’s about as far as my Harney experience goes w/ the exception of 2 others- Blood Orange Fruit tea & Hot Cinnamon Spice. I think I could find myself putting this on an order w/them at some point, I just wish they had something between samples sizes and 4 oz.

Well, off to put together a birthday present for my Mom…. I am giving everyone a customized Tervis cup/mug this year. My son helps pick out the cup and then I use vinyl lettering to customize w/their name. My dad got his in January so Mom has had to wait 7 months for hers… I hope she likes it. :)

Then to do some research on cell phone plans .. Not sure what we want to do with what we have right now. The new plans are so expensive but we might be losing my brother on our family plan. Mom wants to upgrade her phone and stay on our plan, but the cost will more than double for her and they don’t use their phone much. She’s terrified of losing her phone number by porting out and doesn’t want to lose any coverage by changing providers… what to do? Wish it was easier !

Flavors: Bergamot, Fruity

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drank Tower of London by Harney & Sons
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drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
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Ok, so I took a little break from hot teas & new teas for a bit… homemade spearmint iced tea won me over for awhile since it is a summer staple at my house…Yum! I’m happy to say that I have begun enjoying some hot teas occasionally again, and plan to cold steep some more blends today too.

I had this yesterday morning, yeah sipdown!, as I was looking for something w/chocolate and this one did the trick. It’s a nice smooth strawberry chocolate tea, one doesn’t overwhelm the other and the base tea is present as well. If I try, I can find a hint of the floral notes, but nothing to steer me away from this blend. The chocolate and strawberry notes are present, but not bold “in your face” kind of flavor, which is nice.

Thanks EvaGrimm for sharing a sample of this with me!

Flavors: Chocolate, Floral, Strawberry

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37 yr old wife and mother who left her day job to take care of our son. Now running a property management business with my hubby.

I grew up on Lipton -hot w/milk & sugar, Lipton iced w/fresh spearmint and sugar, and Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime … Don’t criticize.

I came across Good Earth Original Sweet and Spicy out of chance and it spurred my interested in trying new teas because it was a flavor I had never had before in a tea. I’m now new to the world of loose leaf teas and looking forward to learning what I like as I journey through some new flavors. Hubby has always enjoyed the occasional cup when we’ve been out and about at restaurants.. now we will find out what good teas are really all about! On with the adventures!

Still relatively new to loose leaf, but I’m learning… Coconut, cinnamon, chai, chocolate, mint, & pineapple are just a few of the flavors I enjoy. I have found that I can do green teas so long as there are other flavors as well and it isn’t the primary flavor. I have only found 1 rooibos blend that was too woodsy for me, most of the time the base is hidden or blends well enough w/flavored versions for my liking. I’m beginning to enjoy fruit teas more and more. I occasionally like a straight black tea.

Hubby likes milder flavors, any base, berry flavors, sweet aromas, sometimes tart, and or floral, and chocolate to my surprise! Almost the opposite of me.. go figure!

My 8 year old just took interest and loves root beer.. so far Butterbeer is a hit, but we haven’t tried any root beer or cola teas yet.. soon thanks to the Marvelous MissB for sending some samples. He enjoyed Winter Nog (Della Terra) recently, but turned away something else I gave him.. darn if I can’t remember now what it was!



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