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J is for…Japanese Genmaicha

I had no “I” teas and no “I” company so I skipped ahead to “J” teas. This is the only J tea I have.

Also, weird that Roswell Strange thanked me for this because I don’t recall ever having it. Did I have 2 packages and send you one? Did I have this and never record it? I don’t know.

This is an alright Genmaicha. I’m getting a touch too much umami from the green tea base. It’s also got a slight drying twang at the end of the sip. The rice is nice and roasty though, which is appreciated.

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drank Hot Tamales by Dollar Tea Club
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H is for…Hot Tamales

I went through a hot tamales phase as a teenager where I was obsessed with them. Then I got over them and don’t think I’ve had them since.

This has the right cinnamon to capture hot tamales – that hot but sweet cinnamon flavour. However, the other flavors like Rose and the base green make this a bit bitter and thus take away from the tea overall. It’s fine but I’ve seen it done better by other companies.

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G is for…Green Meadows

I didn’t expect this to be a bergamot tea until I opened the package and smelled it and really looked at what’s in it. Given the bergamot, I decided to make this as a latte.

This is super flat though. And basically just had a hint of bergamot among milk. So I am not a fan.

ashmanra

Bergamot is a huge surprise in a tea labeled AKA Irish Breakfast….

VariaTEA

I thought so too!

tea-sipper

Oh they renamed this blend! I like this one.

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drank Forever Nuts by Dollar Tea Club
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F is for…Forever Nuts

I don’t love the DAVIDsTEA version of this and this is like a worse version of the DAVIDsTEA tea so…

It’s heavy hibiscus. Heavy nut. And then a dusty cocoa. I wanted to like it but honestly i did not and I’m happy it’s gone.

tea-sipper

I can’t stand the version of “Forever Nuts” with the hibiscus! What are they thinking.

Kawaii433

Agree. It’d be so much better without the hibiscus.

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drank Caramel Corn by Dollar Tea Club
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C is for…Caramel Corn

I’m enjoying this one. It looked a bit like a Genmaicha on a black tea base but the apple in it really sweetens everything up. It’s also got a lot of caramel notes which is giving me the caramel corn vibes it’s supposed to – just caramel corn with a lot of apple.

ETA: If this cools, even a little, it starts getting astringent, which really detracts from it as a whole. That’s sad because at its hottest, too hot to drink really, it was nice.

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drank Blueberry Blast by Dollar Tea Club
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B is for…Blueberry Blast

I didn’t have high hopes for this for whatever reason but it’s very light and has a nice berry flavour. Not really memorable but not bad.

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drank Almond Papaya by Dollar Tea Club
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Cold Brew and Plain Tea Sipdown (211)

A is for…Almond Papaya

This is the second of the two almond teas today. This one I made both as a cold brew and as a plain tea since I only had one serving left.

As a plain hot tea, this tastes like an almond-y rooibos. No papaya. Just sort of sweet almond with rooibos.

As a cold brew, it’s a bit fruitier and a little less almond and rooibos. No distinct flavour though.

Overall this is super meh – tolerable but I don’t need this again.

Check out the pics of all the “A” teas here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CQ9bUyMh44z/?utm_medium=copy_link

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drank Amaretto Blush by Dollar Tea Club
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A is for…Amaretto Blush

2/4 of my “A” teas are almond-inspired – this being one of them. I have a weird time with almond teas because I like the nut, don’t mind amaretto, and dislike marzipan. So it depends how the flavour comes through as to whether I’d enjoy the tea or not. Usually almond reads marzipan so I’m normally not a fan and as such I tend to go in with low expectations.

This tea ended up being better than expected. I think the cranberry helps a lot. Plus it’s definitely more nut/amaretto than marzipan. It almost a cherry quality to it between the amaretto and cranberry combining. The base tea also rounds this out nicely, though is a touch brisk. I’m surprised at how much I’m enjoying this but also don’t need more than the sample I have.

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drank Banana Bread by Dollar Tea Club
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Vanilla Sweet Cream Latte Sipdown (216)

This with the vanilla sweet cream is perfection. It actually tastes like fresh homemade banana bread. Like the bread made with perfectly overripe and sweet bananas. Scary accurate and very tasty. I don’t know if it’s the tea or the sweet cream responsible but this cup is on point.

Lexie Aleah

That sounds so good! Reminds me of how my childhood Coldstone order was always the banana ice cream and sweet cream ice cream.

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drank Cold B-Gone by Dollar Tea Club
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I don’t like this one. It doesn’t hold up at all to DAVIDsTEA’s cold tea. I blame the lemon and stevia with a hint of cinnamon. It’s just not ideal.

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The banana smell when it was dry was a little overpowering but otherwise its an ok tea

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drank Creme Caramel by Dollar Tea Club
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Another bland tea. Tastes like mildly flavored water. Such a shame as I had high hopes for this one

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I should have actually read the ingredients. The first swallow was all pepper! Yuck! I am starting to rethink my subscription to dollar tea club. I still haven’t gotten one i like

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Strange VariaTEA TTB: Tea #12

This is an MTC catalog blend, and one that I’m not really a huge fan of – so I’m not sure why I felt compelled to try it. Maybe because VariaTEA has received such a great response to her latte recipe that uses this tea!? I get Dollar Tea Club’s targeted FB ads that use her IG photo all the time, haha…

It’s not that it tastes bad – it’s just that it doesn’t really taste like cake at all and the flavour is pretty average in quality. Mostly a more raisin-y and malty style of black tea base with some chocolate flavouring – the alcohol based kind that tastes a bit like chocolate liqueur. Pretty “okay” cup overall.

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drank Creme Caramel by Dollar Tea Club
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Iced Latte Sipdown

I thought this tea would be perfect for a late night iced latte with some caramel syrup. It’s not bad but its also mostly just rooibos. So alright but not something I need again and probably wouldn’t be great plain/without the added caramel.

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drank Fruit Smoothie by Dollar Tea Club
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I had this twice over the past few days – once as a cold brew and once as an iced tea. I was surprised at how much banana came through. Otherwise it was just a generic fruit punch sort of tea.

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drank Fruit Smoothie by Dollar Tea Club
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drank Blue Spring Oolong by Dollar Tea Club
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Sample from VariaTEA. not a bad oolong, but nothing special enough to make me want to stock it :)

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It was ok. The black tea flavor overpowered any other flavor present

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Smells great but the green tea taste overpowers any other flavors. Tastes like I am drinking straight green tea

Flavors: Grass

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 min or more 8 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Uncle Iroh by Dollar Tea Club
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X is for…an eXtra cup of Uncle Iroh

I had this the other day while in panic mode studying for my exam. I am now studying for my last Law School exam (hopefully, assuming I pass) but it is not as rushed as the last one was and I am feeling much calmer so I have the time to actually write a proper note.

This tea is named for an Avatar: The Last Airbender character. I am not actually familiar with Avatar at all so I can’t speak to whether this is true to its namesake or not. However, I can say its better than I thought it would be. It’s a jasmine green tea and I am not a huge fan of florals or green teas usually but this one is actually really nice. It’s smooth and fruity. A nice lychee flavor. This is the type of flavor profile I think my Hot Cups White & Green Lychee tea from yesterday wished it had. It also has a depth to it that makes it richer/less light than a green tea typically is. If I didn’t know better, I might have actually thought it was on a black tea base.

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drank Uncle Iroh by Dollar Tea Club
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U is for…Uncle Iroh

Today is crazy busy because I have an exam tomorrow morning and I literally only started studying for it today at like 11. The apathy is real my friends. Alas, have to push through 2 more final exams and provided I pass them all, I will be done law school! Of course that also means I get to study for the exams of all exams, the bar exams in June…That’s a problem for another day though…

This tea is cold and floral. I have one serving left and will write a proper note when I have that.

Dustin

That’s fantastic! You are so close, congrats! What kind of law are you going to practice?
I studied to be a paralegal for a while and was hoping to work in family law.

VariaTEA

Before I went to school, I did a Law Clerk program and worked at an immigration law firm for a couple years. I am doing my articling at the firm. I am not sure if that is what I want to do forever but I have enjoyed it. I also have really enjoyed Wills and Estates law.

I loved learning Family and Criminal Law and was pretty good at both but I don’t think I want to be in court/negotiations that much.

Martin Bednář

I feel you! I am pretty much same. Of course, no bar exams here :) but finals for sure. I have 5 exams left.

ashmanra

Woohoo, getting close! Prayers for smooth sailing!

Dustin

I imagine immigration law would be pretty chill.
It’s so strange that our laws have become so complex that lawyers often find one or two types of law to practice instead of being a jack of all type profession.

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drank PuriTea by Dollar Tea Club
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P is for…PuriTea

I have a lot of “P” teas and I maybe got excited about the variety and made a lot of cups of tea…like 4 + water…and then had to figure out how to get them all up to my bedroom to study.

This tea is just a plain white tea but it was just sort of broken up leaves. I am drinking it now and if I am being honest I had very low expectations given the look of the leaf. So its better than expected but its not good. It’s the slightest bit astringent and just sort of floral/soapy. Basically a mediocre shou mei broken up. I can drink it but I don’t want to so the rest is going in the swap box.

Martin Bednář

“P” tea sounds a bit different. At least that was my first thought.

VariaTEA

When I wrote it I thought that but then just went with it anyways haha

Martin Bednář

Of course, it’s just a weird association in my mind.

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N is for… Niagara Icewine!

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Another share from VariaTEA – so thank you again! I’m about 95% sure (if not more) that this is the exact same tea as the Icewine blend from Metropolitan Tea Company, as Dollar Tea Club carries majority teas from MTC – I haven’t compared the ingredients list but it tastes dead on for it.

I’m a big fan of that catalog blend though – I think it’s one of the nicest baseline grape blends out there, and I think I have a few “variations” on it in my stash right now under different names/from different companies. It’s punchy and flavourful deep/dense grape with a coating sweetness, but also leans into some of the tannic and astringent qualities of the black tea base and I loooovvveee the layers of nuance that brings to this otherwise simple but beautiful boozy grape.

I was really happy getting the excuse to enjoy it this morning.

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