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Iced!

For the most part, all of the blends from Trader Nick’s have been pretty good. However, I think this might actually be my favourite so far! It’s also maybe the first one that’s felt truly like something I haven’t tasted elsewhere.

The smell of the dry leaf is really mouth watering to me; it’s mostly like a sweet orange candy aroma but with hints of red fruit syrup and just a little ‘something something’ that reminds me of baked goods??

Steeped, it’s more apparent that the baked goods element I was smelling is this really sweet and wonderful amaretto/almond flavouring that’s kind of aromatic but also very dense and coating. It compliments so perfectly the other two flavours of blood orange and grenadine to combine into a sweet but surprisingly complex profile that tastes like what I’d imagine the flavour of a sunset might be, if it were to have one. Like a fun mixed cocktail, in a way, too. Or, like, an Italian soda?? It also has just a bit of brightness – mostly from the hibiscus – that helps break up the sweeter flavours, but without shattering their balance.

I am very, very into this one!

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Cold Brew!

Y’know, it’s interesting that between this and the Harney & Sons blend I now have two Minnie Mouse inspired teas that are practically nothing alike but that both feel perfect for the character in different but spot on ways…

This one is so fruity and sweet, but it makes for a hell of a cold brew. In terms of taste I’d say that it reminds me a bit of a cross between strawberry jello mix and some type of unsweetened red kool-aid. Really bright, a little bit sour and tart and also really “polished” red fruit taste. Now cross that with watermelon candy flavour and you’ve basically got this tea spot on.

I do feel like it’s a flavour combination I’ve certainly tasted before and there’s nothing about it that’s unique, but it’s also really tasty and I think the flavour is super fun for the character inspiration!

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The other tea from my first subscription package.

I actually really enjoyed this one. It tastes like the intersection of a mild Earl Grey and some kind of creamy lemon dessert. Apparently it’s actually lime, but I’m getting a lemon vibe. It’s quite mild overall, not strongly flavored, but a really nice mellow, sweet and desserty treat for the afternoon. There’s a touch of glitter, but luckily it’s not too much, and it’s glittery sugar instead of dust, so it doesn’t make a mess everywhere!

Would consider ordering this one, although I think I like Dammann’s Noël à Venise better. But it’s been a while since I last had that one…

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Creamy, Lemon, Orange, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Roswell Strange

Fun Fact: Lime flavouring is often added to lemon flavoured tea blends in place of or in addition to lemon flavouring because it’s so commonly misinterpreted as lemon.

Cameron B.

It’s weird, they don’t mention vanilla flavoring in the ingredients even though it’s mentioned in the description…

gmathis

Roswell, I’ve noticed that in the small print before, myself!

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Decided to make this into a very large Western style pot of tea to drink all throughout the afternoon at work on Tuesday! I was scared I might be committing to a large amount of essentially “perfume” tasting tea. Lavender is a STRONG flavour and a little goes a long way; if a company swings big with its inclusion in a blend it’s easy for that to quickly go off the rails and become a miss. I thought this was pretty good though! I ended up steeping this for longer than anticipated and it still didn’t get into that more chemical or aggresively floral/bitter territory. It was still strong, though! However I definitely feel that could be comfortably dialed back for someone less comfortable with lavender by decreasing the amount of tea leaf or steep time.

The white tea isn’t a super apparent taste, but I did feel like it added a nice body and some softer notes of honeysuckle and creamy cucumber pulp that were a bit more perceptible when the tea was still really hot. I didn’t find the blend especially creamy, which was disappointing because I was hoping (given the movie inspo) they would lean more into the “Creme de la Creme a la Edgar” vibe with the flavour. I also could faintly taste the chamomile and I thought it was unnecessary in the blend.

Overall, it was a fine tea but didn’t have anything to it to really make it feel more special than many of the other lavender white teas out there on the market.

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So I signed up for the Trader Nicks subscription, because they have an option for just two teas a month in a small size for a reasonable price. I’ve only tried a few of their teas, and I love the Disney theme, so I want to try more!

This one is just okay. On the package it says something like “blueberry & lemon cake” as a description, but I’m not finding that to be accurate at all. I do taste a bit of blueberry and a bit of lemon, but the herbal ingredients are really taking this tea in a decidedly non-desserty direction. I think it’s the vervain that I’m tasting? It reminds me of sage, or maybe somewhere between sage and lavender – it’s earthy and somewhat savory.

A shame, as a blueberry & lemon cake tea sounds delicious! Too bad this wasn’t it. :P

Flavors: Blueberry, Dry Grass, Earthy, Herbaceous, Lavender, Lemon, Sage, Savory

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
ashmanra

I had Someone over for tea and served lemon cake with blueberries today! They go together so well!

Cameron B.

Ooh that sounds scrumptious!

ashmanra

It is such a fun recipe. I found it on Pinterest. French Grandmother’s Lemon Yogurt Cake. Everything can be measured using the little French yogurt container, if you wish. One four ounce yogurt, then fill the empty container with sugar twice, then with flour three time, then once with oil. There is also baking powder, lemon zest, and salt in the cake.

For the glaze you fill the yogurt container halfway with lemon juice and one and a half times with powdered sugar.

I just find it fun to make! Since I make homemade yogurt I just use a half cup measure for everything or get out one of my little jars I kept from a long ago purchase of La Fermier or Oui.

ashmanra

Oh, and you hand mix it. No dragging out the big mixer! I use a Danish dough whisk to mix it.

gmathis

Oh, goody! A reason to hoard a Oui container!

gmathis

(yeah, like I’m going to bake anything from scratch)

ashmanra

The lemons came from derk!

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drank Warm Hugs by Trader Nicks Tea Co.
1886 tasting notes

The flavoring here is much more subtle than I hoped. I taste mostly an okay quality rooibos along with some cinnamon. Drinking this without milk allows me to taste the flavoring a little better, though it’s still quite mild and unfortunately not special.

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drank Tiki Tea by Trader Nicks Tea Co.
3405 tasting notes

Got a free sample of this tea with my subscription package.

I definitely used a bit too much water, as it came out somewhat weak. I didn’t measure the tea, the amount looked about right so I just used the whole sample for 16 ounces of water. Clearly my eyeballing needs work, ha ha…

It’s still a pleasant cuppa, just more delicate than I’m sure was intended. To be honest, I’m getting more of a peach flavor than pineapple? Or I guess it could be mango, which often tastes peachy as a flavoring. I do get some of the creamy coconut at the end of the sip, along with a hint of tart pineapple. Nice tea, but gives me more of a peaches & cream vibe with a touch of a tropical twist.

I’m not generally a big fan of tropical green teas, but it was still fun to try. And for free!

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Fruity, Mango, Peach, Pineapple, Smooth, Sweet, Tropical

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I feel like, for this Snow White inspired blend, I would have expected the flavour to be more like a sour green apple – but at least it’s apple flavoured of some kind, which is better than nothing. It does actually taste really good though. A bit of a more medium bodied black tea that’s pretty smooth, with lighter but distinct notes of baked apple and cinnamon. Just enough sweetness, too. I don’t really (at least in this cup) taste the pomegranate or cranberry which is a bit of a shame, but I feel like the apple was definitely the important part and that’s great.

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Blueberry and pumpkin, eh?

This was an automatic addition to my order. I mean, the idea of these two flavours paired together is just so freaking weird in a way that feels targeted to me specifically. However, flavours aside, I think it’s just such a fun and playful interpretation of the movie and characters within it. I mean, blueberry feels right for Cinderella and so does pumpkin. Until I saw this blend I had never thought of Cinderella as the “pumpkin spice princess” but now that’s all I’m gonna think about. It’s just so… so spot on!

The tea is a touch of a let down. I say ‘touch’ because it actually taste great, but I don’t get the pumpkin at all and that feels like a lot of build up of expectations for a hollow delivery. The sweet and jammy quality of the blueberry very nearly makes up for it though. I find blueberry tricky to work with on a rooibos base (unless it’s green) because the rooibos often brings out a tarry and medicinal quality to the fruit butt that’s not happening here. It’s just juicy and fresh feeling, and I like a lot!

(I am very partial to blueberry teas though)

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Cold Brew!

This tea tasted so eerily familiar the entire time I was drinking it and I was just never able to properly place what other lemon tea it was making me think of – which definitely drives me a bit crazy. Anyway, it was pretty good. The butterfly pea flower does cause it to steep a blueish grey colour that’s fairly appropriate for Hades. A more brilliant blue would feel wrong, but this actually kind of looks like the skin colour of the Disney character…

The lemon is very complex in taste – but that’s because it’s coming from multiple different lemon-y sources. It works though! Not too sweet or pithy or tart but a little bit of all the above, too. Also natural yet just a touch decadent and creamy. The ginger was lighter than anticipated, but I liked how it clicked with this very extra seeming lemon note. It was very refreshing!

AJRimmer

I skipped this one because the flavor profile sounded pretty boring, but you’re making me reconsider for my next order!

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drank Doc by Trader Nicks Tea Co.
14155 tasting notes

Sipped this one earlier in the week – maybe it was my subconcious telling me to drink some elderberry and echinacea before I started feeling properly sick? Who knows, though.

Trader Nick’s has a blend for practically every dwarf, which initially felt like an over representation of Snow White to me – I mean, how much can you really riff on with each dwarf? They’re barely fleshed out characters. However, upon closer glance this seems to be where Trader Nick’s has channeled a lot of their functional blends, which is clever! Sleepy is a blend for sleep, IIRC Grumpy was an anti-stress/relaxation oriented blend, and this one is more of an immunity/cold and flu tea.

I probably would have pased this one up under normal circumstances, but it was recommended by thereaderscup on IG so I added it into my order out of curiosity. It’s very tart and kind of syrupy in mouthfeel with strong and unsweet notes of elderberry, black currant, and hibiscus with hints of ginger and that funky sort of “feet like” undertone of echinacea. It’s borderline just a bit gross because of the echinacea but the other flavours are strong and do a decent enough job covering the taste. Hot, it could use a biiitttt of sweetener IMO (honey would probably be great) but the flavour is punchy and tart enough that it would probably be really refreshing iced.

Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CpNvrY-u594/ (2nd pic – first is a the haul)

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvpyaUcv4Iw

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I got in a sample order from Trader Nick’s this afternoon; I’ve seen them pop up more than a handful of times on instagram from various tea friends and I was really fascinated by their Disney themeing – plus many of the blends sounded quite delicious too!

This was including as a free sample within that order and, as it’s something I actually heavily debated ordering myself, it’s a pretty perfect choice! At first the idea of a red hot cinnamon candy tea seemed really strange and out of place for a character like Tinkerbell – especially in more modern depictions of her as more friendly and helpful. I’m looking at you, animated Tinkerbell movie and doll franchise! But, as a reflection of her temperamental spirit within the original animated movie, it’s actually pretty spot on and a refreshing interpretation!

The tea itself is fine. It definitely has that red hot style of cinnamon flavouring (aided by the candies in the blend) but it’s not actually as intense and sickly sweet as I expected it to be. The black tea is pretty full bodied and has a touch of astringency to it, though the flavour is relatively muted aside from some maltiness – I feel like it helps dilute the potency of the cinnamon some. What I do wish is that the chili was more prominent. I didn’t really taste it, but a couple steeps I just slightly felt it.

What’s possibly more interesting is that there’s a sort of doughy baked-good quality to the finish, so what’s happening as I drink this (especially as it cools) is that it feels like a cross between a cinnamon bun/pastry and cinnamon candies – and I sort of like this happy middleground!

Would I buy this again? Likely not, it’s not a profile I feel like I’m missing in my stash or that I’m heavily drawn to typically – but it’s nice and I would definitely recommend it to people looking for a less intense cinnamon tea. Plus I’m very happy I tried it.

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This tastes like you added a bit of ginger and butterfly pea flowers to Glazed Lemon Loaf by Tazo. It has that lemon cream cakiness with a little bite. The blue color is perfect for Hades too! It was super yummy, I definitely recommend it, the pea flowers don’t leave an after taste with this one it’s all lemon cake with a touch of ginger icing.

Flavors: Cake, Cream, Frosting, Ginger, Lemon, Sugar

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A flu season staple! This blend is not only immunity boosting but super yummy, it tastes like a berry-infused, tart, red wine. It’s great hot and cold but I prefer it cold brewed for early morning convenience. I got it just before the holidays and I’m already almost done.

Flavors: Berry, Candy, Hibiscus, Honey, Red Apple, Red Currant, Red Fruits, Red Wine, Tart

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Strange VariaTEA TTB: Tea 30

Thank you thereaderscup for adding this to the tea box. It was fun to try but alas my hatred of puerh struck again!

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92

So sad to finish the last cup worth, I think I may need to order more soon

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A delightful rosey- currant blend. The florals are a bit stronger than the current but it is the star of the show so it’s expected. One of my favorites from Trader Nicks.

Flavors: Black Currant, Honey, Rose

Nattie

Interesting flavour combination! Not one I would have thought of, but now I’m intrigued!

thereadersteacup

It’s sooo good! I totally recommend. It’s not in your face currant, it’s more of the slight bitterness of currants.

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Strange VariaTEA TTB: Tea 28

Thank you thereadersteacup for adding the fandom teas to the box. They’ve been a lot of fun to try and this made for a fun eggnog latte while I worked. That said though, this reminded me of DAVIDsTEA’s Pumpkin Chai except the cinnamon in it is like red hots candies. I thought that was distracting and took away from this a bit for me.

AJRimmer

Just received my first order from this company today – I hope it’s good!

Nattie

Oh dear, I’m a sucker for fandom blends!

VariaTEA

Hope you love them AJRimmer!

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Very Carmel-y and sweet but not too overly sweet. It has the perfect bit of anise to give it a light pizelle flavor. Love love love it!

Flavors: Anise, Caramel, Cookie

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Strange VariaTEA TTB: Tea 27

thereadersteacup on here and on Steepster had the box before me and told me about Trader Nicks and their Disney flavoured teas. When I said I thought that was so fun, she was so sweet and added a bunch for me to try. Same with Brutaliteas. I was so excited when the box arrived but then I was sick and then I pulled out a tea from the box and it had mealmoths in it. I was so grossed out that the box got quarantined to the garage and moth traps got set up. So far it hasn’t seemed like the moths spread beyond that one tea but it’s taking me a while to feel comfortable with the box again.

However, I wanted to try this tea so I thoroughly inspected it, confirmed it was moth free and made it. At first it seemed like it was just heavily nutty flavour but I kept drinking and the flavour balanced out to a nice and sweet baked good flavour profile. I was happy.

Thank you thereadersteacup!

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I really loved this one, it’s not overly spicy like I thought it would be. It’s really got that ooey gooey chocolate flavor with a hint of gingerbread-like cookies.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Chocolate, Cocoa, Cookie, Ginger, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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A really nice Earl Grey with a fruity twist. I recently figured out that I CAN have passion fruit flavoring but not the fruit.. I don’t know how. So… I was super excited to finally try this blend and it does not disappoint!

Flavors: Candy, Earl Grey, Floral, Fruity, Peach

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

OOH that’s so exciting! I need to write that down so I’ll remember to send you the Dammann passionfruit teas I like…

thereadersteacup

Its so exciting, still no pineapple or pine apple flavor :(

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Last Trader Nicks sample from Gabby! Thanks Gabby, for helping me try a company I was curious about without having to buy full sizes! :)

This is fairly similar to the Ghoulish Delight I had earlier – both have puerh and black tea with chocolate. But this has a stronger black tea flavor because instead of rooibos, it has lapsang. There’s not a ton of it, the smoky taste is very subtle and more of an accent flavor. This doesn’t have chocolate flavoring, but it does have bourbon flavor, and the booziness is reminding me of the chocolate flavoring anyway ha ha.

Overall it tastes earthy, woody, slightly tannic with a boozy chocolaty note and a touch of smoke. I like everything but the bourbon flavor I think, it’s giving it a somewhat artificial taste IMO. So I probably wouldn’t order it because of that, but I like the idea and it was fun to try!

Flavors: Alcohol, Artificial, Astringent, Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Earthy, Smoked, Tannic, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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