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drank Geisha Getaway by T2
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Thanks to a new to me tea group on FB, I was sent a bunch of green tea samples from T2. I randomly picked this one out of the package. It was a great start! I truly wish I had more to try as an iced tea. I tried it per directions at 175 degrees steeped for 3 minutes.

Found it to be pretty well balanced and would put this up there with one of my favorite pineapple flavor teas.

Flavors: Grass, Pineapple

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Caribbean Crush by DAVIDsTEA
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A pandemic gift from a fellow tea drinker, I decided to open it up for this morning’s cup. I quite enjoyed the tropical blend (though I wouldn’t consider cranberry or apples to be tropical). After my last pineapple tea review, this was a definite winner. I had it hot but I think it would a great iced tea too.

Flavors: Pineapple

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Yosemite by Simpson & Vail
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As a huge NPS fan, I dashed off to purchase the sampler set from Simpson & Vail. It was delivered quickly and neatly packaged. A little gift to myself! We’re in the midst of planning a trip to Yosemite, so I thought I’d start there.

I’ve now finished the Yosemite sample and tried it at several steeping lengths. I felt 4 minutes was the best steeping time and brought out the pineapple flavor more. That said, I hoped for more pineapple taste. I felt the spearmint was a more noticeable flavor.

All and all, a nice tea to kick off our trip plans but I’m not likely to order again.

Flavors: Pineapple, Spearmint

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

I wanted more pineapple from this one, too!

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At the moment, this is my favorite Earl Grey tea. I’ve not tried many others because I’ve had poor experiences with them in the past. Mainly during that time where I thought you just microwaved some water and dipped a tea bag in. I probably should give Earl Grey another try.
Anyhow, I picked this up as a package at the local Christmas Tree Shoppe on markdown, thinking “sure, why not? I can spare $3 on a box of tea bags”. So I honestly am surprised by how much I do enjoy the scent and taste of this. To be fair, the scent is really what I love. The Bergamot is a joy to smell and very relaxing to me.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 9 OZ / 266 ML

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A friend went hiking up Kilamanjaro and took my hiking poles. She returned with a package of Spiced Tea Cardamon from D&J Distributors. No, I didn’t typo that but I would normally write cardamom. It was packaged in a plastic wrapping inside a lovely blue fabric. I emptied the package into an old tea container. The tea leaves are a fine granular type. The wrapper indicates that it is from Subsistence farms in Tanzania Highlands.
The tea brewed up a dark with a strong malt scent. I definitely taste the cardamom with a slight astringent ending. I drank it as is but I think my next cup I will add some honey or sweetened non-dairy “milk”.

Flavors: Cardamom

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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#2021sipdown

I ADORE this tea and was holding off on finishing the package. It was a gift from a Canadian friend. I never would have purchased this because I’ve had bad experiences with Blueberry flavored teas in the past. Now that I’ve seen other notes about drinking it cold, I will be sure to pick up some more on my next buying spree.

The blueberry flavor really comes through without being too overpowering. It reminds me of wild blueberry picking in the sunshine.

Flavors: Blueberry

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Fine and Dandy by Steeped Tea
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Drank the last drop this morning. I’d never considered drinking dandelion teas prior to getting this tea. It was a decent peppermint tea to start the day. There was enough dandelion to balance out the peppermint flavoring. I believe that Sipology no longer carries it.

Flavors: Dandelion, Peppermint

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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drank Magic Potion by DAVIDsTEA
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Big disappointment as it didn’t change colors…. well it went from clear to pale yellow/green to slightly yellow/orange. So I guess it did change colors but definitely not as advertised.

The taste was ok but even steeping for a longer period of time, I felt it was a weak tea. In retrospect, I guess I could taste the stevia and a slight berry taste.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Maple Espresso by Trader Joe's
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While I’ve not found a maple tea I enjoy, my Canadian friend dropped off some maple espresso for me. She’s unaware that I also don’t care for coffee. BUT I gave the tea a try twice and nope it’s not for me. Gonna pass on finishing the bags I do have and give it over to my coffee drinking husband. Maybe he’ll enjoy it and I can convert him to tea drinking.

Flavors: Espresso

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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