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Grabbed a little sample from the tea box. I’ve enjoyed flavored hojicha in the past, and I think one plain one, but that must have been a lighter roast. To me, dark roast sort of just tastes burnt? Like vegetables that have been left on the grill too long. Really charred. If it had some other flavors in there, maybe I could enjoy it, but plain, it doesn’t work for me.

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drank Vanilla Black by Cuppa Geek
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I was afraid I’d oversteeped this, but happily I think I just got away with it. I’m having it with milk and sugar, and in some sips, the flavor is quite marshmallowy. During other sips, the black tea shows up sort of harsh and strong. I’d definitely say this is more marshmallow than vanilla, but I guess I could see vanilla as well. It’s too simple of a blend for me to order again, but it was good for keeping me awake on a day I had to get up much too early.

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drank Ugly Sweater Chai by Cuppa Geek
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Oh this has chocolate chips in it! Actually, it has tons of ingredients, and the flavor turned out pretty interesting. The main flavors are cloves and cardamom. There’s also a bit of cinnamon. I wish it were balanced a little better, but I’m definitely enjoying this! The second steep stays really strong. It’s great with milk. Not my favorite chai, but pretty good.

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This tastes really strong and different from how I expected. A bit like chamomile and a bit peachy, but also another almost tart, mostly rich fruit. It’s somewhat enjoyable cold. I guess the something else could be just super ripe/rich peach. There are other peach blends I prefer, but this one gets points for doing something different. Maybe it has a bit of a honey flavor? I don’t like honey, so that could be it. Anyway, I didn’t really like this at first, then I sort of did, and now I don’t again, but luckily I’ve finished the bag. I skip the resteep because it somehow comes out tasting like celery.

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drank Strawberry Pie Honeybush by 52teas
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Here you get some strawberry, followed by the tasty, nutty base. I don’t think there’s much about it that says pie. The strawberry tastes pretty fresh and vibrant. Fully cooled, it all combines into a pretty delicious, cohesive whole. I’m glad I followed the steeping instructions because I usually wouldn’t steep a rooibos for ten minutes, but I think that’s what really allowed the strawberry flavor to shine. It’s so fresh and bright, and the base is supportive and perfect, with a touch of warming spices. This one turned out way better than I expected.

Courtney

That is a long steep!

Mastress Alita

When I make rooibos, I just bag it and leave the bag in my cup indefinitely. I swear I get better flavors on herbals that way.

AJRimmer

Huh, I feel like I’ve steeped rooibos too long and ended up with unpleasant flavors (in some blends, not others).

Lexie Aleah

I do that too! I just leave rooibos/honeybush teas in the cup or steep for a really long time.

Mastress Alita

Rooibos doesn’t have tannins, so I’ve never had an issue with it. If I’m going to get “off” notes, I get the same off notes after 3 minutes of steeping that I would after 13 minutes of steeping (for me, often a certain fruit flavoring brings out the “medicinal” in the rooibos, and that is the fault of the flavoring agents, not the steep). The only herbal I’m more careful with is lavender teas, since I do get a bitter taste in the cup if I steep lavender grandpa-style.

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Personally, I think if I let a flavored rooibos steep for 10 minutes, I’d just taste rooibos. Shorter steeps (sometimes only 45 seconds) seem to bring out more of the flavor for me, rather than the base. But I guess to each their own and I guess it also depends on the tea. :D

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drank Rooibos Poire by Lupicia
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This tea is so interesting. The pear flavor walks the line of being almost too fake, but it somehow works. The nutty base goes really well with the flavor. The second steep tastes exactly the same. The nutty pear combo isn’t a flavor I would have imagined loving, but I do. Definitely my favorite blend from the group order! I’ve finished the tin and crave it again already.

Cameron B.

I haven’t tried mine yet!

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I live at a high altitude, and one of the matcha samples exploded from the pressure changes, completely covering the package in matcha. The samples were free, so I’m not at all upset, and basically, I had an excuse to brew up what was left right away! I certainly wouldn’t consider myself a matcha person, but I’m happy to say that I’m enjoying this! I used a fork and a cheap plastic cup because I’m not fancy, and I didn’t have any clumping problems or anything. I added some warm milk and sugar, and the flavor ended up really nice and smooth. No negative or weird flavors. I added a little bit of spray cream during the last sips for an extra treat. I’m looking forward to the other sample!

Mastress Alita

Matcha bomb?!

AJRimmer

Basically!

tea-sipper

That is very odd that it would explode! What was the packaging like?

AJRimmer

It happens here all the time with bags of chips! It was one of those tiny single serve packets.

tea-sipper

even chips! bizarre

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drank Pineapple Cupcake by Cuppa Geek
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I was hoping this would be similar to August Uncommon’s big easy, which is the perfect pineapple cake tea. Unfortunately, this one isn’t quite there. The main flavor is the green tea, with some very light fruitiness contributing. There’s nothing cakey about it. On my second try, I drank this gradually as it cooled, and I didn’t get pineapple or cake at all, but I did get a lot of marshmallow root, which is a flavor I love. Though the flavor is decent, I can’t say it’s even close to pineapple cake.

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This one smells like DT unicorn fluff, which I didn’t like at all, but happily, the taste is different. The first time I made this, it was super thin, so I overleafed and oversteeped the next time…and it was still a little thin, but now also sort of sour. With milk and sugar, it tastes pretty good, but I’ve had better teas with this flavor profile. The rebrew is quite mild, but has enough flavor to be worth it. I have to say that this one isn’t at all like pumpkin and certainly not creme brulee. I’m disappointed because the name sounds delicious, but the flavor is pleasant enough that finishing it won’t be a problem.

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I enjoyed a free sample of this, so I bought a 50g bag, which I enjoyed considerably less. It was confusing since I liked the sample so much. I kept having it cold, brewed various ways, and it always tasted so weak and vaguely orangey. I gave up and gave the rest to my sister. She drank it hot and loved it. I tried the last cup hot, and actually, it was pretty good! Like a warm orange cider? I wish I’d tried it like this earlier! I still won’t buy this again, but I’m glad I finally found the right way to drink it.

Kawaii433

That happens to me all the time. /cry Buying a lot after a really tasty sample…

AJRimmer

It’s always such a bummer!

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I’m an event planner who always has multiple mugs of tea beside me. Hobbies other than tea include board games, video games, cooking international dishes, science fiction, hiking, jigsaw puzzles, tap dancing, reading, listening to podcasts, and playing with my troublesome kitties.

Favorite flavors: dessert flavors, nutty, melon, mint, strawberry, anything rooibos-related.

Don’t prefer: Smoky, rosemary, savory flavors, floral (other than lavender), plain tea.

I always drink flavored tea, and preferably caffeine-free or black. I’ll try just about anything though! Let me know if you’re interested in a swap!

My ratings are kind of meaningless, but basically
90-100 pretty perfect
80-89 really good
70-79 good, but not the best
60-69 okay, but probably not for me
1-59 varying degrees of dislike

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