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Still sick, unfortunately, so again I’m waiting to rate the tea until I can actually smell.

Dry, the leaves smell strongly of fresh peach (dare I say Fuzzy Peach candies?) and black tea, with a little ginger. Brewed for 3 minutes, the tea is a lovely reddish colour, and still smells of peach.

I tasted it without sweetener, but it was a little bitter/astringent (honestly I can’t tell the difference right now) for me. I’ll have to try it cold brewed without sweetener in the summer, as that might be tastier than iced. After adding a little honey and soy creamer, this is exactly the tea I was after when I purchased it. A little warmth from the ginger, more of a smell of peach than a taste (possibly due to my cold), and a nice black tea that holds up well to my favoured additives. Yay!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

I feel your pain. I’m sick with a cold too, and as of today my sense of smell is nearly gone, which sucks because I mostly brought new-to-me teas home, which now of course I don’t want to drink since I can’t smell them! Should have packed some flavourful standbys as well, sigh.

OMGsrsly

I’m drinking new stuff, just for the sake of drinking new stuff! I just hope the cold goes away soon so I can actually start enjoying it all, especially since my tea order should be here this week.

Kittenna

Hahaha, fair enough! I kind of have been too, because I can’t resist! But I’m trying to choose strongly flavoured teas so maybe they taste like something!

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This is the first oolong I’ve ever tried, so I had no idea what to expect. I brewed as suggested, with 1.5 tsp of tea in 250 ml of water. A 10 second rinse, followed by a 1 minute steep.

I… actually really like it. It’s not bitter at all, it smells kind of green, and it tastes really smooth. My sense of smell is impaired due to a cold, but once I’m better I’m going to try it again, and probably go buy 50g to share with my mom. This won’t be an every day tea for me, but I do like it.

I’m going to hold off rating it until I can smell.

PS. I’m down near the bottom of mug 1 now, and I’ve figured out what it smells and tastes like. Seaweed. No, really. In a good way. Fresh and green.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Chai by Numi Organic Tea
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I am even more sick today, and I wanted another highly fragranced comfort tea with milk and sugar. This is definitely it.

I have a bit more in the cupboard, so I might do an actual review when I can actually smell.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Cranberry Apple by Bigelow
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As with all herbal teas, I left the tea bags in until I finished the drink. The sweet cranberry smell has been enhanced with some cranberry honey, as on its own the tea is rather tart.

It’s not a tea I’d go out of my way to purchase again, but it’s pleasant hot and sweetened. I’m pretty sure I bought it to ice during the summer, but I don’t remember how it was cold. Evidently not excellent as I have most of the package left!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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drank Sweet Cranberry Black by Teavana
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Meh. I will have to try this tea again when I don’t have a cold, but so far I don’t really like it. The dry leaves smell floral and berry-like, but brewed the tea is tart and astringent. I tasted it plain, then had to add a bunch of honey and soy creamer to make it palatable. I think I’m going to dump this out and make some Earl Grey instead – the ultimate comfort tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Elixo by Domo
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I love this when I’m feeling under the weather. In fact, I just made up a mug and am waiting for it to cool to drinkable temperatures!

It’s spicy, sweet and gingery. The citrus in it isn’t enough to hurt my sore throat, and the honey and ginger are immensely soothing. So much easier than making my own hot honey-and-lemon drink. I have repurchased this tea mix again and again.

One thing I really like is that the rooibos isn’t like a normal “instant” tea – rather, it’s leaves that have been ground down to a powder, even though this means that if you stir up your mug the texture can be a little gritty.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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drank Buccaneer by SerendipiTea
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In my neck of the woods, this tea is available at Caffe Divano. They recommend it as a tea latte with a bunch of vanilla syrup in it, which is good, but too sweet for me. I’ve started ordering it as a large, with one pump of vanilla and room for milk. The coconut, vanilla and chocolate are all good flavours. It’s easy to see why it’s their most popular tea!

I purchased a 2-oz container from Caffe Divano, and have made it at home a few times. I really do like it, and it’s a good afternoon tea as there is less caffeine in it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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This is my one exception (so far) to my no mint policy. It is extremely strong, and tastes of sweet cinnamon and peppermint. There are other flavours, but they tend to become overpowered the way I drink this tea. I brew it in a thermos (just leave the tea bag in there for hours) when I go hiking or snowshoeing, as it’s a perfect pick-me-up after being out in the cold for a couple hours. Yum!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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drank Strawberry Shortcake by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea smells amazing dry, but didn’t live up to my (admittedly high) expectations when brewed. I’ve been looking for a strawberry black tea with as much flavour as David’s Tea’s Blueberry Jam. Sadly, this was not it.

I did enjoy the tea for what it was – a nutty black tea with a lot of sweet caramel flavours form the brittle, and a little strawberry on the side. Just not what I was looking for, and I probably won’t repurchase it.

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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I purchased this to make iced tea over the summer, as a friend is allergic to raspberries and I really like some of the other Celestial Seasonings fruit teas. I’m just finishing the last bag hot, and although the tea does taste and smell of blueberries, the flavour seems somewhat flat. I tried it with and without sweetener, both hot and cold. While honey improves the flavour, I think I need a lot more honey in it to make it tasty. I will be sticking with other raspberry-free teas during the summer, and won’t be repurchasing this one.

(With these teas, I like to keep the tea bag in the water until I’ve finished the tea. I started sipping about 4 minutes in, and although the other flavours and tartness are starting to come out I’m still not loving it.)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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