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Homemade advent calender day #4

I think this tea is quite solid. I steeped just under 1 minute and then added some soy milk. If you steep longer it gets acidic. The first cup was quite tasty – fruity, sweet cinnamon, and it tastes like the holidays. The fruit isn’t exactly plum but more hibiscus combined with dried figs and berries. The chicory base is nice and tasty which actually goes well with the cinnamon and holiday spice theme. If you do very short steeps, you will have a much better time curbing the hibiscus sour.

Second cup was a long steep in cold water. I got much less acidity than the first short steep. Less distinctly cinnamon notes and more generic spices/blended spices. The roasted chicory comes through as well but is more present because the other flavours are subdued. One thing I enjoy about roasted chicory is its similarity to roasted nuts or toasted grains.

Flavors: Chicory, Cinnamon, Dried Fruit, Fig, Hibiscus, Roasted Barley, Spices

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec 22 OZ / 650 ML
ashmanra

I don’t know if I have seen this one. Sounds like one I might like.

gmathis

I don’t know how I’ve missed out trying this one; I know it’s been a CS holiday standard for years. Of course, finding any holiday teas at local retail outlets this year has been a bust.

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drank Angelwater by Silk Road
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Homemade advent Day #3

This actually tastes a lot like the “Love You” tea from yesterday but with a more distinctly spearmint base. The lavender is subtle and the rose is very nice. It gives a more nuanced floral undertone than either one by itself. The spearmint is a bit sweet and is aromatic (very fresh). It almost has a sweet dried grass bit of sweetness at the end of the sip as an aftertaste (along with the floral and spearmint that lingers). I love this blend.

Flavors: Dry Grass, Floral, Herbal, Lavender, Rose, Spearmint, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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drank Love You by Earth's Herbal
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Homemade advent Day #2

I was very suprised when I went to add this tea to the database and found out its ingredients. I thought I had the wrong tea until I looked at the photos of the blend. I think the website only lists some of the ingredients rather than the main base ingredients.

This tastes primarily of mint, raspberry leaf, and rose. It is quite floral and has a suggestion of sweetness from the raspberry leaf but is not as sweet as I would have hoped given the strawberry and coconut. I did not taste any strawberry, cocoa nibs, or coconut. I’m very disappointed by the idea that both of my cups had none of the featured ingredients that I could make out.

Flavors: Floral, Herbs, Mint, Rose

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Root Beer Tea by Earth's Herbal
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Homemade Advent Calendar #1

Every way I brew this tea it tastes delicious. I tried it broth hot (10 minute long steep) and cold (even longer steep). The hot cup had more ginger and fennel but still was well balanced and had a hint of sweetness like dried grass. Lots of intricate spices and herbs happening with a bit of creaminess. I think this comes from the sarsasparilla root. I’m a huge spearmint fan so that also makes this a nice blend.

Cold – Steeped 6+ hours and really enjoyed this cup as well. I get more spearmint and less spicy notes from the fennel and ginger. I’m not sure if there is cinnamon in here but it almost reminds me of that. I think I can taste vanilla or something creamy but it is less creamy than the first steep where I had it hot.

Flavors: Cream, Fennel, Herbs, Licorice, Mint, Root Beer, Sarsaparilla, Smooth, Spearmint, Spices

Preparation
8 min or more

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drank Maple Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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I have been drinking this recently once a week or so and I’m just not getting as much maple as I would like. I use 1.5 -2 tsp matcha powder into hot milk and water (proportions vary but usually ~250-400 mL total liquid). It is a god cup but not distinctly maple.

Flavors: Green, Sweet

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drank Maple Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Finishing off my free samples of this. This tasting note is a summary of two tasting notes I have written down from previous steeping sessions.

For some reason every chai from DT tastes pretty similar. This is no different. There are some chai spices but it tastes like gingerbread. I’m not getting maple flavour, although it smells like maple. I added milk and enjoyed the cup more but wouldn’t purchase this tea. It was fairly generic and reminds me of the woody medicinal flavours of chicory root and licorice root herbal teas.

Flavors: Chicory, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Spices, Tea

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec 5 g 19 OZ / 550 ML

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drank Kumquat Cheesecake by 52teas
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This is a lovely tea and I am often reminded by these blends how much I like honeybush. It should be more common in tea blends. It tastes a bit like a graham cracker but in dried plant form.

I can taste the fruit although I wouldn’t immediately say “kumquat”. My teas are getting a bit older and I’m also not someone who eats a lot of kumquats. It does remind me of apricot and marmalade. I think this in on par with what I should expect from a citrus-type fruit like the kumquat but I think the flavour could have been a bit more distinct. I found it blended in a lot with the base (although, this is not always a bad thing).

The honeybush is, of course, quite sweet, but also has a flavour similar to bran and woodchips. It is Earthy and a bit woody in a good way. I’m drinking this cup with some vanilla soy milk because the tea itself doesn’t have a lot of creaminess to it. I would have liked more vanilla and something to make it creamy like oats.

Flavors: Apricot, Fruity, Graham, Honey, Woody

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 6 g 19 OZ / 550 ML

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Hi everyone! I’m back from hiatus and missed you all deeply. I have been struggling with mental health issues and took a break from most online sites. I’m back now and trying to be active again.

This is one of the only teas I bought this year. The first time I had this was at a craft fair last year. It would so good as a taster that I bought my own sampler size pack. That was a grave mistake. This year, I bought a giant 250g bag and expect it to last me more than a week this time. This is the best vanilla rooibos I’ve ever had and everyone should try it if they get the chance.

The woody notes come through beautifully. The vanilla is intense and fresh, unlike many mass produced vanilla rooibos blends. The vanilla is a bit different than most extracts because it has alcoholic notes like whiskey or aged liquor. The rooibos lends a sweet honey flavour that compliments it well. I find the rooibos has less mineral notes than other rooibos but I’m fine with that. Some faint molasses or brown sugar notes come through in longer steeps.

Flavors: Absinthe, Alcohol, Brown Sugar, Honey, Molasses, Oak, Rooibos, Sweet, Vanilla, Whiskey

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
ashmanra

Welcome back! Taking care of yourself is important. I hope this community will feel like a warm hug (if you like those) and a safe place to be.

gmathis

Good to see you back!

tea-sipper

I’m glad you’re back! Wishing you well!

Martin Bednář

Welcome back!

Michelle

Welcome back! The rooibos sounds yummy.

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drank Mince Pie by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
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Homemade advent day 22

My morning tea is this teavivre oolong I had forgotten I had tried before. This packet is 8g and was unopened, so I still have a few cups worth of leaf left. I used probably 3g with 85 degree C water. I’m too impatient to wait for my microwave for longer than 1 min 30 sec.

This does not taste like almonds but there is a vaguely nutty flavour. I can taste orchid/floral oolong and a slightly bitter roasted flavour. The most notable thing about this cup is how it almost tastes like shampoo or soap. The very strong floral flavour combined with the slightly bitterness and thicker texture tastes like some sort of perfumed product. I don’t prefer it, but it isn’t necessarily bad to everyone.

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Orchid, Roasted

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I am a biochem major hoping for a career in research genetics and evolutionary biology. I love science fiction and spend too much of my time reading comic books. I’m a passionate keeper of spiders, cacti, and exotic plants. I eat a vegan, plant-based diet for moral and environmental reasons (I mention this only because it is relevant to which flavoured teas I drink).

I drink mostly flavoured and low caffeine teas/tisanes, but I will try anything twice. As far as pure teas go, I gravitate towards whites, yellows, and jade oolongs. I’m always open for trades and sample sales/exchanges. Message me any time :)

My cupboard is mostly up to date. For a more comprehensive list, see my stash spreadsheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-HjWKR3um-xEnj6HC9vMvKXOAyj_bpW5u_2ixEC20-k/edit?usp=sharing
Most of these are only tiny samples/I can’t always spare any, but feel free to ask.

Favourite flavours/ingredients:
Rum/alcohol, clove, cardamom, rosemary, pine, sage, moss/Earthy, lychee, floral, creamy, malt, hay, rice/grain, toasty, desserty, cocoa/chocolate, decaf or no caffeine, very unusual flavours

Favourite tea types
Decaf teas (any variety)/no caf tisanes like honeybush and rooibos, yellow, jade oolong, white, Darjeeling blacks

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Acidic/sour/tart, melon, grapefruit, bitter, astringent, smokey, sickly sweet (too much chicory, cinnamon, or licorice root), yerba mate, tumeric mushroom/fungus,

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Animal products: [confectioners glaze, , marshmallows, , natural flavour, white choc chips, caramel bits, etc]
St. John’s wort (herb)

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