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drank Banana Split by The NecessiTeas
42 tasting notes

I get a vague strawberry banana flavor from this. Not bad but turns out it’s not a flavor I am really enjoying in tea form.

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This is pretty tasty. My friend and I are trying a new tea each night and this was last night’s. Sadly I don’t really get the “float” part which I was hoping would come from the marshmallows, but overall it’s a pretty tasty root beer tea that will be nice to have on hand.

Flavors: Root Beer

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This was a sample that I had received in one of my earlier orders from the Necessiteas. I have been making it as an full fat oatly latte and it is really nice.
Preparation: Western Latte (Full fat oatly added)
Tasting note: This is really nice it reminds me of cinnamon sugar and is buttery and creamy. It’s really yummy. I don’t love Necessiteas black tea base on its own but they make decadent lattes.

Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Creamy, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Shae

Have you tried the Apple Cinnamon French Toast from Simpson & Vail yet? I tried it last year in a TTB and ended up buying a bag for myself!

vallhallow

Not yet. Hoping when the TTB gets to me I can try some Simpson & Vail. :)

Shae

Oh yeah, maybe someone will have some in the box!

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drank Butterbeer by The NecessiTeas
444 tasting notes

Sample from vallhallow! This one smells like root beer and tastes like butterscotch and root beer mixed together. The flavor wasn’t super strong while hot, but I let part of this cup get cool and it was much stronger! I think this is one that could work well with milk, so I might add some oatmilk when I brew up the rest of this sample

getanzt

I just tried to make an order from NecessiTeas because they have so many yummy sounding teas and they are out of stock of so many things on their website :(

vallhallow

Yeah, I follow Necessiteas on instagram just to ensure I know when she announces restocks in her stories. Its about once a month and only a few teas at a time from what I have seen in the last few months.

getanzt

Good to know, thanks vallhallow!

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80

Another tea from vallhallow and Necessiteas. This one is pretty tasty too! It’s a nice creamy chocolate mint. I wish they had managed to capture some cookie flavor in there too, but to be fair they don’t actually claim to do so.

The mint is very smooth in this and works well with the chocolate!

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95

This is a sample sent by vallhallow and I’m so happy they sent it over. I’ve been trying to find the perfect chocolate orange tea for a while and this might be it! It has the Terry’s Chocolate Orange distinct flavor and scent and kind of just tastes like someone melted one down. Looks like I may have to place my first Necessiteas order once this is gone!

getanzt

Sounds yummy!

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Received this as a sample from vallhallow. This is pretty good. I mainly taste juicy, fresh pineapple. Like vallhallow said, it reminds me of eating a fresh pineapple but a little less sweet. A solid pineapple tea, I’ll have no problem finishing the sample, but probably wouldn’t order as I prefer my pineapple teas with a bit of creamy coconut in them.

Though I did have a tea the other day that I felt could use more pineapple… I wonder what they would taste like combined.

Flavors: Juicy, Pineapple

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drank Limoncello by The NecessiTeas
42 tasting notes

This reminds me a lot of Lemon Cake from Red Rose without the extra Stevia. Lemony and creamy.

Flavors: Lemon

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90

Back to normal work-life balance. Other than that, I have been sending tea swap packages out for a couple steepsters this week, so if anyone is interested doing a tea swap in the US or Canada, I am quite at my leisure. Mainly would like to share some of my black tea blends (dessert) and straight teas (black, oolong, green, white) though.

Preparation: Western
Tasting Notes:
This is a sweet fruity tea for sure. It reminds me a lot of those Easter sweet tarts candies that are shaped like chicks and bunnies. I think there is sort of a cotton candy aspect to it too, but I am glad it is not identical to the real thing. Personally, I don’t like actual cotton candy, it is way too sweet for me. I think this tea is sweet but I appreciate that the fruit is both juicy and a slight bit tart so it has balance. This is a really good dessert tea. I don’t think I could have more than one cup in a sitting though, it is candy.

Flavors: Candy, Cotton Candy, Juicy, Pineapple, Raspberry, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Coco Lavender Leche by The NecessiTeas
1748 tasting notes

Pulled from TTB 2022, shared by Dustin.

James says this one smells like buttered popcorn, and I can see it. The coconut stands out to me in the dry blend, but the lavender comes through more in the cup. I’m not usually a fan of lavender in tea, but I loved the way this one smells so I decided to try it anyway. Unfortunately, the lavender ended up being too strong for me. Hopefully someone else will enjoy it more. I won’t rate this one since lavender’s not my thing, and I knew that going in (but still didn’t listen to my brain).

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Lavender

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
AJRimmer

Yep, I’m always trying teas I know I won’t like. I don’t know why.

Roswell Strange

It’s because, on the very rare occasions that your expectations are wrong, the thrill of the discovery is just so fantastic. Well, at least for me anyway.

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drank Vanilla Cola by The NecessiTeas
1525 tasting notes

I taste a lovely cola flavor, though definitely not as strong as 52teas soda flavors. It was refreshing and authentic. It’s best quite cold. I didn’t include any marshmallows in my cup, but I sweetened it plenty, which helped bring out the nice cola flavor. The cold resteep is full of cola flavor as well. I’m trying this for the third time now, and I have to say that the soda flavor isn’t as strong as in previous cups. I mostly just taste rooibos with maybe an aftertaste of cola.

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I made as an unsweetened latte (or no additional sweetener added).

Preparation: Western + oatmilk
Tasting Note: It was kind of fun to have this as an unsweetened latte. It looked like a blue milk from my childhood. The oatmilk made the coconut, butterfly pea tea, and lavender much less potent and seems less sweet. It was a lightly sweet and floral dessert tea.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Floral, Lavender

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Preparation: Latte with oatmilk and honey. Also, honey drizzled on foam too.
Tasting note: Yum, the foam is like a banana-y marshmallow and the tea is rich, chocolate, nutty banana. This is a nice dessert tea.

Flavors: banana, Chocolate, Creamy, Marshmallow, Peanut

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Preparation: Western
Tasting Note: Right away, I get a sweet cherry and sweet warm brown sugar notes from the cinnamon and brown sugar. The brown sugar in this has really done a lot to ensure that the is a sweet cherry note and not a overly tart one. The lingering note on my tongue is a cherry creamy one which the oat come through.

I think this is one, if not my favorite blend from the Necessiteas. It really feels the cherry crisp in tea form because of that, I want to drink it all the time.

Currently, it is out of stock on the website but, I think it is one that I will hang around for.

Flavors: Bread, Brown Sugar, Cherry, Creamy, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Butterbeer by The NecessiTeas
100 tasting notes

John requested this one as a “creamy tea” aka oatmilk tea. I haven’t had this one really one its own yet but I would like to try that next.

Preparation: Western with oatmilk
Tasting note: The butterbeers I have had in the past at wizarding world and a friends rendition have mainly been extremely sweet and butterscotch and whipped cream. I would say that is something I dont typically love. This tea did not remind me of that luckily. The tea with oatmilk reminded me mostly of a rootbeer float with vanilla ice cream. The sasparilla was mellowed by the oatmilk but I don’t always detect the butterscotch. It’s there just ever so faintly. I enjoy the rootbeer/float flavor without the crazy sugar buzz and if I had the tea without oatmilk, I think, I would note the butterscotch more.

Flavors: Butterscotch, Cream, Root Beer

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Preparation: Western
Tasting note: I tasted this for a moment before I added oatmilk and honey, it pretty much tasted like black tea and the slightest of marshmallow flavor. There is rice krispie cereal in the blend but I don’t think it does much of anything to be honest. I was hoping that we would get some puffed rice like a black genmaicha but I was sorely disappointed.

As soon as I added the milk and honey, this tea was pretty plain, the marshmallow flavor had been covered up so it tasted pretty ordinary. I think I would try to brew this tea a little lighter and not make it as a latte in the future.

Side note: Hopefully, I can hunt down the marshmallow treat or strawberry marshmallow treat blends in the future, they are currently out of stock. I think that a roasted rice blend would be much more interesting and closer to the intended dessert.

Flavors: Marshmallow

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Cup #2 for the day. Sipdown Theme: Tea from a woman-owned business. I had a few to pick from for this theme: Hella tea, Paru, the Necessiteas, Call Me Sweetea, 52teas, Smoremermaid, Friday Afternoon, the Tea Girl and probably some more that I don’t realize.

Preparation: Western
Tasting Note: This is a weird little tea, I like it, which is was I find even more weird about it. It is sweet, the candied ginger and sugar added to the blend make it more than enough sweet on it’s own. I think all the flavors are there: ginger, pear and chocolate. I think what this tea reminds me of is a chocolate covered crystalized ginger piece more than a cake. The ginger in this tea reminds me a lot of gingerbeer without the fizz. So then there’s the chocolate… I don’t think it over powers the ginger of this tea in any fashion but it is there and I don’t hate it but I think it limits the tea to a very specific mood. A part of me wishes this wasn’t a green tea so I could see how this faired as an evening tea.

Ultimately, I think I like this tea, it is interesting and reminds me of the holidays in a off-the-beaten path sort of way. I wouldn’t have it all the time but I have never had anything like it before and I think it still works. I can’t recommend it to anyone else though, I am pretty sure they would say I am insane and spit it out on my shoes.

Flavors: Candy, Cocoa, Ginger, Juicy

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
AJRimmer

I considered ordering this one but was really unsure of the flavor combination. I may have to go for it next time!

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A new bag of this smells so good! Sort of between champagne and starburst candy (i think).

Preparation: Western
Tasting note: A little lighter in taste compared to smell but I think it hits all the notes. Strawberry and apple is juicy and sweet and fresh and gives it that sparkling wine/champagne feel. The rose gives it a little more body then expected, otherwise I think this wouldn’t be as good. Overall, I think this is probably my favorite strawberry fruit tea, which is great because it is also an herbal.

Flavors: Champagne, Juicy, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Preparation: Sweetened Latte
Tasting Notes: This was like more dessert than I intended but I am totally ok with it. I added like a tsp of raw sugar and 1/4 c of full fat oatly and it is like cinnamon ice cream or like apple pie with ice cream. I have never had a snickerdoodle but I think this is delicious as a latte. I think I would order this again when I run out.

When I had a sip of this without the oatmilk, it was bit too strong even with the sugar so I don’t give it the highest score because it isn’t as flexible as far as I have tried so far.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Cream, Pastries

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Preparation: Western

Tasting Note: This is a mainly honeybush tea, just looking from the ratio of honeybush to other ingredients. When I tasted the tea, the honeybush was mellowed out by the caramel and coconut. I don’t get a distinct caramel note in this tea, it is more of a lightly sweet and creamy. At the end of the mug, the cocoa powder is there and gives a chocolate-y effect at the end. I don’t think this one was bad but it wasn’t interesting enough to purchase again.

Flavors: Cocoa, Creamy, Toasty

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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The website description describes this to be like a Disney Dole Whip, full disclaimer, I have not had a Dole Whip before. I imagine it to be as citrus-y and bright as a lemongrass, pineapple, apple tea.

Preparation: Western and hot in a hug
Tasting notes: This is really good! It reminds me of eating fresh pineapple but a little less sweet. It is bright, fresh and juicy. The lemongrass does a great job at freshening up a pineapple/apple tea. Nothing feels out of place or old. I think I would reorder this. I haven’t tried it iced yet but it is so good hot and luke warm and without any sweetener added.

Flavors: Juicy, Pineapple

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Preparation: Western
Tasting Note:
I added a little rock sugar to this cup.

First impression: That this tastes that it has both chocolate and cherry in it. Sometimes Necessiteas chocolate blends don’t have the strongest chocolate notes. There isn’t a lot of creamy notes on it’s own though. The cherry is more tart than sweet. Since I did about 4 tsps of the blend to 10 oz’s water, I wonder, if I may have overdone it bit, it is a bit bitter and tangy.
Intermission…
Adding 1/4 tsp brown sugar and splash of oatmilk to the last bit in the mug:
Dark chocolate (or black tea) bitterness is gone, slightly malty and sort of faint cherry candy flavor is there, I think. I will need to start with this one as a latte first to get a better idea how strong these flavors practically.

Overall: I think if I am not having this one as a latte, I need to scale back on the tea a bit. Even with a potential oversteep, I think the chocolate and cherry aspects are there. Back to the steeping table on this one for next time.

Flavors: Bitter, Cherry, Dark Chocolate, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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